March 2015 Discussion

‘A Dream Deferred’: Issues and Answers from 1968 Wilmington Riots

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

7:30 PM in the Lower Gild Hall

The current violent crime epidemic in the City of Wilmington is not the first time Wilmington has seen major issues in the city’s minority community.  In 1968, following the assassination of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wilmington experienced riots and occupation by the National Guard.  This major event in our community’s history is captured in the 2007 documentary, ‘A Dream Deferred,’ which presents a social, historical and cultural view of the conditions and events leading up to the 1968 riots.  Following the viewing of ‘A Dream Deferred’, James Newton, University of Delaware professor emeritus, will lead our discussion of the issues that lead to the riots, and to a great extent, continue to be issues today.

Professor James E. Newton served on the faculty of the University of Delaware for 33 years.  Besides his teaching duties, Dr. Newton directed what is now the Department of Black American Studies, acted as chair of the Commission to Promote Racial and Cultural Diversity and served as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Delaware State Advisory Committee.  In 2012, Dr. Newton was the recipient of the James H. Gilliam Sr. Chairman’s Award by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League. The award recognizes pioneers for outstanding contributions and leadership in the fight for civil rights and a more equal and inclusive America.

Join the Arden Scholars Gild for our March 17 discussion at 7:30 PM in the Lower Gild Hall.

This discussion is sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum.  Visit to learn more.


A Taste February Scholars Gild Program

What’s on the Menu?

Tuesday, February 17

Bratten Room in Lower Gild Hall

7:30 PM

Please make a reservation to attend the next Scholars Gild as we welcome Henry Voigt to our February 17 discussion entitled “What’s on the Menu?”

After a successful 38-year career with DuPont, Henry Voigt has focused his attention on historic American menus, gathering “one of the most significant private collections” in the country, according to Gastronomica magazine in 2005. “Menus,” says Henry “aid our cultural memory—they provide unwitting historical evidence not only of what people were eating, but what they were doing and with whom they were doing it, who they were trying to be and what they valued.” His blog,, contains a treasure trove of illustrated information about the history of the United States since the early 1840s, as reflected by menus from restaurants, hotels, military units, steamships and trains. Some were beautifully crafted by leading stationers to celebrate special events. Others simply express the whimsy of everyday life. Drawing upon his incomparable collection, his presentation titled “What’s on the Menu?” will show what these improbable survivors can teach us about our history and social customs.

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Scholars Gild May Discussion

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30

“Where in the world did that plant come from?”

On Tuesday evening, May 21 at 7:30 (Lower Gild Hall)

Discussion – A sense of place: Do native plants matter?

Since the first days of Europeans setting foot on the Americas, humans have been swapping plants (and animals) back and forth across the globe.   As one looks at urban and suburban landscapes it can be almost impossible to tell where in the world one is by looking at what is planted around our homes.  But does it really matter?  That depends on who you are asking, an ecological scientist or a plant breeder looking for the next new thing.

We will be in lower Gild Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM, for this discussion. Come join for a lively discussion on just how important it is to curtail our use of “exotic” plants.  Even the scientists have different points of view.

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 Reference Material:

One reference from the New York Times:

… and two from The News Journal:


Aliens strangling native species

The News Journal – Wilmington, Del.

Date: Apr 20, 2008
Start Page: A.1
Section: NEWS
Text Word Count: 2241

Abstract (Document Summary)

Besides habitat loss, many private and public land managers in Delaware believe the spread of invasive species — especially invasive plants — is one of the state’s biggest environmental challenges. Redesigning suburbia In a state like Delaware, with less and less undeveloped habitat and with fragments of forest, Tallamy believes there is an alternative: “What we need to do is redesign suburbia.” Because non-native plants often are sold in garden centers, homeowners may plant them without realizing the impact.

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A new wilderness?

The News Journal – Wilmington, Del.

Date: Jan 10, 2008
Start Page: E.1
Section: HOME & GARDEN
Text Word Count: 978

Abstract (Document Summary)

[…] the inspiration. Because our once-wild landscape has become an endless series of backyard habitats, the role of the suburban gardener has never been more important. […] for Tallamy, Mr. and Mrs. Suburbia can play a crucial role in saving threatened species.

And we even have a true libruary book …

 Doug Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home.”