Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Celebrating Jane Austen

Hepsie Roskelly will lead a public discussion on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus entitled "Loving Jane" about how participants are drawn to Austen, and what aspects of popular culture have attracted them, ranging from film and TV adaptations to parodies to zombie movies. Dr. Roskelly will engage the audience in assessing why they like Austen and how widely she has influenced our modern culture.  The program, sponsored through the generosity of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is part of a series of programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.

In February, the UNCG Theatre will present an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan from the novel by Jane Austen and directed by John Gulley.  The play will be performed in UNCG's Taylor Theatre, 8 pm on February 14, 15, 21, 22; 2 pm on February 16 & 23; 7:30 pm February 18-20. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students, groups of 10+; $7 UNCG students. To purchase tickets, call 336-334-4392 or go online at

The Greensboro Public Library is also participating in the celebration with a series of films and discussions as described below:

Film Screenings

• Pride and Prejudice (2005, 127 minutes, rated PG)
Tuesday, October 1 at 6:45 pm, Hemphill Branch
This glorious adaptation stars Keira Knightley. When Elizabeth Bennett meets the handsome Mr. Darcy, she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined in an unexpected adventure, she finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity. It is a classic tale of love and misunderstanding that sparkles with romance, wit and emotional force.

• Sense and Sensibility (1995, 136 minutes, rated PG)
Saturday, October 12 at 2 pm, Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch
Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant star in this captivating romantic comedy. Sense and Sensibility tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor, and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune.

• Emma (1996, 121 minutes, rated PG)
Thursday, October 17 at 6:45 pm, Benjamin Branch
This delightfully fun and lighthearted comedy is based on Jane Austen's classic novel. Dazzling Gwyneth Paltrow shines as Emma- a mischievous young beauty who sets up her single friends. Funny thing is…she's not very good at it! So when Emma tries to find a man for Harriet, she makes a hilariously tangled mess of everyone's lives. Emma herself falls in love, finally freeing everyone from her outrageously misguided attempts at matchmaking

• Bride and Prejudice (2004, 112 minutes, rated PG-13)
Saturday, October 19 at 4 pm, Glenwood Branch
Bollywood modern musical retelling of Jane Austen's classic Pride And Prejudice is a hilariously entertaining tale of one girl's unlikely search for love! Sparks immediately fly as a love/hate relationship ignites between a small-town beauty (International star Aishwarya Rai) and a wealthy American who's visiting her modest Indian village! In a swirl of music, dance and comic misunderstandings, these opposites continue to attract and repel one another in a riotous romance. Love will eventually conquer all in this acclaimed treat from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha.

An Afternoon of Jane Austen
Saturday, October 26 starting at 12 pm, Central Library
• 12 pm - Pride and Prejudice presentation by Dr. James Evans from UNC-G followed by book discussion
• 1: 30 pm – Film Screening: Pride and Prejudice (1940, 118 minutes )
Classic M-G-M adaptation of the novel starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier.
• 3:30 pm – Film Screening; Jane Austen’s Life (60 minutes)
The film looks at her birth, as one of seven children born to a country curate, how she lived and wrote, and her unfortunate early death. There's also a look at her relationships, notably with her elder brother (who assisted in the publication of her novels) and her sister Cassandra. A visit to the family's Chawton cottage home gives a nice image of the environment in which Austen found herself.
• 4:30 pm – Film Screening: Jane Austen’s Works (60 minutes)
Presents narrated excerpts of Austen's writing, as well as insight into her personal life, through letters (although Cassandra is said to have destroyed those letters with too personal an insight). What's most fascinating is the speculation and examination of the real-life people who inspired the now-classic heroes and heroines in Austen's novels.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Three Librarians Named FTLC Fellows for 2013-14

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons at UNCG inaugurated a Fellows program in the spring semester 2013. Three of the new Fellows this fall are faculty of the University Libraries.  These talented professionals will bring insights to our campus culture and will work to create opportunities as our university meets the challenges of teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.   
Amy Harris Houk
INFORMATION LITERACY: Amy Harris Houk, Reference Librarian and Information Literacy Coordinator will be working on the College Star grant project, universal design for learning, and alternative research assignments for students in lieu of papers.
Beth Filar Williams
TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Beth Filar Williams, Distance Learning Librarian and Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons,has developed a number of workshops and tech toolkits for librarians and faculty to teach distance education students more effectively.  She will be expanding and coordinating those efforts with additional faculty.

Sarah Dorsey (photo by Carolyn Shankle)
SUSTAINABILITY IN THE CURRICULUM AND IN THE COMMUNITY: Sarah Dorsey, Director of the Harold Schiffman Music Library, will continue to coordinate the Sustainability Film and Discussion Series for the campus and community, now in its 8th year. The series, sustainability competitions (CSI in the Fall and Sustainability Shorts in the Spring) and Green Drinks will help to integrate sustainability communication into curriculum and the community to a greater extent.

Karen Grigg Appointed Science Librarian

Karen Grigg has been appointed Science Librarian at UNCG's University Libraries, effective August 1. 

Previously, Karen was Collection Development Services Librarian at Duke Medical Center Library & Archives from 2004-2013.  Before that, she was the Life Sciences Subject Specialist and Textiles and Engineering Services Librarian at the North Carolina State University Libraries from 1999-2004.  Her first professional position was at Lockheed Martin on the US EPA Contract in Research Triangle Park, NC as a special librarian/technical specialist. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an MSLS in 1998.  She has a BA in English Literature from Old Dominion University, and did undergraduate work in Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana and in Mathematics at Montana State University.