Yakima Valley Museum

Voices From the Past

Wednesday Lunchtime Lecture Series

Bring your lunch to this midweek break that will both educate and entertain. Soft drinks and water provided. Free to the public. Doors open at 11:30 A.M. Program begins at noon. Voices From the Past is made possible by Humanities Washington.

The first speaker will be David E. Smith on Wednesday, January 13. Smith will present Religion and Human Rights: Allies or Enemies? This presentation will explore the many complex and confusing dynamics existing between religion and human rights in relation to our rapidly changing society. He will ask questions such as "what is the relationship between religion and human rights? Does religion affirm and support the concept of human rights, or does it prevent a society from recognizing he rights of al its members?"

On Wednesday, February 10, Robert L. Bartlett will share The Triple Nickle: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during WWII. Have you heard of Operation Firefly? In May of 1945 this first all-black paratrooper unit made quiet history as they were assigned to a remote airstrip in Oregon that involved Washington State. Bartlett will tell the tales of the "555" and the 36 forest fires they jumped on as first responders as they gained military fame as the first all-black "Airborne Infantry Firefighters."

On Wednesday, March 9, the lecture series will close with I'll Fly Away: A Sojourn through Poetry and Spirituals by Gloria Burgess. When being forcibly transported from one continent to another what connections and traditions could help? Spirituals and poetry have tied communities together in a social and artistic manner. Burgess is an award-winning poet that will explore with us the rich and beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the Africa-American tradition.

Voices 2015



Humanities WA

David E. Smith

Robert L. Bartlett

Gloria Burgess



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