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November 17, 2016

Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England

Join clock expert Bob Frishman for an illustrated talk of more than 100 digital images, offering the history of clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century.

November 16, 2016

Splendor in Marblehead a Century After the Turners

Join former Lee Mansion curator Judy Anderson for an illustrated talk about the preservation of the splendid house and its hand painted wallpapers over two and a half centuries.

November 13, 2016

The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns

Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music:  its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana. 

November 12, 2016

Washington's Music Pioneers

 In this captivating presentation, musical journalist Amanda Wilde highlights unusual and universal themes and threads that weave three distinct artists with three groundbreaking musical eras: the 1930s, the 1960s and the 1990s. Along the way she will show how they have influenced the technology, business, and notoriety of Washington state.  

November 8, 2016

Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail

Some of the first women to travel across present-day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. This presentation looks at the adventures and reflections of four of these remarkable women who wrote their own stories. Susan Shelby Magoffin traveled with her husband's wagon train in 1846, while Katie Bowen traveled the trail in 1851. From the age of 7 to 17, Marion Sloan Russell traveled the Santa Fe Trail five times with her single mother. Perhaps the most famous of this group, however, was suffragist and abolitionist Julia Archibald Holmes who wrote letters as she traveled the Santa Fe Trail across Kansas Territory to the Rocky Mountains, where she became the first woman to climb Pike's Peak.

November 3, 2016

The Spanish Armada

Join Weber State University scholar, Brandon Little, in a discussion of "The Spanish Armada: Revised Edition" by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker.
 

November 2, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

Scott Woodward explores how the formation of all of these refuges, parks and monuments resulted from the particular leadership methods used by President Roosevelt and his personal mission to preserve natural resources. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

October 23, 2016

History in your Backyard

"So many stories, all changing by the minute, all swirling and braiding and weaving and spinning and stitching themselves one to another,” writes Brian Doyle in the novel Mink River. These words could just as well apply to LLyn De Danaan’s book Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay, about a pioneering Native woman whose extraordinary life swayed wildly between triumphs and tragedies. The book forms the foundation of her Speakers Bureau talk “History in your Backyard,” a discussion of how she discovered this local history and how chance, perseverance, and interpretive storytelling can lead you to find fascinating history in your own community. Her talk shows the people and the artifacts that helped “stitch” Gales story together, and helps guide you in uncovering your own "backyard" tale.

October 20, 2016

When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy

In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts —  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears — generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them.

October 17, 2016

American War Writing

War writing is a rich vein that runs through American literature. By examining and discussing some examples of American war writing, we are able to appreciate and understand (at least partly) war and its effect upon soldiers and civilians, as well as the United States as a whole.

October 13, 2016

The Spirit of Roman Republican Coinage

Ancient and Modern Perceptions of Roman Myth, Memory and Culture: The lecture examines how the Romans chose to interpret their mythical past and display their religious beliefs through iconographic representation on objects of daily and/or domestic use (e.g., lamps, coins, bronze statuettes, signet rings).

October 10, 2016

Faur’e Lecture Recital

This program will offer a humanities lecture on French musical culture in the 19th century using an influential song cycle set to poems by a famous poet of that time. Dr. Benjamin Wadsworth (Kennesaw State University) will deliver a lecture on music and aesthetics of French composer, Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) his librettist, the symbolist poet, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) and the women who inspired the creation of this song cycle, the soprano Emma Bardac (1862-1934).

October 8, 2016

Gordon Parks Digital Collection: The Learning Tree Module

Learn about an online digital resource at Kansas State University that features the work of noted photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, and examines his 1964 novel, "The Learning Tree."  This event coincides with the Annual Gordon Parks Celebration of Culture and Diversity.

October 8, 2016

The Creation of the American Southwest: 1750 to 1950

Professor Gratton examines the role of indigenous persons, Hispanic groups, migrants and immigrants in the region that became the American Southwest.  Maps, census data,  images, video and audio reveal a thinly populated region initially dominated by Indian nations and ravaged by war and slavery. He then surveys the rapid growth of population between 1850 and 1900 in places like Arizona, through migration and immigration from other states, Europe and Asia.  Between 1900 and 1930, mass immigration from Mexico leads to the first broadly established Hispanic presence in the Southwest.  By 1950, the region took on its fundamental highly diverse, ethnically diverse character.

October 7, 2016

After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments 1865-1965

In this presentation, author and award-winning photographer Douglas Butler discusses the historical, artistic, and social contexts in which these commemorations were created, shares his images, and relates insightful episodes and fascinating anecdotes highlighting the cultural and aesthetic evolution of these memorials.

