An evening with Danielle Allen

Harvard University professor. Political theorist. Classicist. Author. Director of a center for ethics. Scholar on democracy, ancient Athenian and modern. By Jacki Levine Featured image above: Photographed here for a 2016 profile for Harvard Magazine, Danielle Allen is currently on leave from Harvard as she pursues the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts. Her book, Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus, is due out in December. Danielle Allen’s head-turning list

Forgotten newspaper casts light on painful stories from Miami’s past

Ten years ago, Julio Capo was researching his book on Miami’s LGBTQ history before 1940 when he discovered a long-forgotten alternative weekly newspaper, Miami Life. By Janet Scherberger Featured image above: Miami Life used attention-grabbing headlines to challenge some of the most powerful state, local and national institutions of the time. “In the state archives I kept coming across references to this newspaper,” said Capo, who formerly worked in TV

Let’s Talk About Water

Florida Humanities is partnering with seven locations across Florida to bring the Smithsonian “Water/Ways” exhibit back to the state. “Water/Ways” is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program that brings nationally curated exhibits to small communities across America. Communities hosting the exhibition have an opportunity to dive into water — an essential component of life on our planet environmentally, culturally, and historically. By Janet Scherberger Featured image

How a powerful partnership between newspapers and educators ignites learning

Since the 1930s, when New York City school teachers requested delivery of The New York Times to their classrooms, newspapers have served as a tool for instruction in everything from reading, history, and government, to math and economics. By Janet Scherberger Today, there are more than 950 Newspaper in Education programs in cities throughout the United States, serving nearly 40 percent of the nation’s public school students. The program promotes

A history museum with an intriguing past

Linda Kranert, museum coordinator for the Apalachicola Arsenal Museum, first saw the building back in 1993, when she was touring the grounds of Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee after being hired as a medical unit supervisor there. By Janet Scherberger Featured image above: The history museum includes a log from the mid 1800s when the buildings were used as a penitentiary. The hospital itself was once part of a 10-building

Under the gaze of the sun

How Florida’s newspapers grew, prospered, and struggled in a state rich in stories By Gary R. Mormino and David Shedden Featured image above: Mabel Norris Reese, owner and editor of the Mount Dora Topic newspaper, was a civil rights activist as well as a journalist. Her editorial questioning the local sheriff’s shooting of two of the “Groveland Boys,” four young Black men wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in

2021 Florida Magazine Association | Charlie Awards

Congratulations to our very own FORUM magazine and all the amazing folks whose talents are displayed in the pages! On Friday, July 16, 2021, at the Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards Banquet in Sarasota, FORUM magazine was named Best Magazine in its category — among 14 awards, including 8 first-place “Charlies.” Featured image above: Florida Humanities Executive Director, Nashid Madyun, and FORUM Magazine Editor, Jacki Levine, attend the 2021 FMA

Twilight of the Spanish, 1780s – 1821: Reading List

Historian Dr. Brian Rucker  offers this reading list for those who would like to learn more about the events leading up to Spain handing over Florida to the U.S. Belko, William S., ed.  America’s Hundred Years’ War:  U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminole, 1763-1858.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida, 2011. Brooks, Philip Coolidge.  Diplomacy and the Borderlands – the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819. Berkeley: 
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