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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

July 2016

July 31, 2016

Water/Ways - Museum on Main Street

In Minnesota, the Humanities Center and its partners are developing two complementary traveling exhibits that tell a Minnesota story.

We Are Water is an interactive story collecting exhibit that focuses on individuals’ relationships with and responsibilities to water. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in the state of Minnesota as a whole, stories from people local to a host site community, and space for visitors to the exhibit to add their own stories and images. Water connects. Listen to others. Share your stories.

How’s the Water? focuses on water quantity and quality and Minnesota’s unique position as the source of three major U.S. watersheds. Exhibit-goers learn about overall conditions of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, and water infrastructure. How’s the Water? also raises awareness about health equity issues and water in our state. The exhibit then connects Minnesotans to solutions, providing ways to sign up to be a citizen scientist, use water sustainably, and manage runoff.

July 30, 2016

In the Kitchen with Laura

 In the Kitchen With Laura mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden.

July 29, 2016

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives is an all-day workshop that prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with their communities. Participants will come away with broadened worldviews and the skills to deepen their personal and professional relationships — outcomes that set a foundation for increased engagement.

July 27, 2016

Veterans Book Group 2016: VA Medical and Regional Office Center

Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to explore books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. This series is open to any former Service Member who served in a combat theater.

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 21, 2016

Jazz and the American Spirit: Swing, The Great Depression and WWII

Although the country was facing unprecedented hardship, Swing music elevated jazz to new heights — making it the first and only time jazz was America’s popular music.This talk will illuminate the origins of the Great Depression and the key musicians who helped revive the American spirit. Music of the 1930s and 1940s will illustrate the importance of this uniquely American art form and the cultural significance it has played in our country’s history. From the advent of V-Discs (victory discs) and the USO, evidence will be provided on music’s ability to heal a nation through economic devastation and the turmoil of war.

July 17, 2016

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation

This traveling exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

July 16, 2016

Dutch Oven Cooking Centennial

Wyoming people embrace outdoor camping. This experience can be enhanced with the incorporation of a meal made using a Dutch oven. Jessica Flock explores the history and culture of Dutch oven cooking in this interactive presentation.

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 12, 2016

The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Ms. Radtke traces the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued.

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 9, 2016

The Medicines of Lewis and Clark

 The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 that took approximately 28 months, covered nearly 8000 miles and lost the life of only one member, had a very interesting medical supply list. What were the medicines and the medical practices of the time? Why didn’t Thomas Jefferson send a doctor along? What allowed the members to survive the incidents that occurred? Could this feat be accomplished today?

July 8, 2016

Walt Whitman Live!

In this one hour program, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch, will highlight major poems from his collection Leaves of Grass, as he celebrates 2005 as the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass. In addition, Whitman will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, with a description of the nation’s obsequies, and recitations of the Gettysburg Address and “O Captain, My Captain."

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.

July 6, 2016

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

Author Michael Tougias tells the story of the historic rescue of 70 sailors on two sinking ships during a 1952 blizzard off the coast of New England. Tougias will use over fifty original photographs of the rescue and explain some of the acts of heroism and leadership so astonishing that Disney has collaborated with Tougias to make a movie about the event.

July 2, 2016

A Visit with Teddy Roosevelt with Arch Ellwein

Meet the vibrant 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Even Roosevelt's critics admired the man who took on the corporate trusts, charged up San Juan Hill, defied the Party "bosses," built the Panama Canal, defined conservation and won a Nobel Peace Prize. Hear his views on conservation, agriculture, and democracy, all shaped by his Western experience. Portrayed by Ellwein, President Roosevelt talks of his experiences in Montana as a rancher and sportsman. Following his "press conference," the actor/historian comes out of character for further discussion.

June 2016

June 30, 2016

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Back in the old days, long before spring training became a well-oiled, money-making machine, teams would head down south somewhere to sweat out the winter pounds and get ready for the new season. On the way home -- via train, of course -- teams would stop off in towns and cities along the way and play exhibition games.

One of those stops for the New York Yankees in 1931 came in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 2. Joe Engel, the new president of the Double-A Lookouts, was a showman and promoter as much as a baseball guy. A few days before the Yankees arrived, he announced he had signed a 17-year-old pitcher named Jackie Mitchell.

Jackie was a girl.  And she was going to pitch against the Yankees.

What happened from there is a matter of folklore.

June 28, 2016 to July 26, 2016

The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution

This exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government and features twelve panels charting the progress of former colonies to a united nation.

June 27, 2016

Invisible New England: The Real New England?

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!


