Humanities Happenings (9/20-9/22)

Autumn arrives this weekend. Fall into the humanities with poetry, film, banned books, and superheroes!

Haysville & Wichita: Poet Laureate of Kansas

Have you had a chance to attend Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley’s “Coming Home to Poetry” reading and discussion? If not, you have two opportunities this weekend: tonight at the Haysville Community Library and September 21st at the Riney Fine Arts Center in Wichita. Click here for details.

Overland Park: Final Saturday

The Latin American Cinema Festival concludes Saturday at the Rio Theatre with a screening of Infancia Clandestina (Clandestine Childhood) a story about “militancy, life undercover, and love.” Peter Haney of the University of Kansas leads the discussion following the screening. Presented by Sociedad Hidalgo. September 21st at 11:00 AM. Click here for details.

Dodge City & Topeka: TALK about Banned Books

Charlotte’s Web and Bless Me, Ultima are both featured in the Lawrence Public Library’s Banned Books Trading Cards series. Kick off Banned Books Week at TALK book discussions of both books. At the Dodge City Public Library, Dana Waters leads the discussion of Charlotte’s Web,  E. B. White’s gentle story of Wilbur the pig and his loyal spider friend. September 21st at 4:00 PM. Click here for details.

Anne Hawkins leads a discussion of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. When Ultima, a traditional healer, comes to live with young Antonio’s family in New Mexico, his strong Catholic faith is tested. September 22nd at 3:00 PM. Click here for details.


Hutchinson: SUPERMAN-ities

There is a lot of evidence linking Clark Kent’s boyhood home of Smallville to Hutchinson. What better place to host the Graphic Novel & Comic Art Festival? A full day of public programs at the Hutchinson Public Library will explore the superhero, comic, and graphic novel literary genres. The action starts September 21st at 11:30 AM. Click here for details.

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Newton: Super Women

Isaias J. McCaffery discusses the various ways Kansas women of the late 1800s worked in his “19th-Century Rural Kansas Women at Work” Speakers Bureau presentation at the Harvey County Historical Museum. From work on the farm to teaching to domestic service, discover why a woman’s work was never done. September 22nd at 2:00 PM. Click here for details.

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