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

The Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park hosts Cynthia Barnett for “The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans.” In her book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans, award-winning environmental author Cynthia Barnett explores the long, rich and surprisingly profound relationship between humans and seashells. Traveling from Florida to the Bahamas to the Maldives, West Africa, and beyond, Barnett uncovers

Virtual Screening and Discussion: Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II

In recognition of Women’s History Month, join the Florida Historic Capitol Museum for virtual screening of the documentary Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II. Hear the wartime memories of African American women who were recruited to serve in US war production and government positions in the 1940s as 20 million women stepped forward to build the “arsenal of democracy.” Known as “Black Rosies,” their first-hand accounts detail

Dante: Between Dread and Hope – A Conversation with Lorna Goodison

The Dante Society of America and the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies welcome internationally acclaimed poet Lorna Goodison, former poet laureate of Jamaica (2017-2020), who will speak about her longstanding poetic engagement with Dante and his Divine Comedy. In addition to many allusions to Dante’s works in her poetry, Goodison has translated several cantos of the Divine Comedy into Jamaican patois, relocating the scenes to contemporary Jamaica.

Oh Florida!

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but lately, it’s gotten the reputation of being the Punchline State. Amid all the mockery that comes with the Florida Man and Florida Woman stories, though, people forget just how important and influential Florida has been. Everything from NASCAR to Native American casinos got started here, and major events such as the Rev. Martin Luther King’s arrest in St. Augustine changed life across

The American Soldier in World War II

Find out what America’s World War II citizen-soldiers had to say when the US Army asked for their uncensored opinions! Join the Florida Historic Capitol Museum and Dr. Ed Gitre, assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, on this journey to explore the newly digitized collection of US War Department surveys conducted from 1941 to 1945. More than 500,000 American soldiers’ attitudes, opinions, and experiences in WWII were recorded. Their

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

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

High Conflict: An Evening With Amanda Ripley

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

Stretching Toward Freedom: A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day

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

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