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:
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
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.
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.
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