Humanities Now -  May 2018
Dive into the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum June 2 - July 15

Burros Loaded With Water Bags
Used with Permission, Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum

Frank Brophy (born in Bisbee in 1894) describes his uncle's water-delivery service: "The main Transport in Bisbee when I was a very little boy were burros and that was a common sight. Some of the burros had canvas sacks slung over on each side. My uncle started the first water company, which later became the Bisbee-Naco Water Company. He had a well up in Tombstone Canyon so the water was then transported by burros in water sacks. In those days, it was when John D. Rockefeller was beginning his fortune. His name was synonymous with the five-gallon oil can and every house had two to three five-gallon oil cans. The water was taken from the burros and put into these cans and people used it as they needed it." (Used with permission Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum)

Located 92 miles southeast of Tucson,  Bisbee is the county seat of Cochise County. The San Pedro River flows west of this rural town that is twelve miles from the U.S-Mexico border. 

A few upcoming programs: Water Conservation Through Xeriscaping (June 9), How Bisbee's Wastewater Treatment Facility Works to Secure our Water Future (June 12), Bisbee's Long "Bromance" with Water (June 19), Water Reclamation Meets Bisbee's Copper Mining History (June 26), Water Conservation for Kids (June 13, 20), and more!  

June 2 - July 15
5 Copper Queen Plz, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Water - Use It Wisely blog features Water/Ways exhibit

Water - Use It Wisely, the popular water conservation website recently featured water stories from the Arizona Water/Ways exhibit. 

Read about celebrating Arizona water stories, and get a preview of the exhibit. 

Water - Use It Wisely offers tons of free resources, from 100+ ways to conserve water, water-saving products, games for kids, education materials for teachers, water-wise events and more.

May Grantee Highlights 

The Collapse of Southwestern Populations: A New Model for an Old Puzzle

Many Southwest prehistoric farming villages once thrived, but then lost their permanent population. Archaeological data now reveals the region's population nosedived about A.D. 1350, well before the arrival of the Spanish and Old World diseases. But why did that happen? Dr. Dave Phillips will discuss how an established concept in medicine, Emerging Infectious Disease, may be the missing part of the puzzle. These programs are part of the Amerind Museum grant,  Transnational Deep History: Human Connections and Archaeology in the Ancient Borderlands of ArizonaLearn more on the Amerind website.

Thursday, May 10
12:00 p.m.
Willcox Historic Theater, Studio 128
134 N Railroad Ave, Willcox, AZ 85643
Saturday, May 12
1:00 p.m. 
Amerind Museum
2100 N Amerind Rd, Dragoon, AZ 85609

Photo courtesy the Museum of Northern Arizona website
Heritage Insights Lecture Series at the Museum of Northern Arizona's 28th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture

Join the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff for the annual Zuni Festival of Arts in Culture. Now in its 28th year, explore Zuni history and culture, listen to lectures, enjoy musical and dance performances, and more. View the schedule on the MNA website.

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
NEH News and Other Opportunities

Jon Parrish Peede Sworn In as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Congratulations to John Parrish Peede who was sworn in as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at a ceremony May 3 at the White House. Peede shared, "It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities," said Jon Parrish Peede. "I particularly value this vote of bipartisan support and will work with my NEH colleagues to ensure that all Americans have access to our country's cultural resources." Read more.

NEH Awards over $500,000 in grant funds to Arizona Educational Institutions. Congratulations to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona on receiving grant awards from NEH. Read more about each project on the NEH website.
  • Northern Arizona University ($6,000) The Influence of the Religion of Manichaeism from about 400 to 430 on Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) 
  • Arizona State University ($99,843) - Veterans, Society, and Service
  • University of Arizona - Arizona State Museum ($298,000) - Implementing a Consolidated Collections Information System
  • University of Arizona ($98,025) - Collaborative Research: The COLRC 2.0: A Coeur d'Alene Grassroots, Community-Based Digital Documentation and Preservation Project
Highlighted May Programs

Check out all of the programs on our website calendar.

FRANK Talks - Eradicating Global Hunger: Is Genetically Modified Food (GMO) a Solution? 
Saturday, May 12
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Pima County Public Library - Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
FRANK Talks: Challenges to Democracy from the Extremes
Wednesday, May 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
North Valley Regional Library
40410 N Gavilan Peak Parkway
Anthem, AZ 85086
Life on the Lazy B as Lived by an American Cowboy and Rancher with Alan Day
Monday, May 21
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Payson Public Library
328 N McLane Rd
Payson, AZ 85541
The Gila: River of History with Gregory McNamee
Wednesday, May 16
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85749
New UA Humanities lecture series explores Humanities Innovators in a Tech World, May 17-18

Big data, artificial intelligence, and robotics present grand challenges to our society. The University of Arizona College of Humanities Dorrance Lecture series Humanities Innovators in a Tach World explores how the humanities are essential in providing context and understanding to the changes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings. The new conversation series creates a dialogue about the ways human skills, human knowledge and human ingenuity can make the most of these technological breakthroughs. All talks are free, open to the public, and take place at The University of Arizona campus in Tucson.

For more information, contact or visit the UA College of Humanities website.
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Important Dates
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Office Closed
  • June 2 - Water/Ways Bisbee Opening
  • June 15 - Board of Directors Meeting
About Arizona Humanities
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Arizona Humanities builds a just and civil society by creating opportunities to explore our shared human experiences through discussion, learning and reflection.
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