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The Florida Humanities Series is our gift to the community.
 

In 2007, The Florida Humanities Council an independent, non-profit organization that serves as our state's affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, funded a special program at The Emerson Center to provide free, public programs that explore Florida's history, folklore, environment, literature, music, and art. Today, relying solely on community support, The Emerson Center continues to offer these informative programs for our neighbors.


Now, you can download an informative flier describing the 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Series.


Join us in saying special thanks to Marine Bank & Trust, our sponsor for the 2016-2017 Florida Humanities Series.


The capacity of the Emerson Center is more than 800. For our Florida Humanities series, free admission will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. There will be a selection of V.I.P. seats reserved for season ticket holders of the "Celebrated Speakers Series," Florida Humanities Series Sponsors, and Friends of the Emerson Center. The Emerson Center is handicapped-accessible and is conveniently located at 1590 27th Avenue, on the SE corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue in Vero Beach. For more information, contact 778-5249.
 

Once again in 2016-2017, The Emerson Center at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vero Beach will present the Florida Humanities Series - our gift to the community. Six acclaimed programs will be presented at the Center between October 2016 and April 2017, with all presentations relating to Florida history, nature, culture, and issues. Admission to each is complimentary and all performances will begin at 7 p.m.
 

Coming up next on the Florida Humanities Series stage...



Oct. 13, 2016, 7pm
Steve Noll
Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats, too!)

 

The season’s inaugural event is a lively and often humorous examination of Florida’s transportation history presented by the University of Florida’s master lecturer, Dr. Steve Noll. On October 13, Noll will travel to Vero Beach to reveal how, throughout our history, the challenges of navigating in and around Florida have shaped our past — and promise to shape our future.
 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.


 

 


Nov. 10, 2016, 7pm
Rick Smith, Jr.
Patrick Smith’s
Florida is a Land Remembered

 

 

On November 10, Rick Smith Jr. will delve into the extraordinary life of his father and Florida’s long-time literary ambassador, author Patrick Smith. Since the elder Smith’s death in January 2014, his son has assembled an arsenal of insightful video clips and interspersed them with personal anecdotes to build a retrospective sure to touch the hearts of Floridians. Explore A Land Remembered, Forever Island, and other Smith classics while learning about an important author who shaped the way the world views Florida as well as the way Floridians view the world.

See a special website dedicated to this program. Click here.

Download a flyer about this event. Click here.
 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.

 

 


Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 7pm
Avenue D Choir
Season in Song: Holiday Music

Back by popular demand!

 

Just in time for the holidays, we will again welcome The Avenue D Choir with a holiday showcase entitled “Season in Song.” This concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Come to understand how the excitement, discipline, and joy of making music have brought success to this chorus of St. Lucie County youth. Under the direction of the dynamic Mary Hendricks, this traditional holiday concert in Vero Beach is a perfect way to launch this special season. Stay after the show.
 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
 

Holiday refreshments will be served following the presentation.
 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.


 

 


Jan. 12, 2016, 7pm
Lynn Waddell
Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State

 

Next, on January 12, author and journalist Lynn Waddell presents “Fringe Florida: The Unusual Subcultures of the Sunshine State.” Beyond being a magical place in many people’s imaginations, Florida has recently earned a reputation for being a place harboring “mud boggers, furries, ufologists, nudists, and other lovers of unconventional lifestyles.” Waddell goes behind the sensational headlines to take our audience inside some of the state’s most eclectic and daring worlds. She introduces you to the colorful people and lifestyles that make Florida truly unique, while discussing how these edgy subcultures came to thrive here.

 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.


 

 


March 9, 2016, 7pm
Michael Francis
Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607: Part II


Back by popular demand!

 

During our 2015-2016 Florida Humanities series, Dr. Michael Francis captivated the audience with a program entitled “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607.” This academic-sounding title concealed an animated look into an important, but misunderstood chapter of Florida’s history, related by an expert and master storyteller. At the end of the program, the audience had just one regret — that the evening couldn’t last longer. So, The Emerson Center vowed to bring Francis back again with a promise that he will pick up the story where he left off. Don’t miss this March 9 return engagement.

This presentation will continue exploring the early history of European settlement efforts in Florida. It recounts the remarkably rich, yet much neglected history of colonization in the US southeast in the 16th century, a process that began almost a century before Jamestown. This presentation will give the audience an excellent background to understand our rich Spanish history.

One of the country’s leading experts on the history of the Spanish colonial experience in Florida, Dr. J. Michael Francis, participates in the highly regarded Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Formerly professor and chairman of the History Department at the University of North Florida, Dr. Francis, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, holds the Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies at the USF.
 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.

 

 


April 13, 2016, 7pm
Jocelyn Bezner & Molly Polidoroff
Save The Chimps: The Treasure Coast’s Best-Kept Secret
 

 

On April 13, we will close the series with a look inside a special, private enclave located in our own backyards. Molly Polidoroff and Dr. Jocelyn Bezner will share the podium to tell us about the Treasure Coast’s best kept secret, an animal refuge called “Save the Chimps” located in Ft. Pierce. We will learn about the special mission of the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary and discover how recent legislation, the Endangered Species Act of 2015, has impacted the lives of these magnificent animals and the dedicated people who are responsible for them. Polidoroff is Save The Chimps’ Executive Director, Bezner is their Senior Veterinarian.


 

General admission seating is available FREE of charge for this performance thanks to the generous support of the Florida Humanities Council and our sponsor, Marine Bank & Trust.

 

 



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