Five new members, including the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Nov. 7 at the University of Georgia Libraries.
The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. This year’s honorees include humorist Roy Blount Jr., novelist Brainard Cheney, social activist Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, short-story writer James Alan McPherson and journalist Bill Shipp.
“The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events are always a highlight of the year for the UGA Libraries,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We consider it a privilege to recognize the contributions of Georgia writers to the world of literature and beyond.”
Events begin Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. when humorist Roy Blount Jr. will speak on “Where I’m Coming From.” An author who currently serves as a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” among Blount’s many notable accomplishments, he is ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, the all-star band featuring Dave Barry, Stephen King, and other notable authors. Blount comes from Decatur and currently divides his time between western Massachusetts, New York City and New Orleans. The author of 26 books, Blount is also a regular contributor to Garden and Gun magazine and his essays, articles, verses and even drawings have appeared in 171 different periodicals.
A reception will conclude the evening. All events are open free to the public.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events are part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival celebrating the visual, literary and performing arts at UGA.
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: http://www.georgiawritershalloffame.org/edu/
Spotlight on the Arts: http://arts.uga.
Biographical information is available at: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/
In honor of its 50th anniversary, a panel will discuss “Foxfire at Fifty: Stories of Culture” on Oct. 26, at 11:15 a.m. at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
The panel is sponsored by the Office of Outreach, Engagement, and Service in the College of Education; Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the Special Collections Libraries.
“The Foxfire Magazine” is a bi-annual publication written by students at Rabun Gap High School in Tiger, Georgia, about the community, culture and citizens in southern Appalachia. The magazine was created 50 years ago to engage English students in writing about subjects of interest to them. Over the years, Foxfire has expanded to include a book collection of anthologies and a museum, as well.
“At the Grady College, we talk a lot about the power of story and about the importance of community,” said Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism and the moderator of the Foxfire panel. “Foxfire is a perfect example of both, and also shows how oral history can preserve our cultural history.”
Panelists will discuss the importance of the program and its innovative techniques grounded in learning from community resources and its impact on audiences that extends outside the Rabun County region. They will also cover how Foxfire has evolved and grown in the past decades.
Carl Glickman is professor emeritus of education at UGA. He is the founder the Georgia League of Professional Schools, a nationally validated network of kindergarten to 12th-grade schools devoted to democratic learning of all students. Glickman serves on the Foxfire Board and co-chairs the Education Committee. He has authored thirteen books and more than one hundred articles, including the recent essay in “Phi Delta Kappan,” entitled “Whatever happened to Foxfire?”
Christian Lopez is the lead Oral History and Media Archivist at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the Special Collections Libraries. Lopez is an active member of the Oral History Association and also serves on the editorial board of Oral History in the Digital Age, a clearinghouse of practice, theory, and evolving methodologies contributed to by practitioners across the country.
Katie Lunsford is a senior at UGA majoring in athletic training. A Rabun County native, Katie wrote for the “Foxfire” magazine throughout her high school career and continues to work with “Foxfire,” contributing to the 45th Anniversary Book and writing for the
50th Anniversary Book. Katie plans to further her education in the medical field to become a physician and return to Rabun County to serve her home community.
“We are delighted to help celebrate the anniversary of this unique and influential program,” said Hume.
Parking for off campus visitors will be available in the Hull Street Deck across from the Special Collections Library. For more information on the panel, contact Janice Hume at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-5980.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries is also home of the Foxfire collection of videotapes. There are about 1,100 tapes in this collection, which includes interviews and photographs. The Special Collections Libraries are also hosting “Foxfire: 50 years of Cultural Journalism Documenting folk Life in the North Georgia Mountains,” through December 16, 2016. This 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.
Visit www.foxfirefund.org to learn more about Foxfire.
Family Folk Day is scheduled for Nov. 5 from 1- 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.
Hawk Proof Rooster, an old-time string duo who sings and plays fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar and mandolin, will provide the music for the event.
A variety of textile crafts including knit, crochet, spinning, and weaving will be demonstrated, along with woodturning and folk art by Tex Crawford.
The Athens- Clarke County Solid Waste recycling division will lead a no-sew craft, making tote bags out of recycled t-shirts. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite t-shirt for the activity.
Representatives from Community will demonstrate sustainable fashion through updating vintage clothing. Attendees can bring a favorite article of clothing and receive suggestions for how it can be updated. High school students from the Young Urban Farmers program will be on hand to talk about the success of the West Broad Framer’s Market.
Games selected from the Foxfire Book of Appalachian Toys and Games will be played on the front lawn, weather permitting. Coloring sheets drawn from Foxfire magazine covers/pages will also be available.
Family Folk Days is held in conjunction with the exhibit “50 Years of Foxfire,” up through Dec. 16, and is a part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival celebrating the visual, literary and performing arts at UGA. The event is free and open to the public, and adults and children of all ages are welcome.
The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the expansion of the North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive:
The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to fifteen newspaper titles published in nine North Georgia cities (Canton, Cassville, Cedartown, Clayton, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1928. Consisting of over 63,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.
The archive now includes the following North Georgia newspaper titles: Cassville Standard (1852-1860), Cedartown Advertiser (1879-1884),Cedartown Express (1877-1879), Cedartown Record (1874-1877), Cedartown Standard (1900-1922), Cherokee Advance (Canton) (1880-1922), Clayton Tribune (1899-1924), Cleveland Progress (1892-1896), and Dahlonega Nugget (1903-1928), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive:Gainesville News (1902-1922), Georgia Cracker (Gainesville) (1894-1902), North Georgia Citizen (Dalton) (1868-1921), Rome Courier (1850-1855), Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (1860-1880), and Rome Weekly Courier (1860-1878).
