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Past Programs of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries

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Beginning July 1, 2009, programs are listed only on the Friends of the Libraries blog at uncgfol.blogspot.com

  • Film screening of the documentary I.O.U.S.A. on April 20, 2009 followed by discussion panel including Rep. Howard Coble and Economics professors Jeff Sarbrum, Ken Snowden, and Stuart Allen
  • Former professor Bill Link gave a presentation on his book Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism on February 27, 2008 at 4 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the Elliott Univerisity Center. The book was published by St. Martin's Press.
  • The Looking at the American Presidency Series aims to engage students, faculty, and the community in examining the presidency during the current election cycle -- not just with sound bites and commercials, but with thoughtful and civil discourse on what the office of the president has meant historically and how it functions today. The series features renowned authors, political scientists and historians from across the country. All events are free and open to the public. Please visit the series website for more information.
  • Author Ron Rash to Read From The World Made Straight: Ron Rash, prize-winning author and professor of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University, read from his work in a special appearance at UNCG on Tuesday, February 20, 2007. Rash’s visit was made possible through collaboration between the University Libraries, the Historical Book Club, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program. Rash grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and graduated from Gardner-Webb College and Clemson University.  In 2001 he won the Novella Festival Novel Award and in 2002 was awarded Foreword Magazine’s Gold Medal in Literary Fiction for his novel One Foot in Eden.  The novel was named Appalachian Book of the Year.  His In 2005 his novel Saints at the River was named Fiction Book of the Year by both the Southern Book Critics Circle and the Southeastern Booksellers Association.  In 2005 he also won an O. Henry award for his story “Speckled Trout.”  His poetry and fiction have appeared in over one hundred journals, magazines, and anthologies.
  • Looking at Jazz, America's Art Form: The Harold Schiffman Music Library, the UNCG Jazz Studies Program, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum sponsored a series of programs based on the documentary film series "Looking at Jazz, America's Art Form." Each program included a screening of a film in the series, as well as a discussion and performance by students and faculty in the Jazz Studies program. All programs were free and open to the public. The series was supported with a grant from the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Video Resources and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • An Afternoon with Paul Laurence Dunbar: Mitch Capel performed as Paul Laurence Dunbar during the opening of our exhibit celebrating Dunbar's legacy. We exhibited Richard Levy's Dunbar Collection in the Hodges Reading Room of the Jackson Library. The event was co-sponsored with the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and was free and open to the public.
  • Exhibit: "Luther Hodges: The International Legacy of a North Carolina Statesman." Hodges Reading Room and Second Floor Lobby, Jackson Library, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Free and open to the public. September 13, 2006—December 1, 2006
  • The Book Lover's Road Show with Jack Walsdorf
  • Annual Meeting Speakers, 1959-: The Friends of the UNCG Libraries has invited prominent speakers to campus since 1959 to address the members and guests at an annual dinner
  • Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group
  • Literary Landmark Award from Friends of Libraries USA
  • Millionth Volume for UNCG: UNCG acquired a first edition of William Blake's Illustrations of the Book of Job as the one-millionth volume for its Library. The book was formally presented to the University as part of the Founder's Day ceremonies on October 1, 2001.
  • Great Books by Great Women: In 1999, Jackson Library initiated a series of programs highlighting the work of great women authors, and produced a list of 50 such works selected by a committee of the Library faculty and staff from nominations submitted from faculty, students, Friends members and the general community.
  • Documentary Film: Beyond the Wall, with discussion following with filmmaker Dr. Gorham Kindem Tuesday, September 27, 2005
  • Reading by Michael Parker, September 21, 2005
  • An Evening with Margaret Maron, Monday, September 19, 2005
  • Poetry reading in honor of Evalyn Pierpoint Gill, March 5, 2005, Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center
  • Reception marking the exhibit, North Carolina Writers: a Photographer's Odyssey featuring the photographs of Jan Hensley, February 10, 2005
  • John May, author of Poe & Fanny, August 25, 2004 (PDF)
  • Burke Davis, member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, March 23, 2004 (PDF)
  • Allen Trelease, author of Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, From Normal School to Metropolitan University, February 9, 2004
  • The Polish Experience During World War II, September 12, 2001
  • Ned Cline, author of Adding Value, the Joseph M. Bryan Story, December 6, 2000