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July 30, 2015

Writing War

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper.

July 25, 2015

Walt Whitman's Lincoln

In this presentation, esteemed storyteller and actor Brian "Fox" Ellis re-creates one of the lectures that Whitman delivered annually on Lincoln's birthday after his death. These lectures interspersed commentary on the significance of Lincoln's life and work with Whitman's Civil War poems, including "The Artillery Man's Vision," arguably one of the first accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder as experienced by Veterans in American literature.

July 23, 2015

Domestic Servants in the Nineteenth Century

Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the nineteenth century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. The result was a society that grew increasingly stratified as the century wore on and the social hierarchy became more entrenched. In domestic servant situations, working-class men and women lived and worked side-by-side with their employers yet were considered second-class citizens, often leading to tense relationships.

July 19, 2015

Roycroft Lecture Series with Timothy P. Schmalz

Timothy Schmalz will be discussing his artistic process and his recent interest and research on the Arts & Crafts Movement and its history.

July 16, 2015

Historic Pioneer Trails Through Southwestern Iowa

This presentation on trails of southwestern Iowa covers the explosive years between 1804-1857 for the still relatively new American republic.

July 9, 2015

Industry and Innovation in Bridgton: Products of New England Culture

Programs will run the gamut from formal lectures to guided historical hikes and hands-on activities for families.

June 28, 2015

The Music of Irving Berlin

Learn about great American composer Irving Berlin's career, compositions and importance in shaping American popular thought in the 20th century. This presentation provides extensive musical excerpts to illustrate five periods of Irving Berlin's musical career. Each musical selection is accompanied by discussion of the historical context and cultural climate of the time.

June 12, 2015

Aristotle's Email: Friendship in the Cyber Age

In Book VIII of his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle categorizes three different types of friendship: friendships of utility, friendships of pleasure, and friendships of the good. The latter, Aristotle states, are the most important, and the rarest. Such friendships of the good require time and intimacy -- to truly know people's finest qualities you must have deep experiences with them, and close connections.

June 7, 2015

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

The audience is part of the program in this lecture, which brings to life the customs, sights, and sounds of travel in late-19th-century New York State. Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations. Digital projection enables large-scale presentation of graphics and photos of transportation and travelers.

June 3, 2015

The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam

Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1,300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.

May 20, 2015

Lenape Culture: An Introduction to American Indian Life in New Jersey

This lecture presents a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain Lenape daily life, beliefs, history and creative expression. It also explains the special relationships between the people, the animals and the forest preceding contact with Europeans.

May 14, 2015

The Olmsted Historic Landscape Legacy in New Jersey

As early as 1867, Frederick Law Olmsted came to Newark, NJ to select a site for Branch Brook Park, America’s First County Park. Through this lecture you will become more familiar with the Olmsted philosophy of landscape design and the legacy as it exists today throughtout New Jersey.

May 13, 2015

Conversation Project: Understanding Disability

The disability community accounts for 12 percent of the US population and almost 14 percent of the population of Oregon. All Oregonians are influenced by the disability community, whether as individuals with a disability or as family members, friends, or allies of someone with a disability. Join writer and activist Jill Crawford Hurt in an exploration of our experiences and perceptions of this community.

May 12, 2015

New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era

 Learn also about the exciting voyages these ships made, the cargos they carried, the men and, in a few cases, the women, who sailed them, and why the ships' reign, lasting from 1844-1860, was so short. Whether you're a boating or nautical enthusiast, or simply have an interest in salt-water history, this lecture will fill your sails.

May 9, 2015

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black & White

Explore the history behind the anti-slavery movement in Northern Illinois and examine the criteria historians use to separate fact from fiction.

May 7, 2015

A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes

Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places?

May 4, 2015

The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

What is Operation Firefly? It was May of 1945, when an elite unit made up of some of the Army’s best trained paratroopers were assigned to a remote airstrip in Oregon as part of a highly classified mission known as Operation Firefly. This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington state made quiet history and is all but forgotten.

May 1, 2015

Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies?

This presentation explores the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in the context of a rapidly changing society.

April 28, 2015

The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and World War II

Members of the Women's Army Corps -- WACs -- were the first women other than nurses to serve overseas in World War II. Cyndee Schaffer's mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of them. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie's letters written home during the war, this presentation provides a romantic, yet frightful, glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history.

April 23, 2015

"Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Fight for Civil Rights"

This talk is presented in conjunction with Lehman College Art Gallery’s exhibition “The Gee’s Bend Tradition,” which not only highlights the quilts that were an integral part of the Gee’s Bend culture through generations, but also links significant events of the Civil Rights movement to the people of Gee’s Bend, Alabama who were ardent supporters of the movement.

