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September 23, 2010

BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt" is an exhibit at Delta State University through November. It is part of "Food: For Thought, For Life," a special project of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Humanities Texas—welcome home to the restored, refurbished, and revitalized Byrne-Reed House

Read about West Virginia, watch a DVD, and go online any time to e-WV

October's dance card is filled with humanities events

The Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival in Yuma, AZ, October 2nd

$, $$, $$$, or $$$$: Board Café considers nonprofit executive salaries

Celebrate Arts & Humanities Month in October
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Chairman Leach's next stops on his 50-state civility tour are Vermilion, SD; Minneapolis, MN; Bismarck, ND; Nashville, TN; Norman, OK;
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Humanities Texas—welcome home to the restored, refurbished, and revitalized Byrne-Reed House

Restored to its former glory
Restored to its former glory

Humanities Texas has officially moved into the restored historic Byrne-Reed House after a long but gratifying process of bringing this elegent Austin house back to life. Read Executive Director Michael Gillette's article about the history and preservation of this house. The article is accompanied by before and after photographs.

Read about West Virginia, watch a DVD, and go online any time to e-WV

Rose Anna McCoy, a key character in the Hatfield-McCoy feud, a featured exhibit on e-WV
Rose Anna McCoy, a key character in the Hatfield-McCoy feud, a featured exhibit on e-WV

The West Virginia Humanities Council has just launched its free on-line encyclopedia, e-WV. e-WV has articles; exhibits; interactive maps, quizzes, and timelines; a statewide calendar of events; opinion polls; and West Virginia weather.

The Council is the source of information about its state. It published its extensive and highly successful one-volume Encyclopedia of West Virginia in 2006 and offers it for sale as well as a DVD of West Virginia—A Film History, which premiered in 1995 with actor Richard Thomas as narrator. e-WV makes the story of West Virginia now available in three different formats.

Congratulations to the West Virginia Humanities Council for completion (or, as executive director Ken Sullivan says, the beginning) of e-WV, a big and ongoing endeavor.

October's dance card is filled with humanities events

Paul Frommer, the University of Southern California linguist who created the Na'vi language for Avatar
Paul Frommer, the University of Southern California linguist who created the Na'vi language for Avatar

October is Arts and Humanities month and state humanities councils have big events planned. Here is a sampling—the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, September 29-October 3; the Eric Sevareid Symposium in Bismarck, ND, September 30-October 3; the Utah Humanities Council's Salt Lake City Book Festival, October 1, 19-23; Humanities Washington's annual Bedtime Stories fundraiser, October 1, in Seattle; Dr. Paul Frommer, creator of the Na'vi language for the blockbuster movie Avatar at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, October 7; Humanities Tennessee's annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, October 8-10; Christine Todd Whitman presents the Nebraska Governor's Lecture in Lincoln, October 14; the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council is sponsoring the Drama Festival on October 15, three youth organizations will re-enact historic and cultural events of Samoa; the Idaho Humanities Council brings novelist Sara Paretsky to Coeur d'Alene, October 15, and historian Douglas Brinkley to Boise, October 29; Mass. Memories Road Show in Stoneham, MA, October 16; Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' Celebration of the Humanities and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to singer, song-writer, and storyteller Bill Harley and historian, antiques dealer, and civic provocateur Richard Kazarian, October 18, in Pawtucket; writer James Fallows speaks about China's Way Forward - A Shared Destiny at the New Hampshire Humanities Council's 21st Annual Dinner, October 19, in Manchester; a one-day conference Coming to America: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, October 29, in Ellsworth, ME; and the Florida Humanities Council's The Gathering in Apalachicola, October 29-31.

The Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival in Yuma, AZ, October 2nd

… and the earth did not swallow him, one of the films featured at the Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival
and the earth did not swallow him, one of the films featured at the Paul Espinosa Border Film Festival

The Lemon Grove Incident, The U.S.-Mexican War: 1846-1843, and … and the earth did not swallow him will be shown at a film festival sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council. These award-winning films by filmmaker and AHC board member Paul Espinosa "capture the transformative energy of the men and women of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, both past and present, and reflect a deep commitment to this community's culture, history, identity and struggle."

Espinosa, an anthropologist by training, specializes in latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics. He has produced, directed, written, and hosted a number of programs for PBS. He has served as a member of the board of the California Council for the Humanities and as a panelist for NEH.

$, $$, $$$, or $$$$: Board Café considers nonprofit executive salaries

In the Board Café section of the August 13 issue of Blue Avocado, nonprofit expert Jan Masaoka takes on the issue of executive salaries.

"To a board member who makes $40K a year, paying the executive director $90K a year seems exorbitant and unnecessary. A board member on the same board who makes $300K a year may feel that $90K is too low to get anybody competent. And to another board member with a government job, the $90K might seem too high, but this board member hasn't taken into account that she'll get 60% of her salary every year for the rest of her life once she retires . . . while the executive director will get 0 when she retires."

Read the full article on the Blue Avocado website. This article and others in Blue Avocado are referenced in the resources section of the Federal/State Partnership website (logon fedstate password partnership).


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