The Exchange, August 29, 2018, The Omaha Language, Loess Hills Computer Science School and ArtSplash

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Coming up next on The Exchange, talk with an 84-year old teacher of the Omaha language, one of the dozen or so speakers of the language. We also talk with the producer of a new documentary about passing on the Omaha language.   Also, why a Sioux City Elementary School is now the model for a statewide program to bring computer literacy to young students.  Also, a look at this weekend’s ArtSplash.   That and more coming up on The Exchange,

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Welcome to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  Today, state and local educators and officials meet in Des Moines to discuss the creation of a half-dozen elementary schools that teach computer science skills in every part of the curriculum.  These schools are based on the success of Sioux City’s Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary School, the only such school in the nation.  Carrie Rankin is the Managing Director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.  Rankin says leaders in state education have long been concerned about promoting computer literacy in schools.   

Carrie Rankin is the Managing Director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.  The leaders in the Computer Science is Elementary project meet today in Des Moines, and next Wednesday at Sioux City’s Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary School.  

An annual survey that tracks civility in the United States recently found the vast majority of people believe civility continues to be a problem.  But a project to revive civility is hoping to make a difference, by visiting several cities in Iowa to encourage people to have more civil conversations with each other.

IPR’s Katie Peikes reports on the dialogue it started in Sioux City.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media.  I’m Mary Hartnett.  The language of the Omaha Tribe is in crisis.  There are fewer than a dozen native speakers left.  However, a Nebraska filmmaker has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  Timmerman has been working in partnership with Omaha tribal elders and sisters Octa Keen, Winona Caramony, and Glenna Slater.   85-year-old Glenna teaches at the Nebraska Indian Community College.  I spoke with Timmerman and Glenna this week when they were in Sioux City for an event.  


  

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That was Nebraska filmmaker Briggitte Timmerman, who has produced a new documentary called “The Omaha Speaking.”  She worked with Omaha tribal elders Octa and Glenna Keen.  We also spoke with Glenna, who at 85-year-old teaches the Omaha language at the Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy.  I talked with Timmerman and Glenna this week.   Here’s a sample of the documentary, which Timmerman hopes to be showing at more venues soon.   The film has just been accepted at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The festival runs from September 27th-to-October 7th.  Organized by Heal One World, it spotlights filmmakers who are committed to making a positive change throughout the world. 

awarenessfilmfestival.org.


You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media; I’m Mary Hartnett.  This weekend marks Labor Day and a day off on Monday for most of us. It’s also the weekend for ArtsSplash, the Siouxland area’s premiere juried art show, and educational venue.  I talked with Erin Webber Dreezin of the Sioux City Art Center, which puts on the event, about the events this weekend and the celebration of  Artsplash’s 25thyear in operation.


  


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