Join Special Collections Library staff each Tuesday at 2 P.M. for a tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet in the rotunda on the second floor. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUSSELL FORUM FOR CIVIC LIFE IN GEORGIA presents…
Friday Informal Community Forum
Topic: Who is College for?
Date: October 22, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Russell Library Auditorium, West Entrance, Main Library, UGA campus
Free! Exercise for your Civic Muscle!
Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia (www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg), a civic engagement program of the Russell Library hosts community deliberative forums on a monthly basis to explore challenging public issues in a deliberative, civil way.
About this month’s forum on higher education…
Today there is a growing belief that everyone who wants access to college can have it. College enrollments have continued to grow for over half a century and now most American families dream of a college education for their children. Americans have great regard for colleges and universities, but recently, there is indication that our national commitment to higher education may be fading. As states struggle with budget crises, state support for public colleges is declining and tuition is rising. Some states do not have sufficient capacity to serve the students who want to enroll. More and more students attend college part time, bear a greater share of the cost of education than ever before, and subsequently assume higher levels of debt.
Based upon current census data and enrollment trends, greater than 2.3 million more students will attend college by 2015. Our current system is not prepared to meet the growing demand. As it stands, colleges and universities will be forced to make difficult decisions about who should come to college. When spaces are limited, what are the most equitable ways to admit students?
Opportunity, fairness, and participation in “the American dream” are at the center of this issue. In an era when college is seen as an important path to economic success and civic leadership, yet access to college may be limited, we are forced to ask the question: Who is college for?
A Different Kind of Talk…
In this community forum we will explore this complex issue by working together to understand the issue better. With help from trained neutral moderators we will look at several possible approaches to crafting a 21st century mission for public education and consider both the benefits and consequences of each approach, as well as possible trade-offs. Finally, we will explore possible actions that might make a positive difference in our community. Throughout the forum we may find some areas of agreement among us, just as we will likely clarify areas where our beliefs and perspectives differ greatly. This robust and civil threshing of the tough public issues that we face is the foundation for vibrant and resilient community.
About the issue guide…
This forum will use the deliberative issue guide developed by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. If you are interested in reading more about the issue before the forum, you can download the issue guide in advance for free at http://www.thenationalforum.org/Docs/PDF/who_is_college_for.pdf
How to Find the Russell Library (Parking, Bus access, walking)
Russell Library (www.libs.uga.edu/russell) is located in the University of Georgia Main Library Building just off South Jackson Street in Athens, GA. Parking is available in the North Campus Parking Deck also on South Jackson St. Athens Transit and UGA Bus Service both serve the main library via the bus boarding zone on South Jackson Street.
The Russell Library maintains its own entrance on the West side of the Main Library building. Follow the path/steps down the right side of the main library building (the west facing side) and down the stairs to access our door. If you need handicapped access, please go to the main entrance of the Library and check in at the security desk.
For more information about this forum, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or email@example.com. For more information about Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia, visit www.libs.uga.edu/russell/rfclg
This year, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is proud to co-sponsor a series of programs celebrating the life and legacy of Jeannette Rankin – the first woman elected to Congress. In total, the program series will include six events spread over the month of March in locations across the community and the University of Georgia campus. Join us for the new March Madness!
To find more information about the program series visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/events/rankin/, call (706) 542-5788, or tweet @JR130Committee. Additional information can be found at the Jeannette Rankin Foundation website or Facebook page.
The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin: First Elected U.S. Congresswoman and Georgia’s Adopted Daughter
Lecture & Reception
Where: Community Room, Oconee County Library
When: Sunday, March 7, 2010, 3-5PM
The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin: Championing Election Reform
Panel Discussion & Reception
Where: Auditorium, Athens-Clarke County Library
When: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3-5PM
The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin: Her Passion for Peace,
Lecture and Reception
Where: Community Room, Oconee County Library
When: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 3-5PM
Too Little Too Late: Changes in the Legal Status of Women
UGA Women’s History Month Keynote Address by Dr. Joan Hoff (Montana State University)
Where: University Chapel, University of Georgia
When: Monday, March 22, 2010, 3-5PM
The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin: Defining America’s Role in the World
Community Forum & Reception
Where: Meeting Room, Oconee County Library
When: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 3-5PM
The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin: Workplace Justice Then and Now,
Panel Discussion & Pizza Dinner
Where: Zell B. Miller Learning Center (Room 248), University of Georgia
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 5-6:30PM
This program series is presented by the JR130 committee with generous support and assistance from the following co-sponsors: Jeannette Rankin Foundation, Athens-Clarke County Library, Oconee County Library; and the following University of Georgia Units – Institute for Women’s Studies, Willson Center for Arts and Humanities, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Department of History, and Women’s Studies Student Organization. All programs are free and open to the public.
