The Salon

The Salon is a gathering where a select group of panelists and members of the audience have a conversation about thought-provoking topics and ideas. Part panel discussion, part conversation, part social event, The Salon encourages participants to explore new ideas in facilitated conversation and then together informally while enjoying refreshments. Past Salon topics include discussions about art and revolutions, interdisciplinary thinking, video games as art, and sense-of-place writing.

JANUARY SALON: Poetic Food for the Soul

Event details:
Panelists: 
Jim Roderick, professor of English
Robin Griffin, professor of English and SoulCollage facilitator
Christopher Daniels, managing director of Good Luck Macbeth Theatre and full-time yoga instructor

Moderator: Reverend Rebecca Allen, Center for Spiritual Living

6:00 p.m., Friday, January 15th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us in the new year as we discuss the natural hunger that people have for connection beyond the mundane world of existence. With our panel of experts, we will discuss the films, music, literature, and art that allows us to explore the​ expressions of the Soul around the world.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.


PAST SALON EVENTS

NOVEMBER SALON: Boots on the Ground/Bots in the Sky: How 21st Century Technology Has Changed the Way We Think About and Wage War

Event details:
Panelists: Luana Ritch, Brooke Magee, and Joe Atack
Moderator: Mark Maynard

Friday, November 20th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

The recent advances in satellite reconnaissance and armed drones have changed modern warfare. Does war waged on video screens with combat missions flown remotely from trailers in the Nevada desert somehow make us more distant and detached from the real consequences? Does this make us more willing to have permanent global military presence? The panel will discuss the realities and ethics of contemporary warfare and its effects on soldiers and citizens in the modern American era.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.

 

OCTOBER SALON: A Conversation with Lawrence Coates

Event details:
Friday, October 16th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us in October for a conversation with author Lawrence Coates about his new novel, The Goodbye House, recently published by the University of Nevada Press. Coates is currently a professor of creative writing at Bowling Green State University, and has published five books, all set in Northern California. His work has been recognized with the Western States Book Award in Fiction, the Donald Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. 

About The Goodbye House:

In the aftermath of the early 2000s dot-com bust, the people of San José, California, face a changing landscape of lost dreams and careers gone awry. It’s in this setting that Katherine Watson, a forty-seven-year-old event planner and mother of two, moves back into her childhood home with her teenage son, Carter. They live with her aging father, who is undergoing palliative care for prostate cancer. Katherine’s husband, Scott, has gone missing after his risky investments failed and they were forced to sell their dream home.
 
Katherine, Carter, and Scott all try to navigate an evolving world in a Golden State that doesn’t seem quite so golden anymore. Scott returns and hopes to restore and recreate their past happiness, Katherine contemplates divorce and explores new love along the way, and Carter works to find a place for himself in a new school among classmates who are hostile to him.
 
The characters fervently chase their dreams across Silicon Valley and beyond, from the gleaming office parks of Cupertino, to a self-help seminar on the Las Vegas Strip, to an underfunded high school theater production of The Tempest. The one element tying them all together is the house of the title, a 1950s tract home that once represented happiness and now holds the family close in its protective embrace, until, in the end, even this constant changes.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.

 

AUGUST SALON: Storytelling and the Sudan

Panelist: Jessi LeMay
Moderator: Gayle Brandeis

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, August 21st
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Nevada Humanities is pleased to host a conversation with visual storyteller Jessi LeMay. Jessi is the founder and director of The Folk & The Lore, Inc., a project with a mission to “find, share, and celebrate the individual narratives that come from the ‘Biggest Little City’ we all call home.” In June, Jessi and her Digital Storytelling partner, Krystal Tingle, traveled to the South Sudan to document the stories of the people of Kuajok, the capital city of the Warrap state in South Sudan.  Jessi will be talking with us about the storytelling experience, her time in the Sudan, and what happens when we hear our neighbor’s story — even if that neighbor is halfway around the world.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.

 
 
JULY SALON: Last Call at the Old Southwest
 
Panelists: Jeff Auer, Christopher Daniels, Meredith Tanzer. Moderator: Joe Taglieber

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, July 17th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

The Nevada Humanities Salon will feature a conversation about the play Last Call at the Old Southwest, currently at Good Luck Macbeth, which follows the friendship of drag queen Mother Mary and recently out young gay teen Hunter Samuels. The Salon will include a discussion of the history of the LGBT movement in the Truckee Meadows and the significance of its underground communities. The conversation will also explore how history is passed down when these communities disappear.

Nevada Humanities is proud to be part of the 20th Anniversary of Artown and the July 2015 Festival.  The month-long summer arts festival features approximately 500 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by U.S. Bank, NV Energy, IGT, Grand Sierra Resort, University of Nevada, Reno, Wild River Grille, Washoe County, Reno Tahoe USA, Fox 11 News 4 and My21TV, Reno Media Group, RGJ Media, KUNR Public Radio and KNPB Public Television.  Additional support is received from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.

 

JUNE SALON: "Into the Wild: Journeys in the Wilderness in Literature and Film"

--At 8:30pm join us for a post-Salon showing of the 1986 classic Stand by Me, on the lawn at Sundance.

