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Oral History at Home: Beginners Oral History Workshop

The CALS Butler Center offers a monthly beginner’s oral history workshop taught by Benji de la Piedra, oral historian and author. Participants will learn how to

  • think about questions, stories, memories, and dialogue like oral historians do;
  • prepare for and conduct oral history interviews with the technology they have available to them (including phone and video chat); and
  • imagine and pursue possible outcomes of the interviewing process.

This course is open to all.

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Transformation: Artworks by Sandra Sell and Elizabeth Weber

January 8 to April 24, 2021 

CALS Roberts Library, Underground Gallery 

This exhibition showcases the sculptures and paintings of two of Arkansas’s outstanding artists. Sandra Sell explores the contrast and rhythmic tension inherent in carved wood, and Elizabeth Weber’s work explores the concepts of hidden growth and transformation. 

The exhibition is on view to the public in the Roberts Library on Wednesday and Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 12pm to 5pm from Friday,

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Leonard Downie Jr.: All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library Presents

All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post

Speaker: Leonard Downie, Jr. and Benji de la Piedra

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Join CALS in-house oral historian Benji de la Piedra for a public conversation with Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of the Washington Post and author of the new memoir All About the Story: News,

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Cherisse Jones-Branch

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

“To Make the Farm Bureau Stronger and Better for All the People”: African Americans and the American Farm Bureau Federation: 1920–1966

Speaker: Cherisse Jones-Branch

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Cherisse Jones-Branch is the dean of the Graduate School and the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History at Arkansas State University.

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Airic Hughes: “Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Through the Heart of the City: Interstates, Segregation, and Social Memory in Urban America

Speaker: Airic Hughes

Airic Hughes, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, will explore how federal urban renewal projects changed the landscape of numerous American cities throughout the twentieth century. Many of these projects worked in tandem with discriminatory urban planning policies such as redlining,

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Finding Family Facts

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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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach at this time.

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Richard Buckelew

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Loosening the Noose of Judge Lynch: Prevented Lynchings in Arkansas

Speaker: Richard Buckelew

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Richard A. “Rick” Buckelew is a historian of nineteenth-century America who specializes in the history of race in Arkansas and the American South, with a particular focus on the history of lynching and racial violence.

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Brian K. Mitchell

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana

Speaker: Brian K. Mitchell

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Brian K. Mitchell is assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A New Orleans native, Mitchell received a PhD in urban studies with a concentration in public history at the University of New Orleans.

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Race, Rage, and Resistance: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance

John Carter and Lonnie Dixon: Remembering 1927

Speaker: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey

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Stephanie Harp is a writer and historian, based in Maine, whose family ties to Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas go back many generations. She holds a master’s degree in U.S. history,

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