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.
This panel discussion will address the experience of receiving mail from the home front while participating in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Kristin G. Kelly of the English Department at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville will moderate the discussion with veterans of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This exhibition addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?” This exhibition provides a number of examples from twentieth-century African American artists—both trained and untrained—that visually respond to this question. These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place
Whitman sought to create a new gospel of beauty: a uniquely American voice. He escaped the Classic Structures demanded of verse, and gave us the free form voice that has become standard today. His work influenced the beat movement (Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg), anti-war poets & even Bram Stoker (Dracula). Whitman, a volunteer in military hospitals during the civil war, mourned the assassination of President Lincoln with the well-known Captain, oh my Captain. His last days were spent in Camden, NJ and in his refuge in nature at the Stafford Farm and Timber Creek.
The shared past of these authors is the Civil War and its aftermath which gave North Carolina a distinctive history, literature, music, and lifestyle. We will find common motifs in this series including attachment to place as well as the effects of racism. They are: Charles Chesnutt, Thomas Wolfe, John Ehle, Reynolds Price, and Lee Smith.
Anthony Johnstone considers today’s legal and political controversies through the lens of the United States and Montana Constitutions. He draws on the text and history of those documents, as well as the principles and practices of We the People, that work together to shape constitutional meaning from the halls of the United States Supreme Court to the streets of Montana. Through lively and wide-ranging discussions, participants will explore sometimes surprising perspectives that take us beyond current divisions and into the shared civic vocabulary found in our federal and state constitutions.
Camp Dodge: Home Away From Home, 1917-1918 - A 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.
Don’t miss this dramatic performance by veterans in the Naples/Fort Myers area who will share their riveting personal stories of life and the military on stage in Telling: Southwest Florida. Their presentations–scripted using their own words–are followed by a moderated question-answer session with the audience.
Nussbaum is the University of Chicago’s Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics. In November 2016, Japan’s Inamori Foundation awarded her the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, noting that she “has led global discourse on philosophical topics that influence the human condition in profound ways.”
Her Jefferson lecture topic, “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame,” will draw from her latest book project. The project brings a philosophical view to political crises in America, Europe, and India by offering a deeper understanding of how fear, anger, disgust, and envy interact to create a divisiveness that threatens democracies.
The exhibit will feature the careers of several prominent architects including Hassel Thomas Hicks and Alex B. Mahood who designed many of the buildings that were built in the region. The exhibit will also feature many prominent buildings designed by these men as well as the work of other architects.
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.
The Corps of Discovery was a fascinating group of individuals. But there were four members of the corps that were “valuable” but not paid. Hunt discusses these four members and tells stories of their adventures. She also dispels a few myths about these members.
The story of how historical events tie Americans in general to the Spanish experience in the Americas.….from Cortez to Dia de los Muertos, the co-mingling of cultures contributes to our national heritage. A quick study to help understand the relevance of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Dia de los Muertos, Dia de los Ninos and other commemorations crossing over to American mainstream culture.
Join WSU scholar Branden Little in a discussion of "Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to War on Terrorism" by John Byrne Cooke. John Byrne Cooke's fascinating look at wartime reporting from the American Revolution to Iraq. The press has influenced public perception of wars, and often affected their course.
History Alive is a program of first-person portrayals of historical figures by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their characters. Gabriel Arthur is believed to have been the first European American to see the Kanawha Valley while traveling with a band of Indians in 1674. During this time, he followed either the Big Coal River or Paint Creek to the Kanawha River, where he and his party were welcomed at a large Moneton Indian town in the lower Kanawha Valley.
Women pioneers and homesteaders played an important part in the development and heritage of Nebraska. In this program, Marge Saiser and Lucy Adkins will honor them, sharing poetry they have written from the point of view of Nebraska women living from the 1890’s to the present. In addition, to provide a flavor of daily living in early Nebraska, they will feature excerpts from diaries and letters of plains women from the past.
The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] presents its exhibition, From the Ground Up, by artist Gil Martin at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery. Martin's latest body of work has unmistakable references to Western landscapes. He neither foster those images, nor eschew them. They mainly come about by working horizontal bands of color against one another until the painting unifies. His goal is to create a provocative visual experience, first for himself, then, hopefully, for other viewers.
Kent County is paying tribute to workers who have made their county what it is today. Inspired by the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, almost 30 events and exhibits are being offered in celebration.
From the engaging sea shanties of the Eastern Seaboard to the haunting songs of the Appalachian Mountains, from the blues of Mississippi to the pioneer songs of the American West, Chris Sayre brings to life the rich and varied music of the continental United States.
Jan Kletter, MD, WVU Assistant Professor of Surgery, will lecture on the History of Anatomy & Human Dissection as part of the Pylon Medical History Lecture Series. Sculpted by the late Milton Horn, the pylons of WVU Health Sciences Center are an iconic representation of art, history, and education in the form of seven foot marble pillars.
Library patrons interested in researching their own family histories get together to discuss problems in their research and share tips on sources and methodology. Both beginners and longtime researchers welcome.
Hollenbeck presents a trunk show of approximately 30 quilts made by members of the same family spanning 135 years. The stories behind both the quilters and the quilts themselves are shared and accompanied with some of Hollenbeck’s own cowboy/cowgirl poetry.
Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from Dakota perspectives. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land’s first people.
