Friday, February 27, 2009

Carlos Museum Announces Events With World-Renowned Egyptologists

The Michael C. Carlos Museum announces several key Egyptian-themed events for March 2009.

Event highlights include:

"Blessings and Curses in Ancient Egypt," David Silverman, curator of "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," at the Carlos Museum on March 5 at 7 p.m.
"Mysteries of King Tut Revealed," Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Tour of "Wonderful Things: The Harry Burton Photographs and the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun" by Peter Lacovara, Carlos Museum’s curator of Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Carlos Museum on March 20 at 7 p.m.

"Mysteries of Tutankhamun Revealed"

In "Mysteries of Tutankhamun Revealed," Hawass will discuss:

-CT-scans of Tutankhamun’s mummy that were obtained as part of a landmark Egyptian research and conservation project, conducted in cooperation by National Geographic,
the ongoing search for the mummy of Queen Nefertiti, and the discovery of KV63, the chamber recently found in the Valley of the Kings,
-new secrets discovered at the pyramids, and
-his search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.

A member of the Carlos Museum’s advisory board, Hawass is one of the world's foremost authorities on Egyptian archaeology and is known for his devotion and untiring efforts to promote and protect Egypt’s cultural and archaeological heritage. A book signing will follow his lecture.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance at TicketMaster. All tickets are $12 at the door. Carlos Museum members receive two free tickets, while quantities last, to Hawass’ lecture and save up to 20 percent on Carlos Museum membership. View more information on the special membership offer or call 404.727.2623.

"The Blessings and Curses of Ancient Egypt" Lecture

David Silverman, curator of "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" and Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages, University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "The Blessings and Curses of Ancient Egypt." This event is part of a lecture series bringing distinguished scholars to the Emory campus each year and is generously endowed by the architectural firm Perkins + Will.

Tour of "Wonderful Things"

On March 20 Peter Lacovara, curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art at the Carlos Museum, will conduct a tour of the companion exhibition "Wonderful Things: The Harry Burton Photographs and the Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun."

Additional March events

"Divine Beasts: Two-part Egyptian Animals Drawing and Painting workshop with Zoo Atlanta" on March 8 at Zoo Atlanta and March 15 at the Carlos Museum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"Mythology and Iconography of Divine Kingship in Ancient Egypt" a lecture by Lanny Bell, visiting professor of Egyptology, Brown University, will take place at the Carlos Museum on March 30 at 7 p.m.

More Egypt-related events in Atlanta.

"Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" is organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. Sponsored by Northern Trust, the exhibition in Atlanta is developed in partnership with the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University and will run from Nov. 15, 2008 to May 17, 2009. Visit carlos.emory.edu for more information.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

UGA Presents Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People

A four-part series chronicling the history of one of Earth’s oldest mountain ranges and its inhabitants will be shown March 2-3 on the University of Georgia Campus. On Monday, March 2, the first half of Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in 102 Miller Learning Center. The second half is slated for Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in 171 Miller Learning Center. Filmmakers Ross Spears and Jamie Ross will be present to introduce and discuss the film. The showing is free and open to the public.

According to the film’s producers the James Agee Film Project, the Appalachian Mountains and its people provide the most revelations about the ancient history of America. In addition, more that is believed to be true about this area is false than in any other region in the country.

The film event is co-sponsored by the EcoFocus Film Festival (a production of the Odum School of Ecology), the history department, the anthropology department and the Institute of Native American Studies.

“These films are a great example of the kind of film the EcoFocus environmental film festival would like to highlight at the festival and through our year-round programming,” said EcoFocus managing director Sara Beresford. “This is a really unique opportunity to see these films on a large screen and have the filmmakers present. We’re thrilled to co-sponsor this event.”

The series is narrated by Sissy Spacek with commentary by several UGA faculty members. Ten years in the making, the film series weaves together the fields of science and humanity in telling the story of how the mountains have shaped the inhabitants and vice versa.