The Richard B. Russell Library and Partners Present Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Journalist Douglas Blackmon on campus January 28, 2010
The Russell Library and partners are pleased to share two special opportunities to meet and hear acclaimed Atlanta Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Blackmon on Thursday, January 28, 2010.
Blackmon is a passionate advocate for history and research as a tool for social justice. He has also applied the most painstaking and rigorous standards to his research and his quest for sources. To construct a more complex history of forced labor African Americans after the Civil War, Blackmon embarked on an exhaustive search through county records, legal files, oral history, family histories and even historical archeology. In the end his research yielded an unparalleled detailed account of the “tens of thousands of African Americans who were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests. . . [who were] sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries and farm plantations.”
From 2-3 p.m. in the Russell Library Auditorium, Blackmon will discuss his approach to research as a journalist and as scholar working to reconstruct a fragmentary history of forced labor of African Americans in years between the Civil War and World War II for his award-winning book, Slavery by Another Name, The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II. He will also be glad to entertain questions and ideas from those in attendance. This program should be great chance for the campus community to compare notes, share ideas with one of the country’s preeminent journalists and authors. The 2 p.m. program is free and all are welcome, but seating is limited, so please contact me to reserve a space for the program by calling 706-542-5766 or emailing your rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
From 4:30-6:30 in the Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the Miller Learning Center, Blackmon will also present a more formal free lecture entitled, “A Persistent Past: Reckoning With Racial History in the Era of Obama.” The Miller Learning Center is located on the northeast corner of Baxter Street and South Lumpkin Street. Parking is available in the adjacent Tate Center Parking Deck (entrance via South Lumpkin Street). University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke County City Buses stop in front of the Tate Center, which is next to the Miller Center. (No r.s.v.p. for this program is necessary—Just come!)
Both of these programs are presented by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and cosponsored by the following units of the University of Georgia: University of Georgia Libraries, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Civil Rights Digital Library, Department of History, and the Institute for African American Studies. For more information please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or email@example.com
To learn more about Blackmon and his work visit: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com
To learn more about the program or to register, please contact Jill Severn at 706-542-5766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more programs coming up at the Russell Library, visit our blog at: http://www.rbrl.blogspot.com
How does the color of your skin affect your health? What about the size of your wallet, your stress level on the job, or the safety of your neighborhood? Don’t miss the chance to explore these questions and more at the final event in the Russell Library’s 2009 Unnatural Causes Film & Discussion Series this Sunday at the ACC Public Library on Baxter Street.
On May 10th the program will begin with a screening of the documentary’s seventh and final episode, “Not Just a Paycheck.” This thirty minute segment explores the depression, domestic violence, and poor health of residents in a Western Michigan town in the wake of a factory closing. This episode considers the detrimental ripple effect of job loss in this community and at the same time, explores the government policies in other countries which protect and retrain the unemployed.
Following the film, panelists Dr. Katheryn Davis (School of Social Work, UGA), James Shrum (OneAthens Health Team), and Peter Hossler (Department of Geography, UGA) will engage in an open dialogue with the audience. The program will conclude with a light reception of healthy snacks.
Events in this program series are all free and open to the public. For further information or to RSVP for this event, call 706-542-5788 or visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/exhibits/uncauses/index.shtml
The fourth and final program in the 2009 Peabody Awards Collection Black History Month screening series will be presented this Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. In The Return of the King, an episode of the animated series Boondocks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wakes from a 32-year “coma” only to be branded a terrorist sympathizer when he speaks out against the current state of social affairs.
The program is free and open to the public. Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Associate Director in the Institute for African American Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre and Film, will lead a discussion following the program.
“Boondocks: Return of the King”
THE BOONDOCKS is a provocative family-based comedy brimming with social relevance and satire. When Robert “Granddad” Freeman becomes the legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids, he moves the family from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of “The Boondocks” – aka suburban Woodcrest – in hopes that he can ignore the kids altogether and enjoy the fourth quarter of his life in peace. But neither Huey, a ten-year-old leftist revolutionary nor his eight-year-old misfit brother, Riley are thrilled about the new environment. Although the boys torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are still no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by “crazy-ass-old-black-man” standards.
In the episode “The return of the King,” When Martin Luther King comes out of a coma after 32 years and finds himself thrust into the 21st century and life in the post-September 11 era, his “turn the other cheek” philosophy quickly takes him from beloved national hero to despised terrorist sympathizer.
