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St. Louis–Area Humanities Events

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Shakespeare In Love
Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse — Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece. Q&As following Sunday matinees.
Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, 63108

History Club: U.S. Indian Policy During the Civil War Era
The 19th century was a time of vast territorial growth for the United States. For the various Indian nations living in the United States at this time, it was also a time of violence, forced removal and the destruction of their cultures. In this talk, Park Ranger Nick Sacco explores the presidencies of Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant (among others) and discusses their varied approaches to U.S. Indian policy during the Civil War era. Registration recommended.
St. Louis County Library — Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Pl., Chesterfield, 63017

China and the Return of Great Power Competition
THOMAS WRIGHT, director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, will deliver this lecture as part of the Crisis & Conflict in Historical Perspective co-curricular initiative, which serves undergraduates considering careers in policy as well as the greater WashU and St. Louis communities seeking historically informed discussion about global events.
Washington University, Wrighton Hall, Room 300

Ben Westhoff, Fentanyl, Inc. (Author Talk)
A deeply human story, Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous industry that has created a worldwide epidemic. Drugs like fentanyl, K2 and Spice were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific purposes, but now rogue chemists change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs’ effects and much more lethal. Westhoff chronicles the lives of addicted users, victims’ families and law enforcement officers to represent the full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

Beyond the Likeness: Portraits and Identity
Gallery talk by Jeanne Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri–St. Louis. Capacity is limited for each gallery talk. Pick up a lanyard at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall to reserve a spot. This free, hourlong informal discussion offers insights into the St. Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Talks take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists and other experts. Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger, The Machinery of the Heart: Love Stories (Author Talk)
The Machinery of the Heart: Love Stories compiles 18 stories revolving around the topic of love in some form or another: love of people, love of ideas, love of objects, love of the self, loss of love, or no love at all. The stories contain Rodenberger’s signature explorations in the fabulist and surrealist worlds to help keep the avid reader both engaged and pleasantly surprised until the final page. He released his first short-story collection, Scaring the Stars into Submission, in 2016 and released his second collection, The Machinery of the Heart: Love Stories, in May of 2019. He has been published in Bluestem Magazine, BrainBox Magazine, The Heartland Review and many other publications.
Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 63130

Charles Anthony Silvestri, A Silver Thread (Author Talk)
For nearly 20 years, Charles Anthony Silvestri has penned texts for some of the world’s leading choral composers and ensembles. This comprehensive collection of Silvestri’s lyric poetry spans his career, including iconic texts from across the choral canon and never-before-seen lyrics. In A Silver Thread, readers have the opportunity to glimpse the evolution of Silvestri’s words, from humorous and fantastic to deeply moving. Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108

Noah Cohan, We Average Unbeautiful Watchers (Author Talk)
Noah Cohan, a 2015 graduate of the WashU English PhD program, gives a talk about his new book. Sports fandom — often more than religious, political or regional affiliation — determines how millions of Americans define themselves. Cohan examines contemporary sports culture to show how mass-mediated athletics are in fact richly textured narrative entertainments rather than merely competitive displays. While it may seem that sports narratives are “written” by athletes and journalists, Cohan demonstrates that fans are not passive consumers but rather function as readers and writers who appropriate those narratives and generate their own stories in building their sense of identity. Critically reading stories of sports fans’ self-definition across genres, from the novel and the memoir to the film and the blog post, We Average Unbeautiful Watchers recovers sports games as sites where fan-authors theorize interpretation, historicity and narrative itself. Fan stories demonstrate how unscripted sporting entertainments function as identity-building narratives — which, in turn, enhances our understanding of the way we incorporate a broad range of texts into our own life stories. Building on the work of sports historians, theorists of fan behavior and critics of American literature, Cohan shows that humanistic methods are urgently needed for developing nuanced critical conversations about athletics. Sports take shape as stories, and it is scholars in the humanities who can best identify how they do so — and why that matters for American culture more broadly.
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Room 201

