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Joel D. Valdez Main Library

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101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
(520) 594-5500 http://www.library.pima.gov/locations/MAI/

May 2014

The Food of Arizona: Many Cultures, Many Flavors

May 3, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Consider the taco, that favorite treat, a staple of Mexican and Mexican American cooking and an old standby on an Arizonan’s plate. The corn in the tortilla comes from Mexico, the cheese from the Sahara, the lettuce from Egypt, the onion from Syria, the tomatoes from South America, the chicken from Indochina, and the beef from the steppes of Eurasia. The foods of Arizona speak to the many cultures, native and newcomer, that make up our state. Join McNamee in…

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June 2014

Desperado Trails: Outlaws on the Arizona Frontier

June 7, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Hang on to your hats as you ride the trails beside some of Arizona’s most wicked renegades during a time when massacres, mayhem and mischief ran rampant throughout Arizona Territory. Learn the sordid details of desperadoes such as cattle/horse rustler and murderer Augustine Chacon who claimed he killed over fifty men, ladies-man Buckskin Frank Leslie who had a deadly aim and an impatient trigger finger, lawman-turned-outlaw Burt Alvord, and murderer Charles P. Stanton. And watch out for the ladies! Meet…

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December 2015

Private, For-Profit Prisons: Good Policy or Bad Choice?

December 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Arizona has become a focus for the location of private, for-profit prisons.  The state also has one of the highest expenditure rates for corrections.  Are we getting what we paid for?  Post will address the history of for-profit prisons, the inter-connections with issues of immigration and racial disparities, and the track record of for-profit prisons in terms of costs and services.  She will also address the policy, legal, and political issues surrounding the controversy. Dianne Post received her J.D. from…

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January 2016

Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Social Sustainability

January 23, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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The deep time perspective that archaeology and related disciplines provide about natural hazards, environmental change, and human adaptation is a valuable supplement to historical records and can help modern societies make decisions affecting social sustainability and human safety. Examples include scientific evidence that virtually all prehistoric farming cultures in Arizona and the Southwest eventually surpassed their thresholds of sustainability, leading to collapse or reorganization of their societies; and archaeological and geological evidence of ancient earthquakes and tsunamis that should have…

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February 2016

Arizona Ghost Towns

February 27, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Ghost towns dot Arizona's landscape and provide unique insights into a diverse history. Some ghost towns tell a boom-to-bust story with few remaining traces of the people who once lived there, while others, like Jerome, have become thriving tourist destinations. Many are old mining locations that once bustled with life, while others tell more modern stories, showing the impact of highways rerouted and roads not taken. This program will feature stories of ghost towns such as Crown King, Jerome, and…

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March 2016

Art of the Internment Camps: Culture Behind Barbed Wire

March 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 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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January 2017

Race and Law in U.S. History

January 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Race has been much contested in U.S. history. Yet it has never been a single thing. Nor has it always been the same thing. Race has been part of a changing national identity. More personally, race has been part of variable individual identity. Who was white, who was Indian, who was black, for example, has not always had the same answer in U.S. history. Yet race has been a persistent element of identity. Every generation of Americans has wrestled with…

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February 2017

Africanized Honeybees in Arizona: What They Tell Us About Who We Are – Tucson

February 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Arizona is the only state in the Union that has been documented as having Africanized bees in every single county. The story of Africanized bees in Arizona is very much a story about the Southwest, and its distinct differences from the rest of the United States. The bees show us that we are living and have lived for a very long time in a complex zone of “mestizaje,” where cultural and biological differences originating in several different continents (especially the…

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March 2017

Riding with the Duke: John Wayne in Arizona

March 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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John Wayne was born in Iowa and lived for most of his adult life in California. Yet, he spent many years exploring, living, and investing in Arizona, where he produced his own films, raised cattle, operated a game ranch, and was seemingly everywhere at once. Wayne remains an iconic presence in American popular culture. In this talk, Gregory McNamee, who often writes about film and western history alike for such publications as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and The Hollywood Reporter, looks…

