State by State

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A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils

ALABAMA

School and University Partners for Educational Research (SUPER) is offering residential institutes this summer. From July 9 to 21, Glenn Eskew, professor of history at Georgia State University, examines "Alabama's Role in the Civil Rights Movement" from thE post-Civil War period through the 1960s. The institute includes site visits to key places, and offers videos and recordings to assist history teachers seeking ways to integrate Alabama history into their courses. The institute takes place at Birmingham Southern University.

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mary Flowers Braswell looks at the world of Chaucer in "Cooks, Crooks, and Courtly Life." Participants explore medieval society, reading the Canterbury Tales, listening to the music of the time, studying manuscripts, paintings, and Gothic architecture. The finale of the institute is a feast prepared in the medieval manner. Special assignments include researching the Middle Ages via computer and field trips to the Kress Collection of the Birmingham Museum and the manuscript collection of the University of Alabama's Reynolds Historical Library. Teachers will learn how to write medieval rhetoric and how to weave the art, music, literature, and history of the Middle Ages into their classrooms. The institute takes place July 23 to 29.

ARIZONA

The Grand Canyon has been a source of inspiration for American artists for well over a century. From July 1 through mid October at the Kolb Studio in Grand Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon Association is presenting "A Century of Grand Canyon Art: Selected Works from 1900 to 2000." The exhibition explores the history and development of painting in the park from such early masters as Thomas Moran to contemporary painters Ed Mell and Bruce Aiken. In addition to the works of art on display, there are lectures and discussions.

Travel back in Prescott history as the Natural Heritage Adventure players represent early settlers and real-life characters from the 1860s. Miner John Miller, early settler Mary Ramos, and surgeon/naturalist Elliot Coues from nearby Fort Whipple recreate how people lived during Arizona's "gold rush" era. Walking tours for the living history presentations are conducted at the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott on Fridays and Saturdays through July.

On July 12 the Hispanic Internal Revenue Service in Phoenix hosts a lecture on "Comadres, Cowgirls, and Curanderas: Spanish-Mexican Women 1540-1900" by Vicki Ruiz. In Prescott on July 16, Henrietta Stockle gives a lecture on "Chiricahua Apache Women's History-Then and Now" at the Smoki Museum. And on August 26 at the Dobson Ranch Library in Mesa there will be a book discussion of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

CALIFORNIA

The photography exhibition "Awakening the California Dream" remains on view through July 31 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana. Based on five years' research by writer Gray Brechin and photographer Robert Dawson, the exhibition examines the transformation of the California landscape over the last 150 years. The exhibition travels to the Tulare Historical Museum in Tulare, the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, the Turtle Bay Museums and Arboretum on the River in Redding, and ten additional museums over the next three years.

The fascination with disasters finds a home in "Entertaining Disaster: Special Effects in Venice and Hollywood," continuing at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. The exhibition explores points of comparisons in seventeenth-century Venice and contemporary Hollywood.

CONNECTICUT

A series of permanent exhibits in Connecticut's Legislative Office Building introduces the state's residents and the many tourists who visit the Capitol to the heritage of Connecticut and the history of the General Assembly. …