April 22, 2015

The Argentine Pope.

Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.

April 21, 2015

Florida Environmental History

This presentation examines the relationship of people to the land throughout Florida history. Starting with Native American settlement, it shows how Florida has shaped human existence in the state and how human have re-shaped the state itself. It focuses on how Floridians have worked to turn water into land and land into water.

April 16, 2015

Privacy and Personality in the Digital Age

Is privacy dead? What are our privacy rights? Is it possible to protect our online personas? In the age of celebrity culture and the rapid growth of online communities, personal privacy is under threat. Recent allegations of the U.S. government tracking, reading, and sharing email communications have reignited the debate over privacy and security. How we cope with this new environment determines the meaning of ‘private citizen’ in a digital culture.

April 11, 2015

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? Eva Abram talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans.

April 8, 2015

In the Good Old Colony Days: Songs of Early America

This program explores the many ways music was part of life in the Colonial and Revolutionary War era.

April 7, 2015

Floridians at Work: A History through Images & Words

Dr. Gary Mormino is the scholar in residence at the Florida Humanities Council and professor emeritus of history at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. “Floridians at Work: A History through Images & Words” explores the myriad ways and customs of working Floridians.

April 6, 2015

Making Sense of the Civil War

"Making Sense of the Civil War" is a five-part reading and discussion series facilitated by Dr. Cristina Zaccarini of Adelphi University.

April 2, 2015

America's Nine First Ladies From New York State

Of America's 46 First Ladies, 9 were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell.

March 22, 2015

"Where Have You Gone Joe Dimaggio," Jackie Robinson, and Hank Greenberg: Ethnic Heroes in Baseball's Melting Pot

As a means of illuminating America's racial and ethnic past, this lecture examines and compares an iconic baseball triumvirate: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Greenberg. Prior to the sport's travails of recent years, baseball long reigned as the undisputed "national pastime." Then, the microcosm of baseball reflected the main currents of American life and culture. We explore the game's golden age, when it possessed the power to dramatize the imperfections of the nation's melting pot.

March 21, 2015

The African Presence in Spanish Florida: Black Seminoles

African slaves have often risked life and limb to escape southern slavery, but their options for sanctuary were extremely limited. Some fled to the Caribbean, while others fled south and joined forces with another group of freedom-seekers: the Seminoles.

March 19, 2015

From Garden to Table

This PowerPoint presentation is based on a 17th-century Dutch gardening- and cookbook, which features a calendar for gardening activities and a cookbook that explains how to use the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden to best advantage. The 400-year old book with its contemporary theme helps in understanding the kitchen gardens of the early Dutch settlers of the Hudson Valley and gives insight in our colonial diet.

March 19, 2015

The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

What is Operation Firefly? It was May of 1945, when an elite unit made up of some of the Army’s best trained paratroopers were assigned to a remote airstrip in Oregon as part of a highly classified mission known as Operation Firefly. This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington state made quiet history and is all but forgotten. In a surprising and insightful presentation, Robert L. “Bob” Bartlett tells the tale of the “555,” paratroopers who, despite being prevented from serving in Europe or realizing some of the same privileges and rights granted white soldiers at home, served with distinction when cross-trained to become “Smokejumpers.”

March 12, 2015

George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)

The Father of our country was also our first Intelligence Chief. The program is illustrated with images of the main places and dramatis personae of this unusual network of patriot secret agents and couriers.

March 10, 2015

The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. To this day, no other literary work from Illinois has had an impact more radical than that of the Spoon River Anthology. In Masters' 243 thinly veiled epitaph-poems, people from all walks of life come forward from their graves and share compelling stories of their hopes, dreams, tragedies, and joys, not to mention their advice and warnings to those still living.

March 7, 2015

New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society

Using photographs of the few surviving "mint condition" meetinghouses as illustrations, Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

March 5, 2015

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state?

March 4, 2015

GO! Sense of Place Lecture Series: Oregon’s Special History in Conserving its Environment

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics.

March 1, 2015

Reno Chamber Orchestra: Pre-Concert Talk and Concert

A pre-concert talk will begin at 1:15 p.m. and end at 1:40 p.m. Moderated by RCO Associate Executive Director Chris Morrison and featuring Music Director Theodore Kuchar and the concert’s guest artist, the conversations are non-technical, designed for a general audience, and typically include a question-and-answer segment for audience participation. The talks and program notes provide information on the music to be performed, the composers, and the historical and cultural background of the music.

