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Scanlan, Laura Wolff, Humanities


A Roundup of Activities Sponsored by the State Humanities Councils

ARIZONA

The University of Arizona's Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy in Tucson hosts the Second International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence for teachers on Jan. 29-31.

The city of Goodyear sponsors "Hot Coffee! Timely Art Conversations," at Ground Control Coffee & Wine Bar on Jan. 14 and 18. The lecture series, led by art and landscape historians, explores the history of public art in the city.

On Feb. 5, Jeremy Rowe presents "Post Card Images of Arizona, 1900-1920" at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami.

CONNECTICUT

"Hard and Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War" remains on view at the Middlesex County Historical Society's General Mansfield House in Middletown during January and February. The exhibition features documents, photographs, and historic artifacts.

"Banding Together: The Story of the Naugaruck Valley Project" is at the Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center in Waterbury through Jan. 17. The exhibition explores how the Naugatuck Valley Project, a collection of churches, trade unions,, businesses, and community groups, helps create jobs and affordable housing, and provides public services in the community.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford offers tours in January and February focusing on slavery in the United States. Topics include the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the story of Josiah Henson, who was the model for the character of Uncle Tom, and the Emancipation Proclamation.

FLORIDA

Nathan Katz, a scholar of South Asian religions, offers an overview of the Dalai Lama's teachings and his associations with Florida institutions at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth on Jan. 2.

Former Ringling Bros, clown Steve Smith discusses the history of clowning at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church in Lecanto on Jan. 17.

On Jan. 17, historian Robert Taylor talks about Florida's involvement in the Civil War at the Franklin DeGroodt Memorial Library in Palm Bay.

Historian Gary Mormino discusses Florida's military history and the role of Eglin Air Force Base at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on Jan. 20.

Anthropologist Brent Weisman discusses the history of Seminole and Miccosukee Indians at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion in Sarasota on Jan. 20.

Willie Johns, historian for the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation, talks about the tribe's history at the Clewiston Museum on Jan. 21.

Two events take place at the St. Augustine Art Association on Jan. 21: Artist Jackson Walker tells the story of Honda's struggles in a series of paintings commissioned by the Museum of Rorida Art, and Carolyn Williams, history professor at the University of North Florida, leads a discussion about the early life of African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, who was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1940s at St. Augustine.

Historian Maxine Jones discusses the events in 1923 that destroyed the primarily black Florida town of Rosewood at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall in Jacksonville on Jan. 28.

"The Great Southern Cracker Roadshow" comes to Hagler College in St. Augustine on Feb. 5. Dana Ste. Claire, author of Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History, talks about Horida's frontier folks, and Janis Owens, author of The Cracker Kitchen: A Cookbook in Celebration of Combread-Fed, Dozvn-Home Family Stories and Cuisine, recounts stories from her own family.

Drummer and storyteller Myron Jackson presents the history and sound of African dn-unrning in America at the Emerson Center in Vero Beach on Feb. 25.

ILLINOIS

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Journey Stories" is on display at the Heritage Interpretive Center on the Mississippi in Hampton through Jan. …

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