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Dr. Elliott Engel coming to UNCG to celebrate Dickens

The Freshman Seminar Program at UNCG is pleased to sponsor Charles Dickens: 200 Years of being "The Inimitable" by Dr. Elliot Engel on Tuesday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in Jackson Library on the UNCG campus.

With the program, Dr. Elliot Engel brings to life the extraordinary genius of the man many critics recognize as the greatest novelist in our language. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel will reveal Dickens' fascinating business acumen that was every bit as creative as his literary imagination.

The program is free and open to all, but seating is limited.

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, and the United State…

Novelist Matthew Pearl to appear at UNCG March 1

Matthew Pearl’s first three novels, The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow and The Last Dickens have been translated into more than thirty languages and have more than one million copies in print combined. Because of his authorship of The Last Dickens about the publication of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Pearl's appearance is made in conjunction with UNCG's “A Dickens of a Celebration.” The appearance is sponsored by the University Libraries and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG.

Critics have likened Pearl to E. L. Doctorow, and he has been described as “at the very forefront of contemporary novelists” (Caleb Carr), “sparkling with erudition” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times), and “the shining star of literary fiction” (Dan Brown). With his new novel THE TECHNOLOGISTS, Pearl expands his repertoire to bring the same suspense to nineteenth-century science that he did to three of literary history’s greatest mysteries.

In nineteenth-century Boston, a war exists between the…

Celebrate Blues Music on March 28 to support the University Libraries

You are invited to join us for the Friends of the UNCG Libraries annual dinner on March 28, when we will welcome Dr. William R. Ferris(above) and Mr. Logie Meachum(below) in a celebration of blues music to support the University Libraries at UNCG.

For more, see the University's news release.

Grab a Book.. on Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812. UNCG is celebrating the bicentennial of his birth with a series of programs sponsored by the University Libraries, the English Department, the Freshman Seminar Program, the Atlantic World Research Network, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the Greensboro Public Library and others.

Books by and about Dickens abound, with more than 900 titles in the UNCG library catalog alone. Some of these are highlighted at the GRAB A BOOK display near the Circulation Desk in Jackson Library during Feburary, and may be checked out. In addition to his own work, there are numerous biographies, books of criticism, and studies of Dickens on subjects ranging from criminology and prisons to psychology, history, travel, theatre, cinema, journalism, and parent-child relations. We invite you to choose from among these selections and others in our book collection, and visit "Windows to the World: The Immortal Works of Charles Dickens," now on exhibit in the Hodges Rea…

Upcoming Programs during February and March

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 HepsieRoskelly, English, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. Free

Tuesday, February 7 - Dickens's 200th Birthday Party/favorite readings, sponsored by the English Department, Humanities Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor, Moore Hall of Humanities and Research Administration
2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 21 - "Charles Dickens Presented by Dr. Elliot Engel," sponsored by the Freshman Seminar Program of the College of Arts & Science, Jackson Library, 3 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

Wednesday, March 28 - Fr…

Journal of Learning Spaces Launched by UNCG Librarians

A team led by UNCG librarians has launched The Journal of Learning Spaces to provide a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces that examine higher education learning spaces in the context of space design, use, and management, as well as assessment, evaluation, and pedagogical practices. The journal employs the library’s Open Journal System (OJS) software, which hosts several other online journals for the University and its faculty.

The editorial team includes Joe M. Williams, Head of Access Services, who is serving as editor-in-chief, as well as Associate Director Kathy Crowe, Assistant Director Mike Crumpton, and librarians Jenny Dale and Beth Filar Williams. Several other UNCG faculty members in related disciplines also serve on the editorial board.

The journal’s first issue was published in December 2011. Two issues per year are planned, and there will be no subscription fee. Both html and pdf formats will be offered.


ASERL Signs Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries has signed this Declaration, and the University Libraries at UNCG are members of ASERL:

"The Internet has fundamentally changed the practical and economic realities of distributing scientific knowledge and cultural heritage. For the first time ever, the Internet now offers the chance to constitute a global and interactive representation of human knowledge, including cultural heritage and the guarantee of worldwide access.

We, the undersigned, feel obliged to address the challenges of the Internet as an emerging functional medium for distributing knowledge. Obviously, these developments will be able to significantly modify the nature of scientific publishing as well as the existing system of quality assurance.

In accordance with the spirit of the Declaration of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the ECHO Charter and the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, we have drafted the Berlin Declaration to promote the Internet as …