For more information on the series, see the official film Web site at: http://www.ageefilms.org/appalachia.html.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

History Unearthed on Jekyll

The Brunswick News
February 25, 2009
By Anna Ferguson


Although Jekyll Island has been a state park for only about 60 years, the land has long been used as a resort area. It may have been a seasonal stomping ground for individuals seeking refuge centuries ago, say archaeologists who are unearthing artifacts at an island excavation site....
http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/open_access/local_news/DIG-w-brkout

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

UGA to Celebrate Women’s History Month

In recognition of the 2009 national Women’s History Month theme “Women: Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,” the University of Georgia Institute for Women’s Studies will be sponsoring several events, including films and lectures, in March.

For the month’s keynote event on March 20-21, IWS will host a symposium in honor of the late Australian philosopher Val Plumwood, a leading contributor in the development of ecofeminism and radical environmental philosophy. Titled “Environmental Justice and Ecofeminism: Ethical Complexity in Action” the symposium will bring together prominent theorists, activists and community members working on issues and questions that are deeply social and ecological.

The symposium will open with an afternoon keynote address on Friday, March 20, sponsored by the Willson Centerfor Humanities and Arts, in the Coverdell Building by feminist ethicist and animal rights activist Lori Gruen, associate professor at Wesleyan University, and will continue on Saturday with sessions at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Invited speakers include Teri Blanton, a fellow with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, who concentrates on the campaign to end mountaintop removal mining in eastern Kentucky and helps create a sustainable and survivable energy future; and Jamie Baker Roskie, managing attorney of the UGA Land Use Clinic, who will focus on the community of Newtown in Gainesville, Ga., where residents have been fighting exposure to toxic chemicals since the 1990s.

The conference also will feature panel discussions by faculty members from UGA. Papers from the conference will be collected in a special issue of the journal Ethics and the Environment.

Friday’s events will be held at the Coverdell Center and Saturday’s events will be at the Callaway Building in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. There is no registration fee for the conference and all meals are included. For the full schedule and details, see www.uga.edu/iws.

Other events include the Women’s History Month film festival; an evening of spoken word and music with Aralee Strange, a local Athens artist, and Laurie Stone from New York City, at Flicker Bar & Theatre on Tuesday, March 3; a lecture on “The Sexual Politics of Meat” by Carol Adams on Wednesday, March 4; and a panel discussion “Food is a Feminist Issue: Gardens, Farms and Local Markets” on Tuesday, March 31.

For a complete list of Women’s History Month events see www.uga.edu/iws, and click on “events.” The Institute for Women’s Studies is a unit of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences that brings together multidisciplinary perspectives on women and gender from across all schools and colleges at UGA.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Census Bureau Daily Feature for Monday, February 23: Buying Florida

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Profile America — Monday, February 23rd. Land that would become one of the nation’s largest states was acquired by the U.S. this week in 1819, when Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida purchase treaty. This called for Spain to cede the area to the young United States in return for which the U.S. assumed $5 million in claims by U.S. citizens against Spain.

Florida became the 27th state in 1845, with a population of about 55,000. Now, Florida is home to more than 18 million, making it the fourth most populous state. With the number of residents continuing to grow, Florida is projected to pass New York’s population in the next few years to become the nation’s third largest state. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stanford Researcher Spotlights Antebellum Artists Who Protested Slavery

What Does One Do When Confronting the Biggest Social Evil of One's Time? In the Case of a Few Artists in the Decades Prior to the Civil War, They Lifted Their Pens and Paintbrushes

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rhonda Goodman, a Stanford doctoral student in art and art history and a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Humanities Center, has studied the little-known artwork for messages that reveal the social and political attitudes of the time. She focused her research on the way artists portrayed slave auctions, in particular.

The "sentimental culture" in the decades prior to the Civil War was a time when artists and writers "used their works to elicit a certain type of feeling and engender sympathy," said Goodman, a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter. Significantly, the most popular book of the 19th century, after the Bible, was Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Here's a case in point: On the morning of March 3, 1853, the little-known English painter Eyre Crowe, who traveled America with author William Makepeace Thackeray, saw an advertisement in Richmond, Va., for a slave auction: "Fifteen likely negroes to be disposed of between half-past nine and twelve—five men, six women, two boys, and two girls."

Although engrossed in his sketching, he attracted attention. No one would bid. The auctioneer finally confronted the artist and asked him how he would like it if someone interrupted his business. As Crowe recalled in his memoir, With Thackeray in America: "This was unanswerable; I got up with the intention of leaving quietly, but, feeling this would savour of flight, I turned round to the now evidently angry crowd of dealers, and said 'You may turn me away, but I can recollect all I have seen.'"

Crowe left the "stifling atmosphere of human traffic," but he remembered what he saw somewhat differently than what he portrayed in the sketch he made on the spot, which was eventually published in the Illustrated London News in 1856. Crowe "Europeanized" the slaves' physiognomy to reduce the sense of otherness for white viewers, as these artists typically did, Goodman said.

In the finished painting, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1861, the group of people are no longer docile and waiting. The women are tense and anxious. In the sketch, it's not clear if the man to the right is part of a family group. But in the painting, the association is unmistakable. He is anguished and unresigned—"angry, because he cannot defend his family," Goodman said.

The painting "reminds us that this is a perverse situation; they may be sold apart," Goodman added.

Crowe's strategy worked: His painting got the right kind of attention. Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia, was discussed in The Times, the Athenaeum, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and Art Journal; the last called it "one of the most important pictures in the exhibition" and wrote, "The appalling guilt of that accursed system was never more successfully depicted"—important and timely, since Britain was arming the South and barely able to keep an official neutrality because of its dependence on cotton.

Was Crowe fulfilling the threat of his exit line, recollecting what he didn't dare sketch in front of the angry dealers? Or was he altering his sketch to make a political statement, a visual equivalent to Uncle Tom's Cabin?

We'll never know for sure. In any case, he wasn't alone. In Thomas Satterwhite Noble's Price of Blood (its title taken from Uncle Tom's Cabin, in which a character describes money earned from the sale of children by their master and father as "the price of their blood"), a plantation owner sells his barefoot mulatto son, who looks away from him; their faces differ only by age and the color of their skin.

Noble was a Southerner who fought for his states' rights, though he loathed slavery. He made a series of paintings depicting its horrors after the war, as the nation faced a new set of race issues. No one knows who painted the unsigned Slave Auction (circa 1850), now owned by the Carnegie Museum of Art. Did the artist wish to avoid controversy through anonymity? In the painting, a woman so pale "she may be an octoroon" is dressed like a bride and being led into a group of men who are appraising her, Goodman said. Perhaps she is being sold into concubinage. In the foreground, a man is raising a weapon, threatening violence, and a nearly naked baby lies beneath him in the foreground. The scene recalls the Massacre of the Innocents, but the mother doesn't seem to notice; she is clinging to an older child who is being examined by a dealer.

Who bought these paintings? "Nobody did," Goodman said. In some cases, they didn't even try: Goodman said the more gruesome art of the period prior to 1820—of slaves being branded or whipped, for example—was not made for sale or exhibition at all.

But these artists hoped for a market. After the execution of radical abolitionist John Brown on Dec. 2, 1859, sculptor John Rogers failed to find a buyer for his Slave Auction (1859), a group of figures in plaster. "I find the times have quite headed me off," he wrote in a Christmas Eve letter, "for The Slave Auction tells such a strong story that none of the stores will receive it to sell for fear of offending their Southern customers."

Instead, Goodman said, he commissioned a black man to find a buyer by trying to sell the painting door-to-door on the streets of New York. It sold.

"Part of what is so important about Rhonda's work is its interdisciplinary scope—the way she brings together cultural history, the history of race, visual arts and material culture," said Bryan Wolf, the Jeanette and William Hayden Jones Professor in American Art and Culture and Goodman's dissertation adviser. "She's showing how the issues surrounding slavery permeated virtually every aspect of antebellum life, and she's also showing, through the example of a painter like Crowe, how ways of thinking—like sentimentalism, which was so important to middle-class culture at the time—were mobilized in the service of the antislavery cause."


