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September 30, 2018

The Journey to Mollie's War: WACS and World War II

This presentation will also feature information about other WACs from Illinois, including two based at Camp Ellis in Fulton County who served as telephone operators for the Roosevelt-Churchill Conference in Quebec in September 1944. It will invite contemplation of the vital and varied roles that women have fulfilled in the American military and as citizens of Illinois.

September 15, 2018

Folk Art and 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.

September 4, 2018

"What Folksongs Tell Us About Work in Wisconsin," by Jim Leary

This talk includes historic and contemporary field and studio recordings of Irish and French Canadian lumberjacks, Finnish and Croatian miners, Potawatomi and Norwegian ironworkers, Italian and Mexican farmhands, and Polish and Hmong factory workers to illustrate continuity, change, and commonality in the folksongs of Wisconsin’s workers.

August 6, 2018

Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History

 J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.

August 2, 2018

African American Women, Literature, and Spirituality

This talk will explore ways African American women create communal meaning and personal identities while naming their concepts of faith and salvation.

July 8, 2018

Not Just for Kids: How Children’s Literature Inspires Bold Conversations

In this talk, University of Washington lecturer Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the United States, inviting audiences to take a closer look at kids’ books, and suggests we adults might also learn some new lessons about how to navigate our complicated world.

June 22, 2018

Oil, Ice, and Bone: Arctic Whaler Nathaniel Ransom

In January 2016, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced the discovery of the wreckage of two sunken whale ships off the Alaskan coast.

June 16, 2018

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.

June 1, 2018

Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in Los Angeles

Visualizing Language will celebrate the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community, particularly focusing on the Zapotec community.

May 26, 2018

Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail

Some of the first women to travel across present-day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. This presentation looks at the adventures and reflections of four of these remarkable women who wrote their own stories.

April 26, 2018

The Greatest Patriots: Unsung Heroes of the Civil War

This talk takes a well-deserved look back at five relatively unknown but remarkable heroes and patriots who stepped forward during our country’s greatest crisis to help "save the union" and bring about "a new birth of freedom."

April 26, 2018

From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861

In 1830, the young state of Illinois, only twelve years old, was the fifth smallest in the nation in terms of population. From a national perspective, it was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future, not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. The same could be said about a young man who arrived in Illinois with his family that same year: unknown, undeveloped, with an uncertain future and no reason to believe that he was destined for greatness. The next 31 years would see the transformation of both the state and the man – of both Illinois and…Abraham Lincoln.

April 19, 2018

Navigation and Narrative: The Epic Seas of Luís de Camões

The John Carter Brown Library invites you to the Vasco da Gama lecture by Josiah Blackmore, a scholar of Iberian literature and culture and medieval and early modern Portuguese writing and Professor of the Language and Literature of Portugal and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. “Navigation and Narrative: The Epic Seas of Luís de Camões” explores the many connections between the epic poem Os Lusíadas (1572) of Portuguese poet Luís de Camões and the culture of seafaring of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

April 15, 2018

Women Soldiers of the Civil War

During the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men's clothing, and reported for duty to Union or Confederate army recruiters. Others served as scouts and spies or rode with husbands and brothers in service. All of this occurred at a time when there was great emphasis on women's and men's separate roles.

April 7, 2018

Poet Laureate of Kansas: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Poetry can illuminate the path through our daily lives, revealing beauty in the mundane tasks and objects that we often overlook. As poet Naomi Shihab Nye observed, "Poetry helps us see something worth seeing everywhere, whether inside or outside of us."

March 24, 2018

H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World

In this talk led by economist and former Gates Foundation policy maker Rachel Cardone, participants learn about water scarcity and its effects both globally and at local levels here in Washington State.

March 18, 2018

Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths

 Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia.

March 7, 2018

Coming Home: How the Humanities Helps Soldiers Find Meaning After War

This talk shares stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath.

March 7, 2018

Building for a Gilded Age

Middlebury College art and architecture professor emeritus Glenn Andres explores how the US asserted itself architecturally on the world stage around the turn of the twentieth century.

February 21, 2018

Abolitionists of Noyes Academy

Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early nineteenth-century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness.

February 20, 2018

Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor?

George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada, and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.

February 8, 2018

From Africa to the Americas via Music, Song, Dance, & Stories

This is a journey from Africa to the Americas using music, song, dance, and stories as mediums, highlighting the similarities between traditional African culture and African influenced culture in the Americas.

February 7, 2018

Veterans Program: Dialogues on the Experience of War

Please join us for a weekly reading and discussion group for veterans, family members & friends of veterans.

February 6, 2018

WAR, NOT-WAR, AND PEACE: A Pulitzer Prize Centennial Series

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma reading and discussion group. Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne.

February 2, 2018

Veterans Book Group, St. Mary’s County

Led by Vietnam Veteran, Author, and College of Southern Maryland Professor, Wayne Karlin, this book group is open to current service members and veterans from all eras, as well as their spouses, children, and other family members.

January 25, 2018

Racism and Resilience in Oregon's Past and Future

Many Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color.

January 24, 2018

The Role of Science in a Democracy

Americans have more confidence in scientific and medical leaders than in leaders of any group except the military, according to National Science Foundation polls. However, the relationship between citizens and science is often fraught with misunderstanding and mistrust, especially on topics like climate change. Why is our relationship with science so complicated?

January 10, 2018

Votes for Women!, a Reading & Discussion program at Clarence Senior Center

JOIN US for a reading & discussion series on this interesting and important topic! Our book selection includes history, biography, and fiction, and provides a window into the often overlooked stories and actors behind one of America’s greatest social movements.

January 7, 2018

Talking Race in America Today

Join writer and professor Kim Singletary in a conversation that explores the challenges and benefits of this shift in national racial consciousness and asks us to consider the ways that we are more or less reluctant to discuss race with our family, friends, and strangers. The conversation will also touch on best practices for encouraging constructive “race talks” within participants’ communities.