Artist Talk: Stephanie Syjuco
Join Stephanie Syjuco in a conversation about her work as it relates to concepts of citizenship, immigration and nationality with Wassan Al-Khudhairi, the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis’ chief curator.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

Artist Talk: Susan Philipsz
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965, Turner Prize–winning artist Susan Philipsz is best known for her works that explore the potential of sound — often including her own, untrained voice — to define space and its interaction with architecture. Created in response to specific space and their architectural, environmental and historic contexts, Philipsz’s sound installations bring to life the meaning of the places in which they are sited.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

Amanda Doyle, St. Louis Sound (Author Talk)
Join local author Amanda Doyle as she presents the rich musical history of St. Louis from her newest book St. Louis Sound.
St. Louis County Library – Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Rd., St. Louis, 63123

Mound City: The Place of the Indian Past and Present in St. Louis
Constructed by Mississippian peoples almost 1,000 years ago, more than two dozen mounds once stood in St. Louis. In this presentation, Patricia Cleary, California State University, Long Beach, explores the life, death and afterlife of the mounds, examining the importance of ancient and contemporary Native Americans in the city’s history. Presented with the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Joseph LeDoux, The Deep History of Ourselves (Author Talk)
Renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux digs into the natural history of life on earth to provide a new perspective on the similarities between us and our ancestors in deep time. LeDoux explores our place in nature, the evolution of our nervous systems and how the emergence of what we humans understand as consciousness made our greatest achievements as a species possible. This page-turning survey of evolution sheds new light on how the brain developed and what it means to be human.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

William Kent Krueger, This Tender Land (Author Talk)
1932, Minnesota — the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother, Albert, their best friend, Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with lost souls of all kinds.
Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108

Looking Back to the Movement
Join us for a celebration of Eyes on the Prize and the generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize the interviews conducted for the second half of this seminal civil rights documentary series. Enjoy a reception and short presentations at 4:30, followed by a pop-up exhibit featuring ephemera and clips in Olin Library’s Mendel Classroom.
Washington University, Olin Library, Room 142

Journeying Together for Justice: Situated Solidarities, Radical Vulnerability, Hungry Translations
RICHA NAGAR, Professor of the College, the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence, and the Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. Presented by the Office of the Provost: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Washington University, Women’s Building Formal Lounge

Painting in the Time of Gauguin
Gallery talk by Kirsten Marples, PhD candidate in art history at Washington University. Related exhibition Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention is on display through Sept. 15. Capacity is limited for each gallery talk. Pick up a lanyard at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall to reserve a spot. This free, hour-long informal discussion offers insights into the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Talks take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Christopher Leonard, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America (Author Talk)
The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook and U.S. Steel combined, but few people know much about Koch Industries. For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. Seven years in the making, business reporter Charles Leonard’s Kochland reads like a true-life thriller, with larger-than-life characters driving the battles on every page. The book tells the ambitious tale of how one private company consolidated power over half a century — and how in doing so, it helped transform capitalism into something that feels deeply alienating to many Americans today.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

Eamonn Wall Poetry Reading
A native of Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, Eamonn Wall has lived in the U.S. since 1982. He is the Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He teaches courses in Irish, Irish-American and British literature, directs the university’s Irish Summer School in Galway, and curates the Irish and Irish American Lectures/Concerts Series for International Studies & Programs. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Junction City: New and Selected Poems 1990-2015. Individual poems have been published in The Shop, Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, West47, TriQuarterly, Crab Orchard Review, South Dakota Review, River Styx, The Recorder, New Hibernia Review, Eire-Ireland and Nebraska Review.
Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 63130

