Humanities Happenings 11/11-11/12

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A rich array of humanities program awaits you this weekend in Kansas. Which one will you choose?

North Newton: When Freedom Changed America

One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963). Both movements were defined by the pursuit of freedom: one from the institution of slavery, the other from economic and political inequality. But what did freedom mean to Americans who participated in these historical events? John Edgar Tidwell’s Speakers Bureau presentation explores how today, as seekers of the American Dream, we can learn a great deal from the devotion and commitment of those looking to reclaim America and the principles for which it stands. Friday, November 11 at 11:00 AM at Bethel College. Details.

Marion: The Barn Raisers

The Kansas Barn Alliance presents the Kansas premiere of “The Barn Raisers,” a film produced by Fourth Wall Films and supported by a KHC Humanities Grant. The film shows that a closer look at the architecture of barns reveals much about the history, traditions, and culture of rural America. Click here to watch the trailer. Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 PM at the Marion Community Center. Details.

Emporia: A Flint Hills Love Story

Commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service at the premiere screening of “Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.” Produced by Prairie Hollow Productions and the Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation with the support of a KHC Humanities Grant, the film looks at the decades-long effort to establish a national park in the Flint Hills. Click here for a trailer. Saturday, November 12 at 7:00 PM at the Emporia Granada Theatre. Click here to register for the premiere. Details.

Garden City: On-Air Book Discussion

High Plains Public Radio Readers Book Club’s Fall Read, “Borders – Immigration,” wraps up with an on-air book discussion exploring the theme of borders and immigration in “My Antonia” by Willa Cather, “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario, and “What is the What?” by Dave Eggers. Supported by a KHC Humanities Grant. Saturday, November 12. Details.

Lawrence: From Slavery to a Free State

Marla Jackson and Bobbi Rahder present the story of the life and legacy of Maria Rogers Martin, a quilter and former slave who came to Lawrence, Kansas, with abolitionists in 1862. Supported by a KHC Heritage Grant. Saturday, November 12 at 3:00 PM at the African American Quilt Museum & Textile Academy. Details.

Belleville: Community Writing Workshop

Daniel Hoyt leads a Community Writing Workshop at the Belleville Public Library as part of the Pulitzer Project in Kansas. Just as William Allen White defended free speech “by voice, by posted card, by letter, or by press,” participants are welcome to express themselves through essays, poems, letters to the editor, memoirs, fiction — any way they so chose. Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 PM. Details.

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