October 5, 2016

Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era

This presentation will impart a social interpretation of how life among Indian Nations began to change due to the plight American Indian people were forced into in the name of education.  American Indians are the only ethnic group in the U.S. who were subjected to forced education by the federal government for generations.  Children were taken by force, placed in a boarding school, kept there for several years, and were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture. Parents were forced to sever all contact with their children while the children were forced into a hostile environment and expected to thrive and learn.  The presentation is from an American Indian perspective.

October 4, 2016

Perspectives on Islam

Perspectives on Islam with Samir Bitar.  Life in Muslim societies is an intersection of religious, social, cultural, and political realities, thus for one to develop a well-rounded understanding of Muslims, their perspectives, and aspirations one must look at all the dimensions of Muslim life. For that purpose, literature can provide a valuable lens to view the Muslim societies.

October 3, 2016

Peculiar Institutions: The Poorhouse in New York State

This presentation focuses primarily on poorhouses in New York, the end of slavery in 1827 and its impact on the poorhouse movement is incorporated into the presentation.

September 27, 2016

Recovering the M4 Enigma Machine, an oral history

During WWII the German navy used a cipher machine called Enigma to encipher and decipher messages. The machine was onboard of the U-85, one of the U-boats operating off the coast of the Outer Banks, and went down with the ship when it sank in April of 1942. The Enigma machine was not recovered and remained entombed in the U-boat until 2001 when it was found by a team of local divers.

September 19, 2016

The Tar Heel Traveler - Stories from the Road

Scott Mason may have the best job in television. He travels all over North Carolina, usually steering clear of highways and bounding instead along bumpy roads and off-beaten paths. He uncovers hidden gems everywhere he goes: people and places full of feeling and flavor—and wonder. In this presentation, he celebrates the colorful characters, out-of-the-way places, and rich history of North Carolina. He will share with audiences the stories behind the stories. North Carolina is brimming with intriguing stories. To take a trip with the Tar Heel Traveler is to experience the wonderful nooks and crannies that form the bedrock of the state.

September 14, 2016

Ratification of the Constitution in New Hampshire

The Granite State came very close to voting against ratification of the proposed Federal Constitution. Had it done so, the nation we know today might not exist. What tactics did supporters of ratification use to snatch victory from defeat?

September 8, 2016

Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Listening to Students and Forging a New Path

New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants many of whom live in mixed-status families. This presentation will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college, and beyond.

September 6, 2016

Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers

From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history.

August 24, 2016

The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns

Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music:  its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana. 

August 21, 2016

Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol

General Lafayette, born the Marquis de Lafayette in Auvergne, France, was truly an American Idol in the 19th century. One proof is that more than 80 American counties, cities, towns, and countless roads were named in his honor, from Lafayette Road in Portsmouth to Mount Lafayette in Franconia. Lafayette's extraordinary reputation was based on his military record in the Revolution, his friendship with George Washington, his continued support of American interests, his story-book life, and perhaps most importantly, his Farewell Tour of America when he visited all 24 states and Washington D.C. as the last surviving major general of the Continental Army.

August 14, 2016

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

New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities.

August 11, 2016

Ancient Wars/Modern Vets

Peter Meineck offers short readings from contemporary translations of ancient texts to elucidate the connections between the experience of the American veteran community and the ancient Greeks and Romans.

August 8, 2016

Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers

From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor.

August 2, 2016

Exploration and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, Father of Glacier Park with Hugh Grinnell

The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”

July 24, 2016

Forgotten Women of the First World War

One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War.

July 14, 2016

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

 "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" views the Depression, with a glance at Montana's early start, not through history and literature, but through songs and "illiterature," looking at what happened to the common folks most affected by it.

July 10, 2016

The Northwest Passage in the Era of Climate Change

This presentation includes a more in-depth look at the science of climate change with the emphasis on the Arctic.

July 7, 2016

History in your Backyard - A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay

“So many stories, all changing by the minute, all swirling and braiding and weaving and spinning and stitching themselves one to another,” writes Brian Doyle in the novel Mink River. These words could just as well apply to LLyn De Danaan’s book Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay, about a pioneering Native woman whose extraordinary life swayed wildly between triumphs and tragedies. The book forms the foundation of her Speakers Bureau talk “History in your Backyard,” a discussion of how she discovered this local history and how chance, perseverance, and interpretive storytelling can lead you to find fascinating history in your own community. Her talk shows the people and the artifacts that helped “stitch” Gales story together, and helps guide you in uncovering your own "backyard" tale.

