“Archival Homeplaces: Shakespeare and African American Performance in the Early Twentieth Century.”

Submitted by cleveland on Thu, 10/11/2018

Patricia Cahill will deliver the 2018 Symposium on the Book’s plenary talk, entitled “Archival Homeplaces: Shakespeare and African American Performance in the Early Twentieth Century.”

Cahill is associate professor of English at Emory University, where she specializes in Shakespeare and early modern literature, especially drama. She is the author of Unto the Breach: Martial Formations, Historical Trauma, and the Early Modern Stage (OUP, 2008). She has also published articles and book chapters on such subjects as military technology and mathematics, animal matter and affect theory, and the senses in performance. She is currently working on two projects: a book that examines the affective dynamics of early modern stage properties, especially animal skins, and a study of Black Shakespeare and the Jim Crow South.

Art Installation by Local Sculptor Examines the Politics of Thanksgiving

Submitted by Deborah on Fri, 09/21/2018

log for WE exhibit featuring historic ceramicsThe Russell Library will cover new territory this October when the installation "WE: American Thanksgiving Conflict and Communion" opens on Monday, October 29, 2018, in the Harrison Feature Gallery of the Richard B. Russell Special Collection Library. Created by local sculptor and potter Micaela Hobbs, in collaboration with painter Jennifer Niswonger, the exhibit examines the history of the United States through the lens of the Thanksgiving dinner table. 

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame set for Nov. 4-5

Submitted by cleveland on Thu, 09/06/2018

The 2018 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events will begin Nov. 4 with a panel discussion of a new book on the late novelist Pat Conroy.

Published by the University of Georgia Press, Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy is a collection of stories from fellow writers he nurtured, including Grammy winners, National Book Award winners, James Beard Foundation winners and New York Times best-sellers, along with a cadre of friends and family members. At 3 p.m. contributors Terry Kay, Cynthia Graubart, and Cliff Graubart will participate in the discussion moderated by the book's editor Jonathan Haupt.

Conroy was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2004.

Lillian Smith Book Awards Celebrate 50 years

Submitted by cleveland on Thu, 09/06/2018

Pulitzer-prize winner Hank Klibanoff is the featured speaker Sept. 25 at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lillian Smith Book Awards.

This celebration will commemorate a half-century tradition, currently a collaboration of the Southern Regional Council, the University of Georgia Libraries, Piedmont college, and the Georgia Center for the Book, of recognizing authors whose books represent outstanding achievements demonstrating through high literary merit and moral vision an honest representation of the South, its people, its problems, and its promise.

The program, open free to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. A reception will follow.

2018 Lillian Smith Book Awards

Submitted by cleveland on Wed, 09/05/2018

The 2018 Lillian Smith Book Awards were presented Sunday, Sept. 2, to James Forman Jr and Nancy MacLean at the Decatur Book Festival. 

James Forman Jr

Forman’s Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America examines how mass incarceration, which affects people of color disproportionately, stems from the war on crime that began in the 1970s and was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. He is shown being congratulated by UGA University Librarian Toby Graham, right. 

 

Remembering Powell A. Moore—Russell Foundation Trustee, Washington Insider, and Georgia Original

Submitted by Deborah on Mon, 08/27/2018

 

Photograph of Powell Moore

Speaking to Bob Short in 2010, Powell Moore said of his hometown, “I’m proud of the fact that I’m from Milledgeville, Georgia. Some people say it’s a small town in Middle Georgia. I think it’s a lot more than that.” Moore and Short would go on conjuring the names of several individuals of considerable import who had called Milledgeville home over the years.

Poppies: Women, War, Peace

Submitted by cleveland on Mon, 08/20/2018

Lee Karen Stow, a UK documentary photographer, will speak on her "Poppies" project Nov. 12 at 6 pm at the Russell Special Collections Libraries.

“Poppies: Women, War, Peace” remembers women in times of war, from the First World War to the present day. It combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war with a botanical series of the red ‘Flanders Fields’ poppy. For the red poppy, despite its delicate appearance, is able to generate new life when everything else has been destroyed.poppy

A reception will follow Stow's talk. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 14.

Exhibit explores football at UGA during World War II

Submitted by Jan Hebbard on Fri, 08/17/2018

Feature Graphic, Fighting Spirit exhibitAthens, Ga. -- As players and fans prepare for the start of a new football season, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library invites them to look back at seasons past in the new exhibit “Fighting Spirit: Wally Butts and UGA Football, 1939-1950.” Opening Friday, Aug. 31 in the Rotunda Gallery of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, the display will explore the team during the tumultuous years surrounding World War II.

Digital Library of Georgia announces subgrants to support projects

Submitted by cleveland on Tue, 08/07/2018

To broaden partner participation in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG), DLG is soliciting proposals for historic digitization projects costing up to $7500 from non-profit Georgia cultural heritage institutions. Applicant organizations must be open to the public, and their collections must be available for public research either by appointment or through regular hours. Project metadata will be included in the DLG portal and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Projects may include the reformatting of textual materials (not including newspapers), graphic materials, or audio-visual materials. Applicants should have materials prepared for a project start date of January 1, 2019.

New Collection Open for Research

Submitted by Deborah on Mon, 08/06/2018

Image of St. Simons street plan from 1928
Plat of the East End Subdivision on St. Simons Island ca. 1928 

The Russell Library staff is pleased to announce the Alton H. Hopkins Collection of St. Simons Island Beach Case Records is now processed and opened. Researchers and others interested in civil litigation, property ownership, and private development along the Georgia coast will find this collection particularly useful. The Hopkins Collection contains materials related to a series of six court cases spanning from the late 1960s through the early 2000s. Holdings include legal briefs, contracts, exhibits, and court transcripts as well as correspondence, news clippings, and numerous maps, plats, drawings, and photographs.