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.

Alert: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

Stretching Toward Freedom: A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day

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The 6th event in the annual "Created Equal" series - offered by Leon County and The Village Square with support from Florida Humanities (including facilitation by Keith Simmons) features prominent historians marking this momentous history and considering how we continue to stretch toward freedom today. The panel included Florida A&M University's Dr. Larry Rivers, University of Florida's Dr. Paul Ortiz, and the founding director of John G. Riley Museum and

Dead Presidents + Living Statues: Ideals, hypocrisy + e pluribus unum

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As current events batter already weakened institutions of democracy, it's increasingly hard to navigate how we gather together under the banner of "e pluribus unum." We'll be joined by humanities and presidential scholar Clay Jenkinson as we struggle together to understand (and learn lessons from) the tumult of our times.

High Conflict: An Evening With Amanda Ripley

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New York Times bestselling author and award-winning investigative journalist Amanda Ripley joins us to offer up a brilliant and frame-shifting understanding of conflict from the most distant political conflict to the most intimately personal conflict in our closest relationships from her most recent book "High Conflict: Why We Get Stuck and How We Get Out." As Amanda introduces us to compelling people in high conflict situations somehow written more like

Amanda Ripley: High Conflict: How we get trapped and how we get out

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We'll be joined for an intimate conversation by journalist Amanda Ripley to talk about her tour-de-force book about how we - in our lives, in our work and in our country - navigate the unique dynamics of high conflict at a time when division is on the rise.

Our Declaration: An Evening With Dr. Danielle Allen

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Please join us virtually as we welcome our very special guest Dr. Danielle Allen, Harvard University Professor, classicist, and political scientist, and author of Our Declaration, a book about this critical moment in the future of building a multiracial democracy. At a time when the future of American democracy is under threat from across the political spectrum and a disturbingly high number of citizens seem to no longer believe in

A Defense of Truth: “The Constitution of Knowledge” with Jonathan Rauch

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Online trolls and political disinformation. Cancel culture and Twitter pile-ons. We’re living in a time when truth itself is under perpetual assault by growing numbers of our fellow citizens (and more than a few Russian bots) who simply don’t want to believe anything that they — well — didn’t already want to believe. This rising tide of illiberalism from across the political spectrum has many of us yammering on until

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"

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