Humanities Happenings (12/26 – 1/2)

hum_hap_dec_26Time off over the holidays? Cozy up to your television for some KHC-supported programs filled with new ideas and fresh perspectives.

Topeka: Tune In Twice

KTWU public television in Topeka features two KHC-supported programs the last week of December. Sunflower Journeys airs at 7:00 PM on December 26th. The episode highlights of “Diverse Views” include the work of local photographers Leon and Rosie Hughes as they reveal the day-to-day life and special events chronicled in Wichita’s African American community during the 1950s – 1970s; the various events in Topeka related to “Day of the Dead,” a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico; and Joseph Nadeau, the artistic director of the Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City. Click here for details. Can’t get enough of Sunflower Journeys? You can also watch full episodes online.

Harvesting the High Plains airs on December 29th at 10:00 PM on KTWU. The documentary tells the rags-to-riches story of Ray Garvey and John Kriss, who made large-scale wheat farming a success on the high plains. The film draws from Craig Miner’s book of the same name, extensive correspondence between Kriss and Garvey, and interviews with family members, former employees, farmers, contractors, and associates. It’s also narrated by Mike Rowe of TV’s “Dirty Jobs” fame. Click here for details.

Bunker Hill: A Measure of Hope

Ring in the new year with Conducting Hope on January 2nd at 9:00 PM on Smoky Hills Public Television. The documentary film profiles the inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility who comprise the “East Hill Singers,” the only inmate chorus in the nation to perform outside prison walls. The unique program attempts to reduce the rate of recidivism by giving the inmates a voice. Click here for details.

2014 is filled with humanities events throughout the state. Click here for the KHC Calendar of Events. Happy New Year from KHC!

Banner photos (left to right): Dave Kendall of Sunflower Journeys, image via KTWU website; narrator Mike Rowe (center) with Harvesting the High Plains filmmakers, photo courtesy of Jay Kriss; East Hill Singers, photo courtesy of Margie Friedman.