Louis Sullivan in St. Louis: Two Perspectives
Architect and author John Vinci presents on the origins of Sullivan’s design and its elements in the Union Trust Building. Vinci is joined by architect Nathan Zierer from Restoration St. Louis, who talks about the recent project of restoring the Union Trust Building. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about one of the most significant architects in America!
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Overcoming Political Tribalism and Recovering Our American Democracy
AMY CHUA is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School and New York Times-best-selling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. John C. Danforth is a former U.S. Senator from Missouri, attorney, Episcopal priest and author of Faith and Politics and The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics. Professor Chua and Senator Danforth will have an on-stage discussion about her recent book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. Reception and book signing immediately following in Umrath Lounge.
Washington University, Graham Chapel

Rediscovering Benjamin Rush: What the Lost Founder Reveals about Jefferson, Lewis, and the Revolution
Best-selling author Stephen Fried explores Dr. Benjamin Rush, the “American Hippocrates” and hero of medical care for mental illness and addiction, whose crucial role as a Founding Father and writer on racial, gender and religious freedom is now being recognized. Rush edited Common Sense, signed the Declaration of Independence, and served as confidante and doctor to Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Jefferson made him medical consultant for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Rush also brokered the twilight peace in the friendship of Jefferson and Adams.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

100 Boots: Tracie Morris and Faisal Mohyuddin
This series presents readings and performances by a range of emerging, mid-career and established writers from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is organized by Ted Mathys, poet and educator at Saint Louis University. At each program, a selection of the writers’ books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Tracie Morris and Faisal Mohyuddin. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating.
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

Porcupine Quill Embroidery on the Plains: From Center to Fringe
CANDACE S. GREENE, ethnologist emeritus and research associate, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution. Embroidery using brilliantly dyed porcupine quills was once the most prominent and prestigious of crafts among Plains Indian women. This talk showcases some early examples of this beautiful art form and explores how it moved from center stage to appear most commonly in a secondary role as the wrapping on fringe. Free, but ticket required; see website. Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture on Native American Art.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Yo vengo a ofrecer mi corazón: conversando con la escritora cubana Anna Lidia Vega Serova
ANNA LIDIA VEGA SEROVA is a Cuban fiction writer, poet, and visual artist. In this event she talks about her creative work in the context of contemporary Cuba and presents a short film, Misericordia, based on one of her short stories. This event is in Spanish.
Washington University, Danforth University Center, Room 276

Racial and Economic Justice in Local Governance
DANIEL P. TOKAJI, associate dean for faculty and the Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law, Ohio State University. Co-sponsored with PILPSS (The School of Law’s Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series).
Washington University Law School, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

Richard Nickel: The Passion of Preservation
PAIGE M.R. MORRIS, a St. Louis architectural enthusiast, activist and salvage junkie, presents a program on the importance of Richard Nickel’s activism and documentation in saving Louis Sullivan’s work. Morris examines how Nickel’s efforts not only shaped the appreciation of Sullivan’s work, but also the world of preservation.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

River Styx Reading Series: Meagan Cass and Lee Ann Roripaugh
MEAGAN CASS is author of ActivAmerica, which draws from fairy tales, ghost stories and science-fiction to explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results. Lee Ann Roripaugh, former poet laureate of South Dakota, is the author of Beyond Heart Mountain (1999), which was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series; Year of the Snake (2004); On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (2009); and Dandarians (2014). In 2015 she was appointed poet laureate of South Dakota. In Beyond Heart Mountain, Roripaugh drew on her heritage and life in the American West to create a series of portraits in the voices of Japanese American internees at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. In Year of the Snake she explores issues of mixed-race identity, myths, Japanese fairy tales and metaphors of transformation. Poems in On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year delve into the lives of contemporary women, with a nod to Lady Murasaki; poet Maura Stanton identified “desire, along with its many disguises and tricks” as a theme of the collection. $4–$5.
The High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 63103

St. Louis Launch Party: James Brandon, Ziggy, Stardust and Me (Author Talk)
In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love. The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is 16-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal — at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay.
Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108

Graphic Thinking: A Panel on Data Visualization
This panel discussion addressing the themes of the Charting History: Data Visualization Through the Years exhibit, focused on the history and future of data visualization, includes the following: Heather Corcoran, the Halsey C. Ives Professor of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and interim dean of University College; Lisa Marie Harrison, art director, Analytic Production and Design Center, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; Geoff Ward, associate professor and associate chair, African and African-American Studies. Join us for a post-discussion special reception and a showcase of data visualization projects.
Washington University, Olin Library

Using Historical Imagery as a Tool for Studying Early Patterns of Land Use and Building Traditions in St. Louis
ANDREW WEIL, director of Landmarks Association, discusses St. Louis’ oldest vernacular architecture and where it survives today. Early paintings, photographs and maps like Compton & Dry’s 1875 Pictorial St. Louis depict early property types and settlement patterns that in many cases have disappeared from the landscape of today. Such documents offer fascinating windows into the city’s earliest neighborhoods and buildings and provide ways to study the evolution of the city and its early architectural traditions.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Balinese Art: Visions of Island Paradise
Gallery talk by Philip Hu, curator of Asian art, Saint Louis Art Museum. Capacity is limited for each gallery talk. Pick up a lanyard at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall to reserve a spot. This free, hour-long informal discussion offers insights into the Saint Louis Art Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibitions. Talks take place in the galleries (unless otherwise noted) and are led by curators, museum educators, professors, artists, and other experts.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

Rachel Moore, The Space Between Us (Author Talk)
Nick and Sam were brothers — blood brothers. When they performed the ceremony at eight years old, they sealed a bond between them that made them best friends and brothers, just as the universe intended. Growing up, Sam spent most of his time at Nick’s house because of his “situation at home” ... which was getting harder to bear, and to hide. He was like a shadow at home but a second son in Nick's household. At 16 years old, events begin to collide into a terrifying climax, where the power of friendship is the only thing that can pull them through. The ultimate question is asked of them, “Just how far would you go to save someone you love?” St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108

Heidi Aronson Kolk, Taking Possession: The Politics of Memory in a St. Louis Town House (Author Talk)
West of downtown St. Louis sits an 1851 townhouse that bears no obvious relationship to the monumental architecture, trendy condominiums and sports stadiums of its surroundings. Originally the residence of a fur-trade tycoon and now the Campbell House Museum, the house has been subject to energetic preservation and heritage work for some 130 years. In Taking Possession, Kolk, assistant professor at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, explores the complex and sometimes contradictory motivations for safeguarding the house as a site of public memory. Crafting narratives about the past that comforted business elites and white middle-class patrons, museum promoters assuaged concerns about the city’s most pressing problems, including racial and economic inequality, segregation and privatization, and the legacies of violence for which St. Louis has been known since Ferguson.
Washington University, Olin Library, Room 142

The Legacy of the Annie Malone Children’s Home
In 1888, Annie Malone Children & Family Services Center first opened its doors as the St. Louis Colored Orphan’s Home. In honor of its namesake and the fearless coalition of women led by Sara Newton Cohron, this program highlights the organization’s past legacy and celebrates its bright future. Presented with Annie Malone Children & Family Services.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Black in the Abstract: Meditations on Black Artists Working with Abstraction from the 1950s to the Present
Opening lecture for the exhibition The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection by Valerie Cassel Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This talk considers the history of black artists working in abstraction beginning in the 1950s to the present. In this meditation, Cassel Oliver considers how artists have engaged in abstract painting as an act of resistance, as a marker of identity, as narrative and as innovative form. $5 (free for members).
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

BookFest St. Louis 2019
BookFest St. Louis is a celebration of the literary arts that will bring dozens of local, regional and national authors together for a one-day festival in the Central West End. Festival-goers are able to enjoy author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and an array of family-friendly activities and programming throughout the day. All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. BookFest St. Louis 2019 will feature an exciting lineup of locally and internationally renowned authors highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, science fiction, young adult fiction, social issues and mystery.
Central West End, St. Louis, 63108

