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Florida Talks - Virtual Speaker Series
WUWF is proud to be partnering with Florida Humanities, to bring you their Florida Talks program and the opportunity to learn more about the rich diversity within our state.

WUWF will be featuring three diverse speakers on consecutive Thursday evenings beginning on April 8th and we look forward to having you join in the conversation. As you review the variety of topics and bios of our presenters, WUWF encourages you to mark your calendar and reserve your place at the gathering.

In a normal year, everyone would be gathering at a local venue for a shared experience, but of course these are not normal times. Fortunately, we have all become accustomed to the virtual world of Zoom and have found it to be a good way to enjoy a shared experience.

For forty years, WUWF’s mantra has been “what we do off the air is just as important as what we do on it.” WUWF has been committed to going beyond broadcast offerings to create outreach events that stimulate creative thought and critical thinking about important issues that affect everyone. We look forward to seeing you virtually as we continue to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

April 8, 2021 - Basma Alawee
April 15, 2021 - Dr. Cheryl Howard
April 22, 2021 - Art Levy
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Basma Alawee
State Refugee Organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Executive Director and Co-founder of Weave Tales
Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Basma came to the U.S. with her husband as a refugee in 2010, leaving behind her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Oil within the Government of Iraq. As a refugee and activist, her stories and activism have been featured in the media. Most recently, she was nominated to be one of the Athena40 women in the world who are leading change and was the recipient of the 2019 OneJax Humanitarian Award. She was also elected the Florida delegate for the UNHCR Refugee Congress and is a board member of USAHello (formerly, Refugee Center Online) and many other nonprofits. Currently, she is the State Refugee Organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and resides in Jacksonville. Basma is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Weave Tales.
Dr. Cheryl Howard
Chief Operating Officer at the African American Heritage Society, Inc.
Dr. Cheryl Howard is the Chief Operating Officer at the African American Heritage Society, Inc. ("AAHS" and/or "the Society"), which is an Arts and Cultural, Diversity Consulting and Cultural Tourism organization in Pensacola, Florida. Cheryl is also a co-founder of the Society which was organized and incorporated September 12, 1990, twenty-nine years ago.
Art Levy
Florida Trend associate editor
Art Levy is a Florida Trend associate editor. Apart from writing and fact-checking, he interviews prominent Floridians from around the state for the magazine's Icon feature. A graduate of the University of Florida's journalism school, Levy joined Florida Trend in 2005. Before that, he worked for newspapers including the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Over the years, his stories have won more than 20 awards. He's also the author of the University Press of Florida's "Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State."