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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4:30 pm

Digital Literacy Contest
This event will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in room 205 Gorgas Library and near by computer labs. Everyone will meet at 205 Gorgas at 4:30. Sponsored by the UA libraries as a Digital Literacy/Information Literacy promotion. 
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4:30 pm

 Joel Brouwer, poet and author and Director of UA's MFA program in Creative Writing will read from his new book, And So (Four Way Press, 2009).

 "And So is a wonderfully strange book. Its despairing characters are alone even when in a pair, but there is a kind of joy in the poet's attentiveness to the expanse of their distress and the distress of others."  -- Matthea Harvey


Monday April 20, 2009
4:30 pm in the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall

Elizabeth Findley Shores will discuss her book, On Harper's Trail: Roland McMillan Harper, Pioneering Botanist of the Southern Coastal Plain (UGA Press, 2008)

Roland McMillan Harper (1878-1966) had perhaps "the greatest store of field experience of any living botanist of the Southeast," according to Bassett Maguire, the renowned plant scientist of the New York Botanical Garden. However, Harper's scientific contributions, including his pioneering work on the ecological importance of wetlands and fire, were buried for decades in the enormous collection of photographs and documents he left and were obscured by his reputation as an eccentric. With this book, Elizabeth Findley Shoresprovides the first full-length biography of the accomplished botanist, documentary photographer, and explorer of the southern coastal plain's wilderness areas. Incorporating a wealth of detail about Harper's interests, accomplishments, and influences, Shores follows his entire scientific career, which was anchored by a thirty-five-year stint with the Alabama Geological Survey. Shores looks at Harper's collaboration with his brother Francis, as they traced William Bartram's route through Alabama and the Florida panhandle and Francis edited the Naturalist Edition of The Travels of William Bartram.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205, 2:30 p.m.

 3rd Annual University Libraries Student Book Collecting Contest Award Ceremony and Collections Lecture. Prizes will be awarded at this event.
Contest winners are expected to attend this ceremony.


Monday, April 13, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4 pm

Twain Braden will talk about his fascinating adventure and his book, Ghosts of the Pioneers: A Family Search for the Independent Oregon Colony of 1844(Lyons Press, 2007). Co-sponsored by New College.

In the summer of 2006, between terms of law school, author Twain Braden, his wife Leah Day, and their four children retraced the route of these pioneers, following the Oregon trail in search of emigrant ghosts—along the original ruts formed by their wagons more than 150 years before. Juxtaposing the story of the Independent Oregon Colony’s arduous journey west with his own modern-day trip, Braden presents a moving and illuminating account of how America became what it is today.


Thursday, April 9, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4 pm

Robert J. Norell, The University of Tennessee will discuss his new book, Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington (Belknap Press, 2009).



Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4 pm

 Deserters, Coffee-coolers, Bounty-jumpers and Medicants: Civil War Veterans and the Public in Gilded Age America.

A lecture with Dr. Jim Marten.
 
James Marten is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University.   He is also serving as President of the Society of Civil War Historians.   His research and publications have covered a wide range of topics from dissent in Civil War era Texas to the history of childhood.   His best known book is The Children’s Civil War published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1998, a pioneering work in social and intellectual history.   He is currently working on a project entitled, “Their Great Good Fortune: Civil War Veterans in Victorian America.”
 

Wednesday, March 25, 3009
2:30-4:30 pm (note special time) in Gorgas Library room 205
 
Meet renowned food expert, Susan Hermann Loomis.
 
As an internationally-recognized expert on food, Susan takes a unique approach to her craft; combining training in journalism with a love for food and the people who produce it.
 
Extensive travel throughout the United States, France, and Italy has given Susan a depth of knowledge and an appreciation for the rich traditions around food—how it is grown, harvested, and prepared. Susan believes that learning about cooking and food should involve much more than recipes and techniques. She delights in meeting and introducing the personalities and customs behind the great cuisines of France.
 
Susan is the author of six cookbooks, the most recent of which is On Rue Tatin(Broadway Books) and runs an internationally known cooking school in the Normandy region of France.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4 pm

Dr. Rich Megraw, Associate Professor of American Studies at The University of Alabama, will discuss his new book, Confronting Modernity: Art and Society in Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi, 2008).

Confronting Modernity examines how the conflicts and benefits of modernity's nationalizing influences were reflected and resisted by the state's artists in the first half of the20th century.  In Louisiana, such change not only produced the turbulent politics of the Huey Long era but also provoked debate over new ideas on art and the social roles for artists.


Thursday, February 12, 2009
Rodgers Library, 2 pm

Celebration of Charles Darwin's Birthday at Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering

Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering will sponsor a twenty-minute program on February 12, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., to commemorate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Darwin's major work On the Origin of Species.

Professor Daniel Graf of the University of Alabama Department of Biological Sciences will say a few words about Charles Darwin. Following Professor Graf's presentation, birthday cake and punch will be served. All are welcome.


Tuesday, February 3, 2009
2-4 pm in Gorgas Library Pearce Foyer, 2nd Floor
Felix Mendelssohn's 200th Birthday with faculty and students from the Department of Theatre and Dance. Please join us for music and cake!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Gorgas Library, room 205 at 4 pm

African American scholar and author Jerry W. Ward Jr., will read from his memoir, The Katrina Papers.

 Dr. Jerry W. Ward Jr. is a distinguished professor of English and African American World Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on the author Richard Wright.

 Some of his other works include Black Southern Voices, Redefining Blakc Literary History, and Trouble in the Water: 250 Years of African American Poetry. This event is part of a two day, multi-event visit with Dr. Ward and is co-sponsored by Creative Campus, University LIbraries, Crossroads Community Center and New College.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008  

Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm

Zoketsu Norman Fischer will read from and discuss his new book, Sailing Home: Using Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls (Free Press, 2008)


Homer's Odyssey has a timeless allure. It is an ancient story that is significant for every generation: the struggle of a homesick, battle-weary man longing to return to love and family. Odysseus's strivings to overcome divine and earthly obstacles and to control his own impulsive nature hold valuable lessons for people facing their own metaphorical battles and everyday conflicts -- people who are, like Odysseus, "heartsick on the open sea," whether from dealing with daily skirmishes at the office or from fighting in an international war. Sailing Home breathes fresh air into a classic we thought we knew, revealing its profound guidance for navigating life's pitfalls, perils, and spiritual challenges.

Norman Fischer deftly incorporates Buddhist, Judaic, Christian, and popular thought, as well as his own unique and sympathetic understanding of life, in his reinterpretation of Odysseus's familiar wanderings as lessons that everyone can use. We see how to resist the seduction of the Sirens' song to stop sailing and give up; how to bide our time in a situation and wait for the right opportunity -- as Odysseus does when faced with the murderous, one-eyed Cyclops; and how to reassess our story and rediscover our purpose and identity if, like the Lotus-Eaters, we have forgotten the past. Flier for this event available here. 
 


Thursday, September 18, 2008   

Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm

Martin Wilson will read from and discuss his first novel, What They Always Tell Us (Random House YA, 2008)

 

Martin Wilson was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1973. He lived there until he finished high school and entered Vanderbilt University, where he earned a BA in 1995, majoring in English. After graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked as an editorial assistant at a small educational publishing house. In 1996, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, joining the MFA program of the University of Florida. While at Florida, one of his short stories won a Henfield Foundation/Transatlantic Review Award. After earning his MFA in 1998, he moved back to Austin and, once again, began working for the same small educational publishing house as a copyeditor and, eventually, as a managing editor.

In 2003, Martin moved to New York City, where he still lives and works as a publicist in the book publishing industry. His short stories have been published in Virgin Fiction 2, Pieces: A Collection of New Voices, Rebel Yell 2, Rush Hour, and other publications. WHAT THEY ALWAYS TELL US is his first novel.  Visit is website at http://martinwilsonwrites.com/
Flier for the Martin Wilson event is available here.