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Friday, February 20, 2009

Be Part of History - Help NASA Name the Next Space Station Module

/PRNewswire/ -- NASA is asking the public to help name the International Space Station's next module - a control tower for robotics in space and the world's ultimate observation deck.

Eight refrigerator-sized racks in the Node 3 module will provide room for many of the station's life support systems. Attached to the node is the cupola, a one-of-a-kind work station with six windows around the sides and one on top. The cupola will offer astronauts a spectacular view of their home planet and their home in space. In addition to providing a perfect location to observe and photograph Earth, the cupola also will contain a robotics workstation from which astronauts will be able to control the station's 57-foot robotic arm.

Individuals can vote for the module's name online, choosing one of four NASA suggestions -- Earthrise, Legacy, Serenity or Venture -- or writing in a name. Submissions will be accepted Feb. 19 through March 20. The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station and follow in the tradition set by Node 1, named "Unity," and Node 2, named "Harmony."

The winning name will be announced at the Node 3 unveiling April 28 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The node is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy April 20 and is targeted for launch in late 2009.

For more information, to submit a name and to view pictures of the node and cupola, visit:


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hungry for Georgia History? Learn from General Oglethorpe February 21

Dinner with General James E. Oglethorpe
Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 7 PM - 9 PM

James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) was one of the twenty one original trustees named by King George to govern the new colony of Georgia in 1732. Although Oglethorpe held no official title at that time other than trustee, he is known as the founder of Georgia.

Come learn more about the early history of Georgia by having dinner with General James E. Oglethorpe on Saturday, February 21 in Darien.

General James E. Oglethorpe, Colonel John Barnwell and the Garrison of Fort King George invite the public to a quaint colonial dinner in the enlisted soldiers' barracks. Evening entertainment will feature the arrival of General Oglethorpe via scout-boat, musket and cannon firings, and interaction between the fort officers, soldiers and dinner guests.

$30 per plate
(912) 437-4770

Fort King George Historic Site
1600 Wayne St
Darien, GA 31305

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Monday, February 16, 2009

A Gullah Geechee Gathering on UWG Campus February 16

The University of West Georgia and the Office of Minority Affairs will present a Gullah Geechee Gathering on Monday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

Jim and Pat Bacote, historians and cultural preservationists, and the Geechee Kunda team will enlighten the audience with an exciting understanding of the Gullah culture, dialect and traditions.

The Gullah/Geechee of the Southeast coast, descendents of West Africa, have a unique culture, language, arts and rituals that have been maintained for centuries. They have a remarkable story to tell.

Isolated on island communities from southern North Carolina to northern Florida, the Gullah Geechee are known for a strong sense of community built on extended family units and for living off the land and water.

They have remained deeply connected to the roots of African culture that include its colorful art, crafts, foods and religious rituals and speak a distinct Creole language.

An educational exhibit will be open for viewing at the Campus Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A show packed with the music and the colorful art of the Gullah will be performed by the Kunda team at 7 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-5400.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

National Museum of the American Indian Launches Its Collections Online

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has launched its collections online. The ever-expanding digital access to the museum’s 800,000-plus items includes more than 5,500 photographs; eventually it will be one of the largest Native American online collections. It is available at www.AmericanIndian.si.edu/searchcollections.

The launch is a milestone in the museum’s “Fourth Museum” project to bring the collections to those who may not have the opportunity to visit the museum’s three buildings in New York City, Suitland, Md., and Washington, D.C. The launch is also in keeping with Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough’s strategic planning initiative to serve the Smithsonian’s growing number of virtual visitors and fulfill its mission to increase and diffuse knowledge.

“As the museum on the National Mall approaches its fifth anniversary (Sept. 21), our promise to reach out to tribal communities, schools, libraries, museums, indeed to all throughout the world is being realized,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche), director of the museum.