African American History and Genealogy Series
Join the St. Louis African American History & Genealogy Society for monthly programs highlighting genealogical research methods, films, speakers and activities that illuminate African American history.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Looking Forward at 50: What a Half Century Has Taught Us About Lewis and Clark and the World Around Them
PETER KASTOR, the Samuel K. Eddy Professor and chair of the Department of History, Washington University.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

Joy Poole, Over the Santa Fe Trail: The Diaries and Autobiographies of Dr. Rowland Willard, 1825–1828 (Author Talk)
JOY L. POOLE, New Mexico Deputy State Librarian. One of the first Anglo-Americans to record their travels to New Mexico, Dr. Rowland Willard (1794–1884) journeyed west on the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and then down the Camino Real into Mexico, taking notes along the way. This edition of the young physician’s travel diaries and subsequent autobiography, annotated by Poole, is a rich historical source on the two trails and the practice of medicine in the 1820s. Willard’s narrative challenges long-accepted assumptions about the exact routes taken by pack trains on the Santa Fe Trail. It also provides thrilling glimpses of a landscape densely populated with wildlife. Willard also details his medical practice, offering a revealing view of physicians’ operating practices in a time when sanitation and anesthesia were rare.
St. Charles City-County Library – Middendorf-Kredell Branch, 2750 State Highway K, O’Fallon, 63368

Symphony on the South 40
Join students, faculty, staff and community members for a night featuring string quartets from the St. Louis Symphony and Washington University in St. Louis. Free admission.
Washington University, Bear’s Den Dining Hall, Outside Patio

Fantastic Preservation: City Museum’s Extensive Collection of Architectural Artifacts
RICK ERWIN, executive director of City Museum, presents a program on the museum’s amazing collection of pieces of architectural ornamentation and artifacts. Ever wonder where all of their pieces on the fourth floor came from? From the first days of the collection to how it is managed today, Erwin provides insight into this fascinating and extensive collection.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Lecture-Demonstration: Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance of Backlands Bahia
In this lecture-demonstration, Mestre Cláudio introduces participants to Afro-Brazilian music and dance practices of his region, the backlands of Bahia. He also discusses the significance of black popular culture to the black resistance movement in Brazil. No dance or music experience is necessary. Come prepared to move and participate! Mestre Cláudio, born in 1966, is known as one of the greatest living master-teachers of capoeira Angola, a fight-dance-game played to music and song. He hails from Feira de Santana, a market hub in the interior of Bahia, Brazil. There in the early 1980s he founded his group of capoeira Angola, called the Angoleiros do Sertão (Capoeira Angola Players of the Backlands), which today has satellite groups across Brazil and Europe. Mestre Cláudio has dedicated his life to mastering, teaching and sustaining black cultural expressions of his region. His distinctive movement aesthetic and singing style have made him a much sought-after teacher, and today he travels the world giving workshops of capoeira Angola and rural samba, a singing-dancing-drumming form.
Washington University, Women's Building, Olin 2

Storytelling through Music
SYRHEA CONAWAY (a.k.a. Syna So Pro) presents a scoring workshop that demonstrates creating a story through sound initiated by visuals or narrations. The focus of this workshop is to interpret images, stories and silent films and to narrate and enhance the work through music and sound effects. Using Creative Experience's hardware and software, participants engage in interactive activities with one another during this workshop. No experience is necessary. Register at the door. Space is limited. Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. Writing, arranging, and performing music since age 10, Conaway has earned medals in District and State competitions, and she performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Chorus at age 18. She has since twice performed for TEDx Gateway Arch, given musical speeches for the Arts and Education Council, been a panelist on “Women in Music,” and moderated conversations with Damon Davis, as a part of USDAC and the Regional Arts Commission’s CultureSHIFT 2016, as well as KDHX’s Race and Blues series in 2018.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

