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Kirk-Bear Canyon Library

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8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
520-594-5275

January 2018

Specters of the Past: Arizona’s Ghost Towns – Tucson

January 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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The promise of unimagined riches is what brought many of the earliest colonizers to the Arizona Territory. Following the trail to the discovery of the mother lode, they built, then dismantled and finally abandoned communities when mines played out – leaving behind tantalizing clues of difficult hardships. Some towns survived like Bisbee, Jerome, Tombstone and Oatman. Most disappeared, gradually becoming absorbed back into the desert from which they arose. This presentation explores more than a decade of historian Jay Mark’s…

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February 2018

Life on the Lazy B as Lived by an American Cowboy and Rancher – Tucson

February 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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In 1880, Alan Day’s grandfather homesteaded the Lazy B Ranch.  This dusty dry tract of land produced a Supreme Court Justice, a lauded Arizona state senator, and a career rancher, cowboy, and land conservationist. Alan explores the ranching and cowboying life from the chuck wagon years of his childhood, through his adult years of increasing bureaucracy, airplanes, computers and now even drones. At the heart of his stories lie adventures that most of us will never experience, as well as…

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March 2018

Cowpokes, Crooks, and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies – Tucson

March 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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Tyrone Power, Andy Devine,  Katy Jurado, Steve McQueen and, of course, John Wayne. From the earliest days of film, Arizona has been a setting and subject for hundreds of films. Some, like Junior Bonner and Red River, are considered classics, others, such as Billy Jack and Evolution, surely less so. Some may even be classics in the making, from Tombstone to Near Dark. In this entertaining talk, Gregory McNamee, a frequent contributor on film to the Encyclopaedia Britannica and former…

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April 2018

FRANK Talks: Talking to Each Other About Controversies Now – Tucson

April 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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Talking to Each Other About Controversies Now  Matt Kundert, University of Arizona, Department of English Current social controversies reflect our nation’s complex history, politics and values. Our views can differ sharply on whether or not America has changed for the better, or for the worse. We can point to specific cultural and technological developments that have made it difficult to feel part of one country.  Media can shape our sense of inclusion and exclusion, what is true and false, what…

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May 2018

FRANK Talks: Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? – Tucson

May 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution?  Julian Kunnie, University of Arizona, Religious Studies/Classics/Africana Studies/Indigenous/Globalization Studies Technological innovations in the early 21st century have promoted the development of genetically modified seeds and foods, as a potential solution to the crisis of world hunger.   Eighty percent of the corn, soy, and cotton cultivated in the U.S. today, is genetically modified. Is GMO seed and food production the best solution to address hunger and food shortages? What are the…

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The Gila: River of History – Tucson

May 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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Wednesday, May 16 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kirk-Bear Canyon Library 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749 The Gila: River of History with Gregory McNamee 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 populations—birds, animals, plants, and peoples—across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of…

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June 2018

FRANK Talks: School Choice in Arizona – Tucson

June 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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School Choice in Arizona Dr. Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University, Educational Foundations Arizona is one of the nation’s most “choice friendly” states regarding educational opportunities at the K-12 level. “School choice” is a term for K–12 schooling options in the U.S. describing a wide array of alternatives to public schools, including charter schools. The expansion of charter schools and vouchers (often called educational savings accounts) is not without controversy. Does school choice improve school quality? Does school choice increase educational opportunity…

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January 2019

Four Corners: The Southwest’s Cultural Crossroad – Tucson

January 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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The Four Corners is a common name for the region within 150 miles of the marker where Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico, Arizona meet. The Four Corners reflects a wide array of customs of both ancient and contemporary cultures, spiritual beliefs, and histories. This presentation describes the landscape’s extensive geological and cultural transformation contributed by prehistoric civilization advancements, Native American customs and centuries of conflict and cooperation, the Navajo Long Walk, Mormon settlement, American farming and ranching, and the World…

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February 2019

Wild, Weird, Wicked Arizona (Tucson)

February 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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For a state that has been home to Geronimo, Wyatt Earp, César Chavez and Wonder Women, you would think Arizona earned some respect. Yet achieving statehood was a 50-year struggle, which finally ended on February 14, 1912. Jana borrows from both her work for True West Magazine and her work for Phoenix Magazine to put the 48th state into perspective. You will learn why this small state has had an inordinate influence on American politics, and why, no matter what…

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March 2019

Hopi Quilting Traditions (Tucson)

March 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, with the arrival of Anglo missionaries and government officials, quilting was introduced to the Hopi people and it quickly became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremony with quilts being used in every Hopi household. Hopis today are 4th and 5th generation quiltmakers and as the atistic traditions of two cultures are blended, it is not uncommon to see a quilt with a traditional…

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September 2019

The spread of fake news: Is there a vaccine for that?

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 United States
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Like a virus, fake news catches on erratically, intensely, and swiftly, and can leave the American public feeling dazed and confused. How can media producers and consumers cure the spread of this false-information outbreak? What steps are technology and media companies taking? How can we protect ourselves and maintain a healthy dose of democratic discourse and debate? Learn about the standard practices of journalism, and how to become a savvy news consumer. Join us for a FRANK Talk on how…

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February 2020

“Hyenas in Petticoats”–How Women Struggled Against Every Dirty Trick in the Books to Win the Vote!

February 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749 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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