 

Monday, September 22, 2008 
Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm

"The Evolution of Southern Religious Conservatism" with Dr. Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey is a professor of History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  Dr. Harvey holds a Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley and researches and writes in the field of post-Civil War American History. His particular interests include southern history, American religious history, popular culture, war and society, and the history of American music. He is the author of Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities Among Southern Baptists, 1865-1925, published in 1997 by the University of North Carolina Press, and more recently Freedom's Coming: Religious Cultures and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era. He is presently working on a co-authored text entitled Jesus in Red, White, and Black, an exploration of the racialization of the divine through American history, as well as Religion, Race, and American Ideas of Freedom: From the 17th Century to the Present, to be published by Yale University Press. Paul is the co-editor of two collections, including Themes in Religion and American Culture and The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America since 1945. and is currently co editing the Columbia Guide to Religion in American History. Paul also runs the only web blog specifically devoted to American religious history. 

Flier for the Paul Harvey event available here (pdf).

 

 



Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 7 pm                             
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall 

Melissa Delbridge will read from and discuss her memoir, Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008)      

This event co-sponsored by New College and University Libraries


A native of Tuscaloosa, Melissa Delbridge has published essays and short stories in the Antioch Review, Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast, and other journals. She is an archivist in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. Delbridge lives with her family in Orange County, North Carolina, where she spends her leisure time letting the dogs in and out, making pickles, plotting vengeance, substantiating rumors, and working on a novel.

“Delbridge knows sorrow like she knows the rhythm of her own heart. . . . Fans of Carson McCullers won't want to miss this one—witty, tragic, and relentlessly wise.”—Booklist, starred review


Flier for Melissa Delbridge's talk is available here.

 


 

A Blank Space for Every Day in The Year

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 6 pm

W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall


Exhibit opening, talk and reception 

A Blank Space for Every Day in the Year: 19th Century Pocket Diaries and their Diarists

Exploring content, technology and anatomy of selected diaries from the W.S. Hoole Library's  Manuscript Collections.

Exhibit by Larry Lou Foster, Bridget Elmer and Jessica Lacher-Feldman, with photographs by Laura Shill. The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Hoole Library from August 26-December 19, 2008.

This exhibit features diaries from the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library’s manuscript collections from five separate collections.  Larry Lou Foster, a book artist and fine binder has explored and researched the diaries and their structures. The exhibit will focus not just on the content, but the details of the technology and the anatomy of the diaries themselves.   Pocket Diary event poster here.

 


Swimmers in the Sea

Thursday, October 9, 2008          
Gorgas Library room  at 7 pm 

Tuscaloosa native, Denzil Strickland will discuss and read from his first novel, Swimmers in the Sea (Press 53, 2008)

DENZIL STRICKLAND grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated with a degree in English from George Peabody College. His short stories have been published in literary journals and one was the recipient of a national Hackney Award. Swimmers in the Sea is his first novel. He lives with his wife Carolyn and two young daughters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he owns and operates Garage Branding, a graphic design firm.

Swimmers in the Sea embodies contemporary writing at its best: clean, hard-edged, mysterious and moving. Denzil Strickland tells a gripping story of a man who needs to turn his life around NOW but can only do so through reconciliation and reinterpretation of his past – by understanding who his father is and his legacy. This novel has the classic lines of Hemingway but as much clout as Ian McEwan's Atonement. Swimmers in the Sea is a stunning human and artistic achievement."  -- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Four Spirits and Ahab's Wife

Strickland flier available for download here.

 


 

Bay of Pigs by Howard JonesTuesday, October 14, 2008          
Gorgas Library room  205 at 4 pm 

Dr. Howard Jones, UA Dept of History will discuss his new book, The Bay of Pigs (Oxford University Press, 2008)

             
"Howard Jones has written a page-turner, beginning the moment he describes Fidel Castro's planes roaring out of Havana and heading toward the helpless Cuban exile brigade on Red Beach. He also shows conclusively how the invasion-poorly planned, driven by self-deception and inertia-solidified Castro's rule, destroyed U.S.-Cuban relations, and reinforced the American government's paranoia that any criticism of its foreign policy constituted a threat to nation security."--Stephen Schwab, retired CIA official currently teaching at the University of Alabama

"An unsparing portrait of an epic disaster, a tale of overreach, incompetence, hubris and self-delusion, of every level of American government at its worst. The Bay of Pigs had far-reaching consequences, and from Howard Jones' account it becomes clear why."--James Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin

Howard Jones is the author of Mutiny on the Amistad and Death of a Generation . He is University Research Professor of History at the University of Alabama.


                                                 Bay of Pigs flier available for download here.


A-Quiver with SignifanceWednesday, October 15, 2008

Gorgas Library room 205 at 4 pm


The Death of the Author: or, What One Reader Learned in Becoming an Editor


A lecture by Dr. Heather Cass White, Associate Professor of English at The University of Alabama 

She will discuss her work on new book, A-Quiver With Significance: Marianne Moore, 1932—1936 (ELS Editions, 2008)

White will read from her book and discuss her project, which includes a collaboration with University Libraries and the acquisition of a rare volume of Moore's work, which was turned into a facsimile edition through the efforts of people at the Hoole Library. 

“Building the edition off of a facsimile reprint of Moore’s powerful collection of poems, The Pangolin and Other Verse, makes good sense given the importance of the volume to her modernist peers. As White notes, Moore paid particular attention to the ordering of her verses in this collection, as she did to every aspect of the book’s production. The volume makes an excellent case study in the ways in which the material presentation of a book of poems can prove vital to addressing the content of the verses within.”

– Robin G. Schulze, Pennsylvania State University, editor of Becoming Marianne Moore: The Early Poems, 1907-1924  Flier for Dr. White's talk available here.

 


Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008

Gorgas Library room 205 at 4:30 pm

 

Bankhead Lecture, UA Department of History

Susan Elizabeth Ramirez, the Neville G. Penrose Chair of History and Latin American Studies at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX), will present the lecture, "Of One Law and One Birth: The Inca Model of Empire"

Susan Elizabeth Ramirez has written three major books. The most recent, entitled To Feed and Be Fed: The Cosmological Bases of Authority and Identity in the Andes (Stanford University Press, 2005), is a new interpretation of the rise and fall of the Inca empire. It argues that the Cuzco, now known as the highland capital of the Incas, was (before colonial times) instead the title of the Inca ruler, considered a living man-god, descended from the Sun.

Flier for Dr. Ramirez's event is available here.

   


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gorgas Library room 205 from 7-8:30 pm                       

UA Department of Religious Studies' Seventh Annual Aranov Lecture

Dr. Bruce Lincoln, the Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School; also in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Committee on Medieval Studies; Associate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology and Classics at The University of Chicago.

Professor Lincoln is among the most influential and rigorous Historians of Religions now working in the U.S., and among the most internationally influential scholars of religion. His expertise runs from the ancient world to the modern and his lecture promises to be intellectually stimulating.

Flier for Dr. Lincoln's lecture available here.


 

Prince of Frog Town by Rick Bragg

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in Gorgas Library room 205 at 7:00 pm

(PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING) 


Join us for an unforgettable reading and talk with renowned writer and UA faculty member, Rick Bragg. He will discuss his latest book, The Prince of Frog Town (Knopf, 2008), the final volume of his beloved American saga that began with All over but the Shoutin' and continued with Ava's Man.  Bragg closes his circle of family stories with an unforgettable tale about fathers and sons inspired by his own relationship with this ten-year-old stepson. 

Read an excerpt from NPR's Summer Books here.

Praise for The Prince of Frogtown

“Bragg crafts flowing sentences that vividly describe the southern Appalachian landscape and ways of life both old and new. . . . His father’s story walks the line between humorous and heartbreaking . . . This book, much like his previous two memoirs, is lush with narratives about manhood, fathers and sons, families and the changing face of the rural South.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)    Rick Bragg flier available here 
 


James Cobb on the Roots of Rock and Roll

 

Thursday, Nov  6, 2008                      
Gorgas Library room 205 at 7 pm                   

Friends of History Lecture with Dr. James C. Cobb, 

The Spaulding Distinguished Professor of History, The University of Georgia

His talk is entitled, Southern History and the Roots of Rock and Roll

Jim Cobb teaches courses in southern history and culture. A former president of the Southern Historical Association, Cobb has written widely on the interaction between economy, society and culture in the American South. His books include The Selling of The South: The Southern Crusade for Industrial Development, 1936-1990 (Illinois, 1993), and The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity (Oxford , 1992). His most recent book,  Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. To read some of his work, visit http://cobbloviate.com.

