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April 13, 2016

Merton, Meditation, and More: Buddhism in the West

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.

April 14, 2016

Reading Home: Letters from Iraq and Afghanistan

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.

April 16, 2016

Common Heritage: Spotlight on North Texas (University of North Texas, Denton, TX)

The University of North Texas Libraries and Texas Archive of the Moving Image are collaborating to save Denton County's motion picture history.

April 16, 2016

Common Heritage: Preserving Community Collections: The Oyster Bay Historical Society Documents a Congregation's Cultural Heritage (Oyster Bay Historical Society, Oyster Bay, NY)

The Oyster Bay Historical Society hosts a day-long event to digitize the cultural heritage collections of the Hood African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

April 20, 2017  to  June 3, 2017

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art

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

April 22, 2017

Walt Whitman: “The Good Grey Poet”

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.

April 24, 2017

Writers from North Carolina's Literary Hall of Fame

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.

April 25, 2017

"Redeployment" with Phil Klay

Phil Klay's "Redeployment" takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Irag and Afghanistan.

April 26, 2017

What Do Our Constitutions Mean?

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.

April 27, 2017

Camp Dodge: Home Away from Home, 1917-1918

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.

April 29, 2017

Telling Veterans Story: Southwest Florida

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.

May 1, 2017

Martha C. Nussbaum, world-renowned philosopher, distinguished author, and law professor, will deliver the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

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.

May 1, 2017

Law Day 2017 – The 24th Amendment and Just Mercy

Law Day is held on May 1st every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

May 1, 2017  to  May 31, 2017

Architects and Architecture of the West Virginia Coalfields

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.

May 1, 2017  to  May 31, 2017

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.

May 3, 2017

Lewis and Clark: What Was Their Value Worth? --Seaman, York, Sacagawea and Pomp Stories

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.

May 4, 2017

American History Told Through Mexican American Eyes

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.

May 4, 2017

Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to War on Terrorism

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.

May 6, 2017

History Alive - Gabriel Arthur

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.

May 7, 2017

At the Crossroads of Many Cultures

A George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series.

May 7, 2017

Poetry of Women of the Land

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.

May 8, 2017

From the Ground Up: Exhibition of works by artist Gil Martin

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.

May 10, 2017

“Agriculture on Display: 1900-1950”

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.  


 

May 11, 2017

Combating Islamophobia

At this moment in our nation’s history, there is an unprecedented need for interreligious education and engagement around Islam.


 

May 13, 2017

Nebraska Warrior Writers Workshops

Professional instruction, support, and skill development for veterans and active duty military, regardless of experience or writing style.

May 15, 2017

A Musical Journey Across America: Songs that Helped Shape a Nation

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.

May 16, 2017

History of Anatomy & Human Dissection

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.

May 18, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

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.

May 18, 2017

Hervey Bowden Essay Contest

High School students explore local and regional history topics.

May 19, 2017

Patchwork of the Prairie

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.

May 20, 2017

Bdote Field Trip - Dakota in the Twin Cities

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.

May 21, 2017

Celebrate 15 Years of Reading Across Rhode Island

Come celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together to promote literacy and community connections across our state!

May 24, 2017

Immigration and Somerville's Economy: A Historical Perspective

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?

May 25, 2017

INconversation with Adrian Matejka

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.

May 26, 2017

Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen

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.

May 30, 2017  to  June 27, 2017

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.

May 30, 2017

Supporting Pollinators

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.

May 31, 2017

Somerville's Oldest Commercial District: Union Square

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

June 2, 2017

H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World

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.

June 6, 2017  to  August 26, 2017

March to Freedom

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.

June 8, 2017

The 19th Century Response to Women’s Suffrage

Based on her own original research Dr. Roxanna Pisiak of the Humanities Department at Morrisville State College will address “The 19th Century Upstate Response to Women’s Suffrage.”

June 10, 2017

The Great Depression and FDR in the Hudson Valley

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.


 
June 10, 2017  to  July 22, 2015

Hometown Teams in Forsyth

This Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition explores what sports and “hometown teams” mean to Americans, Georgians, and local communities.

June 12, 2017

The American Revolution and the First War on Terror

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?

June 14, 2017

Growing & Aging, a Reading & Discussion series at New York Academy of Medicine

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.

June 16, 2017

The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown

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.

June 17, 2017

Dedication Ceremony for the African Burial Ground in Historic St. Agnes Cemetery

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.

