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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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

Photo of Ashley Lear

Ashley Lear

Contact Phone:: 404-323-6639


About the speaker

Ashley Lear, Ph.D., is a Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where she teaches classes on narrative theory and technique in a range of courses, from American Modernism to Science Fiction to Video Games. She is the author of The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow (2018) from UP of Florida. She is a former President and current Trustee of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society.

Programs Available

Women of To-Morrow: The Social Activism of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow

In this presentation on the literary friendship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow, Ashley Lear draws upon research from her book on the two authors to describe the ways in which both women addressed systemic social issues through their literature and their literary reputations. The presentation examines their roles in women’s suffrage and other first wave feminist endeavors, their shifting views and activism on race relations in America, their depictions of socio-economic class issues, and their dedication to environmentalism and animal rights. While Rawlings and Glasgow were, first and foremost, esteemed novelists, they also used their platforms as successful writers to speak publicly on social issues affecting their communities.


Program format(s) available:

  • In-person
  • Virtual

Download Speaker Listing

Experience the Humanities

Stay Connected to Us

Sign-up to receive notices of free public programs, announcements about our special events, funding alerts from our Grants program, and to receive our award-winning FORUM magazine.


Take a Walking Tour

Florida Stories Walking Tours
Florida Stories Walking Tours
Download Now

Explore an Exhibit

Museum on Main Street Exhibit
Museum on Main Street Exhibit
Explore Exhibits

Attend an Event

Local Color event, Tallahassee, 2018
Local Color event, Tallahassee, 2018
View Events
has been added to the cart. View Cart