December 20, 2017

Book Voyagers

Learn how comics, manga and strips are created and how to make all your pages works of art.

December 18, 2017

Let's Talk About It, Going to Sea: A Variety of Voices

This Session: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

December 17, 2017

Conversation Project: A Place to Call Home, Exploring Housing in Oregon

If housing is a basic human right, why do so many people struggle to find or keep housing? How do we as individuals and as a society make decisions that undermine the idea that we all have a right to home?

December 15, 2017

Lowcountry Book Club Convention

Keynote speaker will be Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club. A variety of other authors and presenters will appear on panels titled “Read Like a Critic,” “Keeping a Book Club from Becoming a Wine Club,” and “Book Club Recommended Lowcountry Writers.”

December 15, 2017

Burlington Women Veterans Book Group

This series is open to all women who have served in the U.S. military.  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. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and lunch will be provided at each session.

December 9, 2017

The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts

Poet Shin Yu Pai discusses the history of artist-poet collaborations and creative innovation in American literature.

December 7, 2017

Personal History

Join WSU scholar Carol McNamara in a discussion of "Personal History" by Katharine Graham.  An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book of one of America's most famous and admired women. It is the story of Graham's parents, the multimillionaire father who left private business and government service to buy and restore the down and out Washington Post, and the formidable, self-absorbed mother who was more interested in her political and charity work than her children.

December 5, 2017

From Field to Cup: The Story of Tea in South Carolina

From Field to Cup: The Story of Tea in South Carolina.

November 14, 2017

The Veteran’s Experience and Military Culture

One in 10 Montanans is a veteran, yet how much do we know about the veteran’s experience and military culture? Literature, history, movies, and other media often portray the veteran in stereotype—brave hero, troubled youth, skilled warrior, apathetic killer, or unflappable leader. In this talk, Elizabeth Barrs, an army combat veteran and instructor of Veterans Studies, explores the real experiences of the American veteran in combat and in peacetime.

November 8, 2017

Book Discussion: The March on Washington Address by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part of the Seminal Statements of American Values series.

October 18, 2017

Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America

Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy?

October 17, 2017

Lower Delta Talk Series

The Lower Delta Speakers Series includes a variety of folks who will speak on a topic of interest each month, topics that tell great Mississippi stories focused on our region of the Mississippi Delta and that help explain the important role the Delta plays in regards to the entire state of Mississippi.

October 16, 2017

American Politics & Community Today

A Reading & Discussion Program.

September 30, 2017

Religious Liberty in America

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that Congress “shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. In Arizona, we’ve been confronted with this question in recent years because of public debates over women’s reproductive rights and proposals to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

September 29, 2017

Immigrants and the American Dream

The United States of America has long touted itself as a land of immigrants and has grown phenomenally from migration since its beginnings in an ever expanding global economy. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate. How do domestic conditions, regional competitions, geopolitics, and foreign policy affect the discourse about who could and should become an American?  How do immigrants become Americans?  How do immigrants affect American vitality?   

Join us for a Frank Talk to ponder the question, what does it mean to be an American.

September 21, 2017

Racial Literacy and Social Media

Many parents and educators avoid conversations about race and racism with their children and students, yet young people are regularly exposed to images, stories, videos and statements that reflect racial societal attitudes. This exposure often comes through social media, such as YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook posts and Tumblr blogs.

September 20, 2017

Southern Arizona Cemeteries

Throughout the ages we humans have had a need to mark the time and place where people make the final stop on their journey from this world to the next. Sometimes it is a simple cross on rock covered earth while others are elaborate tombstones which tell something of the lives of their residents. There is probably nothing so poignant as a tiny tombstone marking the death of a child whose duration on earth is measured from a few minutes to a few years.

September 16, 2017

Modern Policing or a Police State

The methods and tools used by police officers today are not the same as in the past. In some cases the police are using military tools and tactics for law enforcement. Are the police really protecting the public, or are they over-policing civilians? Is there a “war on police” that is chilling local law enforcement? Are public demands for independent investigations of police violence, demilitarized police forces, and an end to “for-profit” policing justified?  

September 15, 2017

Securing the Borders and Stopping Terrorism

Protecting its people is among the first priorities of any government. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights provides protections of the people from the government.

September 11, 2017

Immigrants and the American Dream

Join Arizona Humanities for a Frank Talk to ponder the question, what does it mean to be an American.

September 6, 2017

Great Writers and the Great War: Literature as Peace Activism

Can literature and the arts really prevent war? Many British writers in the peace movement of the 1930s thought so.
Their experiments in writing peace activist fiction are the basis for this presentation, which draws many of its examples from the vibrant period before World War II when hopes were high that war itself could be abolished. Telling stories and making art were more than just leisure activities or entertainment—the fiction produced by these politically engaged writers of the 1930s was meant to change people’s lives, convince them of the irrationality of war, and imagine new possibilities for peacemaking.

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.

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.

July 24, 2017

American Politics and Community Today

 A Reading & Discussion Series.

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 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 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.

June 27, 2017

Inspired by Nature

Through presentations and a reading discussion group, numerous writers, musicians, visual artists, and others will share stories of how their lives and work have been inspired by a connection to nature.

June 26, 2017

Hands-On Wisconsin History

From the Ice Age to immigration with a smattering of everything in between, join Kurt Griesemer from the Wisconsin Historical Society on an object-based tour of Wisconsin history.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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 19, 2017

Black National News Service – The Associated Negro Press: The best kept secret of American journalism history

Tuskegee Institute graduate Claude Barnett established the Associated Negro Press in 1919 in Chicago. From the year of its founding through 1964, ANP serviced what is arguably America’s greatest ethnic/group press with a national and international news coverage that was remarkable for its substance and scope.

