Join us for an enlightening four-part series of “hot topic” humanities lectures and community conversations examining the historical context of issues impacting the lives of Floridians today. All programs are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tasty refreshments will be served. The events will be held throughout the community at special Tallahassee locations.
Please RSVP for each program via Eventbrite using the URL provided. Please note that locations are subject to change.
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, born a poor and second-class citizen in a rigidly segregated society, rose to the heights of achievement on the national stage and made a lasting impact on Florida history. She fought hard for her own education and for the education of other African American women. Despite Dr. Bethune’s work, gaps in education are still documented today, especially in low-income areas. What can be done to improve the system so that all children have the best opportunity to learn? Participants can weigh in on that question after the presentation.
Please RSVP at: https://fhcmfeb7.eventbrite.com
Good jobs, fair wages, unemployment rates—all of these things are part of the discussion about our state’s economy. How did Florida get to where it is today regarding jobs and labor? Steve Noll examines Florida’s work history in an enlightening presentation that is sure to provide insights and perspective on today’s situation. After Dr. Noll’s presentation, join the conversation about ways to improve Florida’s job market and prepare workers to take on the hot jobs of the future.
Please RSVP at: https://fhcmmarch21.eventbrite.com
Water is a critical resource for all of us and issues surrounding it have landed in the courts. Learn about the “Water Wars” that Florida and Georgia have engaged in for decades and what the stakes are for Florida communities. What are the lessons we can learn from this legal battle? How does sustainability play a role in preserving our water resources? Join us for Dr. Berson’s thought-provoking lecture and for the conversation afterward about sustaining our precious water resources.
Please RSVP at: https://fhcmapril18.eventbrite.com
The last program in the series offers an appropriate finale to the previous discussions about education and race; labor and the economy; and the environment. Taking a look back at the 20th century, we will see how Florida grew from the least populated Southern state just before World War II to the third most populous in the country by 2014. Distinguished historian and author Gary Mormino discusses how that happened and what Florida’s future may look like. A discussion about ways to keep Florida strong as we move further into the 21st century will follow the lecture.
Please RSVP at: https://fhcmmay3.eventbrite.com