We hope you enjoy this month’s Humanities Broadsheet — a compilation of events organized by or featuring members of the Washington University community, as well as our colleagues in the greater humanities community in the St. Louis area. 

Click through each event to see the organizer’s complete listing. As you’ll see below, there’s always something going on! 

Organizers may submit events to cenhumcal@wustl.edu.
Visitors to Washington University should be aware of the university’s Health and Safety Protocols.
View last month’s calendar at this link.


Humanities Broadcast

The Humanities Broadcast section spotlights virtual public events featuring WashU faculty and scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, organized by internal and external hosts. If you are a faculty member with an upcoming public lecture, please let us know and we will include it here! Email us at cenhumcal@wustl.edu and please include the URL for the event page at your host institution.

 

13 JANUARY  |  1 PM
On Death of a Salesman: A Conversation with Ron Himes
In the classic Death of Salesman, Arthur Miller explores the disillusionment of the American Dream and the toll it takes on all aspects of life for traveling salesman Willy Loman and his family. The Black Rep will be performing this seminal work January 11–29, 2023, at Washington University’s Edison Theater in a production directed by Jacqueline Thompson, with company founder and artistic director Ron Himes in the role of Willy Loman. Join Ron Himes, BS ’78, for a conversation about the production, the Black Rep and this moment in American theater. Himes is the founder and producing director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company, which has developed a national reputation for staging quality productions from an African-American perspective. In 2003, Himes was appointed the first Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence at Washington University, a joint appointment of the Performing Arts and African American Studies departments. University Advancement.
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WashU Events

1 DECEMBER  |  2:30 PM
A Conversation with Jerome Harris
Groundbreaking jazz musician Jerome Harris is widely recognized as a unique musical stylist, garnering international acclaim for his incisive and versatile voice on both guitar and bass guitar. Harris’ first major professional work was as bass guitarist for the iconic jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, starting in 1978; from 1988 to 1994 he was Rollins’ guitarist, and appears on seven of his albums. Harris appears on more than 70 recordings, ranging widely in musical conception while maintaining deep expressive integrity. Since 2020, Harris has been an active member of Music Workers Alliance, an American advocacy and activism organization dedicated to empowering music performers, creators, DJs and sound engineers. Department of Music.
Washington University, Music Classroom Building, Room 102

1 DECEMBER  |  4 PM
2022 Nobel Prize Laureate Annie Ernaux Reading & Discussion
In celebration of Annie Ernaux’s Nobel Prize, the Libraries and the Department of Romance Languages and Literature welcome you to a special reading and discussion. Ernaux is a prominent French writer, professor of literature and was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature on October 6, 2022.
Washington University, Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room  

1 DECEMBER  |  4 PM
‘This Song Will Never Die’: Goin’ Viral through Racialized Gender Knowledge
GABRIEL PEOPLES, Ford Foundation Fellow, assistant professor, Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University, lectures on the performances that have “gone viral,” and marks how a newscast documenting a tragic attempted rape can transform into a comedic trap music video and the impacts this can have in the lives of those marked by racialized gender..
Washington University, Seigle Hall, Room L006  

 

2-4 DECEMBER
Washington University Dance Theatre: This is Temporary
The annual dance concert features diverse artwork by resident and guest choreographers, performed by student dancers of the Performing Arts Department. As we continue adapting to an always “new (ab)normal,” we are becoming accustomed to living in a constantly shifting world. Time feels simultaneously slow and brief, and the only constant is that everything is impermanent. This is Temporary explores how dance art exists in a similarly fugitive state, with movement as its poetic medium embodying the transitory nature of our human experience. Artistic direction is by David Marchant. Performing Arts Department.
Washington University, Mallinckrodt Center, Edison Theatre

3 DECEMBER  |  2 PM
Public Tour: Materials and Methods
Student educators lead interactive tours of works in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum’s permanent collection that incorporate various artistic methods and materials, including experimental processes, unusual materials and archival research in works by such artists as Torkwase Dyson, Max Ernst and Rivane Neuenschwander. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

5 DECEMBER  |  6 PM
What’s Slavery Got to Do with It? Plautus’ Rudens, Roman Slavery and 1884 St. Louis
ROBERTA STEWART, Professor of Classical Studies, Dartmouth College. Department of Classics.
Washington University, Umrath Hall, Room 140