February 27, 2015

The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters

This lively PowerPoint-assisted talk relates the story of these now-acclaimed artists, who taught themselves to paint idyllic versions of the Florida landscape and sell their creations door-to-door during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Their paintings have become the measure of indigenous Florida art and are now celebrated and widely collected. Having written the seminal book that introduced the Highwaymen to the world, Gary Monroe successfully nominated them into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

February 25, 2015

Rap 101: The Message behind the Music

If all art is political, what are the political, cultural, and societal implications of rap? What does rap convey about the state of society today? Using music as a catalyst for discussion, Rap 101 explores contemporary popular culture, diversity issues, and social justice through the lyrics of popular rap music. Sometimes called modern day poetry, rap is an integral part of modern culture. There is no question that music provides a social commentary. It has been said that if you want to understand what is going on in any community, listen to its music.

February 21, 2015

The Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration

A lecture by Marc Courtade.  The melting pot of America was reflected in the Broadway Musicals. The ethnic musicals of the 1960's and 1970's featured contrasting ethnic groups and wove them into the fabric of the American Musical, successfully and unsuccessfully.

February 18, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty

The program willfocus on how ordinary people from throughout New Hampshire positively affected the Portsmouth negotiations. The program customizes each presentation to the program site's local history at the time of the treaty to encourage audiences to join the annual statewide commemoration of "Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day" on September 5.

February 18, 2015

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Eva Abram talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans. And she discusses how the invisible divide of racism – fed by both knowledge and ignorance – continues to exist despite progress to eradicate it made in recent decades.

February 11, 2015

Islam 101: Perceptions, Misconceptions, and Context for the 21st Century

What does it mean to be Muslim in a modern world? What if much of what we believe about Islam is incomplete or simply wrong? For more than 1.3 billion people across the world and many people in Washington state, Islam is not only their religion but also a way of life. Led by scholar David Fenner, this presentation focuses on Islam and the many aspects that form the substance of a rich culture, traditions, and a way of life. Endeavoring to provide a complete and accurate view of Islam, Fenner creates an open atmosphere and encourages free dialogue specifically to promote greater understanding of Islam, its history and its place in the modern world.

February 9, 2015

Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton

In this presentation by history educator Laurel Sneed, the audience will learn about three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs, of Edenton; Moses Roper, of Caswell County; and William H. Singleton, of New Bern. Sneed will discuss how these three slave narrative authors left their mark on the North American Slave Narrative Literary Tradition. Slave narratives' mission was to convert the hearts and minds of readers so they would become supportive of the anti-slavery cause.

February 8, 2015

Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?

 Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.

February 4, 2015

I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn through Poetry and Spirituals

Award-winning poet, performer and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African-American tradition in a spirited sojourn through words and music. This interactive presentation covers the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how the art helped people cope as they were transported from another culture.

February 3, 2015

Great American Novels: A Contemporary Perspective on Classic Works

A reading and discussion series exploring the characteristics that make works of literature last over time and what makes a novel uniquely American.

February 3, 2015

Guns and America

The topics of gun violence, gun control, and the right to bear arms are constantly in the news. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to own guns. Why wasn’t this freedom incorporated into the First Amendment, along with freedom of the press, speech, religion, and right of assembly?

January 29, 2015

Old Vero Ice Age Site and the Pleistocene People Who Lived There 15,000 Years Ago

Dr. Hemmings, lead archaeologist at the Old Vero Ice Age Site, will discuss the Pleistocene peoples who colonized Florida during the Ice Age, the co-existence of humans and animals. He will talk about life as it was, many centuries ago, in what is now Indian River County, based on past excavations of the Vero Man site, and discuss expectations for future digs.

January 24, 2015

Reno Chamber Orchestra: Pre-Concert Talk and Concert

Multitalented cellist-conductor-composer Emilio Colón makes his debut with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, performing the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra by British composer Benjamin Britten composed for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich.

January 24, 2015

Florida Transportation History: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles (& Steamboats too!)

Examining the changing transportation networks in the state, this presentation shows how Florida moved from a backwoods frontier to one of the most important states in the union. Tying transportation history to social history, this presentation moves from the Bellamy Road of the 1820s to the modern transportation issues facing the Sunshine State in the 21st century.

January 21, 2015

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas.

January 20, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

Lecture by Robert Shetterly. In his lecture, Mr. Shetterly will share the portraits and the impacts of individuals who have fought for civil rights. In the story of his own journey to becoming a social justice activist, the audience will be inspired to consider how they too can take part in improving their communities and enriching the lives of others.

January 19, 2015

American Indian Imagery in Mascots

Presented by Jason Felihkatubbe (Choctaw), University of Oklahoma.  Explore the history behind the use of American Indian imagery in sports. Hear insights from those familiar with the National Congress of American Indians.

