Humanities Happenings: 09/25-09/27



Enjoy the first weekend of fall by attending one of these great humanities events!

North Newton: Kansas City Monarchs
Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. Phil S. Dixon, Speakers Bureau, explores the exciting early barnstorming days of the Monarchs, highlights great players such as Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson who wore the uniform, and connects the spirit of the Monarchs to the many Kansas communities in which they played. Where possible, specific games and players from your community will be discussed. September 25th at Bethel College at 11:00am. Click here for details.

Iola: Keaton & the Marx Brothers
The 22nd Annual Buster Keaton Celebration is a two-day event that explores how comedic actors Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers helped pioneer a new kind of humor in film. September 25th at Bowlus Fine Arts Center at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Wichita: POSTDATE Discussion
Born in England and raised in India, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss how her research and photography represents her experience of living between cultures – England, India, and the United States. This discussion supports “POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History of India,” a special exhibition exploring the 1947 partition of India. September 25th at Ulrich Museum of Art at 5:00pm. Click here for details.

Lucas: LID Off Film Festival
The public is invited to a three-day film festival that celebrates the creative work of grassroots film. As part of the festival, attendees will periodically view films derived from “Digitizing Kansas Grassroots Art Environment Videos,” a preservation project to transfer and digitally store thirty uncut video tapes featuring Kansas folk artists working in their home environments. Sponsored by Lucas Arts & Humanities Council. September 25th at Lucas Area Community Theater at 6:00pm. Click here for details.

 Cottonwood Falls: Baseball’s Backstories
John Dreifort, Professor of History at Wichita State University, explores baseball’s influences outside the field of play as well as the effect of external factors on the game. Learn about key issues such as demographics, communities, social mobility, race and ethnicity, baseball as a business, player-management relations, amateurs, gender, and international play. This “Hometown Teams” partner site event supports “Chase County: A League of Our Own,” a special exhibit that explores the baseball tradition in Chase County. Sponsored by Chase County Historical Society. September 26th at Chase County Historical Society at 1:00pm. Click here for details.

Glasco: Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Presentation
The Poet Laureate of Kansas promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans with readings and discussions about poetry in communities across the state. Eric McHenry of Lawrence is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Kansas. A nationally known poet and associate professor of English at Washburn University, his work has been featured in publications such as Poetry International, Slate, Yale Review, and Topeka Magazine, among many others. A fifth-generation Topeka native, Eric has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry seven times and received the Theodore Roethke Prize in 2011. His first book of poems, Potscrubber Lullabies, earned him the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2007, the largest American prize for a first book of poetry. September 26th at Glasco Community Foundation at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Cawker City: Preservation Workshop
This preservation workshop, led by Cynthia Harris, Archivist at Kansas State University‘s Hale Library, is aimed at helping veterans and their families preserve material related to military service. This workshop supports “World War II Veterans Memorial Highway: A Tour of Remembrance, A Corridor of Service,” a preservation project to inventory veterans memorials and collections of veterans artifacts in museums along the route of US 24 designated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway. Funding is provided by KHC’s “The Things They Carried Home” grants initiative, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Standing Together initiative. Sponsored by Solomon Valley-Hwy 24-Heritage Alliance. September 26th at Cawker City Public Library at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Meade: Winter Wheat
In Mildred Walker’s book, eighteen-year-old Ellen Webb goes off to college – and falls in love. When she comes home for the summer to her beloved Montana wheat farm, she sees everything, including her parents, with new and critical eyes. 306 pp. This book is from the TALK series “Coming of Age in Rural America.” TALK book discussion led by Anne Hawkins. Sponsored by Friends of Meade Public Library. September 26th at Meade Public Library at 2:00pm. Click here for details.

Garden City: Dancing at the Rascal Fair
Ivan Doig’s saga of Scottish immigrants seeking ranch land in the Rocky Mountains is also the story of Angus McCaskill’s bittersweet quest to win the heart of Anna Ramsay. 400 pp. This book is from the TALK series “The Best of the West.” TALK book discussion led by Steven Foulke. September 26th at Finney County Public Library at 11:00am. Click here for details.

For upcoming KHC-supported humanities events, visit our calendar.