FMoPA to Host Florida Humanities Speaker Series

Don’t miss the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts 2017-18 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture, and people.

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, this series will showcase five engaging talks starting this month and ending in March 2018.

The series will touch on a wide range of topics, including women’s role in the American Revolution, a look back at the civil rights movement, and an exploration of Florida’s own unique history:

Gary Monroe: Florida’s Self-Taught Renegade Artists

Oct. 27, 5 p.m.

Introducing people to the world of Outsider Art, this vivid lecture focuses on art that has been created by uninitiated artists who are distinguished by their idiosyncrasies and wild visions.

Dr. Gary Mormino: Florida and World War II

Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Explore Florida’s role in the war and in the years that followed. WWII ignited a modern civil rights movement, new roles for women and the dawn of the Florida Dream.

Eliot Kleinberg: Florida’s Amazing History and Why You Should Care

Jan, 28, 2 p.m.

A whirlwind tour of 500 years of Florida history and how it has changed the state, for better or worse, capped with a strong argument that Florida’s biggest challenge is encouraging its transplants to become Floridians and work to solve the state’s problems.

Michael Butler: State, Local and National Campaigns: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Feb. 23, 5 p.m.

This presentation examines the concept of “Florida exceptionalism” in relation to the black-freedom struggle and places the Sunshine State into its proper regional and national perspective.

Roger Smith: Women of the American Revolution: Lost Voices of America’s First Generation

March 23, 5 p.m.

This talk is about some of the most amazing, yet little-known, participants in the American Revolution, gathered from various collections of reports about women from each colony, of all races, free and enslaved.

Admission to each lecture is free for members. A $10 donation is suggested for not-yet-members and includes entrance to the museum. All programs will be hosted at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, located at 400 North Ashley Drive, Cube 200.

Parking is available in the Rivergate Plaza underground parking garage for $5 per hour with a daily maximum of $25. FMoPA is able to validate parking in this garage for a flat rate of $5 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays.

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. The Speaker Series also is hosted in conjunction with the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Fourth Fridays.

For more information, visit or call (813) 221-2222.


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