Upcoming and Ongoing Events

April 2017

April 20, 2017 to June 3, 2017

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

This exhibition addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?”  This exhibition provides a number of examples from twentieth-century African American artists—both trained and untrained—that visually respond to this question. These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place

April 13, 2017

Bandanas to Badges: Songs and Stories of Northwest Workers

Real people and real experiences are the foundation of folk music and stories, and are codified in the lasting representations found in our oral histories. Acoustic trio Trillium-239 shares stories and songs of working life in the Northwest, beginning with American settlement of the West and ending with modern high-tech industries.

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 5, 2017

Emerging Writers Series: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra (forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February 2018). She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation "5" under 35" honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain. Her work has appeared in The Paris ReviewGRANTA, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, among other places. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.

April 4, 2017

Washington at War: The Evergreen State in WWI

The reading covers the period between the successful Prohibition referendum in 1914 through Seattle’s General Strike and President Woodrow Wilson’s visit to Washington in 1919. Learn about and discuss this dramatic period of immigration, wartime industrialization, women’s rights, social change, radical labor, epidemic disease, and worldwide turmoil

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 2017

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 27, 2017

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.

March 25, 2017

Gwendolyn Brooks and June Jordan: Black Writers of Conscience

“Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration” program will include reflections on Gwendolyn Brooks’ life, a discussion of the impact and significance of her literary works, and dramatic presentations from and inspired by her passionate and vigorous works. Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, author, poet, and publisher of Third World Press, will be the keynote speaker. Poets and educators Cheryl Clarke, Angela Jackson, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, and Nicole Sealey are also featured on the program.

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 20, 2017

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 US, 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.

March 17, 2017

Abraham Lincoln: The Wit and Wisdom of the President

Chautauqua - come here Greg Waltermire's presentation of the most eloquent of American presidents, Lincoln.

March 17, 2017

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

Understand the narratives of contemporary literature, film, and popular culture that separate the human species along manufactured racial lines. In this talk, professor Jessica Maucione discusses texts that celebrate and explore white characters, in contrast to—and at the expense of—black and brown characters whose dehumanization is sometimes blatant, but often incredibly subtle.

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 10, 2017

Naguib Mahfouz's "Palace Walk"

 It is a story, too, of the shifting of society, religion, and roles in Egypt in the period leading up to the Egyptian Revolution of 1919.

March 10, 2017

Daniel Boone: The First Kentuckian

Daniel Boone is the quintessential Kentuckian, having blazed the trails that would become the map of Kentucky through courage, a love of the newfound beauty and abundance of the region, and his cunning facility with the land and its native peoples.

March 9, 2017

Created Equal: Original Theater Piece

A writing collaborative at The University of Maine at Augusta, CREATED EQUAL, will explore the 14th Amendment, equal protection under the law, and the struggle for inclusion.

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 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.

March 5, 2017 to March 26, 2017

Women’s History Month Film Series 2017: Trailblazing Women

The 2017 Women’s History Month Film Series honors trailblazing women, celebrating their accomplishments and exposing the gender injustices that still permeate our world.

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 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.

January 2017

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 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 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.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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