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If a program or event you were planning to attend does not appear below, it has been cancelled or postponed.  Please continue to monitor our calendar and website for the most up to date information.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Jun
25
Thu
Distant Discussions @ Online
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

What makes it possible for us to connect with others?

Join us for a short, 30-minute lunch conversation on Sharon Olds’ poem “Summer Solstice, New York City”.

You can find the poem here. To join the conversation, please register.

Contact us with any questions!

Jul
9
Thu
Distant Discussions @ Online
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Can history of infectious disease help us understand problems we face in medicine today?

Join us for a short, 30-minute lunch conversation on the National Geographic article “Typhoid Mary’s Tragic Tale Exposed the Health Impacts of ‘Super-spreaders'”.

You can find the article here. To join the conversation, please register.

Contact us with any questions!

Jul
15
Wed
Summer Book Club: ‘The Heart’ @ Zoom
Jul 15 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

We will be discussing The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal. The first 10 registered attendees will be mailed a free copy of the book. (Books will only be sent to Delaware addresses.)

Those who can obtain their own copy of the book can register as well. People who participate in all three discussions will receive some free swag items from Delaware Humanities!

There will also be an online discussion taking place in our Summer Book Club Facebook group for anyone who is not able to participate in the Zoom discussion.

Upcoming Discussions:

Aug 12th – Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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Book Summary:

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating. The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.

SPONSORED BY THE SELBYVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Jul
17
Fri
CARES Recover Grant Q&A @ Online
Jul 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Questions about CARES Recover Grants?  Join us for a Q&A on Friday, July 17 at noon.  Registration required, please register here.

For more information on CARES you can visit the CARES Recover Grants page.

Jul
23
Thu
Distant Discussions @ Online
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

When we give, what do we expect in return?

Join us for a short, 30-minute lunch conversation on Craig Arnold’s poem Bird-Understander“.

You can find the poem here. To join the conversation, please register.

Contact us with any questions!

Jul
24
Fri
CARES Round 2 Grant Submissions Due
Jul 24 @ 11:58 pm – 11:59 pm

CARES Act Recover Grants

Delaware Humanities will be receiving funding from the CARES Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide relief for humanities based organizations.  Visit the CARES Act Recover Grants for more information.  The second round application opens July 10, 2020 and closes July 24, 2020.

Aug
6
Thu
Singing Workers: American Occupational Folk Songs (Online) @ Delaware City Library
Aug 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Before modern mass media and widespread literacy, workers in various occupations made their own songs to express their emotions, convey information, tell stories, solidify group identity, and help them make it through the day. Saul Broudy sings the songs of railroad workers, coal miners, farmers, hobos, truck drivers, pilots, and other workers, and discusses the role this music played in the workers’ lives.

Aug
10
Mon
The State of Journalism in Delaware @ Online
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The State of Journalism in Delaware @ Online

From claims around the United States of “fake news” to the reported “death” of local news, what is the current state of journalism in Delaware?  Hear from a panel of three journalists on the successes and challenges in their field and at their news outlets today.  The panel will be moderated by Nancy Karibjanian, the Director of the Center for Political Communication and a Communications Instructor at the University of Delaware.

Panelists include:

Matt Bittle, Reporter, Delaware State News
Tom Byrne, News Director, Delaware Public Media
Robert Long, Regional Editor of Local News and Visuals, News Journal

This event is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative.  We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

The panel will air through Facebook Live.  Visit our Facebook page to watch.  If you would like an email reminder, please complete this form.

Aug
12
Wed
Summer Book Club: ‘Olive Kitteridge’ @ Zoom
Aug 12 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

REGISTRATION OPEN!

We will be discussing Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. The first 10 registered attendees will be mailed a free copy of the book. (Books will only be sent to Delaware addresses.)

Those who can obtain their own copy of the book can register as well. People who participate in all three discussions will receive some free swag items from Delaware Humanities!

There will also be an online discussion taking place in our Summer Book Club Facebook group for anyone who is not able to participate in the Zoom discussion.

Follow “@dehumanities” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on other events.

Book Summary:

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life – sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

Sep
19
Sat
The Right to Lie @ Bear Library @ Bear Library
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Right to Lie @ Bear Library @ Bear Library | Bear | Delaware | United States

In 2016, a federal appeals court struck down an Ohio law that provided penalties for lying during political campaigns. The reason? There is, in fact, a constitutional right to lie. Sure, you can be prosecuted for things like fraud, perjury, and libel, but those are exceptions. In general, constitutional protection for free speech does not depend on whether the speech is true. And when the topic is politics, untruthful speech is not only protected under the First Amendment, but enjoys the highest level of constitutional protection. Why? That’s what this talk is about. For twenty minutes or so, we’ll step back from the fray of partisan politics to take a look at the history and ideas behind our current system. After a brief Q and A, we’ll spend the rest of the program discussing the following questions: Have we, or have we not, reached a point in the history of our country where political lying has so disrupted our electoral system that the public good requires the establishment of legal limits comparable to those placed on perjury? If so, what should such a policy look like, and what unintended consequences might follow?