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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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Wrightsville Wonders: Using Obits and More to Document Your Community

Rhonda Stewart, local historian and genealogist, will share the wealth of information researchers can discover in obituaries.

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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach at this time. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time. For more information, go to cals.org.

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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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Jodi A. Barnes: “An Archaeology of Reproduction at Hollywood Plantation”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

An Archaeology of Reproduction at Hollywood Plantation 

Speaker: Jodi A. Barnes

Reproduction entangles the intimacy of sex, conception, pregnancy, and birth with the feeding,

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Monday Matriarchs: Carmen Williams

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Inevitable Insult and Humiliation: Black Women Writers of Arkansas

Speaker: Carmen Williams

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Carmen Lanos Williams is an assistant professor of English and Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. Her recent dissertation, “Arkansas in the African American Imaginary: A Rhetoric of Place,” examines placemaking in the published work of African American Arkansans and in memoirs and fiction depicting coming of age in Arkansas.

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Monday Matriarchs: Aleshia O’Neal

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Charlie May Simon: Uncovering the Lost Voice of an Arkansas Author

Speaker: Aleshia O’Neal

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Aleshia O’Neal is an English professor at York College in York, Nebraska. She became interested in Charlie May Simon while working on her doctorate in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, and her research for her dissertation took her to four archival collections that housed the diaries,

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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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Hidden Treasures on Ancestry with Juliana Szucs

Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates, and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From almshouse and agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at Ancestry.com. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them,

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Monday Matriarchs: Robyn Spears

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Monday Matriarchs

Arkansas Aprons: Food Power and Women in Arkansas, 1857 to 1891

Speaker: Robyn Spears

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Robyn Spears As a doctoral student of history, Robyn Spears researches nineteenth-century women’s history, food history, and medicine at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free,

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Eugene Richards: Book discussion of THE DAY I WAS BORN

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Book discussion of the day I was born

Speaker: Eugene Richards

Author and photographer Eugene Richards will discuss his latest book, the day I was born, which tells the stories of six men and women living out their lives in the memory-laden Mississippi Delta of Arkansas. 

Eugene Richards is photographer,

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Limbs & Mascaron

Two ceramic artists, one gallery!

Limbs by Chris Swasta of Rolling Hills Pottery and Mascaron by Jennifer Perren 

February 12–May 1, 2021

CALS Galleries at Library Square, Loft Gallery

This dual exhibition showcases vibrant ceramic artworks by two local artists and educators. Chris Swasta will display his expansive ceramic coral reef installation, titled Limbs. Two years in the making, the reef is made of more than 6,000 hand-rolled coils of clay.

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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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Terry Brewer—Blood and Soil

February 12–May 1, 2021 

CALS Roberts Library, Galleries at Library Square  

“Blood and soil.” These words have been used by Nazis and others as a rallying cry for racial purity, one of the most destructive concepts ever developed. When they are used as materials for creative expression, however, their elemental beauty lends itself to limitless constructive possibilities. Soil comes from the earth, blood from a sentient being.

The idea of working with blood as a medium came to me around twenty years ago while traveling in South Asia,

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