Maitland Public Library hosts Calling Our Culture
September 3, 2021
The Maitland Public Library was awarded a $900 grant from the Florida Humanities Council in support of a Florida Talks Speaker Series titled Calling Our Culture. This series will bring three high-quality humanities programs to Maitland in September, including Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories, with a discussion led by Marcia Jo Zerivitz. These programs will explore our state’s rich heritage, promote civic engagement, and bring the latest academic research to our community. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Maitland Public Library’s Calling Our Culture programs are designed to explore the complexities of different cultures within our community, through the humanities. Each program will be featured in a hybrid format. The programs are:
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m .: The Destruction of Rosewood with Vincent Adejumo. In this portion, Adejumo will give a critical analysis of Rosewood, a predominantly Black community destroyed in 1923 during a racially motivated attack, and other majority-Black cities in Florida within the context of group economics and how that tradition among African Americans was destroyed.
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m .: Stories of Florida – Con Sabor! with Carrie Sue Ayvar. In this portion, Ayvar will explore how Florida’s stories have never been the same since Ponce De Leon first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, these personal, historical and traditional Florida tales take the audience on a journey into the imagination that connects the people and cultures of Florida, con un poco de sabor Latino — with a bit of Latino flavor!
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m .: Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories with Marcia Jo Zerivitz. In this portion, Zerivitz will present a 60-minute PowerPoint presentation based on the author’s seminal book, the first comprehensive history of the Jews of Florida from colonial times to the present — a sweeping tapestry of voices spanning centuries. Despite not being officially allowed to live in Florida until 1763. Jewish immigrants escaping expulsions and exclusions were among the earliest settlers. They have been integral to every area of Florida’s growth, from tilling the land and developing early communities to boosting tourism and ultimately pushing mankind into space. You will meet contemporary Floridian Jews — names that are recognized globally — and pioneers who impacted history beginning 257 years ago and possibly in 16th century Florida.
Learn more about the Calling Our Culture programs at the Maitland Public Library at http://www.maitlandpubliclibrary.org/events/category/adults.