Lecture, Oct. 13: Alaska and the Real People

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Author William Hensley will lecture in the Hodges Library Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. The event is sponsored by NASA/AISES, the Libraries’ Diversity Committee and the English Department. The lecture is titled “Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: Alaska and the Real People.” Mr. Hensley is the author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People.

Sparky video contest screening, Oct. 21

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Wanted: UT students and friends to attend the screening of the UT Libraries’ Sparky Short Video Contest.

The screening will take place Wednesday, October 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Please come out to support students at UT who created short videos to illustrate the value of information sharing. There will be a People’s Choice award for the video receiving the most votes from the audience on screening night.

If you have questions about the screening, contact Ann Viera at the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, 974-9015 or annviera@nullutk.edu.

More information about the Sparky Awards video contest: www.lib.utk.edu/studio/sparky/

More about the student role in Open Access: www.openstudents.org/

TRACE: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange

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The University of Tennessee Libraries announces the launch of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (trace.tennessee.edu), a digital repository which will expand access to the university’s intellectual capital and help preserve the creative work of its scholars and researchers.

Open access services like Trace provide free online access to scholarly work and apply tags that make that work more discoverable by Internet search engines. UT faculty are invited to enhance the research impact of their work by depositing it with Trace.

Trace lets any UT faculty, staff or student save their work in the database regardless of genre or format — pre-prints, datasets, multimedia, conference presentations, technical reports, image collections, public performances, theses and dissertations — through an easy-to-use Web interface. UT-affiliated persons can deposit their work in the database, and anyone with Internet access can view the content. Trace depositors keep their copyright ownership and may, at the same time, extend nonexclusive rights for noncommercial use.

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NAS Member Roger Beachy to Join Obama Administration

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NAS Member Roger Beachy to Join Obama Administration
By Maureen O’Leary

September 29, 2009 – President Barack Obama recently announced that Roger N. Beachy, founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, has been appointed the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  Beachy, elected to the NAS in 1997, will join the agency on Oct. 5.

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Book Talk, Oct. 20: White Collar Radicals

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white-collar-radicalsThe UT Press and UT Libraries will sponsor a book talk by Aaron Purcell, author of White Collar Radicals: TVA’s Knoxville Fifteen, the New Deal, and the McCarthy Era on Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 a.m. in the Mary E. Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Aaron Purcell is an associate professor and director of special collections at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and was formerly head of university archives at the University of Tennessee Libraries.

About White Collar Radicals:

    They came from all corners of the country — fifteen young, idealistic, educated men and women drawn to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for the Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the first of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. Mostly holding entry-level jobs, these young people became friends and lovers, connecting to one another at work and through other social and political networks.
    What the fifteen failed to realize was that these activities — union organizing and, for most, membership in the Communist Party — would plunge them into a maelstrom that would endanger, and for some, destroy their livelihoods, social standing, and careers. White Collar Radicals follows their lives from New Deal activism in the 1930s through the 1940s and 1950s government investigations into what were perceived as subversive deeds.
    Aaron D. Purcell shows how this small group of TVA idealists was unwillingly thrust from obscurity into the national spotlight, victims and participants of the second Red Scare in the years following World War II. The author brings into sharp focus the determination of the government to target and expose alleged radicals of the 1930s during the early Cold War period. The book also demonstrates how the national hysteria affected individual lives.
    White Collar Radicals is both a historical study and a cautionary tale. The Knoxville Fifteen, who endured the dark days of the McCarthy Era, now have their story told for the first time — a story that offers modern-day lessons on freedom, civil liberties, and the authority of the government.