Welcome to the University of Alabama Libraries' Lectures and Events Vodcast Series Page! This Vodcast was begun in the Fall of 2006 and we strive to record and present all of our talks in this virtual environment. On this page, you will find archived video streams, progressive downloads, and a subscription to our vodcast of various University Libraries' events and programs. Our video streams are hosted from a Quicktime streaming server. Therefore, you will need to have Quicktime installed on your computer. Updates are made regularly to this page.
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Julie Hedgepeth Williams grew up hearing the story of the Titanic and how her family members survived the tragic 1912 shipwreck; one of the few families to survive intact. Williams was so inspired by Caldwell's story that she majored in History (and English) at Principia College, and eventually got a Master's and a PhD at University of Alabama, both with an emphasis on media history.
Episode's length is 37 minutes and 21 seconds
Cullen Murphy acclaimed author of Are We Rome? brings his highly praised blend of deep research, colorful travelogue, analysis to a new history of the Inquisition in his new book, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World.
Episode's length is 44 minutes and 20 seconds
Col. Micheal "Mike" Fincke, is a Astronaut for the International Space Station. He talks about his experinces and perspectives from Outer Space and what it was like working with other Astronauts from around the world. This event took place on November 17th, 2011 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 17 minutes and 42 seconds
Anne Rubin, a highly respected expert on the history of the Civil War, is associate professor and Historical Studies Graduate program director at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her many publications include A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy: 1861-1868, a book for which she won the 2006 Avery O. Craven Award, awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians for the most original book on the Civil War or Reconstruction. She also created (with Edward L. Ayers), The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. This innovative web site and CDROM led to her becoming the first winner of the prestigious E-Lincoln Prize, which recognizes "the finest scholarly work on the era of the American Civil War" in new media. This work also received the 2003 James Harvey Robinson Prize of the American Historical Association, which is awarded biennially for "the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching of history in any field." You may explore The Valley of the Shadow web site at http:/ /valley.lib.virginia.edu/. Professor Rubin is currently at work on a study of the collective cultural memory of William T. Sherman's 1864 March through Georgia and the Carolina's, entitled Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America.
Episode's length is 45 minutes and 7 seconds
Author Julie Williams, will be speaking about her new book, "Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama (New South, 2010). Co-sponsored by College of Communication and Information Sciences and University Libraries
Episode's length is 37 minutes and 38 seconds
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.
Episode's length is 37 minutes and 38 seconds
Glen Browder will be introducing and discussing his new book, The South's New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History. 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.
Episode's length is 19 minutes and 37 seconds
Dr. Alicia Schmidt Camacho's talk examines the range of state sanctioned and criminal violence targeting undocumented Central Americans and Mexicans within the North American migratory circuit. This event took place on October 15, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 39 minutes and 57 seconds
Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries talks 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. This event took place on October 13, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 37 minutes and 54 seconds
Houston A. Baker, author of more than eighty articles, essays, and reviews, gives the Keynote Address for the Race and Displacement Symposium. 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. This event took place on October 1, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 55 minutes and 36 seconds
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). This event took place on April 23, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 36 minutes and 46 seconds
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. This event took place on April 13, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 43 minutes and 21 seconds
Robert J. Norell, The University of Tennessee will discuss his new book, Up from History: The Life of Booker T. Washington (Belknap Press, 2009) This event took place on April 9, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 48 minutes and 47 seconds
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) This event took place on March 31, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 55 minutes and 6 seconds
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.” This event took place on March 11, 2009 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 42 minutes and 10 seconds
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. This event took place on November 12, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 54 minutes and 18 seconds
Dr. James C. Cobb will present his talk is entitled, Southern History and the Roots of Rock and Roll. This event took place on November 6, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 1 hour 17 minutes and 20 seconds
Rick Bragg 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. This event took place on October 29, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 36 minutes and 29 seconds
Susan Elizabeth Ramirez presents her arguments 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.This event took place on October 22, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 53 minutes and 43 seconds
Dr. Howard Jones will read from and discuss his book on the Bay of Pigs This event took place on October 14, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 49 minutes and 4 seconds
Melissa Delbridge will read from and discuss her memoir, Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008) This event took place on October 1, 2008 in Houle Library.
Episode's length is 31 minutes and 2 seconds
Martin Wilson will be reading talking about his new book What they always Tell Us. This event took place on September 18, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 24 minutes and 24 seconds
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. This event took place on September 9, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 32 minutes and 22 seconds
Michael K. Steinberg will talk about his latest book, Stalking the Ghost Bird: The Elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Louisiana. This event took place on April 24, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 30 minutes and 06 seconds
Dr. Beidler will talk about his latest book, American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire. This event took place on April 9, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 36 minutes and 40 seconds.
