Celebrating Black History Month!

Benjamin Clanton and Meghan Campbell, Government Publications

There is no doubting that African Americans have played an integral role in the armed forces of the United States, from our nation’s inception up to the present day. They have served this country and put themselves in harm’s way to help preserve the ideals of freedom and liberty that have often been denied to them over the past two and a half centuries. Whether it be during the Revolutionary War to found the nation, the American Civil War to save the Union and end slavery, World War II to defeat fascism, or in the modern struggles to find equality and recognition for their contributions, African Americans have given everything possible, including the highest sacrifice, in the American armed forces. For example, recent decades have seen the rise of Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, to the greatest heights of the United States military, which propelled him to becoming Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration. We here in Government Publications would like to use this opportunity during Black History Month to highlight some of the resources in our collection that honor and examine the sterling history of African American military service.

Bonus link!

Frederick Douglass is truly one of the great historical figures of the United States. After escaping slavery, Douglass became one of the greatest champions of abolition and social justice in 19th century America. His autobiography is still considered one of the greatest works of American literature ever produced, invaluable in its condemnation of slavery as an institution. Here is a link exploring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., preserved by the National Park Service. Please enjoy!

 

 

Dissertation Writers Retreat

Are you a late-stage dissertation writer? Attend this free, week-long retreat focusing on both strategies for completing and how to plan for life after the dissertation.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will include workshops and presentations; free lunch and childcare will be provided. CWC consultants will be available to assist with any writing questions, and librarians will be available for research assistance. Register at bit.ly/dwr2020 by December 14 to reserve free childcare provided by the Lipman Early Learning and Research Center, catered lunch, coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks, and study room. Monday and Friday, enjoy quiet space devoted to writing.

Questions? Contact Michael Harris at mwhrris2@memphis.edu.

Below is a tentative retreat schedule:

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Lambuth Library News: November 2019

Written by Lisa Reilly, Lambuth Campus Librarian: 

What’s New 

Just in time for the upcoming holiday breaks, we have introduced a new Leisure Reading collection to the Lambuth Library. The collection includes best-selling, hot-off-the-presses fiction and non-fiction hardcover books ready for you to check-out!

Some popular titles include: 

All these and more can be checked out at the Lambuth Library or through Interlibrary Loan! 

Upcoming Lambuth Library Events: 

December 2-4 Come and Go During Library Hours: Maker Monthly Borrowed Bows – Take a few minutes to refresh between study sessions by making a holiday bow out of a colorful recycled magazine page. Materials will be available for you to use anytime during library hours! 

December 9 from 10:30AM-12:30PM: Therapy Dogs Visit – Exams got you down? Several therapy dogs will be available at the Lambuth Library ready to offer you comfort, relieve your stress, and bring you joy! 

Resource Highlight of the Month 

The Lambuth Library Study Rooms have been popular this semester. There are four study rooms to accommodate groups of 2-6 students. However, larger groups may request the rooms by contacting the campus librarian. Students, reserve a study room by visiting the Lambuth Library website and selecting the “Study Rooms” link!  

Digital Exhibit: Enslaved People in the Southeast

Read the news announcement, and visit the digital exhibit.

From the digital exhibit’s website:

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) announces a new digital exhibit created and curated by the ASERL Special Collections Interest Group. This collaborative online exhibit recognizes the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans sold into bondage in the English Colonies. This date, in 1619, is regarded as the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in North America.

The exhibit documents the history of the enslaved in the Southeast and includes material related to the many varied aspects of enslavement, including paper documents and records as well as images. These provide valuable information about the entire infrastructure and system of enslavement as well as the individual and group experiences of enslaved people. Items submitted include photos, letters, bills of sale, emancipation documents, insurance and taxation documents, and maps indicating segregation zones. The exhibit will also explore the legacies of slavery by including documents and images related to convict lease labor and Jim Crow in the 20th century.

Designed to illustrate the social complexity as well as the economic and human impact of the American ‘peculiar institution,’ in all its ugliness, these materials can guide the researchers in accurately depicting the institution of slavery in the Southeastern United States. The goal is to learn from our past and make our resources available to students, researchers, other institutions, and the public.”

The University of Memphis’ University Libraries Special Collections selected and provided materials contributing to this digital exhibit.

 

NEDtalks 11/13 & 11/14

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NEDtalks is a bi-annual research forum hosted by the Ned McWherter Library where UofM professors and students share recent research in engaging & entertaining 15-minute presentations in the TEDtalks style. One event of the year is dedicated to UofM professors. The second event, NEDxStudents, is dedicated to UofM students. The Libraries partners with Helen Hardin Honors College for NEDxStudents, and a panel of judges awards the best student presentation of each day a monetary prize.

