Thursday, September 27, 2012

"To Know Her Own History": Book Talk on Thursday, October 25

You Are Invited . . . 

What:  A book talk by Professor Kelly Ritter on To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College. 1943-1963.

When: Thursday, October 25 at 4 pm

Where: Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library


As Professor Kelly Ritter (English Department) describes in her introduction, "To Know Her Own History is a sociohistorical study that focuses on the intertwined histories of first-year composition and creative writing at a public Southern women’s college in the mid-twentieth century in order to examine how evolving definitions of literacy, as well as evolving views of women as writers, shaped American college writing instruction during the postwar era. I offer new historical insight into the historical happenings in women’s writing postwar through an extended case study of the English department of the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, and spotlight the national curricular trends and local institutional conditions that affected this college’s students and faculty. These include the difficult economic conditions inherent to a Southern women’s college during this financially precarious postwar period, wherein large,coeducational universities that served a variety of populations effectively grew to dominate the American educational landscape."

The book draws on interviews with alumnae as well as the extensive records held in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives of the University Libraries.

Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries as we celebrate the publication of this book and the important history of writing at Woman's College.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Diversity Resident Joins University Libraries

Nataly Blas has been named the 2012-2014 Diversity Resident at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro libraries.

Nataly was awarded a Master’s degree from the School of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University in August, 2012. While in the program, Nataly worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Robert Manning Strozier Library, providing reference and research assistance to graduate students.  In addition to coordinating Scholar Commons programs and events, she also developed collections for the Hispanic Marketing Communication program and assisted with acquiring resources for Latin American Studies.  Nataly received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Florida State University in 2010 and worked as a Library & Museum Assistant while obtaining her undergraduate degree.

The two year Residency Program at UNCG’s University Libraries was established to further increase the diversity of the  professional staff and foster the growth and development of a new librarian. The Residency encourages exploration of all aspects of academic librarianship. The Resident participates in the University’s diversity initiatives and collaborates with the UNCG Library and Information Studies program in developing programs related to diversity. 

Nataly’s first rotation during her residency will be in Reference and Instructional Services.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Sponsor Screening of Documentary Film, Semper Fi, Always Faithful

Jerry Ensminger is an American hero to many.   His service to his country is inspiring, and his belief in his adherence to the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fi, meaning "always faithful" has been unswerving. 

Jerry served as a master sergeant in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune North Carolina, where he and his family were exposed to lethal levels of toxins in the drinking water on the base.  His daughter Janey died of childhood leukemia at age nine.  Since hearing  initial news reports about the contamination of Camp Lejeune in 1997, Jerry has spent 15 years advocating for justice due to Marines and their families as a result of this exposure. 

On Monday, October 22 at 7 pm in the Elliott University Center Auditorium on the UNCG campus, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will present a screening of Semper Fi: Always Faithful, a documentary film by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon about Jerry’s story.  We do so to help inform the public about the tragedy at Camp Lejeune, and to present the compelling story of what tenacious and commited individuals can do to advance the cause of justice in the American political system.

Mr. Ensminger will be present to lead our presentation of the film.  Please join us for what promises to be a sobering and informative evening, examining an issue with repercussions for the more than 1 million persons believe to have been exposed to these toxins between 1957 through 1987 at a Marine base in our own state, a tragedy that may have even wider repercussions than we now know.

Please be with us for this free screening and discussion.  Complimentary parking will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.