Humanities Happenings – 3/28-3/31

March is coming to an end, but not before a film screening, book discussions, a speaker presentation, and a major poetry event take place in Kansas.

Wichita: Big Story, Big Screen

The Road to Valhalla, a documentary film from Lone Chimney Films, tells the story of the  conflict on the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. The film will screen at 6:30 PM on March 28th at Old Cowtown Museum. Click here for details.

David E. Seibel

David E. Seibel

Basehor: For the (Love of) Birds

Kansas has produced some of the nation’s foremost experts on birds, men and women who have devoted their lives to studying and portraying avian life with a passion that few might understand. David E. Seibel’s talk, “Ornithologists, Artists, and Bird Paparazzi of Kansas,” examines the rich and colorful history of ornithology as a profession in Kansas and the significant contributions of artists, photographers, and cinematographers who focus on birds as their subjects. Is there a particular psyche that drives “bird people,” and what is the unique interplay between professional and amateur bird people? Scientists, artists, and hobbyists directly influence the field or ornithology and the greater scientific world at large. March 30th at 2:00 PM at Basehor Community Library. Click here for details.


Stafford Final Green 2Topeka: Celebrating Stafford

Kansas-born poet William Stafford would have turned 100 this year. Washburn University is commemorating Stafford’s birth with a day of poetry and film, featuring Kim Stafford, Ted Kooser, and Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley. March 31st from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Washburn Union. Kim Stafford’s keynote is at 7:00 p.m. Contact  tom.averill(at) with questions. Note: this event is not sponsored by KHC. 



Haysville, Mount Hope, Parsons, St. John, and Ulysses: TALK, TALK, and more TALK

TALKLooking for a book discussion? You don’t need to look very far to find a Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion happening in Kansas. The Ida Long Goodman Public Library in St. John is hosting a discussion of “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini on March 30th. On March 31st, Parsons Public Library will discuss “Dance of the Dead” by Tony Hillerman; the Grant County Public Library in Ulysses will talk about “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver; Mount Hope Public Library will meet about “Once Upon a Town” by Bob Greene; and Haysville Public Library explores “Anil’s Ghost” by Michael Ondaatje. Click here for details.

More humanities events can be found on KHC’s Calendar of Events.