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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

September 2018

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 25, 2018

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care

Begun 20 years ago in Maine, Literature & Medicine offers scholar-led reading and discussion groups that use works of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction to explore what’s at the heart of healthcare.

September 22, 2018

A Road Runs Through It: Tourism, Culture, and the Politics of Conservation

Explore the concept of conservation through the lens of safari tourism in Tanzania, where the Maasai community has found itself struggling at the intersection of environmental activism, tourism, land rights, and civic rights; and where a proposed highway through the Serengeti sparked international outrage.

September 17, 2018

Early Mexican Settlements in Railroad Boxcar Communities in Greater Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest

The presentation will highlight the vibrant social and cultural life of these Mexican settlers who lived in the railroad boxcar communities.

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 11, 2018

We Who Believe in Freedom: A Reading Series

A community reading series featuring works by influential women.

September 7, 2018

The Long Haul: Stories of Human Migration

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.

September 6, 2018

Conversation Project: Where Are You From?

Drawing on the diverse histories and backgrounds of participants, Kerani Mitchell leads a conversation that asks what makes us Oregonian and how can we create inclusive communities.

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.

September 1, 2018

100 Faces of War

Featuring 100 portraits of veterans from every state and the District of Columbia, the subjects represent a cross section of those who served, and reflect a variety of military branches, job descriptions, and personal backgrounds.

August 2018

August 31, 2018

Tumbleweed Music Festival 2018

The festival will feature over 100 acoustic music acts and workshops.

August 26, 2018 to September 5, 2018

Rural Texas Women at Work, 1930–1960

Drawn from files of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service archives at Texas A&M University, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition uses photographs and explanatory texts to convey a sense of the lives of rural Texas women in the Great Depression and World War II.

August 24, 2018 to September 2, 2018

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms

The traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art.

August 21, 2018

African American Stories on the Railway

This lecture will give program participants an overview of the history of African Americans working for the Central from railroad’s inception in the 1830s through the Civil Rights era.

July 2018

July 14, 2018 to August 25, 2018

Water/Ways in Meridian

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality.

July 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018

Honoring Our Native American Heritage

The Ladysmith community will learn more about the culture, life values, treaty rights, and shared environmental issues with the local Ojibwe tribal nations.

June 2018

June 4, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist, and philanthropist whose wisdom and wit continue to inspire and entertain us more than three hundred years after his birth.

June 3, 2018 to December 30, 2018

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, is an international NEH-supported traveling exhibition that combines scholarship with objects of great aesthetic beauty to create the

June 3, 2018 to December 31, 2018

South Carolina’s Reconstruction: Restoration, Revolution, Reaction

The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation will present an exhibit titled South Carolina’s Reconstruction: Restoration, Revolution, Reaction which will offer a concise overview of the period of Reconstruction following the American Civil War.

May 2018

May 25, 2018 to December 30, 2018

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

America to Zanzibar is an immersive, interactive exhibit about the diversity of Muslim cultures in our community, our country, and the world.

May 19, 2018 to October 28, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i

Discover the artist’s little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them.

May 9, 2018 to September 3, 2018

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

Located at the crossroads of Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Swahili coast has been a vibrant arena of global cultural convergence for over one millennium.

March 2018

March 17, 2018 to December 31, 2018

The Athens Asylum: 150 Years of a Healing Landscape

 The exhibit will focus on how healing, both medical and personal, was defined at the Athens Asylum in the past, and how the Athens community can bring healing to the Asylum landscape today.