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February 10, 2010

Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum Programs

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 12:17 pm

Two Research group members have presentations coming up:

  • February 27: “Historic Churches of Southeast Minnesota” by Nancy Powell.
  • March 27: “Minnesota’s African Americans and Their Struggle with the Civilian Conservation Corps,” by Barb Sommer.

Both will be at the Hosmer Library, 36th St. and 4th Ave. in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m.  All Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum programs are free and open to the public.

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February 4, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Filed under: Interesting Information — Kathie Otto @ 10:56 am

Did you ever think that there would be a primetime TV show about genealogy (that wasn’t on PBS)?  Based on a popular BBC show, NBC will be launching “Who Do You Think You Are?“  They are calling it both an “alternative” series and a “groundbreaking” series.

“The series celebrates the twists and turns of a developing great nation and the people who made their way here in search of freedom and opportunity. As each one discovers their unknown relatives - most of whom overcame hard times - the show will take the audience back into world history to expose how the lives of everyone’s collective ancestors’ have shaped today’s world.” - This from an older NBC webpage about the show that actually gives more information than the glitzy current page.

Premiers March 5 at 7 p.m.  Stay tuned.

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February 2, 2010

Han Shan Description of Scholars

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathie Otto @ 12:49 pm

For your “enjoyment,” thanks to Peg.

The TPT2 creative documentary on poet Han Shan called ”Cold Mountain,” uses the following translated poem by Han Shan:

“Here we languish, a bunch of poor scholars,
Battered by extremes of hunger and cold.
Out of work, our only joy is poetry:
Scribble, scribble we wear out our brains.
Who will read the works of such men?
On that point you can save your sighs.
We could inscribe our poems on biscuits
And homeless dogs wouldn’t deign to nibble.”

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