June 24, 2016

The Dog Soldier Ledgerbook

The Dog Soldier ledger book was picked up on the Summit Springs battlefield in 1969. It provides a history of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers between the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 and Summit Springs in 1869. Cheyenne people assisted in identifying artists (the book is the work of multiple artists), individuals and events. Thus the publication of the ledger book draws on both Cheyenne oral history and archival research. Cheyenne mixed blood George Bent expressed the wish that a photographer had been able to capture the Dog Soldiers in all their glory, but the ledger book provides a worthy substitute for photography. It provides an accurate account of Dog Soldier history and is so accurate in details that one can identify weapons and uniform items used by soldiers such as Smith carbines and Colt revolving carbines. That evidence, combined with research in military records allows the identification of U.S. military units and specific events.

June 21, 2016

Fly! Bessie! Fly!

In 1921 Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Never one to let other people define her limitations, she traveled to France to learn to fly when American flight schools refused her because of her race. In later years she shared her experiences with children, encouraging them with the words, “you too can fly.”

June 15, 2016

"Color-Brave" Community Read: Between the World and Me

Fit Oshkosh,Inc. has been facilitating conversations about race in the Fox Valley and nationally since 2012. This year's Color-Brave read is the #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist book entitled 'Between the World and Me' (2015) by Ta-Nehisi Coates and published by Spiegel & Grau. 'Between the World and Me' is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States.

 

June 8, 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright or was he wrong?

There is a story (true or not) that Frank Lloyd Wright once testified in court that he was the world’s greatest living architect. “I had no choice,” he later explained, “I was under oath.” During his extended lifetime (he lived into his nineties), Wright and his architecture were far less admired than today. He was almost always controversial, as much for his single-mindedness and his point-blank way of speaking as for his architectural achievements. Regrettably, these same aspects tend to distract our attention from a full, more complete understanding of the traditions that Wright had inherited from the Victorian era, and in turn the amazing influence he had on younger architects in the twentieth century.

June 3, 2016

The Roots of Music – Exploring Earth’s Soundscapes

In a compelling presentation that weaves together music and ecology, biologist George Halekas surveys the unique beauty of nature’s soundscape, and explores why Earth is considered a ‘sonic jewel’ and ‘singing planet.’ The vibrant musical heritage of humanity is a wonderful component of this rich soundscape diversity, and the conversation will begin by looking at the emergence of music in ancient hunter gatherer societies from an ecological perspective.

May 29, 2016

The Honorable Harvest

The Honorable Harvest is an insightful first-hand account of the Haudenosaunee original instructions given to humankind by the Peacemaker to enjoy the bounty of nature in a sustainable manner; to give thanks to the life we are gathering; and to gather only what is given. In this 90-minute presentation and discussion, Onondaga Clanmother Freida Jacques, asserts that if these concepts were understood by all peoples and nurtured throughout time, many atrocities against the natural world may have been prevented.

May 28, 2016

Telling It Like It Was: Interviews with Arizona Pioneer Women

During the Depression the Federal Writers Project conducted interviews with over 144 women who arrived in the Territory between 1850 and 1890. The women spoke of their long and dangerous journeys, and with their words paint pictures of the hardships and life threatening situations of their frontier existence. Through hard work, dedication, tenacity and humor they conquered and helped make a state. Hear the story of the original Arizona pioneer families including the Udalls, Flakes, Kartchners, Luceros, Romeros, and Jennings.

May 26, 2016

Iowans who fought against the Union

Most Iowans think that the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. After all, some 76,500 residents fought for the North. In reality, Iowa Democrats formed a spectrum of dissent. The majority of Democrats opposed abolishing slavery (and yet favored the Union war effort); the minority sympathized with the South. Out of this group, at least 60 Iowa residents served the Confederacy. This talk will focus on four or five of them.

May 24, 2016

The Irish Bridget

Who was the Irish Bridget? What relevance does her story have to the history of Irish immigration to America? Learn the answers to these questions in Margaret Lynch-Brennan's presentation "The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930" which is based on her book of the same name. Lynch-Brennan will use photographs and personal letters the Irish Bridgets wrote to one another to give insight into the lives of these young immigrant girls. She will discuss their work life, their social life, the impact they had on Irish-American life, and their contribution to American ethnic history, labor history and women's history.

