Humanities and the Sunshine State 2017 Summer Programs

Humanities and the Sunshine State 2017 Summer Programs

The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere is excited to share information about our upcoming residential programs in June:

These residential programs, with the support of the Florida Humanities Council and in collaboration with UF’s Center for Precollegiate Education and Training (CPET), capitalize on the unique history and environment of North Central Florida to explore the connections between the humanities, Florida’s ecosystems, and the future of our state.

For more information about these programs, please see the attached flyers and details below. Please share widely with family, friends, and colleagues.

11-17 June, 2017

Floridians have an extensive relationship with water. From the food we eat, to our favorite pastimes, to the industries that flourish here, to our changing and diverse population, Florida’s most significant issues are tied to water. Through an introduction to how various humanities disciplines study water, Humanities and the Sunshine State will explore contemporary political topics such as tourism, food justice, aquifer sustainability, industrial growth, and race relations.

Through practicing methods of humanities research — archival study, oral history, digital curation, archaeological excavation, ethical critique, and textual interpretation — students will learn what the humanities do, and how the lessons they generate build an informed citizenry. Through engaging and hands on activities, participants will explore how water has shaped the past and present of Florida, and how our interactions with water today will shape the future of our state.

For more information about costs and how to apply to Humanities and the Sunshine State: Florida’s Water Stories, click here. Please note that limited need-based funding is available.


19-23 June, 2017

People in Florida shape their environment, but they are also sensitive to environmental changes. Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates is a unique, interdisciplinary residential educator seminar that tackles the complex issue of climate change by approaching it from multiple disciplines, and by situating contemporary changes in a historical perspective of climatic variations spanning millennia of geological years and thousands of years of human inhabitation of the peninsula. By showing how humans have experienced and responded to environmental changes over this time period, the seminar will strategize how to teach adaptation as a necessary way of life as Floridians. In this way, the seminar connects cutting-edge research in the humanities and ecological sciences to Florida environmental policy issues.

This seminar is open to all educators and disciplines, including full‐time, certified K‐12 public or private school teachers of any subject, media specialists, librarians, guidance counselors, school and district administrators, state college professors, museum educators, National Park Service interpreters, and Florida State Park interpreters. Educators will work in a well-supported and academically stimulating environment with Master Teachers in language arts/social studies and sciences to develop Florida state standards-based lesson planning components throughout the workshop. Documentation for In-Service credits will be provided.

For more information about costs and how to apply to Humanities and the Sunshine State: Teaching Florida’s Climates, click here.

Support for these programs was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional funding from the Rothman Endowment of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Additional support for these programs was provided by the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research.