  

James Cobb Flier available here

 


Naked Writing (detail) from Book Fusion

Wednesday, November 12, 2008                      


Gorgas Library room 205 at 4:30 pm
        

 

Book Fusion: UA Faculty, Grad Students, and Guest Artists in Two Book Arts, Art, and Literary Collaborations

This multi-media event celebrates the ongoing collaborative relationship between the Art, Book Arts, and Creative Writing graduate programs at UA. Participating faculty and students will present two recent collaborative projects.  Participants include Steve Miller, Robin Behn, MC Hyland, and Cade Collum

Book Fusion flier available here.

 


Wednesday, Nov  19, 2008 
Rodgers Library Lobby at 3:30 pm
"Chocolate Chemistry: The Science Behind the World's Passion"

flier for this event available here

Thursday, Nov  20, 2008 
Gorgas Library room 205 at 3:00 pm
"Science of Coffee" There will be free coffee samples!

Poetic exercise for Dr. Vinson's lecture:
Upon entrance to 205 Gorgas, attendees will receive a form with a prompt reading "How does coffee make you feel? Write in a short poem (haiku, limerick, prose, etc.) describing your experience with your cuppa joe."

Professor Vinson has been featured on ABC Good Morning America Sunday and National Public Radio The People’s Pharmacy and All Things Considered and even had a humorous cartoon in Time Magazine for his coffee work. His current research interests include the effect of foods, vitamins, and antioxidants on nutrition and health.  He is a consultant for several nutritional supplement companies. For the last 25 years he has been a National Tour Speaker for the American Chemical Society.

Sponsored by Capstone International Center, Department of Chemistry, Faculty in Residence Program, New College, University Libraries, Creative Campus, and Strip Teas & Coffee

 


 

Eugene Walter: Last of the BohemiansThursday, Nov  20, 2008     (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE!)                 
Gorgas Library room 205 at 7 pm
    

Join us for a fun-filled evening with a screening of the new documentary film by Alabama native, Bob Clem (Waterfront Pix) on fellow Alabama native and Renaissance man, Eugene Walter!

Eugene Walter: Last of the Bohemians documents the life and career of a writer, poet, actor, artist and raconteur whose work celebrates the art of living and personifies the culture of the coastal South. Living in Paris and Rome, Walter (1921-1998) lent his unique personality and wide-ranging talent to a number of different endeavors, many of them at the heart of the postwar artistic renaissance in Europe -- winning numerous awards for his poetry and fiction, helping start the Paris Review, working with and acting in the films of Federico Fellini and other Italian directors, editing the poly lingual literary magazine Botteghe Oscure and meeting and entertaining many of the most famous writers and cultural figures of his time.

From his beginnings in Mobile, Alabama, Walter was blessed with survival skills that enabled him to live the bohemian life, dedicating himself to artistic pursuits without visible means of support. He ran away from home literally as soon as he was able to walk, moving in with his grandmother, then receiving shelter from Mobilians who recognized his talent and his brilliance. He lived for a time in a warehouse, then in the back of the city's famed Haunted Book Shop, then as the ward of local theater patron Hammond Gayfer. Walter would later be honored by his native city as an artistic 'Renaissance Man' for his achievements in so many creative endeavors. 

Eugene Walter was one of the last of an increasingly rare breed -- the freelance, wandering poet, living day to day in pursuit of art, truth and beauty. Paris and Rome are no longer the inexpensive cities they were in the aftermath of World War II, where artists and writers could survive on a few dollars a week. Most writers and poets today have an academic affiliation, or else a full time job with little time left to write, to dream and to live in the fantasy world that Eugene Walter inhabited every single day, to the delight of most everyone he met. His story is not to be missed! The film was funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support  from the Sybil Smith Charitable Trust, A.S. Mitchell Foundation, M.W. Smith Foundation, Malbis Memorial Foundation and Ben May Foundation.

Flier available here.

 


 

 

 

PAST EVENTS  -- SPRING 2008

 

Rabbi's Cat

 

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel”

The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar
Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Synopsis: After eating a parrot, an aged Algerian rabbi's cat develops the ability to speak and quickly declares his desire not only to be Jewish, but to have a bar mitzvah. The rabbi engages his pet in a spiraling debate, touching on topics such as spelling, parental love, and the very nature of Jewish identity. 

French graphic novelist Sfar's delightful, vibrantly illustrated story is set in Algeria and Paris in the 1930s, where the encroaching modern world is rapidly shattering many long-held customs and assumptions. And like his human counterparts, the rabbi's cat has some tough choices to make: "Should I stay in this house of Jews who are so elegant you'd swear they were French, with the beautiful rugs and the smell of fine cooking, or follow my master in the rain"? 

Visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/events/JewishLit/ for more information on the series.

Dr. Wayne Flint


Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm [flier available here] 
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall 
When All the Constellations were Aligned:  A-Plus Reform Coalition, the Equity Funding Lawsuit, the Jim Folsom Administration, and the Road Not Taken in Education Reform

-- A lecture with Dr. Wayne Flynt.

Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, is Editor-in-Chief of the new Online Encyclopedia of Alabama, which is the product of a partnership between the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University. Flynt is a leading authority on Alabama history and Baptist history in Alabama. He was inducted into the 2005 Communication Hall of Fame, which honors communication personalities who have brought lasting fame to the state, at The University of Alabama.  He is the author of eleven books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites. His most recent book, Alabama in the Twentieth Century, was awarded the 2004 Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize. Also in 2004, his book Dixie's Forgotten People: The South's Poor Whites was re-issued. Flynt's books have won many awards, some multiple times, including: the Lillian Smith Award for Non-Fiction, the Alabama Library Association Award for Non-Fiction, Outstanding Academic Book from the American Library Association, and the James F. Sulzby, Jr. Book Award. He is co-author of Alabama: A History of a Deep South State, which was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Flynt has actively devoted his life to bringing the issues of history and poverty and their social impact to the forefront of the public's consciousness. He was educated at Samford University, formerly Howard College (A.B.,1961), and Florida State University (M.S., 1962; Ph.D. 1965).

Books will be available for purchase and signing both before and after Dr. Flynt's lecture. A reception will follow his talk. 

This event is sponsored by the UA College of Education, Education Policy Center and UA Libraries and co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and the Blackburn Institute.

 

Stalking the Ghost Bird by Michael K. SteinbergThursday April 24 at 4 pm in Gorgas 205 [flier for event here]

Stalking the Ghost Bird: The Elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Louisiana (LSU Press, 2008) 
Dr. Michael Steinberg, New College and Department of Geography, and Assistant Curator of Ornithology, The Alabama Museum of Natural History

When a kayaker thought he spotted an ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas's bottomland forest in 2004, the bird community took notice. Two birders traveled to the bayou where the sighting occurred, well aware that the last confirmed sighting of an ivory-bill had taken place over sixty years ago. Both men caught a glimpse of the bird, and a team began to search the surrounding swamplands. After long hours of surveillance and multiple sightings, the scientists cautiously refused to disclose their rediscovery of the extinct bird until they captured it on film. At last armed with a short video clip, they published their findings in Science, triggering a frenzy of media coverage and sparking a controversy among birders and scientists who continue to disagree about whether the bird really still exists. In Stalking the Ghost Bird, Michael K. Steinberg engages the lengthy debate over the ivory-bill's status by examining the reported sightings and extensive efforts to find the rare bird in Louisiana. Louisiana has long been at the center of the ivory-bill's story. John James Audubon wrote about the bird and its habitat during his stay in St. Francisville, and scientists James Tanner and George Lowery studied the ivory-bill in Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s. More recently, bird experts have conducted targeted searches in Louisiana. Steinberg discusses these and other scientific expeditions, and he catalogs reported ivory-bill sightings since the 1950s using a detailed timeline that includes both dates and specific locations. A reception and signing will follow.

Please be sure to visit the related exhibit, Audubon meets T.P. Thompson meets the Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. Read about it on theCool@Hoole Blog!


 

The Quitter by Harvey Pekar



Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It:
 “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel”

The Quitter by Harvey Pekar
Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Synopsis: Pekar, the author of the celebrated comic book American Splendor, spent his life quitting before he could fail. Here, he enumerates the ways: an adolescence spent bullying other children in Cleveland, where his immigrant parents owned a small grocery; a lackluster academic career; an unending array of file clerk jobs.


