Take A Hike! Explore, Enhance, and Experience Your Understanding of Arizona with Rodo Sofranac

Casa Grande Public Library 449 N. Dry Lake St., Casa Grande, AZ, United States

PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION There are only eleven designated national scenic trails in the United States. Our Grand Canyon State has one of them—the Arizona National Scenic Trail! In this discussion, participants will have opportunities to: explore the history of the creation of Arizona’s greatest volunteer project; enhance their knowledge of Arizona’s diverse geography, animals, plants, and […]


By the Time They Came – African American Men of Arizona with Akua Duku Anokye

Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library: Downtown Branch Community Room 300 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ

In this presentation, Dr. Anokye, explores the untold stories and accomplishments of African American men in Arizona. Dr. Anokye focuses on identifying the common threads of the African American community that have enriched and given meaning to their lives–striving for education/schooling, work lives, belonging, turning points, and legacies, established by such prominent folks as Dr. […]

Electing the President: Electoral Colleges, Controversies, & Popular Voting with Thomas J. Davis

Maricopa County Library District - George T. Lord Library 1900 N Civic Square Drive, Goodyear, United States

Presentation Category – Humanities in Contemporary Issues | Jurisprudence/Justice Studies | U.S. History This program is cohosted by Maricopa County Library District - Georgia T. Lord Library. About the speaker: Thomas J. Davis is an historian, lawyer, and professor emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he taught U.S. constitutional and legal history. Dr. Davis […]

Connections to Holistic Material: Native Culture Today and Tomorrow with Yolanda Hart Stevens

Maricopa County Library District - White Tank Library 20304 West White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, United States

From birth to death, the mesquite tree is an integral part of life for many who call the desert home. The mesquite tree is just one of many holistic materials, elements of our natural environment, that are vital to sustaining Native culture and practices. But climate change and environmental degradation are changing the landscapes of […]

Arizona’s Vintage Signs: Lighting the Future with Marshall Shore

Burton Barr Central Library 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ, United States

Arizona has become a hotbed of preserving vintage signage and neon. No wonder, with the rise of Arizona and automobile travel in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Thousands of people were traversing the broad expanses of highways and byways across the Southwest. As the cars sped past, restaurants, motels, curio shops and gas stations needed […]


Being Human in the Anthropocene with Matthew Goodwin

Copper Queen Library 6 Main St., Bisbee, AZ, United States

The Anthropocene is the name scientists have proposed for the geological epoch that we are currently in, when humans have become a significant driving force shaping Earth’s climate, ecosystems, and biodiversity. We may now be on the cusp of a revolution in computing and robotics in an era of artificial intelligence that raises a question: […]

Jerome – Too Stuborn to Die – How the town survived numerous “near-death” experiences with Jay Mark

Sedona Public Library 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ, United States

Numerous fires, landslides, floods, labor strikes, polluted air, epidemics, Depression, recessions, financial collapse, one adversity after another. Any one of these might spell the end of a lesser community. But, in Arizona, one town survived these “near-death” experiences, and more; yet managed to survive. Some might even say, “thrive.” This presentation looks at the numerous […]

LGBT+: A History in Arizona with Marshall Shore

Tohono Chul Park 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ, United States

Arizona’s history of the LGBT+ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits and continues through to the seismic shift of Civil Union/ Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way such as artists and Arizona connections to Warhol, Keith Haring, and those muscle magazines by George […]

Dark Skies Over Arizona with Kevin Schindler

Coolidge Public Library 160 W. Central Avenue, Coolidge, AZ, United States

There’s nothing like standing under a dark, star-spangled night sky to quiet the mind and reduce stress, share an experience of awe with family and friends, and to inspire creative thoughts. Yet such dark skies are a disappearing resource, with only 20% of the world living in a place where the center of our Milky […]

Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Social Sustainability with Allen Dart

Springerville Heritage Center 418 E. Main Stret, Springerville, AZ, United States

The deep time perspective that archaeology, geology, and related disciplines provide about natural hazards, environmental change, and societal development is often ignored when societies today make decisions affecting social sustainability and human safety. Studies of ancient peoples and natural events can help modern society deal with problems of environmental and social change, overpopulation, and sustainability. […]

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