The Libraries will be closed on Saturday, October 1st, for the home football game – Tennessee @ Georgia. Regular semester hours resume on Sunday, October 2nd.
The Fall Symposium on the Book will be held next Wednesday and Thursday at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.
The plenary talk by Professor and medievalist Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina) will be Wednesday Oct. 5, at 4:30pm:. Professor Gwara will be presenting his paper, “Unscrambling Ege: Educator, Bibliophile … Villain?” (Otto Ege was an educator, a bookseller, and a breaker of medieval books.) Q&A to follow. Professor Gwara is a generous and engaging presenter.
On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 9:30am there will be a faculty panel featuring talks by UGA professors Mario Erasmo (Classics) on Arcadia, Cynthia Turner Camp (English) on teaching in the archives, and Miriam Jacobson (English) on Renaissance editions of Ovid. All three of these faculty members are doing exciting work right now. Come take the opportunity to learn about it! Coffee and treats served.
At 11:30am: Textual Afterlives of Poetry: We’ll look at examples from the Hargrett Library’s rare book collection of poetic works that appeared in print after being shared, sometimes for centuries, in manuscript; we will examine some of the works discussed in the panel presentations.
If those sites don’t have the example you need, copies of the complete handbook are at the Reference Desks in the Main Library, Science Library, and Miller Learning Center (3rd floor). Or, as always, ask a librarian for help!
ATHENS, Ga – Visiting political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck will shed light on the 2016 presidential election during a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
This election cycle has confounded pundits and political observers alike. How did Donald Trump win the Republican nomination? How did Bernie Sanders mount such an unexpected challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary? As Election Day draws near, the race remains close and both sides are maintaining a rigorous campaign schedule. Sides and Vavreck will offer insights on their method for analyzing what will move voters come November.
Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University and a cofounder of the politics blog The Monkey Cage, hosted by the Washington Post. Vavreck is a professor of political science and communications at the University of California, Los Angeles and a regular contributor to the politics blog The Upshot, hosted by the New York Times. Both skilled at writing for a popular audience, the pair teamed up in 2013 to co-author The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election. Using a “moneyball” approach, they drew on quantitative data, social science research, and on-the-ground reporting to provide an account of the election and factors that led to the re-election of President Barack Obama over challenger Mitt Romney.
“This election  was actually supposed to be a toss-up, and from that perspective the tightening polls make sense,” said Sides. He adds that their lecture will be “trying to explain how we got here and, perhaps, where we’ll be by Election Day.”
The lecture is being co-sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Department of Political Science. The event is free and open to the public, followed by a light reception and book signing with the speakers.
This event is part of Ready, Steady, Vote! a series of events spotlighting all things presidential during the 2016 election season. For more information on this event and other programs in the series visit http://www.rbrl.blogspot.com or call (706) 542-5788.
As the campaign season comes to a fever pitch and Election Day draws near, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will hold two presidential debate watch events this fall for the University of Georgia and Athens communities.
The library will screen the first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26 and the third debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Both screenings will take place in the auditorium (room 271) of the Russell Special Collections Building with introductions from Paul Gurian, professor of political science.
Gurian retired earlier this year after 30 years in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia. His teaching and research has focused on presidential campaign politics, particularly presidential primaries, campaign strategy, and the electoral college. He believes the first presidential debate this year could be critical.
“Usually debates do not change many people’s minds. Most people have already decided who they support. However, this year, there are many people who are still undecided or who are considering voting for a minor party candidate,” said Gurian. That means the stakes are high in this very close race. “The two candidates’ styles are dramatically different, so it is hard to anticipate how they will perform.”
At Monday night’s debate, hosted at Hofstra University in New York, moderators will ask candidates to focus on three topics: the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America. In addition to introducing the debate and framing the three topics, Gurian will also take questions and facilitate brief discussion after the screening. Doors to each event will open at 8 p.m., with discussion at 8:30, and the debate set to begin at 9 p.m. Both events are open free to the public and light snacks and coffee will be served.
Debate Watch is part of the Ready, Steady, Vote! a series of events spotlighting all things presidential during the 2016 election season.For more information on this event and other programs in the series visit http://www.rbrl.blogspot.com or call (706) 542-5788.
