America’s First Literature: Discovering the Early Visions of Florida

The Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida is hosting a presentation about its digital resource “Early Visions of Florida.” Developed over the past 15 years, this web-based collection of early Florida literature is now adding video components with leading scholars from across the nation. During this talk, Dr. Thomas Hallock will discuss the process of assembling an anthology of early Florida literature from its initial collection to

Community COVID Time Capsule Panel Discussion

Eckerd College is hosting a panel discussion to explore the most recent stage of the “COVID Community Time Capsule Project.” The Time Capsule, which is being exhibited at the Eckerd College Library, is meant to help the community of Eckerd College along with local communities in St. Petersburg process and reflect upon the experiences of the pandemic, and to help future generations remember and learn from these collective experiences. Organized

Happy Hour with the Historian: Dr. Gary Mormino, Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes, and Florida’s Turning Point”.

Join the St. Petersburg Museum of History on Thursday, May 12th as the museum and UPC Insurance welcomes Dr. Gary Mormino and his presentation, “Dreams in the New Century: Instant Cities, Shattered Hopes and Florida’s Turning Point,” with a special book signing. Gary Mormino is an author of a wide range of academic and popular books. Immigrants on the Hill (University of Illinois press, 1986) won the Howard Marraro Prize

SpeakOut: The Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Art

The LGBTQ Resource Center at the Gulfport Public Library is hosting the third in its six-part SpeakOut series with a focus on the “Intersections of LGBTQ Identity and Art.” While conversations about artistic talent have traditionally centered on white males, whether gay or not, these stereotypes are challenged more and more today. Multimedia artist Saudade Toxosi and former gallery owner Steve Glassman examine the challenges faced by artists who are

SpeakOut: The Intersection of LGBTQ Identity and Law

The Gulfport Public Library and LGBTQ Resource Center are kicking off their SpeakOut series with a lecture by C. Dixon Osburn, author and co-founder of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. His book, Mission Possible, recounts the individual, social and financial cost of a policy at the intersection of law and LGBTQ identity. Osburn will explore the history of the 1994 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy signed into law by President

Florida Talks Event: Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Comes to Life

Join us at the Pinellas County African American History Museum (1101 Marshall Street Clearwater, FL 33755- parking and entrance on Grant St.) to hear Ersula Odoms-Knox speak on Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. She served as a New Deal government official in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an

Florida Talks Event: Respect: Soul and the Civil Rights Movement

Join us at the Pinellas County African American History Museum (1101 Marshall Street Clearwater, FL 33755- parking and entrance on Grant St.) to hear John Capouya’s on the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Era. Words, images, and stirring music tell the story of the soul music that became the soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement: Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Sam and Dave, James Brown, and Florida’s own Timmy Thomas (“Why

Florida Talks Event: The Jim Crow Era

Join us at the Pinellas County African American History Museum (1101 Marshall Street Clearwater, FL 33755- parking and entrance on Grant St.) to hear Dr. Martha Bireda’s talk on the Jim Crow Era in Florida. This program provides an overview of the Jim Crow era and its continued influence in the collective American mind. Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture,

COVID: Stories, Poetry and Motion

Through the transformative power of storytelling, Your Real Stories is happy to present “COVID: Stories, Poetry & Motion.” This program is a YouTube Live event, featuring filmed interviews and performances based on the stories and responses from community members, including Boyzell Hosey, Deputy Editor for Photography for the Tampa Bay Times and acclaimed poet and author, Gloria Munoz. Following this presentation will be a panel discussion amongst some of the

Speaking of History: Made in Florida: Artists, Activists, Celebrities, Educators, and Other Sunshine State Icons

Journalist Art Levy has traveled the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for a Florida Trend magazine feature called Icon. The resulting interviews have been compiled in a University Press of Florida book titled “Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State.” Art will share anecdotes and stories about his Florida journeys and the unique people and talents they share. Advance registration is required for this

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