The Libraries will be closed on Saturday for the home football game – Nicholls State @ Georgia. Regular semester hours resume on Sunday, September 11.
It’s National Service Dog Month and National DNA, Genomics and Stem Cell Education Month. Please stop by the Curriculum Materials Library and see the book displays on these topics curated by our student worker, Kiara Portillo. We’re in 207 Aderhold and offer thousands of children’s books & K-12 textbooks. Discover our new arrivals by clicking on the CML tab.
A new exhibit that explores the evolution of campaigning for political office in Georgia opens today in the Russell Library Gallery. On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia? invites visitors to step into the shoes of a candidate and onto the campaign trail: from the initial decision to run, to crafting a strategy, winning the nomination, shaking hands, kissing babies, and everything in between.The display considers the social, cultural, and political history of a state in motion from 1900 until 2012.
The Russell Gallery is located inside the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on the University of Georgia campus. The building is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The building is closed on the Saturdays of UGA home football games. Stop in to meet the changing cast of characters who have shaped and reshaped the style, strategy, and substance of political life and culture in Georgia!
Could your election season use a little non-partisan entertainment? If so, then plan to join us for Ready, Steady, Vote! a series of events inspired by our ongoing exhibit and spotlighting all things presidential during the 2016 election season. A combination of community forums, debate watch events, lectures and performances hosted with campus and community partners, Ready, Steady, Vote! is free and open to the public. For dates and descriptions visit http://www.rbrl.blogspot.com.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development has declared 2016 to be “The Year of Georgia Music.” Inspired by this theme, the staff of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection has created an exhibit featuring highlights from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Bill Anderson, and Cindy Wilson and Keith Bennett collections, a display guaranteed to keep Georgia music on your mind.
From the dazzling (Bill Anderson’s custom-made, two-piece performance costume designed by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors in North Hollywood, California) to rustic (overalls from the McIntosh County Shouters); from the very old (an 1835 shape-note songbook) to the very new (an autographed Grammy jacket from OutKast), the display will strike a familiar chord with all visitors. Another highlight of the exhibit is a close look at the Athens Music Project (AMP). The AMP creates a platform for research, creative development, and shared expertise in, about, and for the diverse musical communities that make the city of Athens a unique location both regionally and nationally. AMP supports faculty and student research and creative activity, integrates critical engagement with the local community into the curriculum, and promotes a better understanding of the diverse and multifaceted nature of music in Athens and its role in the social, political, and economic life of the city and the state.
“The Year of Georgia Music” is on display September 8 – December 24, 2016.
The Curriculum Materials Library, 207 Aderhold, will be closed this Sunday, September 4th, for the Labor Day Holiday. Please use the book drop for returns.
A collection of photographs and oral historical accounts provide fresh insight into President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s relationship with his adopted state in a book out now from the University of Georgia Press.
A President in our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia, was researched and written by Kaye Lanning Minchew, who retired in 2015 as the executive director of the Troup County Archives. A book talk with Minchew will be held Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Open free to the public, the talk will be followed by a reception.
“Remarkably, Kaye Minchew has produced a book that successfully draws several reading audiences,” said Sheryl Vogt, director of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. “It engages scholars and history buffs who want a well-documented narrative as well as those readers who identify with the story because they had family at Warm Springs or remember tales of FDR in Georgia. Others will enjoy the book’s striking photographs that document a pivotal time in the history of Georgia and the nation as a whole.”
A native New Yorker, Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Georgia 41 times between 1924 and 1945 and this collection of photographs and remembrances documents the role of Georgia’s people and places in FDR’s rise from his position as a politician daunted by disease to his role as a revered leader who guided the country through its worst depression and a world war.
Seeking relief from the devastating effects of polio, Roosevelt was first drawn to Georgia by the reputed healing powers of the waters at Warm Springs. FDR immediately took to Georgia, and the attraction was mutual. Nearly 200 photos show him working and convalescing at the Little White House, addressing crowds, sparring with reporters, visiting fellow polio patients, and touring the countryside. Quotes by Georgians from a variety of backgrounds hint at the countless lives he touched during his time in the state.
Minchew’s lecture is the first event in the Ready, Steady, Vote! series to be hosted by the Russell Library this Fall. Spotlighting all things presidential during the remaining months of the 2016 election season, the series will include community forums, debate watch events, lectures, and performances hosted with campus and community partners. All events in the series are free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.rbrl.blogspot.com or call (706) 542-5788.
Georgia has been blessed historically with an abundance of water, but is quickly becoming familiar with water scarcity problems. Exploding growth and development in the north and increasing irrigation needs in the south are causing demand for water to increase.
“Every Drop Counts: Managing Georgia’s Water Supply,” the annual exhibit from the Stephen Elliott Draper Center and Archives for the Study of Water Law and Policy, guides you through the many challenges facing Georgia’s water policy, how it is implemented today, and possibilities for the future. Items on display include a rainwater barrel, fire hydrant, local water samples, photos, maps, and illustrations.
The exhibit is on display Sept. 17 through Dec. 16 at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript gallery of the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. An opening reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Draper Center will be held Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. Please call 706-542-7123 for additional information.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.