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Winners of the 2016 Lillian Smith Book Awards will be honored Sept. 4 at the Decatur Book Festival.
The University of Georgia Libraries sponsors the awards, in partnership with the Southern Regional Council, the Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College, to honor the social justice activist and highly-acclaimed author of Strange Fruit and Killers of the Dream.
Cheryl Knott, a professor in the School of Information, University of Arizona, will be recognized for Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow; and Minion KC (stet) Morrison, professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware, for Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator.
The award seeks to honor works focused on race, social justice, civil and human rights, issues championed by Smith in her lifetime. The ceremony, part of the Decatur Book Festival, is Sept. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Decatur Library.
“Every year we have to make tough choices among the 40-plus excellent entries. The two winners this year join the lineup of so many distinguished winners that have been our honor to choose over the years,” said Mary Twining Baird, chair of the board of judges.
The Southern Regional Council established the Lillian Smith award shortly after Smith’s death in 1966. Internationally acclaimed as author of the controversial novel, Strange Fruit (1944), Lillian Smith was the most liberal and outspoken of white, mid-20th century Southern writers on issues of social and racial injustice. Smith’s family donated the collection of her letters and manuscripts to the University of Georgia ‘s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and, in 2004, the UGA Libraries joined the SRC as a partner in administering the awards. The property where she lived and worked in Clayton now serves as an educational center and an artist retreat, the Lillian E. Smith Center of Piedmont College. In 2015, the college joined as a partner in presenting the awards. The Georgia Center for the Book is also an award sponsor, joining in 2007.
For decades, fans in Sanford Stadium have been told, “Keep Your Seats Everyone…The Redcoats are Coming!”
This fall, the colorful history of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band will be on display in the rotunda of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. For several years, there has been a football-related exhibit drawn from the UGA Athletic Association Archives, a part of University Archives. This year’s exhibit materials are from the Redcoat Band.
Tours of the exhibit will be offered Fridays at 3 p.m. before each home football game, beginning Sept. 2 before the Bulldogs meet the University of North Carolina in Atlanta.
The “Keep your seats…..” exhibit features memorabilia, photographs, uniforms, and sheet music celebrating the 110-year history of the band. An original copy of the “Red & Black March,” the first music composed specifically for UGA, will be on display. The sheet music, composed in 1908, was thought to have been lost but was discovered by a graduate student researching his dissertation and donated to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Sheet music composed for the Redcoats by longtime director Roger Dancz is also included.
Photos of the band through the years, from its beginning in 1906, and the Sudler Trophy, given by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation to recognize special merit, are highlights. UGA became the first SEC school to win the Sudler Trophy when it was awarded in 2000.
“There are also band, flag line, Georgette, and featured twirler uniforms from different eras of the band’s history,” according to Jason Hasty, exhibit curator. “We hope you will come explore the traditions and people who helped make the band one of UGA’s most visible (and audible) symbols. “
The exhibit will be on display through December 23.
An ecologist at the University of Georgia will announce an “almost unheard of” discovery in the Tallassee Forest area of Athens-Clarke County that demonstrates the benefits of land conservation.
James W. Porter, the Meigs Professor of Ecology, will speak Aug. 25 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at 5:30 p.m. Porter’s talk, open free to the public, is held in conjunction with the exhibit “John Abbot: Early Georgia’s Naturalist Artist” in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. In addition to the rare watercolors on display in the exhibit, Porter will have more than 1,000 specimens of butterflies and moths from ACC available. The event is open free to the public; a reception will follow. The Russell Building is located at 300 S. Hull St. and parking is available in the Hull Street Parking Deck.
Porter’s research has revealed the presence of three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies in the Tallassee Forest.
“The presence of three virtually indistinguishable, but genetically distinct, species at the same time and in the same place is almost unheard of outside the tropics. Illustrations of Pearly Eye butterflies in the Hargrett‘s copy of The Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia (1791) by Georgia naturalist John Abbott, show that more than 100 years before the scientific description of these species, the artist was clearly aware of the slight variations that were later used to distinguish them,” Porter said. “Mature and diverse forests and wetlands, like those at Tallassee, can provide niches for diverse species. Tallassee Forest can also be a refuge for species with ranges shifted by development, such as that in downtown Athens, and by changing climate.”
Porter will also show how the holdings of both the Hargrett Library and the Georgia Museum of Natural History can inform us, not just about our past, but also about our future.
Tarzan of the Apes, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, is one of the most successful fictional characters ever created. Fearless and intelligent, he met any situation (whether it be a hungry lion, a lost civilization or a damsel in distress) with complete aplomb. He’s the ultimate in wish-fulfillment, always acting capably and bravely in any situation.
Throughout his literary career, Tarzan of the Apes would roam across much of Africa, encountering many more lost civilizations than one would have reasonably suspected could exist. He fought evil humans, lions, panthers, apes and the occasional dinosaur. He was captured quite often, then threatened with execution or slavery or being tossed into a gladiator arena. But he always managed to escape and wreak havoc on his captors.
There were a total of 22 highly entertaining and commercially successful Tarzan novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs between 1912 and 1947, with several sets of shorter Tarzan stories being collected into two more books after Burroughs’ death. It’s not surprising that such an appealing and long-lived character would spill over into other media. Countless Tarzan comic books, movies, radio shows and TV shows eventually sprang up.
The exhibit includes first-edition books and looks at the origins of the series, why it was so popular, the many artists who dramatically illustrated the books, and the films from the silent era up to the 2016 release.
Burroughs proved to be an astute businessman and was one of the first writers to incorporate himself, which both lowered his income tax and provided a strong framework for all his various money-making efforts. In 1919 he moved to Los Angeles, purchased a large ranch in the San Fernando Valley which he later developed into the suburb of Tarzana. By then his book sales were in the tens of millions and they were translated into more than 30 languages.
Guided tours are offered of all the Russell Special Collections Libraries galleries each Tuesday at 2 p.m. (We have air conditioning!)
The Main and Science Libraries will be closed on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Regular summer semester hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5.
A FREE program for kids and their families including a gallery activity, tour of the John Abbot naturalist exhibit of watercolors and specimens of Georgia insects, and a hands-on craft activity. Join us at the Russell Special Collections Building, 300 S. Hull St., July 16 1-4 p.m. Free parking in the Hull Street Deck.
The CML will be closed Sunday & Monday, July 3rd & 4th, for the holiday weekend. Please use the book drop for returns–located to the right of our door–for returns when we’re closed. Regular hours resume July 5th.
The CML is the first place on campus to have these new power sources–right at your study table. There is room for six patrons to connect devices, all without having to step over long extension cords. Come settle in and forget worrying about your battery! Now you can just concentrate on your work…..
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