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Penn Valley Common Read: Hamilton: The Revolution

A guide to resources related to the topics in Hamilton.


Spring 2018 Hamilton Common Read Events


PBS Documentary "Hamilton's America."  

Weds January 31 in EC006 and Thurs February 1 in ST301.  PBS's behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway musical Hamilton: The Revolution will be played.  Wednesday showtimes are 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Thursday showtimes will be 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00.  


Hamilton: The Revolution and the Real History of America.  

Wed February 7 at 9:00 a.m. and Thurs February 8 at 9:30 a.m. in ST301.  Alexander Hamilton was not much of a revolutionary but Lin Manuel Miranda’s and Jeremy McCarter’s Hamilton: The Revolution certainly is.  As we encourage our students to make their own revolution, the text and play will serve as brilliant and inspirational guides.  The talk will explore those themes by looking into what Manuel and McCarter have to say about revolution and what makes their ideas so resonant now.  We will also look at the historical Hamilton and revolution. Sadly, he will disappoint. Hamilton did not believe in any of the revolutionary ideas presented by the authors of Hamilton: The Revolution.  


1,000 Footsteps Tell the Story: New Roots for Refugees

Wednesday, February 7, at 6:00 p.m. in EC 006/007.  When refugees are forced to flee their countries, they arrive in the United States with very little. They have left behind relatives and friends; their home; and their jobs. What they bring with them, however, is often a great deal of agricultural expertise.  Meredith Walrafen of New Roots for Refugees at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas speaks.


1,000 Footsteps Tell the Story: Migrant Farm Workers Project

Thursday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m. in EC006/007.  The Migrant Farm Workers Project MFP began in 1984 when an attorney discovered that many of her rural western Missouri Immigration clients worked in the apple orchards along Highway 24 in Lafayette County. She soon realized their needs extended well beyond immigration applications for family members. Although they had housing, their health status was poor and their access to services very limited. Their children felt lost and often overlooked in school, and pictured no future beyond life in the fields and orchards. They existed, literally and figuratively, on the margins of the communities where they lived and labored.


1,000 Footsteps Tell the Story: KC For Refugees

Monday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. in EC006/007. Dr. Sophia Khan will speak about the organization KC for Refugees, what this group does, how they work with refugees, and her other experiences with the refugee community.


Movie Premier: Legacy.  The Black Panther Party in Kansas City  

Wednesday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m. in EC019.  MCC-Penn Valley history professor Lyle Gibson has created a movie to explore the role of the Black Panther party in the History of Kansas City.  Join us for the premier of the film, which will include special guest speakers.


1,000 Footsteps Tell the Story: Peace Clinic at Della Lamb Community Services

Wednesday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. in EC006/007.  Dr. Riaz Rabbani will speak about his own experience and his work as a volunteer for the Peace Clinic at Della Lamb providing free medical help to refugees in Kansas City.


Revolution and the American Indian Movement 

Thursday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in ST301.  Dr. Daniel Wildcat of Haskell University will discuss the American Indian Movement.


Common Read Convention

Thursday, April 12 in EC019.  

9:30 a.m.- “Fighting Hate With History”

Human rights activist Lenny Zeskind and Historian Albert Lowe will talk about the history of hate in America and how to fight it.

11:00 a.m.- “Revolution Through Sound” 

Heartland Men’s Chorus singer Dustin Cates, Wild Women of Kansas City singer Millie Nottingham, folk music artist Carol Smith, and jazz musician Clarence Smith will discuss the power of protest music.

12:30 p.m.- “How to Run for Office: Revolution from Within the System”

First-time politician and winner of the April 2018 education board election Cindy “CJ” Adams and perennial Libertarian activist Ned Kelley discuss why they choose to seek revolution from within the political system, and how ordinary citizens can accomplish it.


Revolution Through Graffiti Art 

Thursday, April 26

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