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.

Female Superheroes: What Are Their Real Powers?

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

When Superman first flew onto comic book pages, the Kryptonian set the bar for the future of the medium. Female superheroes also filled those pages from the start, but their portrayal has been a subject of controversy. This presentation examines how women are perceived in popular culture through the lens of comic books and asks what are their real powers? Magdalena Lamarre was a Full Professor of History and Sociology

Zora Neale Hurston: The Founding Mother of America

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

Zora Neale Hurston is universally renowned for her brilliance as a novelist, but her importance as a pioneering folklorist and ethnographer is routinely overlooked. This presentation examines Zora's life and legacy from her training in cultural anthropology to the pioneering fieldwork she conducted in the 1930s. Focusing on her ethnographic masterpiece Mules and Men, this presentation explores her work among African American musicians, storytellers, and craftspeople in her hometown of

Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

This presentation introduces audiences to a variety of Florida Seminole portraits from the 19th Century and how the portraits were used as propaganda to represent the Seminoles as a dying people. "Seminole Portraits: Reflections Across Time" challenges this long-held belief to explore the changing perspectives of Native Americans and the Florida Seminole. With a focus on portraiture over time, the rich history and continued vitality of the Florida Seminole will

Stories of Florida—Con Sabor!

Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Ln., Lake Wales, FL

Florida stories have never been the same since Ponce de Leon first arrived in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, this presentation connects personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales with the history, peoples, and cultures of Florida, con un poco sabor Latino—with a bit of Latino flavor! An internationally celebrated storyteller, teaching artist, and Chautauqua scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar is the recipient of multiple awards for service, leadership, and

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