May 13, 2016

Women as Political Change Agents: From the late 1800's to the present

The conversation will include a parallel examination of male leadership roles and a discussion about what is needed to increase representation of women and women of color in politics today. 


 

May 9, 2016

The 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

 Ken Burns, the award-wining documentarian who pioneered a new genre of historical filmmaking, will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.  Burns will deliver the lecture on May 9 at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is a free public event and will also stream live online. Burns will talk about race in America, a topic he has illuminated and confronted through his nearly 40 years of directing and producing acclaimed historical documentaries.

May 8, 2016

A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the U.S.A.

The Spanish-American war of 1898 ended Spain’s four-hundred-year rule of Cuba. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate and decades of instability followed, culminating in Batista’s military dictatorship. The 1959 Cuban Revolution is one of the great underdog stories in history, in which a tiny band of young rebels prevailed against all odds. This nationalist revolution quickly fell under the sway of the USSR and Cuba’s previously close ties with the U.S. were abruptly severed.

May 5, 2016

Human Rights in History

What assumptions do we each hold about human rights? How are these assumptions influenced by history, ethics, politics, and citizenship? What are the challenges to human rights movements and how can the goals of those movements be achieved around the globe? This presentation offers a comprehensive historical context for understanding how the idea of human rights became not only a commitment widely shared by individuals, but also an organizing ethic within and among global nations. 

May 5, 2016

The Life of Elizabeth I

Do great persons influence the times in which they live, or do the times create great people? Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one - not even her closest advisers.

April 27, 2016

Privacy 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 13, 2016

Merton, Meditation, and More: Buddhism in the West

Buddhism is well-established in the US, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism.

March 28, 2016

South Asian American Women: Rupturing the “Third World Woman” and the Meanings of “Arranged Marriage”

This presentation explores one of the spaces of cathexis in which South Asian American women demonstrate the flexibility of cultural identity, both in its grounding in a specific political economy and its responsiveness to situational factors that allow individuals and groups to make cultural choices, including marriage.

March 27, 2016

Chekhov Play "The Three Sisters"

This is one of five reading and lectures produced by Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre, each featuring a play by Anton Chekov. The series provides historical, social, political, and critical information on the times, life, and work of the Russian author who transformed dramatic literature.

March 22, 2016

Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal & the Struggle for Florida’s Future

Based on the award-winning book, this presentation examines the long & convoluted history of the attempt to cross the Florida peninsula by cutting a waterway from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. It looks at the Ocklawaha River in the 19th century and the first attempt to cut a ship canal in the 1930s as part of a New Deal work project. It then moves to the 1960s and the controversy over the building of a barge canal along the path of the failed ship canal. It focuses on the environmental movement organized by Marjorie Carr which eventually stopped the canal before it was completed. Finally, it looks at the process of turning the canal into the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway and the continuing controversy over whether the Kirkpatrick Dam on the Ocklawaha River should be removed.

March 20, 2016

Climate Change and Cultural Resource Panel

Flagler College in St. Augustine is hosting a series of lectures from March until July 2016 on the impact of climate change on cultural heritage sites and coastal communities.

March 19, 2016

"Nothin' But Nets: The Legacy of Commercial Fishing in Port Washington"

The Port Washington Historical Society is 'giving this history back to the people of Port Washington' by showcasing the lives of the men, women, and children who contributed to this important history and tell their stories in the larger context of Wisconsin's proud history of working culture.

March 15, 2016

The Biblical Windows of St. Stephan Church, Mainz, Germany

This lecture on the windows was first suggested by the parish priest, Klaus Mayer. The windows were designed by Chagall for the apse of the church in 1973 as a sign of love, peace, hope and reconciliation for France and Germany, and for Christians and Jews. Use of digital images illustrates each section of the windows. The lecture contains a detailed analysis of the artwork as it coincides with Chagall’s passion for the Bible.

February 28, 2016

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.

February 15, 2016

The Past is Present: A Community Conversation About Racial Identity and Stereotyping

An examination of thrift stores in American society and their role in preserving the pop culture that emerged among the mass consumerism of the 20th century. Find out how stereotypes are adopted and propagated through consumerism, as seen in items found in thrift stores.

February 8, 2016

Writers Growing Up Black in Kansas

Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis were all shaped by life in Kansas, a land full of uncertainty and contradictions for African Americans. Each of these writers developed his remarkable literary talents and learned how to succeed against the odds.

