Three Must-Attend Lectures in Metro Phoenix This June

Pull out a pen and paper; it's time for some note-taking. Here are three lectures that'll give your brain a bump this June.

"The Single Woman's Guide to Renaissance England" @ Changing Hands The lives of single ladies in big cities are no new territory. There's Sarah Jessica Parker's stylish columnist Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and The City fame and, more recently, Zooey Deschanel's portrayal of cuckoo-pants Jess on New Girl. Less looked into, though, is the life of Renaissance-era poet Isabella Whitney, who was an unmarried maidservant in an upper-crust London household.

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ASU associate professor of English Cora Fox will discuss the life and times of Whitney, the first woman to publish secular poetry. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Changing Hands Bookstore. Admission is free. RSVP via Eventbrite.

"Archaeology and Cultures of Arizona" @ Burton Barr Central Library It's no secret that Arizona's a diverse place -- from its people to its landscapes, the state is about as varied as could be. Archaeologist Allen Dart will discuss how the state's unique culture came to be, looking back at the Archaic period's Paleoindians and prehistoric groups like the Hohokam. His lecture will be held at 2994590-l/" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13. Admission is free.

"Aldo Leopold Listens to the Southwest" @ Pueblo Grande Museum Former Arizona Humanities Council director Dan Shilling will talk about the work of environmentalist and ecologist Aldo Leopold, whose time spent in Arizona and New Mexico influenced his brand of land ethics. The lecture is presented in conjunction with KAET's airing a documentary about Leopold, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, on June 16 and 22. Shilling's talk runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Pueblo Grande Museum. Admission is free. RSVP here.

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