Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Dickens of a Celebration

The year 2012 marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. UNCG will mark the occasion with a series of events sponsored by the University Libraries, the English Department, the Freshman Seminar Program, the Atlantic World Research Network, the Greensboro Public Library and others. As of January 3, these are the events scheduled. Follow this blog to learn about other events as they are scheduled.

Events at UNCG
Exhibit of Charles Dickens Collection
Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd Floor
9 a.m.—5 p.m. Monday-Friday, January 23—March 30, 2012

Grab a Book by Dickens display
Jackson Library, First Floor
February 2012

Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussion of
Great Expectations,
led by Hepsie Roskelly, of the UNCG English Department
Monday, February 6 at 4 p.m.
Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Dickens's 200th Birthday Party/favorite readings
Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 2-4 p.m.
Cake and libations throughout
Brief readings beginning at about 3, followed by a toast to Dickens's memory
Drawing for copies of Matthew Pearl's The Last Dickens and Dickens's Mystery of Edwin Drood at 3:30
Humanities Faculty Lounge, Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building (MHRA), 3rd Floor
Sponsored by the English Department.

“Charles Dickens,” presented by Dr. Elliot Engel,
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Jackson Library.
Sponsored by the Freshman Seminar Program.

Appearance by Matthew Pearl, author of
The Last Dickens and The Technologists,
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House
Sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries

“Dickens, Our Contemporary,”
presented by Dr. Eileen Gillooly of Columbia University, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. Sponsored by the Atlantic World Research Network.

For more information about UNCG events, contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

Greensboro Public Library Film
and Book Discussion Series

Film Screening: Tale of Two Cities (126 minutes) Thursday, February 9, Hemphill Branch @ 6:45 p.m. Classic 1935 version of Dickens” story of the French Revolution.

Film Screening: David Copperfield (131 minutes) Saturday, February 18, Hemphill Branch @ 3 p.m.
1935 MGM adaptation of Dickens novel that features W.C. Fields as Mr. Micawber and other great character actors such as Edna May Oliver and Basil Rathbone.

Film Screening: Great Expectations (118 minutes) Tuesday, February 21, Central Library @ 6:45 p.m.
Acclaimed 1946 adaptation of novel filmed by David Lean.

Book Discussion: Great Expectations
Tuesday, March 6, Central Library @ 7 p.m.

Film Screening: The Mystery of Charles Dickens
(90 minutes)
Wednesday, March 14, Benjamin Branch @ 7 p.m.
One-man play interweaves Dickens’ turbulent life story with some of his most memorable fictional characters—brought to life by Simon Callow’s breathtaking performance.

Film Screening: Oliver (145 minutes)
Saturday, March 17, Central Library @ 2:30 p.m.
1968 Best Picture Oscar winner is the musical adaptation of Oliver Twist.

Book Discussion: A Tale of Two Cities
Saturday, March 31, Hemphill Branch @ 4 p.m.

For more information about public library events, contact Ronald Headen at 336-373-2925.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner

Upcoming programs

Jan. — Early March 2012
Friends of the UNCG Libraries Events

with support from Friends of the UNCG Libraries
Elliott University Center Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. Admission charged. For tickets, see

Thursday, January 26 — “Learn: Space: Learn“
presented by Patrick Lee Lucas, Interior Architecture. Maple Room, Elliott University Center, 4 p.m. Free.

February — A Dickens of a Celebration (Bicentennial celebration of the birth of Charles Dickens)

Monday, February 6 - Book Discussion of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, led by Hepsie Roskelly, English, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. Free.

Thursday, March 1 - Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists, and The Last Dickens, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. 7 p.m. Free.

Friday, March 2 — “Saving the Hansen House”
documentary film screening, co-sponsored by the
Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the Greensboro Historical Museum, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Jackson Society Reviews Acquisitions by the Special Collections Department

Members of the Jackson Society supporting the University Libraries at UNCG enjoyed a holiday gathering on December 8 to peruse and learn about some of the additions to the Special Collections over the past year. After guests enjoyed refreshments Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian welcomed and thanked those attending for their generosity and support, and Becky Megerian, past chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries described the Jackson Society and encouraged guests to join or renew their memberships. Bill Finley, Head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department, described some of the reasons for acquiring the items on display, emphasizing their research value as part of larger collections. Jackson Society members and guests were then invited to browse and handle the approximately thirty items laid out for their inspection, and the faculty and staff members in the Department were available to answer questions. Volumes on display included important editions of works by Twain, Dickens, Hawthorne, and Thoreau, along with interesting letters, artwork, and examples of the book arts. A keepsake catalogue of the materials, with descriptions, was given to attendees and is posted here for further review.

To join the Jackson Society, contact Linda Burr at 336-256-0184.