Sat., Jan. 28, 2012 – 12th Night Revel with Billy Collins, 6:30 p.m., Invesco Headquarters, 1555 Peachtree St. N.E., Suite 1800, Atlanta, GA 30309. The annual 12th Night Revel will feature an appearance by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, often called “the most popular poet in America” and well known for his frequent visits on NPR programs. His poetry uses humor to explore difficult themes and make insightful observations into everyday life. Tickets $150 and available online; for information and ticket purchasing, visit http://web.library.emory.edu/twelfth-night/.
Sun., Jan. 29, 2012 – Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: Billy Collins, 4 p.m., Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322. The popular poet and 12th Night special guest gives a free reading (see description above). Although admission is free, tickets are required (limit 2 per person) and available beginning Jan. 4 through the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts box office at 404-727-5050 or http://bit.ly/billycollins-tickets. A limited number of tickets will be available at four local bookstores to be determined; check the library homepage at web.library.emory.edu.
Mon., Jan. 30, 2012 – Creativity Conversation with Billy Collins, Kevin Young and Rosemary Magee,noon, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Cir., Atlanta 30322. Join former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; poet Kevin Young, professor of creative writing and English and MARBL curator; and Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of Emory University, as they discuss the creative process and the influence of experiences and ideas. Books and broadsides will be available for purchase. Conversation will be followed by a brief signing. Free, no ticket required.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2012 – DiSC grand opening with talk by Edward Ayers, 6 p.m., Jones Room and Research Commons, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. The Research Commons will celebrate its grand opening next month with a talk by University of Richmond president Edward L. Ayers, a noted American South historian and digital scholarship pioneer who founded his university’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Ayers’ talk in the Jones Room will be followed by a reception in the Research Commons. Both events are free and open to the public. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed., Feb. 1- Sat., June 30, 2012 – “Past Meets Present: Highlights from the Emory University Archives Collections,” MARBL, Level 10, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322. Featuring books, photographs, documents, and memorabilia, this exhibition highlights the ever-evolving collections in the Emory University Archives and offers a unique perspective on change and continuity in research, administration, teaching, and student life at Emory. Included in the exhibit are Dooley’s suit and shoes; the Collard Leaf, the oldest student publication (1867) in the archives; early Emory library books, Board of Trustees records, photographs of student and Greek life on campus, a D.V.S. Senior Society pipe carved with Dooley’s likeness, and much more. Curated by John Bence, Kate Donovan Jarvis and Kate Stratton. Information: email@example.com.
Wed., Feb. 1- Wed., March 14, 2012 – “With Love,” Concourse Gallery, Level 2, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322. An exhibition that provides a glimpse into the range of ways love is expressed and recorded throughout the collections at Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL). In this selection of letters, telegrams, book inscriptions, poems, and photographs, we see everything from the passionate outpourings of Emory students to the vibrant expression of Alice Notley, the pragmatic perspective of Maud Gonne to the wild sentimentality of W.B Yeats. Curated by Sarah Peterson. Free and open to the public. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 404.727.0136.
Thurs., Feb. 23, 2012 – “Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story,” a film by Jesse Freeman, 4 p.m., Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta 30322. This beautiful film provides a window into the life of distinguished Georgia-born writer Raymond Andrews, whose papers MARBL holds. The film includes interviews with Andrews family members, including Raymond’s brother, artist Benny Andrews. Following the film, which premiered on GPB Television in September 2010, Emory Department of History faculty member Gyan Pandey will offer a commentary based on his own research on the Andrews family and will engage filmmaker Jesse Freeman in a conversation about the legacy of this distinguished Georgia family. Free and open to the public. Information: email@example.com.
Through Fri., March 16, 2012 – “Shadows of the Sun: The Crosbys, The Black Sun Press & The Lost Generation,” curated by Kevin Young. Schatten Gallery, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. An exhibition that shines a light on the press, modernism, and the generation of writers, artists, jazz musicians, and exiles in Paris after the First World War. The Black Sun Press, founded by Caresse and Harry Crosby in Paris in the 1920s, is emblematic of the avant-garde nature and adventurous spirit of the “Lost Generation” during that time. A small, accompanying exhibition called “Postcards from Paris” about expatriate literary and artistic figures, will be co-curated by Young and Amy Hildreth. Free and open to the public. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 404.727.0136.
Thurs., March 22, 2012 – Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series: Linda Gregerson, 6 p.m., Jones Room, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. Gregerson is the author of four poetry collections, including “Magnetic North” (National Book Prize finalist) and “Waterborne” (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner). She has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Modern Poetry Association, and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations, among others. Her poems have appeared in “The Best American Poetry” series, as well as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. Free and open to the public. Information: email@example.com, 404.727.6887, http://bit.ly/emlibslatestnews.