January 19, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: From Springfield, Illinois to Exeter, New Hampshire and Beyond

Lincoln's political life evolved from humble origins to culminate in the presidency of the United States and his leadership during the American Civil War. An illustrated lecture traces the crucial political years of transition from 1858 to 1861 when Lincoln became a national candidate for office and traveled widely.

January 10, 2015 to January 10, 2015

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

John Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In this presentation, Gregory McNamee looks at the Duke’s long career in Arizona and the memories he left behind.

January 9, 2015

Fire From the Kansas Sky: The Piatt Street Plane Crash of 1965

This presentation explores why the plane crashed, how the community responded, and how race relations in Wichita were further strained because of the disaster.

January 7, 2015

GO! Sense of Place Lectures Series: Native American Art of Oregon

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series produced by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another. Lectures explore natural history, cultural history, art, and other humanities-related topics.

December 16, 2014

Unburied Treasures: Clarence John Laughlin

This humanities series is comprised one-hour programs exploring art, literature and music at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

December 11, 2014

From "Birth of a Nation" to Ken Burns: The Civil War in Cinema

For the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, join film scholar Lance Rhoades in a conversation about the cinema the war has inspired and how it reflects changes in our nation.

November 25, 2014

Corn and Khrushchev

Speakers Bureau Program.  Liz Garst recounts the history of agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Garst tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959.

November 14, 2014

The Immortal Fountain: The Fountain of Youth in Florida's History, Mythology and Art

The story of the Fountain of Youth has proved to be amazingly long-lived and multi-cultural, beginning with the accounts of Herodotus who described a fountain located in Ethiopia that was reputed to give exceptional longevity to those who bathed in its waters. Myths of a magical fountain also appear in the Alexander Romances and in popular culture throughout Asia.

November 13, 2014

The Lewis & Clark Wildflower Discoveries

During their difficult two-year journey, Lewis and Clark collected specimens and wildflowers during the day and dutifully wrote down their discoveries every night by the campfire.

November 11, 2014

Camp Dodge: Home Away From Home, 1917-1918

Speakers Bureau Program with Michaela Vogt.  Forty-five minute presentation on the organization, construction, disease, camp life, and other facets of military training conducted at Camp Dodge during World War I. The presentation includes an accompanying slide show of period photographs from the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum collection.

November 10, 2014

Stories of Florida - Con Sabor!

Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino - with a little bit of Latino flavor!

November 9, 2014

Grass Between the Rails

The subjects cover events of national importance such as the race across Iowa to connect with the transcontinental railroad to the West, and local history, including the poor service offered by the "Slow Norwegian."

November 8, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

Participants will explore the causes of the war, cultural misunderstandings and the consequences of fearing a stereotyped “other.” Because there is no simple “right” answer, attendees may also begin to empathize with both sides in a long-ago struggle.

November 5, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

November 2, 2014

Caring for Foreign Bodies, the Role of Healthcare in the Transformation of Aliens into Americans

Talk by Dr. Alan M. Kraut, American University, to be held in association with the exhibit Port of Entry to a Continent: Hoboken and the Federal Immigration Process, 1892-1924.

October 31, 2014

Friedrich Nietzsche on European Nihilism

This conference will focus on the issue of moral meaninglessness, Nihilism, and its effects. 

October 30, 2014

How the Internet Changed the Media and Why Newspapers, Music, and Television Will Never Be the Same

Among the topics to be explored: will there be a printed newspaper in any city ten years from now? Will newsstands and bookstores disappear as fast as record stores? Will movie theaters exist in their present form? Will prime-time television vanish?

October 26, 2014

Celebrating the Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition in New York

This distinctive art form of marionette theater emerged in Sicily in the early nineteenth century, though the tradition of performing the Orlando cycle with marionettes dates back to the sixteenth century.

October 23, 2014

Oh Heavens! Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier

Meet five altruistic women who influenced the history of the Arizona territory.

October 20, 2014

Thanksgiving: The Great American Holiday

The evolution of Thanksgiving, from the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621 to the present day, this program explores what this holiday and its food traditions mean for American culture and identity.

October 17, 2014

“The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

From the TALK series, Living with the Land.   Discussion Leader: Sandra Wiechert.

October 16, 2014

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History Preserved in Their Quilts

Beginning with 1860s Mexican women, through 1990s Hopi women, this presentation introduces women who pioneered Arizona through quilts they stitched.

October 9, 2014

Church and State: Religion and Politics in America

How did these traditions begin, and what issues prompted their adoption? What does their ongoing practice say about religious identity in American public life?

October 9, 2014

"Dia de los Muertos" - A Celebration of Life and Death

 To understand Día de los Muertos one has to set aside preconceived notions.