8 DECEMBER  |  6:30 PM
Student Film Showcase
Watch short films by WashU students in this annual showcase. Program in Film and Media Studies.
Washington University, Brown Hall, Room 100

10 DECEMBER  |  2 PM
Gallery Talk: Europe after the Rain
Join Sabine Eckmann, the William T. Kemper Director and chief curator, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, for a discussion of The Endless Night by Max Ernst, a painting on long-term loan from the Parker Foundation and on view until spring 2023. Painted in 1940 just before Ernst fled fascist Europe, The Endless Night belongs to a loose group of artworks in which Ernst visualized nightmarish and ghostly otherworlds suggestive of Europe’s political and cultural destruction during World War II. These apocalyptic topographies evoke devastation, violence and war — partly through abstracted spongy, porous and fragmented elements, and partly through crisp renditions of monsters, fossils and surreal creatures in flux. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

17 DECEMBER–21 JANUARY |  2 PM
Public Tour: Katharina Grosse Studio Paintings
Student educators lead interactive tours of this season’s exhibition Katharina Grosse Studio Paintings, 1988–2022: Returns, Revision, Inventions. The exhibition features studio-based paintings by contemporary German artist Katharina Grosse, internationally known for painting large-scale, on-site works and explores the artist’s experimentation with the physical, optical and aesthetic qualities of color and paint on canvas. Public tours take place Dec. 17, 2 pm; Jan. 7, 2 pm; and Jan. 21, 2 pm. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

 

14 JANUARY  |  1:30 PM
Classical Club of St. Louis: A Coin for the Ferryman Book Discussion
REBECCA SEARS is a lecturer in the Department of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. For more information about the Classical Club of St. Louis, visit the club’s website. Classical Club of St. Louis.
John Burroughs School, Newman Auditorium, 755 S Price Rd., St. Louis, 63124

14 JANUARY  |  2 PM
Public Tour: Materials and Methods
Student educators lead interactive tours of works in the permanent collection that incorporate various artistic methods and materials, including experimental processes, unusual materials and archival research in works by such artists as Torkwase Dyson, Max Ernst and Rivane Neuenschwander. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Washington University, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

19 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM
Artist Talk: Chakaia Booker
CHAKAIA BOOKER discusses her installation Shaved Portions, on view outside the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at the intersection of Skinker Blvd. and Brookings Dr., contextualizing it within her recent body of work. Booker earned a BA in sociology from Rutgers University and an MFA from the City College of New York. Her public art commissions include Millennium Park, Chicago; Garment District Alliance, New York; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Her work is in more than 40 public collections, and she has exhibited across the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. She is the recipient of grants, fellowships and awards from numerous organizations, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters and Joan Mitchell Foundation. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Washington University, Steinberg Hall, Auditorium

19 JANUARY  |  7 PM 
Why Institutions Matter: Religious Perspectives on Building and Sustaining Institutions in a Fractured Society
This dialogue between some of the nation’s foremost thinkers on institutions and religious pluralism will focus on the challenges and opportunities of building and sustaining civic institutions in a polarized society. Speakers include Richard Garnett, the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame Law School; Shadi Hamid, senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution; Kristen Deede Johnson, the G.W. and Edna Haworth Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership and the dean and vice president of academic affairs at Western Theological Seminary; and Yuval Levin, director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The panel will be moderated by John Inazu, who holds a joint appointment with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Washington University School of Law. Reception immediately to follow. RSVP required; see website. John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.
Washington University, Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium

St. Louis Community Events

THROUGH 30 DECEMBER
A Christmas Carol
The Rep rings in the spirit of the season with the second annual production of A Christmas Carol. At long last, the ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past, present and future have caught up with him. Now London’s most infamous miser must face down his demons, reconcile the consequences of his choices and experience the power and joy of a miraculous redemption. Post-performance talk backs Thurs., Dec. 1, 7 pm, and Wed., Dec. 7, 2 pm. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.
Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Eager Rd., Webster Groves, 63119