Ostensibly covering Pekar's early years, this dark graphic novel tackles everything from his brief stint in the Navy to jazz criticism and mid-century race relations. The gritty and atmospheric artwork by American Splendor collaborator Dean Haspiel perfectly captures Pekar's cantankerous tone. But a surprisingly hopeful message ultimately surfaces. It's possible to find your way in the world, Pekar suggests, even if it takes a lifetime to do it.  Visithttp://www.lib.ua.edu/events/JewishLit/ for more information on the series.


Warrior Image by Andrew Huebner

Tuesday April 15 at 4 pm Gorgas 205 [event flier here] 
The Warrior Image, Soldiers in American Culture from the Second World War to the Vietnam Era 
( UNC Press 2007)

Dr. Andrew Huebner, UA Assistant Professor of History 

Images of war saturated American culture between the 1940s and the 1970s, as U.S. troops marched off to battle in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Exploring representations of servicemen in the popular press, government propaganda, museum exhibits, literature, film, and television, Andrew Huebner traces the evolution of a storied American icon--the combat soldier.

Huebner challenges the pervasive assumption that Vietnam brought drastic changes in portrayals of the American warrior, with the jaded serviceman of the 1960s and 1970s shown in stark contrast to the patriotic citizen-soldier of World War II. In fact, Huebner shows, cracks began to appear in sentimental images of the military late in World War II and were particularly apparent during the Korean conflict. Journalists, filmmakers, novelists, and poets increasingly portrayed the steep costs of combat, depicting soldiers who were harmed rather than hardened by war, isolated from rather than supported by their military leadership and American society. Across all three wars, Huebner argues, the warrior image conveyed a growing cynicism about armed conflict, the federal government, and Cold War militarization.  A reception and signing will follow. 


 

Dr. Philip BeidlerWednesday, April 9 at 4 pm. Gorgas 205  [event flier here]

American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire (University of Georgia Press, 2007)

with Dr. Phil Beidler, UA Professor of English


Dr. Beidler will talk about his latest book, American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire (University of Georgia Press, 2007)

As a writer, Beidler has often drawn upon his combat experience in Vietnam and his deep engagement with American popular culture. his essays tap these sources in powerful, truth-telling ways. In American Wars, American Peace, another voice emerges, distinct yet  also tied to Beidler's wartime memories and his love of literature, film, and music. It is the voice of one of the "Baby-Boom progeny of the 'Greatest Generation" who, at home and abroad, become the footsoldiers" not just in Vietnam, but in the Peace Corps, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and beyond.

"A superb piece of intellectual analysis . . . This book is a legitimate heir to the work of Paul Fussell and J. Glenn Gray." --Tim O'Brien, author of July, July


Dr. Phil Beidler is the author of numerous works including his latest book, American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire (University of Georgia Press, 2007). He will discuss this book and his experiences. A reception and signing will follow.


 

SapphireThursday, April 10, 2008 at 7 pm in the Ferguson Center Theater on The University of Alabama campus.


The Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series:

“I Wanted To Write,” with the world-renowned poet and writer, Sapphire.
PUSH by Sapphire

Sapphire is the author of American_Dreams, a collection of poetry, which was cited by Publisher's_Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties." Her novel, Push, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by The_Village_Voice as one of the top twenty-five books of 1996 and by TIMEOUT_New_York as one of the top ten books of 1996. Push was also nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. About her last book of poetry, Poet's & Writer's Magazine wrote, "With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection, Black_Wings_&_Blind_Angels, retains Sapphire's incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds." Sapphire’s work has been translated into eleven languages and has been adapted for stage in the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands. She has performed her work at the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Franklin Furnace, the Bowery Poetry Club, Literaturwerkstadt in Berlin, and Apples & Snakes in London. Sapphire’s poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in The Black Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Spin, The Black Scholar, and Bomb.

Sapphire has taught literature, fiction and poetry workshops at SUNY Purchase, Trinity College, and the Writer’s Voice in New York City. She has taught graduate writing workshops in MFA programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Brooklyn College, and at the New School University where she is currently a faculty member. In 1990 she received an Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from Joyce Dinkins, then First Lady of New York City, for her work with literacy students in Harlem and the Bronx.


This event is free and open to the public.

 


J.C.C. Sanders, UA Class of 1861

Saturday, April 5 2008 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Grand Gallery, Smith Hall, on The University of Alabama campus

The University of Alabama Museum of Natural History and The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Present 
The 12th Annual 
J.C.C. Sanders Lecture Series

With featured speakers:

Robert Krick of Fredricksburg, Virginia, Gary Gallagher of The University of Virginia and Joseph Glatthaar of the University of North Carolina


RSVP - (205) 348-7551 or e-mail caverett@bama.ua.edu Lunch is provided and admission Free. There are limited places, so please reserve your space.

This event is sponsored by the Sanders Endowment Fund established by the University of Alabama in 1996 to memorialize its 19th-century Corps of Cadets.  
John Caldwell Calhoun Sanders, University of Alabama Class of 1861, became one of the “Boy Generals” of the Confederacy.


 

Reverend Doctor Dorsey Odell BlakeWednesday April 2, 2008 7:30 p.m. W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall [ event flier here]

The Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change with Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake -- and his lecture, "40 Years after King: Wilderness or Promised Land". 
 

Rev. Dr. Blake will  speak on "40 Years after King: Wilderness or Promised Land".  Rev. Blake was the first head of the African American Studies Program at the University of Alabama, and was the first full-time African-American Male faculty member (1972-1977 at UA). Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake is the Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, CA.  Founded in 1944 during a time of local, national, and global tension and conflict, The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples is the nation's first interracial, interfaith congregation. Its mission, as articulated by co-founding pastors, Dr. Howard Thurman and Dr. Alfred Fisk, and visionary members, was to create a religious fellowship that transcended artificial barriers of race, nation, culture, gender, and social distinctions.

In establishing the context for the lecture series, Rose Gladney has written: "This great experiment in democratic governance which we call America draws strength from multiple human struggles to create not only a more physically comfortable life, but also a just and equitable society. I am fortunate to have grown into adulthood in the midst of the 20th century's greatest examples of such struggle: the African-American liberation movement, the women's liberation movement, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender liberation movements—all symbols and symptoms of the larger human struggle for justice and social change."  Dr. Rose Gladney is a retired UA Professor of American Studies. The Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change was endowed in her honor.

MARCH

Monday, March 31, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Lyric & SpiritLyric & Spirit with Hank Lazer, professor of English and academic affairs administrator at the University of Alabama.[Event flier here] 

Hank Lazer is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Days; Elegies & Vacations; The New Spirit; and Opposing Poetries. Join us for a reading and talk from his new book, Lyric & Spirit, Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (Omnidawn, 2008)

A reception and signing will follow.  This event is co-sponsored by the Blount Undergraduate Initative.

Lyric & Spirit -- the first compilation of essays by Hank Lazer following his ground-breaking and much revered two volume Opposing Poetries -- offers twelve years of incisive writing at the intersection of two of the more contentiously debated topics in current letters. Drawing on poetic traditions as seemingly disparate as Language writing and Buddhist poetry, Lazer pursues a way of reading that is rich in the music and spirit of the word, attuning readers to the pleasures and range of possibilities for innovative poetry. In a very accessible writing style, and with flashes of brilliance, Lazer explores and identifies new approaches to the lyric and to the writing of spiritual experience in American poetry of the past one hundred years. In this book of essays, interviews, reflections, and more, Lazer focuses on two topics central to the poetry of our time: the changing nature of beauty in the lyric and the necessity of finding new ways of embodying spirituality. By bringing a wide range of perspectives to his readings -- from the jazz of Monk and Coltrane to the philosophy of Heidegger and Derrida -- Lazer's essays inspire readers to enter into a renewed and renewing relationship with poetry.

