Humanities Happenings (9/27-9/28)

So much to do, so little time! The final weekend of September is jam packed with humanities events in Kansas.

Wichita: Created Equal

slavery by another nameIn the summer of 1958, a group of African American students calmly took seats at the whites-only lunch counter at the Dockum Drugstore in downtown Wichita, launching the first successful sit-in of the modern civil rights era. In commemoration of Wichita’s civil rights legacy and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, KHC and The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) in Wichita host the second in a series of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle discussions featuring the documentary Slavery by Another Name. September 27 at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.

Iola: Keaton & Chaplin

Poster2013Film comedian Buster Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas, to a family of traveling performers in 1895. Now in its 21st year, the annual Buster Keaton Celebration at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center (seven miles east of Keaton’s birthplace) honors the actor and his work with two days of film and humanities discussions.  This year’s theme, “Keaton, Chaplin, and the Fabulous Fifties,” explores the work of silent film icons Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. September 27-28. Click here for details.

Concordia: A Grand Premiere

Renowned as “the most elegant theatre between Kansas City and Denver,” the Brown Grand Theatre has been home to theatrical performances, concerts, movies, and even wrestling matches since its opening in 1907.  “The Brown Grand Story” documentary short film looks at the theatre’s history and cultural significance to north central Kansas. The film premieres September 28 at 2:00 PM. Click here for details.

SVAF Overall FlyerLucas: Sunflower Arts

Lester Winfield Halbe was an early Russell County photographer who photographed life with unusual clarity. An exhibition and discussion of Halbe’s work is part of the Sunflower Visual Arts Festival, an annual event in Lucas. September 28 at 5:00 PM. Click here for details.

Colby: High & Dry

What was it like to farm on the high plains of Kansas? High and Dry: Farming in Western Kansas is a new exhibition at the Prairie Museum of Art and History that explores agriculture and agribusiness in northwest Kansas. The exhibition opens on September 28 at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.

There are many more humanities events taking place this weekend. Click here for the complete KHC Calendar of Events.