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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David Head

Historian
Contact Phone:: 716-310-2302

Biography

About the speaker

David Head is a historian, author, and associate lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. David grew up in Western New York, where he received his B.A. in history from Niagara University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. An expert on pirates and privateers as well as on George Washington and the American Revolution, he is the author, most recently, of A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. In addition to his scholarly publications, David’s work has appeared in USA Today, the Orlando Sentinel, the Washington Examiner, and the Bulwark.

Programs Available

The Spanish American Pirates and Privateers Who Tried to Conquer Florida

Two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, then still a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. The presentation will tell the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them.

The Siege of Pensacola and the Gulf Coast Campaign in the American Revolution

In the spring of 1781, British Pensacola fell to a force of Spanish, Irish, Native American, and black Cuban soldiers led by Bernardo de Galvez, the Spanish governor of Louisiana–and the colony of British West Florida, once loyal to the king, slipped out of George III’s hands, dealing a new blow in the international war known as the American Revolution. The presentation tells the dramatic story of the American Revolution in Florida when Spain helped the American cause by waging war along the Gulf Coast.

Notes

Program format(s) available:

  • In-person
  • Virtual

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