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Writers in the Library: Kirstin Valdez Quade, Sept. 25

On Monday, September 25, Kirstin Valdez Quade will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. “Set mainly in tight-knit Catholic, Mexican-American communities in New Mexico,” writes the Dallas Morning News, Night at the Fiestas “enthralls with tales of people striving to better their lives while enduring the aftermath of past mistakes.” The New York Times calls three of Quade’s stories from Night at the Fiestas “legitimate masterpieces” and goes on to say, “This is a variety of beauty too rare in contemporary literature.”

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and Guernica, and it has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Currently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. A brown bag Q&A, open to University of Tennessee students, will be held at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series 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 or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


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“Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection” now online

Kefauver Crime Committee

Senator Kefauver (center) confers with chief counsel Rudolph Halley during Senate crime committee hearings. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

US Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee gained national attention in the early 1950s when he chaired congressional investigations into organized crime in America. Kefauver’s records of those inquiries form the basis of Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection, one of the newest digital collections of the University Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The crime documents were digitized from materials in the Estes Kefauver Papers, the largest collection in UT’s Modern Political Archives, which are housed in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

In 1950 and 1951, the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce held hearings in major cities across the US, interviewing hundreds of witnesses and exposing the intrusion of organized crime into business and government.

The new medium of television brought the Kefauver hearings, as they were popularly known, into millions of American living rooms. The public was captivated by the spectacle of senators grilling mobsters on live TV and shocked by revelations that public officials were guilty of collusion in criminal activities.

Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency

“This country cannot afford the calculated risk involved in feeding its children, through comic books, a concentrated diet of crime, horror, and violence,” according to this summary of findings on Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency. (Estes Kefauver Papers, University of Tennessee Libraries)

The hearings propelled Kefauver to national prominence, making him a serious contender in the 1952 presidential campaign.

Crime Documents from the Estes Kefauver Collection includes press releases, speeches, article drafts, and government publications. Also included are materials documenting another crime probe chaired by Kefauver: the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency in the United States. Seeking causes for the growing national crisis, Kefauver’s committee blamed crime movies, lurid comic books, and pornographic literature for the moral corruption of American teenagers.

Carey Estes Kefauver (1903–1963) was a Madisonville, Tennessee, native and a graduate of UT and Yale Law School. He practiced law in Chattanooga before representing Tennessee in the US House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949. He served in the US Senate from 1949 to 1963 and twice ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

More more information, contact Kris Bronstad, Modern Political Archives (865-974-3749,

Now showing at Hodges — monthly indie films

Tired of the same old same old from the major film studios? Hodges Library has lined up a series of award-winning independent and foreign films for your enlightenment and viewing pleasure.

Feature films will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of Hodges Library on the first Wednesday of each month, throughout the fall and spring semesters. Films will be chosen from Film Movement’s catalog of independent, foreign, and documentary films. Admission is free.

Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m.
Mad Tiger (US and Japan).

Mad Tiger follows bandmates Yellow and Red, the primary creative forces behind “Japanese Action Comic Punk Band” Peelander-Z. Peelander-Z combines performance-art and audience participation in their shows, and each member adopts a different, anime-like “Crayola rock” persona.

For more information, contact librarian Michael Deike at

Welcome Back! Top 5 Things to Know about Pendergrass this Fall

Welcome back from all the staff at Pendergrass Library!  Here are 5 things to know about Pendergrass to start the year:

1) Pendergrass welcomes Isabella Baxter, our new agriculture and natural resources librarian.  Isabella comes to us from Syracuse University where she earned her master’s degree in library science.

2) Need research help?  Request a consultation at any stage of the research process.  We can help you develop a research topic, search for books and journals, manage your citations, and publish your work.

3) The library’s OneSearch box has a new interface.  OneSearch lets you search for books, e-books, journal articles, and more.  Have a problem or suggestion?  Please send us your feedback!