April 17, 2017

New Jersey’s Modern Politics

A survey of the state’s politics and governmental institutions under the Constitution of 1947. In particular, New Jersey’s modern governors will be surveyed.

April 16, 2017

Storysharing at the Institute Library

The Institute Library is sponsoring a monthly story sharing group on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  The group gives its members an opportunity to share stories in a very informal atmosphere. The stories may be of any kind – traditional folk tales, myths, stories of personal experience, etc. The group is open to all levels of experience, so people with no formal experience of storytelling can try things out in a supportive atmosphere. No one is required to tell; if you simply want to listen for a while that’s fine. If you feel so moved come to the first session with a story ready.

April 13, 2017

U.S. Railroad Operations During World War I

U.S. railroad history during World War I, in both its civilian and military aspects, is a fascinating and incredible story. Domestically, the federal government actually “took over” the Class I railroads until 1921. Overseas, the United States Army operated its own trains with American equipment in France. It constructed over 1,000 miles of standard gauge rail in France and hundreds of miles of narrow gauge to the trenches. The Army also sent soldiers to north Russia and to Siberia to operate and to protect American locomotives and freight cars.

April 12, 2017


 In this illustrated presentation, art historian Laura Mueller will explore plant and garden imagery in the works of William Shakespeare. She will discuss plants with which Shakespeare was familiar, as well as paintings of gardens in Shakespeare’s time and place and in the times and places in which selected scenes from his plays are set.

April 10, 2017

Pope Joan: The History of a Myth

Was there really a pope named Joan? The historical evidence says —that the story is just a myth. But every myth has a history and the history of this particular myth can teach us a great deal about religion, gender relations, and depictions of women in faith and culture from the early Middle Ages to today.

April 8, 2017

Coming Home: How the Humanities Helps Soldiers Find Meaning After War

This talk shares stories of the men and women who signed up to serve during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and incorporates experiences and insights from famous writers and philosophers about war and its aftermath. Drawing from hundreds of hours spent with veterans, author and professor Jeb Wyman discusses the profound moral and emotional impact the experience of war has had on them, and how war forever changes those who return from it.

April 6, 2017

The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

For more than 200,000 years, Homo sapiens have been moving around the planet, sometimes drawn and sometimes driven by a host of natural and man-made forces: drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival, or the hope of a better future.  Examine the roots and the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa and trace our oft-branching journey into the 21st century.

April 6, 2017

"Growing and Aging" Library Series

The schedule of readings for the Spring 2017 NYH R & D Program follows: March 16–Introductory/ Orientation Session: selected readings from A History Of Old Age, Ed. Pat Thane; March 23–Tinkers by Paul Harding; March 30–Selected Readings from A History Of Old Age, Ed. Pat Thane, with individual participants’ presentations on selected readings; April 6–Selected Readings from Literature And Aging: An Anthology, Eds. Martin Kohn, et al., with individual participants’ presentations on selected readings; April 13th.  Selected Readings from Literature And Aging: An Anthology, Eds. Martin Kohn, et al., with individual participants’ presentations on selected readings; and April 20–Selected Readings from In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age by Patricia Cohen, with individual participants’ presentations on selected readings, and concluding remarks. Program readings are available at the Roxbury Library or through the Four County Library System.

April 1, 2017

A Fierce Language: Falling in Love with Poetry

Drawing on diverse poets, including the rich contribution of Washington State’s poets, poet and performer Judith Adams takes us on a journey to rediscover the music, power, humor, and strength of poetry, showing how it can radically enhance, change, and even save our lives. She’ll also discuss the joy of reciting poetry by heart, listen to audience members’ experience with poetry, and lead exercises to fire up the poet in all of us.

March 30, 2017

Free Speech in Times of Crisis

 "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." With these simple words in the First Amendment, U.S. citizens are granted an inalienable right to express their opinions, a right that does not dissipate at times when society us under stress and disagreements get heated. Even when we do not agree with someone's language, we believe in the speaker's right to utter it -- and that if we disagree with someone's speech, the best response is more speech.

March 25, 2017

Women Soldiers of the Civil War

During the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair, bound their breasts, donned men's clothing, and reported for duty to Union or Confederate army recruiters. Others served as scouts and spies or rode with husbands and brothers in service. All of this occurred at a time when there was great emphasis on women's and men's separate roles. Two Kansas women stand out in this story: An unnamed woman from Elmore who fought in the Battle of Wilson's Creek and serves as an emblem of others who served in anonymity, and Emma Edmonds, the best known female soldier in the Civil War who settled in Fort Scott afterward.

March 23, 2017

"Miriam's Kitchen" by Elizabeth Ehrlich

Erhlich tells how and why, as the child of mostly secular Jewish parents, she came to reclaim the kosher cooking ways of her Holocaust-survivor mother-in-law, Miriam. Erhlich writes gently and with humor, taking time to talk about the small details of how things are done to "keep kosher."

March 22, 2017

Tuning In To Northwest Radio History

Innovations in technology, programming, and business as far back as the 1920s made radio in this remote corner a little bit different than the rest of the United States, and connected the people of Washington with events and entertainment from across the country and around the world. With a mixture of vintage audio, historic images, and expert storytelling, radio historian and broadcaster Feliks Banel revisits the power of radio in the Evergreen State then and now, and looks ahead to the unpredictable future of local radio in our communities.

March 16, 2017

Centering Black Women

Understanding the suffrage movement and the place of women of color in it is also an important task for us as we head toward the 2017 centennial of women voting in New York State. Voting rights were as vital to black women as to white women, but knowledge of their activism is scant.

March 14, 2017

Family Reading & Discussion Series on Bravery, Bullies and Best Friends

A discussion of bullies using Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.

March 11, 2017

"The Journey Inward: Women’s Autobiography"

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!