The 2009 Peabody Awards Collection Black History Month screening series continues this Tuesday, February 17, with “Out of Control: AIDS in Black America,”a shocking ABC News report that explores the conditions which have led to the devastating effects of AIDS in African-American communities and lays responsibility for stopping the epidemic squarely at the feet of individuals and institutions alike.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. Free and open to the public. Discussion to follow.
“Out of Control: AIDS in Black America”
Out of Control: AIDS In Black America was the first national network television documentary to examine how and why AIDS has become overwhelmingly a Black epidemic–not in Africa or the Third World, but right here in the United States.
Blacks make up 13% of the total US population, but over 50% of all new cases of HIV infection. That infection rate is eight times the rate of whites. Among women, the statistics are even more shocking: 70% of all new HIV infections are Black women, and a black woman is 23 times more likely than her white counterpart to be diagnosed with AIDS. AIDS is the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25-49, and has been for the last 11 years.
In interviews with AIDS activists, doctors, public health officials, and Black leaders, Out of Control revealed, for the first time, the political and social reasons AIDS spiraled into a crisis in Black communities across the country. Among these [was] a lack of any consistent or ongoing effort to specifically address the Black epidemic by the Reagan, Clinton, and Bush administrations. And perhaps most importantly, the documentary examined a failure of mobilization and leadership in the Black community itself.
In examining these controversial and difficult topics, Out of Control included the last original reporting by Peter Jennings, just before his cancer diagnosis. Jennings, who played an important role in conceptualizing the program, interviewed a group of African American HIV-positive men in Atlanta who spoke with remarkable candor about the harsh realities of dealing with AIDS in Black America. The impact of Out of Control expanded beyond its original broadcast when Oprah Winfrey excerpted Jennings’ interviews on a program she devoted to AIDS in Black America few weeks later.
Until this broadcast, no major African-American leader or organization had taken on AIDS in Black America as a fighting cause. While many American Black leaders and celebrities had very visibly embraced the cause of AIDS in Africa, few devoted similar energy to the epidemic here at home. Interviews with Jesse Jackson and other Black leaders, especially in the Black Church, revealed the extent to which the AIDS crisis had been ignored.
In one notable instance, Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of America’s most prominent African-American pastors, was interviewed about his own lack of leadership in the epidemic. After the broadcast, Jakes announced a new comprehensive national HIV/AIDS awareness program called ‘It’s Time to Step Up,’ directed at faith communities, minorities, and women. He was also publicly tested for HIV on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006, to encourage more Black Americans to be tested.
Out of Control: AIDS in Black America brought to national attention not only the shocking disparities in the epidemic in the US, but also confronted how we as a nation approach a major public health crisis that is centered primarily in a minority community. A preventable, treatable disease is killing thousands of Black Americans each year. But until this program, no one was paying attention.
The 2009 Peabody Awards Collection Black History Month screening series continues this Tuesday, February 10 with “The Education of Ms. Groves,” a Peabody-Award winning Dateline NBC report that chronicles the adventures of Teach for America volunteer Monica Groves in an Atlanta middle school.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. Free and open to the public. Monica Groves, the teacher profiled in the documentary, will be joining us for the screening and will lead a discussion and answer questions.
“Dateline NBC: The Education of Ms. Groves”
The Education of Ms. Groves’ is a vivid chronicle of one teacher’s struggle to change the lives of her students over the course of one year. It’s an emotional story of self-discovery, perseverance and courage.
Monica Groves is a first-year teacher at a tough urban middle school in Atlanta. Just 21-years old at the beginning of the semester, she is bright-eyed and full of optimism. ‘I haven’t met my students,’ she says, ‘but I already love them.’ Within weeks her optimism clashes with reality. Her students come from mostly low-income families, some are raised only by a single mom or grandparent, others are homeless or live in violence-ridden neighborhoods; these are children who lack even the most basic support systems. Predictably, Monica struggles to maintain control over her classroom. Her initial idealism gives way to a harsh realization that her inexperience is leading her students to a failure she never anticipated. Her frustration with her students’ lack of progress soon turns into outright anger, and her optimism into a severe crisis of self-confidence. Monica is slowly learning that in order to find her voice as a teacher, she must change as a person.
Monica’s struggle is echoed in the life of her students, and Dateline intimately profiles three of them in this hour. We follow Drew, one of Monica’s smartest students, in his attempt to make it into the school’s prestigious Gifted Program. One of the main reasons behind his eventual success: the forceful 83-year old grandmother who is raising him and his siblings. Another student, Stephen, is homeless, and we track him through his life with his family in a meager hotel room, the promise of a home that turns out to be uninhabitable, and finally the return to a house and room of his own. That Stephen manages to make the honor roll at the end of the year is an inspiration, and as we find out, it is largely due to the quiet influence of his teacher Ms. Groves. And we meet Mayah, a former honor student, who is failing Monica’s class. In scene after scene we unravel the reason behind Mayah’s failure: a father behind bars, a daughter without her best friend and role model.
