Magazine article Humanities

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Magazine article Humanities

State by State

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A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by State Humanities Councils

COMPILED BY LAURA WOLFF SCANLAN

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ARE THE SUBJECT FOR A PROGRAM IN ALABAMA.

ALABAMA

The Alabama Humanities Resource Center hosts "The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement" at the Tuscaloosa Public library February 1 to 26. Darryn E. Moten presents a lecture on February 11.

The Berman Museum of World History hosts an exhibition of Asian objects from its permanent collection through September 3. "Arts of Asia: Sacred and Secular" features religious and ordinary objects created by Asian artisans over a span of nine centuries. Included in the display are Buddha figures from Tibet and India, Chinese cloisonne, Southeast Asian ritual masks, Japanese bronzes, and Korean textiles.

Spring Hill College Library presents "Literary Conversations with Emerging Alabama Writers: Tom Franklin" on January 8 in Mobile.

ARIZONA

The Glendale and Scottsdale public libraries join forces to host the Second Annual Celebration of African American Authors on February 24 at the Glendale Public Library. The collaborative effort

spotlights the work of contemporary African American authors and promotes cultural awareness and dialog regarding diversity in these communities. Featured authors include Steven Barnes, Mars Hill, Tananarive Due, Robert O. Green Sandra Kitt, and Jordana Shakoor. Neal A. Lester, professor of English at Arizona State University, moderates a discussion following each author's presentation. Following each discussion is a book signing and public reception.

The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona presents "Wide Open: Poetry in the Larger World." The series includes several distinguished poets including former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, MacArthur Award-winner Anne Carson, Billy Collins, Carl Dennis, and Mexican poet Alberto Blanco. New voices like Terese Svoboda and Barbara Cully are also on hand.

The lineup includes a night of performance poetry-"Mondo Hiphop" and "City Spotlight" featuring young poets from San Francisco such as twenty-year-old slam champion Ariana Waynes. Readings by Tereste Svoboda on January 31 and Carl Dennis on February 7 are at the University of Arizona Modern Languages Auditorium, followed by a lecture in the University of Arizona Foundation Building.

GEORGIA

"Swords to Plowshares" features decorative metal objects from 1914 to post World War II, such as those made from artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, and currency. The exhibition is on display at the Madison--Morgan Cultural Center in Madison during January.

"An Asian Mosaic," an exhibition focusing on the puppetry and culture of Southeast Asia, is at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta during January.

The Wiregrass region of south Georgia is home to many cultures featured in the exhibition "Folklife in the Wiregrass," which opens January 15 at the South Georgia Folklife Project at Valdosta State University. The exhibition explores the traditions of African and European American communities and highlights the traditions of newer immigrant communities. On display is the traditional agricultural, religious, and community life of the Wiregrass region of south Georgia. The exhibition travels to other south Georgia locations beginning February 20.

HAWAII

"The Civil War and its Continuing Impact on American Society," includes a program for the general public and a one-day teacher workshop. The program explores the causes, course, and lasting impact of the Civil War on race relations, state and federal issues, and our national character. Events take place on January 25 and 26 in the Ching Auditorium, Eiben Hall at Chaminade University in Honolulu and are spon-- sored by Chaminade University of Honolulu and the Hawaii Council for History Education. …

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