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.
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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
Michael TougiasAuthor, Motivational Speaker
About the speaker
Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. Among his bestsellers are The Finest Hours (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), Fatal Forecast, Overboard, King Philip’s War, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.
Above & Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis
The little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, sparking an international crisis that brought U.S. and the Soviet Union
to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down by the Soviets, in an incident that was covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida.
U-Boats So Close to Home: An American Family’s World War II Story of Survival and the U-boat that Attacked Them
The attack, the survivors, and the rescue of the first U-boat to enter the Gulf of Mexico, in May 1942, as it stalked its prey 30 miles off New Orleans.
The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue & the Disney Movie
The true story of how two separate oil tankers split in half in a 1952 Nor’easter off Cape Cod and how the Disney movie about the disaster was made. The hero of this story was Bernie Webber of Melbourne, Florida.
From the Mayflower to King Philip’s Indian War (Seeds of Democracy and a clash of cultures)
2020 marked the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth. Crucial to their success was the agreement that they signed called the Mayflower Compact that initiated the themes of American Democracy. In this slide presentation, by historian and NY Times Bestselling author Michael Tougias, he will also discuss: The Pilgrims first disastrous year, friendship with Wampanoag leader Massasoit, the two major wars with the Native Americans: The Pequot War and King Philip’s War, which had the highest casualty rate per capita of any war fought by Americans including the Civil War, and the war was also the first major war in America. Tougias will discuss the ramifications of this War and how it later influenced the treatment of the Seminoles of Florida.
(Tougias is the co-author of titled King Philip’s War: The History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict)
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