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Around the NATION

Scanlan, Laura Wolff, Humanities



The SES Institute hosts a residential weeklong workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for underserved high school students, June 7-13. Participants will study the works of Frederick Dougjass, Booker T Washington, and Ralph Ellison, and learn how to use technology for higher-education research.


Speakers Bureau programs in May include "John Wayne: American Icon" on May 2 and "General Crook and the Sierra Madre Adventure in Mexico, 1883" on May 23 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. "Rock Calendars and Ancient Time Pieces" will be presented at the Picture Rocks Community Center in Tucson on May 19.


When Medicine Got it Wrong airs on KQED TV San Francisco on May 10. The documentary by Katie Cadigan and Laura Murray explores the history of diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hollywood Chinese by award-winning filmmaker Arthur Dong premieres May 27 on PBS's American Masters. The film examines a century of Chinese-American cinematic history.

"Polk Street: Lives in Transition" chronides the changing San Francisco neighborhood that was the site of the dty's first gay pride parade in 1972. The exhibition is on display through May 31 at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.

As part of the Jackrabbit Homestead project, a new website is now available online at The site indudes stories from local residents, historians, and area artists who tell the history of the desert Morongo Basin area, where homesteaders settled in the 1930s under the Small Tract Act. A selfguided audio car tour and a map of the region are available from the site.

Ten San Francisco Filipino youths, who spent five months in an intensive mentorship program learning creative writing, filmmaking, and "zine" design, will present their work at the San Francisco Public Library on June 6.


Social studies teachers from around the state will participate in "Florida Goes to War: The Sunshine State in World War II," a five-day workshop at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, June 29-July 3. Partidpants will work with scholars, meet with WWII veterans, and receive technology training.

Authors Edwidge Danticat and Tananarive Due read from their works at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in Miami on May 21 as part of the exhibition "Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami." The authors also discuss the influence of South Florida on their writing.

Historian Susan Fernandez presents "Sunshine in the Dark," a program exploring how Florida is portrayed in movies, at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach on May 14.


Humanities scholars discuss "A Sense of Place" at the Hawai'i Book and Music Festival in Honolulu Hale and surrounding areas on May 16 and 17.

Historian Ronald C. White Jr. and Rosanne Lichatin, the 2005 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year, lead a teacher seminar on "The Eloquent President: The Language and Legacy of Lincoln" at the Department of Education's Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support Office in Honolulu, June 22-26. Activities indude presentations by historians Mitch Yamasaki and Paul Field, classroom activities, and lesson plans tied to teaching content standards and benchmarks

The coauthor of Title LX and the first minority woman elected to the U.S. Congress is the topic of a new film. Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority will be screened at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 26 as part of the American Association of University Women 2009 National Convention.


Two Smithsonian traveling exhibitions are on display: "Between Fences" at the Illinois Amish Interpretive Center in Areola through June 7 and "Journey Stories" at the Sycamore History Museum, May 30-July 11. …

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