March 9, 2017

Lincoln on the Civil War

This series allows participants to examine and appreciate anew the rhetoric, political skill, and moral transformation of our sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln 150 years after his passing. We will examine this through nine of the former president’s speeches, the words of those who knew him, and a selection of letters, diary entries, and historical artifacts specifically chosen to deliver the most immersive experience possible using the latest technologies.

March 2, 2017

Making Sense of the Civil War

Reading & Discussion series.

March 1, 2017

Votes for Women! Reading & Discussion Program at the Rochester Public Library

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State. The woman suffrage movement spanned seventy years and reflects the tireless efforts of countless individuals who dedicated themselves to the cause of equal rights.

February 27, 2017

Writing in the Margins: Transforming the Stories We Tell about Race

Humans have evolved and maintained our integrity as a species because of our ability to collectively create and tell stories. But what happens when those stories divide, segregate, and even encourage violence among us?

February 16, 2017

Cultural Gems; A Look at Unique United States Libraries

This presentation  illustrates the rich diversity of America’s libraries while exploring the broad panorama of library architecture, unique building re-purposing and the various ways communities funded their libraries.  

February 3, 2017

American Dreamer: The 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.

January 28, 2017

Beyond Human: Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature

Throughout history, religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature. Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology—such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields—challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human?

January 25, 2017

Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David Thoreson - Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage.  The presentation includes stories of David’s three Arctic expeditions aboard small sailboats and the quest for the infamous Northwest Passage.

January 22, 2017

Kansas Architecture: Reflections of Culture

The Kansas Architecture series will examine Native American and early settler use of sod, the building of churches and courthouses; opera houses and baseball stadiums as sites of diversion; and modern day metal building and green construction.

January 21, 2017

Feminism and Popular Culture

So what exactly do we mean when we talk about feminism? Drawing on television and movies from the past 40 years (although focusing primarily on current and recent examples), media scholar Amy Peloff explores some of the fundamental principles of feminist thought, and asks why we should care about popular culture’s presentation of these concepts. This multi-media and interactive presentation provides an accessible way to learn about both feminism and how to critically “read” popular media.

January 19, 2017

White Privilege: The Other Side of Racial Inequality

Conversations about racial inequality usually focus on the disadvantages faced by people of color in American society. But there is another side to this inequality: privilege—the advantages that white people experience because of their race. Sociology professor Teresa Ciabattari leads an interactive conversation that explores what white privilege is, discusses a variety of examples of privilege for individuals and institutions, and provides tools for learning how to address it.

January 15, 2017

Homeless in the Land of Plenty

Home is one of the most intimate places we can know. It’s a place that provides for and shapes our expression of security, identity, and even play. But an estimated 100 million people around the world lack shelter altogether, and as many as one billion lack adequate permanent housing. In the US, families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population. How does homelessness affect the lives of all people within a community? What does it mean for there to be masses of people who are not adequately housed?  Join storyteller Ryan Stroud to share your stories and learn about the experiences of others.

January 11, 2017

Walt Whitman and the Civil War

Whitman’s Civil War writings give us a dual portrait, first the war as “a strange, unloosen’d wondrous time,” and second the emergence of a new Whitman. UVM professor Huck Gutman examines some of the most remarkable poems about war ever published and looks at Whitman’s remarkable development.

January 10, 2017

Shipbuilding and Migration

Cipperly Good, curator at the Penobscot Marine will discuss the role of ships built in the midcoast on migration to this area. Searsport and Belfast built and captained ships that carried slaves from Africa to Cuba to work in the sugar industry. And, closer to home, they brought European and Italian workers to Stonington and islands off Rockland to cut and carve granite for use in major construction all over New England and New York.  

January 7, 2017

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 WWII Executive Order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese-American citizens from the west coast, incarcerating them in ten remote internment camps in seven states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented the internment, and artists Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Sugimoto, and Miné Okubo made powerful records of camp life. Arizona’s two camps (Gila River, Poston) were among the largest, and this chronicle illuminates an important episode of state history, one grounded in national agendas driven by prejudice and fear.

January 5, 2017

Assisting Migrant Workers in Maine

Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand  is a non-profit organization that serves immigrant and farmworker communities in Downeast Maine. In the past few years, it has continued to provide much-needed social services and advocacy for its constituency, built Maine’s first affordable housing project for farmworkers, and run educational programs across Washington County for migrant students (including, most recently, a summer program called the Blueberry Harvest School which served 130 students in 2013).

January 4, 2017

Buddhism and Christianity

Explore how Buddhism explicitly undermines the truth of all religious claims—doing so, ironically, in order to reinvigorate its practitioners’ understanding and practice.

December 21, 2016

Swing Into History

With the exception of the most ardent collectors and older generation, the influence and legacy of the big bands is largely forgotten despite their overwhelming popularity and significant role in early radio. Join Larson as he revisits the sounds America listened and danced to for more than three decades. Learn how iconic artists like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald got their start along with fellow bands, vocalists, composers and musicians.

December 20, 2016

Book Voyagers

Special storytelling event with Agostino Arts.

December 17, 2016

The Seven Tongues of Flame: Ireland’s Easter Rebellion of 1916

How can musicians and poets achieve military goals? During the five centuries that Ireland was controlled by the British Empire, numerous military rebellions were attempted – often failing and resulting in great bloodshed. The Easter Rebellion of 1916 was much different. This time poets, singers and writers led the effort to symbolically liberate Dublin on a significant and symbolic Christian holiday of rebirth. Their efforts inflamed the passions of the Irish people, sparking a five-year struggle that ultimately resulted in Ireland achieving independence in 1921.

December 14, 2016

Women of the Arizona State Prison

Through the use of photographs, prison records and newspaper articles, their particular stories are told against the background of women in the Arizona prison system in general, covering the transition from the Yuma Territorial prison to Florence to the women on death row currently.

