Vol Walk of Life: engage, explore, pick a major

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Get on the path to success. Explore the Vol Walk of Life on Wednesday, March 4, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hodges Library, 2nd floor. The Student Government Association has convened representatives from Advising, Career Services, the Student Success Center, the Multicultural Mentoring Program, the Libraries, academic departments, and others. Discuss your career path. Pick a major. (Did you know that UT offers more than 170 undergraduate majors, concentrations, and specializations?)

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Upcoming Events: Old-Time Musician Dom Flemons, Author David Madden

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FlemonsYou’re invited to join the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox County Public Library for an evening with Dom Flemons, the American Songster, on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. But, due to high demand, registration is required — at http://www.knoxfriends.org.

Flemons will present this year’s Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world, with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.

Flemons is widely known for his role in reintroducing the old-time African-American string band music, made famous by groups such as the Tennessee Chocolate Drops, to a new generation. Flemons left the Carolina Chocolate Drops in July 2013 to pursue a solo career. His solo album Prospect Hill was released in July 2014. He was featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross in July and on Folk Alley Presents in September. His album was one of Folk Alley’s Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums of 2014.

Flemons also will be the featured performer at the Annual Conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology hosted by the UT School of Music. His performance at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center will be free and open to the public, although seating is limited.

MaddenNovelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and critic, David Madden will be honored at a reception and lecture hosted by Libraries on Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m. at UT’s McClung Museum.

Madden’s novels include Cassandra Singing, Bijou, The Suicide’s Wife, Abducted by Circumstance, and London Bridge in Plague and Fire. His most recent work, The Last Bizarre Tale, consists of stories that have appeared in journals but have not appeared together as a collection. The title story, “The Last Bizarre Tale,” involving a corpse that has hung on a hook in a funeral home garage for decades, is evocative of Poe and, in its dark, grotesque humor, Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. “Process is as important as product to David Madden,” writes editor James Perkins, “and one can learn as much about the process of writing as about the human condition by a careful reading of these stories.”

David Madden is a Knoxville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He earned an M.A. at San Francisco State and attended Yale Drama School on a John Golden Fellowship. Writer-in-residence at Louisiana State University from 1968 to 1992, Director of the Creative Writing Program 1992-1994, and Founding Director of the United States Civil War Center 1992-1999, he is now LSU Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus.




Digital Humanities Talk, March 9

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The campus is invited to a presentation on “The Out-of-Control Zone: Digital Humanities, Data Curation and Other New Endeavors in Librarianship” on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library.

What do digital humanists need from libraries? Join visionary Trevor Muñoz in re-imagining how libraries can become more actively engaged in supporting data-intensive research in the humanities.

Trevor Muñoz is Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He works on developing digital research projects and services at the intersection of digital humanities centers and libraries. He is also responsible for curating the active research data of MITH and for helping the University of Maryland Libraries plan and create a broad complement of data curation and e-research services.

Faculty also are invited to a coffee hour with Muñoz from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., March 9, in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.




Poet and Activist Cameron Conaway at “Writers in the Library” March 2

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ConawayDillonCameron Conaway, whose activism is as well known as his writing, will read at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Conaway is the author of five books, including Malaria Poems (Michigan State University Press) and Chittagong: Poems & Essays (Iris Press). He recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Conflict Reporting to do more malaria research in India. His international investigations into the horrors of child slavery have shaped current language on the issue.

In addition to poetry and activism, Conaway has also had a career in MMA cage-fighting, and he also teaches creative writing at Penn State Brandywine. He currently serves on the editorial board at Slavery Today: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions.

Conaway will also co-host a Nosh ‘n Chat titled Poetry & Modern Masculinity: Collisions with UT alum Andrew P. Dillon at 2 p.m. in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. Dillon is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s MFA class. His poetry has appeared recently in One Trick Pony Review, The Burlesque Press Variety Show and Connotation Press.

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read in the 2014–2015 academic year. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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African-American Read-In Feb. 27

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Join the African-American Read-In on Friday, February 27, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hodges Library auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, administrators . . . all are invited to read an excerpt from a favorite book by an African-American author.

Readers can bring a book to the reading or select a text from African-American authored books that will be on display outside the auditorium. Contemporary, award-winning children’s books by African-American authors are already on display for browsing in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3rd floor, Hodges Library).