L’Chaim! 2019
EDIE LUTNICK, co-founder & president of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. What would you do if you lost your brother and hundreds of co-workers in one horrific morning? How would you react and move forward? For Edie Lutnick and her brother Howard, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, it was an obvious decision: help the families first. On September 11, 2001, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Among them was Edie’s youngest brother, Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age. In the aftermath of the attacks, Edie answered the call from Howard to create a fund for the firm’s families who had lost loved ones. Under Edie’s leadership, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was created and has raised and distributed over $180 million to over 800 families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has been instrumental in assisting them to heal. Now, the fund also helps other victims of terrorism, natural disasters and emergencies providing more than $270 million in relief. Most recently, the fund distributed direct financial aid to approximately 4,000 families who are still recovering after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico. Join us as Edie speaks from personal experience about changing the world and healing from tragedy by finding a greater purpose in life. $65.
The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, 53105

Housing the Mentally Ill, Part 2: A Look at the History and Architecture of Asylums in the Midwest
PETER WOLLENBERG, architectural conservator, Wollenberg Building Conservation. Society of Architectural Historians Lecture.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Poetry at the Point Reading Series: Ron A. Austin, Marc McKee and Brian Barker
This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words. Ron A. Austin’s short stories have appeared in Pleiades, Story Quarterly and Ninth Letter. His first collection of linked stories (to be released October 2019), Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize. Marc McKee is the author of What Apocalypse?, Bewilderness, Consolationeer and Meta Meta Make-Belief. His poetry appears widely in journals such as American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel and Los Angeles Review. Brian Barkeris the author of three books of poetry: Vanishing Acts, The Black Ocean and The Animal Gospels. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review and The Washington Post.
The Focal Point, 2720 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, 63143

Jane Brox Gives a Talk on the Craft of Nonfiction Writing
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge (Room 201)

Divided City Graduate Student Summer Research Fellows’ Presentations
Learn about the projects carried out by the 2019 Divided City Graduate Student Summer Research Fellows. For a preview, check out the Divided City’s web page on the fellow program:
Washington University, Umrath Lounge

Book Club: Shadow of the Wind
Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading about Daniel Sempere as he unravels the mystery behind a book he has chosen from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books to protect in Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The book discussion will be paired with a showcase of banned books from the Rare Book Collections. Visit the WashU Libraries Book Club overview for more details about this series, and suggestions to assist with acquiring the book.
Washington University, Olin Library, Special Collections Classroom

Bellefontaine’s Mausoleums I
For more than 100 families at Bellefontaine Cemetery, a final resting place is a mini-mansion. The Wainwrights’ Louis Sullivan–designed mausoleum (a.k.a., the Taj Mahal of St. Louis) has become known as a study in design and imagery. Join us for an insightful presentation by Dan Fuller, a master guide and volunteer coordinator at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Fuller looks at the Wainwright and other mini-mansions and explores the style of the mausoleum and interesting details of the lives of those who built these structures.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

Jodi Picoult, A Spark of Light (Author Talk)
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center — a women’s reproductive health services clinic — its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors, until a desperate gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. Told in a daring narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Doors open at 6 pm. $20–$25.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63131

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Author Talk)
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation — that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation — the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state and federal governments — that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Rothstein shows how this process of segregation began with explicit racial zoning.
Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen Dr., St. Louis, 63136

Q&A with Ai Weiwei
Join us for a Q&A with the renowned Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei, in conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. Sabine Eckmann, the William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, hosts a conversation on the artist’s wide-ranging practice, including his concern for human rights and the global condition of humanity and his profound engagement with Chinese culture past and present, especially the radical shifts that have characterized China in the new millennium. Weiwei’s work has been exhibited at major venues around the world, including recently at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2019), Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2017), the National Gallery Prague (2017), the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul (2017), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2011) and the Tate Modern in London (2010). In 2017 he was commissioned to create a citywide installation, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, for New York City’s Public Art Fund. His many honors include Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (2015), the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent (2012) and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008). Free and open to the public; tickets required (limit 2) through Edison Theatre.
Washington University, Edison Theatre