February 4, 2016

Life after War

When does a war end? Does it ever? Many returning soldiers bring wars back with them, and these wars can reach beyond the battlefield or firefight, infiltrating the very thing that defines comfort and safety: home. The trials of homecoming are vast and complex, often resonating with tales of Odysseus’ journey back to Ithaca from the Trojan War. Photographer Jim Lommasson has collected oral histories from returning soldiers and documented their struggles at home.

January 28, 2016

Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire

Drawing on research from her book, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, the Present, the Past, and the Future, Rebecca Rule regales audiences with stories of the rituals, traditions and history of town meeting, including the perennial characters, the literature, the humor, and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution.

January 28, 2016

Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers

From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history.

January 26, 2016

The Jack Tales, North Carolina Heritage Tales (North Carolina Storytelling Traditions)

This presentation traces plot origins to various European countries and relates how modern-day Jack tales came to be is part of the process of telling stories forward.

January 24, 2016

ICA Forum: On Sexuality and Black Mountain College

"Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957" delves into the legacy of Black Mountain College, a small, experimental school in North Carolina whose influence on art still has profound impact today.

January 21, 2016

Poetry & Discussion with Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas

The Poet Laureate of Kansas promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans with readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

Eric McHenry of Lawrence is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas. A nationally known poet and associate professor of English at Washburn University in Topeka, his work has been featured in publications such as Poetry International, Slate, Yale Review, and Topeka magazine, among many others.

January 16, 2016

"Shakespeare's First Folio"

Shakespeare scholars and OU School of Drama professors Alissa Mortimer and Tom Orr will perform and discuss excerpts from Shakespeare's works, along with students from the School of Drama.

January 14, 2016

That Reminds Me of a Story

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

January 13, 2016

Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies?

The state of Washington has been at the forefront of the civil rights debate recently with the legalization of marijuana, physician aided dying, and the recognition of same-sex marriage. This presentation explores the complex and confusing dynamics that exist between religion and human rights in the context of a rapidly changing society.

January 11, 2016

General Robert E. Lee: The Autumn of His Life

 “Robert E Lee: The Autumn of His Life” will take the audience on a personal journey with Lee, a man of character and spiritual dedication, as he took his place in American culture and history, a place where he was afforded the opportunity to address his passion of nurturing the reconciliation and growth of others.

January 9, 2016

What Happened to the Lost Colony?

The Lost Colony is one of the great North Carolina mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans.

January 8, 2016

Discovering New England Stone Walls

Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape.

December 17, 2015

Water World: Canoes, Canals, and the Meaning of Water in Ancient Florida

Dugout canoes hewn from massive logs of pine and cypress, canoe canals designed and dug by hand, and indigenous canoe trails and routes along Florida’s coast and through the interior marshes and swamps provide some clues about the significance of water in the ancient world. Archaeologists, however, have been slow to embrace the centrality of water in ancient Florida, where it served as a conduit for communication and exchange and as a source of food, but also as an organizing principle that underlies aspects of social, political, and religious spheres.

December 16, 2015

A Visit With Queen Victoria

Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal.

December 12, 2015

US Slave Song Project

Join Jim Thomas,president of of US Slave Song Project for a session on the history and interpretation of slave songs. He will highlight the brilliance of the enslaved and the importance of these songs with his distinct and incredible baritone voice.

December 10, 2015

"On This Spot Once Stood..." Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire

Maggie Stier showcases some of the celebrated buildings that New Hampshire has lost, and explores how and why we remember and commemorate those losses. Her program will draw from historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and other historical records to explore the significance of these structures, explain their eventual fate, and analyze popular responses to the loss. Particular attention will be devoted to places where a building was memorialized in some way.

December 8, 2015

How Much Inequality Is Acceptable?

Inequality seems a natural consequence of rewarding excellence and innovation in a capitalist economy. But the level of inequality changes with the times. A number of prominent economists have recently suggested that we, in America, are now living with the largest income gap in the history of the world.

December 2, 2015

From Saving to Serving

Many of us try to make a positive difference in the world through our work and volunteering, and we often find that this can be difficult. The language of helping reflects this difficulty. Charity sounds admirable to some and offensive to others. Service can be bland, saving can be paternalistic, and social entrepreneurship can feel corporate.

November 24, 2015

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience.

November 21, 2015

Global Events That Touched Florida: From the Great Depression to the Cold War

This program explores Floridians’ memories of U-boat attacks, German POWs, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and more, using excerpts from Janie Gould’s Floridays radio shows first heard on public radio.

November 19, 2015

How Oceanographic Effects Influenced the Prehistoric Colonization of Islands: A Caribbean-Pacific Comparison

This presentation considers questions of resource acquisition and population movements as mediated by oceanographic and wind conditions.

