Humanities Happenings (9/7)

What a day! Saturday, September 7th is chocked full of humanities events in Kansas.

book festival flyer-jpegTopeka: A Capitol Idea

Join Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley as she presents “Coming Home to Poetry” at the Kansas Book Festival on the grounds of the State Capitol. Bring your coffee; KHC will provide the humanities. September 7th at 9:00 a.m. Click here for details.

Augusta & Lawrence: A Good TALK about Hard Times

Susan Anne Carlson leads a TALK book discussion of The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, a masterful overview of the dust storms of the 1930s and their consequences for agriculture and people on the Great Plains, at the Augusta Public Library. September 7th at 10:30 a.m. Click here for details.

Dust storm in Elkhart, 1935. Image via Library of Congress.

Speaking of the “Dirty Thirties,” save the date for two Dust Bowl presentations by former Speakers Bureau presenter Kate Meyer. On Wednesday, September 11th, Meyer presents “‘You Need a Contingent Against Your Feet’: The Dust Bowl and Eroded America” at Nerd Nite Lawrence. On October 2nd, she presents “Art and the Dust Bowl” at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Fun fact: The Worst Hard Time is also the Lawrence Public Library’s Read Across Lawrence selection.
Image: Dust storm in Elkhart, 1935. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

Overland Park: Watch and Discuss

The Latin American Cinema Festival continues at the Rio Theatre with a screening of Violeta Se Fue Al Cielo (Violeta Went to Heaven), the story of Chilean folksinger and pop icon Violeta Parra. Tamara Falicov of the University of Kansas leads a biligual discussion in English and Spanish after the film. Sponsored by Sociedad Hidalgo. September 7th at 11:00 a.m. Click here for details.

Kansas_State_Fair_LogoHutchinson: An Af-FAIR to Remember

In commemoration of the Kansas State Fair’s 100th anniversary, the International Fiber Collaborative presents 100 Years of Agriculture: Past, Present, and Future, an exhibition featuring textile art, essays, and oral histories exploring the impact of agriculture in Kansas. September 7-16th. Click here for details.