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Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library

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4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
(602) 262-4636

September 2017

FRANK Talks: Racial Literacy and Social Media – Phoenix

September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Is This Racist? Racial Literacy and Social Media Dr. Kathy Nakagawa, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation Many parents and educators avoid conversations about race and racism with their children and students, yet young people are regularly exposed to images, stories, videos and statements that reflect racial societal attitudes. This exposure often comes through social media, such as YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook posts and Tumblr blogs. Despite that exposure, many young people are unprepared to discuss race and racism…

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January 2018

Ancient Southwestern Native American Pottery – Phoenix

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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In this presentation, Mr. Dart shows and discusses Native American ceramic styles that characterized specific peoples and eras in the U.S. Southwest prior to about 1450, and talks about how archaeologists use pottery for dating archaeological sites and interpreting ancient lifeways. He discusses the importance of context in archaeology, such as how things people make change in style over time and how different styles are useful in identifying different cultures and dating archaeological sites. His many illustrations include examples of…

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February 2018

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: The Navajo Code Talkers – Phoenix

February 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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During WWII a select group of young Navajo men enlisted in the Marines with a unique weapon. Using the Navajo language, they devised a secret code that the enemy never deciphered.  For over 40 years a cloak of secrecy hung over the Code Talker’s service until the code was declassified and they were finally honored for their military contributions in the South Pacific by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and the Navajo Nation. The Code Talkers’ cultural background, how the code was…

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March 2018

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

March 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 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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April 2018

FRANK Talks: Eradicating Global Hunger – Phoenix

April 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 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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May 2018

Arizona Goes to the Moon – Phoenix

May 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Arizona played a key role in preparing to send humans to the moon in the late 1960s/early 1970s. The Apollo astronauts themselves traveled to the Grand Canyon and volcanic fields around the state to learn geology and practice their lunar excursions. Meanwhile, U.S. Geological Survey engineers worked with NASA staff members to develop and test instruments while artists joined forces with scientists to create detailed maps of the moon that were critical to navigating around lunar surface. Kevin Schindler is…

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November 2018

You Are Where You Eat: How Dining Out Defines Arizona – Phoenix

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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When the first dining guide to the Valley of the Sun appeared in 1978, the authors had to explain what “sushi” was. Fast forward four decades, and Arizonans are munching rainbow rolls in shopping-mall food courts. The restaurant business in Arizona now brings in more than $11 billion a year. With stories, statistics and insider tidbits, former restaurant critic Howard Seftel explores the many ways that dining out reflects our evolving culture, as well as shapes it. He explains the…

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December 2018

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

December 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 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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February 2019

John Wesley Powell: Into the Great Unknown (Phoenix)

February 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Millions of travelers visit the Grand Canyon each year, but just 150 years ago, this was still considered the “last blank spot on the map.” One man, a one-armed civil war veteran, was determined to navigate and document the Colorado River as it winds through the canyon. Therefore, on May 24, 1869, John Wesley Powell set out with nine men, four boats, and ten months of rations on an adventure that would nearly kill them. Three months later Powell emerged…

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March 2019

Hellraising, Heroic and Hidden Women of the Old West (Phoenix)

March 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Although history tries to tell us ONLY men settled the Old West, that is shattered by Jana's verbal tour through some of the amazing women who made all the difference. Any woman who came West in the 1800s had to be full of grit and spit to survive and Jana has collected the stories of dozens of women who prove it. Ever heard of Donaldina Cameron or Biddy Mason? Sharlot Hall or Pearl Hart—Arizona's infamous stagecoach robber? Jana reveals the…

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May 2022

They Beat the Heat: How Arizonans Survived the Desert Heat in the Days Before Air Conditioning with Christine Reid

May 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mesquite Branch – Phoenix Public Library, 4525 Paradise Village Pkwy N
Phoenix, AZ 85032 United States
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Drawing from multi-cultural influences of the variety of people who helped build Arizona, discover how creative adaptations in lifestyle, architecture, building materials, town planning and even humor all contributed to surviving intense desert temperatures. What have we forgotten and what can we learn from the wisdom of those who came before as climate becomes a vital and daily issue in life today? Using newspaper clippings, anecdotes, and photographs, the story is told how Arizonans adjusted to life in the desert…

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