Fall 2009 Events & Lectures @ UA Libraries
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
From 5-10 pm

Artist Dozier Bell:  Lecture in Gorgas Library room 205, followed by a reception in the Sarah Moody Gallery.  Her solo show, "Navigator: Paintings by Dozier Bell" will be on view at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,  July 31 - September 4, 2009.  University of Alabama Department of Art.

Dozier Bell was born and raised in Maine, where she still lives. As a graduate student, she studied painting at the University of Pennsylvania with renowned landscape painter Neil Welliver, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Since her first solo show in 1987, Bell has received a number of awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation; she has been a Fulbright artist-in-residence at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Maine College of Art.


Thursday, September 3, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 from 3:30-4:45 pm and the Bama Theater at 7:30pm

Jeanie Thompson and Sue Walker

Poetry, Community, and Public Engagement: A Conversation


The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus Initiative is pleased to present guest writers Alabama Poet Laureate, Sue Walker and Founder of the Alabama Writer’s Forum, Jeanie Thompson in Tuscaloosa on September 3, 2009. Walker and Thompson will make two appearances during their visit.

A panel discussion entitled: Poetry, Community, and Public Engagement: A Conversation will take place at 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm with a reception and book signing to follow, in 205 Gorgas. The Conversation will feature panelists Walker and Thompson as well as UA Professor of Creative Writing Robin Behn and Ryan Browne key persons involved with the Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students and Kyes Stevens, founder of the Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project.

That evening at 7:30 pm in concurrence with Wayne Sides’ photo exhibition in the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery, Walker and Thompson will give readings in the Bama’s Greensboro Room and will be available for signing afterwards.

Books will be available for purchase at both events. All events are FREE and open to the public. The visit has been made possible through contributions from Creative Campus, the Department of English program in Creative Writing, the Honors College, and University Libraries. To arrange an appointment with Thompson or Walker contact Alexis Clark, alexis.clark@ua.edu or the Creative Campus office at 205-348-7884. For more information visit www.creativecampus.ua.edu or call 205-348-7884.


Thursday, September 17, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:30 pm

Bankhead Visiting Writer Series with Juliana Spahr

Juliana Spahr teaches exploratory forms, ones full of juxtaposed noises, clashing contexts, and community discord even while some of her expectations (and hopes) for writing are more meditative.

She publishes poetry, prose, and essay.Reception and book signing to follow.


Thursday, September 24, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 from 4-6 pm

Warren St. John

Due to a scheduling conflict, unfortunately we will have to cancel Warren St. John's visit on 9/24. We are looking at other dates and times, so please stay tuned. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 at 5pm

Join us for a lecture by Elena Barthel, 2nd Year Visiting Assistant Professor at the Rural Studio at Auburn University.

The Rural Studio is a design-build architecture studio run by Auburn University which aims to teach students about the social responsibilities of the profession of architecture while also providing safe, well-constructed and inspirational homes and buildings for poor communities in rural west Alabama.

Lecture in Gorgas Library 205, Exhibit and Reception in Sarah Moody Gallery of Art


Thursday, October 1, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:30 pm

The keynote lecture for the Race and Displacement Symposium will be given by a prominent figure in critical race studies, Houston A. Baker, Jr. of Vanderbilt University. This lecture is free and open to all.

Houston A. Baker, Jr. is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He received his BA (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Howard University. He received his MA and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. He has taught at Yale, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University. Currently, he is Distinguished University Professor and Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He has served as Editor of American Literature, the oldest and most prestigious journal in American Literary Studies. Professor Baker began his career as a scholar of British Victorian Literature, but made a career shift to the study of Afro-American Literature and Culture. He has published or edited more than twenty books. He is the author of more than eighty articles, essays, and reviews. His most recent books include Turning South Again: Re-Thinking Modernism, Re-Reading Booker T and I Don’t Hate the South: Reflections on Faulkner, Family, and the South. He has served in a number of administrative and institutional posts, including the 1992 Presidency of the Modern Language Association of America. His honors include Guggenheim, John Hay Whitney, and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as a number of honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.


