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Voices from the Prairie E-news from Humanities Iowa
E-Newsletter May 2011
• latest news
• speakers bureau
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• upcoming & ongoing events
• questions and comments
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Spring is finally in Iowa! Be sure to check out an event centered on President Teddy Roosevelt, local and national history, and Iowa's Wild Weather.

What free entertainment is
happening near YOU? Find out.

Ever wondered what it would be like to meet a famous person from history? Now you can! Meet George Drouillard, from the Lewis and Clark expedition, or President Theodore Roosevelt as re-enacted by Darrel Draper. Mr. Draper mixes humor, drama, and inspiration into his presentations. Don't miss him in the beginning of May.

New speaker, Scott Cawelti, debuts with his musical presentations, of James' Hearst poetry, often referred to as the "Robert Frost of the Midwest". Want a preview of Scott? Watch him out on Humanities Iowa's YouTube page, before you see him in May.

In regard to new presentations, Bill Sherman presents on his newest topic: Iowa's Amazing Public Exposition Palaces. From the late 1800's to early 1900's, Iowa had palaces dedicated to corn, grass, flax, and other products produced by the State. Join Bill as he journeys through time with photos of these amazing exposition palaces.

All of the above events are free
and open to the public.


The Story of Music, Stories from Home
May 1 @ 12:30 PM
Cedar Falls Woman's
Club House
304 Clay St
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Luther College History Walk
May 7 @ 11 AM
May 21 @ 4:30 PM
Luther College Campus
Decorah, IA 52101

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
May 14 @ 1 PM
Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum
503 South St
Waterloo, IA 50701

Out Loud! The Metro Network Author Series
May 22 @ 2 PM
Ballantyne Auditorium
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood BLVD SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

All of the above events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Library Reading &
Discussion Series

Wild Weather
May 4 @ 7 PM
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John Barry
May 18 @ 7 PM
F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century by Mark Levine
James Kennedy Public Library
320 1st Ave E
Dyersville, IA 52040

Teddy Roosevelt
May 14 @ 10 AM
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
Burlington Public Library
210 Court St
Burlington, IA 52601

Conflict Across The Ages
May 23 @ 7 PM
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Rofle Public Library
319 Garfield St
Rolfe, IA 50581

Web Videos

On the Fly video title

Last month's On the Fly web
videos include the following:
Nathan Englander, recipient of the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Malamud Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Bard Fiction Prize.
Simon Van Booy, recipient of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and published in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Times (London).
Tom Franklin, recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Residency at MacDowell Colony, and the Philip Roth Residency in Creative Writing at Bucknell University.
The videos are available on our website and on YouTube.
Stay tuned for May's writers: Mary Swander, Stuart Dybeck, Carl Klaus, and Melissa Delbridge.

All of the above events are
free and open to the public.


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