“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.

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. 

 

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.

War of Words: Propaganda of World War I

Submitted by cleveland on Thu, 06/14/2018

World War I (1914-1918) was different than any previous war. It was a total war that required all members of the nation to be involved in the war effort. All of the resources of the state were mobilized for war. Ultimately, 65,000,000 soldiers from 30 countries fought in World War I and tens of millions citizens across the world would be involved in the conflict one way or another.

Propaganda poster

2018 Lillian Smith Book Awards Announced

Submitted by cleveland on Tue, 06/12/2018

James Forman, Yale law professor, and Nancy MacLean, history professor at Duke University, are the 2018 recipients of the Lillian Smith Book Awards.

The Southern Regional Council established the Lillian Smith award after Smith's 1966 death. Internationally acclaimed as author of the controversial novel, Strange Fruit (1944), Lillian Smith was the most outspoken of white, mid-20th century Southern writers on issues of social and racial injustice. Today the University of Georgia, the Georgia Center for the Book and Piedmont College join the SRC in presenting the awards. http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/lilliansmith/index.html

“Poppies: Women, War, Peace”

Submitted by cleveland on Mon, 06/04/2018

“Poppies: Women, War, Peace” will open at the Hargrett Gallery of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries June 18.

PoppiesPart of the observance to mark the centennial end of the First World War, the exhibit also pays homage to Moïna Belle Michael, originally from Monroe, who was instrumental in ensuring the red poppy flower became a symbol to remember the victims and veterans of war. Michael was inspired in her quest by the war poem ‘In Flanders Field’ written by Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae in 1915.

Special Private Press exhibit in honor of Muldoon visit

Submitted by cleveland on Thu, 04/12/2018

Friday evening, Irish poet Paul Muldoon will give a free public reading and musical performance at the 40 Watt Club to close the year-long 30th anniversary celebration of the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Earlier in the day, the Hargrett Library will host a display of books of poetry from its private press collection including Encheiresin Naturae, an edition of Paul Muldoon’s crown of sonnets written to accompany the wood engravings by Barry Moser.

Muldoon, who has been called “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War” by The Times Literary Supplement, will drop in to the event around 2 p.m. He has published more than 30 collections of poetry and has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 to 2004.