Readers are encouraged to find texts to read prior to the event. Search the Libraries’ catalog (e.g., American literature – African American authors), browse the display in the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, or examine the bibliography of recommended books at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) website: www.ncte.org/aari.

If you want to participate as a reader, email Dr. Susan Groenke, director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, at sgroenke@nullutk.edu) to reserve a 10-minute time slot between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored nationally by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Read-In makes literacy and the literary works of African-American authors a central part of Black History Month. UT’s Read-In is sponsored by the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in conjunction with the Commission for Blacks; Black Educators of Tomorrow; the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the College of Communications and Information Sciences; the Department of English; and the Office of Multicultural Student Life.




Adam Ross reading rescheduled for Mon., Feb. 23

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AdamRossAdam Ross, celebrated novelist and short story writer, will read from his work on February 23 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

The reading will be in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Adam Ross’s debut novel, Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist. It has been published in sixteen countries. Ladies and Gentlemen, his short story collection, was included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included “In the Basement,” a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Award.

Ross was a 2013–2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction at The American Academy in Berlin for the fall of 2014. He is currently serving as the English Department’s Visiting Writer at the University of Tennessee.

Read about Adam Ross’s forthcoming novel at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

For more information about Adam Ross, visit adam-ross.com.
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Dom Flemons – “American Songster” Lecture and Performance March 12

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Dom Flemons

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7 PM
Bijou Theatre
Register at knoxfriends.org

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Dom has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and his new album, Prospect Hill, has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more. His performance will be a lecture/demonstration of the history of old-time folk music and its relevance in today’s diverse musical world with commentary and musical examples as appropriate.




Financial Literacy Boot Camp, Feb. 6

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finances2Learn to manage your money at the Financial Literacy Boot Camp, February 6. Students can attend the full day of workshops or drop-in on individual sessions. All sessions will be held in 211 John C. Hodges Library.

Financial Literacy Boot Camp
Friday, February 6
211 Hodges Library

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Budgeting—take your financial selfie

    Speaker: Ms. Judy Li

 

    Business Librarian, UT

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Managing finances to accumulate wealth
Speaker: Mr. Tom Graves
Lecturer & Operations Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT

11:00 a.m. – noon
Smart shopping with coupons
Speaker: Ms. Heather Cockrum
Executive Assistant to the Provost, UT

noon – 1:00 p.m.
Pizza lunch — RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/financial-literacy-boot-camp-pizza-lunch-tickets-15426915319

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Introduction to Career Services
Speaker: Mr. Danny Pape
College Career Consultant, Haslam College of Business

The workshops are funded by the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists.

For further information, contact Judy Li, business librarian (judyli@nullutk.edu or 974-0013).




Novelist Jonathan Miles at “Writers in the Library” January 26

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JonathanMiles-2Novelist Jonathan Miles will read from his recent work at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Miles’s most recent novel, Want Not, was selected as a New York Times Notable Book for 2013, a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013 and a Washington Post Notable Fiction of 2013 selection. Dear American Airlines was selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times in 2008. Dave Eggars said in The New York Times Book Review of Want Not, “Jonathan Miles can write, and here he’s written a wonderful book, and there’s no one I would not urge to read it.”

In addition to his novels, Miles has also written a regular column on a variety of subjects — from books to cocktails — for Men’s Journal, Field & Stream, and the New York Times, while also contributing to publications such as GQ, Food & Wine, Outside, Salon.com, the New York Observer, the New York Times Book Review, and many more.

Miles will also be joined by his agent, Sloan Harris of ICM Partners, for a Q&A discussion at 3:30 p.m., January 26, in the Mary Greer Room, 258 Hodges Library.

Read an interview with Jonathan Miles at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).

Writers in the Library hosts readings by noted authors of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Christopher Hebert, the UT Libraries’ Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence, emcees Writers in the Library events. Hebert and Marilyn Kallet, director of the UT Creative Writing Program, have lined up an exceptional group of authors to read this spring semester. Visit lib.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule.
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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the UT Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For further information contact Marilyn Kallet, Director, UT Creative Writing Program (mkallet@nullutk.edu), or Christopher Hebert, Writer-in-Residence, UT Libraries (chebert3@nullutk.edu).

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