“Though we have a long way to go before completing this project, I am pleased to offer the first phase of our fourth museum—our museum without walls.” The goal of the project is to include as many items as possible on the Web. As staff research is completed, items will be published online.

During the course of the project, curators unearthed new evidence about the collections’ origins. Though George Gustav Heye (1874-1957) is often credited with building the museum’s collections (approximately 85% were acquired during his lifetime), thousands of previously unidentified individuals including farmers, missionaries, soldiers and teachers contributed. Their stories provide fascinating details behind the objects and open up new research possibilities for investigating the relationships between Native and non-Native people and the political, economic and social histories throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Celebrate Georgia Day 2009 in Savannah February 12

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall, Savannah

The Georgia Historical Society Library and Archives will not be open for research in observation of Georgia Day.

Elementary school students join dignitaries, costumed characters, and local citizens in a colorful parade through the squares of Bull Street in a Georgia Day tradition. The parade begins at Forsyth Park and continues north on Bull Street, ending at City Hall with greetings from the Mayor and other dignitaries as well as Banner Competition awards presentations to the students. Thousands of elementary school children participate annually.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Holy Folders Give Students Insight Into Great Depression

Jean Koon explains what a typical meal was like in her home while Kitty Robinson looks on.

“We survived and so will you,” was the statement echoed by seven ladies, called the Holy Folders, who told their stories about living through the Great Depression to fifth graders at Kedron Elementary in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Over and over again the group, known as the Holy Folders because they meet every Thursday morning at their Lutheran church to fold the church’s programs, compared the worldwide economic downturn of the Great Depression to that of today. The group said times were more difficult then than for students today. Many of them had to walk long distances to school and then return home for lunch because they had no money. But in spite of their financial difficulties, they spoke fondly of their childhood experiences.

“I lived a happy life. We didn’t have a lot of toys so we made up our own games. We are living through a depression now but you’ll get through it just fine. All of us did,” said Hope Dunlap who was living in New Jersey at the time of the economic collapse.

One by one the ladies, ranging in ages from 80 to 102, shared their childhood memories with the students who, over the past several weeks, have been interviewing people who lived through the Great Depression. Following a presentation to all of the fifth grade, the Holy Folders and students broke into small groups to have a one-on-one question and answer session.

Students were inquisitive about what life was like back then and wanted to know everything from modes of transportation and energy sources to the types of toys available and food that was eaten. Many were surprised to learn that most children had one or two toys, if they were lucky, and that meals were not as elaborate as today.

“Our food was very simple, mainly staples like eggs, bread and milk,” 94-year old Jean Koon told her group.

When asked about dessert, the students were surprised to learn that it was not a regular part of a meal. Koon said when they wanted something sweet, her family would take a piece of bread, spread it with butter and sprinkle sugar on the top. The students frowned at the idea.

“It’s really good. You should try it sometime,” said Koon.

Fifth grade teacher Lynne Tait organized the Holy Folders’ visit to the school. After the presentation and talks with students, the ladies were treated to a tea reception complete with china and table linens.

The Holy Folders are Nancy Burnett, Lorraine Davies, Evie Bowman, Hope Dunlap, Jean Koon, Kitty Robinson and Fran Knotts.


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Thursday, February 5, 2009

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Launches Major Exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Launches Major Exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert." -- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1924

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nazi Party developed a sophisticated propaganda machine that deftly spread lies about its political opponents, Jews and the need for war. But Nazi propaganda was much more complex than that. For the Nazis to achieve power and pursue their racial policies and expansionist war efforts, a much more nuanced picture had to be painted -- one that would appeal to broad swaths of the population, not just a fanatical extreme. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's groundbreaking new exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, shows how the Nazis employed propaganda to acquire power and help pave the way for war while creating a climate of hatred, suspicion and, most importantly, indifference that facilitated the elimination from society of Jews and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi state.