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April 2017

Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Journalists: 100 Years of Change – Tucson

April 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Journalists: 100 Years of Change tells the story of the dramatic revolution of the news media in the last century. Many young people today cannot imagine a time when women were not allowed to do any job they chose. Stories of women writers who broke barriers tells the history of change in women’s roles in society, as well as in journalism and communication. This program includes stories of 28 women including Sharlot Hall, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright,…

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May 2017

The Woman Who Shot Cowboys: Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa – Tucson

May 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena will understand why rodeo photographer Louise Serpa often uttered the adage, “Never Don’t Pay Attention.” Born into New York society, Louise ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt & her eye glued to a camera, becoming the first woman to venture inside the arena & shoot some of the most amazing photographs of rodeo action. The dust & dirt of the…

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August 2017

FRANK Talks: Colorblindness and equality – Tucson

August 26, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Colorblindness and equality: Well-intentioned American values, or myths? Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Educational Foundations Most of us are raised to value colorblindness and equality. Lady Justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to symbolize objectivity; Dr. King’s legacy to judge each other by our character rather than skin color is a well-known mantra; and we regularly pledge our allegiance to equality for all. We are taught that these American values are what sets us apart from other nations. Does…

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September 2017

FRANK Talks: Immigrants and the American Dream – Tucson

September 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Immigrants and the American Dream: We the People Today and Tomorrow Dr. T.J. Davis, Arizona State University, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies The United States of America has long touted itself as a land of immigrants and has grown phenomenally from migration since its beginnings in an ever expanding global economy. Yet the source and substance of immigration have been topics of continuous debate. How do domestic conditions, regional competitions, geopolitics, and foreign policy affect the discourse about…

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February 2018

FRANK Talks: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World – Tucson

February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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“Fake News”: The Impact of Fake News in the Real World Jamie Bowen, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Although not new, our awareness and use of the term “fake news” has risen in prominence. In general, “fake news” is media that consists of deliberate misinformation, news whose main purpose is to distort “the truth for emotional persuasion, seeking to drive action.”  More recently it has become a catchall term used to discredit stories, and…

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March 2018

FRANK Talks: Challenges to Democracy from the Extremes – Tucson

March 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Challenges to Democracy from the Extremes  Dr. Albrecht  Classen, University of Arizona, Department of German Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies The recent death of a demonstrator in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ongoing tension between political parties, highlights the danger of ideological extremism in the U.S. What is Neo-National-Socialism? How do we address ideological extremes within the framework of our Constitution and the First Amendment? Cultural clashes spurred by divergent views and values are not new to our national history.…

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January 2019

FRANK Talk – Energy in an Uncertain World – Tucson

January 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society With the advent of modern technology energy can be affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all Arizonans. However accessibility to sustainable energy is not just about technology, but also about the values and ideals that a society has about access to energy. What are the values that are driving energy production and distribution in today’s world? Who has access to sustainable,…

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February 2019

The Lives and Achievements of Tucson’s Unknown African American Pioneers, 1860-1910 (Tucson)

February 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Tucson’s African-American community overcame numerous scandals to become some of the city’s most prosperous and well-known citizens. Newspapers throughout the Arizona territory captured more than their unlawful exploits but gave biographical information about each African-American. Men like George Bragg, who was a barber by trade, made headlines that rocked when he was charged with the attempted murder of the railroad Superintendent and his family. Women like Fannie Garcia challenged social mores by using her millions to fight conviction for marrying…

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April 2019

Climate and Moral Responsibility in Arizona (Tucson)

April 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Global warming presents humanity with one of the most difficult ethical challenges ever faced. More than just a scientific problem this is a collective action problem requiring that we work together to find appropriate strategies for adaptation. It requires recognizing attribution of cause and effect and careful consideration of the likely outcomes of harm to others. Future generations will have their quality of life impacted through the loss of species habitat and with it many of the creatures that have…

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