Humanities Happenings: 02/27–03/01

Please note that some of this weekend’s KHC events have been rescheduled. Be sure to contact the organizations hosting KHC events for possible schedule changes due to inclement weather.

This weekend’s Humanities Happenings invites you to engage with state history, poetry, literature, and jazz.

Photo courtesy of: Kansas State Historical Society

Photo courtesy of: Kansas State Historical Society

In Case You Missed It: “KPR Presents”

Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the historic desegregation decision in Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education. To celebrate the anniversary, the Kansas Humanities Council, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site joined with NPR’s StoryCorps project to interview area residents about growing up in the town whose name became part of the landmark case. Click here to listen to last Sunday’s segment on

The oral history project is a collaboration between the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and the Kansas Humanities Council.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

Wyatt Townley Photo by: Terry Weckbaugh

Wyatt Townley
Photo by: Terry Weckbaugh

Hutchinson: Home Is Where the Heart Is

The notion of “home” is a long-held Kansas value. Join Poet Laureate of Kansas Wyatt Townley as part of her statewide conversation about coming home to poetry. “Poetry is a place we can return to in all kinds of weather, with its innate power to heal and comfort, transform and inspire. Its porch light is always on.” February 27 at 6:00pm at Hutchinson Public Library. Click here for details.







Kevin Rabas

Kevin Rabas

Park City: Jazz in the Heartland

Kansas City jazz thrived on diversity: just as it melded and reshaped African and European musical traditions, it also gained energy and vitality from the talents of musicians of all races. KC’s jazz visionaries crossed social barriers and championed racial integration. Kevin Rabas, Speakers Bureau, explores how musicians such as Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young drew national attention to the need for racial harmony by integrating KC’s black musicians union, touring with integrated bands, and writing songs that advocated equal rights in the early years of the Civil Rights movement. February 28 at 7:00pm at Park City Public Library. Click here fore details.



Gene T. Chávez

Gene T. Chávez

Mount Hope: John Brown: The Legend Revisited

Author Merrill D. Peterson gives us Brown in his day, yet shows how the abolitionist’s image, celebrated in art, literature, and journalism, has shed the infamy conferred by “Bleeding Kansas,” becoming a symbol of American idealism to activists along the political spectrum. 172 pp. Gene T. Chavez leads the TALK book discussion February 28 at 1:00pm at Mount Hope Public LibraryClick here for details.

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