Humanities Happenings 2/20-2/21

Dodge City’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History event is just one of the KHC-supported humanities events exploring cultural heritage, civil rights, and racial identity this weekend in Kansas.

Dodge City: Foreigners in Their Own Land

A screening and discussion of the film “Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880),” part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series.  One hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests pushed into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. Valerie Mendoza leads a post-film discussion exploring Coronado’s expedition through the region that now includes Dodge City. The event is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Saturday, February 20 at 4:00 PM at Dodge City Public Library. Details here.

Wichita: Topeka’s Greatest Trial: The Brown v. Board of Education Story

In the fall of 1950, Oliver Brown tried to enroll his seven-year-old daughter, Linda, at nearby Sumner Elementary, their neighborhood school, but she was refused entrance because she was African American. D.W. Carter’s Speakers Bureau presentation tells the local story and events leading up to Brown’s involvement in the class action lawsuit, including direct testimony from the 1951 trial that was first argued in downtown Topeka. Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 PM at Alford Branch, Wichita Public Library. Sponsored by Wichita Genealogical Society. Details here.

Colby: Sorting Out Race

The “Sorting Out Race” exhibition continues its look at race and racial identity through thrift store objects at the Prairie Museum of Art and History through March 31. Details here. A companion exhibition at the Pioneer Memorial Library explores the topic through objects from local antique and thrift stores through March 16. Details here. Supported by a KHC Humanities grant.

Wichita: Freedom to Expand

Two exhibitions at the Wichita Art Museum, “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” and “Freedom Now: Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle,” feature the work of Kansas-native Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated artists of his time. Supported by a KHC Humanities grant. Through May 8. Details here.

Find more cultural events in Kansas on KHC’s Calendar of Events.