Writers in the Library: RB Morris, November 12

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Writers in the Library presents RB Morris, the University of Tennessee Libraries Jack E. Reese writer in residence on Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Morris will read his essay from The Naked Lunch at 50, an anthology published in honor of the 50th anniversary of William S. Burrough’s seminal work.

The Naked Lunch, first published in Paris in 1959, was extremely controversial in both its subject matter and obscene language. Banned in many regions of the United States, The Naked Lunch was the last major literary censorship battle in the U.S. court system, wherein the Appeals Court of Massachusetts found that the book did not violate obscenity statues.

The Naked Lunch is a satire and social criticism of America’s consumerist post World War II society. The book is written in a non-linear, non-chronological style, where Burroughs sliced phrases and words to create new sentences.

The Naked Lunch at 50, edited by Oliver Harris and Ian MacFayden will be published by the Southern Illinois University Press, forthcoming 2009.

The Writers in the Library series is sponsored by the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Creative Writing Program of the UT English Department. For further information, please contact Jo Anne Deeken, head of technical services, UT Libraries, at 974-6905 or jdeeken@nullutk.edu, or R.B. Morris, Jack E. Reese writer in residence, UT Libraries, at 974-3004 or rbmorris@nullutk.edu.

Medieval and Renaissance Exhibit Opens at Special Collections Library

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“Scribes, Scholars and Students,” a new Special Collections exhibit, opens on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007, at 3:00 pm in the Special Collections lobby located on the second floor of the historic James D. Hoskins Library. Light refreshments will be served.

As part of the university’s Medieval and Renaissance Semester, the “Scribes, Scholars, and Students” exhibit explores the interconnected themes of “Early Print Culture and the Written Word at the University of Tennessee,” “The Preservation of Knowledge and the University Libraries,” “The Contributions of Professor James Douglas Bruce,” and “Medieval and Renaissance Resources in Special Collections.” The exhibit is free and open to the public from October 2007 to May 2008, Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Contact info: Aaron Purcell, apurcel2@nullutk.edu.

Highlander Film Series

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The University Libraries invites the university and local communities to learn more about the Highlander Research and Education Center as it celebrates its 75th anniversary. All programs in the Documentaries in Library series will be on Tuesday evenings at the Hodges Library’s Lindsay Young Auditorium from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM and are free and open to the public. The programs feature a documentary film showing and discussion lead by filmmakers, Highlander activists, and UT faculty.

Upcoming film on Tuesday, Oct. 30: Morristown. Discussion Leaders: Bill Troy and Luvernal Clark

In this hour-long documentary, director Ann Lewis chronicles nearly a decade of change in Morristown, Tennessee, through interviews with displaced or low-wage southern workers, Mexican immigrants, and workers and families impacted by globalization.


Calling All Student Artists: Show off your talent at the Libraries

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UT Libraries seeks submissions to the Spring Student Art in the Library exhibition. Entrants must be registered graduate or undergraduate students. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov 7. Selected artwork will be installed in December and remain on view through May 2008 in first floor reference room, Hodges Library.

For more info, contact Jennifer Beals at 974-0014 or jbeals@nullutk.edu or visit http://www.lib.utk.edu/refs/artinlibrary

Buckweed Fire satellite images from NASA’s Earth Observatory

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We have added the Earth Observatory to the online subject guide for Biosystems Engineering & Environmental Science

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about our home planet. The focus is on Earth’s climate and environmental change.

Click on the images to see the story and images of the California fires.

Wildfires–Health Effects from National Library of Medicine

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The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on the health effects from wildfires http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/californiafires.html

The California Wildfires web page includes information on the health effects from fires and exposure to smoke; links to air quality resources, environmental clean-up following fires, and animals in disasters.

In addition, resources for emergency responders and information in Spanish are also included. Searches of NLM databases, such as MedlinePlus, PubMed,TOXLINE, Tox Town, and Haz-Map (occupational health) are provided for additional health information. It also provides the locations of facilities reporting to the EPA Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund sites in and around San Diego ( TOXMAP ).

This web page is designed to help emergency responders, health care providers, public health workers, and the general public find authoritative and timely information about key health concerns from wildfires. Links to other federal government web sites, includingUSA.gov, FEMA, and the Department of Health and Human Services are included.

Women Writers from Brazil to speak at Hodges Library November 1

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Two notable women writers from Brazil will speak at Hodges Library on Thursday, November 1 at 5 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

MIRIAM ALVES is the leading Afro-Brazilian female poet of today. Her perspective on the black female experience has been published in Portuguese, English, and German. Her writing adds to debates on race, class and gender in Brazil, providing a much needed space for narrating social and cultural problems. Alves is currently Writer in Residence at the University of New Mexico.

MARIA DA CONCEIÇÃO EVARISTO is the leading female Afro-Brazilian writer of consciousness and collaborates with Criola, the leading black women’s NGO in Rio de Janeiro. A teacher by profession, her militancy is most evident in community associations, mentoring, teaching, and publishing. She is working on a Doctorate in Comparative Literature at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. She is in the United States as a guest of Host Publications to launch the English version of her first novel, Ponciá Vicêncio.

Both writers are contributors to the Cadernos Negros literary series.

A reception will follow the reading in the Mary E. Greer room on the second floor of Hodges Library, near the Melrose entrance. The event is sponsored by Ready for the World, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies, and the University Libraries.

Pendergrass Library is del.icio.us!

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Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website that allows users to share their favorite links with others. It also allows you to access your favorite bookmarks from anywhere, not just your home or work computer!

Pendergrass Library now has a del.icio.us account. We’ve bookmarked our webpages and subject guide webpages for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine. We are in the process of adding more helpful links everyday. If you already have a del.icio.us account, add UTK_Pendergrass_Library to your network. This will allow you to see all of our links! Searching del.icio.us for tags such as “agriculture” will also bring up our links as well as those entered in by other people and schools that fall under that category.

If you’d like to sign up for a del.icio.us account or learn more about the service, contact Allison Scripa at ascripa@nullutk.edu.