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January 2022

Landscapes of Extraction: The Art of Mining in the American West with Dr. Betsy Fahlman

January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

Mining is the transformative industry of the American West—one that competes in scale and in color with the scenic landscape on its own terms, with the industrial sublime dynamically coexisting with the natural one. These landscapes are located at the bedrock of economic development—the risky speculation from which huge fortunes could be made and lost—and reframing our understanding of an equally mythic chronicle of the American West. Mining was one of the five Cs of the Arizona’s economy, and remains…

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February 2022

Black Woman Rising: African American Community Mothers in Phoenix with Dr. Akua Duku Anokye

February 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

African American women have had a tremendous impact on the lives of Arizonans. In a project I’ve been working on for the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of interviewing some of these amazing women. I call them othermothers/community mothers–these social activist who emerged from the Black woman-centered network of community. Let me introduce you to these powerful Black women who have risen to lead movements, create institutions, administer justice, and speak up when others were silent. Let…

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April 2022

Specters of the Past – Ghost Towns That Built Arizona with Jay Mark

April 21, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

In addition to an entertaining, visual display of the communities, towns and settlements that contributed to the early growth of the state, this presentation also focuses on respect for these diminishing historic resources. Most of the photographs represent a comprehensive exploration of Arizona ghost towns made by Mr. Mark in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This occurred just prior to a major period of incursion and destruction by off-road and all-terrain vehicles. Many sites are no longer extant or have been…

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June 2022

LGBT+: A History in Arizona with Marshall Shore

June 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

Arizona’s history of the LGBT+ community begins long before Arizona was a state with the Native American belief of two-spirits, continuing on through to the seismic shift of Civil Union/ Marriage Equality. There are some surprises along the way as we talk about artists and Arizona connections to Warhol, Keith Haring, and those muscle magazines by George Quaintance. Where was the Trans Flag created and where is it now? There is also the little known story of a 1906 Russian…

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August 2022

Why Arizona Dark Skies Matter with Dr. Matthew Goodwin

August 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States

Flagstaff, Arizona was the world’s first community designated an International Dark Sky Place for its active efforts reduce light pollution and protect the visibility of the night sky. There are now over 130 dark-sky communities, places, and parks globally. Arizona alone has 17 dark-sky places, which is more than any other country in the world. Why is it so important that we protect our nighttime views of the starry sky? Why should we turn out the lights at night and…

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October 2022

Diggin’ in the Crates: The Role of Community Archives in Suburban History with Dr. Anthony Pratcher

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

Historians try to represent the past as experienced by the people who lived it – as opposed through the lens of our present reality. However, academic scholars struggle to identify sources that document everyday experiences in suburban communities. Suburban Phoenix has transformed Arizona, primarily rural at the time of the Great Depression, into one of the most urbanized states in the Union. This talk illuminates the historical experience of Women’s Auxiliaries at the Maryvale Community Hospital to show the relationship…

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Diggin’ in the Crates: The Role of Community Archives in Suburban History with Dr. Anthony Pratcher

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States
FREE

Historians try to represent the past as experienced by the people who lived it – as opposed through the lens of our present reality. However, academic scholars struggle to identify sources that document everyday experiences in suburban communities. Suburban Phoenix has transformed Arizona, primarily rural at the time of the Great Depression, into one of the most urbanized states in the Union. This talk illuminates the historical experience of Women’s Auxiliaries at the Maryvale Community Hospital to show the relationship…

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Día de los Muertos Storytelling with Zarco Guerrero

October 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
AZ United States + Google Map
FREE

Día de los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Join Zarco and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hilarious and moving story telling. Among the characters making appearances are: the poetry spouting “El Vato Poeta,” the…

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