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WHAT: Florida Humanities Lunch & Learn Lecture Series
WHEN: Monthly lectures held November 2017 through March 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.

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.




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