Explore “home” through the humanities

December 11, 2015

In spring 2016, a Gainesville-wide speaker series will invite Florida residents from all backgrounds to share their stories about making the Sunshine State their home.

“Imagining Florida” is a five-part series of lectures and discussions from Jan.-Apr. 2016. Talk writing with Gainesville author Lauren Groff at the ALCD Headquarters Branch Library. Unpeel the history of Florida citrus with Gary Mormino at the Matheson History Museum. Feast your eyes on African-Floridian art with Robin Poynor and Patricia Hilliard-Nunn at Santa Fe College. And dust off treasured artifacts from famous Floridians with curators from the UF Smathers Libraries.

Together, these events reveal how we use writing, art, storytelling and history to shape our lives and communities. Throughout the series, local residents will be invited to contribute their own stories and memories to create a crowd-sourced digital collage of Florida life. Join us to discover what “Florida” means to you and what it might mean to your neighbors.


Saturday, Jan. 9, 2:30 pm
“A Conversation on Writing” – with Award-Winning Gainesville Author, Lauren Groff
Alachua County District Library, Headquarters

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3:30 pm
“Africa in Florida” – A Discussion with Patricia Hilliard-Nunn and Robin Poynor
Santa Fe College, Lawrence W. Tyree Library

Sunday, March 13, 3 p.m.
“Talking Objects, Global Voices” – Collecting Florida Treasures with UF Curators
University of Florida, Smathers Library (East), Room 100

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m.
“Dream Fruit for a Dream State, or When Alachua County Was a Citrus Power” with Gary Mormino
Matheson History Museum

Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp)
Santa Fe College, Center for Innovation and Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave.

“Imagining Florida” is presented by the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Santa Fe College, the Alachua County Library District, the Matheson History Museum and the UF George A. Smathers Libraries.​

All events are free and public participation is encouraged. For details, visit humanities.ufl.edu or find us on Facebook. For specific questions, please contact Jordana Cox at jordana.cox@ufl.edu or 352-392-0796.


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