Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

2021 Florida Humanities Speakers Directory

Engaging Speakers, Compelling Topics, and Thought-provoking Discussions

Welcome to the Florida Humanities’ Speakers Directory, a curated collection of the Sunshine State’s best and brightest experts, scholars, journalists, folklorists and more, poised to bring engaging presentations and conversations right to your local community.

Florida Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Partnering with nonprofit organizations across the state, Florida Humanities funds a wide variety of grants and public programming that explores Florida’s rich history and culture.

How to use this directory:

Using this directory, organizations can connect with these experts to bring a wide variety of compelling humanities programming to their community.  Speakers can engage the public is several ways:

Florida Talks

Speakers may be asked to give a program for one of our Florida Talks partners. Florida Talks offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host informative and thought-provoking presentations across the state.

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Community Project Grants

Speakers may be contacted to participate as a scholar, presenter, or panelist for a Florida Humanities-funded Community Project Grant. These grants support a variety of humanities programming based on the specific needs of a community.

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Museum on Main Street

Speakers may be asked to give a program that complements the theme of one of our Museum on Main Street exhibits. These exhibits travel to small and underserved communities and explore a variety of humanities topics.

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Please Note: Speakers on this directory have agreed to a capped speaking fee of no more than $300 for a Florida Humanities-funded event. This fee does not include travel, so be sure to discuss those details as you plan your event.

2021 Speakers Directory

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Cori Convertito, Curator and historian at the Key West Art & Historical Society received her doctorate in maritime history from the U.K.’s University of Exeter. Today Convertito creates and curates art- and history-rich exhibits that attract about 250,000 annual visitors to Key West’s The Custom House, Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters and Fort East Martello.

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Florida Keys or Bust! A History of Tourism

The talk focuses on the development of the Florida Keys as a tourist destination. It walks through the islands’ history to discover why they maintain their allure for travelers. Why did tourists visit and how did they get here? Where did they stay and what activities were available? And just who were these tourists? Were they people in search of the perfect climate to recuperate from health concerns or were they members of the gay community coming to enjoy its ‘come as you are’ attitude? Following the Fish: Ernest Hemingway in Key West Ernest Hemingway, who lived and worked in Key West throughout the 1930s, immersed himself in Florida Keys game fishing and did much to popularize it among fellow writers, readers, and sportsmen. While it is well known that Hemingway enjoyed boating giant marlin, tuna, and other prey, it is not often acknowledged that he was involved in conservation activities and was fascinated by recording accurate details from his trips. Hemingway had a vested interest in safeguarding the fish population.

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