Lectures and Presentations

Black Genealogy Search Group Heritage Festival 2015

Lectures and Presentations
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Level B2 Conference Center

Generations of Celebrations: Recording the Past for the Future

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Larry H. Spruill - educator, scholar, author, theologian and artist. Currently, Dr. Spruill is an Assistant Professor of History at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a creative vision and has published texts, academic and literary manuscripts. His motivational, inspirational, and creative talents are demonstrated in some of his photojournalism and via his global awareness in the civil rights moment.

Active Minds: Cuba: Past, Present & Future

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

With President Obama’s recent announcement signaling a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, join Active Minds for a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south. We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.
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Active Minds: Napoleon

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

This June marked 200 years since Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. Join Active Minds as we review the life and legacy of this important leader. We will seek both to understand the man and his impact in his time, as well as how his leadership changed the world in ways that still have an impact today.
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Active Minds: Ukraine at a Tipping Point

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to seventy years of Soviet control of Ukraine. During that time Ukraine suffered extensive famines, deportation of its citizens, and repopulation of its country by ethnic Russians. Since independence, Ukraine has aligned more with the west, resulting in escalating tension between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. Recently Russia has sent troops into Ukraine in an effort to protect their interests as Ukraine has destabilized. This has dramatically escalated the crisis. Join Active Minds as we explore this delicate situation.

Active Minds: The National Parks

Lectures and Presentations
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

The world's first national park, Yellowstone, was created by an act of Congress in 1872. Today, the national park system includes 392 sites (58 national parks), over 83 million acres of land, and hosts over a quarter million visitors per year. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories.
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Active Minds presents: Cybersecurity

Lectures and Presentations
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Computer networks now run much of the world. With this technology have come risks associated with potential terrorist attacks and criminal activity aimed at compromising the security of these networks. Join Active Minds as we take a look at how governments and the private sector are responding to these threats. We will also examine the potential impact these forces have in the realm of U.S. international relations.
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Active Minds: The Story of Tea

Lectures and Presentations
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more.
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Active Minds: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Lectures and Presentations
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both outspoken and, at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine her life and the impact it had on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United Nations.
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Tarot Reading with Sterling Moon

Lectures and Presentations
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Room

Local tarot reader Sterling Moon will introduce you to the art of tarot. Learn about the mystery and mythology surrounding its history, get a basic overview of the cards and how to do a reading.

Active Minds: National Parks

Lectures and Presentations
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The world's first national park, Yellowstone, was created by an act of Congress in 1872. Today, the national park system includes 392 sites (58 national parks), over 83 million acres of land, and hosts over a quarter million visitors per year. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the development of our national parks system and highlight some of the more notable parks and their stories.
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