Panel on Science Literacy 3/26

March 19, 2014 – 9:28 AM - Kristin Nielsen

Perspectives on Science and Information Literacy (FYO/Blue Card)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 – 6:30 PM – MLC 148

Panel discussion with Dr. Peggy Brickman (Biology) and Dr. Shawn Glynn (Education). Moderated by Science Librarians.

Promoting science literacy is a challenge in the complex web of politics, industry, and academia. How do we teach essential research skills and, at the same time, encourage nuanced understandings of scientific discourse? What does it mean to be critical consumers of scientific information in a media environment that exploits and questions the validity of science research?

This is a First-Year Odyssey/Blue Card Event.

Women’s History Month Exhibit Featured at Hargrett Library

March 10, 2014 – 11:47 AM - Jean Cleveland

The annual Women’s History Month Exhibit at the Lucy Hargrett Draper Center and Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History & Law is on display in the exhibit galleries of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell building, home of the Special Collections Libraries.

Photographs, books, memorabilia and artifacts document the 1st U.S. & U.K. Women’s Movements, 1840-1920. These rare treasures include materials & items from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth & a pantheon of early leaders.

The Lucy Hargrett Draper Center & Archives for the Study of the Rights of Women in History & Law, circa 1550-2050 preserves and makes available to scholars historic collections of rare materials documenting the world’s movements for women’s rights and the women, and men, who led them.

Habitat for Humanity collection now available for research

March 7, 2014 – 12:41 PM - Jean Cleveland

By Steven Armour

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Habitat for Humanity International records. These records, now available for research,  document the formation, growth, and operation of one of the world’s most recognized non-profit organizations as they have worked toward the mission of ending substandard housing around the globe. The collection consists of correspondence and files relating to events, administrative activities, affiliates, media projects, and public relations, as well as photographs, newsletters, and artifacts. Much of the collection relates to the work of founder and former president Millard Fuller, including over three decades of speeches and sermons he delivered around the world outlining his philosophy of partnership housing.

Some materials, such as early newsletters, date back to the early 1940s and chronicle the activities of Koinonia Farm, a Christian intentional farming community that would become the catalyst for Habitat for Humanity’s establishment. The collection encompasses Habitat for Humanity’s work up through recent years, addressing the planning, outreach, and implementation of thousands of building projects. Some recurring events covered include the annual Jimmy Carter Work Project, Women Build, and the Global Village Program. Gifts of gratitude from homeowner partners, including sculptures, paintings, textiles, and other artwork also form part of the collection.

The Habitat for Humanity International records are the latest and largest addition to a growing body of related collections in the Hargrett Library that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy and social change. Others include the Millard and Linda Fuller papers, the Fuller Center for Housing records, and the Clarence L. Jordan papers.

Storytellers & Scholars Event March 5th at Russell Library

March 5, 2014 – 11:27 AM - Richard B. Russell Library

Alert_Today_Clean_Logo“Life in the Atomic Age” will be the theme for a Storytellers and Scholars Event to be held tonight, March 5th, from 7-9 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on the University of Georgia campus.

The program will include live interviews paired with archival footage and oral history clips from the collections of the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. The program will look at national and international events as well as feature personal stories about Atomic Age happenings.

Three faculty presenters from UGA will reflect on the impact of the Atomic Age on technology, art and architecture. Faculty presenters will include Shane Hamilton (history department), Janice Simon (Lamar Dodd School of Art) and Mark Reinberger (College of Environment and Design).

The program will feature “some great stories from the First Person Project, as well as some excellent archival footage from the time period,” said Callie Holmes, an oral history and media archivist at UGA. “One of our favorites so far is a First Person Project interview with a woman who participated in bomb shelter experiments run by UGA’s psychology department in the early 1960s.”

Attendees are encouraged to dress for an evening in the Atomic Age and wear their finest vintage attire from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Prizes will be awarded for the best outfit of the evening.

This event is one in a series of 10 hosted by the Russell Library this winter, all inspired by the exhibit “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965″ on display in the Russell Library Gallery through March 14. For more information on this or other events in the “Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” series, see, email, or call 706-542-5788.

The event is co-sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art, which is displaying “Art Interrupted: Advancing Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy” through April 20. The exhibition reunites all but 10 of the paintings originally purchased by the U.S. State Department for a traveling project meant to spread the word globally about the wonders of democracy. The original project ended in failure, as the public and press objected to the modernity of the art and to many of the artists’ backgrounds. The paintings were sold for pennies on the dollar as war surplus.

“Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow” was curated by Michael Scheibach, an independent collector in Independence, Mo., and Leslie Przybylek, curator of humanities exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, tours the exhibition. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. More information is available at and

This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. This project is also supported by partners on the UGA campus, including: the President’s Venture Fund, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for International Trade and Security, and the departments of film, history and English.

To learn more about the Richard B. Russell Library, visit
To learn more about the Georgia Museum of Art, visit

Confederate Constitution display

February 27, 2014 – 2:46 PM - Jean Cleveland

The only surviving copy of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America — a part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections — will be displayed April 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, 300 S. Hull St.

Due to its fragility it is displayed only one day a year, in conjunction with Confederate Memorial Day.  Since the observance falls on a Saturday (4/26) this year, the decision was made to exhibit the document a day early.

A complementary exhibition of Civil War materials, including letters, diaries, photos and artifacts, from 1864 will be on view through July.

‘The Largest Motor Hotel in the World’: The James M. Hunt Architectural Collection and the Atlanta Marriott

February 26, 2014 – 11:52 AM - Jean Cleveland


by Lauren E. Mauldin

After its completion in 1965, the Atlanta Marriott Motor Hotel was coined the “Southeast’s largest motor hotel.” After constructing a 300-room addition in 1969, it became the “largest motor hotel in the world.”