 


 

 

Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture by Dr. Catherine RoachTuesday, March 25, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 [flier for event here]

"Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture " 
with Catherine M. Roach, Associate Professor, New College, The Univeristy of Alabama

At the heart of Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture lies a very personal story, of author Catherine Roach's response to the decision of her life-long best friend to become an exotic dancer. Catherine and Marie grew up together in Canada and moved to the USA to enroll in PhD programs at prestigious universities.For various reasons, Marie left her program and instead chose to work as a stripper. The author, at first troubled and yet fascinated by her friend's decision, follows Marie's journey into the world of stripping as an observer and analyst. She finds that this world raises complex questions about gender, sexuality, fantasy, feminism, and even spirituality. Moving from first hand interviews with dancers and others, the book broadens into a provocative and accessible examination of the current popularity of "striptease culture," with sex-saturated media imagery, thongs gone mainstream, and stripper aerobics at your local gym. Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture scrutinizes the naked truth of a lucrative industry whose norms are increasingly at the center of contemporary society.


 

Professor Chandra ManningWednesday, March 26, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 [event flier here]

Waystations along a Crooked Road: Contraband Camps, the Relocation of Former Slaves, & the Elusive Meaning of Freedom

with Professor Chandra Manning, Department of History, Georgetown University

The 2008 Summersell Lecture, Department of History, The University of Alabama

Following the talk, she will sign copies of her book, What this Cruel War was Over:  Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War, available in paper, March 2008.

Chandra Manning, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, received an M.Phil from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and took her Ph.D. at Harvard in 2002. She has lectured in history at Harvard and taught at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Currently, she is assistant professor of history at Georgetown University.

 

 


 

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel”

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories by Ben Katchor
Thursday, March 27 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 401 (Note room change for this discussion only!)

Synopsis: Steeped in a melancholy, grey-tinted world of elevated trains, luncheonettes, and gently decaying tenements, Katchor's perambulating photographer Julius Knipl documents a rapidly vanishing urban netherworld. Peopled by men who map the migration of hairstyles and those who belong to the Amalgamated Panty-Waist Fitters Union, his cityscape is a familiar one, albeit with the touch of a demented fairy tale. 

This is a world where films like "The Wild Aspirin" play at the Doloroso and wholesale calendar salesmen "enter a state of self-induced hibernation" by mid-February, their job complete for the year. Brilliantly conveying a deep and abiding affection for lower middle-class city life, Katchor, with his blocky ink drawings and wry Yiddish-flavored text, implores his readers to open their eyes to the beauty of the urban landscape.

Visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/events/JewishLit/ for more information on the series.

 


Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall at 4:30 pm 
Edward Tang, Associate Professor of American Studies, The University of Alabama

Onoto Watanna
Turning Japanese: How Winnifred Eaton became Onoto Watanna in Victorian America [flier for event here] 

An exhibit of the works by Eaton/Wattana from the Hoole Special Collections will be on display in the Hoole Library lobby. In conjunction with Sakura Festival 2008

Eaton became one of the first known writers of Asian descent to be published in America. It was in Chicago that she published her first novel, Mrs. Nume of Japan (1899), which told the story of a romance involving two couples, one American and one Japanese, who switch partners during a series of romantic and tragic encounters. It was an immediate success. From then on she published almost a novel a year. Moving to New York she wrote her next novel, A Japanese Nightingale in 1901. It was translated into many languages and was even made into a Broadway play and film (1919). She lived in New York until 1917. During that time, she married and divorced Bertrand Babcock with whom she had four children. She had much financial and writing success. In 1910, she wrote the bestseller Tama. Her novels, written during her time in New York, were mainly set in Japan. Most of them featured romantic scenarios of a Japanese woman and American man. Her novel, Me, A Book of Remembrance, in which she created a story about a girl named Nora Ascouth, is a thinly disguised memoir. This book, through the story of Nora's life, shows Eaton's attempt at covering up her Chinese ancestry. The novel created a small scandal partly because it discussed her many romances and friendships with men and partly because everyone was trying to guess the identity of the author.

This lecture is part of the Sakura Festival in Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama. A reception will follow.



Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Luisa Igloria, (previously published as Maria Luisa Aguilar-Cariño) is an Associate Professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program and Department of English, Old Dominion University. 
[event flier available here]

Luisa Igloria

Luisa Igloria's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Poetry East, Smartish Pace, The Asian Pacific American Journal, and TriQuarterly. Various national and international literary awards include the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize selected by Carolyne Wright for the Bellingham Review; the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (selected by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for the North American Review); the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize (selected by Adrienne Rich); the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review ); the 2006 Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry; Finalist for the 2005 George Bogin Memorial Award for Poetry (Poetry Society of America, selected by Joy Harjo); the 2004 Fugue Poetry Prize(selected by Ellen Bryant Voigt); Finalist in the 2003 Larry Levis Editors Prize for Poetry from The Missouri Review; Finalist in the 2003 Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press); a 2003 partial fellowship to the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg; two Pushcart Prize nominations; and the 1998 George Kent Award for Poetry. Originally from Baguio City in the Philippines, Luisa is also an 11-time recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in three genres (poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction); the Palanca award is the Philippines' highest literary distinction. She has published nine books including ENCANTO (Anvil, 2004), IN THE GARDEN OF THE THREE ISLANDS (Moyer Bell/Asphodel, 1995), and most recently TRILL & MORDENT (WordTech Editions, 2005). TRILL & MORDENT was nominated for the 9th annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards (poetry category) in 2006, and received the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award (co-winner, poetry category).  www.luisaigloria.com
 

"Trill & Mordent is as original and evocative as its title from page one to its end. Filled with life, sensual, sensuous, this is a wonderful book by a young poet with undeniable gifts." —Thomas Lux


This reading is co-sponsored by UA Libraries and New College. A reception will follow.


Jan Crawford Greenburg

 

Supreme Conflict

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 6 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 [Greenburg event flier here]

Jan Crawford Greenburg, author of Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court (Penguin, 2007)

Jan Crawford Greenburg is an ABC News Correspondent based in Washington, D.C. where she covers the Supreme Court and provides legal analysis for all ABC News broadcasts. Prior to joining ABC, Ms. Greenburg was the national legal affairs reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where she covered the Supreme Court and national legal issues, including judicial appointments and confirmation battles.

Ms. Greenburg graduated from The University of Alabama and has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the Court to universities, law schools, legal organizations and civic groups across the country.  A reception and signing will follow her lecture.

This reading is co-sponsored by UA Libraries and the College of Communication and Information Studies. A reception will follow.

FEBRUARY

 


Uplifting the People : Three Centuries of Black Baptists in Alabama

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205  [Fallin event flier available here]

Uplifting the People: Three Centuries of Black Baptists in Alabama (University of Alabama Press, 2007)
by Wilson Fallin, Jr.

 

Uplifting the People is a history of the Alabama Missionary Baptist State Convention—its origins, churches, associations, conventions, and leaders. Fallin demonstrates that a distinctive Afro-Baptist faith emerged as slaves in Alabama combined the African religious emphasis on spirit possession, soul-travel, and rebirth with the evangelical faith of Baptists. The denomination emphasizes a conversion experience that brings salvation, spiritual freedom, love, joy, and patience, and also stresses liberation from slavery and oppression and highlights the exodus experience. In examining the social and theological development of the Afro-Baptist faith over the course of three centuries, Uplifting the People demonstrates how black Baptists in Alabama used faith to cope with hostility and repression.   

Fallin reveals that black Baptist churches were far more than places of worship. They functioned as self-help institutions within black communities and served as gathering places for social clubs, benevolent organizations, and political meetings. Church leaders did more than conduct services; they protested segregation and disfranchisement, founded and operated schools, and provided community leaders for the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century.   Through black churches, members built banking systems, insurance companies, and welfare structures. Since the gains of the civil rights era, black Baptists have worked to maintain the accomplishments of that struggle, church leaders continue to speak for social justice and the rights of the poor, and churches now house day care and Head Start programs. Uplifting the People also explores the role of women, the relations between black and white Baptists, and class formation within the black church.

“Outstanding. . . . provides a chronological overview of Black Baptist history in Alabama. Uplifting the People is well written, well documented, and provides valuable contributions to African American history and scholarship." —Bill J. Leonard, author of Baptists in America

Wilson Fallin Jr. is a professor of history at the University of Montevallo and is the author of The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 1815–1963: A Shelter in the Storm. He is also president of Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College and has also served as Convention Historian for the National Baptist Convention USA.

