Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow
Principal Investigator/Project Director
Colleges / Centers
Halmos College of Arts and Sciences
Florida Humanities Council (FHC)
Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Department of Humanities and Politics is keen to channel growing anxiety about the future into constructive discussions to foster positive cultural dialogue and resilience. To this end, we will develop an immersive fictional podcast series, titled "Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow.” Streaming from the year 2100, the podcast uses speculative storytelling to reframe the future’s uncertainties as proactive engagement opportunities, inspiring audiences to imagine a more inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable future. By encouraging a constructive dialogue about Florida’s potential futures, the podcast aims to illuminate the humanities’ critical role in navigating our anxieties about the future and enriching our understanding of the transformative power of storytelling. The first season of the podcast (8 episodes) will explore the theme of cultural transformation. Each episode will range from 30 to 45 minutes in length and cover a range of topics, including but not limited to Latinxfuturism and Technologies of Survival, Climate Migration and Cultural Adaptation, Multilingualism and Intercultural Exchange, Virtual Communities and Digital Identities, and Indigenous Resurgence and Environmental Justice. Episodes will feature expert analysis by humanities scholars of the peoples, places, and practices at the forefront of shaping Florida’s future. Major questions include: How will Florida's cultural landscape evolve in the face of widespread change? How will Florida’s diverse cultures be a force for resilience, innovation, and transformation? How can the humanities help us understand and navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead? Over the course of the grant period, an advisory panel of humanities scholars will routinely meet with podcast creators to refine and expand upon these initial questions and themes. In February 2024, the creators will host a booth to advertise the podcast at NSU’s Annual Community Fest, open to the public and university community. The booth will feature marketing materials and a collaborative storytelling space where attendees contribute their ideas and aspirations for Florida’s future, enriching the podcast’s content and themes. By September 2024, three episodes of the podcast will have finished production with an additional three episodes under production. To mark this milestone and further advertise, the podcast will host a podcast launch event. The public launch will feature an in-person panel of humanities scholars and community partners who will discuss the podcast’s contributions to the humanities and facilitate discussion with attendees. To extend the podcast’s reach, the department will create a website that includes episodes and additional content. In addition, the website will offer educational resources specifically designed for students and educators to incorporate the podcast into the classroom curriculum, with suggested adaptations across K-12 grade levels. Spanish and English language transcripts of every episode will also be made available on the website to promote accessibility. Additionally, the podcast team will use social media platforms to engage public audiences in ongoing conversations and share podcast content. Making the podcast and its accompanying resources accessible to the public will further the podcast’s intended outcome of becoming a recurring series with future seasons exploring additional humanities-related themes and content.
Furiasse, Amanda, "Florida 2100: Tales of Tomorrow" (2023). NSU Grant Awards. 98.