Marriott Motor Hotels contracted with architect James M. Hunt, FAIA, from Elberton, Georgia to design Marriott’s seventh motor hotel and its first hotel in the South. Construction began in 1964 and was completed in time for its Grand Opening in October 1964. Each of the 500 “handsome” guest rooms included a direct dial telephone, TV, HiFi radio, private balcony, oversized beds, and individual air conditioning and heating controls (a welcoming feature for relief from the sweltering Atlanta heat). With the numerous amenities, convenient location to Atlanta attractions, as well as proximity to the Hartsfield International Airport, the motor hotel became an instant success, and celebrated its one-millionth guest exactly one year after opening its doors.

The sudden popularity of the Atlanta Marriott Motor Hotel spurred the construction of additional space. Hunt went back to his drafting board and designed a tower to include 300 guest rooms, a 10-story parking garage, an additional restaurant, cocktail lounge, and office space. With 700 guest rooms, 100 suites, 1,000 parking spaces, 3 dining rooms, 3 cocktail lounges, a 10,000 square foot ballroom, an exhibition hall one full acre in size, and at least 18 banquet and meeting rooms, the Atlanta Marriott prided itself as the “largest motor hotel in the world.”

Perhaps one of the most well known buildings attributed to James M. Hunt, the construction of the Atlanta Marriott Motor Hotel became the “pacesetter” for future growth of the hotel industry in Atlanta. The hotel still stands today, but operates as a Sheraton Hotel.

Note: The James M. Hunt Architectural Collection, ms2901, is available at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and contains an assortment of blueprints, construction files, and photographs pertaining to low rent housing, civic, commercial, and residential projects designed by Hunt throughout Georgia and South Carolina.  


Two new collections featuring the papers of the Alexander H. Stephens family

February 26, 2014 – 11:42 AM - Jean Cleveland

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of two new collections of Alexander H. Stephens family material, ms3823 and ms3828:

The collections consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, financial papers, photographs, artifacts, and scrapbooks. The correspondence is largely family letters between Alexander H. Stephens, his father Andrew Baskins Stephens, his brother Aaron Grier Stephens, his nephew John Alexander Stephens, and his half-brother Linton Stephens. One group of letters concerns the imprisonment and parole of honor of Alexander H. Stephens at Fort Warren (Boston, Mass.) in 1865.

There are also letters between Alexander H. Stephens and various political figures including Howell Cobb, Abraham Lincoln (facsimiles), Ben Hill, and Robert Toombs. Stephens and Ben Hill write about the possibility of a duel between them because of an argument over politics.

Among the financial papers are deeds, and the wills of Alexander H. Stephens and his grandfather Alexander Stephens. Of special interest in the financial papers is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation. In it are lists of slaves, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with the freed slaves.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit or call (706) 542-7123.



Panel Discussion on the NSA Spying Program, 2/25, 6:30 PM, MLC 350

February 21, 2014 – 10:44 AM - Ian Thomas, Science Library

An Intersection Between Freedom and Security: A Panel Discussion on the NSA Spying Program
Tue. February 25, 2014, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM – MLC Room 350
What are the legal and ethical implications of the NSA’s spying program? How does it work, or does it work? Is this an effective response to terrorist threats or not? In this Science Library sponsored panel discussion, Christina Mulligan (UGA Law School; and Dr. Kang Li (Computer Science Dept.; will give their thoughts on this topic, followed by a question-and-answer session.

‘An Encounter with Lillian Smith’ to be presented Saturday

February 19, 2014 – 2:36 PM - Jean Cleveland

Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum will present a “Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith,” a solo performance drawn largely from unpublished autobiographical writings by the author. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of “Strange Fruit,” Lillian Smith’s best-selling novel about interracial love. The performance title “Jordan is So Chilly,” comes from the name of an African-American spiritual and was Smith’s original title for “Strange Fruit.”
“The title calls up for me the image of the difficult times faced by anyone in crossing over to the ‘promised land’,” Bynum said. “Lillian Smith faced so many trials and tribulations in her life and her work it seemed quite appropriate to me.”
The event is being co-sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and Piedmont College.

Smith championed social justice, drawing both fame and public renunciation, long before the Civil Rights Movement took shape.

“No Southerner was more outspoken in expressing moral indignation about the region’s injustices and inequities during the pre-civil rights era than Lillian Smith,” said UGA history professor John Inscoe, an expert on the 19th century South and winner of the 2012 Lillian Smith Book Award, presented by the UGA Libraries and the Southern Regional Council.
The Hargrett Library, housed in the UGA special collections libraries, holds Smith’s personal papers, which are available for research. Piedmont College owns the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Art. It is located at Smith’s home in Clayton where she ran the Laurel Falls summer camp for girls.
Smith was an inaugural member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Library. In addition to unpublished writings, Bynum pulled excerpts from books, letters and a
television interview Smith did in the 1960s.
“It is played as an intimate conversation with the audience and is intended to be deeply personal and reveal the woman and the artist behind the icon,” Bynum said. “For me, it has been a true labor of love to bring her back to life in this way and I have been extremely gratified by the responses to her story, particularly from the many people who are hearing about her for the first time. What I want is for her name to be as familiar to any reading Georgian (and beyond) as the names of Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Alice Walker and even Margaret Mitchell. A Lillian Smith renascence is far

Profile of University Librarian in the Red & Black

February 19, 2014 – 2:30 PM - Amy Watts

Today’s edition of the Red & Black features a profile of University Librarian Dr. William Potter, who will be retiring this year.

Potter will retire in August 2014. He began working at UGA libraries in 1989. Since then, Potter has strived to advance and improve library technologies. The librarian has been involved in several technological projects at UGA libraries including GALILEO, the Zell B. Miller Learning Center and the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collection Libraries.

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