Mon., March 26, 2012-Fri., Nov. 2, 2012 – WRITERS, Schatten Gallery, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. This exhibition will feature photographer Nancy Crampton’s pictures of authors, poets, novelists, journalists and other writers. A small selection of MARBL materials, chosen by guest curators from the Emory community, will complement each photo. The materials will illuminate the connections the writers have with each other and the special collections in MARBL. Curated by Elizabeth Chase and Julie Delliquanti. Free and open to the public. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 404.727.0136.
Wed., March 28, 2012-Fri., Nov. 2, 2012 – “Like a Purple Haze Across the Land: The Art of Benny Andrews,” Corridor Gallery, Level 3, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. An exhibition featuring 20 original drawings, dating from 1959 to 2005, on generous loan from The Andrews Humphrey Family Foundation. Also on view will be some of Andrews’ sketchbooks that are part of the Benny Andrews Collection at MARBL. The extensive collection contains more than 50 boxes of correspondence between Andrews and his family, friends, and colleagues, as well as articles by and about Andrews, exhibition catalogs, and a wealth of ephemera. Curated by Pellom McDaniels. Information: email@example.com, 404.727.0136.
This is a partial list; visit the library’s media coverage page at http://web.library.emory.edu/news-events/media-coverage for a complete list.
Researchers Tap Public Knowledge to Identify Africans’ Origins
Chronicle of Higher Education
Dec. 19, 2011
A small team of researchers at Emory University is taking on the big task of identifying the origins of more than 90,000 Africans forced into slavery, and they're appealing to the masses to help them do it.
Dr. Anderson’s speech for the generations
Nov. 18, 2011
On this Thursday, 50 years ago, local black leaders officially organized the Albany Movement and elected Dr. William Anderson its president. “This was really one of the watershed moments in modern Georgia history. A community came together and leaders within the community came together to fight segregation,” says Randy Gue of Emory University manuscript archives.
Age of Internet heightens role
Oct. 27, 2011
Lisa Macklin, director of the Libraries’ Intellectual Property Rights Office, wrote an opinion piece about the growing importance of university libraries in the digital age.
What is a library’s role in age of iPad, Kindle?
Oct. 27, 2011
Charles Forrest, Lisa Macklin and other Emory Libraries staff sound off about the importance of libraries.
A glimpse inside Briarcliff’s ‘Abandoned Mansion’
Oct. 26, 2011
Haunted? Maybe. Haunting? It is from behind the lens of Brian McGrath Davis, whose photographs of “The Abandoned Mansion” in the ECIT Gallery capture the stark beauty and desolation of the once-grand, now crumbling Candler Mansion. A documentary photographer and PhD candidate in the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Davis’s exhibit is on view through Jan. 6, 2012 on the second floor of the Woodruff Library.
Ga.-born poet gives archive to Emory University
Oct. 23, 2011
Poet D.A. Powell is placing his literary archive at Emory University’s library. The Georgia native has written on subjects ranging from global health issues like AIDS to modern culture. He will give a poetry reading and sign books Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Jones Room at Woodruff Library on the Emory campus.
Oxford’s racial history uncovers slave’s descendants but mysteries remain
Oct. 23, 2011
Whites in the small town of Oxford – the birthplace of Emory University and the spiritual center of the Methodist church – accept this version of Kitty’s story, Auslander said. But African-Americans in town are skeptical. Many feel Kitty was Bishop Andrew’s mistress who had no real choice in accepting her freedom and who had the final indignity of being buried next to Andrew.
EMORY: African-American studies expert Byrd dies
Oct. 21, 2011
Emory University professor and African-American studies expert Rudolph Byrd has died. He was 58. Emory spokesman Ron Sauder says Byrd died Friday from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. (Other stories featured by media including CNN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many others; see our media coverage page link above.)
Emory receives papers from another Georgia writer
Oct. 20, 2011
Georgia-born poet D.A. Powell is placing his papers with Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, officials announced Thursday. Powell has won multiple awards for his work, which references nuanced topics such as religion and AIDS. He is scheduled to give a reading and sign books Wednesday at the Woodruff Library on campus.
Amazing Archives-175 Things You Should Know about Emory
Oct. 18, 2011
Ride the elevator to the 10th floor of Woodruff Library, and you’ll step off into a vast treasure trove of archival riches. MARBL holdings span six centuries, most of the globe, and virtually every academic interest and discipline. Particular strengths, though, lie in African American history and culture, the history of Atlanta and the South, and Irish literature and poetry.