1 DECEMBER  |  5:30 PM 
Day With(out) Art: Being & Belonging
Commemorate World AIDS Day with a free video program featuring eight new, short videos commissioned by Visual AIDS highlighting the emotional realities of living with HIV today. This year’s program theme, Being & Belonging, will be accompanied by a special program. RSVP requested. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

1 DECEMBER  |  7 PM 
Patrick McCarthy and Akif Cogo, Bosnian St. Louis: Between Two Worlds (Author Talk)
In the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina were rocked by brutal warfare and systematic genocide that resulted in a mass exodus from the Balkan nation. Starting in 1993, thousands of these displaced Bosnians found a welcoming new home in an unexpected place: St. Louis, Missouri, where today the Bosnian population exceeds 60,000. Featuring nearly 100 images, Bosnian St. Louis is a groundbreaking account of a vast refugee resettlement in a single U.S. city and a testament to how it changed that city forever. St. Louis County Library.
St. Louis County Library – Grant’s View Branch, 9700 Musick Rd., St. Louis, 63123

2–30 DECEMBER  |  VARIOUS TIMES
Drop-in Collection Tour: Compelling Portraits
Join a Saint Louis Art Museum docent for a lively and engaging tour of the museum’s collection. Tour themes change monthly. Tours begin at the Information Center in Sculpture Hall, and they are limited to 10 visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour dates are Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 30. Saint Louis Art Museum.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

3–18 DECEMBER  |  VARIOUS TIMES
See STL Walking Tours
See STL’s fun and creative tours mix engaging storytelling and a deep well of historical knowledge with an infectious enthusiasm for the exciting changes the city is currently undergoing. Tours are two hours in length and are wheelchair accessible. $15–$20. Tour starting/ending points are included in your booking details. Missouri Historical Society.
Dec. 3: Central West End; Dec. 4: Downtown Origins; Dec. 10: Art Under the Arch; Dec. 11: Dutchtown; Dec. 17: Cherokee Street; Dec. 17: More than an Arch; Dec. 18: Forest Park

3 DECEMBER & 7 JANUARY  |  1 PM 
St. Louis in Service Exhibit Tours
Explore St. Louis’ military history from the American Revolution through the present day. Your group’s guide will introduce you to artifacts, places and stories of individuals featured in the galleries at Soldiers Memorial. Groups have the option to add on a 15-minute tour of the outdoor memorials honoring St. Louisans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Missouri Historical Society.
Soldiers Memorial, Court of Honor, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63103

3 DECEMBER  |  11 AM 
Still in Print: Natural Color on Cotton — From Ajrakh to Kalamkari
Indian craftspeople are heirs to thousands of years of natural dye knowledge. Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin have had the opportunity to study and work with some of the finest artisan families still practicing traditional methods. In this talk Kwon and McLaughlin will discuss the Ajrakh printers of the Kachchh region of western India and the kalamkari printers of Andhra Pradesh. They will give an overview of the printing process and touch upon the history and remarkable legacy of this craft, in connection with the exhibition Global Threads: The Art and Fashion of Indian Chintz. In person and livestream. Free ticket required; see website. Saint Louis Art Museum.
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

3 DECEMBER  |  12:30 PM 
St. Louis Teen Book Festival
St. Louis County Library is thrilled to host the first in-person St. Louis area book festival celebrating teen readers. The St. Louis Teen Book Festival will feature book talks, author panels, signings and lots of fun activities. See website for featured authors and schedule. St. Louis County Library.
Ladue Horton Watkins High School, 1201 S. Warson Rd., St. Louis, 63124

3 DECEMBER  |  2 PM 
Bosnians Remember: Documenting Our Past for the Sake of Our Future
Join us to learn about Fontbonne University’s Center for Bosnian Studies and the importance of preserving and archiving cultural materials as a community. Student exhibits about the archives, funded by the Council of Independent Colleges, will also be presented. Bosnian refreshments provided. RSVP required; see website. St. Louis County Library.
St. Louis County Library – Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, 63129