December 9, 2016

Exploring Human Boundaries: Literary Perspectives on Health Care Providers and Their Patients

This series explores notions of illness and wellness from different perspectives, examining (in part) how both are defined by cultural and social values and by the notion of “expertise”.  Who has expertise, and how is this determined?

December 8, 2016

Evening with Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle (2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

December 4, 2016

Proud to Be: Veteran Book Reading and Reception

Veteran Book Reading of Volume 5.

November 29, 2016

Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.  

November 28, 2016

Reading with WA State Poet Laureate

The Spokane Valley Library hosts a reading with Tod Marshall, the Washington State Poet Laureate. Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle(2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

The Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.

November 18, 2016

Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.

November 10, 2016

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.

November 6, 2016

2016 Governor's Awards in the Humanities

Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Frieda Garcia, Atul Gawande, or Lia Poorvu.

November 6, 2016

The Politics of Hope: Four Historians Take on the Obama Presidency

Join our panel of historians and WBUR host moderator for a discussion on President Obama's legacy.

October 20, 2016

Publishing Your Family History

Mr. Davis will give an overview of the ins and outs of publishing a family or local history. Included in the talk will be alternatives to publishing, self publishing and copyright. Mr. Davis is the director of the Family & Regional History Program at Wallace State College and a professor of genealogy, geography and history.  Mr. Davis has more than 1,000 publications including books that he has published and those published through commercial and university presses.

October 18, 2016

World in Your Library

A free library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 14, 2016

More Than Just Baseball Players: Dominican Migration to New York State, 1613-Present

 In this ninety-minute presentation, Edward Paulino will examine the history of Dominican migration, which dates back to the 17th century, through the halls of Ellis Island in the early 20th century to the present. Using census figures, Paulino will also examine the statistical growth of the Dominican community and its strides and challenges in American society.

October 12, 2016

Reading with the Washington State Poet Laureate

The  Otis Orchards Library hosts a reading with Tod Marshall, the Washington State Poet Laureate. Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle(2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

October 6, 2016

Adventurous Spirits: Arizona’s Women Artists, 1900-1950

Before WWII, the resident art community of Arizona was comprised mostly of women, and this talk explores these independent spirits. Kate Cory, one of the first to arrive in 1905, chronicled the Hopi mesas. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s the first resident artist. Lillian Wilhelm Smith came to the state to illustrate the works of Zane Grey. Impressionist Jessie Benton Evans’s Scottsdale villa became a social center for local artists. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Harold founded the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1928. The Grand Canyon parkitecture of Mary Jane Colter is also an important part of the story.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

April 25, 2016

Book Discussion: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Established in 1968, England's Booker Prize is awarded annually to a citizen of the U.K., the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan, or South Africa who has written the year's best novel according to a panel of critics, writers, and academics.

April 25, 2016

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

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.

April 19, 2016

Political Incivility and Polarization in America

Does political incivility threaten American democracy? Is there a correlation between political incivility and productivity? Dr. Cornell Clayton leads a lively discussion about some of the connections and what they mean. He charts the changes over the last 30 years. He challenges assumptions about the relationship between civility and democratic participation. He explores factors that contribute to political polarization.

April 13, 2016

Let's Talk Presidential Elections: Looking Back-Historical Portrayal Program-"Mudslinging, Muckraking and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaign, the Great American Pastime"

The New Berlin Public Library has selected four books to discuss, all of which are related to past presidential elections and issues. Two are nonfiction books, one is a historical portrayal program, and the fourth is a lecture and discussion of the documentary film "Primary." Discussions will be facilitated by humanities experts and will make connections with relevant Wisconsin issues and history.

April 9, 2016

The Triple Nickle: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

What is Operation Firefly? It was May of 1945, when an elite unit made up of some of the Army’s best trained paratroopers were assigned to a remote airstrip in Oregon as part of a highly classified mission known as Operation Firefly. This first all-black paratrooper unit’s mission and service involving Washington state made quiet history and is all but forgotten.

Oak Harbor Library
1000 SE Regatta Drive
Oak Harbor

April 2, 2016

The Seven Tongues of Flame: Ireland’s Easter Rebellion of 1916

How can musicians and poets achieve military goals? During the five centuries that Ireland was controlled by the British Empire, numerous military rebellions were attempted – often failing and resulting in great bloodshed. The Easter Rebellion of 1916 was much different. This time poets, singers and writers led the effort to symbolically liberate Dublin on a significant and symbolic Christian holiday of rebirth. Their efforts inflamed the passions of the Irish people, sparking a five-year struggle that ultimately resulted in Ireland achieving independence in 1921. In this inspirational presentation, musician and historian Hank Cramer will share how visionary poets achieved a goal that no military commander before them had been able to accomplish. Their victory was later commemorated in the popular ballad, “The Foggy Dew.”

April 1, 2016

Vermont Reads: Readers Theater

Participate or just listen to this dramatic group reading based on events as they unfolded in 1914-1916 on Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica. Each participant will take on the part of one of the men who set out on the expedition aboard the Endurance.

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 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 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.

February 7, 2016

White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon

Although census data show Oregon’s population becoming more racially diverse, the state remains one of the whitest in the nation. Many Oregonians value racial diversity and the dimension and depth it adds to our lives, yet we remain largely isolated from one another and have yet to fulfill the vision of a racially integrated society. Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation about the challenges to creating racially diverse, inclusive communities despite the accomplishments since the civil rights era.

January 30, 2016

Women as Political Change Agents: From the late 1800's to the present

What sparked decisions by Washington state women in the 19th and 20th centuries to buck societal norms and laws to pursue political leadership roles? What fueled their confidence and abilities to push for change in attitudes and practices associated with women's roles? In this thought-provoking presentation, Jeanne Kohl-Welles engages with the audience to examine and understand what and who have played parts in the development and influence of women's leadership roles, historically and in modern times.