October 4, 2014

Strong Celtic Women

In this presentation, the speaker will draw on his own publications and personal knowledge, as well as the most recent findings of genome studies to explore centuries of strong Celtic women.

October 2, 2014

Every Person Their Own Historian: A Quick Lesson on Doing Oral History

 All participants will receive examples of oral history release forms, sample questions, and ideas for doing oral history. 

September 27, 2014

Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition.

September 24, 2014

Healing African Dance

Through lecture, video and demonstration, audiences learn about different categories of African dance (e.g., social, folklore and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death.

September 23, 2014

Do Not Toss Out Your Grandmother’s Letters; a spirited defense of epistolary voyeurism, or the merits of reading someone else’s mail.

Poet and author Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other women writers.

September 18, 2014

Steeltowns, Coalfields and the Unbroken Circle

With guitar, banjo and harmonica accompaniment, audiences will be captivated while they learn about the history behind West Virginia's coal industry and about generations of workers in the steel, coal and glass industries of Pittsburgh.

September 15, 2014

Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War

Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina.

September 14, 2014

Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language.

September 11, 2014

Witness to the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Walter Ziffer will present "Witness to the Holocaust."  Using accounts from his own experiences, Ziffer will describe the treatment received by prisoners, liberation by the Soviet army, and beginning a new life after the war.

September 10, 2014

Kansas Women, Work, and the Civil War

Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government; turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms; and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield.

September 10, 2014

"The Quarrel with Ourselves"

19th Annual Governors Lecture in the Humanities: The Quarrel with Ourselves featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.

September 9, 2014

Frankenstein Lives! The Continuing Relevance of Mary Shelley's Novel

How could such an immortal work have been thought up by a sixteen year old girl in an era when women were not expected to write novels at all, let alone ones with such disturbing and provocative themes?

September 6, 2014

An Artist in the World Wars

Henry Varnum Poor, a native of Chapman, Kansas, was already an accomplished artist when he was drafted to serve in World War I. His duties along the frontlines were dangerous, but he was able to document his surroundings and fellow soldiers in paintings, drawings, and prints.

August 28, 2014

Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State

Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and more - music from the people who settled and built our state.

August 17, 2014

That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.

August 17, 2014

Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more.

August 16, 2014

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Into History

Matilda Joslyn Gage offered her Fayetteville, New York home as a station on the Underground Railroad, was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, edited a newspaper, encouraged her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, to write his Oz stories, and worked for the separation of church and state.

August 15, 2014

A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Legacy

 In Vermont the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions, which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers, that help make the state unique.

August 15, 2014

The Roaring '20s in Fox Trot Tempo

Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day.

August 14, 2014

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations.

August 11, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children.

August 8, 2014

Dust Covered Dreams

Dust Covered Dreams details the experiences of the Eymann family in Oakdale, Nebraska during the 1930s.  Dust covered the dreams of the Eymanns and changed their futures as it did for thousands of Nebraska families.

August 5, 2014

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire

In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents.

August 2, 2014

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Sometime in 1822 Harriet Hemings (the second of Sally Hemings' children) left Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, boarded a stagecoach to Philadelphia and all but disappeared.

August 1, 2014

A Monument in Stone and Steel

In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York.

July 23, 2014

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins brings the Grand Central Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

July 20, 2014

Recent Unpleasantness or the Uncivil War

Iowa's place in the events before the civil -- excerpts used from soldiers' letters home.

July 19, 2014

Art in Food and Food in Art

A lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink seen in the 17th century Dutch Masters and their relevance to the American kitchen today.

July 17, 2014

The Work of Rural Kansas Children

From gathering firewood and hunting game to tending stock and weeding gardens, children's activities were crucial to families' survival on Kansas homesteads, farms, and ranches.

July 16, 2014

Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks

This illustrated lecture explores boatshops, liveries, and a way of life and leisure that has all but vanished.

July 13, 2014

Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song

By looking at the popular songs of the past -- the ballads, love songs, suffrage anthems, work songs and dance tunes -- we can trace the perceptions and realities of women's lives.

July 12, 2014

Iowa History in a Cloth Bag

Flour sacks, feed sacks and seed sacks will tell the story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes and quilts in the 1950’s.

July 8, 2014

On the Waterfront and the Hollywood Blacklist

This illustrated lecture will examine the climate in America that led to HUAC's ascent to power and will offer examples of the kinds of films that HUAC felt were subtle communist propaganda.

June 29, 2014

Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast

Musical program highlights the struggles and disasters of coal miners in northeast Pennsylvania.

June 24, 2014

New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline

Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support.

June 12, 2014

Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850

The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period.