Friday, October 2, 2009
in Morgan Auditorium at 7:30 pm

As part of the Race and Displacement Symposium, we are pleased to bring Queen Quet back to The University of Alabama campus. This event is free and open to all.

Marquetta Goodwine (also known as Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation or Marquetta L. Goodwine), is a native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina and is an author, computer scientist, mathematician, preservationist, and the selected and elected Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She is the official spokesperson for Gullah/Geechees. The Gullah/Geechee people organized and voted to establish her position along with the Wisdom Circle Council of Elders and Assembly of Representatives. They have their own constitution and flag. The Gullah/Geechee Nation begins in Jacksonville, North Carolina and extends southward to Jacksonville, Florida encompassing the Sea Islands and the Lowcountry.

Goodwine is the founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, which works to preserve the land and culture of the Gullah/Geechee, who continue to be forced out of their island and coastal homes due to development and economic pressures. In 1999 she became the first Gullah to speak before the United Nations, giving testimony at an April 1 hearing of the Commission on Human Rights in Switzerland. Queen Quet is also the Chair of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor General Management Plan and the Expert Commissioner for South Carolina. She is a member of the 15 person commission established by the United States Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act which was passed by the United States Congress. This was a result of the work that Queen Quet had done to inform the world of the need to protect this unique culture.

Goodwine also served as a consultant for the 2000 Mel Gibson film The Patriot, which featured scenes set in the Gullah region of South Carolina. She continues to advise on numerous historic documentaries and to lecture throughout the world. She is the founder of a historic presentation troupe, "De Gullah Cunneckshun" which has recorded several CDs.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm

Come hear Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries talk about his new book Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt (New York University Press, 2009). Learn about the beginnings of the Black Power movement in Lowndes County, Alabama and it's effects on the larger civil rights movement. Reception and book signing to follow.


Thursday, October 15, 2009
in Gorgas Library room 205 at 7 pm

Event Flier (pdf)

Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change with Dr. Alicia Schmidt Camacho, the Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies at Yale University.

Alicia Schmidt Camacho is Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race at Migration, and the Associate Master for Ezra Stiles College. Her scholarship concerns the femicide in Ciudad Juárez, transnational migration, border governance, and social movements in the Americas. She is the author of Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the Mexico–U.S. Borderlands (NYU Press, 2008), and is currently at work on a second book project entitled, The Carceral Border: Social Violence and Governmentality on the Frontiers of Our America. She serves on the board of Junta for Progressive Action, a community agency serving the Latina/o community of Fair Haven, and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Monday, October 19, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 4:30 pm
"Fall of the Iron Curtain: Reflections on the Romanian 1989" cosponsored by University of Alabama History Department
Dr. Paul E. Michelson, Distinguished Professor of History at Huntington University, was a Senior Fulbright Research Professor in Romania in 1989-1990 when the Romanian Communist regime was overthrown.  He is President of the Society for Romanian Studies and author or co-author of four books on Romanian history, including ROMANIAN POLITICS, 1859-1871:  FROM PRINCE CUZA TO PRINCE CAROL (1998), which was selected by CHOICE MAGAZINE as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1998 and was awarded the 2000 Balcescu Prize for History by the Romanian Academy.  He was also a Fulbright fellow in Romania in 1971-1973 and 1982-1983, and was the Academic Program chair for the 2007 Fifth International Congress on Romanian Studies in Constanta, Romania.

Thursday, October 22, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:30 pm

Bankhead Visiting Writer Series with Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis has received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her celebrated novels include Labrador, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, The Walking Tour, and Versailles. In 2006, Davis received the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction.



Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 4:00 pm


Former Alabama Congressman and author, Glen Browder

Glen Browder will be introducing and discussing his new book, The South's New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History, NewSouth Books (April 21, 2009).  The South's New Racial Politics presents an original thesis about how blacks and whites in today's South engage in a politics that is qualitatively different from the past. Glen Browder-as practitioner and scholar-argues that politicians of the two races now practice an open, sophisticated, biracial game that, arguably, means progress; but it also can bring out old-fashioned, cynical, and racist Southern ways. The lesson to be learned from this interpretative analysis is that the Southern political system, while still constrained by racial problems, is more functional than ever before. Southerners perhaps can now move forward in dealing with their legacy of hard history.

