This program focuses on a diverse selection of the interviewees—from artists, writers and entertainers to educators, activists and entrepreneurs—and demonstrates the complexity of Florida’s history and culture. You’ll hear stories from people you’ve probably heard of—Burt Reynolds, Shaquille O’Neil, Carl Hiaasen, for example—and people you might not know yet, such as George Allen, the first African-American student to graduate from the University of Florida’s law school; Mary Ann Carroll, the only female artist among the original Florida Highwaymen painters; Louise Gopher, a Seminole Tribe elder; and Patrick Smith, author of A Land Remembered, the iconic historical novel of Florida.


“Florida Listening Tour” with Art Levy

Thursday, Feb.24 • 3-4:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Gold Member: Free (pre-registration required)
Silver Member & General Admission: $15

Art Levy

Since 2007, Art Levy’s primary job at Florida Trend magazine has been traveling the state, interviewing prominent Floridians for the magazine’s Icon feature. The more than 130 interviews reveal a different side of Florida than the “Weird Florida” and “Florida Man” versions that have become so widespread in popular culture today.

Art Levy, a former reporter and feature writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, is an associate  editor of Florida Trend, a statewide news and business magazine based in St. Petersburg. A 1984 graduate of the University of Florida, his newspaper and magazine stories have earned more than 25 awards. He is the author of the University Press of Florida’s Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State, a compilation of 90 of the interviews he  did for Florida Trend. His next book will be about Florida’s public gardens.

Spring 2022

Can I See the Horns? Roots of Antisemitism: Why the Longest Hatred?

Lecture #LC146
Marcia Jo Zerivitz
Wednesday, Mar. 23 3- 4 pm

Gold Members: Free (pre-registration required)
Silver Members & General Admission: $15

Marcia Jo Zerivitz
Marcia Jo Zerivitz

Why have antisemitism and resulting hate crimes increased during this pandemic? Using degenerate artworks, this lecture demonstrates the historical background of antisemitism – the virus that mutates with every generation, and the insidious power of imagery in communicating the agenda of hatred, including Christian roots, the modern world, and contemporary racist images from Florida culture since the Civil War covering the Klan, Nazism, and restrictive covenants.

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