 


Monday, February 25, 2008  in Gorgas Library room 205 at 1:30 p.m. 
Allen Durough discussion, Alabama’s Pioneer Black Architect: Wallace Rayfield 
Sponsored by the UA Libraries, Summersell Center for Study of the South, and the University of Alabama Press

 


The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

 

 

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel”

The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale / Art Spiegelman

Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 (NOTE DATE CHANGE from previous lists!) 

Synopsis: The comic book transfigured, this graphic novel tells the story of Spiegelman's parents Vladek and Anna, Jews reaching maturity in a Europe on the verge of Nazism, and their terrifying history and eventual survival in the concentration camps. Spiegelman uses the broadest tools of the genre—Jews are drawn as mice, Nazis as cats, Poles as pigs, Frenchmen as frogs, and so on—to make vivid the unimaginable, both to the reader and to himself, appearing as a character in the book listening to his father's story.


A triumph of storytelling in panels, Maus changed forever the way that readers, critics, and artists themselves thought about the graphic novel. In 1992 the Pulitzer Prize committee recognized Spiegelman's groundbreaking achievement by awarding him a special prize for Maus.



Visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/events/JewishLit/ for more information on the series.


 

Stories that Heal, Stitches that Bind

Professor Muhjah Shakir

Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 [event flier here] 
Stories that Heal, Stitches that Bind: The Syphilis Study and the Tuskegee Bioethics Community Quilt Project 
with Professor Muhjah Shakir

Co-sponsored by the Frances S. Summersell Center for The Study of the South, UA Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences and UA Libraries

Tuskegee University Bioethics Senior Scholar, 
National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University 
 

 

 

 


Senator Céline Hervieux-PayetteThursday, January 31, 2008 from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in Gorgas Library room 205. 
Canadian Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette will present "Québec Aujourd'hui" (Québec Today)
This, her second lecture at UA on 1/31 will be given in French*

Hervieux-Payette, a lawyer by trade, represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Bedford. She rose to opposition leader in 2007. She also served as an elected member of Parliament from 1979 to 1985.

Hervieux-Payette was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1979 election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Mercier, Quebec. She was re-elected in the 1980 election, and became parliamentary secretary to the Solicitor General of Canada. In 1983, she was appointed by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport). She then served as Minister of State (Youth) from January to June 1984.

She was not appointed to the Cabinet of John Turner who succeeded Trudeau as Liberal leader and prime minister in June 1984. She stood as a candidate in the 1984 election, but was defeated.

She returned to the private sector and served as vice-president, business ventures at the SNC Group, an engineering and manufacturing firm, from 1985 to 1989. From 1991 to 1995, she was Vice-President, Regulatory and Legal Affairs for Fonorola Inc., a telecommunications firm. She has been counsellor for Fasken Martineau DuMoulin since 1995.

Hervieux-Payette attempted to re-enter the House of Commons in the 1988 and 1993 elections but was defeated in both attempts. In 1995, she returned to Parliament when she was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Jean Chrétien. She is expected to remain in the Senate until she reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75 in 2016.As a Senator, Hervieux-Payette has been an outspoken advocate; for example, on May 3, 2006, she asked Bank of Canada David A. Dodge how he could sleep at night when he is contemplating raising national interest rates that would increase borrowing costs for the Quebec government.

On 18 January 2007, Hervieux-Payette was appointed Leader of the Opposition in the Senate by Liberal leader Stephane Dion, whom she had supported during the leadership race. She also became Quebec lieutenant for Stéphane Dion in October 2007.


A reception will follow her lecture. Co-sponsored by the department of modern languages and classics; the department of women’s studies; the department of political science, the College of Arts and Sciences, University Libraries and Capstone International Program Center.

* The first talk, in English, will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 127, a large lecture hall in the Biology building at UA. The topic is “Current Trends in Canada and Implications for the United States.”

 

 

A Contract with God



Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It:
 “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel”
A Contract with God by Will Eisner
Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Synopsis: Each week during the 1940s, Will Eisner drew "The Spirit," a comic about a masked detective that earned him fans around the globe. He revolutionized comics a second time when, in 1978, he reached back to his own beginnings to produce the first "graphic novel"—a book-length form that now includes such classics as Art Spiegelman's Maus.


Set among 1930s Bronx tenements, these four stories capture the brutal, tender world of working-class Jews. In the title story, Frimme Hersh's daughter suddenly dies, sorely testing the "contract" this self-made man once entered into with God. In "Cookalein," Eisner casts a humorous eye on the amorous, social-climbing tendencies of young urbanites spending a summer in the Adirondacks. Wry, honest, and sad, these four stories showcase Eisner's unique ability to capture character with the quick stroke of his pen. 
                          Visit http://www.lib.ua.edu/events/JewishLit/ for more information on the series.


 

Monday, January 14, 2008 in Gorgas Library room 205

Almidio Aquino, Director of Proyecto Kuatiañe'e, or the Language Notebooks Project  [Event flier available here]

This important project aims to maintain the indigenous Ava Guaraní language and culture in Paraguay by producing reading and other materials for the children of the community. For centuries, the Guaraní were a people whose language formed the cultural foundation of Paraguay. Over the years, their numbers have dwindled and the Guaraní culture and language faces possible extinction.  Dr. Aquino leads this effort to maintain the language and culture of the Ava Guaraní people of Paraguay. Aquino and his Language Notebooks Project team have worked to record Guaraní oral histories, as well as other materials, and seventeen books have been published through the project. 

Professor Almidio Aquino and the Ava GuaraniProfessor Almidio Aquino has devoted his life to preserving the language and culture of the Guaraní.  He has conducted extensive qualitative research interviewing, visiting, and interacting with the various aboriginal groups. As a result of Professor Aquino's work, which is called Proyecto Kuatiañe’e, 17 books, three cassettes, and a trilingual dictionary was published.  The publication of this material is significant as they were the first books available for Ava Guaraní children (1 of 6 Guaraní tribes) in order to learn and celebrate their unique culture and language. Professor Aquino co-wrote an article entitled Proyecto Kuatiañe’e: Saving a Language for Children (2005), published in Childhood Education (6), 349-354.  Prof. Aquino has given talks at UAB, Southeastern La. U. and at the Lasso conference.

Nearly 20 years ago, the powerful motion picture The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, was released, bringing worldwide exposure to the Guarani aboriginal people. Based on historical events from the 1700s and set in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, the film was simultaneously moving and inspiring, yet also a disturbing presentation of how the Guarani Indians found themselves at the epicenter of a geo-political, religious conflict between the Crown of Portugal, Spain, and the missionary Jesuits. The picture ultimately ends with a spellbinding scene in which three naked, surviving Guarani children board a small canoe to start a new life elsewhere after their community is completely destroyed by European troops.  For several centuries, the Guarani, whose language formed the cultural foundation of Paraguay, have significantly decreased in numbers and there is a real danger of their culture and language being completely lost. Indeed, the Ava Guarani aboriginal group numbers approximately 2,000. (1) In order to raise more awareness of the important cultural contributions made by the Guarani and to help preserve their unique identity and heritage, the authors highlight the vital work that is being accomplished through Facultad de Lenguas Vivas / Institute of Guarani Linguistics in Asuncion, Paraguay.


This fascinating lecture will be given in Spanish with translation by Alicia Cipria and her students. The talk will be followed by a reception featuring refreshments with Latin American flavors.  

This event is co-sponsored by Modern Languages and Classics, UA Libraries, Capstone International Programs, and the Departments of Anthropology and History.



Past events  -- Fall 2007

August

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: Neighbors: The World Next Door will discuss: A Journey to the End of the Millennium by A. B. Yehoshua Thursday, August 30 at 7 pm Gorgas 205

September

Friday, September 14 at 2:30 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

Scott Nelson, the Leslie and Naomi Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary will give a talk entitled, "Hardtack and Canned Pork: How the War Department Filled a Union Soldier's Haversack and Reshaped America."  Nelson is the author of numerous works, including most recently, Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry: the Untold Story of an American Legend and A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War, 1854-1877  (with Carol Sheriff), both from Oxford University Press.   
Scott Nelson's talk is now available as a vodcast here!

