From Burroughs to Lincoln to Civil Rights, there’s a lot to love about humanities events in Kansas this February.
Creative Observer: Lawrence
Lawrence was home to William Burroughs, provocative Beat Generation writer and artist, from 1981 until his death in 1997. Bill Tuttle, Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of Kansas, moderates a panel discussion at the Lawrence Arts Center about Burroughs’ philosophical perspectives, social relevance, and cultural legacy. Panelists include Barry Miles, Burroughs’ biographer; Ira Silverberg, New York literary agent and friend of Burroughs; and James Grauerholz, director of the Burroughs’ estate.
The event supports “The Creative Observer,” a retrospective exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Burroughs’ birth. Februray 1 at 7:00 PM. Click here for details.
Lincoln and the Civil War: Hays
150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was in the White House and the nation was in the grip of the Civil War. The Hays Public Library explores this dramatic chapter in American history with the exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Using the Constitution as the cohesive thread, the exhibit offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Opening Feburary 1. Click here for details.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Atchison Public Library will discuss the documentary film, The Abolitionists. The discussion will be facilitated by historian Anne Hawkins. The “Created Equal” film discussions are made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its “Bridging Cultures” initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. February 4th at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.
More KHC-supported events are taking place throughout Kansas this February. Click here for the KHC Calendar of Events.