Education Reform in Alabama
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. This event took place on April 29, 2008 in Hoole Library.
Episode's length is 57 minutes and 46 seconds.
"I Wanted To Write"
The Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series: “I Wanted To Write,” with the world-renowned poet and writer, Sapphire. This event took place on April 10, 2008 in the Ferguson Theater.
Episode's length is 54 minutes and 47 seconds.
40 Years after King: Wilderness or Promised Land"
Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake's lecture "40 Years after King: Wilderness or Promised Land". The 2008 Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change. This event took place on April 2, 2008 in Hoole Library.
Episode's length is 53 minutes and 49 seconds.
"Turning Japanese: How Winnifred Eaton became Onoto Watanna in Victorian America"
Turning Japanese: How Winnifred Eaton became Onoto Watanna in Victorian America, a lecture by UA Associate Professor of American Studies, Dr. Edward Tang. In conjunction with Sakura Festival 2008 . This event took place on March 11, 2008 in Hoole Library.
Episode's length is 58 minutes and 39 seconds.
Reading and Lecture "Lyric & Spirit"
Hank Lazer, Professor of English and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at The University of Alabama, is the author of 12 books of poetry, including Days; Elegies & Vacations; The New Spirit; and Opposing Poetries. This Vodcast is a reading and lecture based on his new book, Lyric & Spirit, Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (Omnidawn, 2008). This event took place on March 31, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 53 minutes and 44 seconds.
Professor of History at Georgetown University, Chandra Manning discusses the issue of slave relocation during the Civil War. This event took place on March 26, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 46 minutes and 53 seconds.
Catherine M. Roach, Associate Professor, New College at The University of Alabama discusses and reads from her new book and exploring aspects of stripping in popular culture. This event took place on March 25, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 52 minutes and 16 seconds.
Luisa Igloria, poet and professor, Old Dominion University, reads her poetry. This event took place on March 4, 2008 in Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 48 minutes and 43 seconds.
Rev. Dr. Wilson Fallin, Jr. discusses his book "Uplifting the People and history of Black Baptists in Alabama". This event occurred on February 26, 2008 at Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 36 minutes and 39 seconds.
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 is a UA graduate 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. This event occurred on March 5, 2008 at Gorgas Library.
Episode's length is 1 hour and 49 seconds.
Canadian Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette presented the lecture "Québec Aujourd'hui". This lecture was given in French and it took place on January 31, 2008 in Gorgas Library. (In French)
Episode's length is 38 minutes and 45 seconds.
James R. Otteson, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Fellow, Arts and Sciences Leadership Board, UA presented a lecture, " 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. This Event occurred on December 6, 2007 at Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 36 min and 12 seconds.
Jeff Weddle, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies presented a lecture on his new book Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University of Mississippi Press, 2007) This Event occurred on December 4, 2007 at Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 24 min.
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. This Event occurred on November 29, 2007 at Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 32 min.
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) This Event occurred on November 27, 2007 in W.S. Special Collections Library. Episode's length is 46 min and 5 seconds.
LUBUTO Library Project
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. This Event occurred on November 15, 2007 in Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 1 hour 55 min and 52 seconds.
A reading from her new novel, The Agnostics by Wendy Rawlings, Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama. This Event occurred on October 18, 2007 in Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 55 min and 37 seconds.
Presentation by Mary Jolley on Carl Elliott. Ms. Jolley served for many years as an aid to US Congressman Carl Elliott. This Event occurred on October 4, 2007 in W.S. Hoole Special Collections. Episode's length is 52 min and 12 seconds.
A slide show presentation by Fran Oneal Assistant director of University Honors Program and Director of International Honors Program on the Fullbright Project. This Event occurred on October 2, 2007 in Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 55 min and 37 seconds.
The Schoolhouse Door
Presentation by E. Culpepper Clark who currently serves as the Dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and former Dean of UA's College of Communication on his book The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama. This Event occurred on September 20, 2007 in Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 52 min and 44 seconds.
Hardtack and Canned Pork
Lecture by Scott Nelson who is the Leslie and Naomi Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. He will discuss how the War Department Filled a Union Soldier's Haversack and Reshaped America. This event occurred on September 14, 2007 in the Gorgas Library. Episode's length is 1 hour 6 minutes and 48 seconds.