The UGA Libraries Special Collections Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning are delighted to announce the selection of eleven teaching faculty to participate in the inaugural Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Program beginning in December 2015 and continuing throughout 2016.
“The Fellows will participate in a series of workshops and seminars in spring semester to develop archives-centered courses that they will teach beginning in fall semester 2016. They will also participate in an intensive institute in May to refine these projects,” according to Jill Severn, head of outreach and access at the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. “They will make extensive use of the tools, models and resources of TeachArchives.org, an acclaimed pedagogical guide for creating archives-centered instruction.“
A kick-off event will be held Dec. 11 with Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, Associate Professor of Employment Law and Legal Studies, Department of Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real Estate, Terry College as the keynote speaker.
The faculty participants come from a wide range of disciplines and departments including, history, public relations, African American Studies, theatre and film studies, English, and Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy. The program is made possible by the generous donations from Libraries supporters and the leadership of University Librarian P. Toby Graham and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning C. Edward Watson
The instructional team for the fellows program includes: Jill Severn (Russell Library); Mary Miller and Alex Kroh (Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards), Chuck Barber, Mazie Bowen and Anne Devine (Hargrett Library), and Thomas Chase Hagood (Center for Teaching and Learning).
For more information about this new program, please visit: http://ctl.uga.edu/pages/special-collections-libraries-faculty-fellows-program.
2016 Special Collections Faculty Fellows
- Garrison Bickerstaff, Division of Academic Enhancement
- Cynthia Camp, Department of English
- Kathleen deMarrais , Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
- Brian Drake, Department of History
- Benjamin Ehlers, Department of History
- Hilda Kurtz, Department of Geography
- Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Department of Theatre and Film Studies and Institute for African American Studies
- Akela Reason, Department of History
- Spenser Simrill, Department of English and Division of Academic Enhancement
- Kristen Smith, Department of Public Relations
- M. Montgomery Wolf, Department of History
An exhibit in the Hargrett galleries of the Russell Special Collections Libraries honors the contributions of the 2015 inductees into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: Vereen Bell, Taylor Branch, Paul Hemphill and Janisse Ray.
Vereen Bell A regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s Weekly in their heyday, Cairo native Vereen Bell enjoyed a fruitful career writing short stories often set in his native south Georgia. After appearing serially in the Post, Bell’s 1940 novel Swamp Water was bought by Hollywood and made into a 1941 movie filmed partially on location near Waycross in the Okefenokee Swamp. After the publication of his second novel, Two of a Kind, and a collection of short stories about hunting dogs, Bell’s career was cut tragically short when, as a World War II naval officer, he was fatally wounded during the Battle of Leyte Gulf – the only author to die in battle as a serviceman in WWII.
Taylor Branch Atlanta-born journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch is best known for his epic narrative trilogy of the civil rights era, America in the King Years (1989-2006). He began his career with a series of articles in 1969-70 for Washington Monthly on race and politics in southwest Georgia, and has subsequently worked as both writer and editor at other influential national magazines. He has written or edited several nonfiction works on the nation’s executive branch, including one of the defining books on the Bill Clinton presidency. Investigating the history of the United States’ peculiar mixture of higher education and big-money sports, Branch sparked public debate with his October 2011 cover story for The Atlantic (“The Shame of College Sports”), which led to his being invited to testify before Congress on college athletes and academics.
Paul Hemphill In the late 1960s, the masthead of the bestselling Atlanta Journal bragged that the daily newspaper covered Dixie “like the dew,” and columnist Paul Hemphill was the Journal’s front-page star, writing six 1,000-word columns a week often devoted to the lives and outlooks of wage workers and wayward souls. After winning a prestigious Nieman fellowship to Harvard in 1969, he left daily newspaper work and spent most of the next forty years as a freelancer. Hemphill died in 2009, having written four novels and eight full-length books of nonfiction, collaborated on two others and produced three book-length compilations of articles, all largely about the blue-collar South, its denizens and their ballparks, dirt tracks, two-lane blacktops, and their prejudices. Among Hemphill’s many
awards for writing, in 1993 his acclaimed memoir Leaving Birmingham — part wrenching family memoir and part biography of his native city’s emergence from its violent, racist past — was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Janisse Ray Appling County native Janisse Ray began her career publishing poetry, but it was the runaway success of her 1999 memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood that guaranteed her national audience. A naturalist and environmental activist, Ray combines lyrical passion and scientific precision in her writings, exalting and defending the wild areas of America, most particularly her south Georgia homeland—its forests, swamps and rivers. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood is Ray’s song to Georgia’s once-glorious pine flatwoods interwined with childhood memories of rural isolation, family tension and poverty. She is the author of a 2010 collection of poetry steeped in her love of wildness, and of four other full-length books of nonfiction that tell the stories of a humble swamp in south Georgia, the Altamaha River, and organic farms such as those Ray has made her own in Appling and Tattnall counties.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is pleased to present this exhibition from the bookshelves and archives of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit runs through December 21.