December 17, 2015

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience. Whether the narrative voice on the page is in the first person non-fiction voice of the soldier/writer or a surrogate fictional voice, the goal is the same – to be heard and understood. Wong will discuss what he has learned from this program and how communities and soldiers might learn to share, hear and understand the stories of our veterans.

December 14, 2015

History in your Backyard

Treaty disputes, internment camps, immigration, and destruction of natural habitats- in your backyard! These are just a few of the global events that have touched relatively small and protected Oyster Bay since the mid 18th century. LLyn De Danaan delights in unearthing the sometimes surprising histories of the people who have occupied Oyster Bay. In this interactive presentation she shares her methods and findings, and the value of such work. She talks about Native Americans, Japanese Americans, and European Americans who have lived and worked on Oyster Bay and who have each helped to develop not only its shellfish industry, but also its living history.

December 11, 2015

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.

December 10, 2015

Defeating Racism Today: What does it Take?

Does the eradication of racist laws really combat institutionalized racism? How does subtle and sometimes hidden institutionalized racism affect the citizens, economy, and future of Washington state? Abram talks about the history of racism, and how it affects specific groups in our society today. She explores how the painful experiences of Jim Crow laws and slavery might ultimately support the pride and achievements of contemporary generations of African Americans.

December 3, 2015

Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites

A reading/discussion presentation by Professor Branden Little (WSU) on the book, "Eye in the Sky: The Story of The Corona Spy Satellites" by Dwayne A. Day. Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites' origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security.

December 2, 2015

Northwest Mixtape

The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional. Its influences have quietly and broadly affected language, fashion, art, and local life in ways that are not always recognized by mainstream audiences. In this conversation, journalist and author Donnell Alexander takes a look at the secrets behind hip hop in the Pacific Northwest.

November 16, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

Through a presentation that combines music, anthropology and history, Scott Woodward explores how the formation of all of these refuges, parks and monuments resulted from the particular leadership methods used by President Roosevelt and his personal mission to preserve natural resources. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

November 14, 2015

Hominy Indians Presentation

As part of the Guymon Public Library's hosting of the Smithsonian Hometown Teams traveling exhibition, Dr. Sara Richter will speak about the Hominy Indians professional football team that traveled the region and played during the 1920s and 30s.

October 14, 2015

Jackalopes, Hodags, and Other Larger than Life Myths from the American Road

This presentation examines the origins of the legends, the people who crafted them, and how they reflect the regions they inhabit.

October 5, 2015

Poetry & Discussion with Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas

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.

September 3, 2015

Conversation Project: Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?

 Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Author and educator Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power in this state and the nation. Participants will discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape not only for Black Oregonians but all Oregonians.

September 2, 2015

World in Your Library

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

August 24, 2015

Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725

The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.

August 22, 2015

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Over the two centuries since its publication, the work has also served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage. Led by scholar Lance Rhoades, this multi-media presentation considers how Shelley addressed some of mankind’s greatest concerns with a creation that took on a life of its own.

August 16, 2015

The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36 forest fires as first responders, including the 1945 Mt. Baker fire. In the process of helping to save our forest, they gained military fame as the first all-black “Airborne Infantry Firefighters.”  

July 31, 2015

Building Communities: Mexican American Fast Pitch Softball Leagues

The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

July 21, 2015

The Harvey Girls' Multicultural Workforce

The Fred Harvey Company not only hired recent immigrants to work in their famous Harvey House restaurants, they actively recruited them. Eventually African American workers became a part of the workforce, and during World War II American Indians and Mexican Americans were hired as well.

July 15, 2015

Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation

John Ward (Centre and Kenyon Colleges) will lead a presentation on Robert Frost that will provide a true taste of the Maine Humanities Council's programming.

July 14, 2015

The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forged Two Nations

The War of 1812 contributed significantly toward defining the identities of the United States and Canada. The many songs composed during the war and its aftermath -- including our own national anthem -- express a broad range of Native American, white American, British, and Canadian perspectives. They demonstrate that perceptions of war and its repercussions can vary widely, depending on one's experiences of them. Skilled guitarist and singer Lee Murdock performs several of these songs and provides commentary about them based on his extensive research.

July 2, 2015

Let’s Talk About It!

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!

July 2, 2015

Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

 On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving.

July 1, 2015

Writing My Way Back Home (Written works and mementoes from veterans)

Written works and mementoes from veterans that participated in "Writing My Way Back Home," writers workshops that document the veterans' experience.

June 24, 2015

In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone

This presentation tells the life story of Daniel Boone by putting his life on the landscape and taking the audience to some of the 85 sites spread across 11 states where the life of America’s pioneer hero is commemorated with markers, monuments, plaques, statues, historic homes and replica forts.

June 16, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

How did Roosevelt achieve so much? In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a stop in Washington state as part of a 17-city national tour, inspiring thousands of Washington residents on both sides of the Cascades. The wilderness legacy that ensued from this visit guarantees our sense of place in Washington state today with the formation of national wildlife refuges, national forests and parks, and national monuments.

June 11, 2015

Is the Water Glass Half Empty or Half Full? A Balanced Rationale about Dam Removal

Why remove a dam? Is the decision an environmental or economic one? In a state that is rich with water resources, the topic of dam removal has proved to be extremely controversial. With restoration of salmon populations as one well publicized aspect, author and scientist, Dennis Dauble, discusses other important components of the process and the decision of whether to remove a dam. He explores dam removal as both economic and environmental decisions, and also dives into long-term implications.

June 9, 2015

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David Thoreson tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

June 6, 2015

Let’s Celebrate Margaret Walker

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Margaret Walker's birth in 1915, the Jackson Hinds Library System will present a series of lectures during Walker's Centennial year of 2015 titled "Let's Celebrate Margaret Walker: An African American Woman Author of the 20th Century." The series will focus on the literary and historical importance of Walker, her influence on other African American women, and the lasting value of her works.