The Russell Library, in collaboration with UGA’s Institute on Human Development and Disability and the Georgia Disability History Alliance, is hosting the second annual Georgia Disability History Symposium.
Titled “The History of Mental Illnesses in Georgia: Moving Away from a Difficult Past,” the symposium will feature an honest and open discussion of the history of mental health reform and the impact of systemic, legal, and legislative changes. The day will conclude with a look ahead at the opportunities and challenges facing mental health advocates in Georgia.
An exhibit of items related to the history of mental health in Georgia from the Russell’s Georgia Disability History Archive will be available for viewing.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; reception to follow
Where: Russell Special Collections Building, University of Georgia, Athens
A full symposium description and information on registration (FREE) is here: http://tinyurl.com/GDHASymposium2016
Foxfire, a project begun to inspire North Georgia students that gained national attention documenting the cultural heritage of southern Appalachia, is the focus of a University of Georgia exhibit on its 50th anniversary.
An opening reception for “Foxfire: 50 years of Cultural Journalism Documenting folk Life in the North Georgia Mountains” is scheduled for Sept. 29 from 6-9 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The exhibit uses photos and artifacts, including textiles, homemade toys and tools and a moonshine still, to illustrate how Foxfire has documented folk life and customs.
Foxfire began with students collecting oral histories of North Georgia residents and publishing them in a magazine format, beginning in 1967. The project quickly gained national attention and anthologies of the articles the students produced made best-seller lists.
“As Foxfire was, and still is, focused on documenting folk life in the Appalachian mountains, we chose to focus on a variety of different traditions and unique practices documented in the Foxfire magazines,” explained Dixie Gallups, a UGA graduate student. “Each case in the exhibit displays artifacts and information that relate to a different aspect of life in Appalachia. Topics that are covered include textiles, intangible cultural heritage (folklore, superstitions, etc.), music, homemade toys, home remedies, butter churning, tools/tool making, and the art of moonshining. Each of these cases sport relevant issues of the Foxfire magazines and artifacts from the Foxfire Museum.”
Gallups and Kimberly Ellis, both earning master’s of historic preservation, curated the exhibit.
A first edition of the first issue of the magazine, original recording equipment, and photographs of students in the field also are included. The exhibit will be up through Dec. 16.
In 2000, the Foxfire Fund, Inc. donated their entire videotape collection to the Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection, one of three special collections libraries at the UGA Libraries. A unique feature of the audiotaped, videotaped, and photographic collections is that the information was collected by high school students, transcribed for the most part by hand, and published in The Foxfire Magazine and book series. The archives include a large amount of data never published.
The Foxfire organization, now a non-profit, is publishing a book, The Foxfire Book of Simple Living: Celebrating Fifty Years of Listenin’, Laughin’, and Learnin’, copies of which will be available for sale at the reception. Parking is available in the Hull Street Deck.
We are pleased to announce that the new UGA Libraries website is now available in beta at http://demo.libs.uga.edu/
Our goals for this redesign were to reduce clutter, put the things that people use most front and center, and make the site easier to navigate and more visually appealing. We spent considerable time gathering input from our users and then testing our design. However, there is always room for improvement, and we can’t wait to hear what you think! Please check out the site and share your feedback with us through our survey at http://tinyurl.com/librarybeta. The site will replace our current site at the end of the Fall semester.
As the site is still in beta, you may run into the occasional missing page or part of the site that is not fully functional, and there will be slight changes before it replaces our current site. Please do not use the forms on the beta site for items or services that you actually need to request; you should continue to use the current site for that.
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The Libraries will be closed on Saturday for the home football game – Nicholls State @ Georgia. Regular semester hours resume on Sunday, September 11.
It’s National Service Dog Month and National DNA, Genomics and Stem Cell Education Month. Please stop by the Curriculum Materials Library and see the book displays on these topics curated by our student worker, Kiara Portillo. We’re in 207 Aderhold and offer thousands of children’s books & K-12 textbooks. Discover our new arrivals by clicking on the CML tab.