Athens, Ga. – The Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia will host a reception celebrating new exhibitions on display Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts Festival, the event will include light refreshments, live music, and an interactive student performance. The reception is free and open to the public.
“Performing the Archives,” a class led by Dr. Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, is a course where undergraduate students have spent the fall semester exploring collections in the political archives using the campaign exhibit “On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia,” as their framework. The ensemble selected one of Georgia’s most dramatic events – the Three Governors Controversy – to serve as inspiration for developing their original performance. Staged in spaces throughout the building, students will transport attendees to 1947 for this moment in the state’s political history aided by costumes, props, food from White Tiger Gourmet, and music from local string duo Hog-Eyed Man to set the scene.
“Supported by the CTL Special Collections Fellows Program, the ensemble is thrilled to share the entertaining results of what happens when you let artists loose in the archive,” said Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin. “Because the students are using devised theatre techniques—that is, making a piece of theatre without a script but rather from creative experiments with archival material, they will share in the audience’s surprise of what this final performance will be. It will be a memorable night, indeed!”
In addition to the student performance, visitors will also have the chance to explore new exhibits on display, many of which were curated by or in collaboration with UGA students.
Dixie Gallups, a second year in the Historic Preservation graduate program, co-curated “50 Years of Foxfire,” which explores the history of the organization dedicated to documenting folk life and customs in the Appalachian Mountains. “My experience as a student curator working on this exhibit was challenging, time consuming, and exciting,” said Gallups. “This work has opened up an entire new world of possibilities and career paths for me. I think it’s safe to say that now I’m hooked on exhibits!”
Over the past two years the University of Georgia has taken significant steps toward making sure that all students engage in these kinds of hands-on experiences during their time on campus. “One of our primary goals is to serve as a teaching library, collaborating with faculty and students to support all stages of the learning process by exploring a variety of teaching and outreach methods,” said Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “The Libraries’ leadership in initiatives like the Digital Humanities Lab, the Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Program and new proposals now in development to create internship opportunities that meet the requirements of the new experiential learning curriculum are all steps in furtherance of that of that goal.”
Current exhibitions on display in the galleries include: “The Year of Georgia Music,” “Every Drop Counts: Managing Georgia’s Water Supply,” “50 Years of Foxfire,” “Keep Your Seats Everyone…The Redcoats are Coming!” “On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia,” and the annual exhibition honoring new inductees into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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