June 22, 2017  to  July 31, 2017

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.

June 24, 2017

"Dam, That Took a Long Time"

Grand opening of the exhibit, "Dam, That Took a Long Time," an exhibit that tells the story of the construction of the Wyandotte County Lake during the Great Depression.

June 26, 2017

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

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?

June 26, 2017

Women Soldiers of the Civil War

This program explores how and why a fascinating group of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers.

June 27, 2017

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

July 1, 2017

American Black Journal

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.

July 5, 2017

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.

July 6, 2017

Great Expectations and Dashed Hopes: American Indians & the American Revolution with Cara Blume

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.

July 7, 2017

The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

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.

July 7, 2017

Revolutionary War Comes to Delaware with Kim Burdick

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.

July 10, 2017

One Soldier's Story by Bob Dole

Long before he was a United States senator, Bob Dole was first a boy growing up in Russell, Kansas.

July 12, 2017

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.

July 13, 2017

Peace Building Traditions

The presentation approaches popular history, folktales, indigenous traditions and the history of resistance to injustice from multiple diverse perspectives.

July 16, 2017  to  July 20, 2017

National History Day in the Classroom 2017 Teacher Workshop

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.

July 22, 2017

Lewis and Clark in Iowa

“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.

July 22, 2017

Angels of the Kansas Coalfields

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.

July 24, 2017

American Politics and Community Today

 A Reading & Discussion Series.

July 26, 2017

Iowa's Amazing Public Exposition Palaces

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.

July 26, 2017

The Trial of Tom Horn with John Davis

Join experienced attorney John Davis for The Trial of Tom Horn for an examination of the conviction of Tom Horn. Author Davis demonstrates how this trial marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in Wyoming and presents every twist and turn of a fascinating trial. His account illuminates a larger narrative between the power of wealth and the forces of law order.

August 1, 2017  to  August 5, 2017

Echoes of World War I

 High Plains Chautauqua -  the theme is Echoes of World War I.  The programs will occur at Aims Community College and various local venues, Greeley, Colorado.

August 2, 2017  to  August 4, 2017

Designing Childhood for the American Century-Project Fashion Design Summer Camps-Session 2-"Rock N' Runway" Ages 11-18

This event is part of the "Florence Eiseman: Designing Childhood for the American Century" exhibit. The exhibition includes over 100 historic garments, photographs and objects, as well as an online public-sourced exhibition. The project examines how Eiseman (1899-1988), an important Milwaukee-based fashion designer, created the style of the ideal Post War American child. Through the exploration of her distinctive designs, this project poses questions about the history of childhood, girlhood, race, accessibility, the fashion industry, and elite culture in the American Century.

August 2, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

When President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt bounded into Washington, D.C. as the youngest President in American history. Bringing his vigorous persona (and his boisterous family) to the White House, “TR” helped catapult the U.S. into a new century.

August 4, 2017  to  October 1, 2017

Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

 This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.

August 12, 2017

Stories in Stone

Learn about monument styles often found in 19th-century cemeteries such as Hartford’s historic Cedar Hill.

August 14, 2017  to  September 25, 2017

Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin Traveling Exhibit

Experience Wisconsin Historical Society’s interactive exploration of Wisconsin water history and learn more about your relationship with water.

August 17, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

Library patrons interested in researching their own family histories get together to discuss problems in their research and share tips on sources and methodology.

August 18, 2017  to  August 19, 2017

Two Rivers Chautauqua/Western Voices

Two Rivers Chautauqua got its start in 2006, thanks to the Museum of Western Colorado, Colorado Humanities, and local donors.  Western Voices is our theme this year.

August 19, 2017  to  September 16, 2017

The Dust Bowl

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition combines the FSA photographs and Ganzel’s interviews to create an eloquent story of human fortitude.

August 19, 2017

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore’s successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues.

August 21, 2017  to  September 21, 2017

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.

August 22, 2017

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

Experienced family history researcher Elizabeth Anderson will cover the basic “how to’s” for getting started on researching your family roots.

August 24, 2017

"The Unknown Craftsman: Creating, and Re-creating, Furniture Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"

In the early 20th century, some architects designed not only homes for wealthy clients but also furniture, stained glass windows, rugs and carpets, lighting, and even china and silver service. Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps most well-known, not only for his distinctive design sensibility, but also for his exacting standards.