Magazine article Humanities

State by State

Magazine article Humanities

State by State

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A Roundup of Activities

Sponsored by State Humanities Councils


Lectures, discussions, and symposiums are under way all over Alabama this May and June, among them an Alabama Writer's Symposium in Monroeville, May 4-6, sponsored by the Alabama Southern Community College. In Auburn on May 18, "Invisible Legacy"addresses the contributions of Alabama women in creating Tuskegee Institute. On May 25 at the offices of the Alabama Humanities Council in Birmingham, the subject of a lecture and discussion is Rosa Parks and the contributions she made to the Civil Rights Movement in the South. The University of West Alabama sponsors a lecture and discussion on May 29 about the importance of folklore and folk culture.

June 22-23 in Florence, and June 29-30 in Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama Museums are sponsoring workshops called "Discovering Archaeology in Alabama."


The Arizona Humanities Council is moving into phase two of its Motheread family literacy program thanks to two grants of $35,000 each from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in Phoenix. These grants allow for the training of twenty new Motheread leaders at eight sites around the state in May. The grants also provide for the sites to have book discussion programs with groups of parents over the next year. The grant money will also pay for the books that are used in the program.

History comes alive at Prescott's Highlands Center for Natural History this May and June. Visitors meet early Arizona residents from Arizona's gold rush era of the 1860s, including Mary Ramos, an early settler, John Miller, a miner, and Elliot Coues, a surgeon and naturalist from Fort Whipple.

The programs take place Fridays and Saturdays beginning May 5 and running through the end of July.


The lure of California has been a recurring theme since the gold rush days of 1849. "Awakening from the California Dream" is an exhibition of photographs that opens June 5 at the Old Court House Museum in Santa Ana. Based on five years of research by writer Gary Brechin and photographer Robert Dawson, the exhibition examines the transformation of California's environment over the past 150 years. It remains on view until July 31 in Santa Ana.

Erupting volcanoes, train wrecks, tidal waves, and temblors have always had a grip on the human imagination. Opening June 1, an interpretive exhibition at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City provides a framework for "Entertaining Disaster: Special Effects in Venice and Hollywood." The exhibition explores the enduring human fascination with disasters and special effects by comparing Venice in the 1600s and Hollywood today. The exhibition runs through December 31.


An ongoing exhibition in the state examines how immigrant and migrant people have changed New Haven and Connecticut over the past two hundred years. …

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