A panel discussion on the historical role of immigration in the city's economic development. How did immigrants from Ireland, Italy, Greece, and other countries shape early Somerville? More recently, immigrants have come to the city from all over the world including Brazil, Haiti, and Cape Verde. What are the participants' hopes for the future of immigration and economic life of the city? How is the role of immigration in Somerville's history significant?
Adrian Matejka wasn’t the first Hoosier kid to dream about outer space. Growing up in Indianapolis in the 1980s, a time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense Initiative, Star Trek and Sun Ra, the stars both guided and obscured the earthly complexities of race, poverty, masculinity and migration. We’re proud to host the Circle City launch of Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian’s newest volume of poetry, in partnership with Indy Reads Books. Join us to hear Adrian read from Map to the Stars, talk about his inspirations and answer questions from the audience.
During World War II, American soldiers from across the country rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to Europe and the Pacific. Learn the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers from 1942 to 1946. Charlotte salutes our humble Veterans who served in the military. This program is excellent for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.
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.
Join the High Desert Museum for the second event in their series about the role of pollinators in our communities. Pollinators are vulnerable to pests, diseases, and environmental change. This discussion will explore what is being done to help native pollinators and what else we can do to support these vital species. Hear from a range of experts including Dirk Renner of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Katya Spiecker, founder of Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon.
The Somerville Council on Aging will host a slideshow and discussion about the economic history of Somerville's oldest commercial district, Union Square. The discussion will profile some of the Square's biggest employers beginning in the 1800s, including the meat-packing, glass-blowing, and textile finishing industries. The event will also feature a selection of photographs and histories of businesses spanning the last 100 years
It feels like not a day goes by without a story in the news that relates to some water issue. Whether it’s lead in schools, drought in California, or dwindling snowpack in Washington, water scarcity is a challenge that needs our attention—now.
Through renowned photojournalist James “Spider” Martin's camera and the words of Congressman John Lewis, former head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), March to Freedom follows a determined group of marchers, both black and white, as they tried on three different occasions in March 1965 to take their cause to the steps of the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery.
Franklin Roosevelt grew up along the banks of the Hudson River on his family’s estate in Hyde Park, New York. Years later during the Great Depression, New Deal work programs created by President Roosevelt returned to the Hudson Valley to provide jobs to tens of thousands of unemployed New Yorkers.
Discover the American Revolution you never learned about in school. Why did Native Americans and African Americans support the British? How did a Muslim general come to fight the British with a French ally named Admiral “Satan”? Why did the fighting spread around the world, from Hudson Bay to South America, India to Africa, Arkansas to Gibraltar?
Using literary and historical texts, we will examine how society's notions about aging have changed over time, explore how growing older changes our perception of ourselves and others, and consider where we find satisfaction in later stages of life.
Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise.
The public is invited to join us, the NYS Museum, Underground Railroad Society and the Schuyler Flatts Burial Project Committee for a dedication ceremony in honor of 14 people once enslaved by the Schuyler Family of Albany. This dedication will include the installation of a bronze plaque that tells the story of people who lived and died over 200 years ago.
Cases of human trafficking have been identified in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. Yet most people doubt this, thinking “that can’t be happening here!” If we are in a state of denial, who is helping survivors? Who is working on policies? Who is educating young people about risks?
American Black Journal, originally titled Colored People’s Time, went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil. The original mission was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African-American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems. The show has continued on the air consistently since then, documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives.
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.
During the time of the Revolution, many American Indian communities were forced into the difficult position of choosing to support either the British or the Patriot cause. Others attempted to remain neutral or to tread a middle ground between the warring groups. Unfortunately, these choices would impact the lives of their people for generations to come.
Abraham Lincoln was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to founding the Republican Party, winning a Civil War and ending slavery in America, Lincoln was an accomplished storyteller and humorist.
Have you ever wondered what happened in Delaware during the Revolutionary War? How did the British get from the Head of the Elk River to Chadds Ford for the Battle of the Brandywine? Our speaker is a specialist in Delaware History and folk culture, and audiences of all ages will be amazed to hear letters and writings by colonial Delawareans describing the arrival of the British army and the social upheaval it brought to our colony.
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.
Hosted by LaGrange College, and part of NHD Georgia’s mentoring and outreach partnership, this workshop will focus on implementing National History Day in the classroom—from topic selection and research, to project development and presentation.
“Lewis and Clark in Iowa” begins with the story before the expedition: the sale of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. Tracing the 1803 course from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania to St. Charles, Missouri, Shurr discusses the background of the many “players” of the expedition including York, the engages, and Seaman. Moving up the Missouri River focus shifts to events occurring in Iowa such as the death of Sgt. Floyd.
When coal was discovered in Southeast Kansas in the late 1860s, thousands came from all over the world to work the mines. This spirited act linked men and women together in one of the most dynamic pages in the history of American labor.
From 1887 through the 1930s more than 40 public exposition palace-type structures were created in at least 30 communities in middle America. This movement was launched by the success of the five Sioux City corn palaces beginning in 1887. Ottumwa produced coal palaces in 1890 and 1891. Blue Grass Palaces were constructed in Creston 1889-1892 and Forest City built flax palaces in 1892 and 1893. A more modest temporary grain-covered structure was built in downtown Des Moines in 1905 and Iowans constructed a corn covered building for display at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition.