Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Upcoming events

Here's a list of our public events this fall semester.  If you don’t see a link to a blog entry, we will provide more information on this blog nearer to each event, but suggest you save the dates and times on your calendar for those you are interested in. 
Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book discussions   Fall discussions are September 17, October 29, and December 3.
See http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/07/20122013-fol-book-discussion-schedule.html.  

Friday, September 7.  Author Tony Horwitz, Jackson Library Reading Room, 4-5 p.m. http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/07/author-tony-horwitz-to-visit-uncg.html.

Monday, September 10.  Author, storyteller and musical artist John McCutcheon, Elliott University Center Auditorium.  7 p.m.  See http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/05/john-mccutcheon-to-appear-in-greensboro.html

Wednesday, September 12Author Doc Hendley, whose book Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World was the campus read this summer.  Aycock Auditorium. 7 p.m.  For more about his appearance, click here.

Friday, October 5.  Dedication and naming ceremony of Harold Schiffman Music Library, Music Building.  4 p.m. See http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/06/uncg-receives-major-gift-to-support.html 

Monday, October 22. Free Screening of documentary film, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Elliott University Center Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

The film chronicles the efforts of U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Jerry  Ensminger on behalf of Marines and their families exposed to toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in Jacksonville, NC. These efforts resulted in the introduction of the Janey Ensminger Act in the House and the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act in the Senate. The act is named after Mr. Ensminger's daughter who died of leukemia in 1985 at the age of nine.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Ensminger will join us for the film screening to update us on the story since the film was made and lead a discussion of it. 

Thursday, October 25. Talk and book signing by Kelly Ritter, author of To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College 1943-1963. Hodges Reading Room, 4 p.m. In her recent book, Professor Ritter (English Department) chronicles the evolution of writing programs at Woman's College during the postwar period.

Thursday, November 8.  "Virginia Dare in Fact and Fancy," presented by author Marjorie Hudson in celebration of the birth of the first English child born in America 425 years ago.  Sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries as part of the Around the House series and in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Virginia Dare Room at the UNCG Alumni House.  Free and open to the public. 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 10.  "Women Veterans Historical Project Luncheon and Panel Discussion," featuring a panel discussion with activists who work on different military-related issues such as student veterans, homelessness, and sexual assault and trauma in the military. The program is open to everyone, with a special focus on veterans, their friends and families.  Tickets will be $12 for all military veterans and $16 for non-veterans.  Table sponsorship opportunities to sponsor students will be available for $300.  Invitations will be sent in late September. For more information contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@unc.edu or 336/334-5838. See http://uncgspecial.blogspot.com/2012/07/mark-your-calendars-for-annual-women.html

Monday, July 23, 2012

Author Tony Horwitz to visit UNCG September 7

Tony Horwitz, one of the nation’s leading non-fiction writers will appear at UNCG on Friday, September 7 at the invitation of the University Libraries.  He will address a campus audience and Friends of the UNCG Libraries and sign copies of his books at 4 p.m. in the  Jackson Library Reading Room on the UNCG campus. Tony will also appear Saturday, September 8 at the BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem’s downtown Arts District.  It is through the courtesy of BOOKMARKS that he appears at UNCG for this event.

Horwitz is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for many years as a reporter, first in Indiana and then during a decade overseas in Australia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, mostly covering wars and conflicts as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. After returning to the U.S., he won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker before becoming a full-time author.

Four of his books, have been national and New York Times bestsellers: A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without A Map. His other work includes “Mississippi Wood,” a documentary on PBS about Southern loggers; “The Devil May Care,” a collection of fifty tales about intrepid Americans; and contributions to State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America and The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence.

His newest book is Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Started the Civil War, about John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859.  Tony has also been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a visiting scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. He lives with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their sons, Nathaniel and Bizu, on Martha’s Vineyard.
The UNCG Bookstore will have copies of Horwitz’s books for sale at the event.

Friday, July 6, 2012

2012/2013 FOL Book Discussion Schedule

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2012/2013 FOL Book Discussions.  This is the 11th season, and once again we invite our Friends and other interested community members to join us as we discuss books from past and present.  Each discussion will be led by a UNCG faculty member.  To reserve a spot at one or more discussion, please register on our website, or contact Kimberly Lutz at 336-256-8598 or by email. 

All book discussions will meet on Mondays in the Hodges Reading Room 
click on book covers for more information about each title

Monday, September 17 at 7:00 pm: Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Faculty Leader: Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English.
Persuasion, the last novel that Jane Austen completed, "participates in the revolutionary spirit of its age through Austen's penetrating critique of the sacred ideals of the British class system and her documentation and support of the changes that were emerging at the end of the Age of Reason. Through her characterization of her heroine, Anne Elliot, she presents a wise and sympathetic portrait of one woman's shifting perspective of her relation to society and her understanding of herself." (Wendy Perkins in Novels for Students edited by Jennifer Smith)

Monday, October 29 at 7:00 pm: The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore White.  Faculty Leader: Dr. David Olson, Political Science.
This "is the book that revolutionized—even created—modern political journalism. Granted intimate access to all parties involved, Theodore White crafted an almost mythic story of the battle that pitted Senator John F. Kennedy against Vice-President Richard M. Nixon—from the decisive primary battles to the history-making televised debates, the first of their kind. . . . The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction . . . this classic account remains the keystone of American political journalism." (excerpted from back cover)

Monday, December 3 at 4:00 pm: The Match: 'Savior Siblings' and One Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter by Beth Whitehouse.  Faculty Leader: Dr. Terrance McConnell, Philosophy.
"With [one] family's dramatic and emotional story as an entry point, Whitehouse delves head-on into the murky bioethics surrounding [preimplantation genetic diagnosis] PGD: Is it ethical to create a life for the purpose of saving another? Who will protect the medical interests of the 'savior sibling' created by scientific manipulation? And who will object if the child is later called upon to donate, say, an organ?  Whitehouse asks these questions and many others, seeking answers from doctors and ethicists who deal with such matters daily." (excerpted from the book's website).

Monday, January 28 at 4:00 pm: When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T. M. Luhrmann. Faculty Leader: Dr. Bennett Ramsey, Religious Studies.  
“How can one live a life at once wholly modern and fully engaged with the supernatural realm?  Many books aim to explain how American evangelicals pull this off, but this is the one that will actually change the way you think about religion going forward.  Writing elegantly and sympathetically about evangelical lives while at the same time developing a profound theory of the learning processes by which human beings come to inhabit religious worlds, Lurhmann has produced the book all of us – believers and nonbelievers alike - need to put our debates about religion and contemporary society on a truly productive footing." (Joel Robbins, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego)

Monday, February 25 at 7:00 pm: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence.  Faculty Leader: Dr. Keith Cushman, English.
"At last a publisher in one of the English-speaking countries has dared to bring out the full text of one of our century's greatest romance, which has for too long been a smugglers' trophy. . . . In the novels of contemporary writers of a stature comparable to Lawrence's, love is usually treated shabbily, as something perverse, ironic, or merely annoying.  But his book dealing with love as a serious, major, and sacred theme has been taboo here and in his native England for the thirty-on years of its existence. . . Only a reading of the book can reveal its power, its depth of complication, its psychological and social intricacy, all of which contribute to the effectiveness of the long slow process which the gamekeeper and the lady of the manor go through in order to find enrichment in love." (Harry Moore,New York Times,1959)

 Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror & an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson.  Faculty Leader: Dr. Karl Schleunes, History.
"As the events leading up to World War II go, Franklin Roosevelt's 1933 appointment of a na├»ve history professor as ambassador to Germany — and the professor's decision to take his adventurous adult daughter with him — rank pretty low in importance. But in these lives, Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, finds a terrific storytelling vehicle, as William E. Dodd and his daughter, Martha, are initially taken with Adolf Hitler and his reinvigoration of Germany, and then slowly come to realize that nothing would stop Hitler from waging war and seeking to wipe out Europe's Jews." (Los Angeles Times)