Reception and book signing to follow.





Thursday October 29, 2009
In Gorgas Library 205 at 2:00pm

Laura Freixas

"Souls in Purgatory or How I Became a Writer Thanks to my mother, Franco, and Simone de Beauvoir"

Laura Freixas ( Barcelona , 1958) went to the French Lycée and did a BA in Law at Barcelona . She is the author of two collections of short stories (The Wrist Murderer , 1988, and Tales at the Age of Forty, 2001), a non-fiction work ( Women and Literature [in Spain ], 2000) and three novels: The Last Sunday in London (1997), Just Between Friends (1998) and Love or Whatever It Is (2005).

She has also worked as a foreign language assistant in two British Universities, a publisher, a literary critic for El País newspaper and a translator. She edited an anthology of short stories, Mothers and Daughters (1996) followed by Women Friends (2009). She is a weekly columnist for La Vanguardia newspaper.

Her latest work is the autobiography Adolescencia en Barcelona hacia 1970 (2007).

She has given lectures and/or been a writer in residence at various Universities in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States, such as Limerick, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Cornell, Rutgers, City University of New York and others. In 2006 she taught a creative writing course at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the European Cultural Parliament and the president of the association Clásicas y Modernas for gender equality in spanish Culture.

Laura Freixas currently lives in Madrid.





Thursday, November 5, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 5:00pm


William Christenberry: Land / Memory

Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 5 November – 22 December 2009

A native Tuscaloosan and university art department graduate, William Christenberry will be the visiting lecturer during this homecoming exhibition. The exhibition will feature the artist’s sculpture, drawings and photographs. Though his photography made him an international figure in visual art, this prolific artist trained as a painter and draftsman before turning toward the camera.  His native Alabama has never been very far away as it is the subject matter of his art work. He currently serves as professor emeritus at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, his dance card has been full over the past three years as major exhibitions of his work have traveled across the United States and abroad. His numerous awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Weil Fellow (Auburn University), The Alabama Prize, Lyndhurst Foundation Prize (Chattanooga) and an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Christenberry will present a public lecture at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 5 at 205 Gorgas Library. Admission is free. Funding support for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Gallery hours are 9:00-4:30 PM weekdays and 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday evenings.  Contact the gallery at 348-1891 or go to http://www.as.ua.edu/art/moody.html.









Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at 5:00 pm
Come out for a rockin' good night with Dr. Jim Salem, American Studies Professor, as he discusses his book,

The Late Great Johnny Ace and Transition from R&B to Rock 'n' Roll

If Elvis Presley was a white man who sang in a predominantly black style, Johnny Ace was a black man who sang in a predominantly white one. His soft, crooning "heart ballads" took the black record-buying public by storm in the early 1950s, and he was the first postwar solo black male rhythm and blues star signed to an independent label to attract a white audience. His biggest hit, "Pledging My Love," was at the top of the R&B charts when he died playing Russian roulette in his dressing room between sets at a packed "Negro Christmas dance" in Houston. This first comprehensive treatment of an enigmatic, captivating, and influential performer takes the reader to Beale Street in Memphis and to Houston's Fourth Ward, both vibrant black communities where the music never stopped. Following key players in these two hotspots, James Salem constructs a multifaceted portrait of postwar rhythm and blues, when American popular music (and society) was still clearly segregated.!


Among the many colorful characters who knew and worked with Johnny Ace—including B. B. King, Johnny Otis, Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown—none exerted more influence on his career than the promoter and entrepreneur Don D. Robey. It was Robey and his sometime wife Evelyn Johnson who transformed John Marshall Alexander Jr. into the heartthrob Johnny Ace and promoted him to the top of the R&B charts. But the price of fame was a grueling life of touring on the "chitlin circuit," where successive one-night stands might be 800 miles apart and musicians performed more than 340 days a year. Johnny Ace's career lasted barely eighteen months, yet musicians from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon have acknowledged their debt to him. Ace's inimitable delivery ushered in a fusion of black and white styles that set the stage for rock 'n' roll and changed American popular music forever.