"We often assume that the Nazis sold exclusively hate," says Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. "In reality, they also promoted an agenda of freedom, unity and prosperity that many found alluring. The Nazis' keen understanding of mass communications and ability to exploit the Germans' hopes and fears offer lessons for us today as we live in a world of instantaneous communications and are targeted with more information than ever before."

Featuring rarely seen artifacts, State of Deception draws visitors into a rich multimedia environment vividly illustrating the insidious allure of much of Nazi propaganda. The exhibition will run through December 2011 and is part of a larger Museum initiative on propaganda that features a dynamic, interactive Web site, a richly illustrated book, outreach programs for media professionals and public presentations. More information is available at www.ushmm.org/propaganda.

State of Deception reveals how shortly after World War I, the Nazi party began to transform itself from an obscure, extremist right-wing group into the largest political party in democratic Germany. Hitler early on recognized how propaganda, combined with the use of terror, could help his extremist party gain mass support and votes. He personally adapted the ancient symbol of the swastika and the emotive colors of red, black and white to create the movement's flag. In doing so, Hitler established a potent visual identity that has branded the Nazi party ever since.

"Adolf Hitler was an avid student of propaganda, who borrowed techniques from the Allies in World War I, his Socialist and Communist rivals, the Italian Fascist Party as well as modern advertising," says State of Deception curator Steven Luckert. "Drawing upon these models, he successfully marketed the Nazi party, its ideology, and himself to the German people."

After seizing power, the Nazi Party took over all communications in Germany. It marshaled the state's resources to consolidate power and relentlessly promote its vision of "racially pure," utopian Germany that needed to defend itself from those who would destroy it. Jews were cast as the primary enemies, but others, including Roma, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and the mentally and physically handicapped, were also portrayed as threats to the "national community."

As Germany pushed the world into war, Nazi propaganda rationalized Germany's territorial expansion as self-defense. Jews were depicted as agents of disease and corruption. The Nazis' actions against them, in Germany and occupied countries, were promoted as necessary measures to protect the population at large.

The exhibition closes by examining the Allied postwar efforts to purge Germany of Nazi propaganda. In the aftermath of the Nazi defeat, limitations on speech were established in Germany and other European countries. Two Nazi propagandists, Julius Streicher, editor of Der Sturmer, a viciously anti-Semitic newspaper, and Hans Fritzsche, head of the Radio Division of the German Ministry of Propaganda, stood trial at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity, specifically for inciting the hatred that led to the persecution and murder of Europe's Jews. Streicher was found guilty and was executed. Fritzsche was acquitted.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which criminalized, "direct and public incitement to genocide," and since then propagandists have been charged under this statute. The Streicher and Fritzsche trials served as important legal precedents in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the 2003 "Media Trial." Today, some assert that statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerning Israel, for example, his call to "wipe Israel off the map," constitute incitement to genocide under the 1948 Convention. Others say the legal criteria for prosecution have not been met.

Entry to State of Deception is free, and no passes are required. The exhibition runs through December 2011, in the Kimmel-Rowan Gallery on the Museum's lower level. Visitation information can be found at the Museum's Web site, www.ushmm.org.

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders to promote human dignity, confront hatred and prevent genocide. Federal support guarantees the Museum's permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and HISTORY(TM) Bring History to Life for America's Students With an Online National Teach-In Honoring Lincoln

/PRNewswire/ -- As the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 2009 approaches, interest in this beloved American president is at an all-time high. The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), in partnership with the television network HISTORY(TM), announce a National Teach-In on the life and legacy of our 16th president to be held on the bicentennial of his birth. The National Teach-In is a live webcast and will be available nationwide, online, on Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 1:30pm EST. Educators and students can tune-in and view the live webcast at www.history.com/lincoln.

The 45-minute long Teach-In, in conjunction with the ALBC, reinforces HISTORY's commitment to America's students and educators by making history more active and engaging. The Teach-In will bring history to life as a distinguished panel of three prominent Lincoln scholars share their expertise, answer questions from the live audience and field questions from schools tuning in via the webcast. The event, which will take place at the National Archives in Washington, DC, is aimed at middle through high school levels, with particular emphasis on 8th grade. For HISTORY, the Teach-In is part of an ongoing mission to preserve history through numerous educational and community outreach initiatives including Save Our History(TM), and Take a Veteran to School Day.