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 23, 2016

Reflections West on Yellowstone Public Radio

Reflections West's aim is simple: to circulate—as widely as possible—wonderful passages of literature and history of the West in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. In short, we present reflections in order to spur further reflections from our listeners based on their own knowledge and experience.

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 19, 2016

Muslim Journeys

The books in "Muslim Journeys" tell provocative and gripping stories about the experiences of Muslims around the world and in the United States, providing insight into a diverse array of contemporary Muslim lives.

June 18, 2016

Neighbor2Neighbor Series: Islamic Family Experience

A unique opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with our Muslim neighbors. The Neighbor2Neighbor Series is part of Humanities Tennessee's Conversations Bureau program and is presented in partnership with the Faith & Culture Center, the Muslim Women & Council, and the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, with generous support from the Nissan Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

June 16, 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.  A fifth-generation Topeka native, Eric has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times and received the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, the largest American prize for a first book of poetry.

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 14, 2016

American Diplomatic History: From George Washington to Barack Obama

Professor Michael Rockland’s first career was in diplomacy, serving with our embassies in Argentina and in Spain as a cultural attaché. One of the latest of his books is An American Diplomat in Franco Spain and he has long taught the course, “The United States as Seen From Abroad” at Rutgers. Thus, diplomacy has been both his vocation and his avocation for many years. In lecturing on American diplomacy he endeavors to trace the evolution of the United States from a nation dedicated to George Washington’s argument in favor of “no entangling alliances” to a nation that has, in some instances, gone in the other direction.

June 13, 2016 to July 22, 2016

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

Based on an exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and The University of Texas at Arlington Library, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition spans the mapmaking enterprise, beginning with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf (1512) and ending with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right of way granted to railroads.

June 11, 2016

Oldies But Goodies: Music of the Early 1960s

This walk down memory lane concentrates on the music of the beginning of the decade of massive cultural change prior to the “British Invasion.” The discussion will include America’s emphasis on its youth through the music of: The Beach Boys; Bob Dylan; James Brown; The Righteous Brothers; The Ronettes; etc. Included are audio and video examples of the above-mentioned artists plus early newsreels.

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 7, 2016 to June 11, 2016

Ohio Chautauqua – Brimfield

Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.

June 7, 2016 to June 11, 2016

Ohio Chautauqua – Brimfield

Building on the 19th-century tradition established on the shores of New York’s Chautauqua Lake, Ohio Chautauqua is a five-day community event that combines living history performances, music, education, and audience participation into a one-of-a-kind cultural event the entire community will enjoy.

June 7, 2016

"A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West"

A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West by Gerald McFarland. McFarland offers a vivid, personal history of five generations of his family who migrated west over the course of two centuries. Their struggles, successes, and causes (one relative was John Brown) mirror our country's history and dreams.

June 7, 2016

History of the Negro Baseball Leagues

Through a first-person interpretation of Baseball Hall of Famer William “Judy” Johnson, learn the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues prior to Jackie Robinson’s participation in the major leagues of American baseball.

June 6, 2016

White Frame/Black Frame: The Hidden Roots of Racial Realities

Understanding US racial history helps us make sense of current social inequities. ABHM presents a series of public programs and online exhibits exploring the origins of our racially divided society. These programs expand on topics and practices developed in their successful 2014-2015 project "Hidden from History." Programs are based on sociologist Joe Feagin's paradigm of the white frame/black counter-frame, as well as the work of historians like Nell Irvin Painter and educators like Robin DiAngelo.

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.

June 1, 2016

The Cold War, The Early Years

Audiences will gather together for a variety of historical enactments, workshops, and informal discussions at the 2016 Oklahoma Chautauqua in Altus. This year's event will focus on the theme "The Cold War, The Early Years," when heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II led to mutual suspicions, proxy wars, and fears of mass nuclear destruction.

May 2016

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 27, 2016

Family Diversity: Past, Present, and Future

What do we envision when we hear “American family?” How is the definition of ‘family’ changing and why? Whether nuclear, step, foster, extended, transnational, adoptive, or informal, American families are more diverse than ever. The structures of families are changing. Families, now more than ever, are influenced by other social and cultural shifts, such as the rise of single parent households, divorce, opting for cohabitation over marriage, and same-sex marriage. Each of these new definitions of family is rooted in broader economic and social changes that are underway in the U.S. and around the world.


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 25, 2016

Common Heritage: Community History Digitization Project

To celebrate its 100th anniversary the Clearwater Public Library System will digitize historical documents, photographs and artifacts held by residents of the city.

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 23, 2016

"Leading the Charge: The Ongoing Legacy of Anthony and Douglass"

"Leading the Charge: The Ongoing Legacy of Anthony and Douglass" is a free community symposium that features the speeches of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass with an interactive panel discussion to follow.