June 11, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

A story of extremes: great courage, cultural misunderstanding, interracial love, heroism and cruelty.

June 10, 2014

Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance and Survival, circa 1400-1700

David Stewart-Smith begins this program with the last part of the Woodland Period, when Indians in northern New England were faced with several challenges. By the time of French and English exploration in the region, strong tribal alliances had begun to center along southeastern Maine, coastal and central New Hampshire, and the north shore of Massachusetts. These relationships became known as the Pennacook alliance; a confederacy of about 16 tribal and family groups that held together through severe climate change, European colonization, devastating epidemic disease, and intertribal warfare.

June 7, 2014

Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums

There are surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view.

June 4, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

This conversation, led by technology expert Alex Alben, explores how digital inventions are shaping communication, political discourse and today’s media landscape.

May 31, 2014

St Augustine: America's Most Paintable City

James Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History at Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, returns with a unique program highlighting the history of St. Augustine through the art of America's greatest painters who wintered there from 1876 to 1950.

May 20, 2014

Swept by Ocean Breezes: A History of Coney Island

 In an age that was limited by finances and in its mobility, summer at Coney Island became a utopia, only diminished by modern inventions and a more worldly view.

May 19, 2014

Where Comedy Went to School

This lecture takes listeners on an informative, hilarious journey east of Eden, west of the Moon, and 100 miles north of New York City, where a generation of Jewish comedians honed their craft in the resorts of the Catskill Mountains.

May 14, 2014

All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music

Though society is becoming increasingly homogeneous, regional expressive variation still exists and reflects the strength of our cultural differences.

May 13, 2014

Women's Voices - Women's Lives in Yiddish Song

Program includes cradle songs that sing of social justice, songs of love and courtship, songs of bitter poverty, songs of triumph in the face of oppression and songs envisioning lasting peace.

May 11, 2014

The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights

Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives, and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people.

May 8, 2014

Art of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has been a mecca for visual artists who have found much to appreciate in its natural and scenic beauty.

May 6, 2014

Now, That's Rural: Entrepreneurs and Innovators Who Shaped Kansas Communities

This presentation highlights real-world examples of rural entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities, changing the way Kansans work

May 5, 2014

"Where Have You Gone Joe Dimaggio," Jackie Robinson, and Hank Greenberg: Ethnic Heroes in Baseball's Melting Pot

As a means of illuminating America's racial and ethnic past, this lecture examines and compares an iconic baseball triumvirate: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Greenberg.

May 3, 2014

Take Shelter: Flint Hills Native Stone Subterranean Structures

A discussion about the historical context and rare beauty of native stone arched-roof cellars.

May 2, 2014

Gilded Age Psyches: An Epic of Victorians Run Wild

Drawing on original research, on-site photos and his Internet trilogy, Dr. Robert Spiegelman presents a multimedia tour-de-force of America's first Gilded Age that brims with present-day lessons.

April 28, 2014

Exploring Celtic Culture

 Experience traditional Irish music and step dance.

April 26, 2014

Sam Jones: Patriot of the Seminole Wars

New regional demographics, insightful cultural data and analysis answer questions long posed in this uniquely successful resistance movement orchestrated by one determined patriot against colonialism.

April 22, 2014

Father Edward J. Flanigan of Boys Town, Nebraska

The presentation will explore Father Flanagan’s views on racial and religious equality, and how they differed from accepted social norms of early 20th century America.

April 16, 2014

Campaign Songs of the 19th Century

The political campaigns of the past were fueled by song. Tunes like "Jefferson and Liberty," "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Grover's Veto," and "You're All Right, Teddy" were sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land. They livened up street corners and torchlight parades. This program casts a unique look at how we got to know the candidates for political office in the days before mass media.

April 15, 2014

The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State

The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or "mission," gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. Arts and Crafts, however, was more than simply a decorative style: it was also a philosophy, an ethos, a way of living, and significantly, an enormous business.

April 11, 2014

Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place

Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida.  A Florida-based author and documentary filmmaker specializing in nature, conservation, and "sense of place."

April 8, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Teaching groups about the history of fashion from 1840 through 1980.

April 7, 2014

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance.

April 5, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

Those of us born before 1980 increasingly cannot recognize the world around us. Our rapid adoption of computers, the Internet and mobile devices has transformed the way we communicate.

April 3, 2014

St. Augustine's Unseen Heritage: The Archaeology of Early Colonial Life in America's Oldest European Community

 St. Augustine's archaeological heritage is unparalleled in the quantity and diversity of remains buried beneath its buildings, streets and backyards.