Check out the new exhibit in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections lobby featuring photographs and memorabilia.

Reception and book signing to follow.


Thursday, November 12, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:30 pm

 Department of History, University of Alabama "Friends of History" Lecture with Dr. J.F. Guilmartin

"Gunpowder, the Printing Press and the Death of the Middle Ages."

Professor Guilmartin of Ohio State University, is an authority on military history, maritime history, and the history of technology. He is an early modern Europeanist whose research focuses primarily on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He also is interested in aerospace history and has written about the Vietnam war and the Gulf war.

Professor Guilmartin is well known for his Gunpowder and Galleys: Changing Technology and Mediterranean Warfare in the Sixteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974; 2nd, revised, edition, London: Conway Maritime Press, 2003). More recently he has published Galleons and Galleys(London: Cassell, 2002)"The Cutting Edge: An Analysis of the Spanish Invasion and Overthrow of the Inca Empire, 1532-1539 (Kenneth J. Andrien and Rolena Adorno, eds., Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century; Berkeley, University of California Press, 1991): 40-69 and A Very Short War: The Mayaguez and the Battle of Koh Tang (College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Press, 1995).

Reception and book signing to follow.



 Thursday, November 19, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:30 pm


Bankhead Visiting Writer Series with David Young

David Young is the Donald R. Longman Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College, where he currently works as editor of FIELD magazine and Oberlin College Press. He is the author of ten poetry collections, most recently Black Lab (Knopf, 2006). He is also well-known as a translator, most recently for Du Fu, A Life in Poetry (Knopf, 2008) and The Poetry of Petrarch (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004). His translation of Rilke's Duino Elegies (Norton, 1980) has been selling steadily for thirty years. His literary criticism includes three books on Shakespeare, one on Yeats, and, most recently, Six Modernist Moments in Poetry (Iowa, 2006). His creative nonfiction book, Seasoning: A Poet's Year, with Seasonal Recipes (Ohio State, 1999). Young has been designated as a treasure of the state of Ohio and has received numerous recognitions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize.



Thursday, December 3, 2009
In Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm

Come and hear UA's Dr. Stephen Schwab talk about his new book, Guantanamo, USA: The Untold History of America's Cuban Outpost.

Established as America's first foreign naval base following the Spanish-American War, Guantánamo is now more often thought of as our Devil's Island, the gulag of our times. This book takes readers beyond the orange-jumpsuited detainees of today's headlines to provide the first comprehensive history of Guantánamo from its origins to the present.

Occupying 45 square miles of land and sea, Guantánamo has for more than a century symbolized the imperial impulse within U.S. foreign policy, and its occupation is decried by Cuba as a violation of inter-national law--even though a treaty legally grants the U.S. a lease in perpetuity. Stephen Schwab now describes the base's role in American, Caribbean, and global history, explaining how it came to be, why it's still there, and how it continues to serve a variety of purposes.

Schwab views the base's creation as part of a broad U.S. strategy of annexations, protectorates, and limited interventions devised to create a strong sphere of influence in the western Atlantic. He charts its history from this early belief that it would prevent European powers from staking imperial claims in the Caribbean and examines the crucial defensive role that Guantánamo played as a convoy hub for strategic goods during World War II. He then looks at clashes over Guantánamo during the Cold War, culminating in LBJ's decision to make the base independent by firing Cuban workers and building a desalinization plant. Schwab also fleshes out Guantánamo's ongoing roles as the U.S. Navy's lone forward base in the Caribbean, providing refueling for U.S. and allied ships, as a Coast Guard station engaged in search-and-rescue missions and counternarcotics operations, and as a U.S. facility for processing undocumented aliens.

Even though the Castro government persistently protests America's presence--and refuses even to bank the rent that the U.S. dutifully pays--Guantánamo remains the only place where diplomatic exchanges between the two countries occur, and Schwab documents how the facility has served mutual interests as both a point of nationalistic frictions and a center for diplomatic compromise. By presenting Guantánamo's story within its broader historical framework, his book gives readers a greater appreciation of America's true stake in this controversial Caribbean outpost.

Reception and book signing to follow.



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