Climate Conversations – Story of Water: Heroes of the Water Monster with Author Brian Young

AZ, United States

Join author Brian Young for a reading and conversation about his new book, Heroes of the Water Monster, companion to Healer of the Water Monster, which won the American Indian Youth Literature Award. Young will discuss water in the Southwest, how water consumption affects Native communities, and how stories can help us understand environmental issues. […]


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

Pence Center for the Arts - Auditorium 8470 N Overfield Rd., Coolidge, 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 […]

Jerome-Too Stubborn to Die-How the Town Survived Numerous “Near-Death” Experiences with Jay Mark

Phippen Museum 4701 N Hwy 89, Prescott, 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 […]


They Beat the Heat: How Arizonans Survived the Desert Heat in the Days Before Air Conditioning with Christine Reid

Buckeye Valley Museum - 116 E. MC85, Buckeye, AZ 85326 116 East MC85, Buckeye

Drawing from multi-cultural influences of the variety of people who helped build Arizona, discover how creative adaptations in lifestyle, architecture, building materials, town planning and even humor all contributed to surviving intense desert temperatures. What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a […]


Growing in the Desert: The History & Culture of the Tohono O’odham with Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

City of Surprise City Council Chambers 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ, United States

Many Arizonans call the Sonoran Desert and its striking landscapes home. Long before our urban centers and city lights lit up the dark desert skies, the Tohono O’odham were cultivating and shaping the land with abundant agriculture—from squash and beans to corn and cotton. For generations they passed down their rich knowledge and culture grown […]


For the Love of Turquoise with Carrie Calisay Cannon

Cochise College Downtown Center 2600 E Wilcox Dr, Sierra Vista

Turquoise has a long standing tradition amongst Native cultures of the Southwest, holding special significance and profound meanings to specific individual tribes. Even before the more contemporary tradition of combining silver with turquoise, cultures throughout the southwest used turquoise in necklaces, earrings, mosaics, fetishes, medicine pouches, and made bracelets of basketry stems lacquered with piñon […]


Writers of the Purple Sage with Jim Turner

Fountain Hills Community Center 13001 N La Montana Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ, United States

This presentation covers five Arizona novelists: Zane Grey spent his honeymoon at the Grand Canyon and went on to be one of the first and most famous Western writers of all time; Harold Bell Wright came to Tucson with lung problems and became a bestseller from 1900 to 1930. University of Arizona writing professor Richard […]


Immigration and the American Dream: “We the People” Today and Tomorrow with Thomas J. Davis

Oro Valley Public Library 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley, AZ, United States

The ongoing crisis at the US-Mexico border has fueled often ugly arguments about US immigration policy. The arguments are not new. Nor are their basic questions. The US has long touted itself as a land of immigrants, but repeatedly closed doors belie its boast. For its policies and practices have hardly been consistently welcoming. Almost […]


Representation Matters – Beyond the Binary: A History of Gender and Sexual Fluidity

Arizona Humanities 1242 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States

Many people are confused by the seeming influx of new terms to describe gender and sexuality that have emerged in the last decade: nonbinary, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, polysexual, and so on. But fluid conceptions of gender and sexuality (those that fall outside the binary concepts of male/female or heterosexual/homosexual) have been around for a long time. And […]


Women’s Resilience and Survival in the Holocaust with Björn Krondorfer

Mohave Community College - Lake Havasu Campus - Building 600 1977 Acoma Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States

This talk will trace the lives of two women Holocaust survivors who both grew up in traditional Jewish families in Bedzin, Poland and later became residents of Arizona: Jane Lipski (Tucson) and Doris Martin (Flagstaff). They managed to survive the Nazi onslaught as adolescent girls. While Jane was able to escape the ghetto and join […]


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