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The Center has developed collaborative programs with communities on and off campus to build, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that foster public scholarship and civic engagement. In 2010, the Center began collaborating with the Alachua County Library District and entities at UF to organize public and guest speaker series. To date, these series have explored civic engagement (Rethinking the Public Sphere), our collective mortality (Death), the changing nature of work (The Work of the Humanities), political discourse (“Civil” Society?), higher education (Rehumanizing the University), rebuilding Haiti (Haiti’s Challenges), the future of libraries (Imagining the Library), and technologies of surveillance (Tracking Citizens and Subjects). View our archive of Past Speaker Series below or explore current resources available to support public humanities work.

Past Speaker Series

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020: Rethinking the Public Sphere Part I: Race and the Promise of Participation

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020: UF Synergies

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019: UF Synergies

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018: UF Synergies

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017: Death: Confronting the Great Divide

Spring 2016: Imagining Florida: The Place We Call Home

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: The Work of the Humanities: Critical Thinking in Life and Labor

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: “Civil” Society? On the Future Prospects of Meaningful Dialogue

Spring 2013: Humanizing Conversations

Fall 2011 – Fall 2012: Rehumanizing the University: New Perspectives on the Liberal Arts

Spring 2011: 2011 Caleb and Michele Grimes Conference: Haiti’s Challenges- Rebuilding Lives and Nation in the Earthquakes Aftermath

Fall 2010: Imagining the Library: Books in Public Life from Late Antiquity to the Digital Age

Spring 2010: 2010 Caleb and Michele Grimes Conference: Who Are You? Criminal Identification Technologies and Practices from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Past Calendars and Events

Events from 2017 on are archived in the Center’s searchable Web calendar.

2016-2017 Events

2015-2016 Events

2014-2015 Events

2013-2014 Events

2012-2013 Events

2011-2012 Events

2010-2011 Events

2009-2010 Events

Earlier Events


**Please view our Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Digital Collection, which includes materials from the Center’s public events and programming.