Archive for the ‘Library Events/Exhibits’ Category
National Public Radio correspondent John Burnett speaks about “The War Next Door” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.
The event is part of “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border” series tied to the “Life and Death in the Northern Pass” photography exhibit in the Central Library sixth floor parlor.
Burnett, who is based in Austin, has spent much of his career producing investigative reports from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His special reporting projects have included New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, and many reports on the drug war in the Americas.
He has received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. His reports are heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
For more information, contact Sam Haynes in the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies at 817-272-3997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifted directly and without editing from UTA TrailBlazer newsletter
Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)
Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington: http://bit.ly/alamoexhibitatuta.
The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro http://www.myspace.com/jeanmunrosl
Uncle! The Weather Wins!
Feb. 4 Friends of Library meeting cancelled.
The Friends of the Library meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in Central Library has been cancelled.
The speaker, Joe G. Bax, would have had to drive to Arlington from near Huntsville, TX, and Friends members would have had to drive from their homes and navigate the icy campus from the parking garage to get into the library for the meeting. Neither sounded like a good prospect late on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that the University of Texas at Arlington would be closed on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a third consecutive day due to the frigid temperatures and icy conditions.
Gerald Saxon, Dean of the UT Arlington Library, announced this afternoon that he plans to reschedule this speaker for later in the year.
Not all Friends members who receive our printed invitations are on our email list yet, so if you know someone who might regularly attends our meetings but might not receive this email, please pass on the word, to save them the trip on Friday. Thanks!
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Friday, December 10, 2010
Central Library 6th floor Parlor
Joyce Gibson Roach grew up in Jacksboro, Texas, graduating from Jacksboro High School. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Christian University and did post-graduate work in English at the University of North Texas.
Roach is a three-time Spur Award winner from Western Writers of America for The Cowgirls, revised reprint by the University of North Texas Press; short non-fiction, “A High Toned Woman,” from Hoein’ the Short Rows, Southern Methodist University Press; short fiction, “Just As I Am,” from Women of the West, Doubleday Company. She received the coveted Carr P. Collins prize for non-fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, Texas Christian University Press, and the William E. Jary Memorial Award from the Tarrant County Historical Commission for a book of local history, Wild Rose: A Folk History of a Cross Timbers Settlement, The Donning Company. She was a Spur finalist for short fiction, “In Broad Daylight” from Texas Short Stories, Browder Springs Publishing, and a finalist for the Teddy Children’s Book award from the Writers League of Texas for Horned Toad Canyon, Bright Sky Press. Roach is a 2010 Honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Currently, she divides her time between Keller and her ranch in Wise County in the Western Cross Timbers where she wages easement wars with oil, gas, and electric companies, deals with drought and feral pigs, tries to bring back native grasses, teaches her grandchildren the ways of the land and continues to write about it all.
Copies of the book will be for sale and signing after the meeting.
Friends of the Library meet Nov. 12
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Also included in this meeting: presentation of the Friends McNair scholarship award winners
Don Graham was born in Collin County, north of Dallas, and attended high school in Carrolton, Texas. He graduated from North Texas State University with a B.A. and M.A. He took his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. After a stint at the University of Pennsylvania, Graham returned to UT-Austin where he holds the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professorship of American and English Literature. He regularly teaches the course made famous by Dobie, Life and Literature of the Southwest.
Graham’s publications include scores of articles and essays dealing with Texas culture. Among his works on Texas are No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, Giant Country: Essays on Texas, Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande, and State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. In 2008 Graham received the A.C. Greene Literary Award from the West Texas Book and Music Festival. His new book, State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, will be published by the University of Texas Press in February 2011. Graham is also a Writer-at-Large for Texas Monthly.
John Miller Morris is an associate professor of geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he has taught since 1992. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored four books, including From Coronado to Escalante (1992), El Llano Estacado (1997), A Private in the Texas Rangers (2001), and Taming the Land (2009).
