Current Events

January-February Events

Alabama Department of Archives and History – 2017 Food for Thought Series
Project period: Monthly 2017
Food for Thought is a monthly Alabama history lecture series held on the third Thursday of every month
at 12:00 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Food for Thought presentations feature
humanities scholars discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the State of Alabama. http://www.archives.alabama.gov/whatsnew/events.html

Alabama Public Television – Journey Proud IV
Project period: January-June 2017
Journey Proud IV is a 9-episode, each 30 minutes, documentary series that travels Alabama’s highways and byways documenting the state’s diverse folk culture and practitioners. This series about Alabama’s folk traditions supports Alabama’s forthcoming bicentennial collection of digital, cultural artifacts while exploring the Humanities roots of each folk practice.

Alabama Blues Project – Afterschool Camps
Project period: January-May 2017
The Alabama Blues Projects After-School Camps pass on Alabama’s rich Blues culture to the next generation while teaching self-esteem, discipline, cross-cultural understanding and teamwork. Students learn hands-on and performance-based musical instruction and the history of the Blues. Our programs targets at risk children and are designed to give all students an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the Blues while also learning about their cultural heritage.

Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project, Auburn University – Building a Better Future Through Humanities
Project period: January-December 2017
This series of classes offered by the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project will introduce students in four correctional facilities to literature, philosophy, anthropology, and film studies and will be taught by faculty from Auburn as well as graduate students from the University of Alabama. AHF humanities classes build spaces for positive community development inside prisons and bridges to stronger family bonds, and contribute to success post release through academic educational development.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival – Shakespeare in Schools
Project period: January-March, 2017
ASF will tour its production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona to schools throughout the state. Each performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an interactive workshop. The educational activities are designed to foster students’ critical thinking and analytical skills. https://asf.net/

Birmingham Museum of Art – Third Space: Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art
Project period: January – December 2017
The first large exhibition of contemporary art from the BMA’s own collection, the two-year exhibition Third Space highlights more than 100 works of art including paintings, sculpture, photography, and video. The exhibition creates connections between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art. As an extension of the exhibition, the BMA will present “Chapters,” a series of public programs aiming to explain and explore contemporary art for a variety of audiences. Through artist talks and discussions with numerous artists featured in the exhibition, “Chapters” will demystify contemporary art, expand exhibition themes, and create thought-provoking opportunities for viewing and interacting with the Museum’s permanent collection. http://artsbma.org/exhibition/third-space-shifting-conversations-about-contemporary-art/

Black Belt Museum, University of West Alabama – Black Belt Historic Interpretation Project
Project period: January – May 2017
The Black Belt Museum (BBM) Interpretive Project of the University of West Alabama aims to bring
history to life using a public historian/educator to portray historical characters and relate their experiences and adventures to students and the public across the state. With the upcoming Alabama 200 celebration, we are positioning ourselves to present the earlier and lesser known parts of state’s past that many people are not familiar with but helps tell the story of our state throughout time. http://www.blackbeltmuseum.com/programs/

Jule Collins Smith Museum – FILMS@JCSM
Project period: 2/23/17
FILM@JCSM stands for “Fostering Interdisciplinary Learning through Movies.” The museum screens classic and current movies that complement exhibitions, bringing in artists and scholars to explore the connection between multiple art forms and their commentary on the human experience.

Landmarks Foundation – The Alabama Territory in Becoming Alabama
Project period: 2/11/17
In 1817, Congress divided the Mississippi Territory, creating the State of Mississippi as the western portion, and the Alabama Territory as the eastern portion of the vast landmass. The Alabama Territory is the topic of this project with humanities scholars discussing some of the “characters who were active and influential during this period,, contributing to the later establishment of the State of Alabama in 1819.

Marengo County History & Archives Museum – Celebrating the Opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture
Project period: February 2, 2017
The museum will celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture during Black History Month 2017 through public discussion programming. marengomuseum@yahoo.com / phone:  334.289.0599

Mobile Opera – Orpheus’ Son: The Life of Sidney Lanier
Project period: 1/13/17
Mobile Opera will host a lecture and narrative program of Sidney Lanier’s poetry and the story of his life. On Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10 a.m., Jeffrey Goodman, PhD, and Gran Wilson, MM, will speak at the Mobile County Public Library on the literary works of Sidney Lanier and at 7 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center in downtown Mobile. Mobile Opera will continue the study of Sidney Lanier with “Orpheus’ Son: The Life of Sidney Lanier”, an original work written by Mr. Wilson.

Mobile Symphony – Take Note! Pre-Concert Discussions
Project period: January 2017 (every Sat and Sunday)
Mobile Symphony Orchestra will offer free, 40-minute pre-concert lectures before each of its classical concerts that explore the historic contexts around the music and composers featured on that day’s concert. Lectures include information about other art forms created in the same period, such as visual arts, dance and literature, and biographical details about the composers’ lives.

Shelby County Arts Council – Writing Our Stories
Project period: January– April, 2017
Writing Our Stories is a proven anti-bullying creative writing program taught in the 7th grade English
classroom. The program was developed by The Alabama Writer’s forum and is administered to the schools
through The Shelby County Arts Council at no cost to the student or school. A published poet and teaching writer guides the students through a 10 week session at the end of which they receive bound anthologies of their own poems. These students leave the program as published authors. https://shelbycountyartscouncil.com/

Troy University – Wade Hall Traveling Postcards Display
Project period: February –December 2017
Two traveling exhibits of postcards showcasing cities and towns from around Alabama to coincide with “Discovering Our Places,” the 2017 theme of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The exhibits will be made up of historical postcards from the Wade Hall Collection at the Troy University Archives. The first exhibit will depict bustling city streets, such as 20th Street in Birmingham, historic streets, such as Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, and small town streets, such as Front Street in Carbon Hill. The second exhibit will showcase Alabama historical and governmental buildings in cities large and small. The buildings include courthouses, post offices, schools, and churches. These postcards range from the early 1900s to the 1960s. http://trojan.troy.edu/library/

Tuskegee University – Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color Photographic Exhibition and LIVE STREAM Educational Programs
Project period: January-April 2017
Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color is a photographic exhibition that captures the demise of a possible pandemic; the destruction of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). By renowned author and artist, Andrew Feiler, this work, featured at The LEGACY Museum from January – April 2017, tells the painful story of the closing of Morris Brown College. The exhibition includes educational workshops, lectures, local school tours, and Live Video Streaming, moderated by experts.

University of South Alabama Marx Library – War and Remembrance on the Gulf Coast
Project period: January 17 – February 28, 2017
A museum installation that will introduce its viewers to the concept of collective memory and tell the story of the people and places associated with war remembrance in the Mobile Bay region. In 2017 the exhibition will visit the Fairhope Public Library, Mobile Ben May Library, and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/research/warandmemory/exhibit.html