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Class Information for Winter 2020: LIVES OF ARIZONANS FROM MEMOIRS AND FICTION, 2:00-4:00pm, Wednesday, February 19, RH Johnson Lecture Hall (W770)


Richly illustrated with historic photographs and artwork, this presentation gives audiences a personal understanding of what life was like for Native Americans and pioneer emigrants in Arizona, in their own words from diaries, letters, and memoirs. It includes passages from Martha Summerhayes’s beloved Vanished Arizona and Captain John Bourke’s On the Border with Crook, plus biographies of Hopi, Pima, and Tohono O’odham women describing their lives, feelings, and wisdom. But it also looks at fiction, including Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, Zane Gray’s Riders of the Purple Sage, and contemporary authors like Marguerite Noble’s Filaree and Nancy Turner’s These is My Words. Instructor Jim Turner: Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, he worked with more than 70 museums across the state. He co-authored the 4th-grade textbook The Arizona Story, and his first book, Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State, was a 2012 Southwest Books of the Year selection. Jim moved to Tucson in 1951, earned an M.A. in history in 1999, and has been presenting Arizona history for forty-three years. Jim is an author/editor for Rio Nuevo Publishers, authored The Mighty Colorado from the Glaciers to the Gulf and Four Corners USA: Wonders of the American Southwest with more in the works.

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