Panelists: Gayle Brandeis, Nora Ann Shannon, and David Ware. Moderator: Alicia Barber

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, June 19th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Part panel discussion, part conversation, and part social event, the monthly Salon brings people together to participate in conversations about thought-­provoking topics and ideas. June’s Salon features a discussion about the depictions of voyages in literary and film narratives, and how those journeys are often more an exploration of identity than just geographic discovery.

The Salon is free and open to the public.

The Salon is made possible through a partnership with Sundance Books and Music, and with financial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Marilyn R. Melton Endowment for the Humanities at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, and The Nightingale Family Foundation.

MAY SALON: "Letters home - Veterans and Literature"

Panelists: Caleb Cage, Philip Lisagor, and Luana Ritch. Moderator: Mark Maynard

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, May 15th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us in May to discuss the relationship between veterans and literature -- what do words mean to those that have served? We'll also have a conversation about the meaningful things read and written by veterans and their friends and families.

APRIL SALON: "Northern Nevada's New Poetry Landscape"

Panelists: Steven Gerhke, Jared Stanley, and Lindsay Wilson. Moderator: Ann Keniston

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, April 17th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us in April to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Nevada Humanities Salon. The evening will include poetry readings from some of Nevada's new poets, and will include a conversation about the changing landscape for poetry in Nevada, and whether there's a new burgeoning aesthetic.

MARCH SALON: "How the Humanities Keep Us Human"

Panelists: Phil Boardman, Jim Roderick. Moderator: Erika Bein

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, March 20th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

The March Salon celebrates the Nevada Humanities Awards with a conversation featuring several of the 2015 award winners.  Every other year, Nevada Humanities presents four awards recognizing individuals and organizations that foster cultural enrichment and deepen our understanding of the human experience by facilitating opportunities for Nevadans to engage with the humanities. The Salon discussion will draw upon the deep well of experience that our awardees have in the humanities. Join us for a great conversation and a chance to celebrate individuals who have made an impact on our communities.

FEBRUARY SALON: "Media Ethics in Medical Reporting"

Panelists: Caesar Andrews, Anjeanette Damon, and Katharine Schweitzer. Moderator: Alan Deutschman

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, February 20th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

The February Salon addresses the topic of media ethics in medical reporting, continuing the conversation started by Laxalt Award recipient Dr. Sheri Fink.  The February panel of experts can speak to both the philosophies and methodologies behind media ethics, and also to the complications that arise when putting them into practice.  With the recent deluge of stories in the media regarding the Ebola and measles outbreaks, this is sure to be a fascinating and timely discussion.

JANUARY SALON: "Living Deliberately — Resolutions for the New Year"

Panelists: Christopher Daniels, Jim Roderick, and Kim Roubo. Moderator: Denise Barclay

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, January 16th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

In March of 1845 Henry David Thoreau moved to Walden Pond. As he explained, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” It seems that the start of every new year brings about the same resolutions, just in different forms — a desire to change some element of the self that will bring about a happier, more deliberate, more authentic life. The January Salon will examine how we try to find balance, and explore the ways in which we might successfully keep those resolutions for finding ourselves in the wilderness of daily life.

NOVEMBER SALON: "Poets Discuss the Writing Process"

Panelists: C.S. Giscombe and Elizabeth Robinson. Moderator: William L. Fox

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, November 21st
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Nevada Humanities is pleased to present a hybrid poetry reading/Salon. Come talk with William L. Fox, C.S. Giscombe, and Elizabeth Robinson about where poems come from and how writing fits into their lives.  The evening will begin and end with readings from Robinson and Giscombe.

OCTOBER 2014 SALON: "In Conversation with Mary Sojourner"

Panelists: Mary Sojourner. Moderator: Margaret Dalrymple

Event details:

6:00 p.m., Friday, October 17th

Sundance Books and Music, Reno

121 California Avenue

Join Nevada Humanities and Sundance Books and Music for this month's Salon where we have the pleasure of welcoming Mary Sojourner, author of novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs. Ms. Sojourner will read a brief excerpt from her new novel, 29, and then will be joined by moderator Margaret Dalrymple for a conversation about the healing potential of writing and nature, and the interconnectedness of the human spirit and the environment.

SEPTEMBER 2014 SALON: "Why Is Your Favorite Book Such a Terrible Movie?"

Panelists: Nate Ashley, Chris Coake, and Paul Hoppe. Moderator: Rosemary McCarthy

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, September 19th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us for a conversation about the process of transforming a book into a film, and what happens during that translation. Nate Ashley, Chris Coake and Paul Hoppe anchor our panel this month -- Nate runs "Films on Tap," and both Chris and Paul are authors whose works have been optioned by Hollywood -- and Paul has also been a Hollywood screenwriter. Rosemary McCarthy, one of our favorite moderators, is back to shepherd our discussion.

AUGUST 2014 SALON: "It's Not an Office -- It's a Collective: Exploring the Future of Work and Art"

Panelists: Colin Loretz, Geralda Miller, and Austin Wallis. Moderator: Alicia Barber

Event details:
6:00 p.m., Friday, August 15th
Sundance Books and Music, Reno
121 California Avenue

Join us as we discuss why people choose to work independently in collective spaces. What is gained from being around other people who aren't necessarily part of the same work team? What kind of inspiration is derived from this? How does this space represent the future of work and art?