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Chandler Sunset Library

4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
480-782-2800 http://www.chandlerlibrary.org/

January 2016

Ancient Native American Astronomical Practices

January 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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Throughout history, the ability of a people to survive has been tied to environmental conditions.  The skill to predict the seasons was an essential element in the ability to “control” those conditions. Seasonal calendars became the foundation of early cultures for hunting and gathering, planting and harvesting, worshiping and celebrating. The goal of cultural astronomy is to understand how these early skywatchers fashioned and refined systems for regulating their calendars around celestial events, both cyclical and unique. This presentation describes…

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April 2016

Pens & Paintbrushes: The Legacies of Early Arizona Women in the Arts

April 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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This PowerPoint program explores the lives of 5 artists whose talents personify the beauty of the early western frontier. Hopi potter Nampeyo shaped clay vessels with an intricacy seldom duplicated today. Writer Sharlot Hall described images of Arizona’s past and preserved our history. Author Martha Summerhayes wrote of her adventures following her husband from one Arizona army post to another. Kate Cory’s abundant portfolio of paintings & photos illustrates an intense cultural sensitivity to Hopi rituals & ceremonies. Architect Mary…

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August 2016

FRANK Talks: Electing the President

August 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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Electing the President: The Constitutional Process and History Dr. T. J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Presidential elections generate lots of heat but not necessarily much light about the indirect, layered election process the U.S. Constitution’s framers created. That process has generated contention, concern, and change. With the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November on the horizon, join us for a FRANK talk about how and why the U.S. presidential election process…

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September 2016

The Beatles “From Liverpool to Abbey Road”

September 17, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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This session examines a chronological historic account of the lives, works and influence of The Beatles on contemporary society.  We will discuss their phenomenal achievements from a musical and cultural perspective.  The lecture will be enhanced with visual backgrounds and audio clips.  Our historic journey starts from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, thru their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple…

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January 2017

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

January 7, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1942 WWII Executive Order 9066 forced the removal of nearly 125,000 Japanese-American citizens from the west coast, incarcerating them in ten remote internment camps in seven states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. Government photographers Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Ansel Adams documented the internment, and artists Toyo Miyatake, Chiura Obata, Isamu Noguchi, Henry Sugimoto, and Miné Okubo made powerful records of camp life. Arizona’s two camps (Gila River, Poston) were among the largest,…

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February 2017

FRANK Talks: War, Liberty & Law – Chandler

February 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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War, Liberty & Law: The U.S. Constitution and Crisis Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies There is a fundamental tension between national security and individual liberty. The Bill of Rights guarantees certain liberties, free speech and press, peaceable assembly, the right to bear arms and be free from unlawful searches and seizures, among them. But during times of war, and even times of peace, the government’s war-making power may trample on individual rights…

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July 2017

FRANK Talks: Religious Liberty in America – Chandler

July 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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Religious Liberty in America: How do we Set Limits on Free Exercise? Steve Kilar, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that Congress “shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. In Arizona, we’ve been confronted with this question in recent years because of public debates over women’s reproductive rights and proposals to protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.  But…

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May 2018

Arizona’s Wild Myths and Legends – Chandler

May 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and John Wayne: what do these famous characters have in common? They are not who we think they are because of the legends that have grown up around them. From the 1860’s dime novels to the books, movies, and television shows, writers have altered, exaggerated and sometimes lied about these folk heroes.  In “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” the editor says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” We will examine how the…

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February 2020

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

February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 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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March 2020

Hyenas in Petticoats: How Women Struggled Against Every Trick in the Books to Win the Vote!

March 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd. Chandler AZ
Chandler, AZ 85226 United States
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As we celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment in 2020, it’s time to look back at the enormous effort it took for women to be granted full citizenship and the vote. History has downplayed suffrage, as if it were just a footnote in American history, when in fact, it was the nation’s largest civil rights movement. Western women got the vote long before their Eastern sisters, but don’t dare tell an Arizona suffragette that she had it easy.…

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