3 DECEMBER  |  2 PM 
Humans of St Louis Launch Event
Join the collaborators behind the stunning photography collection Humans of St. Louis for a panel discussion featuring Lindy Drew (co-author), Elaine Cha (book designer), Audra Hubbell (book designer) and Rebecca Leffell Koren (book designer). The panel discussion will be followed with storytelling from some of the featured St. Louisans of the book, window reveal at Left Bank Books and a celebratory toast (at 4:30 pm the audience will process to Left Bank Books at 399 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis, 63108). This curated hardcover book of portraits and stories features individuals from different backgrounds, interlaces history specific to STL and reveals contemporary social issues about life and life in this city. Left Bank Books.
St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Library, 225 N. Euclid, St. Louis, 63108

3 DECEMBER & 7 JANUARY  |  2 PM 
Vietnam: At War and At Home Exhibit Tours
Your guide will walk you through the exhibit, exploring the Vietnam War’s origins, evolution and legacy. The exhibit will present a diverse and holistic snapshot of the turbulent times in Vietnam, in America, and in the St. Louis region. Groups have the option to add on a 15-minute tour of the outdoor memorials honoring St. Louisans who made the ultimate sacrifice, including those who served in Vietnam. Missouri Historical Society.
Soldiers Memorial, Court of Honor, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63103

4 DECEMBER & 1 JANUARY  |  1 PM
Soldiers Memorial Outdoor Tours
Explore the architecture and history of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and the Court of Honor while learning of their role in the beautification of downtown St. Louis. This is an opportunity to better understand the symbolism and nuances of Soldiers Memorial’s massive Walker Hancock sculptures, spectacular Gold Star Mothers mosaic, calming effects of its reflecting pool and fountain, and many other architectural tributes to those who served our country. Meet your guide outside near the main entrance to the building for the one-hour tour. RSVP. $5. Missouri Historical Society.
Soldiers Memorial, Court of Honor, 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, 63103

4 DECEMBER  |  2 PM
Sam Gilliam, Painting Off the Wall
COURTNEY J. MARTIN, the Paul Mellon Director, Yale Center for British Art. Sam Gilliam (1933–2022) was an internationally recognized painter and one of the most foremost abstract artists of his time. He was most widely known for the large color stained canvases he draped and suspended from walls and ceilings during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Featuring works in the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Martin will discuss Gilliam’s three-dimensional approach to painting from the 1960s through to the end of his life. Free tickets required; see website. Saint Louis Art Museum.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Farrell Auditorium, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

5 DECEMBER  |  2 PM
Local History: Mid County
AMANDA CLARK, community tours manager, will bring the Missouri Historical Society’s See STL tours to local branches to highlight lesser known local histories. RSVP required; see website. St. Louis County Library.
St. Louis County Library – Mid-County Branch, 7821 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 63105

6 DECEMBER  |  11 AM 
Michael Loynd, The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man’s Fight to Capture Olympic Gold (Author Talk)
Join local author Michael Loynd as he discusses his book, The Watermen. In the early 1900s few Americans knew how to swim, and swimming as a competitive sport was almost unheard of. This book shares the story of the first American swimmer to win Olympic gold, set against the turbulent rebirth of the modern Games in the early days of a rapidly changing era. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

7 DECEMBER  |  6 PM 
Authors @Your Library: Vivian Gibson
Join us for a cozy chat with local author Vivian Gibson, whose celebrated 2020 memoir, The Last Children of Mill Creek, recently earned her the title of Missouri Library Association’s “Author of the Year.” Come with your questions as we learn about growing up in segregated St. Louis in the 1950s and how an urban renewal campaign displaced thousands of Black residents from the Mill Creek Valley neighborhood. Gibson will discuss how she went about researching and writing her important book. St. Louis Public Library.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, Auditorium, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

8 DECEMBER  |  7 PM
An Evening with Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins
BILLY COLLINS in conversation with Aliki Barnstone, Poet Laureate of Missouri, 2016–19. Two-time United States Poet Laureate is widely loved for his amiable voice, wit and profound wisdom. Now “America’s favorite poet” has found a new form for his unique poetic style: the small poem. Collins writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity and love — all in a handful of lines. The poems of Musical Tables show one of our greatest poets channeling his unique voice into a new phase of his exceptional career. $32–$38. St. Louis County Library.
Jewish Community Center, Staenberg Family Complex, Edison Gymnasium, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

