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Showing posts from March 1, 2015

Docents from the North Carolina Museum of Art visit UNCG's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Head of Special Collection and University Archives Keith Gorman (far right) and Director of Development Linda Burr (second from left) hosted a group of docents from the North Carolina Museum of Art in early March.  Docents facilitate rich conversations about the Museum’s collection and exhibitions with tour groups and visitors of all ages and interests.

While in the Library, the docents enjoyed seeing materials from the special collections relating to the book arts, illustration and illumination.

The group also visited the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Jackson Society Enjoys Reception with Author Michael Parker

Members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors and the Jackson Society, made up of those who support the University Libraries at UNCG with gifts of $1000 or more during the past year, enjoyed a wine and cheese reception with UNCG author Michael Parker at the Scuppernong Bookstore on March 3. 

Spring Events in the Series "What Is College For?"

Thursday, March 26: Screening and discussion of Ivory Tower documentary film
3:30 p.m., followed by discussion at 5 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG.

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

UNCG’s “What Is College For?” series continues this spring with two related events in late March and mid-April.

On March 26, the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office will host a screening and discussion of Ivory Tower, the 2014 documentary film by Andrew Rossi.  The film premiered at the Sundance Festival last year, went into theatrical release mid-year, and was broadcast by CNN in November.  There is a copy in the University Libraries DVD collection, and it is also available on NetFlix.  You can view a trailer at

The official website for the movie describes it in this way:

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student l…

Rescheduled to April 13: "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library," a lecture by Greg Grieve

Please join us at 3:00 pm on Monday, April 13 in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library for a lecture by Dr. Gregory Grieve of the UNCG Religious Studies Department. The event was originally scheduled for February but was postponed by bad weather and the closing of the campus.

His talk,  "Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library"  will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Dr. Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries' Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies' Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion in Digital Games.  Final group projects in these classes require students to develop a video.

His recent books, Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus and  Playing with Religion in Video Games explore this topic extensively. To quote Dr. Grieve:
"Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious unde…