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Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

On View ~ October 14, 2022–January 28, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

The Illustrated Arkansas exhibition features artists living and working in the state who have created or contributed to print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media of the comics art form.

CALS is excited to display the artwork of graphic artists and spotlight their efforts in the creation of comics and graphic novels in all their forms.

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Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

ON VIEW Friday, November 11, 2022–Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Artist Statement:

Emily Moll Wood paints a lot of portraits,

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AnarchoAnachro

On View ~ January 13, 2023–April 1, 2023, regular Gallery hours
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Spam enthusiast, U.S. Air Force veteran, and photo-collage artist the Right Reverend Sternodox wages holy war on inter-dimensional reptiles, killer klowns, and the soul-sucking blandness of daily life. His fascinating collages are a reflection of what happens if you stay up too late, drink only air, and consume highly charged free radicals. Masquerading during the day as mild-mannered media editor Michael Keckhaver for the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas,

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In Our Own Words: Black Voices from the Archives

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Courtney Bradford

Courtney Bradford, curator of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, will use artifacts from the museum’s collection to speak on the significance of African American narratives in Arkansas history.

Courtney Bradford is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She holds an MA in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a BA in Anthropology, African and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas.

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Discover Arkansas’s Own Hidden Figure: Raye Montague

Come hear the story of Raye Montague, Little Rock’s own hidden figure credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. She was the first female program manager of ships in the U.S. Navy and paved the way for Black women in STEM. After the story, we’ll dream about everything we can be, too! A copy of The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca will be given away in a drawing at the end of the program to three lucky attendees.

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Highlighting Little Rock’s Historically Black Communities (Dee Brown Branch)

Community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give an overview of Little Rock’s historically Black communities and their enduring significance, while highlighting related materials from the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the collections of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookSouth to America by Imani Perry

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month, will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Finding Family Facts (February 13)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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Crafting History: Canning and Arkansas Rural Black Women’s Activism

Come learn about the activism of rural Black women in Arkansas that centered around Home Demonstration Clubs in the early twentieth century. Community Outreach Archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give the historical overview, and Adult Programmer Fabio Delgado will give an introduction to water bath canning.   

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Highlighting Little Rock’s Historically Black Communities (Fletcher Branch)

Community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh will give an overview of Little Rock’s historically Black communities and their enduring significance, while highlighting related materials from the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas and the collections of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (February 16)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

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Threads of History: Arkansas Women and Embroidery

Learn about the history of women and embroidery in Arkansas from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and create a beginner embroidery piece in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Please register at the Nixon Library check-out desk or by phone at 501-457-5038.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Opal Mitchell, Assistant Manager and Adult Programmer at CALS Nixon Library, will conduct this program at the Nixon Library.

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookThe Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month,

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Arkansas Women in Wartime

Learn about how Arkansas women assisted on the home front and abroad during World War I and World War II from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh while we eat a packed lunch for National Pack Your Lunch Day.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, will conduct this program at the Milam Library.

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Crafting History: The Suffrage Movement in Arkansas

Learn about the fight for women’s suffrage in Arkansas from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and create reproductions of suffrage pennants in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Registration is required and is limited to 25 attendees. Please register at the Terry Library check-out desk or by phone at 501-228-0129.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Fabio Delgado, Adult Programmer at CALS Terry Library,

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Sow the Seeds of Victory: Women and Victory Gardens

Join us in the greenhouse to learn about women’s home front work to sow victory gardens in Arkansas during wartime from community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, and learn how to create a victory garden of your own in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Patrice O’Donaghue at CALS Children’s Library will conduct this program at the Children’s Library Greenhouse and Garden.

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookMarkham Street: The Haunting Truth Behind the Murder of My Brother, Marvin Leonard Williams by Ronnie Williams

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month,

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookAmerican Atrocity: The Types of Violence in Lynching by Guy Lancaster

Register to Attend Virtually

WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session, on the second Thursday of the month,

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Crucial Conversations: Race in America Book Club

BookFour Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

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WHAT?

This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

WHEN?

Each session,

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