Sunday, November 16, 2014

Georgia Humanities Council: Helping Share Part of Everyone's Family Story

By Nina Kendall

As Thanksgiving approaches, we start to think about spending time with family and reminisce about the past.  As we celebrate and give thanks, family and friendships are popular topics. I have yet to attend a holiday or family function that some time was devoted to swapping stories. An important part of being a family is maintaining the stories and traditions that are our individual history.

As history enthusiasts and teachers, we know that not everyone or every family experiences an event the same way.  Our stories are different. Unique and important each one helps to define our community and state. Remembering all the stories becomes the job of not just family members but the community as well. It is a herculean task.

The Georgia Humanities Council helps the people of Georgia connect to all of our stories.   The Georgia Humanities Council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each state has its own affiliate. Here are a few of the stories they will share with citizens of Georgia this year as the end of 2014 approaches.

Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War initiative hosted by the Georgia Humanities Council in conjunction with the Veterans for Community Services to discuss war literature and issues faced by soldiers, past and present.
Dates: November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17
Location: 116 Holiday Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30307

Exploring Muslim Journeys Book discussion will be hosted by The Georgia Humanities Council, One Region Atlanta, and the DeKalb Public Library. This discussion will focus in the books that were part of the Bridging Cultures program supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Date: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, November 18
Location: Scott-Candler Library, 1917 Candler Road, Decatur GA 30032

The Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints Art Exhibition will be coming to AUC Woodruff Library. This exhibit from Con/Vida-Popular Arts of the Americas will showcase art from Brazil that reflects the intermingling of the Atlantic World over 500 years.                                       
Date: Opens December 1  
Location: AUC Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta, 30314

Over Here and There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II, the exhibit, is on display at the University of West Georgia/Ingram Library, will focus on WWII and the home front.
Date: Closes December 7
Location: University of West Georgia/Ingram Library, 1601 Maple St., Carrollton 30118

Inspired Georgia is the traveling exhibition of 28 works from the state art collection that is currently at its final stop.
Date: Closes December 11, 2014
Location: Historic Train Depot, Kingsland

Have you enjoyed an event hosted by the Georgia Humanities Council?  We would love to hear about it. Not close enough to enjoy one of these events? Check out your local state affiliate and enjoy a story this holiday.

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