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Revisiting Jed Marum performances

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Jed Marum at the Friends of the Library meeting, Dec. 2, 2011.A packed house at the Friends of the Library December meeting heard Jed Marum perform a mix of Celtic folksongs, some of his own compositions, and holiday songs. He accompanied himself on several instruments.

Last weekend the Dallas folksinger participated in a battle reenactment in Oklahoma and this wonderful little snippit of camp life was posted: a duet with Jed and a small fan on violin, performing his song “Come Back Katy” (copyright 2005).

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February 21st, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Ya’ke Smith speaks about film at Focus on Faculty

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Focus on Faculty Asst. Professor Ya’ke Smith
Wednesday, February 6, 2012
Central Library sixth floor parlor, 12 – 1:30pm
WOLF: A case study in the making of a feature film.

WOLF tells the story of a family that is shaken to the core when they discover that their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser. Assistant Professor Ya’Ke has made a name for himself as a filmmaker with a veracious style of storytelling that takes an unflinching look at issues facing today’s society and his most recent work is no different. Shot over 15 days this past summer in San Antonio, TX, Professor Smith will share his experience making the film as well as what attracted him to the topic. Currently in Post-Production, Smith’s discussion will give insight into what it takes to make a film from initial idea to final execution. He will also share a short clip of the work in progress.

The Focus on Faculty Lecture Series is free and open to all. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at or 817-272-2658.

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February 8th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Campus Housing

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There is a purple martin house in a pretty little copse next to the parking lot I use south of the Library and Life Sciences building. I had a feeling I was being watched as I walked past earlier this week.


I moved around the structure until the curious occupant took a look to see if I was going to climb up to eat him. I decided against it.


Urban landscapes with active wildlife show a level of health that users may not regularly recognize, but is important. The turtles in the pond under the bridge to the large student parking lot south of my lot, the birds that hop in the fountain on the southwest corner of the Central Library, squirrels that ignore food from people because there is so much indigenous food, they’re welcome signs that the percent of lawn and trees, when compared to the amount of concrete and buildings, sustain an environment for these small animals. I watch people along with the wildlife, and am glad to regularly see individuals walking up the hill from the parking areas pause to watch the antics of a squirrel or grackles in the fountain.

In summer when there were concrete benches under the trees near University Hall one could see these squirrels spread eagle on the cool concrete, dissipating heat from their bodies through their torsos and the membranes at their armpit and groin areas. In fall you can pick up pecans on the lawn of the Library Mall and generate high-pitched scolds from the squirrels that are dropping the nuts from those trees. This isn’t random noise unrelated to you, you’re interacting with that tiny individual.

There’s a lot of life on campus, and I predict that with the advent of the community gardens more wildlife, with an adverse effect, may arrive. Here’s hoping resourceful gardeners can set up the gardens and its defenses in a way that don’t harm the beneficial wildlife while still finding a way to exclude the interlopers. The many facets of companion planting are useful in this. And have-a-heart traps. As with the squirrel above, wildlife doesn’t always live in the places we would wish them to (or not.)

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December 15th, 2011 at 10:29 am

Friends Meet Dec. 2, Jed Marum Performs

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The last Friends of the UTA Library meeting for 2011 will be on December 2, when folksinger Jed Marum performs forthe group. This meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Central Library sixth floor atrium. The library is located at 702 Planetarium Place.

Jed Marum was born in Massachusetts and until his early-30s spent his days working in construction and excavation and his evenings playing in bars and coffeehouses. For a number of years he dropped music and switched to IT work in both the airline and telecom industries, but at age 48 reversed course, picked up music again, and “I quit the day job in January of 2000 and I have earned my living at performing music ever since.”

He performs in Celtic or Folk/Bluegrass festivals (appearing for many years in Arlington at the North Texas Scottish Festival) and concert venues around the US. He has done “a little bit of TV and lot of radio” and has licensed songs and recordings to film and television productions playing to international markets on PBS, cable channels and in theaters. He produced and released nine albums on Boston Road Records and his music is published through Weston Grand Arts in association with ASCAP.

Marum’s album Cross Over The River: A Confederate Collection won the Traditional/Folk Album of the Year Award in the JP Folk Awards program in 2009. The album is a collection of true stories from history in song, as retold from the points-of-view of the American and Irish Americans who fought and reflects a true and South positive image throughout. His latest album is Rejoice!: A Christmas Album, released in November, 2011.