Woodruff Park protest should point to the elite businessman who gave back to community
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Oct. 17, 2011
Robert Winship Woodruff’s name is on our main arts center, all over Emory University (including the main library and the Health Sciences Center) and his money seeded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “A lot of people say they believe that with wealth comes obligation,” said Emory archivist Randy Gue. “Woodruff didn’t just believe it, he acted on it.”
Race-Based Names Dot the Landscape
The New York Times
Oct. 6, 2011
“Like many of these questions, it’s case by case, but I certainly think there are some words that can’t be painted over or blacked out,” said Kevin Young, a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta whose coming book, “The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness,” explores issues of race and language.
Exhibit illuminates artistic freedom in 1920s Paris
Oct. 5, 2011
Now on display at the Woodruff Library’s Schatten Gallery through March 16, the exhibition centered on the Crosbys’ work and life shines a light on modernism and the generation of writers, artists, jazz musicians and exiles in Paris after the World War I.
Best Local Poet
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Sept. 22, 2011
Poet Kevin Young has drawn on musical traditions from blues to jazz to gospel throughout his career, especially in his 2003 National Book Award-finalist poetry collection Jelly Roll: A Blues. In January 2011, the Emory professor published the epic Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels — a personal project 20 years in the making.
“Cut and Paste, Old Style“
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Sept. 13, 2011
Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta got a $170,000 grant, also from Save America’s Treasures, to conserve three dozen scrapbooks that were created by African Americans to commemorate the lives of freed slaves, celebrities, noted writers, and sorority sisters, among others.
Artifacts help “tell the full story” of America
Sept. 11, 2011
Since 1997, Burkett has been a curator of African American Collections at the Manuscript, Archive and Rare Book Library at Emory University. When a famous person wants to leave his or her papers to Emory, Burkett usually has a hand in the negotiation. He was one of the key people who helped convince novelist Alice Walker to sell her papers to Emory. Here, Burkett talks about collecting, responsibility and Dumpster-diving.
Emory adds to African-American sports memorabilia
Aug. 31, 2011
The Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library at Emory University is expanding its collection of African-American sports memorabilia. Included in the growing collection is a promotional flier touting the “Roar of the Crowd with the one and only Joe Louis” and a ticket stub to the Louis-Max Schmeling 1938 title fight.
DBF profile: Calvin Alexander Ramsey
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug. 20, 2011
Author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey likes to forage for his inspiration. His work on the advisory board of special collections for Emory’s Woodruff Library introduced him to the books, letters and recordings that encourage his creative process, which produces plays, musicals and books that tell historically based stories about unsung people and events.
Emory University, others making digital books more accessible
Aug. 25, 2011
Emory University announced Thursday it will make thousands of digitized “orphan works” available to students, faculty and others who are conducting research at the college. Orphan works are out-of-print books that are still subject to copyright but whose copyright holders cannot be identified or located. Other colleges — including Duke, Cornell and Johns Hopkins universities — are participating in this project.
QuickWire: Major Libraries Join Controversial Project to Publish ‘Orphan’ Books Online
Chronicle of Higher Education
Aug. 24, 2011
Several libraries today pledged to follow the University of Michigan’s lead in making available on their campuses digital copies of books whose copyright holders cannot be found to ask for permission. The libraries jumping in today are the University of California Libraries, and libraries at Cornell, Duke, Emory, and the Johns Hopkins Universities.
MARBL names curator of modern political and historical collections
Aug. 24, 2011
Randy Gue, project archivist of the Robert W. Woodruff papers, has been named to two positions in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL): curator of modern political and historical collections and instruction specialist for primary source materials.
“Book on Haitian Earthquake Will Support Ongoing Relief
Rapadoo Observateur Blog/Haiti Live News
Aug. 15, 2011
(Bryan Meltz’s photos on Haitian post-earthquake life)
Raiders of the lost archive
Aug. 13, 2011
As manuscript prices shot up, Britain’s state-funded institutions have often been trumped by private American ones. The University of Texas at Austin, for example, used oil wealth to build its cultural collections, which now include papers from British writers such as Tom Stoppard, Penelope Fitzgerald and Julian Barnes. Coca-Cola endowed Emory University in Atlanta, which bought Salman Rushdie’s archive in 2006.
Saving scrapbooks from the scrapheap
New York Times
Aug. 4, 2011
Save America’s Treasures has given $170,000 to Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta to conserve three dozen scrapbooks made by African-Americans. The tightly packed mementos include military patches as well as pencils for signing girls’ dance cards. When an item has fallen off and ended up shuffled around, members of the Emory staff study the glue stains on the back to see if any empty page in the book carries a matching ghostly outline. “It’s a map of where it went,” said Kim Norman, the library’s scrapbook conservator.
—Maureen McGavin, KeyWords writer/editor
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