A Roundup of Activities

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ALABAMA

A language immersion teacher institute, "Grand Tour IV: Language through Culture," will be held at Troy University from July 10 to 16. Another teacher institute, "Sunshine and Shadow: Comedy, Condemnation, and Contemplation in Southern Literature," will be held from July 17 to 23 at Auburn University at Montgomery.

ARIZONA

The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff will sponsor two festivals as part of the museum's programs on heritage. The 2005 Hopi Festival will occur on July 1 and 2, and the Navajo Festival will be on July 30 and 31. Activities will include lectures, storytelling, native arts and crafts, food, and music.

Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott will present a seventeen-part lecture series on the migration experiences of pioneers during the last half of the nineteenth century. Lectures in July and August will include "Frontier Medicine," "Public Education," and "The Army on the Frontier."

CALIFORNIA

Cry for Hope, a performance based on the narratives of ten Plumas County women who have survived violence, will be staged on July 19 at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy.

Two photographic exhibitions will be on display at the San Francisco City Hall through July 22. "Making Connections: Career Waitresses of San Francisco" explores the subculture of long-time waitresses in the Bay Area. "Stories of the City" documents the lives of residents of single-room occupancy hotels, where numerous transient and homeless people live in San Francisco.

"Rise of the I Hotel," a new video chronicling a three-decade community struggle for affordable housing in a two-block area of San Francisco known as Manilatown, will be screened at the San Francisco Public Library on August 6.

An exhibition documenting the role of sports in the gay community will be on display during July and August at the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco.

COLORADO

The High Plains Chautauqua will stop at Aims Community College in Greeley, August 2 through 6. This year's program will feature portrayals of historical figures from the 1940s through the 1960s, including Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Thompson, Harry Truman, Joseph McCarthy, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Thurgood Marshall, César Chávez, and Corrie ten Boom. Events will include a Young Chautauqua program and a two-day teacher institute.

FLORIDA

More than two hundred teachers from across the country will travel to St. Augustine for "Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine," a series of week-long workshops held throughout July. Participants will examine colonial experiences through historical and archaeological archives.

IDAHO

The Idaho Humanities Council will hold its 2005 teacher institute, "Nothing but the Truth: Survival and Celebration in Native American Literature," at Albertson College in Caldwell from July 17 to 23. Book discussions will include N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain and Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

ILLINOIS

"Metaphysics of Abbasids: Religious Traditions for Knowledge Base," a series of community forums about the medieval Islamic world under the rule of the descendents of Muhammad's uncle Abbas, will be held at the Forest Park Public Library on July 9 and on August 20.

Rocky Kolb and Janna Levin will present a panel discussion examining "Einstein's Cosmic Legacy: Dark Energy and Future Visions" at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago on July 11. The focus will be on Einstein's special theory of relativity and how it has informed our understanding of cosmology.

This year's teacher institutes will include "Time, Trees, Prehistory, and the Planet" at Starved Rock State Park in Utica from July 24 to 29 and "Jewish Life in Germany and the United States after World War II" in Hamburg, Germany, from August 3 to 10. …