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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

May 2015

May 22, 2015

Lincoln on the Civil War

"Lincoln on the Civil War" is a four-part reading and discussion series facilitated by John Schmeelk.  During this fourth session, participants will be discussing: Cooper Union Speech, 1860, Speech at Independence Hall 1861, First Anaugural Address, 1861.

May 21, 2015

Samuel D. Burris Speaks - A free African American

Meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad.

May 17, 2015 to June 13, 2015

Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity: Military Mascots

The Seymour Community Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit curated by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum dedicated to military mascots. These animals are a source of pride and morale for troops. .

May 13, 2015

Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience

 For Asian refugees who fled persecution or death, experiences of living in America are vastly different than for immigrants who left their home country for a better life in the U.S. From the racist to the innocuous, issues of culture, ethnicity, and discrimination are consistent and prevalent themes for Asian Americans. In this interactive presentation, psychologist and former broadcast journalist Sam Louie uses spoken word poetry to guide audiences to better understand the depth of cultural issues that confront Asian Americans today.

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 11, 2015 to June 1, 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.

May 11, 2015 to May 21, 2015

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat

About 75% of military work is considered non-combat. These roles rarely make the headlines, but are vital to every military operation. Exploring the non-combat roles of military service personnel, including work as beauticians, military police, dentists, mechanics, and photographers, this exhibit showcases an often overlooked but highly relatable side of military life.

May 7, 2015

"Let's Celebrate Margaret Walker: An African American Woman Author of the 20th Century."

The lectures series will focus on the literary and historical importance of Walker, her influence on other African American women, and the lasting value of her works. Each lecture will be led by a scholar and will include discussions of her works.

May 6, 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.

May 5, 2015

Lucy Bakewell Audubon - Audubon's Leading Lady (1787—1874)

They say well-behaved women rarely make history. Lucy Bakewell Audubon is an exception to that rule. Her proper behavior and strength helped secure the legacy of her husband, John James Audubon (famed naturalist, artist, and author of the larger than-life The Birds of America). Theirs is a story about art, ambition, devotion, deception, resentment, redemption, and above all, love. It’s a fascinating story because it’s so implausible: highly educated and born to wealth and privilege, Lucy not only endured her husband’s eccentricity, but successfully adapted to life on the frontier. Follow the Audubons from their immigration to America in the early 1800s, to their adventures in evolving Louisville, their pioneer days in the wilderness of Henderson, economic depression during the Panic of 1819, and their times of separation when John James explored and sought his fame, while Lucy stayed behind and kept the home fires burning.

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 2015

April 30, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: A Study in the Paradox of Greatness

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moves into high gear, it seems appropriate to focus on Abraham Lincoln. This presentation explores Lincoln's claim on posterity, which rests not just on his victory in the Civil War, but also on the unique combination of Lincoln's personal qualities, his historical context and the American imagination.

April 29, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt: Advocate for Universal Human Rights.

In this informal talk, Mrs. Roosevelt, as portrayed by Elena Dodd, recalls her years with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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 26, 2015

Carson City Symphony Pre-Concert Talk, Flute and Harp

Music Director/Conductor David Bugli and guest soloists Sally Turk, flute, and Michael Langham, harp, will discuss the lives, history, and cultural context of the composers.  The pre-concert talk will include discussion and demonstration of the evolution and mechanics of the flute and harp. The pre-concert conversation is provided free of charge.

April 24, 2015

Antonio Meucci, True Inventor of the Telephone

Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), an Italian immigrant to New York, has been denied his rightful place in history as the true inventor of the telephone. His story is emblematic of the fiercely competitive "Age of Invention" in America (roughly 1870-1910).

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 18, 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. Mark Twain described one such lecture as the most powerful performance he had ever witnessed in a theater.

April 16, 2015

2015 Nevada Humanities Great Basin Young Chautauqua Program

Young Chautauqua emphasizes scholarship, research, reading, and performing. The program is free and open to all children who are interested in history and performing.