April 2, 2014

"Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

Among the marks left on our nation by the Great Depression of the “Dirty Thirties” was a kind of “gallows humor,” a sense that we could keep from crying if we could just keep laughing.

March 29, 2014

"Imagining War": Making Sense of the American Civil War

“Imaging War”: Harpers Weekly and the work of war correspondent sketch artists will be discussed by Monocacy National Battlefield ranger Tracy Evans.

March 22, 2014

An Immigrant's Struggles: The Diary of Irish American Mim Walsh

This illustrated presentation will introduce audiences to the lively “voice” of diarist Mim Walsh.

March 13, 2014

America's Nine First Ladies From New York State

Of America's 46 First Ladies, nine were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell.

March 11, 2014

Battle of Antietam and Clara Barton

A discussion of the work Clara Barton performed on the Antietam Battlefield.

March 6, 2014

Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories

These patchwork quilts record the hardships of life in the Adirondacks among close-knit families and communities, as well as the influence of a wild natural beauty.

March 1, 2014

Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History

 There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history.

February 28, 2014

All Different Kinds of Free and Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court and the Ambivalent Constitution

Book discussion focusing on Jessica Mccann's historical novel about the heart-breaking story of Margaret Morgan, kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania in 1837 and sold into slavery.

February 23, 2014

Healing African Dance

In this engaging presentation, choreographer, storyteller and former Fulbright Scholar Angela Watson explores one of the most essential elements of African dance—its ability to heal.

February 22, 2014

500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013

"500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013"

February 18, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

February 17, 2014

Stories From the Other Side of the Tracks

Oral history project to record the stories South Hoisington, Kansas, a predominately African-American community established by the railroad in Barton County.

February 16, 2014

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady"

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady."

Idaho Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau event - Speaker:  Janet Worthington

February 13, 2014

How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks

Road Scholars: Kevin Duffus - How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks.

February 13, 2014

Lessons from Lincoln

This conversation, led by independent scholar and Lincoln expert Richard Etulain, will look at what today’s leaders might learn from Lincoln’s handling of slavery, emancipation and civil rights, political patronage, and reconstruction during the Civil War era.

February 8, 2014

A Look at Mande (West African) Culture through Traditional Music

The discussion examines the influence of West Africa on American culture and why the djembe was outlawed during slavery. Participants will learn about the djembe, its introduction by drummers like Babatunde Olatunji in 1950 and Ladji Camara from Guinea, and how it spread throughout America.

February 5, 2014

Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln.  A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

February 2, 2014

African American History in Iowa

The program is a 15 minute audio-visual survey of the major people, organizations, and events in Iowa's African-America​n history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to the present.

January 25, 2014

Toward One Oregon

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities by Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, and Bruce Weber.

January 22, 2014

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe

During WWII a small group of Navajo men from the Navajo homeland enlisted in the Marines with a unique armor.  This select group of men devised a code using the Diné (Navajo) language to pass secret information without the enemy ever deciphering or breaking the code.

January 13, 2014

Telling Time in Ancient North America

An Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau program on timekeeping methods employed by ancient civilizations in North America

December 13, 2013

Vestiges of the War of 1812

Most Marylanders know that during the War of 1812 Francis Scott Key, inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry, wrote the lyrics to a song that later became our national anthem.

December 12, 2013

Key Moments in American Musical Theatre History

The evolution of the American musical

December 4, 2013

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian

A launch event for Standing Down, an NEH-funded anthology of writings by and about those who have served in the military

September 29, 2013 to October 1, 2014

edUi 2014 Conference

edUi offers a rare lineup of speakers, including top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry.

May 27, 2013

Veterans' Voices

Humanities Texas and Texas Veterans Voices host Memorial Day readings of ancient Greek texts

May 24, 2013

From the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains: Thomas Wolfe and the American West

Public lecture on one of America’s most renowned writers of the early twentieth century

May 1, 2013

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day

Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores Wordsworth and Frost's similarities, differences, and influences on other poets.

April 19, 2013

Connecticut Center for the Book Launch

Join Connecticut Humanities and special guest The Honorable John Larson (D-1st District) to celebrate the launch of the new Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities.

March 8, 2013 to March 9, 2013

Winter Weekend 2013: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Maine Humanities Council hosts Winter Weekend, a humanities experience that brings together historians, writers, artists, public intellectuals, and others for a weekend of discussion of Dickens' Great Expectations.

March 1, 2013

MYSTERY! A Conversation with David Lindsey and Archer Mayor

Humanities Texas and the Harry Ransom Center will present MYSTERY! a conversation with two New York Times bestselling mystery authors David Lindsey and Archer Mayor, moderated by Karen Olsson, author of Waterloo and a contributing editor for Texas Monthly.

