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Equilla Marie Walker—Vision from the Lens of My Soul

October 9, 2020, to January 30, 2021

Equilla Marie Walker’s retrospective exhibition features soulful images reflected in black and white, color, and mixed media from her more than twenty years as a photographer.

Walker, who studied at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Clark Atlanta University, currently works as a Teaching Artist for the Crystal Bridges in the Classroom program in Little Rock. Her latest projects also include developing creative content and residencies for the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

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Dances with Wolves (1990, PG-13) FREE screening

The Central Arkansas Library System and its Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s American classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee with a series of lectures and exhibitions that recognize the enduring importance and power of Brown’s groundbreaking volume.

Join us for a FREE virtual screening of Dances With Wolves on Saturday, October 24. This movie was selected because few other major Hollywood westerns capture the spirit of Brown’s book as well as this one.

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David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

UPDATE: This event is now virtual. We will be using the Zoom platform to host Mr. Treuer. Free registration for the event is required. All registrants will be sent a Zoom invitation link on the day of the event. You may sign up for Zoom and download the app at https://zoom.us/.

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David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota.  The author of four previous novels,

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Michael Pierce: “The Nelson Hackett Project”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Michael Pierce, Associate Professor of History at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

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Sometime in the middle of July 1841, Nelson Hackett fled both Arkansas and slavery, setting off an international dispute that would ensure that Canada remained a safe refuge for those escaping bondage in the United States.

There are conflicting accounts of Hackett’s departure.

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Brian Mitchell: “West Rock: The Taking of an American Dream”

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art Presents

Speaker: Brian Mitchell, assistant professor of History at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Founded in 1906, the community of West Rock provided affordable housing and accessibility to an array of domestic, service, and labor jobs for its African American residents. The area was located in what is now the Riverdale neighborhood, downhill from Pulaski Heights,

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Catherine Calloway: “The Vietnam War: Its Legacy in Literature”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Cathey Calloway, professor of English at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro

Rescheduled from April 2020

Catherine Calloway provides an overview of the vast canon of Vietnam War literature—including Arkansas author contributions such as Phillip McMath’s Native Ground—its literary antecedents, the diverse types of stories told, the need for writers to engage in sense-making and to bear witness,

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Nikki Senn—Some Like It Hot: A Story of Cluster Springs

CALS Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art Presents

Speaker: Nikki Sennets, Advanced Architectural Historian for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT)

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This presentation explores the growth of tourism around the Hot Springs area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, telling the story of Cluster Springs’ structures and trails and showing how this development fits with other nearby springs.

Nikki Senn is an Advanced Architectural Historian for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) in the Environmental Division’s Cultural Resources Section.

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Colin Woodward: “The Arkansas Roots of Johnny Cash”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

The Arkansas Roots of Johnny Cash

Speaker: Colin Woodward

Johnny Cash traveled the world, becoming one of the best-known and most successful musicians of all time. Despite becoming an international icon, Cash never really left Arkansas in his mind. Throughout his career, Cash performed memorable concerts in his home state, including shows for Governor Winthrop Rockefeller in 1968,

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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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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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