The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, a part of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia.
Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the West Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1843-1942), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html
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.
On Nov. 5, a Family Folk Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. Craft demonstrations, old-time music, and creating a tote bag from recycled materials are all on tap.
Parking is available in the Hull Street Deck.
The Peabody Archives is a unique collection of media history, housing over 90,000 programs submitted to the Peabody Awards since its inception in 1941. What makes the collection exceptional is the breadth of stories through which their contributors have made a claim for historical significance. Items from local broadcasters, in particular, carry special value due to their rareness (Peabody houses the only remaining copies), as well as the fact that local broadcasters were much more active in telling local stories through original programming several decades ago. As such, the Archives is a distinctive repository of cultural memory that challenges our understanding of who and what we are as a nation and what we think we know about television and its role in recent American history.
The Symposium is the second of a two-part conference, and the culmination of a collaborative research initiative based on the Archives and its holdings. It will be held Oct. 28-30 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Distinguished television studies scholars from across the country will present new research to expand current understandings of American cultural history as seen on TV, and offer a wide range of critical perspectives on what Peabody Awards submissions have to teach us. Some of the topics include: what makes “quality television”; the celebration of our nation’s bicentennial; representations of homosexuality; early medical television journalism; conceptions of blackness; fake news; and the War on Drugs. The scholars’ findings will be the start of a new series on Television History produced by the University of Georgia Press.
All UGA faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Molly.Williams1@uga.edu by September 30.
This event is generously supported by the UGA Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Georgia Libraries, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, and University of Georgia Press.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
8:30am – 9:30am
Coffee & Opening Discussion
9:30am – 12:00pm
The Peabody Archive and the Presentation and Production of TV History
- The Archive and The Index: Situational Historiography in the Early Years of Television
Dr. Mark Williams, Dartmouth College
- Supporting Materials That Matter: Paratextual Value in the Peabody Archives
Dr. Jonathan Gray, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- The Peabody Archive and the Production of American Media History
Dr. Derek Kompare, Southern Methodist University
- Discourses of Excellence: What Peabody Awards Submissions Teach Us About “Quality Television”
Dr. Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
12:00pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Media Citizens: City, Region, Nation, World
- Strikes, Riots, and Muggers: How Mayor Lindsay Weathered New York City’s Image Crisis
Dr. Heather Hendershot, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Bicentennial Programming in the Peabody Archive
Dr. Christine Becker, University of Notre Dame, Lucas Hatlen, University of Georgia
- INTERTEL: From International Acclaim to Oblivion, and Back
Dr. Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin- Madison
- Aggregating Aspirations: What Peabody’s Submissions Metadata Tells Us About Local TV History Dr. Eric Hoyt, University of Wisconsin – Madison
4:00pm – 5:00pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
8:30am – 9:30am
Coffee & Opening Discussion
9:30am – 12:00pm
Reassessing Boundaries of Subjectivity and Visibility
- Peabody Camp: Fifties Contenders and Queer Gender
Dr. Quinn Miller, University of Oregon
- Fugitive Subjectivities
Dr. Herman Gray, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Local News in the 1970s and the Emergence of Gay Visibility
Dr. Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan
- Reframing Black Power Television: Ossie Davis and the Politics of Representation on Public Television
Dr. Allison Perlman, University of California, Irvine
12:00pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 4:00pm
Revisiting Strategies of Public Service
- “Medical School of the World:” Education and Public Service through Post-War Medical Television
Dr. Susan Murray, New York University
- Serious Fake News on Local Television in the 1970s and 1980s
Dr. Ethan Thompson, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
- Documenting Illegal Drugs in the 1980s
Dr. Deborah L. Jaramillo, Boston University
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
8:30am – 9:00am
9:00am – 11:00am
Responses by Dr. Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University
Country music star “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson will return to Athens Sept. 7 to perform specially selected songs and read from his well-received autobiography, now out from the University of Georgia Press.
Known as “Whisperin’ Bill” to generations of fans for his soft vocalizations and spoken lyrics, Anderson is the only songwriter in country music history to have a song on the charts in each of the past seven consecutive decades. A UGA graduate and member of the Grand Ol’ Opry, Anderson will be at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries for the event, which begins at 4 p.m. It is open free to the public and a reception will follow, giving visitors an opportunity to see an exhibit drawn from Anderson’s collection of memorabilia. Reservations are requested by Aug. 31 to Leandra Nessel at email@example.com or (706) 542-3879.
Whisperin’ Bill: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music presents a revealing portrait of Bill Anderson, one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of country music. Mega country music hits like “City Lights,” (Ray Price), “Tips Of My Fingers,” (Roy Clark, Eddy Arnold, Steve Wariner), “Once A Day,” (Connie Smith), “Saginaw, Michigan,” (Lefty Frizzell), and many more flowed from his pen, making him one of the most decorated songwriters in music history. But the iconic singer, songwriter, performer, and TV host came to a point in his career where he questioned if what he had to say mattered anymore – little did he know, his most rewarding climb lie ahead. A follow-up to his 1989 autobiography, this honest and revealing book tells the story of a man with an unprecedented gift, holding on to it in order to share it. A product of a long-gone Nashville, Anderson worked to reinvent himself, and this biography documents Anderson’s 50-plus-year career—a career he once thought unattainable.
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.