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

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***Cameron Conaway’s 7 p.m. reading has been CANCELED due to a grounded flight. However, the “Poetry & Modern Masculinity” Nosh ‘n Chat will go forward, 2 p.m., March 2, 1210 McClung Tower.***

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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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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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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Writers in the Library: David James Poissant, Nov. 17

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poissantDavid James Poissant will read from his highly acclaimed short story collection, The Heaven of Animals, at UT’s Writers in the Library on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public. Prior to the reading, at 3 p.m., he will be available for a Q&A session for UT students and faculty in the Practice Presentation Room, 220 E in Hodges Library Commons North.

The Heaven of Animals was named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. In a starred review, Kirkus describes Poissant’s stories as “Rueful and kind, akin to both Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver in humane spirit and technical mastery.” Rebecca Lee of The New York Times Book Review touts the collection as “A wise debut . . . Beautiful, with a rogue touch,” and Karen Russell says of his writing, “Like Flannery O’Connor, Poissant’s stories are marked by violence, humor, and grace; like Saunders, he can spoon-bend reality; like Carver and Diaz, he writes scenes soaked in kerosene and seconds from combustion.”

David James Poissant’s stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The New York Times, One Story, Playboy, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in the New Stories from the South and Best New American Voices anthologies. His writing has been awarded the Matt Clark Prize, the George Garrett Fiction Award, the RopeWalk Fiction Chapbook Prize, and the Alice White Reeves Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts & Letters, as well as awards from The Chicago Tribune and The Atlantic and Playboy magazines.

David James Poissant teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.

Read an excellent review of The Heaven of Animals at Chapter 16: a community of Tennessee writers, readers and passersby (brought to you by Humanities Tennessee).
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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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Brown Bag, Oct. 29: Digitizing Tennessee’s historic newspapers

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Historical newspaper records once available only through long hours of research can now be accessed within seconds. Learn about a program that is digitizing Tennessee’s historic newspapers and making them available online.

The public is invited to a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, October 29, at noon in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. The speaker will be Louisa Trott, project coordinator for the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project, a joint project of the University of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Trott will talk about the scope of the project, its value to researchers, how it can be accessed, and will give examples of the many types of information to be found in newspapers from the period.

For the past three years, the UT Libraries has been scanning historic Tennessee newspapers as part of a nationwide project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, that aims to preserve this “first draft of history.” The first phase of the project concentrated on the Civil War and Reconstruction era, the second on the period of 1870-1900. The digitized newspapers are available to the public at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website and are fully searchable.

The program is sponsored by 21st Mortgage. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information call the East Tennessee History Center at 865-215-8824.




Public Invited to Hear Anthropologist Bill Bass, Oct. 30

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BillBass2Over his fifty-year career as an anthropologist, University of Tennessee Professor Emeritus William M. Bass excavated ancient skeletons and recovered the remains of murder victims. He also headed UT’s anthropology department for more than 20 years and trained many of the nation’s current leading forensic anthropologists.

The University of Tennessee Libraries, which holds the research and teaching materials documenting his illustrious career, will honor Bass and celebrate the Dr. William M. Bass III Collection at an upcoming event. The public is invited to a lecture by Bass and a reception in his honor on Thursday, October 30, at UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

A reception in the Jack E. Reese Galleria begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture in the Lindsay Young Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Guests also may visit Special Collections to view items from the Dr. William M. Bass III Collection.

PrintBass is perhaps best known to the general public as the creator of the “Body Farm” — officially the Anthropology Research Center. The Body Farm was the world’s first laboratory for researching the processes and timetable of decomposition of human remains.

Bass has recounted the story of the Body Farm to many audiences. His talk at the UT library will be something different. He will focus on his more traditional pursuits in the field of anthropology, including excavating human skeletal remains in the Great Plains in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. His field study notebooks from these excavations are among the materials Bass donated to the UT Libraries to create the Dr. William M. Bass III Collection.