February 8, 2013

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, an oral history performance project supported by the Maryland Humanities Council, brings ten Baltimore-area senior ci

February 3, 2013

18th-Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Langston Hughes' poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960's, continue to resonate today.  These powerful, poignant and often amusing works are read aloud by members o

November 3, 2012

Mind the Gap: Economic Inequality and Our Democracy

Do increasing economic divisions threaten the survival of our democratic institutions? What are the causes of increasing economic inequality in America?

October 2, 2012

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

Acclaimed author and political scientist Robert D. Putnam delivers the 17th annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities in an address that focuses on the role of religion in American public life.

September 26, 2012

2012 Griffith Honors Forum Lecture with Sherman Alexie

Author Sherman Alexie speaks at South Dakota State University to kick off the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books.

September 20, 2012

Natasha Trethewey reading at Jackson State University

Current Mississippi and United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will give a reading of her poetry at Jackson State University in an event cosponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

September 17, 2012

Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day

Join NEH in Washington, DC on Constitution Day for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

September 15, 2012

Sixth Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program

Local historians, acclaimed scholars, poets, filmmakers, and students gather to celebrate “historic, famous, and not-so-famous” Hawaiian women.

September 14, 2012

Constitutionally Speaking with Justice David H. Souter

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter speaks at opening of Constitutionally Speaking project in New Hampshire.

September 13, 2012

One Evening in Maine: A Celebration of Robert McCloskey

Join the Maine Humanities Council for a benefit dinner to support programs for educators and at-risk populations on the 60th anniversary of McCloskey's book One Morning in Maine, the story of a lost tooth, a wish come true, and Maine at its most beautiful.

August 23, 2012 to August 24, 2012

Four Souls: Stories from America's Borders

This public humanities symposium brings together four of the nation's most celebrated writers and poets to share their stories.

July 3, 2012

“The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”: A Communal Reading of a lecture by Frederick Douglass

One person comes with a poster; another, a mike and a stack of speeches.

July 2, 2012

“The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”: Frederick Douglass at the Massachusetts State House

One person comes with a poster; another, a mike and a stack of speeches.

June 26, 2012

Pluralisms With a Big "S": The American Versions

Professor Martin E. Marty explores ways of understanding, interpreting, and teaching the varieties of phenomena we have in mind when we talk about America’s civil and religious “pluralism.”

June 16, 2012

"Civility, With a German Immigrant Accent"

NEH Chairman Jim Leach delivers a public lecture entitled "Civility, With a German Immigrant Accent" at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

June 14, 2012 to June 16, 2012

Marianas History Conference

All About the Mariana Islands

June 12, 2012


A conversation aboard bikes about where the news is going

May 30, 2012

Exploring Communities of Muslim Women Throughout History

Women's worlds: the Qajar Era in Iran  and modern family law reform. 

May 23, 2012

Tenement Museum Talk

Making the Jewish Lower East Side Iconic: the Tenement Museum and the Story of American Immigration.

May 17, 2012

"Cultural Power and the Role of the Humanities"

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach delivers the keynote address on "Cultural Power and the Role of the Humanities" at the Barnett Symposium on Cultural Soft Power.

May 13, 2012

Touching the Yupiaq Heart

Chairman Jim Leach delivers the commencement address at the University of Alaska.

May 11, 2012

"The Power of the Humanities"

NEH Chairman Jim Leach delivers remarks on "The Power of the Humanities" to the American Council of Learned Societies.

April 26, 2012

Every Day Is History Day

Chairman Leach speaks at celebration of History Day on Capitol Hill. 

April 26, 2012

Every Day Is History Day

Chairman Leach speaks at celebration of History Day on Capitol Hill. 

April 23, 2012

Wendell E. Berry delivers 41st Jefferson Lecture

“It All Turns on Affection”

April 18, 2012

Missouri Humanities Awards ceremony

Chairman Jim Leach delivers keynote address at the annual Missouri Humanities award ceremony for educators, scholars, community leaders and students who represent exemplary achievement in the human

April 17, 2012

An NEH conversation with 2011 Jefferson Lecturer Drew Gilpin Faust

Historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, returning to the NEH nearly a year after her lecture, Telling War Stories, Reflections of a Civil War Historian, discusses the lasting legacy of the Civil War.

March 29, 2012

“The Relevance of the Humanities and the Challenge of Democracy”

Chairman Jim Leach delivers lecture on the Relevance of the Humanities and the Challenge of Democracy to the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities

November 16, 2011

Using the Humanities to Support Veterans

NEH brought together Veterans Affairs officials, representatives from Veterans Service Organizations, and military families to showcase two NEH-funded programs.