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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

March 2017

March 5, 2017

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Charlotte Endorf traveled more than 15,000 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendants to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

February 2017

February 28, 2017

The Art of Language in Asian Culture

The Art of Language in Asian Culture exhibition will present selected artworks by Asian artists from the United States and several Asian countries. This juried exhibition will provide opportunities to examine the diversity and creativity found in contemporary Asian art and is organized by the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in collaboration with the East Asia Library of Stanford University.

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 27, 2017

The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington

In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. Trading companies imported Japanese goods, and restaurants served the familiar sukiyaki, tofu, and miso soup. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.

Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent to concentration camps in windswept deserts without due process.

February 25, 2017

A Visit with Lady Vestey

Lady Vestey became the highest paid woman executive in the world in the early 1900’s. As an employee of the Vestey Cold Storage Company she traveled extensively and learned many languages. She was instrumental in providing food for the Allied troops during World War I and lived in London during the bombing of Britain during World War II.

February 24, 2017

Echoes of an Era

Echoes of an Era with Paul Siebert.  Using the Nebraska State Seal and Flag as a back drop, Paul presents a musical living history program of a family’s journey from Russia to Nebraska in the 1870’s.  Using original and period music with up to 7 different acoustic instruments, storytelling, personal family history, period costume and extensive knowledge on the subject of Blacksmithing/metallurgy, Paul presents an interactive family centered entertaining program. 

February 21, 2017

Evolution 2017

Evolution Weekend Lecture is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.

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 15, 2017

Tea, Trade and Tyranny: Tibet and China Over Time

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for 1500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, then ignored in the next conquest. But there was always trade. In this presentation, Natioonal Geographic Writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road.

February 14, 2017

Iowa Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning

This presentation reviews milestones and the impact of Iowa’s network of one room country schools. It describes through a power point presentation how former country school buildings are being recycled. It also shows how some country schools have been preserved and are being used today as schools by Amish and Mennonite groups.

February 12, 2017

Tenement Songs – Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants

Ethnomusiciologist Mark Slobin discusses the rise of Yiddish popular music in vaudeville dives, at the Yiddish theater and on parlor pianos in tenement homes during the era of mass migration to the United States.

February 11, 2017

“Over Here, Over There: America and World War I”

The exhibit uses text, art work, photographs artifacts and sound to explore the story of American involvement in World War I. It is designed to coincide with the centennial of American entry into the Great War. The exhibit chronicles America’s uneasy role as a neutral power from 1914 to 1917 while the war raged in Europe.

February 10, 2017

Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War

Chandra Manning, an American historian who gained her doctorate from Harvard, is a former professor of history at Georgetown University and is now a special advisor at Radcliffe discusses how escaped black women slaves were "contraband" and fled to the safety of the Union soldiers in order to keep their families safe - and together.

February 9, 2017

What Happened to the Lost Colony?

The Lost Colony is one of the great North Carolina mysteries. History professor Dr. David LaVere’s research shows that when the English colonists who were left on Roanoke in 1587 disappeared, they tried to leave clues to their whereabouts. Though John Smith and others would look for them, the Lost Colonists were never seen again by Europeans.

February 7, 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.

February 6, 2017

The Written Image: Blending Poetry with the Visual Arts

Discover the fascinating work that can result when visual arts and poetry collide. Poet Shin Yu Pai discusses the history of artist-poet collaborations and creative innovation in American literature.

February 5, 2017

Art, Craft and Reform: The Eliot School, Manual Arts Training and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and the Eliot School to learn more about the fascinating history of JP's oldest institution from Nonie Gadsden, the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts. The rapid rise of industrialization and immigration during the 19th century greatly affected American society, especially in major cities such as Boston. Faced with the prospect of an unskilled or semi-skilled work force, many reform leaders sought out ways to provide the craft training that could benefit the well-being of the individual and society at large.

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.

February 3, 2017

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

With political science professor Cornell Clayton, explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds. Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and a paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans. Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.

January 2017

January 31, 2017

The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

Examine the roots and the routes of human migration from our beginnings in Africa and trace our oft-branching journey into the 21st century. What happens when vast numbers of our fellow humans are on the move? Led by scholar David Fenner, this talk explores the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help us understand more fully events in the headlines and better know the mosaic of peoples who have settled in the Pacific Northwest.

January 29, 2017

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.

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 27, 2017

Langston's Lawrence - Film Premiere

A short film documenting the influence Lawrence, Kansas had on Langston Hughes' representation of humanities in African American life and culture.

January 26, 2017

The Hidden History of America’s Favorite Music

A significant part of our country’s shared musical heritage emerged from 19th century blackface minstrelsy. Minstrelsy was the first uniquely American entertainment, and the first American entertainment craze. Pioneering DJ Amanda Wilde explores how this controversial phenomenon laid the foundation for American performance, and how its influence reached beyond its era of popularity. The talk discusses race in American music by looking under the blackface mask and coming to terms with this mixed heritage, concentrating on music as a powerful agent of transformation.

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 20, 2017 to March 12, 2017

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Photographer Rick Williams has captured images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil, and technology.

January 14, 2017 to February 4, 2017

The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.

January 2, 2017 to March 31, 2017

The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights

Featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.

December 2016

December 22, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Back Where I Come From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues

This exhibit highlights Upcountry South Carolina’s early to mid-twentieth century Piedmont Blues movement, a genre characterized by a unique guitar finger picking method reminiscent of ragtime piano.

December 15, 2016 to February 23, 2017

Telling the Immigrant Story

"Telling the Immigrant Story" will feature a variety of programs that share an aspect of turn-of-the-2oth Century Lower East Side immigrant history.

December 2, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Remnants of the Rice Culture: Agricultural History as Art

Remnants of the Rice Culture – Agricultural History As Art, an exhibition of photographs by David Shriver Soliday, showcases the genesis and genealogy of the coastal rice production complex once known as the Rice Empire. This collection documents man’s 300-year-old record upon the landscape and explores the intersection between agricultural history and art.

November 2016

November 11, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate

In 1598, Juan de Oñate led the last great expedition from Mexico to establish a kingdom north of the Río Grande. Although de Oñate’s attempt to create a new Mexico failed, his expedition led directly to the establishment of roads, cities, and industries that are woven into the texture of the American Southwest.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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