2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series

Our 2021 Winter Lecture Series will be entirely virtual. All are on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM.  You’ll need an Internet connection and access to the Zoom program/app to participate in these lectures. Please follow the links for each lecture to register.

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January 12 – Three Generations of the American Indian Boarding School Experience with Evangeline Parsons Yazzie: CANCELLED

January 19 – Mescal Agave Use in Arizona: Food, Fiber, and Vessel with Carrie Cannon: The agave plant was used by Native peoples for numerous utilitarian items. Mescal served as a valuable food source still being harvested and prepared to this day by many Indigenous groups. For millennia people have pit roasted the heart of the plant yielding a nutritious food staple rich in calcium and zinc. This talk includes the life history of mescal, and the multitude of Tribal uses of this intriguing plant and their long relationship with this plant from centuries ago to the modern era. Register Here

January 26 – Sorting Through Southwest Arizona Tribal Symbols with Royce Manuel and Debbie Nez-Manuel: Symbols come in a variety of forms and can be found in art, speech, and in writing. Knowing and understanding the southwest symbolism from a tribal perspective is one more way Arizona celebrates its heritage. Today symbols among tribal nations describe life or convey a much deeper meaning in clothing, footwear, baskets designs and even etched animals designs along the freeway. Join Royce & Debbie to learn more about translating the beautiful meaning from everyday southwest symbols. Register Here

February 2 – Arizona’s Great Escape with Steve Renzi: During the night of Christmas Eve in 1944, twenty-five Nazi German prisoners of war escaped from Papago Park POW camp on the outskirts of Phoenix and headed towards Mexico. These men were hardcore Nazis, ex U-boat commanders, and submariners, who had successfully dug a nearly 200-foot underground tunnel that took four months to complete. Many people may have heard of this event, but few know the details. This presentation tells the story of what happened to these German POWs and the Arizona residents who encountered them. Register Here

February 9 – The Ballad of Arizona with Jay Cravath and Dan Shilling: Originally conceived to celebrate Arizona’s Centennial in 2012, “The Ballad of Arizona” has been updated to provide a more complete survey of important, but often little-known, chapters of Arizona’s unique history. A blend of music, video, and lecture, “The Ballad of Arizona” is similar to “A Prairie Home Companion” but with an Arizona twist. The dozen vignettes featured in the presentation include the Buffalo Soldiers, dude ranch history, the Code Talkers, forester Aldo Leopold, Japanese-American Internment, famous cattle drives, the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, and more stories that explore Arizona’s unique cultural and natural diversity. Jay Craváth is joined by Dan Shilling for this entertaining two-person presentation that combines song and story. Register Here

February 16 – Our Right To Assemble: The History of Protest and Civil Disobedience in the U.S. with Matthew Whitaker (FRANK Talk): The First Amendment prohibits the government from abridging “the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” This basic freedom ensures the right of people to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue, and defend their collective or shared ideas. When and how have people engaged in protest? Who has engaged in protest? What is civil disobedience? Does everyone have the same right to assemble? In recent days the brutal murders of African Americans by the police has sparked widespread protest across the U.S. and even abroad. How do we balance public safety and human rights? How do race, power and class impact access to free speech and the right to assemble? Participants will explore these questions in a safe, interactive discussion. Registration link coming soon!