Thursday, September 20 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205
E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark, 
Dean of the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication and former Dean of UA’s College of Communication will talk about his book, The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama(reprinted, Fire Ant Press, 2007 and originally published by Oxford University Press, 1993) [pdf of flier]

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: Neighbors: The World Next Door will discuss: Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
Thursday, September 20 at 7 pm, Gorgas 205

October

October is Archives month! Visit the Society of Alabama Archivists' web site for more information!

Tuesday, October 2 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 
Fran Oneal
, Assistant Director, University Honors Program and Director, International Honors Program will present Land of Peace, Land of Strife:  Impressions of India in 2007, a slide show and lecture  about her Fullbright project. [pdf of Oneal event flier] A reception to follow featuring traditional Indian street food courtesy of Maharaja of India.

Friday, October 5 at 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm, McLure Education Library will be offering Family Weekend Story Time to alumni, faculty, or students who are parents of young children (under 10). Parents, please stay in the library with your children. This event is free and open to the public. [pdf of story time flier] For more information on this Story Time contact (205)348-1507

 

Thursday, October 18 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205
Wendy Rawlings
, Associate Professor of English and Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing, The University of Alabama, will talk and read from her new novel, The Agnostics (University of Michigan Press, 2007) A flier for this talk is available here.

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: Neighbors: The World Next Door will discuss: Neighbors by Jan T. Gross.
Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm Gorgas 205

Friday October 19 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in Gorgas room 205
Show us your Stuff!! Reception to announce the 2007 2nd Annual UA Libraries Book Collecting Contest winners. Following the awards, Dr. Maarten Ultee, professor of History at UA will speak about his own experiences as a book collector, book dealer and academic reader. His talk will also address the compulsion to collect. The talk is titled, Tales of the Used Book Trade: A Former Book Dealer and Collector Discusses the Compulsion to Collection. Refreshments will be served. An exhibit of winning student collections will be on display in the Gorgas Library first floor lobby. A flier for Dr. Ultee's talk is available here. 

November 12-16 is International Education Week  --- please check on the small exhibit just inside the door on the first floor of Gorgas Library! 

TWO lectures with visiting scholar Dr. Sylviane Diouf -- (flier of both lectures available here!) 

Monday November 12 at 11 am in Gorgas Library room 205 
Sylviane Diouf, noted historian and author will present the lecture, African Muslims in the Americas with a slide show "Literate Muslims in Africa and the Americas During Slavery"

This is an excellent opportunity for students to meet Dr. Diouf and talk to her about her research and interests.

Tuesday November 13 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 
Sylviane Diouf, noted historian and author, will talk about her latest book Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America 
(Oxford University Press, 2007) Sylviane Diouf holds a PhD from the University of Paris and is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.  [pdf of Diouf flier here] 
Dr. Diouf is the 2007 co-winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association.

Thursday, Nov 15, 3-5 p.m. in Gorgas Library room 205 
Jane Meyers
, founder of LUBUTO will talk about the LUBUTO Library Project in Zambia as part of a campus-wide celebration of International Education week. See: http://www.lubuto.org
A flier is available here for download!

Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination Reading and Discussion Series -- Let’s Talk About It: Neighbors: The World Next Door will discuss: The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm, Gorgas 205

Tuesday November 27 at 4:30 pm, at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd floor, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall

Micki McElya, Assistant Professor of American Studies, The University of Alabama will talk about her new book, Clinging to Mammy: The Faithful Slave in Twentieth-Century America (Harvard University Press, 2007)  [pdf of McElya flier here]

Thursday November 29, in Gorgas Library room 205 
Poets Randall Horton and Duriel Harris will read from their work. [pdf of Horton-Harris flier here] Part of a day-long celebration of African American Poetry!

Randall Horton, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, resides in Albany, New York. He is a former editor of WarpLand: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Fall 2005) and co-editor of Fingernails Across the Chalkboard (Third World Press, 2006). He received his undergraduate education at both Howard University and The University of the District of Columbia (B.A. English). He has a MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Chicago State University. He is also a first year doctoral student at SUNY Albany. Randall received an Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Summer Scholarship to attend Fine Arts Workcenter at Provincetown in 2005. He is also a Cave Canem fellow. http://www.randallhorton.com/writings.htm

Duriel E. Harris -Heralded as one of three Chicago poets for the 21st century by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Duriel E. Harris is a co-founder of the Black Took Collective and a Poetry Editor for Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora. Drag (Elixir Press, 2003), her first book, was hailed by Black Issues Book Review as one of the best poetry volumes of the year. She is currently at work on AMNESIAC, a media arts project (poetry volume, DVD, sound recording, web site) funded in part by the UCSB Center for Black Studies Race and Technology Initiative. AMNESIAC writings appear or are forthcoming in Beyond the Frontier, Warpland, nocturnes, The Encyclopedia Project, Mixed Blood and The Ringing Ear. A performing poet/sound artist, Harris is a Cave Canem fellow, recent resident at The MacDowell Colony, and member of the free jazz ensemble Douglas Ewart & Inventions. Recent appearances include featured performances at Millennium Park (Chicago), The UCSB Multicultural Center (Santa Barbara), the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC)  Her teaching and research interests include Modern and Contemporary American poetry, blues and funk aesthetics, oppositional/experimental poetics, trauma studies, and new media. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, an M.A. from the Graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU and a B.A. in Literature from Yale University.

(Note at 7 pm in the Ferguson Theater, you can spend the evening with poet and activist Nikki Giovanni) For more information on that event visit upissuesandideas@sa.ua.edu)

 

December

 

 

Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm in Gorgas Library room 205 
Jeff Weddle
, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies will talk about his new book, and screen a documentary film –Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University of Mississippi Press, 2007) [pdf of Weddle flier here]

In 1960, Jon Edgar and Louise "Gypsy Lou" Webb founded Loujon Press on Royal Street in New Orleans's French Quarter. The small publishing house quickly became a giant. Heralded by the Village Voice and the New York Times as one of the best of its day, the Outsider, the press's literary review, featured, among others, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, and Walter Lowenfels. Loujon published books by Henry Miller and two early poetry collections by Bukowski. Bohemian New Orleans traces the development of this courageous imprint and examines its place within the small press revolution of the 1960s.  Drawing on correspondence from many who were published in the Outsider,back issues of the Outsider, contemporary reviews, promotional materials, and interviews, Jeff Weddle shows how the press's mandarin insistence on production quality and its eclectic editorial taste made its work nonpareil among peers in the underground. Throughout, Bohemian New Orleans reveals the messy, complex, and vagabond spirit of a lost literary age.

Wayne Ewing's documentary, The Outsiders of New Orleans: Loujon Press, premiers at the Denver Film Festival on Nov. 11.  Please follow the link to the Denver Film Society's webpage about the film.

http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=21582

Thursday, December 6 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library room 205

James R. Otteson, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Fellow, Arts and Sciences Leadership Board, UA will present" Grand Unification Social Theory: Bringing It All Together in Ethics and Politics." Dr. Otteson was named the First Place Winner of the 2007 Templeton Enterprise Awards, which are among the top book prizes in The United States.  The award is given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and is presented to scholars under 40 years of age who have produced the very best books and articles in the field of humane economics and culture over the previous two years.

Dr. Otteson's book is entitled, Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.  Flier for the Otteson lecture available here.

 

 

2007

  • Richard Diehl, UA professor of anthropology and author of The Olmecs (Thames and Hudson, 2004) will present "On the Trail of America's Oldest Writing Systems: UA Research Projects, 1990-2007." --Thursday, January 11, at 4 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205.

  • Opening reception of Alabama folk pottery exhibit and lecture by Joey Brackner, folk pottery expert and author of Alabama Folk Pottery (UA Press,2006). -Thursday, February 1, at 4:00 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205

  • Lecture and book signing with Hank Klibanoff, co-author of The Race Beat (Knopf, 2006) and news editor, The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution--Tuesday, February 13, at 4:30 pm at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall

  • Kim and Guy Caldwell, award-winning UA professors of biology, will present "Worming Out Causes and Cures to Human Brain Diseases," a discussion of their recent research. --Thursday, February 22, at 4:00 pm, Gorgas Library room 205

  • Gay Talese, UA graduate, and author most recently of A Writer's Life (Knopf, 2006).--Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 pm, Gorgas Library room 205

  • Joan C. Browning"That's Not My Movement --- Is It?" The Rose Gladney Lecture for Social Change--Wednesday, March 21, 2007. W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. Co-sponsored by University Libraries, College of Arts & Sciences The African-American Studies Program, New College, And the Departments of American Studies, History, and Women's Studies.

