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NEA Big Read: Greensboro Kick-Off Event September 15, 2020

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 02:17:00 +0000

Join us on September 15, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom as we kick off a community Big Read of the novel Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Keynote speakers include state representative and UNC Greensboro alumna Dr. Ashton Clemmons and Dr. Sharon L. Contreras, superintendent of Guilford County Schools. 

Register today for this virtual event! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Clemmons was born in Alamance County, North Carolina, and after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill as a NC Teaching Fellow, she taught school in Durham and Guilford counties and went on to earn a master's degree in school leadership from Harvard University. Most recently, Clemmons received her doctorate of education from UNCG. Her commitment to education led her to serve as principal of schools in Rockingham and Guilford counties, where she led the turn-around of one of the state’s lowest performing schools. While serving as assistant superintendent of the Thomasville City Schools, Clemmons was selected as one of the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Leaders under 40." Clemmons was elected to serve in North Carolina’s 57th House District on November 6, 2018 and sworn into office on January 9, 2019. During her time in Raleigh, Clemmons has been appointed to the Commerce, Education K-12, Education-Universities and Finance Committees. She also serves as the House Democratic Freshman Caucus Co-Chair. 

Contreras is an award-winning educator who has spent nearly 30 years dedicating her life to ensuring every student graduates college, is career ready and able to fully participate in our democracy. She began her career as a high school English teacher in Rockford, Illinois, and has since served as a principal, area superintendent, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer, serving children and families across five states. In her role as superintendent of Guilford County Schools, she leads one of the nation’s largest school systems with more than 10,000 employees and 73,000 preK-12 students. She is a member of numerous national, state and local organizations. In 2019, Contreras was recognized by the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as the Superintendent of the Year. Recently, she was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as a 2020 C-Suite Award recipient. Contreras was also recognized as the 2020 Piedmont Triad Superintendent of the Year. 

The event is sponsored by UNCG's African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, the Arts and Letters Committee of the Greensboro Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Greensboro Public Library and University Libraries

About NEA Big Read

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book and aims to inspire conversation and discovery. The community read will include free panel discussions, speakers and family-oriented activities taking place between September 2020 – May 2021. Click here to see more events and request a copy of the book.

About Silver Sparrow

Named a “Most Anticipated Book for 2020” by The Guardian and other news outlets, Silver Sparrow is a novel told from the perspectives of two maturing daughters of a man who has two families — one public, one private.

UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 Events Program

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:47:00 +0000


Week 3:

9/28: Life after the G: LatinX Alumni Panel
    6:00-7:00: Link to register:
    Hosts: Yubisela Aranda Sandoval, Office of Alumni Engagement & Office of Intercultural Engagement
9/29: Poetry Reading and Conversation (in Spanish) with Silvia Eugenia Castillero: The Migrant Trail in This Thin Separation/En esta delgada separación
    6:00-7:30: Zoom link:
    Hosts: Dr. Veronica Grossi, UNCG Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
9/30: The Importance of Latinx in Civic Engagement
    6:00-7:00: Zoom link: TBA
    Hosts: Hispanic Federation-NC Civic Engagement Coordinator
10/1: Honoring our Latinx Feminist Foremothers
    5:00-6:00: Zoom link:
    Hosts: Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt, UNCG Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Week 4:

10/5: Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics: A Talk with Author Dr. Daisy Verduzco Reyes
    4:00-5:30: Zoom link:
    Hosts: Department of Psychology Diversity Committee & Psi Chi
10/6: Cultures of the Hispanic World
    6:00-7:00: Link to Zoom links:
    Hosts: Faculty of the UNCG Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
10/7: Coffee & Conversation: Importance of Culture
    1:00-2:00: Zoom link:
    Hosts: UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement
10/8: Alianza Meet-and-Greet Night
    6:00-7:00: Zoom link: Contact Estela Ratliff:
    Hosts: Alianza: UNCG Latinas/os Faculty and Staff Association

Week 5:

10/12: Latinx & Liderazgo
    6:00-7:00: Link to register:
    Hosts: Yubisela Aranda Sandoval & Kevin Ortiz, Association of Latino Professionals For America
10/13: LLC International Poetry Review: Latin American Poetry Issue: Protest and Revolt (Vol. 43.2020)
    Hosts: Ana Hontanilla (UNCG LLC), Sarah Booker (UNC), Luis Correa-Díaz (U of Georgia)
10/14: Nuestras raíces: Spanish Heritage Language Program
    5:00-6:00: Zoom link:
    Hosts: Hispanic Heritage Language Program, UNCG Dept of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
10/15: Superando 2020: Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Community
    Hosts: Dr. Gabriela Stein, CAMINOS Lab, UNCG Dept. of Psychology

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:09:00 +0000

Los Reyes 

The last full measure 

Star Wars. Episode IX, The rise of Skywalke

Looking for Alaska

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

Ca. 1920s photo of Spring Garden Street with streetcar.

Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:00:39 -0400

Ca. 1920s photo of Spring Garden Street with streetcar.

UNC Greensboro Digital Collections

Digital collections news from UNC Greensboro University Libraries

Digital Collections Updates

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:55:00 +0000

So as we start a new academic year, we thought this would be a good time for an update on what we've been working on recently.

Digital collections migration:

After more than a year's delay, the migration of our collections into a new and more user-friendly (and mobile-friendly) platform driven by the Islandora open-source content management system is in the home stretch. This has been a major undertaking and has given us the opportunity to reassess how our collections work. We hope to be live with the new platform in November. 30,000 items (over 380,000 digital images) have already been migrated.

2019-2020 Projects:

We've made significant progress on most of this year's projects (see link for project descriptions), though many of these are currently not yet online pending our migration to the Islandora platform:

Grant-funded projects:

  • Temple Emanuel Project: We are working with the Public History department and a graduate student in that program. Several hundred items have already been digitized and more work is being done. We are also exploring grant options with the temple to digitize more material.
  • People Not Property: NC Slave Deeds Project: We are in the final year of this project funded by the National Archives and hope to have it online as part of the Digital Library on American Slavery late next year. We are also exploring additional funding options to continue this work.
  • Women Who Answered the Call: This project was funded by a CLIR Recordings at Risk grant. The fragile cassettes have been digitized and we are midway through the process of getting them online in the new platform.

Library-funded projects:

  • Poetas sin Fronteras: Poets Without Borders, the Scrapbooks of Dr. Ramiro Lagos: These items have been digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • North Carolina Runaway Slaves Ads Project, Phase 2: Work continues on this ongoing project and over 5700 ads are now online. This second phase has involved both locating and digitizing/transcribing the ads, and we will soon triple the number of ads done in Phase One. We are also working on tighter integration of this project into the Digital Library on American Slavery.
  • PRIDE! of the Community: This ongoing project stemmed from an NEH grant two years ago and is growing to include numerous new oral history interviews and (just added) a project to digitize and display ads from LGBTQ+ bars and other businesses in the Triad during the 1980s and 1990s. We are also working with two Public History students on contextual and interpretive projects based on the digital collection.

Faculty-involved projects:

  • Black Lives Matter Collections: This is a community-based initiative to document the Black Lives Matter movement and recent demonstrations and artwork in the area. Faculty: Dr. Tara Green (African America and Diaspora Studies);  Stacey Krim, Erin Lawrimore, Dr. Rhonda Jones, David Gwynn (University Libraries).
  • Civil Rights Oral Histories: This has become multiple projects. We are working with several faculty members in the Media Studies department to make these transcribed interviews available online. November is the target. Faculty: Matt Barr, Jenida Chase, Hassan Pitts, and Michael Frierson (Media Studies); Richard Cox, Erin Lawrimore, David Gwynn (University Libraries).
  • Oral Contraceptive Ads: Working with a faculty member and a student on this project, which may be online by the end of the year. Faculty: Dr. Heather Adams (English); David Gwynn and Richard Cox (University Libraries).
  • Well-Crafted NC: Work is ongoing and we are in the second year of a UNCG P2 grant, working with a faculty member in eth Bryan School and a brewer based in Asheboro. Faculty: Erin Lawrimore, Richard Cox, David Gwynn (University Libraries), Dr. Erick Byrd (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism)

New projects taken on during the pandemic:

  • City of Greensboro Scrapbooks: Huge collection of scrapbooks from the Greensboro Urban Development Department dating back to the 1940s. These items have been digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • Negro Health Week Pamphlets: 1930s-1950s pamphlets published by the State of North Carolina. These items are currently being digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • Clara Booth Byrd Collection: Manuscript collection. These items are currently being digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • North Carolina Speaker Ban CollectionManuscript collection. These items are currently being digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • Mary Dail Dixon Papers: Manuscript collection. These items are currently being digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • Ruth Wade Hunter Collection: Manuscript collection. These items are currently being digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.

Projects on hold pending the pandemic:

  • Junior League of Greensboro: Much of this has already been digitized and will go online when the new platform launches.
  • UNCG Graduate School Bulletins: Much of this has already been digitized and will go online when the new platform launches. 

David Gwynn (Digitization Coordinator, me) offers kudos to Erica Rau and Kathy Howard (Digitization and Metadata Technicians); Callie Coward (Special Collections Cataloging & Digital Projects Library Technician); Charley Birkner (Technology Support Technician); and Dr. Brian Robinson (Fellow for Digital Curation and Scholarship) for their great work in very surreal circumstances over the past six months.