Events: Special Collections Libraries

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What: Film Screening, Chuck Norris v. Communism
Room 250, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, UGA (48 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602)
When: November 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

This 2016 documentary looks at 1980s Romania, when a black market operative and a courageous translator smuggled and dubbed thousands of Western films, providing a glimpse of freedom and possibilities to those laboring under Ceaușescu's oppressive communist regime. Following the film Tudor Vlad (director, James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research) will lead a discussion.

This screening is part of the Cinema Politique, a film screening and discussion series that explores politics with an international perspective. This series is a collaboration between the University of Georgia Libraries and the School of Public and International Affairs. For more information contact Mary Miller,, 706-542-4789

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cover, Marijuana: A Short History What: November Meeting, The Rest of the Story Book Club
When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:30-7:00PM
Where: Room 258, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Have you ever visited an exhibit and felt you only heard the first part of a truly great story?

If you’re a visitor who wants to learn more about the exhibitions and collections at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, then join us for this monthly book club with light refreshments and discussion on works connected to upcoming/ongoing exhibitions, programs, and collections here at SCL. The monthly titles are selected (and discussions led) by Special Collections staff who help to create these displays/programs, and invite readers to learn more about the topics explored and to take them into new, related areas of interest.

November’s Selection: Marijuana: A Short History by John Hudak 

This program is free and open to the public. For more information please call (706) 542-5788 or email Jan Hebbard at For more information about the book club, please visit our page on Goodreads.


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Rankin Foundation Letter What: Jeannette Rankin Legacy Lecture
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Room 285, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

Join the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Foundation and the Richard B. Russell Library for the inaugural Jeannette Rankin Legacy Lecture on Thursday, November 29 from 2:00-3:30 in room 285 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Guest speaker Professor Sara Hayden (University of Montana) will speak about Jeannette Rankin’s suffrage rhetoric. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766.

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The Georgia Debate Union and the Barkley Forum Center for Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue at Emory University will host a debate in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The topic: The State of Georgia should lower Minimum Legal Drinking Age.  

Minimum drinking age laws have been topics of conversation and controversy in the United States for centuries, most notably during the Prohibition era. Yet, debates over drinking age laws continue even today, including the state of Georgia.  Michael's Law is just the latest example of state-level proposals that aim to address underage drinking and its myriad consequences.   This debate hopes to shed light upon the ever-salient issue of drinking age laws, an issue that remains pertinent to university communities in Georgia and across the nation. The event was inspired by the recent exhibit, "Spirited: Prohibition in America" and upcoming exhibit, "Wrestling Temptation: The Quest to Control Alcohol in Georgia," both on display in the Russell Library Gallery of the Special Collections Building. 

The event is free and open to the public.