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 email@example.com 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.
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 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!
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
The University of Georgia Libraries and the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) announce a new faculty development opportunity for individuals who teach full-time at The University of Georgia. The Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Program provides instructional support and a $2000 financial stipend to faculty who wish to develop new courses or redesign existing courses to make significant use of the collections and resources of the University of Georgia’s three special collections libraries: the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.
Recent studies have demonstrated that effective archives-based learning enhances student engagement, performance, and, in some cases, student retention across all higher education disciplines (www.teacharchives.org). Students who engage with primary sources in an archives setting build observation and summarization skills, learn to work collaboratively to analyze information and solve problems, and discover the sensory and emotional impact of handling historical materials. These skills and experiences help students understand and value the interconnected processes of research and analysis that draw upon many resources, approaches, and viewpoints to generate rigorous scholarship.
To achieve these goals, archives-based learning works best when instructors and archivists collaborate to craft archives-centered assignments and projects that align with course goals, provide clear learning objectives, offer appropriate guidance and direction, balance logistical constraints, and illuminate the intrinsic value of historical materials for research and for life. The Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows program provides a wonderful, engaging, and exciting archives-centered faculty development experience in a convivial and collaborative environment that values experimentation, reflection, and, yes, even fun!
The 2017 activities for the Special Collections Libraries (SCL) Faculty Fellows begin in December 2016. Formal faculty development sessions occur throughout Spring 2017. Course implementations may occur anytime during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- To provide teaching faculty with support to implement innovative archives–centered pedagogical approaches in their courses;
- To provide faculty with opportunities for sharing ideas with other dedicated, highly-motivated, and innovative teachers from various disciplines;
- To provide faculty with opportunities for building partnerships and collaborations with Special Collections archivists and librarians;
- To allow faculty to access personalized consulting and instructional assistance from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning;
- To provide funding for an instructional project rooted in the unique collections and resources of the Special Collections Libraries;
- To further integrate what research tells us about the value of archives-centered pedagogy into undergraduate and graduate learning;
- To cultivate an innovative instructional environment that honors and recognizes dedicated teaching scholars and promotes a learning community spirit on a large campus.
Applicants must be full-time employees of the University of Georgia and will teach their archives-centered course during the 2017-2018 academic year. The SCL Fellows program is open to all University teaching faculty, tenure-track and non-tenure track.
Each fall, a committee composed of the SCL program coordinators and a representative from the CTL will select up to twelve faculty members to begin participation in a one-year program beginning in January. Demonstrated passion for and commitment to excellence in teaching, and an interest in experimentation and innovation in approaches and techniques are key factors for selection. The selection committee will review applications and may elect to interview applicants. The committee will notify applicants by November 14, 2016.
Applications should be submitted here: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2lbUICGfegBRiHr
Each SCL Faculty Fellow receives a stipend in the amount of $2000 to support development and implementation of their archives-centered course.
The following activities comprise the 2017 program:
Kickoff events: Welcome dinner and Collections tour on Monday, December 5, 2016 (4pm-7pm) and a half-day, fellows Morning Retreat on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (9am-2pm). These events will introduce the core instructional facets of archives-centered learning.
Monthly Workshops: The fellows will meet as a cohort twice a month throughout the spring semester in a large group workshop setting.
Meetings will be conducted as a combination of round table discussions and workshop activities and may include outside speakers. Core topicswill include:
- theoretical and practical foundations of archivy (understanding archives) and their implications for knowledge creation and transmission,
- the value of expanded sensory engagement (see, hear, touch…) for learning, archival collections as novel data (new uses for archival collections), opportunities for experiential learning in special collections,
- the place of historical knowledge in the sciences and professional fields,
- and assessing learning outcomes from special collections-centered learning contexts.
TeachArchives.org will serve as a core text for this program. In 2017, workshop meetings will take place on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 11, January 18, February 8, February 22, March 15, March 29, April 12, and April 26.
Maymester Institute: The SCL will hold an institute on May 9-12, 2017 to focus on course design, planning, and development in advance of the 2017-2018 academic year.
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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
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.