November 18, 2015

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

Robert Goodby discusses how the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological study prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the Ice Age. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site revealed information about the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State's very first inhabitants, as well as evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across northern New England.

November 6, 2015

The Battle of Britain thru Japanese Eyes: Attachés on the Ground in London and the Continent

Presented by Theodore F. Cook, Jr.: William Paterson University of New Jersey / NYMAS Board

November 5, 2015

Data, Democracy and the Human Story: A Conversation with Members of Deep Lab

In the first installment of our series, “Data, Democracy and the Human Story,” we examined how data science is shedding new light on “human” topics, like romantic attraction and racial bias. Now, join us as we discuss the ways that the arts and humanities might provide a way to negotiate some of the critical contemporary issues raised by technology.

In the second installment of this series, we’ll talk with three members of Deep Lab, a collaborative group of cyberfeminist researchers, artists, writers, engineers and cultural producers engaged in ongoing critical assessments of contemporary digital culture.

October 16, 2015 to October 17, 2015

War’s End: Victory over Germany and Japan, 1945

Produced & moderated by Robert Miller with presentations by Nigel Hamilton, Sally Paine, Mark Stoler (on George C. Marshall), and Jason McDonald.

October 9, 2015

The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War

NYMAS free evening event:  The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War.  Presented by Don H. Doyle, University of South Carolina.

October 6, 2015

Lincoln on the Civil War

"Lincoln on the Civil War" is a four-part reading and discussion series facilitated by W. Averell Bauder.

September 30, 2015

Vermont’s Flood of 1927: A New Look

The flood is remembered as the greatest natural disaster ever to strike Vermont, and stories of loss, tragedy, and heroism abound. Yet it is far more than an episode restricted to the history of a single state. An examination of the flood and reconstruction helps shed light on important facets of our national history, and helps us understand better America’s passage through the often anxious and difficult years of the 1920s.

September 26, 2015

WAR WORDS WISDOM: Drum-Taps

Civil War Soldier Stories

September 25, 2015

Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi War Economy

The Wages of Destruction was one of the winners of the Wolfson History Prize for 2006.

September 24, 2015

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. They helped transform her story into a National History Day play called Life in a Jar, finally bringing recognition to Sendler’s heroism and helping to open dialogue about the Holocaust in Poland.

September 20, 2015

Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools and Implements

Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves.

September 19, 2015

Mexican Poetry Reading

In conjunction with the exhibition, "FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life," Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poet and photographer who teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, reads from the works of 20th-century Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914 -1998) and other poet contemporaries of Kahlo.

September 17, 2015

Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series

Poet Diana Whitney presents her lecture, “‘The Dense Fragrance that Rises from the Earth': Nature and Desire in Lyric Poetry,” which will include selections of her poetry.

August 30, 2015

Grass Between the Rails

The program celebrates Iowa’s railroad heritage with a unique blend of stories and original folk songs about the development of railroads in Iowa. 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.”

August 29, 2015

Westward Ho, Nevada, a talk by Frank X. Mullen

Frank X. Mullen is the Reno-based newspaperman known for his hard-hitting investigative pieces. He broke stories about rural cancer clusters, dangerous Nevada doctors, and toxic clouds generated by burning munitions in Lassen County. In addition, he is the author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-By-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train. Frank teaches journalism classes at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR); lectures about the history of the Silver State; and regularly performs in the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua and other Chautauqua venues nationwide.

August 27, 2015

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White

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

August 15, 2015

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

Teddy Roosevelt chose Portsmouth to be the site of the 1905 peace treaty negotiations between Russian and Japanese delegations to end the Russo-Japanese war. Charles Doleac's program first focuses on Roosevelt's multi-track diplomacy that included other world powers, the Russian and Japanese delegations, the US Navy, and New Hampshire hosts in 30 days of negotiations that resulted in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and earned Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.

August 11, 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. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes.

August 10, 2015

New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era

Glenn Knoblock explores our nation's maritime past with this exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America. Learn how the clippers evolved, who built them and why, as well as New Hampshire's important role in supplying these unique ships. Though New Hampshire's coastline is only seventeen miles long, the state produced more clippers, all built at Portsmouth, than many other cities, bested only by New York and Boston.

August 6, 2015

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

August 4, 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.

August 1, 2015

Inside Russia Today

The fall of Soviet Communism in the early 1990s catapulted Russia into a new social order.

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

Pedalpalooza

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.