Erin Entrada Kelly, Lalani of the Distant Sea (Author Talk)
Inspired by Filipino folklore, Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut fantasy novel is a gorgeous, literary adventure about bravery, friendship, self-reliance and the choice between accepting fate or forging your own path. Life is difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain, one that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out, looking for a more hospitable land. When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea in the hope of safeguarding her own future.
St. Louis County Library – Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, 63011

Israel Updates: Elections, Peace Plan and What’s Next?
DAVID MAKOVSKY, the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. In 2013–14, he worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Sh’ma: Listen! Speakers Series promotes engagement with a wide spectrum of ideas as a means to deepen our community’s education and commitment to Jewish life.
B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, 63141

Jane Brox Reads From Her Work
Washington University, Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge (Room 201)

A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival 2019
Washington University presents three world premieres with 2019 guest dramaturg, Jenni Werner of Geva Theatre Center, New York. All performances are free.
Friday, September 27, 7 pm: You Don’t Live Here Anymore, written by Elizabeth Brown and directed by William Whitaker
Saturday, September 28, 2 pm: This House, written by Kelly Minster and directed by Henry I. Schvey
Saturday, September 28, 7 pm: Mrs. Kelley’s Igloo, written by Sophie Tegenu and directed by Paige McGinley
Washington University, A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre

Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City? (Author Talk)
Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly-on-the-wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after 50. Drawing from her own experience, she spins a smart, lively satirical story of love and life from all angles — marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.
St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

Bridging the Divided City: Preparing Students for a New Los Angeles
GEORGE J. SANCHEZ, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and of history at the University of Southern California. The next generation of academics in this country must be able to address the growing diversity of the U.S. population in multiple ways, not just through traditional scholarship and in the classroom, but also by methods of sustained community engagement that brings residents together to address critical issues facing their neighborhoods and the nation as a whole. This talk addresses a career of producing humanities PhD students who are actively committed to public scholarship that explores questions of race, gender and economic divides in Los Angeles through mentorship, training and scholarly engagement. Utilizing interviews with current PhD students in history and American studies, and the careers of recent graduates making an impact on the public scholarship of Los Angeles, Sanchez explores and reflects on establishing new paradigms in graduate education that work at healing the wounds of racial oppression while nurturing a generation of scholars ready to make a difference in urban America. Sanchez is the author of Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900–1945 (1993), co-editor of Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures (2005) and Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina (2009). James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education.
Washington University, Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum

Carondelet Author Breakfast 2019
Meet eight local authors “speed-dating” style while enjoying a light continental breakfast.  Authors include Ron Austin, Lynn Cahoon, Amanda Doyle, Virvus Jones, Mardou, Angela Mitchell, Ann Lemons Pollack and Laura Stewart Schmidt. Registration required.
St. Louis Public Library – Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, 63111

Rahman Asadollahi: The Sound of Azerbaijan
RAHMAN ASADOLLAHI, an Azerbaijani from Iran, was born in 1951 and is considered the world's foremost garmon player, which is the Azerbaijani accordion. He won the first prize among 160 European accordion players in the 1995 All European Accordion and Harmonica Championship in Switzerland. The “Itzak Perlman of the garmon” in the 20th century, this master’s ability to move listeners is surpassed only by his ravishing original compositions, which plumb the depths of musical sensuality. $30–$75. WashU undergrads free.
Washington University, 560 Music Center, Pillsbury Theatre

Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project
KORUM BATCHVARO, University of Connecticut, presents a lecture on one of the largest maritime archaeological projects ever staged. The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project’s surveys have discovered more than 60 ships that lie hundreds to thousands of meters deep. Their masts are still standing, rudders in place, cargoes of amphorae and ship’s fittings still lying on deck. The carvings and tool marks are as distinct as the day they were made by the shipwrights. Presented with the Archaeological Institute of America.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112