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Webinars to Watch This Week! August 17-23

Aug 17 2020

Webinars to Watch This Week! August 17-23

Although we don’t have any in-person events to highlight this week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, here are some educational and informative webinars you’re not going to want to miss. Click the event title for links to each event’s page.

Partner Webinars

Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast

Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. In this webinar presented by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, three experts from cities on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. will share stories and ideas about how coastal communities can build resiliently in the face of sea level rise. Join an evening of cross-country dialogue, with built-in time for audience questions.

Register online to watch live, or to receive an on-demand recording after the event.

Conservation and American Indians: Renewing a Relationship at the Core of the Conservation Movement

  • Date: Wednesday, August 19
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Host Organization: Forever Maryland

Featuring Francis Gray of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe. This webinar will call for a renewal of active and intentional collaboration and partnership between conservation organizations and indigenous communities to protect land and natural resources, and to achieve conservation goals that meet the needs of nature and the needs of indigenous communities. Traditions and practices from American Indian cultures can be found at the very root of the conservation movement in North America, but like many minority communities, American Indians have historically been excluded from environmental conservation. Recent success stories from around the world offer learning opportunities for how to pursue collaborative conservation, leveraging the rich knowledge and cultural traditions of American Indian tribes with the environmental and real estate expertise of conservation groups.

 The webinar registration fees is $20. Register in advance.

The History Saga of Humans and the Environment at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

This story is about strategic location on a great estuary, human interactions with rich natural resources, and the founding history of the United States. It is an evolving story built around the science of archaeology and the inferences of oral and written history for the 2,650-acre campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), 5 miles south of Annapolis and 25 miles east of Washington, DC.

At the core of the story are two families who lived on the property for nearly 300 years: the Sellmans, who first built on the site in 1735 and lived for most of 200 years in a house that SERC is now restoring, and which is the oldest in-situ building in the Smithsonian Institution, and the Kirkpatrick-Howats, who farmed and forested the land as stewards for nearly 100 years, and who were pivotal to establishing SERC. Living amongst and adjacent to these families are the Black families of slaves and freed people who created parallel cultures and institutions of pride.

Cost is free to participate but registration is required.

Meet the Author with the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center Book Club

·      Date: Wednesday, August 19
·       Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
·       Location: Online
·       Host Organization: Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

Join the Legacy Literary Circle, the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center’s Book Club, and Meet the Author, Carl O. Snowden, to hear a riveting story told by a leader who champions for the community. He will discuss his book “Some People Watch Clocks To Tell What Time It Is, I Watch People To Know What Time It Is.”

This is a Zoom event; please click on the Title Link (above) for details.

250th Anniversary and African American Museums: A Listening Session

How should the community of African American museums and other history organizations engage with the upcoming commemoration of the United States 250th anniversary? As U.S. history organizations advance plans for “America 250,” this listening session offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about the development of commemoration planning and to share ideas about what role African American history institutions could play.

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission released its extensive planning report recently, which explains some of the ways that cultural institutions in every state and territory will be involved, how state commissions will participate, and what the likely connections will be to federal agencies such as the National Park Service, NEH, the Smithsonian, and the National Archives. How can this anniversary enable African American museums to advance more inclusive, more honest stories about our nation’s past? What role should African American institutions and museum professionals play to ensure commemoration programming reflects the diversity of our nation and our communities? What opportunities might the 250th present to advance broad, structural shifts in how American history is interpreted and shared with public audiences?

Join this listening session to be part of the discussion. Cost is free. Register at AASLH.

Remember to check the Four Rivers Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates!