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
David LetasiPaleontologist, Archeologist
About the speaker
David Letasi, Paleontologist and expert formerly with the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
Florida’s Prehistoric Heritage
Learn how paleontologists discovered Florida’s prehistoric past. Using actual fossils, we will examine the history of the early marine and terrestrial vertebrate fossil sites and unique taxa found over the last century. The unique fossils found here will be compared to other sites in the Western US. The early paleontologists’ techniques and discoveries will be covered and Florida’s unique geology, paleo climate and extinction will be examined.
Pursuit of Florida’s Paleo Hunters
Travel back into the last Ice Age and learn about Florida’s first people. Discover how they survived climate change and giant predators. Who were the archeologist that discovered these early hunters’ artifact sites? We will compare the artifacts found here in Florida to those found around North America. Were there people living here before the Clovis Tradition and what is the Solutrean Theory? What was their origin? These controversies will be examined, and actual Paleoindian artifacts studied.
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