Humanities Happenings — 01/16-01/18

Keep reading for exciting Humanities Happenings to kick off 2015:

Human(ities) and Nature:

Come to Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum for the opening reception of Drift and Drag: Reflections on Water, an exhibit that explores the political, economic, cultural, and intellectual issues surrounding water. Components of the exhibit explore our earth’s most precious resource through multiple mediums including dance, photographs, videos, and a community engagement project. Over the next few months, Washburn University will also host several events related to the exhibit. The university’s Drift and Drag exhibit is funded in part by a KHC Humanities Grant. Reception begins at 6:00pm and admission is free.

Donald J. Blakeslee

Donald J. Blakeslee

Greensburg: Prehistoric Plains

This presentation looks at Kansas in the era before Columbus. Consider what was not here: no cities, no roads, no mechanization, no domestic animals other than the dog. It is easy to imagine that the small human communities that occupied Kansas for thousands of years would have existed in relative isolation, focused on hand-to-mouth existence–but nothing could be further from the truth. The prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas traveled widely, even to central Mexico; traded with the Pueblo people of the Southwest; and included people interested in such arcane subjects as meteors and meteorites and were part of a continent-wide intellectual tradition. January 17 at 6:30pm at Scout Cabin in Greensburg. Click here for details.

John K. Burchill

John K. Burchill

Stockton: Patrolling the Prairie

Kansas was once the center of operations for many organized bands of horse thieves. In reaction, many independent anti-horse thief societies were formed, with the national Anti-Horse Thief Association especially strong in Kansas. By 1910 Kansas held the most members, was home to The Anti-Horse Thief Weekly News, and consistently had residents hold offices in the national order. So effective were these organizations that local law enforcement were often the first to join, and the Kansas Bank Commissioner called for their assistance to help fight bank robberies that plagued the state. January 18 at 2:00pm at Rooks County Historical Society and Museum. Click here for details.