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September 2017

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 27, 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.

September 25, 2017 to January 18, 2018

Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II

Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II will capture the quickly-fading stories of the men and women who fought during World War II, and celebrate the history they helped create.

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 18, 2017 to November 8, 2017

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards, and texts detailing the struggle in Texas.

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 12, 2017

Head 'Em Up & Move 'Em Out

The early days of ranching and trail driving required stamina and determination. The drover of yesteryear had little choice but to face the elements placed before him if he was to get his wild cattle to market. A thousand miles on the trail brought him into contact with all that nature could throw at him: lightning, flooded rivers, hail, tornadoes, and stampeding cattle were constant challenges.

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 11, 2017 to October 9, 2017

German Immigration to Texas

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition features reproductions of archival photographs, newspaper headlines, maps, and paintings that tell the story of a people remarkable for individual and communal industry in setting down roots and adapting ways of the old country to life in a new world.

September 9, 2017

The ABCs of Making a Documentary Film: From Concept to Creation

The ABCs of Making a Documentary Film: From Concept to Creation de-mystifies the creation of a documentary film. LaFrancis, award-winning producer, creator, and director, uses humor, actual projects, and a tremendous amount of personal experience to help beginning and intermediate documentarians not only conceptualize, but create their projects.

September 8, 2017 to October 6, 2017


Shakespeare draws primarily from print resources of the Harry Ransom Center and production photographs of the Department of Theater and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.


September 7, 2017

Music from the Ranch and the Open Range

Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late 19th and early to mid 20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time.

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.

September 4, 2017 to December 10, 2017

Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War

"Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War" will be an exhibition with associated public programming that explores the experiences of conscientious objectors during World War I. The exhibit will be displayed at Kauffman Museum in North Newton, KS September 4, 2017-October 15, 2017 and October 31- December 10, 2017. October 16-22, 2017 the exhibit will travel and will be displayed at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO in conjunction with an international scholarly symposium "Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today."

September 1, 2017

2017 Literary Competitions | Call for Authors

The Arts Council of York County presents its 14th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and the 6th Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry by students enrolled in K-12 programs from across York County, SC.

August 2017

August 24, 2017

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

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

August 24, 2017

"An Everlasting Fire: The Seminoles of Oklahoma"

The new permanent exhibition An Everlasting Fire: The Seminoles of Oklahoma explores the history, culture, and identity of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma. The exhibition traces cultural continuity and change across two centuries and examines how the Oklahoma branch of the Seminole people have maintained a strong traditional community in the face of external pressures to acculturate.

August 22, 2017

Genealogy Basics: How to Get Started

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

August 21, 2017 to September 21, 2017

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

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

August 19, 2017 to September 16, 2017

The Dust Bowl

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

August 19, 2017

Literary Mount Vernon Walking Tour

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

August 18, 2017 to August 19, 2017

Two Rivers Chautauqua/Western Voices

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

August 17, 2017

Genealogy Roundtable

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

August 15, 2017

Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight

The sky was a new frontier in 1903, and early pioneers of flight worked to exploit its potential for science, showmanship, and enterprise. Be inspired by the stories behind the first 40 years of aviation history. Significant airplanes bring to life the accomplishments of America’s original aviators.

August 14, 2017 to September 25, 2017

Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin Traveling Exhibit

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

August 12, 2017

Stories in Stone

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

August 10, 2017

Descrechaska: Here is Everything

Artifacts from the Wyandotte Museums’ collection that had been in storage were brought out to showcase the city’s past. The exhibit’s name, “Descrechaska,” comes from the Wyandot language, spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans.

August 8, 2017

Voices from Detroit: American Black Journal Online

American Black Journal, originally titled Colored People’s Time, went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil. The original mission was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African-American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems. The show has continued on the air consistently since then, documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives. The collection includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic performances featuring African Americans, many of who are among the nation’s most recognized and controversial figures, and provides the visual and audio context of key debates and discussions surrounding African American history, culture, and politics.

August 4, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

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

August 3, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Echoes of World War I

High Plains Chautauqua.

August 2, 2017 to August 4, 2017

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

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

August 2, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

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

August 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Echoes of World War I

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

July 2017

July 26, 2017

Iowa's Amazing Public Exposition Palaces

From 1887 through the 1930s more than 40 public exposition palace-type structures were created in at least 30 communities in middle America. This movement was launched by the success of the five Sioux City corn palaces beginning in 1887. Ottumwa produced coal palaces in 1890 and 1891. Blue Grass Palaces were constructed in Creston 1889-1892 and Forest City built flax palaces in 1892 and 1893.  A more modest temporary grain-covered structure was built in downtown Des Moines in 1905 and Iowans constructed a corn covered building for display at the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

July 26, 2017

The Trial of Tom Horn with John Davis

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

July 24, 2017

American Politics and Community Today

 A Reading & Discussion Series.

June 2017

June 22, 2017 to July 31, 2017

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations.

June 6, 2017 to August 26, 2017

March to Freedom

Through renowned photojournalist James “Spider” Martin's camera and the words of Congressman John Lewis, former head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), March to Freedom follows a determined group of marchers, both black and white, as they tried on three different occasions in March 1965 to take their cause to the steps of the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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