May 22, 2016

The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Ms. Radtke traces the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued. The sheet music collection from the Vermont Historical Society is brought to life in this presentation. Radtke will read letters from local soldiers, dedicating songs to those from the area who served.

May 21, 2016

Ancient Wars/Modern Vets

In this ninety-minute illustrated presentation, 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.

May 21, 2016

Natchez Southern Musical Theatre Conference

The Southern Musical Theatre Conference is a free, public event hosted by the Natchez Opera Festival. This annual event is establish to benefit professionals in the musical theatre industry as well as interested citizens in the state of Mississippi. The conference is deeply seeded in the humanities discipline of Fine Art. The lectures offered highlight the different aspects of theatrical performance, the visual arts considerations made during the performance, musical contributions to the art forms, and the historical contributions of the art form throughout American history

May 19, 2016

Writing with Scissors: The American Scrapbook in History

Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks ��" the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Abraham Lincoln to Susan B. Anthony, African-American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their readings. In scrapbooks, 19th-century readers spoke back to the media; they treasured what mattered to them. African Americans and women's rights activists collected, concentrated, and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create "unwritten histories" in books they wrote with scissors. Whether scrapbook makers pasted their clippings into blank books, sermon collections, or the pre-gummed scrapbook that Mark Twain invented, they claimed ownership of their reading. They created their own democratic archives.


May 19, 2016

Unlocking the History of an Old House

Just as families have a past, old houses and the land they are built on have histories. This practical lecture is designed to show you how to uncover that past and answer questions such as when was the structure built, who lived in it, how has it changed over time, and what are its stories. The discussion centers on implementing an organized research process, what records are available, where to look for documents, and interpreting the findings. The discussion concludes by presenting suggestions for creating a history of an old house. If you know where to look, you may find the clues to the past.

May 18, 2016

"Another Turn of the Crank" by Wendell Berry

Book discussion.  “Green” and “sustainable” have become such buzzwords, they have almost lost their meanings. This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability and try to make it work in the world.

May 17, 2016

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

New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants (Pew Hispanic Center, 2014), 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.

May 14, 2016

Common Heritage: Community History Digitization Project

To celebrate its 100th anniversary the Clearwater Public Library System will digitize historical documents, photographs and artifacts held by residents of the city.

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 11, 2016

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

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. During the discussion, audience members can learn how to connect directly with the tradition of spirituals in their local community.

May 10, 2016

Saffron & Honey: Muslims, Jews & Christians in Medieval Spain

What are the commonalities? What are the connections? Tensions and conflicts between Jews, Muslims and Christians appear in the news every day. But what can we learn when we examine the historical threads and unravel stories of connection and collaboration that defy those headlines? Drawing from a story of personal discovery, Davidson-Gómez leads a vivid and vigorous discussion that reveals medieval Spain as a crossroads connecting the Golden Age of Islam, Sephardic Judaism, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Davidson-Gómez shows how Spain, as a channel for the flow of ideas and technology into a Europe that was parched by relative isolation, led advances in science, math, poetry, music, architecture, and politics that would ripple across the world.

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 7, 2016

Folk Art & Culture

Folk art is the art produced by self-taught people. Every culture has its share of folk artists, yet art historians often deny folk art its rightful place alongside fine art.

May 7, 2016

Arizona Kicks on Route 66

U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L. A. During the depression of the 1930s, it became the major path by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state during its prime, and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road.

Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian. His passion is uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past: the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today.

Phippen Museum

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 Cane Ridge Revival of 1801: The Great Revival that Transformed Kentucky

Kentucky author Eddie Price will offer his historical presentation "What I Saw At Cane Ridge: The Great Revival That Transformed Kentucky. The Cane Ridge Revival of 1801 attracted 25,000 people and "transformed Kentucky from a lawless frontier to the birthplace of the Bible Belt," explains a news release from the library, adding that the event is worth examining for its cultural and political impact on the state. Through dramatic interpretation, Price will share testimony from the Cane Ridge Revival, discuss the controversy surrounding what some consider the Second Pentecost and perform old hymns that some folks claimed to "make the flesh tremble."

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.

May 3, 2016

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.

May 3, 2016

Native American Stories of Resilience

Radio program -- these narratives from Native Americans who live in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area provide intriguing glimpses into Native American culture, philosophy, and psychology, and reflect challenges they have faced, personal successes, high-point experiences, and dreams for the future.

May 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts detailing the struggle in Texas.

May 1, 2016

The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory. We will then turn to the numerous claims about what makes us happy based on the results of “the new science of happiness.” We will conclude by reflecting on the findings of positive psychology in the context of the history of the idea of happiness.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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