Friday, September 25, 2015

Louise Talma Concert on October 2 to Celebrate the UNCG Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant Awarded to Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey

Sarah Dorsey
Louise Talma
Sarah B. Dorsey, Head of UNCG's Harold Schiffman Music Library, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Women’s and Gender Studies Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant Award. Dorsey’s award supports her work on a biography of composer, pianist and pedagogue, Louise Talma (1906-1996), which she will complete while on Research Assignment during the spring semester of 2016.

Talma was a pioneering American composer of the twentieth century. The second female composer to receive a Guggenheim fellowship, she was the first to win two consecutively (in 1946 and ‘47). She was the first American to teach with famed French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau. Thirteen years after receiving an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters for her three act grand opera (The Alcestiad, written on a libretto by Thornton Wilder), Talma was finally invited to join the august institution in 1974, the first female composer so honored.

The concert will take place on Friday evening, October 2nd at 5:30 in the Organ Recital Hall at the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Performers include UNCG faculty and students. Following the performance, there will be a reception in the Harold Schiffman Music Library.

Chamber music, organ music and choral music, including at least one world premiere, discovered last year at the Library of Congress, will make up the program. The pieces to be performed include over five decades of compositional output by Talma, who lived in Manhattan most of her life, taught at Hunter College for over 50 years and composed in the woods of New Hampshire at the MacDowell Colony. Pieces presented will reveal Talma’s fascination with the environment.

In addition to celebrating the Carlisle Grant, Dorsey will feature recordings from the concert as part of her book which will link to a web site enabling her readers to hear the music while reading about it.

If you have any questions about the concert, contact Sarah at or 336.334.5610.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery with Charlaine Harris October 22 at UNCG in Support of the University Libraries

Charlaine Harris,
photo by D. Woldan
Margaret Maron
photo by Bob Witchger
Note: The  audience will be limited to 125 persons.  There is no charge for the event, but those wishing to attend are asked to email Barry Miller at to assure their place for this unique program.

What happens when Judge Deborah Knott meets Sookie Stackhouse? 

Do vampires indulge in the products produced by alleged North Carolina bootleggers?

Find out when authors Margaret Maron and Charlaine Harris settle down with their famous protagonists for a conversation at UNCG on October 22 at 7 pm in the Virginia Dare Room of UNCG’s Alumni House for the second installment in the Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery Series. 

It is no accident, they say, that the visit is timed only a few days before Halloween.

Margaret Maron and Charlaine Harris are both highly successful writers with legions of fans, and the appearances of their new books are always highly anticipated. They are also two highly accomplished women who have been pioneering figures in a world of mystery-writing now dominated by women novelists.  They will speak about their careers, their lives, their friendship, their genres, the state of the book industry, and the handling of social issues in their writing, among other topics. 

This is not Margaret Maron’s first visit to UNCG.  She attended school here and has returned a number of times to speak, including the gift of a commencement address to our graduates in 2010.  Last year, she inaugurated our Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery series with her friend and colleague Nancy Pickard.

While decidedly modest about a list of accomplishments and awards that includes an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010 and the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2008, Margaret Maron has long been active in mentoring other writers and calling attention to the compelling issues facing North Carolina in her novels.

Maron’s papers are on long-term loan to UNCG’s Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in Jackson Library.

Her latest novel, Long Upon the Land, was published in August 2015.  It will be the last in the Judge Deborah Knott series, Maron says. 

This year she has invited Charlaine Harris to be part of her Women of Mystery series.

Charlaine Harris says that she is a true daughter of the South. She was born in Mississippi and has lived in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas. An aside: Her mother was a librarian, and she has written a mystery series about a librarian/sleuth, both of which make her popular at this gathering. 

Charlaine began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and began to write books a few years later when she says her husband “told her to stay home and write.” Her first book, Sweet and Deadly, appeared in 1981. When Charlaine’s career as a mystery writer began to falter a bit, she decided to write a cross-genre book that would appeal to fans of mystery, science fiction, romance, and suspense. She is perhaps best known for The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, otherwise known as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels. She says she could not have anticipated the huge surge of reader interest in the adventures of a barmaid in Louisiana, or the fact that Alan Ball, creator of the long-running True Blood TV series, would come knocking at her door.

Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League.  She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Her papers reside in the University of Mississippi Department of Archives and Special Collections.

Charlene is also an enthusiastic promoter of the Kiva microloan program, Heifer International, Doctors Without Borders, and Habitat for Humanity, among other organizations.

Charlaine is a voracious reader. She has one husband, three children, two grandchilden, and four rescue dogs. “She leads,” she says, “a busy life.”

Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Friends of the UNCG Libraries to Discuss Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

October 5 at  7 p.m.  Book discussion of  Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande.  Discussion leaders: Drs. Janne and Rob Cannon.  Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher who will speak in Greensboro as part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series on October 20. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

The book’s website says "Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it."

Our discussion will be led by Drs. Janne and Rob Cannon.  Janne is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Rob is a Professor in the Department of Biology at UNCG where he has been a faculty member since 1972.

The discussions are free and open to the public on a space available basis, with preference given to members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries who register.

If you have questions, contact Barry Miller at 336-256-0112.

Please contact Barry Miller at or 336-256-0112 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.