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Around the NATION


Scanlan, Laura Wolff, Humanities


A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils

ALABAMA

Timothy Buckner leads a teachers institute on "Slavery in Alabama: Public Amnesia and Historical Memory" at Troy University in Montgomery, June 28-July 3, and Gale Temple moderates another on "American Literature: From the Puritans to the Civil War" at the Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham, July 13-17.

ARIZONA

"Our Fathers, Our Grandfathers, Our Heroes . . . The Navajo Code Talkers of World War ?" is on display at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, July 17-Aug. 16. The traveling exhibition chronicles the lives of young Navajo Marines and their contributions to the Pacific campaigns as transmitters of coded communications.

As part of The Florence Immigrant Rights and Refugee Project's "Letters to a Detainee: Immigration Detention in Arizona," a new website launches Aug. 3 at www.detentionstories.org. The site includes access to audio archives, information on detention issues, pictures, scholarly commentary, and a place to submit personal stories and experiences.

COLORADO

High Plains Chautauqua presents "The American Spirit: An Endless Quest" at Aims Community College in Greeley, Aug. 4-8. This year's program includes portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, General Douglas MacArthur, baseball visionary Branch Rickey, César Chavez, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Events include lectures, workshops, and Young Chautauqua performances.

CONNECTICUT

Collectors from around the country gather Aug. 15 and 16 for the Antique Marine Engine Exposition at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea. The show includes a display of nineteenth- and twentieth-century marine engines.

"Women and Their Music" takes place at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford on July 11. The outdoor concert includes folk and country performers Horizon Blue, Nzinga's Daughters, and Dana Pomfret.

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty talks about his work in an illustrated lecture at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme on July 15, followed by a tour of his work displayed on the Griswold property.

Workshops and children's camps take place at the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society through Aug. 21, including "Colonial Crafts and Trades Workshops" and "Colonial Kids' Adventure Camp." Visitors can also view a new gallery that introduces Webster's accomplishments as an educator, lexicographer, reformer, and politician.

DELAWARE

The Ameritage Restaurant & Lounge hosts a books and authors series in Wilmington. Participants will discuss The Saint of Lost Things by Christopher Castellani on July 15 and The Language of Good-bye by Maribeth Fischer on Aug. 14. Both authors will discuss their books. Each discussion will begin with a dramatic reading by actors from the City Theater Company of Wilmington.

FLORIDA

Thirty Florida teachers explore the historical and cultural connections between Florida and the Caribbean in a weeklong residential seminar at the University of Miami, July 20-24. Presenters include archaeologists, historians, folklorists, literary scholars, musicians, and artists.

IDAHO

David M. O'Brien, author of Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, delivers the keynote lecture on July 12 at the College of Idaho in Caldwell to start the Idaho Humanities Council's weeklong summer institute for teachers on the history of the Supreme Court, July 12-17.

ILLINOIS

As part of the yearlong program "All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water," a discussion of "It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints" takes place at the Field Museum in Chicago on July 15. Panelists include Debra Shore, commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; Clare Butterfield, director of Faith in Place; and scholar Martin V Meiosi. …

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