The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans

Explore the human fascination with seashells and their ancient history as global currency, their use as religious and luxury objects, and the remarkable marine mollusks that make them in Cynthia Barnett’s engaging account of an aspect of nature and culture long hidden in plain sight. Barnett illuminates the beauty and wonder of seashells as well as human ingenuity and scientific solutions they represent for the warming world. Cynthia Barnett is

The Supreme Court of the United States

Join Leesburg Public Library and Dr. Judith Scourfield-McLauchlan to discuss the Supreme Court. Based on her work, Dr. Scourfield-McLauchlan gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the Supreme Court of the United States. This presentation includes a discussion of the history and judicial functions of the Supreme Court and the architectural features of the building. Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Founding Director of the Center

Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife

Part family memoir, part political commentary, the grand and sometimes crazy story of Florida through the eyes of one of its native daughters. Diane Roberts is a professor of English. She specializes in Southern culture and is an author, columnist, essayist, radio commentator and reviewer. She earned her doctorate at Oxford University. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park, Inc. Funding

Boston Marriages Gone South

Betty Jean Steinshouer, Author, HIstorian, Actress presents: Boston Marriages gone South. Here are the lives of four lesbian couples who traveled to Florida together in the 19th and 20th centuries, long before marriage equality: Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields; Katharine Loring and Alice James; Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Carolyn Percy Cole; Elizabeth Bishop and Louise Crane. They all gravitated to the Land of Flowers and here are the lessons

Vanishing Florida: A Visual and Literal Story of Florida’s Lost Wilderness and History with Kevin Boldenow

Through the use of historical information, poetry, and famous quotes, Boldenow captures Florida’s diminishing wilderness both visually and literally. It’s part of his current project and exhibits titled Vanishing Florida A Visual and Literal Story of Florida’s Lost Wilderness and History. This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Leesburg Public Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

An examination of the perceptions of women in popular culture through the lens of comic books. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and Brooksville Vision Foundation. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Above and Beyond- JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

Michael Tougias is a NY Times best-selling author who has written and co-authored 29 books. His presentation of the untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis speaks of the little known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba. This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Leesburg Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by

Let’s Talk Reparations

“Let’s Talk Reparations” is a nonpartisan, interactive, lively, and multi-cultural panel discussion that will explore how we understand and talk about reparations. This discussion will focus on uplifting the repair work of slavery’s effects, and exploring various avenues for reparations for the people who overcame slavery and their generations that followed. Telling the Reparations’ story through an inclusive lens, we will analyze how repairing can be achieved through many different

Vintage Florida: Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids

Lu Vickers will present the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater. Lu Vickers the recipient of two Florida Book awards and three Florida Individual Artist Fellowships for fiction. In addition to writing Remembering Paradise Park (with C. Graham), she has written the novel Breathing Underwater and

Coffee and Conversations: Weeki Wachee the City of Mermaids with Lu Vickers

The fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater. When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of the spring in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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