Humanities Happenings 4/22-4/24

Photo courtesy of Anderson McConnell

Still photo from “When the Well Runs Dry.” Photo courtesy of Anderson McConnell

April showers bring… many humanities events to bloom in Kansas. Find an event near you.

Hays: When the Well Runs Dry

In this short documentary film, ranchers, farmers, and residents of small Kansas towns tell their heartfelt stories about water, the one resource upon which their lives and livelihoods most depend. “When the Well Runs Dry” is supported by a KHC Humanities grant. This event is part of the Great Plains Conference on Animals and Environment. Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 PM at Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University. Details here.

Basehor: Beloved

Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. J. Edgar Tidwell leads this TALK book discussion of Toni Morrison’s novel. April 22 at 10 AM at Basehor Community Library. Details here.

Overland Park: Peril and Promise (1980-2000)

Peter Haney, of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas, leads a discussion of “Peril and Promise (1980-2000).” The film takes viewers through the past 30 years, with a second wave of Cubans in Miami during the Mariel exodus  and with hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars, death squads, and unrest to go north into a new land — transforming the United States along the way. A writing workshop led by the Latino Writers Collective will help participants write and tell their own story. Part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Sponsored by Johnson County Community College. Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM at Johnson County Library, Central Resource Location. Details here.

Garden City: Great Expectations

Orphaned Pip cultivates the rich Mrs. Havisham and beautiful Estella, and dreams that someday he’ll become a gentlemen. An escaped convict threatens to shatter dreams — or are his adventures just beginning? Margy Stewart leads this TALK book discussion of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 AM at Finney County Public Library. Details here.

Glasco: Soda Fountains of Kansas

Relive the glory days of the soda fountain where tonics and curatives evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream. Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop prompted Kansas pharmacists to make more ice cream concoctions to keep their evolving fountain sideline business profitable. Cindy Higgins’ Speakers Bureau presentation also explores soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation. Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 PM at Glasco Community Foundation. Details here.

Lawrence: Third Annual Poetry Fair

Poet Laureate of Kansas™ Eric McHenry and Megan Kaminski headline a day of poets and poetry at the Lawrence Arts Center. Sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center. Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 PM at the Lawrence Arts Center.  Details here.

There are more humanities happenings on KHC’s Calendar of Events.