Morris will be speaking to the Friends about his latest book, Taming the Land, a book that reflects the interest of Texans in the postcard graze that gripped the country from 1905-1920. During this time, hundreds of people took up cameras, and photographers of note chose some of their best works for photo postcards, which sold for a nickel and mailed for a penny to friends and relatives. Morris will show the Friends many of these revealing cards and discuss what they reveal about Texas and Texans in the early part of the 20th century.
Copies of the book will be sold during the reception following his presentation.
Wednesday, October 6
12:00-1:30 Presentation and reception with light refreshments
Central Library 6th floor Parlor
Free and open to all. Reservations are not required.
Barton Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator and consultant who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Weiss was Associate Producer of Vatican II Productions and he has taught film and video at Texas A-M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, and West Virginia State College.
Weiss is a co-president of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), past Vice President of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals (TAFTP), founder and past President of the West Virginia Filmmakers’ Guild, and co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival and the Video Association of Dallas. He is currently the producer for “Frame of Mind” a monthly show of independent film and video for KERA /KDTN Public Tele-vision in North Texas. Mr. Weiss received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 1978.
Last month Rafia Mirza and I worked on a prolonged photo shoot. Over several days we rattled around the library with a book truck loaded with books from the library stacks and personal books that library staff offered for the occasion. Appointments were made to catch groups, others were simply minding their own business at their desks when we passed by. The books sold themselves – library staff are particularly vulnerable to the sense of indignation that THEIR favorite book might have been banned or challenged. Many who might normally not have asked to have their photos taken happily posed with their friends in print.
The digital photos were processed by me and sent as raw images to Kathleen Houston, who cropped and inserted the information about Banned Books week and named each model. And the slide program looks great! It was a lot of work, and wouldn’t have happened if each of us didn’t give it a lot of thought and time. But I’m pleased to post a link to the 2010 slide show and libguide. Click on the photo to go straight to the slide show, or visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/utarlingtonlibrary/ for the Library Flickr page.
A corresponding exhibit will be in place on the first floor of Central Library during Banned Books Week. Thanks to Kathleen Houston, Rebekah Lee and Angela Johnson for that. And thanks to Rafia Mirza for sticking with this project to keep it moving to completion!
“J. Frank Dobie: From ‘Mr. Texas’ to ‘A Liberated Mind’”
Friday, September 17, 2010
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Speaker: Steven L. Davis, author, Texas State University
Book: J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind (University of Texas Press, October 15, 2009) http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/davjfr.html
Steven L. Davis has been described by the Austin American-Statesman as, “one of Texas’ leading scholars of our indigenous culture.” He is a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of some of the region’s leading writers, including Cormac McCarthy. Davis’s books include J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond. He is editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction. He serves as the Series Editor for the Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series, published by the University of Texas Press. He lives in New Braunfels with his wife and children.
Davis will be speaking with the Friends about his new book, J. Frank Dobie, the first biography of this Texas literary icon in more than thirty years. Dobie (1888-1964) was the first Texas-based writer to gain national attention. In books such as Tales of Old-Time Texas, Coronado’s Children, and The Longhorns, Dobie captured the Southwest’s folk history at a time in which it was quickly disappearing. In this biography, Davis takes a fresh look at Dobie whose “liberated mind” set him on an intellectual journey that culminated in him fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights well before the causes became “acceptable” for most Anglo Texans. Copies of the biography will be available for sale after Davis’s presentation.
For more information about these programs or the Friends of the UT Arlington Library, please contact Betty Wood at email@example.com or 817-272-7421.
Though it is infrequent during the summer, the Library-News newsletter comes out several times during the fall and spring semesters, taking the place of the old paper copies of News You Can Use (RIP). That one began in the late 1990s and died an unattractive death around 2005 when we realized that mailroom clerks weren’t putting it in the boxes of our intended audience (faculty and GTAs).
Today I send notices electronically, often through MavWire, and I can’t believe all of the energy I put into distributing several thousand of those news sheets around campus. Now it has more news and images and is delivered to your email with no fuss about finding campus mail labels and manila envelopes. Or a typewriter with a good ribbon. Yup. Even used one of those on some of the mailing labels. Times have changed!
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