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

Can you feel good about feeling bad?

Take a lunch break and join us for a short conversation based on Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “In Praise of Feeling Bad About Yourself”.

At a time when many of us are physically separated, Delaware Humanities plans to host some “Distant Discussions” to bring us together. We will use videos, shorts stories, poems, and more to bridge the gap between us, when a sense of community and being united is especially important.

Use this link to read the poem.

To join the conversation, please register.

Contact us with any questions!

May
1
Fri
Vision Grant Spring Cycle FY20 Rough Drafts Due
May 1 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

See our Grants page for more information.

May
3
Sun
CSI: The Historical Edition @ Bear Library @ New Castle County Bear Library
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CSI: The Historical Edition @ Bear Library @ New Castle County Bear Library | Bear | Delaware | United States

As the scientific age arrived, great advances in police science allowed detectives to crack complex cases.  Drawing on intriguing crimes from long ago that were solved by emerging new methods, this one-hour program shows how science, technology, and professional practices evolved, helping detectives crack cases, which were once unsolvable.

May
28
Thu
Celebrating 100 Years: Revisiting The Women’s Suffrage Movement With “2020” Hindsight @ Frankford Public Library
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrating 100 Years: Revisiting The Women’s Suffrage Movement With “2020” Hindsight @ Frankford Public Library

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave American women the right to vote. In this presentation, we will meet some of the determined women, both on the national level and in Delaware, who lobbied for women’s right to vote and those who fought against it.

Jun
12
Fri
Vision Grant Spring Cycle FY20 Final Drafts Due
Jun 12 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

See our Grants page for more information.

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?

Oct
10
Sat
Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief @ Bear Library @ New Castle County Bear Library
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief @ Bear Library @ New Castle County Bear Library

How do we decide what we believe, and what we don’t believe? Drawing on philosophical, psychological, and legal resources – and avoiding partisan politics – this talk outlines a few of the unconscious factors that influence the way humans reach conclusions and make decisions.