ProTools workshop in the Studio at Hodges Library

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Beyond GarageBand: Introduction to ProTools.
Taught by Matt Jordan of the Music Library, this class is designed to introduce participants to Pro Tools, an industry standard audio recording software. This hour long class, on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:00 in Room 1 of The Studio in Hodges Library, will be a discussion and demonstration only. Although there is not a hands-on section, attendees should gain a basic understanding of the software.
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Let’s Talk About It: What’s offensive to an Indian?

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Is “Indian” a racist term? Is “Native American” less offensive? What appellations are actually preferred by the indigenous peoples of the United States? Is the use of Native American mascots in team sports demeaning?

Join us Thursday, October 1, at 1:30 in the Mary Greer Room (258 Hodges Library) for a panel discussion of these topics and of other issues facing Native Americans today. The goal is to gain a better understanding of Native American culture.

Banned Books Week 2009

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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Since 1982, he last week of September has been designated as “Banned Books Week.” The annual event reminds Americans not to take our precious democratic freedom for granted.

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) helps compile a list of the most challenged books–titles where there has been an attempt to remove or restrict the work from a school or library.

Books that appear on The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books list include children’s favorites such as the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, and Where’s Waldo by Martin Hanford. Classic books are also on the list, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Click here for the list of challenged books from the ALA.

The University of Tennessee Libraries invites all students, faculty and staff to celebrate their freedom this week by reading a banned or challenged book. Visit the library’s banned books display in Reference, Room 135 Hodges Library, or click here for the list of books featured in the display.

The American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the ALA; the American Society of Journalists and Authors; the Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores sponsor Banned Books Week every year. The Library of Congress Center for the Book endorses the observance.

VolAware Street Fair

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On Wednesday, October 7th from 11am until 4:30pm, the 4th annual VolAware Street Fair will take place on the UC Plaza. All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend! There will be many representatives from campus and area mental health and wellness resources at the fair. In addition, we will have an inner child play center so that we can all remember the importance of play in our overall wellness. We’ll also be offering several QPR training sessions for people to be trained to be QPR Suicide Prevention gatekeepers. That’s not all. We’ll also be promoting mental health screenings, having a “What Can I Do with A Major in the Helping Professions?” talk presented by Career Services, playing games like Mental Health Jeopardy and bean bag toss, having several art competitions, and partnering with T-Recs to offer several fitness/exercise classes. It will be a fun and educational day. Please plan to join us.

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Join Us for Ag Day 2009 – UT vs. Ohio – Sept. 26

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Join Us for Ag Day 2009 – UT vs. Ohio – Sept. 26
Street Fair to Celebrate Institute’s Programs and Impacts

Visitors to Ag Day on the campus of the UT Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville enjoy plenty of free demonstrations and activities, for example in 2008 many watched grinding at this grist mill.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Join UT’s Institute of Agriculture for a fun and festive Ag Day Street Fair. With the theme “UTIA – Leading the Way,” events start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Kick-off for the UT vs. Ohio game is at 7 p.m.

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The UT Gardens Fall Plant Sale

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The UT Gardens fall plant sale promises to deliver a spectacular fall selection. The sale will be held this weekend starting with a preview sale Friday, September 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for all UT employees, garden volunteers and Friends of the Gardens members. The sale opens to the general public Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Selections will include Tennessee native plants, fall and winter interest plants, and winter container gardening plants. The sale will also feature blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, evergreens, assorted trees, shrubs and perennials. Garden art and outdoor garden ornaments will also be for sale.

Sue Hamilton says shoppers are assured of finding plenty of cutting edge, special plants that they won’t find just anywhere. “Fall is the ideal time for planting new additions to a garden. We’ll offer design inspiration with container displays and experts on hand to answer questions and offer advice.”

Round out the shopping experience with a self-guided tour of the gardens.
Visitors will be able to see plants that thrive and flourish in the Tennessee climate and get ideas on garden design and use in their own landscapes and gardens.

All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens. The sale will be located at the UT Gardens.

Constitution Day Events, Sept. 16 & 17

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Join us in commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787:

Sign Your Constitution. Sign an oversized copy of the Constitution on the Pedestrian Walkway, south side of Hodges Library, Wednesday, Sept. 16. Begins at 11:00 a.m. (Rain location: outside Starbucks, 2nd floor, Hodges Library)

“What’s Fair on the Air?” — An interactive Constitution Day Forum, 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, Hodges Library, 1st floor galleria.

    Should broadcasters be required to air contrasting views on controversial issues of public interest? Would reinstating the Fairness Doctrine raise the level of public discourse? Or foster government control of content on the airwaves?

    Introduced originally in 1949 and more formally adopted in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Fairness Doctrine required broadcast stations to devote airtime to different sides of controversial issues. Gradually repealed over the ‘80s, there has been conversation among many (specifically) Democratic leaders (such as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid) about its resurrection. While President Obama officially does not support the Doctrine, this issue seems to come up every few years. However, as recently as this year, a “Broadcaster Freedom Act” was proposed and passed to block the reinstatement of the Doctrine. How does this impact the freedom of speech? Does a democracy need to ensure that mass media communicates all sides of an argument?

    Participants are invited to explore this idea with each other. Community members, students, faculty, and staff are all invited to engage in this topic with the guidance of several invited faculty members. The faculty members are meant to jump-start the conversation, while audience members are meant to keep it going.

    Panel members include:
    Barbara Moore, College of Communications and Information
    Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT
    Otis Stephens, College of Law

Events are sponsored by the Baker Center for Public Policy and the UT Libraries.

Mental Health Awareness Talk, Sept. 17

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The Library Diversity Committee presents:

Connie Briscoe and Caroline Mann
“It’s On My Mind – Mental Health Awareness”
1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 17th, 605 Hodges Library

Many universities are learning to focus on how diverse identities such as ethnicity, gender, and nationality impact students’ learning and experience on campus. Yet there is an area of diversity that is frequently overlooked: mental health. How does living with a mental illness — such as bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety — impact students at UT? What resources are available to help? What issues are important for others to understand in working with these students?

This talk will aim to address some of these questions. For example, did you know…

• Over 25% of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem in a given year.
• Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds and the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
• An estimated 1,100 college students die by suicide every year.

This talk will address mental health issues among college students in general, and those at UT in particular. We’ll discuss campus initiatives such as VolAware, which aims to de-stigmatize mental illness and educate students, staff, and faculty about suicide prevention and mental health and wellness resources. We’ll also talk about what we as a campus community can do to help students who have a mental illness.