Magazine article Humanities

A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils

Magazine article Humanities

A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils

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The Burton Barr Public Library in Phoenix will host the Lorraine W. Frank Lecture on October 30. Awards for Distinguished Public Scholar, Distinguished Organization, and Friend of the Humanities will be presented at the event. The keynote speaker will be Martin Marty, professor emeritus of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The Arizona Historical Society's "Desert Cities" exhibition continues its run at the Papago Park museum in Tempe. It includes a video, "Protest and Progress in Central Arizona," and walk-through replicas of various Arizona buildings dating from 1946 to the present.


A conference about civil rights, "Charles Hamilton Houston: Paving the Road to Brown," will take place on October 18 at the Howard University School of Law. Houston was dean of the law school and served as chair of the NAACP's National Legal Committee and as a member of the District of Columbia's Board of Education. Speakers will include his biographer, Genna Rae McNeil, and Howard University professor J. Clay Smith.


The Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu will launch new tours for students in kindergarten through middle school in September. The tours will provide an immersion into the nineteenth-century world of native and non-native Hawaiians. Tours will focus on Hawaiian children in the 180Os, the structure of families, the effect of American culture on Hawaiian domestic life, and how outside religions and commerce influenced indigenous Hawaiians.


Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner John Updike will speak at the Idaho Humanities Council's Seventh Annual Humanities Lecture on October 30 in Boise.


On September 11, Young Chicago Authors will host Martha Bayne, associate editor of the Chicago Reader. Bayne will lead a workshop for students interested in writing for local publications. A second workshop will be held on October 2 with Achy Obejas, author and journalist, and will address the importance of research in investigative reporting. Both events will take place at the headquarters of Young Chicago Authors.

"Key Ingredients: America by Food," a traveling exhibition cosponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display September 12 through October 24 at the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb. The exhibition examines America's relationship with the production, preparation, and consumption of food.

A new exhibition is being added to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Skokie. "Righteous Among the Nations" honors non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The speaker at the September 27 opening will be Kate Rossi Lipner, the only known surviving righteous individual in Illinois. On September 28, the foundation will host a related panel discussion on the role of the righteous.

Paul Gehl will speak on "Abbondanza! Flora, Fauna, and Beyond in Renaissance Italy" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle on September 29. Gehl is custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library. he will explain how Italians in the Renaissance used pictures as a springboard for intellectual thought and how digital images can serve the same purpose today.

At Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, the ongoing exhibition "Digging into the Past" uses archaeological finds and photographs of fieldwork to explore the culture and history of Illinois. It runs through October 30.

Throughout October and November, the Lyric Opera of Chicago will present an abridged English-language version of Rossini's La Cenerentola. This version of the Cinderella story has been tailored for children in grades three through six and will include post-performance discussions with the cast. Performances will be held at various locations in the Chicago area.


On September 6, the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College will open "Roots of Renewal," an exhibition featuring the works of eighteen Midwestern artists. …

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