Around the NATION

By Scanlan, Laura Wolff; Lifson, Amy | Humanities, September/October 2009 | Go to article overview

Around the NATION


Scanlan, Laura Wolff, Lifson, Amy, Humanities


A ROUNDUP OF ACTIVITIES SPONSORED BY THE STATE HUMANITIES COUNCILS

ALABAMA

"Elvis at 21, New York to Memphis: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" opens at The JuIe Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University on Oct. 10. An accompanying lecture series, "Elvis's America: 1956," wall be held Tuesdays beginning Sept. 22 in the museum's auditorium.

ALABAMA EXHIBITS PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE YOUNG ELVIS.

ARIZONA

The Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff hosts the Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial Celebration on Oct. 18. Events include a discussion of Poe's writing and a performance of Robert Wendel's composition of The Pit and the Pendulum by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

"Route 66 in Arizona: Don't Forget Winona!" opens at Northern Arizona University's Cline Library beginning Sept. 10.

On Oct. 15, the Arizona State University's West campus hosts a panel discussion, "Science and Faith: Darwin's 20OtIi Birthday."

DELAWARE

W. Barksdale Maynard is the keynote speaker on Sept. 18 for the opening night of the symposium "Picturing Delaware: Inside and Outside the Frame - Inspired by Place" at the Milton Theatre. Maynard's presentation explores architectural styles and building materials used in Delaware. On Sept. 19, the Sussex County Library hosts presentations on agriculture, railroads, river pilots, and how each has shaped the Delaware landscape.

FLORIDA

Chautauqua portrayals of Abraham Lincoln by George Frein and Frederick Douglass by Charles Pace will be held at Central Florida Community College in Ocala on Oct. 14, the Ritz Theatre and La Villa Museum in Jacksonville on Oct. 15, the Emerson Center in Vero Beach on Oct. 18, and at the Coral Gables Congregational Church on Oct. 22.

IDAHO

Timothy Egan will give the Idaho Humanities Council's 6th annual Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Oct. 8 in Coeur d'Alene. Egan, a National Book Award winner, will talk about his book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire Tiiat Saved America, which explores the story of the 1910 fire that devastated forests in northern Idaho.

On Oct. 29, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian James McPherson speaks at the 13th annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture at the Boise Centre on the Grove. McPherson's recent book, Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, explores how Lincoln had almost no military experience when he was elected yet went on to define the role of commander in chief as he led the country through the Civil War.

ILLINOIS

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Journey Stories" is on display at the Lincoln Heritage Museum of Lincoln College Sept. 5-Oct. 18.

"You don't use words like loyalty or betrayal when you're describing Chandlers, any more than you would use them describing wolves or wild dogs. It's in their nature to eat. They consume." So says journalist Tim Rutten in a new film chronicling four generations of the Chandler family dynasty in Southern California. Inventing LA airs as a prime-time special on PBS, October 5 at 9 p.m.

Beginning with Colonel Harrison Gray Otis, the first publisher of the Los Angeles Times, the family orchestrated the development of modern Los Angeles, using their newspaper to proselytize their vision and politics. Its pages would extol the climate and beauty of the area (and the lack of unions) trying to entice white, middle-class Midwestemers to relocate there. And it worked. In 1 882, as the Times first came off the press, Los Angeles was a sleepy town of 1 2,000; eighteen years later it reached 1 02,000. According to filmmaker Peter Jones, the largest internal migration in the United States took place when 1 . …

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