June 4, 2015

The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians and Cajuns

Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music: its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana.

May 30, 2015

Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers

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.

May 26, 2015

"Muslim Voices"

May 26, 4:00 pm: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, by Mohja Kahf
Presented by Children's Librarian Priscilla Wenzel and Dr. Andrew Vassar.

May 13, 2015

Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience

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

May 7, 2015

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

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

May 2, 2015

Adventures in Reading - New Bedford Free Public Library

A humanities-based family reading program with 6 storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

April 30, 2015

Abraham Lincoln: A Study in the Paradox of Greatness

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

April 14, 2015

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

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

April 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015

PoemCity 2015

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

March 24, 2015

Trains Across Iowa

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

March 14, 2015

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

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

March 3, 2015

Evolving English: From Beowulf & Chaucer to Texts & Tweets

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

February 26, 2015

Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire

Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed little value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go "underground," concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution.

February 20, 2015

Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now

Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region.

February 10, 2015

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

February 5, 2015

(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.

January 27, 2015

Boom and Bust of the 1920's

The 1920s had a profound and long-lasting influence upon the Sunshine State's architecture, literature, rural and urban life, and race relations.

January 17, 2015

Beyond the Textbooks

A four-part reading and discussion series that uses literature and nonfiction to understand the experiences of ordinary people in the American Revolution.

January 16, 2015

Trailing Daniel Boone – D.A.R. Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915

One hundred years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution left for us all a legacy of patriotic commemoration—Daniel Boone’s Trail. During 1912-1915, the Daughters in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky erected 45 metal tablets across four hundred miles to honor the life of Daniel Boone and to mark for future generations his path through the Appalachian Mountain barrier, a path that enabled America’s Western Movement.

January 15, 2015

The Roots of Music – Exploring Earth’s Soundscapes

One of the finest achievements of humanity is the vibrant musical heritage represented by every historical age, culture, and society—including today’s technological advancements that make the most music available to the most people than ever before.

January 14, 2015

Women and the World Wars: "The Madonnas of Leningrad"

A reading and discussion series exploring the experiences of women during World War I & World War II through novels. Participants will discuss The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean.

January 3, 2015

The Power of Place: Eudora Welty

In conjunction with the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College will host a seminar series entitled “The Power of Place: The Natchez Impact on Five Extraordinary Authors” to highlight five Mississippi authors whose works reflect a deep Natchez influence. Each seminar will feature a different author and will include discussions on the author’s life and works by scholars, family members, and friends.

December 15, 2014

“The March” by E. L. Doctorow

From the TALK series, The Civil War.  General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous March, the rapacious scorched-earth tromping of Union forces across Georgia and the Carolinas, seemed designed to prove his slogan that "war is hell."  Doctorow in this novel brings to bear a perspective that blends panoramic overview with local experience, freely mixing fictional creations with historical figures.

December 2, 2014

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

Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.

December 2, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

The participants will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness, diversity, and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

November 29, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

 A humanities-based family reading program with six storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

November 24, 2014

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Crime and Punishment

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Reading and Discussion Group.  A Lesson Before Dying.  Presented by Abigail Keegan.

November 22, 2014

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone's multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.  You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

November 20, 2014

Exploring the Ottawa Library

The Ottawa Library has been in existence for 133 years. A panel of library leaders explore the historical impact of the library as it pertains to the quality of life in our community.

November 18, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

 In this series, we will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness as we explore the diversity and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

November 15, 2014

Grandmother's Dust Bowl Garden

Drawing from first-hand accounts, this talk explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs these women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families' menu, larder, meals, and mood.

November 7, 2014

Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories

Presentation by Jerome Kills Small.  Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends).

November 6, 2014

Sevdalinka: A Musical Tour of Bosnia

Drawn from Turkish, Greek, Slavic and German traditions, sevdalinka is a ballad form unique to Bosnia.

October 22, 2014

Muslim Journeys Films

Muslim Journeys Films are free, library-based film and discussion series.

October 21, 2014

Still Allies? The U.S. and Europe

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 18, 2014

Beyond the Textbooks

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Traitor's Wife, by Allison Pataki.

October 14, 2014

What it Means to be a Mainer

Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine.

October 12, 2014

The Engine of Infrastructure by railroad historian Robert Hirning

Mr. Hirning quotes Edna St. Vincent Millay in saying "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it’s going."

October 11, 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Stiff Upper Lips

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and The Woman in White film presentation by Dr. Celeste McMaster. Dr. McMaster specializes in 19th century British literature, with secondary emphases in 20th century British and creative writing.

October 5, 2014

Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales

The dramatic retellings, some sung as ballads, are accompanied on 16th Century Renaissance lute set to 16th century French and English ballad tunes.

October 3, 2014

Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past

In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. 

October 1, 2014

Women and the World Wars First Discussion: Return of the Soldier

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West.

September 25, 2014

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

September 21, 2014

George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring

The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership.

September 19, 2014

Your Florida Story, Made-to-Order

Your group's story is as important a piece of Florida history as that of any other.

September 8, 2014

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, the fact is many of the pioneers of this indigenous American art form were North Carolina born and bred.

September 8, 2014 to September 9, 2014

Hiking in Penn's Woods: A History

Discover the unique culture of hiking that emerged out of local clubs and provided an impetus for "getting back to nature" throughout most of the 20th century

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

August 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

Learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss the reasons for its continuing popular appeal.

August 20, 2014

Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.

August 16, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

August 9, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education.

July 29, 2014

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience.

July 10, 2014

Made in the USA: The Music of Aaron Copland

Copland was our first composer to achieve international fame.

July 9, 2014

The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Young Ike worked various jobs, from selling vegetables and his mother's hot tamales door-to-door, to laboring as a farmhand and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery.  He managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities.

July 7, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

June 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World."

