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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

December 2015

December 17, 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. Whether the narrative voice on the page is in the first person non-fiction voice of the soldier/writer or a surrogate fictional voice, the goal is the same – to be heard and understood. Wong will discuss what he has learned from this program and how communities and soldiers might learn to share, hear and understand the stories of our veterans.

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 15, 2015 to March 13, 2015

People's Lives: A Photographic Celebration of the Human Spirit

People’s Lives turns its viewers into world travelers whenever they pause to take in a picture.

December 14, 2015

History in your Backyard

Treaty disputes, internment camps, immigration, and destruction of natural habitats- in your backyard! These are just a few of the global events that have touched relatively small and protected Oyster Bay since the mid 18th century. LLyn De Danaan delights in unearthing the sometimes surprising histories of the people who have occupied Oyster Bay. In this interactive presentation she shares her methods and findings, and the value of such work. She talks about Native Americans, Japanese Americans, and European Americans who have lived and worked on Oyster Bay and who have each helped to develop not only its shellfish industry, but also its living history.

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 11, 2015

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.

December 10, 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? 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.

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 7, 2015 to January 18, 2016

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island

Traveling exhibition presented in collaboration with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, explores the Port of Galveston's role in the story of 19th and 20th century immigration to the United States and considers universal themes of immigration including leaving home, encountering danger, confronting discrimination, and navigating bureaucracy.

December 6, 2015

The Muslim Experience in Baltimore

The City of Baltimore faced a period of unprecedented unrest last spring following the death of Freddie Gray. What role can the museum play in the contemporary conversation about race and diversity? This panel discussion, moderated by Homayra Ziad, scholar of Islam at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, opens an important conversation about the intersection of race and the public discourse on Islam and Muslims.

December 4, 2015

Medical History, Digital Humanities, and Data Analysis: Exploring the Impact of the Russian Flu 1889-1890

Faculty members and students from Virginia Tech will present the preliminary results of their research from the “Tracking the Russian Flu in U.S. and German Medical and Popular Reports, 1889-1893” project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities-German Research Foundation Bilateral Digital Humanities Program. 

December 3, 2015

Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites

A reading/discussion presentation by Professor Branden Little (WSU) on the book, "Eye in the Sky: The Story of The Corona Spy Satellites" by Dwayne A. Day. Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security.

December 2, 2015

Northwest Mixtape

The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional. Its influences have quietly and broadly affected language, fashion, art, and local life in ways that are not always recognized by mainstream audiences. In this conversation, journalist and author Donnell Alexander takes a look at the secrets behind hip hop in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

December 1, 2015 to December 2, 2015

Openlab Workshop Unconference

Free and open to the public, the Unconference and Ignite talks will provide a forum to share insights and perspectives on the Openlab Concept and help frame the discussions of the formal planning workshop that will conclude the event on December 2, 2015.  This planning workshop will bring together participants invited from a cross-section of organizations, scholars, GLAM and humanities practitioners, and members of the public to consider the tactics, goals, and underlying vision of the Openlab Concept.

November 2015

November 9, 2015 to March 20, 2016

The Dust Bowl

In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity. Nebraska photographer Bill Ganzel set out in the late 1970s to find and re-photograph Dust Bowl survivors for a book and exhibition.

November 8, 2015 to December 8, 2015

The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.

November 5, 2015 to December 3, 2015

The Treasures of Tutankhamun

This exhibition, based on the major traveling display, has been reconstructed to tell the story of Tutankhamun as it was told through Carter’s discovery and the original traveling exhibition.

November 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015

Vocies Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations.

October 2015

October 1, 2015 to December 28, 2015

The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

Exhibition on the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement