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March 2016

March 31, 2016

Shakespeare and Political Philosophy

A movie discussion on Richard II for adult and high school audiences.

March 29, 2016

For the Love of Words: Poetry, Prose and the Creative Writing Process

Twyla M. Hansen, Nebraska's State Poet -- Creative writing is a process that thrives on practice. This writing workshop focuses on the creative process for both poetry and short prose. Twyla will use readings of her own and others writing, along with guided writing exercises, to create an interactive and supportive workshop.

March 29, 2016

Should we teach Shakespeare in the 21st century? A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

Presenters:  Dr. Kay Sato, Director of Hutton House Lectures, LIU Post, Dr. John Lutz, English Dept. LIU Post, and Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, Director of Gifted and Talented Program, School of Education, LIU Post.

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 26, 2016

Women Voted in New York Before Columbus

Imagine that women have the right to choose all political representatives, removing from office anyone who doesn't make wise decisions for the future. Living in a world free from violence against them, women will not allow a man to hold office if he has violated a woman. Economically independent, they have the final say in matters of war and peace and the absolute right to their own bodies. This is not a dream. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had this authority and more -- since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores.

March 24, 2016

Journey of Hope: The Irish in New York

From the 18th century onwards, dramatic numbers of Irish citizens emigrated to the U.S., often to escape religious persecution and economic hardship. They left the comfort and support of family, friends, and loved ones to arrive in an America that often regarded the Irish as incompatible with American ideals.

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 18, 2016

Spanish Colonial Foodways

Food is more than the stuff of life; it is an important part of our heritage and culture that defines us as a people. How do we know what we know about food in colonial Florida? Cathy Parker demonstrates for her audience how information from the written historical record, together with evidence from the archaeological record, has answered this question time after time – giving us a more complete picture, for example, of early life in la Florida. She shows that careful comparison of archaeological evidence – in the form of bones, shells, and burned seeds; with appropriate documentary evidence – in the form of letters, inventories, requisitions, and church records – is very much like solving a mystery or a puzzle.

March 17, 2016

"Calling All Poets"

“Calling All Poets” is an exploration of the sense of place in the works of Iowa poets in the hope that we can all recognize the value of our particular place in the world and share it through writing and reading.

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.

March 14, 2016 to April 15, 2016

Voces 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. It is based on an original exhibition at the University of Houston Library that documented a quarter century of Hispanic publishing in the United States.

March 12, 2016

Our Stories, Ourselves

The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MOTA), which is part of the Highlands Art League, is hosting the photography exhibit of Carlton Ward, Jr. “Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and Speaker Series” in March 2016. HAL is using this exhibit as a catalyst to add an oral programming component and help make the arts and humanities accessible to an undeserved community in South Central Florida.

March 11, 2016

"Roosters" a play by Milcha Sanchez-Scott

Reno Little Theater presents Roosters, a play that combines a realistic study of family dynamics and a grittty examination of Mexican-American culture.

March 10, 2016

Gallery Talk with Bill Berry- Collector of Racist Memorabilia

This exhibition invites viewers to confront how everyday objects support and perpetuate racism.

March 9, 2016

American Dreamer: Life and Times of Henry Wallace

In this one-act play based on the award-winning book of the same name by Senator John C. Culver and John Hyde, actor Tom Milligan portrays Henry A. Wallace, the agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred seed corn company who became US Secretary of Agriculture and later Vice President under Franklin Roosevelt. Admired by many and later branded as a Socialist during his controversial 1948 campaign for the presidency, Wallace always held out a vision for the future.

March 8, 2016

Mapping Granville Memories: A Community Storytelling Workshop

Buildings, street corners, schools, churches, parks, and trees all can be places that get woven into the fabric of daily routine and imbued with personal and public memories. Unfortunately, such places sometimes become taken for granted. If that happens, memories fade, places become endangered, and the genius and spirit of the place suffers. How can we retrieve and share memories about local places before they are lost?

March 7, 2016

Hollywood in the Heartland

Celebrate Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen throughout history.  See how Iowa has been portrayed on-screen in films like State Fair, The Music Man, Cold Turkey, Field of Dreams, The Bridges of Madison County, and others you may not have seen.  Meet the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes like John Wayne, Donna Reed and Jean Seberg, leading up to recent film stars like Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh and more.

