Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions for Spring 2015

Monday, February 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Regeneration by Pat Barker, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries .
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  


Monday, April 20:  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  by Christopher Browning, led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department.

4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG. 

The backdrops of World War I and World War II figure prominently in the provocative Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions scheduled for Spring 2015.

The first book discussion of the Spring Semester will be led by Dr. Keith Gorman of the University Libraries, Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department.  Keith will lead our discussion of Regeneration  by Pat Barker, which was published in 1991 and was a Booker Prize nominee. It was the first novel of a trilogy entitled the Regeneration Trilogy. The two other works in the trilogy are The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road. The novel set in WWI England explores the experience of British officers being treated for shell shock. Drawing on the experiences of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, the novel examines the issues of duty, masculinity, creative work, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The second book discussion will be led by Dr. Karl Schleunes, Professor Emeritus of History.  He will lead a discussion of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland,  by Christopher Browning.  In this non-fiction work, Browning, a professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that a German reserve police battalion composed of "ordinary men," middle-aged, working class people, killed tens of thousands of Jews during WW II.  “If the men of Reserve Police Battalion 101 could become killers under such circumstances,'' he writes, “what group of men cannot?''

Both programs are free, with priority given to Friends of the UNCG Libraries members.  If you plan to attend, we ask but do not require that you notify Barry Miller.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Spring 2015 Events Calendar


All of the following events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, February 5: Charlie Lovett, author of First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen.
7 p.m.  Hodges Reading Room, second floor Jackson Library  

Monday, February 9: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Regeneration by Pat Barker, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries .
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Wednesday, February 25: Presentation by journalist Jim Schlosser, “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Thursday, February 26: Presentation by Greg Grieve of the Religious Studies Department, "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library."
3 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

Thursday, March 26: Screening and discussion of "Ivory Tower" documentary film
3:30 p.m.  Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG.

Wednesday, April 8: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with Author and Forensic Scientist Kathy Reichs.
6 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  Fee.  Tickets on sale after December 10 from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160.

Tuesday, April 14: Presentation by Andrew Delbanco of Columbia University, “What is College For?”
4 p.m. Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, UNCG.

Monday, April 20:  Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion - Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland  by Christopher Browning , led by Karl Schleunes of the History Department.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.

You are asked to register for book discussions by emailing barry_miller@uncg.edu .
Books in the  discussion series are available from the UNCG Bookstore, Scuppernong Books, and other area retailers.