9 DECEMBER  |  12 PM
Art Speaks: Philip Guston and ‘Impure’ Painting
MOLLY MOOG, research assistant for modern and contemporary art, Saint Louis Art Museum. This talk will consider the critical approach of American artist Philip Guston, highlighting his understanding of painting as “impure,” or bound both to the world at large and the artist’s subjectivity. Moog will address Guston’s painting Dark Room (1978), a promised gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer to the Saint Louis Art Museum, alongside works from the museum’s collection. Saint Louis Art Museum.
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10 DECEMBER  |  12:30 PM
The Godfather Screening & Discussion
Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture — and now widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time — The Godfather, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business. Brando won the Best Actor Academy Award, which Sacheen Littlefeather memorably rejected on his behalf, and the film scored a trio of Best Supporting Actor nods (for Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall). Although Francis Ford Coppola had to wait until 1974’s The Godfather Part II to win as Best Director, he shared the Best Adapted Screenplay with Puzo. The introduction and discussion will be by Vincent Casaregola, professor of English and director of the Film Studies Program at Saint Louis University. Cinema St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Library – Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, 63103

12 DECEMBER  |  12 PM 
Kranzberg High Noon Series: Ron Austin
Deindustrialization and an interdimensional “consumable magics” conglomerate conspire to refurbish defunct factories and revitalize Old North St. Louis with steady but strange work opportunities. This is the premise of Ron Austin’s most recent writings. Austin shares these inventive yet based in reality tales with us as he reads from his stories and discusses his life spent observing and reimagining neighborhoods and structures in North St. Louis. St. Louis County Library.
St. Louis County Library – Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd. S., Florissant, 63031

13 DECEMBER  |  11 AM 
St. Louis Holiday Traditions
Did you know that colonial St. Louisans went around and pledged food to one another on New Year’s Day? Or that the first documented complaint of celebratory holiday gunfire predates Missouri’s statehood? How about the time a cow from a live nativity got loose in Famous-Barr? Come along with Community Tours Manager Amanda Clark as she explores more than 250 years of St. Louis holiday celebrations and traditions. Missouri History Museum.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

31 DECEMBER  |  10 AM–2 PM 
2022 Kwanzaa Celebration
Enjoy a day of culture, performance and tradition during one of the region’s biggest Kwanzaa celebrations. Celebrated at the Saint Louis Museum for more than 20 years, the free annual Kwanzaa Celebration is presented in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. This year’s event includes an art-making activity and self-guided tour in the galleries from 10 am to 2 pm, as well a performance in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Although the event is free, tickets are required for the auditorium performance. Saint Louis Art Museum.
Saint Louis Art Museum, Farrell Auditorium, 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, 63110

5 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM 
Cool Deconstructed: Miles Davis in Reverse
Join the Missouri Historical Society and House of Miles East St. Louis (HOME) for a narrated concert that will take you through the many moods of Miles Davis. Featuring live music and narration from Lauren Parks, HOME’s president and co-founder, you’ll travel backward through Davis’ life from his time as an international jazz superstar to a boy growing up in East St. Louis. Young musicians from HOME will also take part in the program. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

5 JANUARY  |  6 PM 
Curator Tour: 1972 Fischer/Spassky: The Match, its Origin, and Influence
Learn more about the largest exhibition of its kind, 1972 Fischer/Spassky: The Match, Its Origin, and Influence, with a complimentary curator tour. A curatorial team member will guide you through Bobby Fischer’s early achievements as an aspiring chess prodigy, the legendary World Chess Championship match that brought new respect to the game and his lasting influence on chess today. RSVP. World Chess Hall of Fame.
World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 63108

12 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM 
Missouri Emancipation and the St. Louis African American Community
On January 11, 1865, the delegates of the Missouri state convention, led by Radical Republican Charles Drake, passed the immediate emancipation of all enslaved persons. Join Etta Daniels and Shelley Morris from Greenwood Cemetery for a look at St. Louis’ African-American community in 1865. From churches to civic and social organizations, this presentation will explore how those institutions supported the African American community both before and after emancipation, as well as how emancipation affected individual lives. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

