Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

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When the Stars Begin to Fall

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Dr. Theodore R. Johnson sees both a Promise “big enough for all of us” and an existential threat if we cannot somehow find each other to live into it. And at a time when it’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused, he lights a path forward that we might travel together—with wisdom and clarity that draws us in. Join us as Dr. Johnson makes an invitation—and a challenge—to all of

Majority Minority with Justin Gest

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How do societies respond to great demographic change? This question lingers over the contemporary politics of the United States and other countries where persistent immigration has altered populations and may soon produce a majority minority milestone. Or where the original ethnic or religious majority loses its numerical advantage to one or more foreign-origin minority groups. Until now, most of our knowledge about large-scale responses to demographic change has been based

Dr. Robb Willer: How to Have Better Political Conversations or: Ending this Zombie Apocalypse

Dr. Robb Willer of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University has been working on understanding the moral underpinnings of this accelerating anger, and his research shows everyone is speaking different languages. This conversation makes Robb, a move buff, think of zombie apocalypse movies and wonder if everyone is acting like "foot soldiers in the army of the undead" in political conversations. Join Dr. Willer for highly-relatable, user-friendly,

Mónica Guzmán: “I Never Thought of It That Way”

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Ready to fight back against the confusion, heartbreak, and madness of a dangerously divided time? Find the answers by talking with people--rather than about them--and asking questions across the divides. Seeking where people are coming from is easier than previously thought. Attendance is free but registration is required. Mónica Guzmán is Director of Digital and Storytelling at braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, host of the Crosscut interview

Chloé Valdary: The Theory of Enchantment

After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social-emotional learning, character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom and beyond. She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine, and her writings have

Daryl Davis: Hate, Undone

When Daryl Davis was ten, he did not understand hate yet. But, he was the only Black scout in a parade to honor Paul Revere's ride to Concord when he began getting hit by bottles. It was then he formed a question in his mind he spent much of his life answering: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Failing to find an answer in books

Chris Stirewalt: Broken News

Chris Stirewalt, former Fox News political editor, gives an inside view of the rage-driven political environment the United States has been plunged into. From Amazon: "Rage revenue-addicted news companies are plagued by shoddy reporting, sensationalism, groupthink, and partisan tribalism. Newsrooms rely on emotion-driven talk to entrance conflict-addled super users." This event is free to attend, but registration is required via the Eventbrite link. Stirewalt is a senior fellow at the

A Braver Story: The Braver Angels Story of America


Are you "us" or are you "them?" These days every religious, nonprofit, and for-profit has to state their opinion on every political disagreement. This event discusses how advisable this situation is and if there might be a better way. This event is free to attend but registration is required to attend via the Eventbrite link. Built by patriotic volunteers, Braver Angels is a national movement to bridge the partisan divide,

“Join or Die” Film Screening

The Challenger Center 200 S Duval St., Tallahassee, Florida

The Village Square is hosting a film screening of the documentary Join or Die. Join or Die, a feature documentary, follows the half-century story of America's civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam, whose groundbreaking "Bowling Alone" research examines America's decades-long decline in community connections. The screening is being offered in observance of the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

Democracy Reignited: Join or Die


Author and Harvard Professor Robert D. Putnam joins author Shaylyn Romney Garrett for a conversation on his groundbreaking sociological research "Bowling Alone" and subsequent book. Dr. Putnam discusses the decline of American community connections over the past half-century and how people can reconnect with one another across demographics. Dr. Robert D. Putnam is the author of 14 books, including Bowling Alone, that have been translated into 20 languages and focuses

Democracy Reignited: The Roots of Belonging + The Risks of Othering


Rachel Brown, the founder of Over Zero, shares her experience in preventing violence in global hotspots to the challenge of rising identity-based hatred around the world. Over Zero works in the United States, Central Europe, and East Africa providing assistance to a diverse set of partners, including civil society leaders and organizations, funders and large institutions, and other leaders within society. Rachel Brown is the author of Defusing Hate: A

Join or Die Film Screening

The Challenger Center 200 S Duval St., Tallahassee, Florida

The Village Square hosts a screening of Join or Die at The Challenger Learning Center. This feature documentary follows the half-century story of America's civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putman, whose groundbreaking Bowling Alone research into America's decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to democracy's present crisis. This screening is part of The Village Square's UNUM: Democracy Reignited initiative in partnership with

The Fragmentation of Everything with Jonathan Haidt


The Village Square hosts The Fragmentation of Everything with Jonathan Haidt, moderated by Thomas Whitley, Village Square Board Chair, via Zoom and Facebook Live. Dr. Jonathan Haidt delves into the profound impact of social media on democratic societies, dissecting the intricate web of challenges it poses to civic trust and civil discourse. Dr. Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at NYU's Stern School of Business.

The Soul of Civility with Alexandra Hudson


The Village Square hosts "The Soul of Civility" with Alexandra O. Hudson and moderator Manu Meel on Zoom and Facebook Live. Hudson funds the challenges to today's civility dire, she thinks they are not new — and they are most definitely not about being more polite. Join Village Square for this inspiringly heartfelt and beautifully pitched argument that civility is not a luxury: it is necessary for the survival and

Resetting the American Table


The Village Square hosts "Resetting the Table" with Rabbi Melissa Weintraub and Eyal Rabinovitch via Zoom and Facebook Live. As part of the 2023-2024 virtual lecture series, "UNUM: Democracy Reignited," The Village Square engages international expertise in service of quelling increasingly dangerous divisions. After years of focus on volatile disagreements surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Resetting the Table has broadened their attention to sharing their wisdom with those seeking a peaceful

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