2016-17 Florida Humanities Speaker Series Program Schedule

The Florida Humanities Council provides a wide array of scholars and presenters to its partners across the state. For the 2016-2017 program season, we have partnered with ten organizations to present the Florida Humanities Speakers Series. Boasting more than 40 programs, these events will educate, entertain, and enlighten Floridians about history, art, culture, and what it means to be a Floridian. Whether you’re in Fort Lauderdale or Tallahassee, there’s probably a Humanities Series program near you!


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Nova Southeastern University Presents

Habana Deco: Art and Architecture of Cuba

Presented by: Sharon Koskoff
October 27, 2016, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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Florida and World War II

Presented by: Dr. Gary Mormino
November 10, 2016, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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Remembering Paradise Park

Presented by: Lu Vickers
February 16, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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On Hemingway: Three Views

Presented by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
March 8, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
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Global Events That Touched Florida

Presented by: Janie Gould
April 6, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
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Ameila Island Museum of History Presents

Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida

Presented by: Cynthia Barnett
December 16, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

Presented by: Lu Vickers
January 6, 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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When Manatees Were Sea Cows: How Floridians Coped When Times Were Hard

Presented by: Janie Gould
February 17, 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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Billy's Wonderful Performances: The Art and Science of William Bartram

Presented by: Mallory O'Connor
May 19, 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

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Florida Historic Capitol Museum Presents

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life

Presented by: Ersula K. Odom
February 7, 2017, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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The Way We Worked - Labor and Florida History

Presented by: Steven Noll
March 21, 2017, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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The Battle Over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Basin

Presented by: Tom Berson
April 18, 2017, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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A New Florida Dream or Sunset?

Presented by: Dr. Gary Mormino
May 3, 2017, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

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Highlands Hammock State Park Presents

The Art of Hope: WPA Murals in Florida

Presented by: Mallory O'Connor
November 12, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Presented by: Robert Stone
January 10, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Getting to Know Florida's Engaging 'Water World' from the Inside Out

Presented by: Bill Belleville
February 7, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Patrick Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered

Presented by: Rick Smith
March 2, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Sarasota County History Center Presents

Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607

Presented by: J. Michael Francis
January 27, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters

Presented by: Gary Monroe
February 24, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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The American Revolution's Best Kept Secret: Why East and West Florida Mattered

Presented by: Roger Smith
March 17, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Florida's Amazing History and Why You Should Care

Presented by: Eliot Kleinberg
April 7, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Lady Lake Historical Society Presents

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Presented by: Robert Stone
September 15, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Getting to Know Florida's Engaging 'Water World' from the Inside Out

Presented by: JBill Belleville
October 6, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Florida History from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass

Presented by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
January 19, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Presented by: Carrie Sue Ayvar
April 20, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Marco Island Museum Presents

Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for Florida

Presented by: Cynthia Barnett
September 6, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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The American Revolution's Best Kept Secret: Why East and West Florida Mattered

Presented by: Roger Smith
November 1, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607

Presented by: J. Michael Francis
March 7, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Florida Environmental History

Presented by: Steven Noll
April 27, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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Ormond Beach Historical Sociey Presents

The Battle Over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Water Basin

Due to unforeseen circumstances this program has been cancelled. We are working to reschedule this program.

Presented by: Tom Berson
September 24, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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How Florida contracted Manatee Insanity

Presented by: Craig Pittman
October 22, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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Florida at War: A Living History Presentation in Character and Costume

Presented by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
November 19, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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The Way We Worked - Labor and Florida History

Presented by: Steven Noll
January 28, 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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Women of the American Revolution: Lost Voices of America's First Generation

Presented by: Roger Smith
February 18, 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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Modern by Tradition: Innovation and the Transformation of Seminole Culture

Presented by: Andrew K. Frank
April 29, 2017, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

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St. Petersburg Museum of History Presents

Cypress Gardens: America's Tropical Wonderland

Presented by: Lu Vickers
October 13, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Presented by: Robert Stone
December 15, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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"The Magnificent Drama": Martin Luther King in St. Augustine

Presented by: Michael Butler
February 9, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Getting to Know Florida's Engaging 'Water World' from the Inside Out

Presented by: Bill Belleville
April 13, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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The Emerson Center Presents

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Presented by: Steven Noll
October 13, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Patrick Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered

Presented by: Rick Smith
November 10, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State

Presented by: Lynn Waddell
January 12, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607

Presented by: J. Michael Francis
March 9, 2017, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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