This meeting fills up early, so email or call Tommie Wingfield to hold a seat for you: or 817-272-2658.

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December 1st, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Dr. Asok Ray addresses Focus on Faculty Nov. 2

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Focus on Faculty flier - Nov. 2, 2011 program Asok Ray

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November 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 am

John Burnett to address Narco-War tonight

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John Burnett

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

Lifted directly and without editing from UTA TrailBlazer newsletter

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October 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Focus on Faculty today (Sep 14) at noon

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Poster for Focus Richmond meeting

Dr. Douglas Richmond (History) is a recipient of the Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity in 2011 and a Fellow of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography. He became involved with the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-1848 when he helped organize a conference on this theme in 1985 in the form of a Webb Lectures symposium. Dr. Richmond edited the publication of papers from this conference, Essays on the Mexican War, in 1986 and co-edited another volume of essays, Dueling Eagles: Reinterpreting the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848, in 2000.

Title and Abstract: ”The Mexican Struggle for Independence from Spain, 1810-1821″
Just as patriots in the United States, Mexican rebels initially sought local autonomy rather than independence. After two priests initiated regional insurrections, the war for independence often became local conflicts rather than a movement for national liberation. This became particularly evident when upper class forces battled Hidalgo and Morelos, who attempted to use the insurrection to obtain redress of socioeconomic problems.  Eventually the criollo determination to control Mexico triumphed when the unheralded Iturbide provided the formula for consensus with his brilliant Plan de Iguala.

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September 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am

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Julie Alexander acting UT Arlington Library Dean

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Dear Colleagues,

As you know, Dr. Gerald Saxon will be stepping down from his role as Dean of the UT Arlington Library as of August 31, 2011*. After a year’s leave to prepare for his duties in the classroom, Dr. Saxon will be returning to the faculty in the history department. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Julie Alexander has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the UT Arlington Library effective September 1, 2011. Ms. Alexander has worked in UTA’s library since 1978, and as associate director since 1995, so her years of executive experience will be a valuable benefit for the University’s administration.

Ms. Alexander is a member of the American Library Association and the Library Administration and Management Association, serving on numerous committees for both associations. She received her B.S. degree from Sam Houston State University, her M.L.S. degree from the University of North Texas, and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science also at UNT. Julie has received several honors, including her selection to attend the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute in 2004, and her appointment to the UNT Library Capital Campaign Steering Committee which is helping raise more than $1 million.

I look forward to working with Julie in her role as dean. Please join me in congratulating her on this interim appointment.


Donald R. Bobbitt
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
June 30, 2011

*A note from Gerald Saxon to Library staff on July 28:

As you know, Julie has been appointed Interim Dean of the Library, and I am sure you are as happy as I am about this, knowing that the Library will be in good hands as the University begins a search for a new Dean in the fall. With my tenure as Dean coming to a close, Julie and I thought it would be best if we begin the transition of leadership in August. So effective on August 1, Julie will take the lead in decision-making and guiding the Library into the future.

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August 2nd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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Grand Opening Exhibit: The Alamo in Second Life

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Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit

The Alamo:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)

The Alamo in Second Life Note: attendees will need a Second Life avatar. Get an avatar at or help at

Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington:

The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro 

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May 2nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Friends of Library hear Jane Roberts Wood Apr. 15

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Friday, April 15, 2011
Central Library sixth floor parlor

Jane Roberts Wood, a third-generation Texan, grew up in Hall County in West Texas and Texarkana in East Texas. She received her BA from Texas Tech in Lubbock and MA from TCU in Fort Worth. She has also studied at Yale University and the University of London.

Wood is a Fellow of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was the recipient of the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Short Story. She is the author of several novels, including The Train to Estelline, A Place Called Sweet Shrub, Dance a Little Longer, Grace, and Roseborough.

Her newest book, Out the Summerhill Road, tells a story of friendship and longing. The friendship is a strong, decades long relationship among four women that spans high school through middle age. The story is propelled by a murder in a small East Texas town, Cold Springs, in 1946, and the impact the murder has on lives thirty-four years later when the only “person of interest” in the murders moves back into town. Wood will discuss the book at the meeting and copies of it will be sold after her presentation.

Reception and book signing will follow lecture.

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April 14th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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