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Scanlan, Laura Wolff, Humanities


A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils

ARIZONA

"Between Fences" is on display at Snowdrift Art Space in Winslow through August 29. Sponsored by the Winslow Historical Society, the event includes a performance by the Homolovi Dance Group on July 19 and a trunk show of Fred Harvey memorabilia on July 26. Also at the art space is a local component developed by the Old Trails Museum titled "Lines in the Sand: Fences, Rails, Trails, and Boundaries," which shares stories of the Winslow area.

CALIFORNIA

Scholar Heather Heckler will discuss her oral history project about individuals who shaped the movement for rights for people with disabilities on August 8 at the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley.

Artist J. Michael Walker depicts the saintly named streets in Los Angeles in "All the Saints of the City of the Angels," an exhibition of his paintings and stories at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles through September 7.

"Chinatown Remembered: Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s" documents the history and experiences of Chinese Americans who grew up in Los Angeles during that period. The exhibition is on display at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California in Los Angeles through September 30.

Barstow-area students who participated in a story-gathering project on American Indians of the Mojave Desert region display their drawings and writings at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow through November 30.

COLORADO

A three-day teacher institute, "American Faust: The Ordeal of J. Robert Oppenheimer," is held July 16-18 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Scholars clay S. Jenkinson, Patricia N. Limerick, Jerry Peterson, and Nancy J. Matchett will explore Oppenheimer's life and work. Limerick presents a mock interview with Oppenheimer for the public on July 16 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

High Plains Chautauqua presents "The American Spirit: Practical Dreamers" at Aims Community College in Greeley, August 5-9, with portrayals of transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, abolitionist and poet Frances E. W. Harper, inventor Thomas Alva Edison, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, and producer E X. Barnum. Activities include a student-run mock trial, film screening, walking and bus tours, musical performances, and young Chautauqua presentations.

FLORIDA

Two teacher seminars take place July 14-18: "Los Latinos: The View from Florida" at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus, and "Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine" at Plagier College in St. Augustine.

HAWAII

A teacher workshop on "The Individual in History: Doing Original Historical Research and History Day in the Classroom" takes place at Chaminade University of Honolulu on July 8 and 9.

"Key Ingredients: America by Food" is on display at Kapi'olani Community College through August 23. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition opens August 30 at the Kapolei Public Library. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities is producing a companion book, We Go Eat: A Mixed Plate From Hawai'i's Food Cultures.

IDAHO

The College of Idaho in Caldwell hosts a weeklong summer teacher institute exploring environmental literature, July 13-19. Writer Scott Russell Sanders presents the keynote address "First Child in the Woods: On Learning to Love the Earth" on July 13 at the College of Idaho Langroise Center for the Performing Arts.

ILLINOIS

A tour of an excavation of a 2,000-yearold village site headlines Archaeology Day in Kampsville on July 12. Among other activities is a flintknapping demonstration on the ancient art of making stone spears and arrowheads.

As part of the Literature and Medicine reading program, health care professionals discuss The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby on July 16 and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler on August 13 at John H. …

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