Around the Nation: State by State
Carter, Richard, Humanities
Phoenix is the place for book lovers and readers April 8 as the Arizona Humanities Council sponsors the state's third annual Arizona Book Festival at the Margaret T. Hance Park. Authors, publishers, booksellers, and activities occupy more than one hundred booths. Featured guests include the poet Simon Ortiz, David Lee, poet laureate of Utah, and historian Stephen Payne. Authors will sign books at an author's lounge and at individual booths. In addition, four stages offer readings and performances and a children s area has been expanded, incorporating the Multicultural Children's Book Festival. As part of the festival, the Arizona Republic is sponsoring a children's coloring contest, and the winners design will be used on the official festival bookmark.
The ethical dimensions of public health are addressed in the third and fourth series of six community discussions in March and April. The third session addresses the advances in genetic research under the title "The New Genetics: Does Can Mean Should?" on March 13. Participants talk about what is possible in genetic medicine, what technology is available today, and to what degree it should be used.
On April 17, the fourth public discussion addresses the topic "Access to Care: Who Decides?" With a panel and moderator, public participants discuss past and current health care legislation and the ethical and financial dilemmas related to getting health care and making it affordable. The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Program in Health Care Ethics, Humanities, and Law is a cosponsor of the program with the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. Both discussions are held at the Clayton School Campus in Denver.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
American romantic music is the subject of a lecture and concert at the Washington National Cathedral on March 19. Martin Goldsmith, host of National Public Radio's Performance Today, moderates a discussion of the music of the American romantic composer Elinor Remick Warren and the rising popularity of romantic music by such composers as Howard Hanson, Edward MacDowell, and Ruth Crawford Seeger. The lecture is free and precedes a concert of Warren's music by the Cathedral Choral Society.
Two meetings of a friendly war of words take place March 8 and April 5 as the DC WritersCorps hosts two poetry slams, in which students from public schools in the District perform their poetry for their peers. The students are divided into teams, and the poetry slam contests determine which teams eventually will face off for the poetry slam finals in May.
Before Hip Hop, there was Go Go, and it came from the District. A conference on April 5 at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Branch of the D.C. Public Library explores the roots and impact of Go Go. "Gimme That Beat: 25 Years of Go Go Music" brings together musicians, writers, and scholars to discuss the economic, social, and political implications of the music.
Japanese Americans used Buddhism to forge a Japanese ethnic identity with a new sense of being American. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii features an exhibition called "Lotus in Paradise: Buddhism and Japanese American Identity in Hawai'i," which traces the social process of preservation and adaptation of Buddhism in Hawaii by Japanese immigrants from the late nineteenth century to the present. Seven forms of Japanese Buddhism are represented in the exhibition. A viewer's guide and teacher resource booklet explores how Buddhism is related to the broader topic of religion and ethnic identity. A series of public lectures and guided tours are also offered. The exhibition is on view through April 12 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i in Honolulu.
The cultural contribution of Latino Americans to the greater fabric of the nation is explored in a series called Latino Cultural Exploration Weekends. On March 11, the series opens with the dance troupe Sancocho in an exploration of Afro-Cuban music and dance. …