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National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy at Writers in the Library, Oct. 24

flournoy22015 National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will read from her work on Monday, October 24, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series.

The reading will be in the Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Honoree for 2015, Angela Flournoy is the author of the celebrated debut novel, The Turner House, which tells the story of an African American family confronting the loss of their home and their familial bonds amid the blight and decline of contemporary Detroit. The Turner House was a New York Times notable book of the year, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, and Columbia University. Currently she is the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

In addition to the public reading, there will be a Q&A for students at 3 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower, also on October 24. Both of these events are co-sponsored by UT’s Ready For The World Initiative.

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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu.

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters
Email: esmith83@nullutk.edu

Lunch & Learn: Discussion on Intersectionality, Oct. 19

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialogue about diversity and inclusion. Lunch and Learn invites students and other members of the campus community to talk openly but respectfully about complex issues that impact their lives and their campus experience.

Intersectionality: From Scholarship to Action
Noon – 1 p.m., Wed., October 19, 605 Hodges Library
Patrick Grzanka, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Nora Berenstain, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

The directors of the Intersectionality Community of Scholars at UT will facilitate a conversation about the origins of intersectionality theory in U.S. Black feminism, current directions in the field, and the relationship between interdisciplinary scholarship, activism, and social justice.

Conversation on the Future of Research Libraries on Oct. 10

The University Libraries will host a “conversation” on the future of research libraries on Monday, October 10. The Libraries’ guests will be the directors of two graduate programs in library and information science, Sandy Yee and Diane Kelly. Dean of Libraries Steve Smith will moderate the event. The campus community is invited to join the conversation in 605 Hodges Library, 10-11:30 a.m. A small reception will follow the conversation.
 
Yee is dean of libraries and director of the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Kelly is the new director of the School of Information Sciences at UT Knoxville.
 
Before assuming her current leadership role at Wayne State, Yee held a variety of leadership positions elsewhere, including Eastern Michigan University, where among many other accomplishments she raised more than $40 million for the construction of the Bruce T. Halle Library. She has been a leader in the profession both nationally and internationally, holding numerous appointed and elected positions in ALA, ACRL, ARL, the Michigan Library Association, and the Friends of the Detroit Public Library. In 2008, she was elected to the board of OCLC. Yee earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan and her MLS and BA from Western Michigan University.
 
Before joining the faculty at UT, Kelly was professor of Information Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. An expert in user evaluation of information systems, Kelly has been active in many professional and scholarly organizations, including the Association of Computing Machinery and the Association of Information Science and Technology. Her research and service have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Karen Spärck Jones Award from the British Computer Society, the Research Award from ASIS&T, and the Outstanding Teacher Award from UNC. She earned her doctorate and her MLS at Rutgers University and her BA from the University of Alabama.
 
The program is part of the “Dean’s Leadership Series,” which brings library leaders to campus about once a semester for a conversation on research libraries or related topics. The conversation format is intended to encourage more engagement than a presentation style allows. The program will start with a few general questions for our guests, and then we will invite the audience to join in for an engaging exchange around the broad but critical topic of the future of research libraries. 
 
All are invited to attend and participate in this event.

Webinar 10/7: Gale Researcher; Artemis Primary Sources

Log-in to a webinar on Friday, October 7, from 12:25 to 1:55 p.m., to learn about the Libraries’ new databases.

Gale Researcher helps students identify and link to relevant, authoritative sources. Introductory essays, peer-reviewed articles, and streamed video are organized by subject areas typical to the undergraduate curriculum.

Artemis Primary Sources gives researchers access to wide-ranging archival materials. Sources include databases on sexuality and gender, indigenous peoples of North America, declassified U.S. documents, the Associated Press archives, and many, many historical newspapers. The online interface (Digital Humanities Sandbox) facilitates data mining and textual analytics.

The webinar is hosted by Gale Cengage Learning.

Webinar: Gale Researcher and Artemis Primary Sources Webinar
When: Friday, October 7, 12:25 – 1:55 p.m.
Access Link: https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/j.php?MTID=m4506337c68777206ad2b4174b5157796
Audio Connection Phone Number: 1-877-325-5019
Conference Code Number: 836 819 5957

If you have questions, please contact Corey Halaychik, chalaych@nullutk.edu or 974-9314.

Tawnysha Greene and Kristi Maxwell at Writers in the Library on October 3

greenemaxwellNovelist Tawnysha Greene and poet Kristi Maxwell will read from their work at the University of Tennessee on Monday, October 3, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Tawnysha Greene received her PhD from the University of Tennessee where she currently teaches fiction and poetry writing. Her work has appeared in PANK, Bellingham Review, and Weave Magazine. Her first novel, A House Made of Stars, was released from Burlesque Press in 2015.

Also an alumna of the University of Tennessee, Kristi Maxwell’s most recent books of poems include That Our Eyes Be Rigged and PLAN/K. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville. 

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu.

Website: http://library.utk.edu/writers
Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters
Email: esmith83@nullutk.edu

Pendergrass Open House October 4

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Feeling anxious about upcoming exams? Need to take a break, relax, and unwind?  Want to learn more about what the library has to offer?

