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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Caren Neile

Storyteller, Scholar, Author
Contact Phone:: 561-289-6586

Biography

About the speaker

Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University since 2001. A Fulbright Senior Specialist, she has performed and lectured in six countries and ten states. She has published five books, including Only in Florida and Florida Lore, both through the History Press, and appears weekly as co-host of the South Florida public radio segment The Public Storyteller. Dr. Neile is the past chair of the National Storytelling Network and a co-founder of the academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society, published by Wayne State Press.

Programs Available

Only in Florida! Your Story, Yourself

Florida history isn’t something that just happens to other people. Based in part on Dr. Neile’s book Only in Florida (History Press), you will learn how to tell your own story and that of your family, in workshop or performance/lecture format, or as part of a friendly competition.

Short Takes: A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories

From the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge to the Ashley Gang, Florida history is brimming with fascinating characters and memorable events. Enjoy lively interpretations of some of the better-known Florida tales of lovers, criminals, and celebrities, as well as others you might not have encountered. Stories performed are based on Dr. Neile’s book Florida Lore (History Press).

Your Florida Story, Made to Order

Care to host a professional performance of the story of your town? Is there a person, event or group you want to honor? Simply provide the material and sit back while a veteran storyteller/scholar does the rest, creating and performing a show for your community to keep and treasure.

The Story of Olive

Olive Chapman Lauther came to South Florida as a child in the late 19th century. Her story, which includes swimming with baby alligators and feasting on wild pigs for Thanksgiving dinner, was captured in her engaging 1963 book The Lonesome Road. Olive’s experience comes to life—complete with “flying” bugs—in this lively and informative performance of her delightful and unusual early life and the birth of a remarkable city: Delray Beach.

Notes

Program format(s) available:

  • In-person
  • Virtual

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