Florida Humanities Lunch & Learn Lectures
Nov. 21: Patrick "Rick" D. Smith, Jr.
The son of author Patrick D. Smith, Rick lives in California where he works in professional media production. He spent over 20 years as department head at California Polytechnic State University, producing educational and entertainment films and videos.
Dec. 12: Gary Mormino
Gary Mormino is a prolific author, concentrating his energies trying to understand modern Florida. His books include The Immigrant World of Ybor City and Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams.
Jan. 9: Peggy MacDonald
Peggy Macdonald is Executive Director at the Matheson History Museum and Adjunct Professor at Stetson University and Indian River State College.
Feb. 20: Carrie Sue Ayvar
Carry Sue Ayvar is nationally-acclaimed storyteller dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. She is a Chautauqua scholar and Master Teaching Artist who’s performances blend entertainment and education.
March 20: Brendan Burke
Brendan Burke works for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum as a maritime archaeologist with the museum’s research wing.
April 10: Andrew Frank
Andrew K. Frank is a specialist in the history of the Seminoles and other Indians of Florida. He is Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University and an award-winning author and editor of many books and articles.
WHAT: Florida Humanities Lunch & Learn Lecture Series
WHEN: Monthly lectures held November 2017 through April 2018, Noon to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
HOW: Cost is $15 and includes lunch (Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a ten percent discount). Advanced registration is required.
Don’t miss the 2017-2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture and people. Presented by the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) in partnership with Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, this series will showcase six engaging talks and performances, from November 2017 through April 2018.
The series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical journey into Florida colonial life, a look at lighthouses along the coast and more. Learn more:
- Nov. 21: "Patrick D. Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered" is a multi-media, visual storytelling program about Patrick D. Smith's literary works, hosted by Patrick's son Rick Smith.
- Dec. 12: "The Florida Dream" recounts Florida's recent history, from the 1940's to present, by Gary Mormino, FHC scholar in residence and professor emeritus of history.
- Jan. 9: "Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida's Environment" blends Florida, women’s and environmental history into one story of conservation, with Peggy MacDonald, author and executive director of the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville.
- Feb. 20: "Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida" recounts the life of Dr. Anna Darrow who, in 1909, became only the second woman doctor licensed in Florida, portrayed by FHC Chautauqua Scholar Carrie Sue Ayvar.
- March 20: "Lighthouses of the Sunshine State: Sentinels of History along Florida’s Coast" is a journey across Florida with Brendan Burke, Maritime Historian at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
- April 10: "Innovation and the Transformation of Seminole Culture" features Andrew Frank, Allen Morris Associate Professor of History at Florida State University, who explains Seminole Indian culture from the 1700's to today.
The Florida Humanities Council partners with community organizations around the state. Support for the Speaker Series is provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Friends of Rookery Bay.