This year’s faculty NEDtalks will take place Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 3:30 to 5 p.m., & Thursday, November 14, 2019, 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Common Area in McWherter Library. This is a public event; all are welcome!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

3:30 – Refreshments & Introduction

3:45 – Dr. Cassandra Nuñez, Department of Biological Sciences, Management-induced social and physiological changes may interact to shape the gut microbiome in feral horses (Equus caballus)

4:00 – Joel Roberts, University Libraries, The Irving Berlin of Memphis: The Early Years of Bob Miller

4:15 – Dr. Cody T. Havard, Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, Sports Rivalry Man: Superheroes and Comics to Teach Group Behavior

4:30 – Dr. Deranda Lester, Department of Psychology, Oxytocin – More than a Love Hormone

4:45 – Dr. Jeremy Orosz, School of Music, Stylistic and Linguistic Borrowings Between Hip Hop and Country Music

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2:45 – Refreshments & Introduction

3:00 – Dr. William Dean Clement, Department of English, Drawing Out Leviathan: Biblical Monsters in English Poetry

3:15 – Dr. Brad Dixon, Department of History, “made Horse [of us] to carrie”: Native American Porters in the Early South

3:30 – Dr. Ruoxu Wang, Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, User experience (UX) matters: What are the most desired skills in the UX designer and UX researcher job ads?

3:45 – Dr. Donal Harris, Department of English, Seeing and Reading Civil Rights: Literatures of the Freedom Struggle

Visit our website for more information and for past NEDtalks events.

Lambuth Library News: October 2019

Written by Lisa Reilly, Lambuth Campus Librarian: 

What’s New 

shelves with yearbooks and coffee house papersThe Lambuth Campus has a rich history. Alumni of Lambuth College/University and their family members often stop by the library to reminisce over Lambuth historical items. If you visit the library today, you will find comfortable seating in a new designated “Lambuth History” area where you may browse the Lantern annuals dating back to 1927, the Lambuth College/University Bulletin catalogs dating back to 1924, and other historical items. 

Upcoming Lambuth Library Events: 

October 29 from 6:00-9:00: Horror Night Double Feature –
We’ll be popping popcorn and screening two classic “horror” movies- The Little Shop of Horrors and Nosferatu. If you aren’t into horror- no worries! The Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy about a giant Venus fly trap! 

October 30 from 3:30-4:30:  Untangle Your Day Workshop –
Don’t let your daily tasks get the best of you. See some tech tools demonstrated that can help you manage your time and reduce stress. 

November 4 – November 8 (anytime during library hours): Maker Monthly Color Me Calm – Colored pencils and ready-to-design bookmarks will be set out. Stop by, relax, and get creative! 

Resource Highlight of the Month 

Interested in finding more horror movies to view? The UofM University Libraries offers the film streaming service, Kanopy, for free to University of Memphis faculty, staff, and students. Currently there are 363 movies available for viewing in its Horror & Thriller category. Simply visit memphis.kanopy.com and log in with your UofM email and password. Learn more about this awesome resource by reading this blog post. 

October Events @ McWherter Library

National Voter Registration Day at The Ned!

One of the greatest but most underutilized privilege we have as Americans is our right to vote. The ability to go to a local polling station and place a vote for a candidate you believe in is infinitely important. Voting is something you can do to contribute to your community, city, and country. Having your own say in who you want to represent you is invaluable, and you should take advantage of it! If you want to be registered to vote but are unsure of where to start, don’t worry.

The Ned has you covered.

If you’re on campus on September 24th, come on over to the McWherter Library. From 9am until 6pm there will be a registration table with prizes, library staff volunteers, and representatives from the Shelby County Election Commission available to answer all your questions. Unable to wander over to the library? No worries! From 1pm until 3pm we will also have a table in the University Center ready to help you register too. To make it even easier for you to become a registered voter, we will have iPads and laptops fired up and available to help you! It’s as easy as that.

If all of this sounds wonderful to you, we’re ready for and look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Have questions? Here are some voting related resources for you:

Constitution Day: September 17th

Written by Benjamin Clanton and Meghan Campbell, Government Publications:

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the aptly named Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution, setting in place the structure of our nation’s government that is still followed today. We here in Government Publications regularly handle documents that relate to what was adopted on that day over two hundred years ago. One of the wonderful things about the Constitution is that avenues were put in place to make additions and changes to its original form. With that in mind, we have written about a couple of Constitutional Amendments that both intrigue us and have personal meaning to us as individuals. Enjoy and have a wonderful Constitution Day!

Join us on the 2nd Floor Commons Area in McWherter Library today from 12 – 3 pm, where you can pick up a U.S. Constitution and snacks, and watch a documentary titled The Words that Built America. Continue reading