Archaeology Café Program Receives Grant Award from Arizona Humanities
Funding will help support live streaming of long-running public program
Tucson, Ariz. (September 24, 2018)—Tucson-based nonprofit Archaeology Southwest is pleased to announce that it has received a $9,000 grant award from Arizona Humanities in support of its popular Archaeology Café program. The series is also made possible by The Smith Living Trust. Archaeology Café has been bringing lifelong learners and humanities scholars together to explore the deep history of our local communities for 11 years in Tucson and 8 years in Phoenix. This public programming grew out of the science pub movement in which speakers engage audiences extemporaneously, without jargon, in a casual, nonacademic atmosphere. Arizona Humanities, the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awards grants to cultural, educational, and nonprofit institutions, such as museums, libraries, tribal entities, and universities.
“We are so fortunate to have received this support from Arizona Humanities,” said Linda Pierce, Archaeology Southwest’s Deputy Director and Archaeology Café’s lead coordinator. “The funding will help us launch a major new feature this season—live-feeding via Facebook. This will allow worldwide participation in each program as it happens.”
The Archaeology Café series will consist of eight programs, four in Tucson at The Loft Cinema, and four at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. Last year’s season focused on helping residents of Tucson and Phoenix learn more about the deep history of their local communities. The 2018–2019 season will build on this base and challenge Café-goers to look beyond their local communities’ histories and make connections between the places they call home and the broader Southwestern region. During the informal question-and-answer period at the end of each Café, the live-feed viewers will be encouraged to add their questions to the conversation (facebook.com/ArchaeologySouthwest). Archaeology Southwest also videotapes each Café and posts resulting footage to its YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/ArchaeologySouthwest).
Each program begins at 6:00 p.m. Archaeology Café is free and open to the public. Refreshments are available for purchase.
2018–2019 Archaeology Café Schedule
Tucson: The Loft Cinema, Theater 1, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
- 10/2/18: James Watson, Blood Flowed Like Water: Violence among the Sonoran Desert’s Earliest Irrigation Communities
- 12/4/18: Todd Bostwick, New Discoveries about the Cliff Dwellers of Central Arizona: A Window into Pueblo Life 800 Years Ago in the Verde Valley
- 2/5/19: Gary Huckleberry, Precontact Agriculture, Tucson versus Phoenix: It’s Not the Same!
- 4/2/19: Margaret Nelson, Mimbres Lives and Landscapes of Southwestern New Mexico
Phoenix: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.
- 11/6/18: Karen Schollmeyer, Life before AD 1500 on the Upper Gila River, Southwest New Mexico
- 1/8/19: Melissa Kruse-Peeples & Bernard Siquieros, Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present
- 3/5/19: Aaron Wright, What’s West of Phoenix: Patayan Archaeology of the Lower Gila River
- 5/7/19: Bill Doelle, The Greater Gila River: Public Lands, Tribal Lands, and Our Connections to These Places
ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY SOUTHWEST
Archaeology Southwest is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, that explores and protects the places of our past across the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest. For three decades, Archaeology Southwest has fostered meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguarded its irreplaceable resources. Learn more at archaeologysouthwest.org.
ABOUT ARIZONA HUMANITIES
Mission: Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.
Arizona Humanities is a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1973, Arizona Humanities has supported public programs that promote understand of the human experience with cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations across Arizona.
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