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Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center

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1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
928-669-2214

February 2019

Wrangling 1500 Wild Mustangs: Insights into the Wild Horse Controversy (Parker)

February 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center, 1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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In 1989, Alan Day lobbied the United States Congress and was granted approval to create our country’s first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary on his South Dakota ranch. At the time, the government housed roughly 2,000 horses in feedlots. Fifteen hundred of those wild mustangs came to live at Mustang Meadows Ranch where, for four years, Alan trained and cared for them. Today, the Bureau of Land Management holds over 60,000 wild mustangs in feedlots, and the number keeps growing. Why…

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March 2019

Arizona Outlaws and the Law (Parker)

March 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center, 1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Taking the events from Billy the Kid, who killed his first man in Arizona, the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and the arrest and trial of Ernesto Miranda, this presentation will explore how these seminal events became watershed experiences for the American legal system, and still impact the lives of individuals living in the United States today. This presentation will explore the development of the legal system and law enforcement in the Southwest beginning with frontier justice and finishing with…

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January 2020

Chiles & Chocolate: Sweet and Spicy Foods in the American West

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center, 1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Come have a taste of the rich and savory history of these food favorites, explore how early peoples used them, and how they have evolved and spread to all corners of the world. Food is a portal into culture and can convey a range of cultural meaning including occasion, social status, ethnicity, and wealth depending on the social context. Discover how chiles and chocolate became identity markers in gender roles and relationships, essential in rituals and religious customs, popular in…

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February 2020

The Gila: River of History

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center, 1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of birds, animals, plants, and peoples across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of people depend on the river today—whether they know it or not. Gregory McNamee, author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an…

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March 2020

Arizona: A History of Snake Oil Salesmen, Scams and Hoaxes

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arizona Western College / Parker Learning Center, 1109 Geronimo Avenue
Parker, AZ 85344 United States
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Since the earliest days, Arizonans have been visited by entrepreneurs offering all kinds of get rich quick schemes. Benefitting from tales of abundant resources in the territory, limited law enforcement and communication, a scoundrel could create enticing promise of riches and success without much external oversight. Newspapers often fanned the hysteria only to later denounce and expose the schemes. People from across America came west to seek a better life. When that better life proved too slow in materializing, they…

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