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Wicked Columbus

In the early twentieth century, the “Bad Lands” of Columbus were once as well-know at New York’s “Tenderloin,” Cleveland’s “Central Avenue,” Chicago’s “Black Belt,” or Detroit’s “Heights,” and its uncrowned king was Alexander “Smoky” Hobbs. However, vice was not confined to one neighborhood as exemplified by the unlikely love affair between local gambler Pat Murnan and Grace Backenstoe, the madam of the most popular brothel in town. Corruption was rampant during this era, extending all the way from city hall to the statehouse to Washington D.C., and Roxie Stinson, a local music teacher with the chorus girl figure, played a key role in bringing it all to light. These are just a few of the characters author David Meyers profiles in his latest book, Wicked Columbus, Ohio.

A lifelong Columbus resident, David Meyers if the author of many books on local history, often in collaboration with his daughter, Elise Meyers Walker. His titles include: Historic Columbus Crimes, Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons, Columbus the Musical Crossroads, Look to Lazarus, Inside the Ohio Penitentiary, Ohio Jazz, A Glance of Heaven, and the Kahiki Supper Club. He has also written a handful of works for the stage and a couple of novels.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Art History: The Harlem Renaissance - part 1

The Harlem Renaissance was an important cultural movement in the 1920’s and 30’s, and in this session we will look at the art of two of its most prominent male artists, Jacob Lawrence and Aaron Douglas. Both men integrated Modernism and traditional African motifs into their Jazz Age paintings and sculptures. We will analyze each artist’s work, including Lawrence’s Migration Series and Douglas’s Aspects of Negro Life paintings, and we will discuss the challenges they faced as African-American artists in that era. Presented by CCAD instructor Ann Shifflet.

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Sunday Film Club -- The Lives of Others

In “The Lives of Others”, a dedicated East Berlin dStasi officer, conducting surveillance on a playwright and his actress lover, finds himself becoming unexpectedly sympathetic to and increasingly absorbed by their lives. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. rated R, 2hrs 15 min, 2006

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Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:15pm

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The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order

In the spring of 1970 growing student protests forced the Ohio State University to close entirely for two weeks - an event unprecedented in the institution’s 100 year history. How could a campus that previously seemed immune to the unrest sweeping other campuses go off the tracks so far and so quickly? Join Bill Shkurti for a discussion of his newest book “The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order. Using news stories, archival materials and personal interviews, Shkurti has reconstructed the unique circumstances of those tumultuous times into a compelling narrative. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Stories from the UA Archives

If you enjoy historical facts and anecdotes, you’ll love this session with UA digital librarian and historian Sara Klein. Sara will talk about Upper Arlington’s interesting history and will show unique photos and documents from the UA Archives.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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The Peace Corps: What's it All About?

The Peace Corps is now 55 years strong, and accepts all ages of volunteers from 21 to 80. Volunteers will talk about their first hand accounts of service in the 3rd world. Come hear about their experiences and learn how you might become a volunteer or learn about other ways that you can support the Peace Corps’ goals.
Gail and Mike Messick, long standing Upper Arlington residents with multiple years of service, will lead the discussion.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Practical Parenting: Marijuana - The facts, the risks and how to prevent use

You may have heard a variety of claims about marijuana in the media or in everyday conversation. As a parent, making sense of conflicting messages related to marijuana can be confusing. Accurate and balanced information about marijuana is more complex than the simple statements you often hear. Learn about factual information that is based on scientific research. In addition, we’ll discuss local and national trends related to substance abuse among our youth. Understand what factors put our youth at risk for use and what we, as a community, can do to strengthen protective factors to prevent or delay the onset of using substances.

Presented by counselors from Syntero in partnership with The STAND Project.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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