An exhibit at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries showcases the activities disability activists have engaged in as related to transportation, housing and community services through participating in direct action campaigns, non-violent protests and self-advocacy.
Created to announce the establishment of the Georgia Disability History Archive at the Richard Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the exhibit opened to coincide with a meeting of the Georgia Disability History Symposium. The symposium focused on the history of disability, including disability rights and justice, de-institutionalization, the power and impact of the Olmstead decision, citizen advocacy and self-advocacy, and what the future holds, 25 years after the passage of the ADA.
A collection of artifacts, media articles, stories, and historical documents will tell the entire story of Georgia’s Disability History. Topics include initiatives for education and awareness to end employment discrimination; housing and transportation accessibility; and challenges facing disabled vets to receive adequate support and healthcare.
The archive opened with collections of a dozen individuals, as well as groups including the Southeast ADA Center Collection, the Georgia Disability Community Oral History Collection and the Disability Law and Policy Center of Georgia Records.
An exhibit of artist’s books and fine press books in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library galleries at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries complements the fall book symposium “Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare.”
The symposium is sponsored by the UGA Libraries, the English department, Theatre and Film Studies, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. It brings to the UGA campus four of the leading scholars of Shakespeare around the world to discuss how TV shows, films, novels, poems, operas, music and stage plays from different countries and cultures adapt Shakespeare and make these 400-year-old plays and poems their own.
The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.
The Hargrett’s collection of artist’s books and fine press books are books designed, bound and printed by artists; texts illustrated with print from an individual artist; limited letterpress editions; and books made of and from literary or artistic texts. Several in the UGA Libraries collection are based on Shakespeare’s works and comment on the stories, language and imagery of the text.
Part of the exhibit uses volumes which use both traditional and non-traditional book-forms, and extremes of scale, to reveal new aspects of Shakespeare’s language and imagery. Some book artists respond to Shakespeare by creating books that engage more distantly with the Bard’s work or life. Langston Hughes’s Shakespeare in Harlem is a volume of self-described “light verse,” illustrated with etchings. Hughes’s volume revisits Shakespearean lyrics as African-American call-and-response. It collaborates with Shakespeare in order to deliberately and wittily take on the “low” or parodic elements of pop culture to claim for the Harlem Renaissance the linguistic and cultural authority of the earlier Renaissance.
The symposium is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.
Writer and archivist Valerie Frey will discuss her new book, Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions Nov. 10 at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Published by the UGA Press, Frey’s book is a guide for gathering, adjusting, supplementing, and safely preserving family recipes and for interviewing relatives, collecting oral histories, and conducting kitchen visits to document family food traditions from the everyday to special occasions. The talk will begin at 3 p.m. It is open free to the public and a reception will follow.
Patrick Allen, acquisitions editor for the book, said he pursued the book after reading about Frey’s occasional genealogy workshops as part of her duties with the State Archive in Morrow.
“Whenever she mentioned food or family recipes in the course of discussing family ancestry her audiences always responded well. She began to add more and more information about family foodways to her talks—until preserving family foodways became the focus of her talk,” Allen said. “When I read the article, I thought a book born out of her workshops would be a good fit for UGA Press. Part of our mission is to document the rich history of the state and family foodways is a part of our shared heritage. People who might be intimidated to record their family history if pursued through archives and libraries can easily jump into the subject if they think of tracing their family tree through shared family meals, holiday traditions, and the like.”
Frey’s book is the first of its kind to give a useful, practical guide to recording one’s “foodways genealogy,” combining a practical how-to format with the high standards of a professional archivist.
A Georgia native, Frey uses many examples in the book from the state or the region, but the book’s guidance can be used by anyone of any regional or national background.
“There are, for example, a few first-generation Americans in the book who combine American with Asian or European foodways,” Allen said.
Frey’s talk is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.
Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal, will be joined by her co-authors Oct. 28 on a visit to the University of Georgia Libraries to discuss “Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion,” published by the UGA Press.
The book talk will be held at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries beginning at 10 a.m. A reception will follow.
“All homes have a story to tell, and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is no exception,” Deal said.
Deal wrote the book with Kennesaw State University history professors Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis to chronicle the history of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, which opened in 1968 and includes a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. The book contains personal anecdotes and more than200 color photos from the collections of former first families of Georgia.
Former first families Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue, shared stories and photographs about what it was like living in the “people’s house.” The foreword by Betty Foy Sanders details the complicated process of planning the new mansion.
Atlanta architect A. Thomas Bradbury’s neoclassical design features a 30-column colonnade to evoke southern charm and grandeur while accommodating state functions and family living quarters. The mansion opened in 1968.