14–16 JANUARY
MLK Community Celebration
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the holiday weekend. Families are invited to join us on Saturday and Monday for youth activism workshops, meaningful conversations on race and social justice, storytelling, movement, craft workshops and day of service opportunities. On Sunday afternoon all are invited to a keynote address, a brief musical performance and an all-levels yoga class set to live gospel music. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

17 JANUARY  |  11 AM 
St. Louis Sites Unseen
As part of a new series, Community Tours Manager Amanda Clark will go on the hunt for bygone architectural gems — not just ones lost to the wrecking ball, but those vanished from our collective memory as well. Enjoy a visual tour of jaw-dropping historic architecture and hear the fascinating hidden stories of these lost treasures. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

17 JANUARY  |  7 PM
Jessica Nordell, The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias (Author Talk)
The End of Bias is a transformative exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great challenge of our age. Implicit bias is the persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs. We know that it exists, to corrosive and even lethal effect. We see it in medicine, we see it in finance, and as we know from the police killings of so many Black Americans, bias can be deadly. But are we able to step beyond recognition of our prejudice to actually change it? With 15 years’ immersion in the topic, Nordell digs deep into the cognitive science, social psychology and developmental research that underpin current efforts to eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination. She examines diversity training, deployed across the land as a corrective but with inconsistent results. She explores what works and why: the diagnostic checklist used by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital that eliminated disparate treatment of people in disease prevention; the preschool in Sweden where teachers found ingenious ways to uproot gender stereotyping; the police unit in Oregon where the practice of mindfulness and specialized training has coincided with a startling drop in the use of force. Tickets required; see website. St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.
Jewish Community Center, Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Bldg., Creve Coeur, 2 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, 63146

19 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM 
The Sounds of St. Louis
Join some of best talent on the St. Louis music scene today under the direction of Jeremiah Allen for performances of the greatest hits from St. Louis artists, including Fontella Bass, Donny Hathaway, David Peaston, Luther Ingram, Oliver Sain, Miles Davis and more. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

20 & 21 JANUARY  |  10 AM 
Brick by Brick: St. Louis Architecture
St. Louis has a rich history of architecture and is filled with beautiful, interesting buildings. Learn about the many different styles of St. Louis buildings and the architects who created the city we know today. History Exploration Days, Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

22 JANUARY  |  4:15 PM 
St. Louis Sound Second Line Send-Off with the Funky Butt Brass Band
While the music itself lives on, the exhibit St. Louis Sound closes on January 22. Come hear the Funky Butt Brass Band as it performs popular songs by St. Louis artists, as well as some New Orleans–influenced brass funk and soul music to celebrate the exhibit’s run. At closing time, the band will march visitors out to the street to sing their final goodbyes in Second Line style. Missouri Historical Society. 
Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

26 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM 
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
Every year more than 2 billion people in China and around the globe celebrate Chinese New Year, marking the end of the winter season with family and festivities. Join the St. Louis Chinese Language School and the Missouri History Museum to welcome in 2023 — the Year of the Rabbit. You’ll learn about the history of this 15-day holiday (known in China as the Spring Festival) and its associated traditions, including a performance of the traditional Lion Dance. Missouri Historical Society.
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112

26 JANUARY  |  5:30 PM 
Confluence: Celebrating the Tenth Edition of the Great Rivers Biennial
CAM marks the 10th edition of the Great Rivers Biennial (GRB) with an event that celebrates the cumulative effect that this initiative has had since it first launched in 2003. This event will honor the artists and jurors who have participated in the GRB throughout the years as well as recognize the program’s impact as part of the larger ecosystem of artist support in St. Louis. Guests will have the chance to hear from past and present GRB winners, connect with artist-serving resources and build momentum for the ongoing support of artists in our community. RSVP required; see website. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 63108

31 JANUARY  |  11 AM 
Architects of Bellefontaine Cemetery
Architecture is the soul of a city, and skylines are often its signature. Join Dan Fuller, event and volunteer coordinator at Bellefontaine Cemetery, as he discusses George I. Barnett, an early St. Louis architect. We’ll also get to know William Sylvester Eames, Isaac S. Taylor and many others who designed St. Louis buildings that changed the very fabric of the city. Missouri Historical Society.  
Missouri History Museum, Lee Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, 63112