4) Don’t miss upcoming events at Pendergrass:

  • Pop-Up Library: Thursdays 11:30-1:30 in Brehm Animal Science foyer.  Meet a librarian, get research help, or return books at our mobile library booth.
  • Subject Tutoring: Wednesdays 5:00-8:00 and Sundays 3:00-6:00 in Pendergrass Study Room E.  Get help in biology, chemistry, math, and more.
  • Make Break: Every third Thursday at 2:00 in Pendergrass Makerspace.  Enjoy this hands-on tour and demonstration of our 3D printers.

5) The library has more than books!  Borrow technology equipment such as laptops, chargers, cameras, and GPS units.  Reserve a study room or practice presentation room online.

Questions?  Please contact us!

Open House at Hodges Library, Aug. 22 & Aug. 25

Hodges Library will hold open house twice during the first week of classes. Open house for undergraduates will be Tuesday, August 22. Drop by our Undergraduate Carnival on the second floor, 1:00-3:00 p.m., to pick up some swag along with helpful tips on using library services and resources.

Graduate students are invited to an open house on Friday, August 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m., on the second floor of Hodges Library. Graduate students: Meet your department’s subject librarian and learn more about resources in your field. Learn how the library supports your research and teaching. Learn about citation management tools like Zotero and EndNote. Register for interlibrary loan and Library Express delivery. Bring your laptop and activate your wireless account. Join us for refreshments and door prizes.

Best Practices in Publishing Program for Graduate Students

***Registration full! Stay tuned for a similar opportunity in spring.***

The Best Practices in Publishing program provides opportunities to discuss research and publishing-related issues with graduate students from across the university. Over seven sessions in the fall, a range of topics will be introduced and discussed with campus experts, including experienced faculty.

The BPIP program will be limited to 30 students. Sessions will be Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. The workshop schedule (subject to change of topics each week) is:

  • Sept. 5 — Publishing: The Long Journey (A Panel Discussion)
  • Sept. 12 — Authorship Decisions and Concerns
  • Sept. 19 — Plagiarism, Research Misconduct, and Other Ethical Considerations
  • Sept 26 — Citation Management
  • Oct. 3 — Copyright and Ownership
  • Oct. 10 — How (and Where) to Publish
  • Oct. 17 — Wrap-Up, Reception and Certificate Presentations

Participants will be required to attend and submit reflections and critiques of each session. In addition, participants will be required to participate in discussions and question-and-answer sessions. You must attend all sessions to receive the certificate. An anonymous submission form will allow participants to submit questions of a sensitive nature ahead of time so speakers will be able to discuss real concerns.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your participation in the program; this certificate should be a welcome addition to the dossier that you will need in applying for faculty positions and/or for retention/promotion.

Registration opens Tuesday, August 15, at 9 a.m. The link to register is here: (The link will not be live until 8/15.)

“Station Eleven” Escape Room Game Is Open to All

The “Station Eleven” escape room adventure is part of the Class of 2021’s first taste of college. Students in First-Year Studies 100 are strongly encouraged to play the escape room game. But all UT students, staff, and faculty are invited to give it a try!

The “Station Eleven” adventure, in the Mary E. Greer Room (258 Hodges Library), will be open August 19 through September 1, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day in 30 minute increments. Register here (UT NetID required). Registration begins August 14.

Clues for the escape room game are based on this year’s Life of the Mind reading, the science fiction novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Even if you haven’t read the book, you can still play the game. Reading the book gives you a competitive edge.

The “Station Eleven” escape room, built by Escape Game Knoxville, is co-sponsored by the UT Libraries and First-Year Studies.

If you have questions about the escape room, contact librarian Ingrid Ruffin, at

#UTKLibPets: Meet Nymeria!

UT Libraries is excited to introduce #UTKLibPets! Follow UTKLibraries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our blog to meet the beloved pets of library staff. Tag @utklibraries to share your adorable pet photos, or for an extra challenge, snap a photo of your pet sporting UT orange!

Name: Nymeria

Breed: Siberian Husky

Age: 18 months

Likes: Shredding paper, playing in water, eating socks, chasing anything that moves

Dislikes: Being ignored!

What she does all day: Looks out the window (and makes messes shredding paper and spilling water from her bowl)

Heroes: Nymeria (direwolf from Game of Thrones) and Matthew Smith

One word: Beautiful

Owner: Grand-Dog of Rita Smith, Administration

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