Humanities Happenings (8/28 & 8/29)

As we approach Labor Day weekend, here is the first of a two-part “Humanities Happenings” post. There is so much to see and do in Kansas this week!

Westmoreland: Take Shelter

Do you have a story about native stone arched-roof root cellars used by pioneers in the Flint Hills? Bring your information to the community forum at Rock Creek Valley Historical Society. Your story or photograph may be used in an upcoming exhibition at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan. August 28th at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.

nerd_niteAbilene: It’s Hip to be Square

Be there and be square at Nerd Nite. Self-proclaimed “nerds” and non-nerds alike are welcome to this series of fun-yet-informative presentations on history, science, art, and pop culture at the Great Plains Theatre. Jamie McDaniel, professor of English at Pittsburg State University, discusses how horror films use vampires and zombies to illustrate cultural issues. Erika Nelson, KHC Speakers Bureau member, presents “Hucksters, Barkers, and Sideshows.” The event is sponsored by the Dickinson County Historical Society. Not sure what to expect at Nerd Nite? Listen to this Kansas Public Radio story about Nerd Nite in Lawrence. August 29th at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.

De Soto: Return of the Riverkings

Barbara Higgins-Dover continues her tour of Kansas River communities as she presents the story of the commercial fishermen who worked on the river in the early 1900s. Sponsored by Watkins Community Museum of History. August 29th at 6:30 PM at De Soto City Hall. Click here for details.

WWL1Salina: Farm Lit

Join Tom Averill, noted author and professor of English at Washburn University, at the Salina Public Library as he presents “Living Squarely on the Land: Agriculture in Kansas Literature.” The lecture is part of 100 Years of Agriculture, an exhibit of art, essays, and oral histories commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Kansas State Fair. Sponsored by the International Fiber Collaborative. August 29th at 6:30 PM. Click here for details.

There are many more humanities events in August and September. Click here for a full list.