In more than 90 days of shooting throughout the school year (and 200 hours of footage), producer/director Izhar Harpaz, correspondent Hoda Kotb and their team explore and expose the realities of life in a troubled American classroom. Granted extremely rare access by the school and Monica herself, and increasingly becoming invisible to the subjects they follow, their cameras capture classroom scenes we’ve all heard about but seldom seen: a teacher’s struggle to be respected, a class’ intransigence and lack of motivation, an all-out classroom fight. But we also witness scenes of hope, of individual success and perseverance, and scenes of a teacher’s undying passion, a teacher who ultimately manages to reach and inspire many of her students.
To encapsulate a turbulent school year into 38 minutes is impossible. But by simply telling the story, ‘The Education of Ms. Groves’ touches upon many of the problems at the forefront of American education today, in particular the education in low-income communities across the country. It is news magazine journalism at its best.
The 2009 Peabody Awards Collection Black History Month screening series begins Tuesday, February 3 with “Sisters-in-Law.” This festival favorite from Vixen Films has won over 20 awards, including a 2007 Peabody Award.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. Free and open to the public. Discussion to follow.
“Independent Lens: Sisters in Law”
Sisters-in-Law, from internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian style; The day I will never forget) and co-director Florence Ayisi, is a fascinating, moving and often hilarious look at the work of one small courthouse in Cameroon where two women determined to change a village are making progress that could change the world.
There have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years in the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, but the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba are working to help women in their Muslim village find the courage to fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from their family and their community to remain silent. We meet six-year-old Manka, who is covered in scars and has run away from an abusive aunt; Amina, who is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband; and the pre-teen Sonita, who has daringly accused her neighbor of rape.
With fierce compassion, Ngassa and Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. Described as a cross between Judge Judy and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Sisters-in-Law has had festival audiences cheering when justice is served. Inspiring and uplifting, Sisters-in-Law presents a strong and positive view of African women and captures the emerging spirit of courage, and the very real possibility of change.
Winner of more than twenty awards, Sisters-in-Law was broadcast on the Emmy Award-Winning PBS Series Independent Lens, and screened to acclaim at more than 150 film festivals around the world. Some of its many awards include both the Prix Art et Essai and the Special Mention Europa Cinemas from the Cannes Film Festival, the Audience Award from the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA), and the Adrienne Shelly Award from the Women’s Film Critics Circle.
In observance of Black History Month, the Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries will screen recent Peabody recipients on Tuesday nights throughout February 2009.
Each of the programs will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. The free screenings are open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Each program will be followed by a guest speaker and/or audience-participation discussion.
“Independent Lens: Sisters in Law” (February 3) is a hilarious and moving documentary that takes us behind the scenes of a small-town courthouse in Cameroon where two dynamic, wisecracking, larger-than-life sisters – one the court’s president, the other its state prosecutor – are helping women stand up to abuse. This festival favorite from Vixen Films has won over 20 awards, including a 2007 Peabody Award.
“Dateline NBC: The Education of Ms. Groves” (February 10) chronicles the experience of Monica Groves, an idealistic Teach for America volunteer from an upper middle-class background who was assigned to a tough middle school in Atlanta. Disturbing family situations and the hardships of poverty bring problems to her classroom that she never experienced or imagined. Though it ends on a triumphant note, the extended “Dateline NBC” report also serves as a sobering reminder of work yet to be completed. This program won a 2006 Peabody Award.
“Out of Control: AIDS in Black America” (February 17) illuminates a stunning statistic: African-Americans, who make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for 50 percent of all new cases of HIV infection. ABC News’ powerful report explores the underlying causes, including traditional conservatism within black communities regarding sexual practices, the ignorance of government officials, and policies that overlook major contributing factors. “Out of Control” makes it clear that every community shares responsibility for stopping this epidemic. ABC won a 2006 Peabody Award for this hard-hitting and candid report.
“The Boondocks” (February 24), like the Aaron McGruder comic strip on which it’s based, throws edgy, irreverent comment at some of the thorniest issues of our time. In “Return of the King,” an especially bold and imaginative episode, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wakes from a 32-year “coma” only to be branded a terrorist sympathizer when he speaks out against the current state of social affairs. Winner of a 2006 Peabody Award.