Sharing their commentary and expertise from the National Archives Building will be: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Team of Rivals author Doris Kearns Goodwin; Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Co-Chairman and noted Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer, whose latest book is Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861; and historian Matthew Pinsker, who holds the Pohanka Chair in American Civil War History at Dickinson College and is author of the acclaimed book Lincoln's Sanctuary. Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian, Senior Vice President Corporate Outreach for HISTORY, will moderate the Teach-In.

More than 80 students from the District of Columbia and Fairfax County, VA, will participate in the Teach-In, as the live audience. Three eighth grade classes from the DC public school, Shaw at Garnett-Patterson Middle School, will be in attendance. Also attending is, James A. Percoco, who teaches history at West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA (and is author of the book Summers with Lincoln), who will be bringing his Applied History class of 28 high school seniors to the Teach-In. Pre-taped questions from schoolchildren have been prepared for the panelists by students from Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, Bethune Middle School in Shreveport, LA and McMain Secondary School in New Orleans.

More than 3,000 schools from all over the country and abroad have already registered to participate in the Teach-In. Registration will be available right-up until the broadcast begins. Afterward, the archived program will be available at www.history.com/lincoln and www.abrahamlincoln200.org.

Many of the schools registered for the Teach-In have also signed on to be designated Lincoln Legacy schools, having mounted Lincoln-related projects, using the lesson plans and resources featured on the ALBC web site, and showcasing the colorful Lincoln Bicentennial poster and lesson guide available free to participating classrooms. To gain Lincoln Legacy designation for schools, teachers should register online at www.abrahamlincoln200.org.

In November 2008, at Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky, HISTORY announced a nationwide year-long initiative to commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, with the new campaign GIVE A LINCOLN FOR LINCOLN(TM). The initiative stretches across television programming, digital and grass roots platforms and is in partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF) and National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Outback Steakhouse is the presenting sponsor of the campaign.

The goal of the GIVE A LINCOLN FOR LINCOLN(TM) campaign is to encourage Americans of all ages to donate Lincoln-head pennies, five dollar bills, or make larger donations online to help preserve six key sites associated with Lincoln's life and legacy. All donations collected through the campaign will be distributed to the NPF and the NTHP for the six Lincoln sites - Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky, his boyhood home in Indiana, the Lincoln home in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln Memorial and Ford's Theatre, both in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C.

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Today in Fayetteville, January 12, 1906

Join me in an interesting look into Fayetteville, Georgias' past.

 

                  The Fayetteville News

                                   Friday, January 12,1906

 

 

                        WEDDING DATE IS SET

 

The President and Mrs Roosevelt have announced the

wedding of Miss Roosevelt to Representative Nicholas

Longworth of Cincinnati.  The wedding will occur on Sat,

Feb 17th at 12:00 noon in the East Room of the White House.

 

                                     Local News

 

Prof. W. L. Gilbert opened school at this place last Monday with 33 pupils.

Considering the inclemency of the weather

we think 33 is a good opening. Mr Arthur Stinchcomb and wife

have moved from their former home in Shakerag to the place where Mr Berry  lived near Fayetteville. We are glad to have

them as neighbors again.

 

The Adams Comedy Company, a traveling troop, headed by Capt. C. L. Adams, of the Texas Rangers, CSA, aged

76, and who carries a cross of honor as a UCV is in town for a performance tonight at institute hall. He was Capt. of the Texas rangers at the age of 34, and served through the Confederate War. He is now active and remarkably stout for a man  76 years old.

 

Dr G. W. Walls says that his father is growing weaker every day.

 

Mr John G Minter was quite sick at his home six miles south of town. Dr Lester says he is better at present. many friends wish him a speedy recovery.

 

Complied by CB Glover