A Roundup of Activities

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ARIZONA

The final discussion in a series that explores refugee experiences in history, literature, and the arts will take place on February 19 at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The series, called "Place of Refuge: Humanities Perspective on the Refugee Experience in Arizona," includes panelists Brian Gratton, Betsy Fahlman, Karen Leong, T. M. McNally, and artists and members of the refugee and refugee services communities.

The series "Oral Histories Along the Border" begins January 27 with a lecture by Thomas Sheridan called "Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacacori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O'odham," which will explore how land fraud and speculative capitalism affected the O'odham at Mission Tumacacori in the 1840s and homesteaders during World War I. Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith's lecture, "Mexican Women in Southeastern Arizona: Taking Refuge from Revolution, 1910-1928," will take place on February 24 at the Oracle Historical Society in Oracle.

FLORIDA

"Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt," an exhibition featuring seventy original quilts from the women of Gee's Bond, Alabama, will be on display from January 27 through February 10 at the Orlando Museum of Art. A roundtable discussion featuring six quilters from Gee's Bend will take place on January 27.

Historian Cecile-Marie Sastre will discuss works by Spanish artists, including Antonio Gaudi, in the lecture "Modernislf Art in Barcelona." The lecture will take place at The Art Center in St. Augustine on January 23.

Folksinger and songwriter Jeanie Fitchen will cover Florida history, culture, and entertainment through music, poetry, drama, and discussion on January 12. The program, called "A Musical Journey through Florida," will take place at the Okeechobee Public Library.

Folk artist Eileen Brautman creates Jewish ketubot, or wedding contracts, using paper-cutting and calligraphy techniques. On February 18, tolklorist Natalie Underberg will present Braurman's artwork at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie.

Actor and playwright J. D. Sutton will portray naturalist William Bart ram in Puc Pilot's Travels in Florida at the Bonita Springs Public Library on February 22.

Historian Gary Mormino will present "A Social History of Florida: How WWII Impacted the Florida We Know Today" at the Beverly Hills Recreation Center on February 4.

GEORGIA

The exhibition, "Elysium: A Gathering of Souls," will open at the Rome Area History Museum on January 8. The exhibition is a collection of photos from historic cemeteries of New Orleans, and is being presented in connection with preservation work being done at Georgia cemeteries.

The lecture and group presentation series, "Georgia in the Twentieth Century: Looking at the Past and Considering the Future," is based on The American South in the Twentieth Century, a collection of essays edited by historian Craig Pascoe. Among the presentations this winter are "The Political Scene in Georgia: The 2006 Election" by University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains on February 9; "African American Farmers and Civil Rights: Georgia in the 1960s" by Smithsonian curator Pete Daniel and "Bloc Votes, Boycotts, and Baptists: Desegregating Macon in the 1960s" by Andy Manis at the Tubman African American Museum in Macon on February 19, and "Where is the South" by University of North Carolina sociologist John Shelton Reed at the Uncle Remus Regional Library in Madison on February 21.

Sankofa Spirit's "Movies with a Mission" film and discussion series will open with Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela: A Son's Tribute to Unsung Heroes on February 11 at the Apex Museum in Atlanta. A reception and gallery walk precede the film, and a discussion lead by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris will follow.

Eric Alberta, head of the antique toy and doll department at FAO Schwartz, will discuss "Toys in America in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century" at the Boyhood Home of Supreme Court Justice Joseph K. …