June 19, 2014

Author! Author! Literary Series: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006.

June 18, 2014

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

June 17, 2014

The Shaker Legacy

Darryl Thompson shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

June 16, 2014

The Connecticut: New England's Great River

Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks.

June 10, 2014

Treading Lightly or Stomping

Overview of mankind’s impact on the earth, using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes.

June 8, 2014

Nebraska Archaeology: 10,000 B.C.E. to Circa 1800 C.E.

This program discusses the lengthy human occupation prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans in Nebraska.

June 6, 2014

The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You

Is the role of journalism to provide stories that we want to hear or news that we need to hear?

June 5, 2014

Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945

The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Truman's private struggles with their aides and Churchill and Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.

June 1, 2014

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

Although their role will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots or stormy political campaigns, it is books that have at times most powerfully influenced social change in American life.

May 30, 2014

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery.  Oklahoma Humanities Council's Reading and Discussion Group presented by Sara Jane Richter.

May 21, 2014

Stories, Songs and Sodbusters

The presentation features homesteader’s songs of hope and then disappointment as they traveled to the “Great American Desert.”

May 15, 2014

Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

There are stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style – even a song’s structure can show us how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities.

May 13, 2014

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

As a child in Nazi Germany, Martin Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps and lost 28 family members, including his parents and siblings.

May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

The War & Society Roundtable is a joint initiative of University of Southern Mississippi and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.    Each meeting focuses on a different book related to the history of war and society, which are made available to participants through the Library.

May 12, 2014

New Books, New Readers - Choosing Freedom

 New Books, New Readers is a humanities-based book discussion for adults who are new readers or who are working to improve their reading.

May 6, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region.

April 27, 2014

Buffalo Bill's Nebraska

Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today.

April 17, 2014

A Banjo Pickin' Girl

Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002) was a strongly self-reliant housewife, mother and figure of the women's movement.  Reed grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where she learned traditional music and an old banjo style from her elders. During the Depression her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she later began her career.

April 10, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

April 8, 2014

Walt Whitman and The Civil War: A Test of Poetry/A Vision of Democracy

Revisit and rediscover, through the language of Walt Whitman, “the real war [that] would never get in books.”

April 8, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

Discover the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness.

April 1, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East Book Club: I Shall Not Hate

The book club series explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle east and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region

March 15, 2014

Exploring the life and the legacy of Emilie Blackmore Stapp (1876-1962)

An American children's author and philanthropist whose writing career spanned more than 50 years.

March 4, 2014

What Makes a Memory?

Humanities based book discussion.

March 1, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

A humanities-based family reading program.

February 27, 2014

Created Equal: The Abolitionists Discussion

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

February 26, 2014

The Spirit of Motown

The sounds Motown created bridged racial divides and produced more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Beatles combined. Experience the sounds of Motown and discover the story behind the legend.

February 25, 2014

Let’s Talk About Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Discussion about the many African American sites that exist, explaining what comprises an historic site and what can be done to preserve them.

February 22, 2014

African American Children's Authors

Stories written by black authors take us to many intriguing places and introduce us to unforgettable characters such as talking animals and trickster heroes and heroines.

February 15, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk

Connect with Zora Neale Hurston, the famous African American novelist and folklorist from Florida, when Dr. Lynn Hawkins presents an enactment of Hurston's 1928 story entitled "Sweat."

February 12, 2014

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book discussion that explores Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals," a biographical portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and the men who served in his cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Following the discussion, the public is invited to view Steven Spielburg's 2012 film, "Lincoln," which was derived from Goodwin's book.

February 10, 2014

African American Women Domestics: The Story of Two Kansans

Growing up in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, in the large Williams family, Ernestine and Charlesetta learned basic cleaning and cooking skills from their mother and grandmother who had been enslaved in Kentucky by the family of Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

February 6, 2014

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Chocolate: Food of the Gods.  Money doesn't grow on trees, but chocolate does!

February 3, 2014

Highlighting the Legacy: African-Americans in Mississippi

The presentation explores the intracultural experiences of Mississippi African Americans which helped produce successful educators, entrepreneurs, Civil Rights leaders, physicians, attorneys and parents.

January 29, 2014

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

January 28, 2014

Growing Up in the 1950s: The Hopes and Frustrations of a Prosperous Age

A presentation on the conflicting currents of the 1950s

January 20, 2014

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!  Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage.

January 18, 2014

San Angelo History Harvest

San Angelo History Harvest.

January 14, 2014 to May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

War & Society Roundtable Discussion.  The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the University of Southern Mississippi to expand its War & Society Roundtable to a wi

January 13, 2014

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War - Who Were the Zuoaves?—Robert “Maynard” Kufrovich

January 13, 2014

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

Commonwealth Speakers Program

January 5, 2014

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk - “Light a Fire Within”

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk. This year’s theme is “Light a Fire Within” and will discuss three outstanding books about books.

December 19, 2013

People, Purpose, and Place: Agrarian Novels in the USA

Book discussion series in which participants will explore the interconnectedness of their lives through agrarian novels that provide insight into the human ecosystem.

October 2, 2013

Arizona is for Art Lovers: Museums, Murals, and Movements Through the Ages

If requested, audience members can create a unique collage inspired by themes from Arizona’s art history.

August 31, 2013

Civil Rights and Equality

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma reading and discussion group.  At each session, a Humanities scholar will make a 35-45 minute presentation on the book in the context of the theme. 

August 28, 2013 to August 28, 2013

March on Washington Anniversary Bell Ringing

Bell ringing across the nation and around the world marks fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s  speech, "Let Freedom Ring." 

October 12, 2012 to October 14, 2012

Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

A three-day book festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October in Downtown Nashville.

May 1, 2012

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War

Scholar-led reading and discussion series at 65 libraries across the country commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Emancipation.  The NEH-funded series draws on March