March 6, 2016

[art]ifact: where history meets art

"[art]ifact: where history meets art" is an exhibit that showcases locally made historical artifacts from the La Crosse County Historical Society's collection alongside new original artwork inspired by these objects and their stories.

March 5, 2016

Reno Chamber Orchestra: Pre-Concert Talk and Concert featuring pianist Derek Han

A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:45 p.m. and end at 7:10 p.m. Moderated by RCO Associate Executive Director Chris Morrison and featuring Music Director Theodore Kuchar and the concert’s guest artist, the conversation is non-technical, designed for a general audience, and typically includes a question-and-answer segment for audience participation. The talk and program notes provide information on the music to be performed, the composers, and the historical and cultural background of the music.

March 4, 2016

Texas Writers

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century. It provides an overview of the literary accomplishments of Texas writers in a series of panels featuring portraits of authors, books, workplaces, narrative settings, and evocative quotations.

March 3, 2016

Shakespeare, The First Folio, and the Birth of Modern Literature

The publication of Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, commonly known as the Shakespeare First Folio in 1623 was one of the most remarkable events in literary history. At a time in England when some intellectuals looked down on vernacular drama, it confirmed Shakespeare's position as the central figure of the Western tradition and began a process that would make him the most famous and important writer in the world today.

March 2, 2016 to March 4, 2016

Oxford Conference for the Book Returns for 23rd Year

The 2016 Oxford Conference for the Book will be the 23nd 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.

March 1, 2016

America's History, People and Culture on Postage Stamps

Bob Ferguson by using a large-screen TV, Ferguson displays high-resolution images of postage stamps commemorating the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. Featured in each period are military heroes of various ethnic backgrounds; future presidents, actors and sports legends who served; organizations created by and for veterans; and memorials to honor the dead. He also presents stamps that showcase the history of the American flag and other patriotic symbols and ideas.

February 2016

February 28, 2016

The Power of Story: A Conversation about the Death Penalty

Why is the issue of capital punishment so divisive? Are Americans aware of the complexities of the issue? Capital punishment, more than any other public issue, has given rise to considerable differences of opinion in U.S. society. When a moratorium on executions in Washington state was announced in February 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee, it sparked a national debate about capital punishment.

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 27, 2016

Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

Widespread immigration to the US from Latin countries begins � first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico See the film and participate in a scholar-led discussion that explores the Mexican laborers that arrived in Dodge City with the railroad..

February 23, 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.

February 22, 2016 to March 22, 2016


William Shakespeare is the quintessential subject for a humanities program. Born into a culture formed by the great humanists of the Renaissance, he peopled the stage with characters that embody both the glory and riddle of being human. Shakespeare draws primarily from print resources of the Harry Ransom Center and production photographs of the Department of Theater and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.

February 20, 2016

Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880)

One hundred years after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. See the film and participate in a scholar-led discussion that explores Coronado's expedition through the area of Dodge City.

February 20, 2016

Meet Buffalo Bill

William F. Cody reflects on his life as express messenger, teamster, buffalo hunter, scout, actor, showman and builder of the West through a series of true-life adventures–from Bill’s perspective, of course.

February 17, 2016

Sorting Out Race

The Kansas Humanities Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Individual and corporate contributions, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the State of Kansas supports our work.

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 to March 4, 2016

Texas Writers

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century.

February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016

WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource

This free, interactive exhibit portrays the challenges of water management and conservation in Oklahoma and examines the Congressional policy-making process. The exhibit features educational items on the effects of national policies on Oklahoma's water resources and information about how to engage with the state's policy makers.


February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016

Africa in the Americas: Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese Realms

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition explores the lives of Africans during the first three centuries of the American enterprise, with particular emphasis on how the slave trade created the prosperity of the New World and stamped the evolving society with indelible aspects of African culture.

February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961

R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document aspects of life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race. This

January 2016

January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016

Tune in to the Beehive Archive

Tune in to the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history. Catch the show on Utah Public Radio ( during Friday’s Access Utah, Saturday’s Weekend Edition, or Tuesday’s morning news.



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.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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