“The mansion has one of the most valuable collections of early federal era art and antiques in the world, and its origin is now recorded for posterity.” said UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer. “As a unit of Georgia’s flagship university, the UGA Press is honored to have published this rich, meticulously documented, utterly engaging story of our state’s current history through its first families.”
A three-day conference at the University of Georgia will explore how writers, readers, and performers from around the world adapt the 400-year-old works of Shakespeare and make them their own.
“Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” will bring together four of the leading experts and other scholars of Shakespeare for panels, roundtables, workshops, brown-bag talks and readings. The symposium is sponsored by the UGA Libraries, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, the Department of English, the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, the Office of Service Learning, and the University of Georgia Symposium on the Book.
The conference commemorates the 10th anniversary of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, the award-winning, scholarly, multimedia journal, founded by UGA English professors Christy Desmet and Sujata Iyengar.
More information and a complete schedule is available at: https://shaxandapp2015.wordpress.com/
Capping the first day of the symposium will be an address by Alexa Huang of George Washington University: “Others Within: Ethics in the Age of Global Shakespeare” at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Huang is founding co-director of the Digital Humanities Institute and director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare program. She has received the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. She is founding co-director of the Global Shakespeare Video and Performance Archive, and was Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick, 2014-2015.
The second day of the symposium will conclude with a staged reading of Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, a play that appropriates Shakespeare’s Othello, Friday, 5:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre (Room 300).
Chakrabarti’s play creates imagined experiences based on the little-known, but true, story of Ira Aldridge, an African-American actor who, in the 19th century, built an incredible reputation on the stages of London and Europe. Red Velvet received its world premiere at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in 2012, starring Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge. This staged reading is directed by Professor Ray Paolino (department of theatre and film studies)
The final event is “New Town Revue: Shakespeare Remix” on Saturday evening. All performers will be riffing on the Bard in their own unique way. The lineup features Cindy Watkins, poetry; and Laura Leidner, prose. The music was composed by Richard Hunsinger and performed by the UGA New Music Ensemble, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Historic Athens Fire Hall #2 at the corner of Hill St. and Prince Ave.
“Appropriation in the Age of Global Shakespeare,” is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.
Taylor Branch and Janisse Ray will be inducted into the hall Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m., along with posthumous honorees Vereen Bell and Paul Hemphill.
“The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame celebrates our state’s literary tradition, and this year we are proud to induct four outstanding Georgia writers,” said Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. Branch is best known for his landmark history of the civil rights era. Ray’s writing is deeply influenced by the natural world. Bell’s fiction first brought the Okefenokee Swamp into the national consciousness, and Paul Hemphill explored themes related to the working class South.
“Our programming will focus on the topics of civil rights and the environment, ones that connect this year’s inductees and that are of particular relevance to Georgia,” Graham said.
The activities begin Sunday, Nov. 8 with three discussions:
At 1 p.m., Sustainability: Preserving our Environmental Heritage will feature Janisse Ray and UGA students.
With UGA’s Office of Sustainability, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame presents a series of “lightning talks” presented by selected UGA students and 2015 inductee Janisse Ray about the issue of sustainability. Ray is an award-winning environmental writer and activist whose current passion is the issue of sustainability. The five- to six-minute student presentations will focus on their research in relation to Watershed UGA, a town and gown initiative to involve the UGA Campus and the Athens community in restoring our streams.
“Watershed UGA is transforming our local streams into a living laboratory,” said Kevin Kirsche, director of the UGA sustainability office.
Attention turns to civil rights at 2 p.m. for “A Conversation with Taylor Branch and UGA Students about the Civil Rights Movement,” with footage from the Civil Rights Digital Library.
A panel of UGA students has selected a series of short film clips from the Civil Rights Digital Library that align with events detailed in The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, written by 2015 inductee Taylor Branch. Each student has prepared a question for Branch about these events and how they relate to contemporary issues and events. The panel of students was selected by Barbara McCaskill, a UGA English professor and a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Board of Judges.
At 4 p.m., an author discussion featuring Branch and Ray will be held, followed by a reception. Moderated by Hugh Ruppersburg, a University Professor of English, Branch and Ray will discuss what it means to be a Georgia writer and will share details of their writing life.
An exhibit featuring the four 2015 inductees, including photos and manuscripts, will be displayed in the gallery of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the Special Collections Building through December.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, a 10-day event highlighting UGA units and facilities, from visual arts and creative writing to music, dramatic arts, dance and more to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts and an environment conducive to artistic innovation.
Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal will share behind-the-scenes stories about the Governor’s Mansion and the eight families who have lived there Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.
Deal is co-author with two Kennesaw State University history professors, of the book. The Georgia Governor’s Mansion opened in 1968 and includes a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. It is published by the University of Georgia Press and contains anecdotes and photos from the collections of former first families of Georgia.
A reception and book signing will follow.