Humanities Happenings 3/4-3/6

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Need some weekend plans?  Attend a film festival, ponder the future of farming, learn about the Plains Indian Wars, read and discuss a “Bleeding Kansas”-era work in Stafford and a children’s classic in Topeka, or visit exhibitions in Colby, North Newton, and Wichita — all made possible with KHC support.

Lawrence: See/Saw Festival

The theme for the 2016 See/Saw Festival is On the Brink: Borders, Boundaries, and Becoming and focuses on the concept of pushing and navigating borders — both physical and personal. The community film festival takes place March 4-6. Click here for full list of  film screening times and location. This event is supported by a KHC Humanities grant.

Lyons: Future of Farming

The Rice County Historical Society presents “Future of Farming,” a panel discussion about trends in agriculture. The event is part of “Agricultural Choices,” an oral history project supported by a KHC Heritage grant. 5:00 on March 4. Details here.

Baldwin City: The Santa Fe Trail and the Civil War

During the Civil War, events at both ends of the Santa Fe Trail contributed to the war’s outcome while another war in the middle — the Plains Indian Wars — grew in intensity and eventually resulted in removal of the Plains tribes from Kansas. Leo E. Oliva’s Speakers Bureau presentation introduces key conflicts along the Santa Fe Trail. Sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society of Southern Douglas County. 6:15 PM on March 5. Details here.

Stafford: The Englishman in Kansas

With reporter-like details, Englishman and abolitionist T. H. Gladstone’s book — “The Englishman in Kansas” — paints vivid pictures of “border ruffians,” frontier life, and the violence of slavery, giving the background to “Bleeding Kansas” and the contested elections that decided if Kansas would be free or slave. Linda M. Lewis leads this TALK book discussion at 1:30 PM on March 6 at Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society. Details here.

Topeka: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

In C. S. Lewis’ classic book, four brothers and sisters discover a magical land inside a wardrobe — and must find the faith, imagination, and courage to help Aslan the Lion free Narnia from the White Witch. Sara W. Tucker leads this TALK book discussion at 3:00 PM on March 6 at Aldersgate Village. Details here.

Find more humanities happenings on KHC’s Calendar of Events.