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Petals on Paper: Selections from Special Collections and the UT Herbarium


Sunflower from Hortus Eystettensis

A small exhibition in Hodges Library features books on gardens and plant identification, as well as historical examples of botanical illustration from the UT Libraries’ special collections.

Chris Caldwell, rare books and humanities librarian, says, “This is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of ‘plants in print,’ nor is it focused on one region or time period. We offer a nice, late-summer glimpse of some of the ways that botanical life has been chronicled and discussed for the last 400 years.” The exhibit was curated by Caldwell and manuscripts librarian Laura Romans.

The display includes lots of botanical illustrations, as well as books on gardens, garden clubs, wildflower walks in the Smokies, and more.
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Lunch & Learn: The Life of the Student Athlete, Sept. 19

ll_smallThe UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts a series of lunchtime discussions to facilitate comfortable dialog 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.

Join us for a workshop on:

The Life of the Student Athlete: Perception versus Reality
Noon – 1:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 19
213 Hodges Library

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Are you registered to vote?

If you’re not already registered to vote, we can help. The UT Libraries created a useful online guide on how to register and how / when / where to vote.

The guide includes an online registration form (requires a Tennessee Driver’s License) as well as a downloadable mail-in application. There are also some helpful answers to your questions, such as whether you should use your school address or parents’ address when you register.

The library will host several voter registration events. Drop by our table at the Hodges Library main entrance (2nd floor):

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) — Noon–2 p.m.; 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 21 — 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 (National Voter Registration Day) — Noon–8 p.m.

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

Now showing: Independent and foreign films

Are you tired of the same corporate blockbuster Hollywood movies? The endless onslaught of sequels, reboots, and remakes getting you down? Join us in the Hodges Library auditorium on the second Tuesday of each month for free screenings of independent and foreign films.

This fall, our film series will highlight a few lesser-known titles from the Libraries’ collections. We hold a large collection of films on DVD and Blue-Ray. And we subscribe to a number of different video streaming services, such as Kanopy, that host many independent films and masterpieces of world cinema.

Practice your language skills and join us for a discussion following each film. Here’s our line-up for fall semester 2018:

All films: 7-9 p.m., Hodges Library auditorium

Sept. 11Mystery Train (1989; English, Italian, Japanese)
Oct. 9A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014; Farsi)
Nov. 13Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) (2013; Spanish)

For more information, feel free to contact Michael Deike ( or just drop by the Public Services Desk on the second floor of Hodges Library and ask to talk to Michael about movies!

More about the films:

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Best Practices in Publishing Program for Graduate Students

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 program will be limited to 40 students. Sessions will be Tuesdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m., in the John C. Hodges Library. The workshop schedule (subject to change of topics each week) is:
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