CSM Presents Speaker Series

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CSM Presents: “The Musical Stories of Journeys.” 7 p.m., Feb. 8, College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown. Dr. David Hildebrand offers audience members a mixture of mostly live musical selections, plus some recorded, accompanied by appropriate images as they take in the ballads and songs that tell the stories of American journeys throughout our nation. Sailors and commercial fisherman travel the rivers and lakes singing shanties and ballads of longing for home. Political candidates go town to town, accompanied by bands and choruses performing their theme songs. Woody Guthrie sets the complaints of migrant workers to old, familiar tunes. The Civil War displaces soldiers into regions never seen, and the journeys of those who come from foreign lands to the United States as the land of opportunity bring their native tunes with them, then learn to sing here of their new experiences. Appropriate for high school age and above. Free. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd.edu/arts.

 

CSM Presents: “The Musical Stories of Journeys.” 7 p.m., Feb. 18, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI), Chaney Enterprises Conference Room (Room 113), 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Dr. David Hildebrand offers audience members a mixture of mostly live musical selections, plus some recorded, accompanied by appropriate images as they take in the ballads and songs that tell the stories of American journeys throughout our nation. Sailors and commercial fisherman travel the rivers and lakes singing shanties and ballads of longing for home. Political candidates go town to town, accompanied by bands and choruses performing their theme songs. Woody Guthrie sets the complaints of migrant workers to old, familiar tunes. The Civil War displaces soldiers into regions never seen, and the journeys of those who come from foreign lands to the United States as the land of opportunity bring their native tunes with them, then learn to sing here of their new experiences. Appropriate for high school age and above. Free. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd.edu/arts.

 

CSM Presents: “The Almighty Oyster: Food, Fighting and Sensibility.” 7 p.m., March 1, College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. John Wennersten presents the evolution of the oyster industry in Maryland from the colonial period to the mid-20th century, detailing the rise of the oyster from a poor people’s food to a status delicacy. As the desirability of oysters rose, deadly violence broke out among watermen over access to the oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Sound and the tributary rivers, leading to the notorious “Oyster Wars.” Tragically, its national and international popularity led to over-harvesting and the demise of what had once been called the Almighty Oyster. The audience will consider how humans use, sensibly or not, the bounty of our natural resources. Wennersten is a former professor of history from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and has also been a visiting professor at Tokiwa University in Mito, Japan. He has published three books about the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, including “The Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay,” a winner of the Maryland Writers Prize in nonfiction. Free. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd.edu/arts.

 

 

This program is offered in partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC), a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 1996 MHC has been providing Speakers Bureau presentations throughout the state to stimulate informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. Some of our state’s finest historians, writers, poets and living history scholar-actors participate in the Speakers Bureau program. Visit www.mdhc.org to learn more about the Speakers Bureau and other MHC programs.

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