University of Southern Indiana


February 2, 2-4 p.m.  Opening Panel/Reception, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library:

Downtown Evansville, Central Library, Browning Room

A panel of USI faculty (Michael Kearn; English, Dane Partridge; Business / Human Resources, Leigh Anne Howard; Communication Studies, and Katherine Winsett; Biology) will discuss the relevance of the book. Books will be distributed, along with a study guide to encourage intergenerational dialogue. 


February 5, 7 p.m  Keynote Address, Mitchell Auditorium, USI:

Dr. Robert Reid, Academic Vice President Emeritus, USI

Illustrated lecture on the relationship between The Grapes of Wrath and documentary photography in four books Dr. Reid has published featuring photographs from the 1930’s depicting rural life, agriculture labor floods and droughts in the states of Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas. Followed by a response panel.


Feb. 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Talk “Heritage Quilts” by Nell Jordan:

Civil War Re enactor, Bayard Room, second floor, Willard Library. 10-12 quilts from 1940s and print reproductions from 1930.


February 13, 6 p.m. Talk “Matron of the Homestead” by Eva Sanford:

Adult Services Librarian, Willard Library. A look back at the women of the local homesteads of the 1930s


February 19, 6 p.m, Talk “Of Determination and Despair” by Karen Tannenbaum, Adult Services Librarian, Willard Library:

Depression Era photography both nationally and locally


February 20, 12 to 4 p.m. and again from  4 to 8 p.m.  Arts Council of Southwest Indiana:

Showing of Dustbowl documentary


February 21,  Movie The Grapes of Wrath

 1:30 p.m. SWIRCA, 16 W. Virgiania

7:00 p.m. University of Southern Indiana, Forum I, Wright Administration


February 26,  Dramatic Reading of The Grapes of Wrath Play 

 3:30 p.m. Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Large Group Room.

 5:00 p.m. at University of Southern Indiana


February 26, 6 p.m. Talk “From Reality to Fantasy: American Film from the 1930’s” by Kelly Coures and Peggy Newton, Willard Library:

Hollywood films provided an escape during the country’s deepest and longest economic downturn.


February 27, 6 p.m. Talk "Innovative Kitchens: Feeding America in the 1930s" by Helen Azarian, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library held in the Large Group Room.

 Discussing the challenges and the unique solutions to food preperation during the Great Depression.


February 28, 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Talk “Aprons Have a Historical Past” by Esther Duncan, Researcher/Historian, Willard Library:

A family reunion project for 7 sisters.  It began with a reproduction of her mother’s apron and became a passion for farm women’s legacies.


March 2,  2-4 p.m.  Closing Panel/Reception, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Central, Browning Room:

For this culminating event Mark Cambron, district conservationist for Vanderburgh County, will give a presentation on the range of impacts and outcomes of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl at Central Library followed by a panel discussion and music.



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