As a speaker for the Arizona Humanities and other agencies, I deliver programs to public libraries, schools, museums, historical and archaeological societies, community centers and civic organizations:

Southwest Movie and Television History: Silent Films, Westerns, and Much, Much More!

Join DeBarbieri for a lively overview of motion picture history in Arizona and four corners region from 1896 to present day. Discuss the silver screen magic of the West through stories, film clips and stills of the people, places and scenes of Hollywood in the desert. Journey to significant sites in movie history near and far and go behind the scenes with the classic Westerns, musicals, Indie flicks and more, all filmed on location across the southwest. Then, put your film knowledge to the test in a movie trivia contest! (adults)


Arizona Is for Art Lovers: Museums, Murals and Movements Through the Ages

Take a tour of heritage art with DeBarbieri and explore Arizona’s influential visual artists throughout history, including John Mix Stanley, Thomas Moran, Salvador Corona, Jimmy Toddy, and Ted DeGrazia. Learn about these artists and their significant works and contributions to the state’s cultural scene. Topics and periods range from Indigenous to Modern, Colonial, Surrealist, “Pop Art” and Mexican-American. Also, if requested, audience members or students can create a unique collage inspired by themes from Arizona’s art history. (adults)

Monsters, Magic and the Movies: An Introduction to Horror Literature’s Greatest Icons

Perfect enrichment for the fall or spring – spooky tales are always in season – join DeBarbieri for an illustrated and fun-filled presentation on the lives, times and works of classic horror authors and novels. Participants will read chapter excerpts, respond and discuss prevalent themes in gothic horror literature, all while making connections with well-known films, retellings, and pop culture. (K-12 audiences)

Nature Writing and the Southwest

Students will be introduced to influential writers of nature and environmental literature who have used the landscape and natural beauty of the Southwest as inspiration for their works. Such authors include John Muir, Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and Jon Krakauer. Then, through short writing prompts and journaling activities, students will use Arizona’s high and low desert ecology to inspire their own creative and/or non-fiction writing (optional activity). (all ages)

Giving so generously of your time and talents is much appreciated–Kelley Ullman, Adult Services Librarian, Pima County Library


Past Speaking Events and Appearances

Museum of Miniatures, Tucson AZ

Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff AZ

Sedona Festival of the Arts, Sedona AZ

Jerome Film Festival, Jerome AZ

Prescott College, Prescott AZ

Sun Valley Lodge, Sun City AZ

Arizona Historical Society, Tucson AZ

Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona, AZ

Singing Winds Bookshop, Benson, AZ

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Tucson, AZ

Santa Cruz County International Film Festival, Nogales, AZ

Triangle T Guest Ranch Garlic Festival, Dragoon, AZ

Peregrine Book Company, Prescott, AZ

The Well Read Coyote, Sedona, AZ

Benson Historical Society, Benson, AZ

Northern Arizona Book Festival, Flagstaff, AZ

Amerind Museum, Dragoon, AZ

Patagonia Library, Patagonia, AZ

Western National Parks Association, Tucson, AZ

Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ

Mostly Books, Tucson, AZ

Costco, Tucson, AZ

Friends of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Arivaca, AZ

Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, Tubac, AZ

Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson, AZ

Empire Ranch, Sonoita, AZ

Friends of the Ajo Library, Ajo, AZ

The Museum of Casa Grande, Casa Grande, AZ

Agua Linda Farms, Amado, AZ

Esplendor Resort, Rio Rico, AZ