  • Lisa Lindquist Dorr, Associate Professor of History, UA. "50% Moonshine and 50% Moonshine: Flappers at Alabama. Women's History Month Celebration -- UA Women's History Trivia Contest--Wednesday, March 28, 2007. W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd Floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. Co-sponsored by the Summersell Center for the Study of the South

  • Michael Martone, UA professor and director of the creative writing program, and author of Double-wide (Indiana University Press, 2007).--Thursday, March 29, at 4:00 pm, Gorgas Library room 205

  • Vinita Wright, author of many contemplative novels, including Dwelling Places (Harper San Francisco, 2006). --Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm, Morgan Auditorium

2006

  • Thursday, January 26, 2006: Dr. Diane Roberts, UA professor of English and National Public Radio commentator, will present a book talk on the second floor of Gorgas Library. Roberts is the author of Dream State: Eight Generations os Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife (Simon and Schuster, 2004).This lecture is free to the public. For more information call 205-348-7561.

  • Help Us Celebrate Mozart's 250th Birthday: Friday, January 27, 2006, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Gorgas Library - 2nd floor

  • Dr. Sarah Wiggins (UA Professor of History emerita) will discuss her new book, 
    Love & Duty: Amelia & Josiah Gorgas & Their Family at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, February 13, 2006. pdf of event flier

  • Thursday, February 16, 2006:Rick Bragg, UA communications professor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the New York Times.
    Gorgas Library, second floor. Bragg is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling All Over but the Shoutin' (New York : Pantheon Books, 1997).

  • R&D Video Night: Thursday, March 2, 2006 on the Fourth floor lobby of Gorgas Library. The Sanford Media Resource and Design Center is pleased to present an evening of local video works by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Alabama.Please join us for unique local cinema, hot buttery popcorn, and delightful candy treats as we celebrate our second anniversary within the University Libraries.

  • Fulbright Scholar/Librarian's visit to the University Libraries: Mr. Rathina Ramasamy, a visiting Fulbright Scholar/Librarian’s Presentation: “Open Access- A step through Fulbright Research”/Q&A about Fulbright program/Experience 
    March 07, 2006, Gorgas Library, Room 401, 3:00-4:00 pm Sponsored by University Libraries, School of Library and Information Sciences, Capstone International Center

  • Thursday, March 9, 2006: A panel of French language experts including Metka Zupancic, UA professor of modern languages, and author Hermes and Aphrodite Encounters (2004) Maurizio Godorecci, associate professor at the University of Alabama , andGermand Bucher, Melodia E. Jones Professor of French and Comparative Literature at SUNY Buffalo.

  • 3rd Annual Rose Gladney Lecture for Social Change with speaker Ruby Sales addressing the Southern Freedom Movement and Social Activism.March 15, 2006 at 7 pm at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, 2nd floor Mary Harmon Bryant Hall.

  • Library Services Act 50th Anniversary Program Reception - April 6, 2006, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Gorgas Library, 2nd floor lobby Program - April 7, 2006, 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Gorgas Library, Room 200, Henry Jacobs Reading Area

  • Thursday, April 13, 2006:Claudia Rankine, professor of writing at the University of Houston and author of Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2005).

  • Mary Mathews, former first lady of UA will speak about the new edition of her book, A Mansion's Memories (UA Press, 2006). --Monday, September 18, 2006 at 4 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205 Vodcast available here

  • Robert Mellown, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Alabama, on The University of Alabama's Historic Architecture --Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 4 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205 Vodcast available here

  • Jerry Oldshue, former Vice President for Student Affairs at UA, on the Ghosts and Hauntings of The University of Alabama.--Thursday, October 31, 2006 at 4:30 pm at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Vodcast available here

  • Filmmaker Robert Clem, on UA alum and celebrated Alabama Author, William March. The event will feature a talk and clips from Clem's documentary on March, as well as a screening of Clem's feature film based on March's first novel, Company K.  The film is a "gripping story of a unit of American Marines in World War I...based on the classic novel by William March and his own experiences in the trenches of France. Long considered one of the great war novels by an American author, Company K has now been filmed for the first time". --Wednesday, November 8, 2006 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library

  • Guy Hubbs, UA Alum and Associate Professor, Birmingham Southern College, on the Civil War and Reconstruction at The University of Alabama. --Thursday November 30, 2006 at 4 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205

  • Stephen Tomlinson, Professor, UA College of Education on Alva Woods & the Problem of Discipline at The University of Alabama, 1831-1837.--Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 4:30 pm, Gorgas Library Room 205


  • 2005
  • Arthur Benke, University of Alabama professor of biological sciences to speak about his book, Rivers of North America, Thursday, December 8, 2005
    Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. (more information)

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2005: Paul Hemphill, renowned Alabama native and author of a new book, Lovesick Blues : The Life of Hank Williams, Viking Press, 2005. W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library. (more information)

  • Thursday, September 29, 2005: Andy Duncan, editor, science fiction writer, and author of Alabama Curiosities : Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, Pequot Press, 2005. Gorgas Library, second floor.

  • Thursday, October 20, 2005:Stephen Tomlinson, UA professor, College of Education, and author of Head Masters: Phrenology, Secular Education, and Nineteenth-Century Social Thought, (University of Alabama Press, 2005). Gorgas Library, second floor.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2005: Daniel Wallace, author of several novels including Big Fish (Algonquin Press, 1998), which was made into a major motion picture. Co-sponsored with New College. Gorgas Library, second floor.

  • Monday, December 5, 2005: Frank Stitt , James Beard award winning chef and owner of Highland Bar and Grill and Bottega restaurants and author of Frank Stitt's Southern Table: Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill ( Artisan Press, 2004). Gorgas Library, second floor.

  • Thursday, November 10, 2005:  John Howard will read from his new edition of The Same Language by Ben Duncan (University of Alabama Press, 2005). Following the reading there will be a reception and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Bei Dao, renowned Chinese poet. Book Signing and Reception. November 2, 2005. Gorgas Library

  • Reception for Bankhead Historical Symposium on Academic Censorship. 
    Nationally known experts will come to Tuscaloosa to discuss censorship and freedom of expression in campus life. This event is free and open to the public.
    Thursday, October 13, 2005. W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library

  • Lovesick Blues : The Life of Hank Williams. Paul Hemphill, renowned Alabama native and author of a new book, Lovesick Blues : The Life of Hank Williams, (Viking Press, 2005). W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library. September 28, 2005.

  • Supe Store 100th Anniversary Celebration. Hoole Special Collections Library. Thursday, October 6, 2005

  • Lecture and Exhibit on Elizabeth I of England. April 29, 2005 with Dr. Michael Mendle, UA professor of history, will speak on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I to accompany the exhibit “Elizabeth: Ruler and Legend”

  • How About That! The Life of Mel Allen. April 27, 2005. Lecture and signing by Steven Borelli, Author of How About That! The Life of Mel Allen (Sports Publishing LLC, 2005)

  • Jewish Literature: Identity & Imagination A Reading and Discussion Series
    University Libraries will host a five-part reading and discussion series, Jewish Literature: Identity and Imagination, this spring. This exciting program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to explore Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme. Dr. Steven L. Jacobs will lead and facilitate the book discussions which center on the theme A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World.

  • Himalayan Journeys: The Impact of Tourism on the Culture, Religion and Economy of Nepal, Bhutan and Ladakh with Mr. Michael Huebner, a writer for the Birmingham News. Tuesday, March 8, 2005

  • The Aronov Lecture: Developing a Critical Consciousness: A Feminist Approach to Religion. Judith Plaskow, Department of Religious Studies Manhattan College, New York. Thursday, March 3, 2005

  • Queen:The Life and Music of Dinah Washington Lecture and signing with author Nadine Cohodas and musical Performance by Elnora Spencer. Wednesday, March 2, 2005.