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 15, 2015 to May 15, 2015

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

April 14, 2015

One Regiment’s Story in the Civil War: The Ninth Vermont, 1862–1865.

Civil War historian Donald Wickman offers listeners tales of the Ninth Vermont, highlighted by the stories of some of the 1,878 Vermonters who comprised it, as it became one of the most traveled regiments in the Civil War.

April 13, 2015

The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the two major theoreticians of the early women's rights movement, had direct knowledge of the Haudenosaunee, writing about the superior social, political, religious, and economic status of women in the Iroquois nations. Their work for women's rights, Wagner argues, was inspired by the vision they received from the Haudenosaunee of gender balance and harmony.

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

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.

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 3, 2015 to May 10, 2015

Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West

The exhibit features paintings and sculptures that show these complex portrayals of women and honors the sacrifices of the "Madonnas of the Prairie" who endured the countless hardships of life in the American West.

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.

April 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015

PoemCity 2015

PoemCity 2015 celebrates National Poetry Month by showcasing the work of Vermont’s contemporary poets in a walkable anthology.

March 2015

March 30, 2015

The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize

The Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine. In 2015, Donald Soctomah will be the recipient.

March 25, 2015 to March 27, 2015

Oxford Conference for the Book Returns for 22nd Year

The 2015 Oxford Conference for the Book will be the 22nd annual event to celebrate books, reading, and writing, while also examining the practical concerns on which the literary arts and the humanities depend, including the process of finding publication, writing methods, and the state of publishing. The conference convenes fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students, librarians, and literacy advocates for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops, and social events celebrating the written word.

March 24, 2015

Trains Across Iowa

The program explores Iowa's unique position in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and Iowa's great contribution to railroad safety.

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 20, 2015

Meet Eleanor Roosevelt

This program offers a frank and often humorous look at the struggles and personal fulfillment of a shy young woman who metamorphosed into a strong voice for social justice and universal human rights and was witness to the tumultuous events of her day.

Funded project of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  The New Hampshire Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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 16, 2015 to May 9, 2015

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

March 14, 2015

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

The Underground Railroad, the secret paths traveled by African Americans who escaped slavery in the South, is well documented by historians. Far more elusive is evidence that slaves used quilts as signals to guide their way to freedom. This hands-on talk and demonstration engages in the ongoing debate between historians and the public - did quilts guide escapes? Authentic 19th century quilts and modern reproductions are used to explore some of the ways in which women may have stitched their politics, history and mythology into quilt designs.

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 11, 2015

On Hemingway: Three Views

This chautauqua program by Betty Jean Steinshouer examines the author of machismo, from a woman’s point of view.

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 9, 2015

The Ripple Effect: How Saving a River Revitalized a Community

This exhibit tells the story of the Reedy River and Lake Conestee, Greenville’s own environmental crisis and the community’s response to it. Decades of industrial waste polluted the Reedy’s water and created hazardous conditions in Lake Conestee.

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 3, 2015

Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets

The program includes a brief, illustrated historical overview of the events that sparked linguistic transitions from the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman eras to the Middle English era, including the Norman Invasion, the Black Death, and the invention of the printing press.

March 2, 2015 to April 13, 2015

Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate

An exhibition.  Melina Mara began photographing the thirteen women in the U.S. Senate in 2001, continuing as their number grew to fourteen in 2003.

March 2, 2015 to May 31, 2015

Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas of World War II

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II and features historical photographs from the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project archives and contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio.

November 2014

November 12, 2014 to June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen Living History Character

Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of!

October 2014

October 25, 2014 to May 17, 2015

La Belle: The Ship That Changed History

On October 25, 2014, the shipwreck La Belle will be reconstructed live at the Bullock Museum in the special exhibition,

September 2014

September 26, 2014 to May 25, 2015

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion chronicles the complex history of the Chinese in America, from the early days of the China trade to the history of Chinese immigration and the life of Chinese Americans.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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