Thursday, February 19, 2015

University Libraries Appearing on CSPAN February

Dr. Keith Gorman
Ms. Beth Ann Koelsch
If you watch C-SPAN programming this weekend, you’ll see some familiar UNCG faces, including two from the University Libraries.  The UNCG related programming will air Feb. 21-22.

Recently, C-SPAN came to the UNCG campus and interviewed two faculty members of the Special Collections and University Archives Department in Jackson Library. They also interviewed two faculty members and one emeritus faculty member in the History Department.

Ms. Beth Ann Koelsch is curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the library’s Hodges Special Collections & University Archives. “Since it’s for C-SPAN2 “the book channel,” I pulled books from the collection including memoirs, books written about particular companies (for example, “The 149th WAAC Post HQ Company, 1940-1943: Our Story”), comics, books on the history of women in the military and books about the role of women in the military,” she said.

Dr. Keith Gorman, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, was also interviewed in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room. He spoke about the archives’ World War I pamphlet collection, noting that the entire collection of these pamphlets have been digitized and are online.

C-SPAN was in Greensboro as part of its “C-SPAN Cities Tour” in which they cover the history of a city as well as its local authors and libraries.

In the History Department interviews, the emphasis was on specific books the faculty have published:
  • Dr. Charles Bolton was asked about his book from 1994 “Poor Whites of the Antebellum South: Tenants and Laborers in Central North Carolina and Northeast Mississippi.
  • Dr. Mark Elliott, an expert on 19th century Greensboro judge and author Albion Tourgee, was asked about “Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgee and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson.”
  • Dr. Loren Schweninger, emeritus professor, was interviewed about “Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery & the Law.”


The UNCG related programming will air Feb. 21-22. According to C-SPAN: “The history segments will air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments will air on BookTV on C-SPAN2. In addition, we will air special Greensboro programming blocks: C-SPAN2 BookTV BLOCK: SATURDAY, February 21 at 12 pm ET and C-SPAN3 American History TV (AHTV) BLOCK: SUNDAY, February 22 at 2 pm ET.”

See more information at http://www.c-span.org/LocalContent/.

Adapted from a Campus Weekly story by Mike Harris of University Relations.

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