Stop by Pendergrass Library Tuesday, October 4th at 6pm for an open house and de-stress event.  Come and enjoy:

  • Free pizza
  • Cuddles with a therapy dog
  • Games
  • Coloring
  • A chance to meet some of the Pendergrass staff

No RSVP is needed.  Bring your friends or club members.  We hope to see you there!

Training Day at the Library, 9/27: Gale Researcher; Digital Humanities Sandbox

Learn to use the Libraries’ incredible new suite of digital products. Gale Researcher helps students identify and link to relevant, authoritative sources. Digital Humanities Sandbox facilitates data mining and textual analytics. Gale Cengage Learning will offer a full day of free training sessions on Tuesday, September 27. The training should be of interest to everyone from freshmen to full professors.

TRAINING SESSIONS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27:

gdc-webDigital Humanities Sandbox
(focused on Artemis Primary Sources)
11:10 am – 12:25 pm, Hodges Room 127
3:40 – 4:55 pm, Hodges Room 127

With the University Libraries’ addition of millions of pages of new archive collections, Artemis Primary Sources provides innumerable research opportunities within the digital humanities. This session will highlight the newest content, while exploring navigation and textual analysis tools like Term Cluster and Term Frequency. Come with your questions and ideas to share with others involved in the digital humanities at the university, and you’ll walk away with strategies for uncovering new paths of research.

glrs-webGale Researcher for Students
12:55 – 1:55 pm, Hodges Room 127
2:10 – 3.25 pm, Hodges Room 127

Is your instructor asking you to use scholarly sources? Do you have a research assignment looming over you this semester? Are you overloaded with information, or pushing off a project because you’re just not sure where to start? Save time, get started, and uncover something cool with Gale Researcher. Gale Researcher is a new resource, available to all UT Knoxville students, that provides a simple path to peer-reviewed content within American Literature, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and U.S. History. Information is not only searchable but also aligned to subjects taught within courses so that finding relevant, authoritative sources is as quick and easy as possible. Join this session for steps to access Gale Researcher 24/7, time-saving tips for citing and managing the sources, and further tricks to using Gale Researcher to simplify your semester.

The UT Libraries recently purchased a complete package of Gale Cengage Learning’s primary source collections, giving UT users perpetual access to databases containing millions of pages of archival materials — roughly 600 years of monographs, manuscripts, historical newspapers, and more. The package deal includes the Digital Humanities Sandbox and a one-year trial of Gale Researcher.

If you have questions, please contact Corey Halaychik, chalaych@nullutk.edu or 974-9314.

Constitution Day, 9/19: Register to Vote; Discuss the 2nd Amendment

cday_webConstitution Day celebrates the signing of America’s founding document at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

The campus will observe Constitution Day on Monday, September 19. Celebrate by registering to vote at Hodges Library. Voter registration will be conducted in the 2nd floor galleria, 11 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday for two weeks, September 19-23 and 26-30.

Join a discussion on the 2nd Amendment. UT’s Baker Center for Public Policy will host a Baker Café on September 19, from noon to 1 pm, in 209 Hodges Library. Commentators will include John Scheb and Hemant Sharma from the Department of Political Science, and UT Chief of Police Troy Lane.

Also on September 19, visit Hodges Library, Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, or the Katz Law Library to pick up a mini Constitution, sign a facsimile of the Constitution, and add your thoughts about the importance of the U.S. Constitution to our celebratory banners.

Novelist Leah Stewart at UT’s Writers in the Library on September 19

Leah Stewart booksNovelist Leah Stewart will read from her work at the University of Tennessee on Monday, September 19, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

LeahStewartStewart is the author of five novels, most recently The New Neighbor, a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life. The New York Times Book Review says of The New Neighbor, “Stewart never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters.” People Magazine calls it “a chilling page-turner.”

Stewart’s sixth novel, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, is forthcoming from Putnam.

Stewart is professor and area director of creative writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She has held visiting writer positions at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; Vanderbilt University; and Murray State University in Kentucky. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and in 2014 the recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize.

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@nullutk.edu.

Website: http://library.utk.edu/writers
Facebook: Writers.in.the.Library
Twitter: utklibwriters
Email: esmith83@nullutk.edu

Interview with Christopher Hebert : Part Two

Part two of Megan Faust’s interview with Christopher Hebert, this year’s first reader for the WIR reading series and a former Writer-in-the-Library!  Come see him read  from his newly released novel, Angels of Detroit, at the University of Tennessee on Monday, August 29, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

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Megan Faust (’16): You mentioned in our last interview that this was up to the interpretation of the reader, but as I was reading Dobbs’ thoughts on how the planet is careening towards disaster and Clementine’s musings on the 6th Ice Age and what scientists in the future will find of our destroyed planet, I’m also watching news stories about the horrific flooding in Louisiana.  It’s all reminding me of hurricanes and tropical storms, An Inconvenient Truth, etc.  Did you at least somewhat intend this book to serve as a kind of warning?

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