UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for January 2010

Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held Feb. 2, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Alexander Room, EUC. [Read more…]

Consumer Health Information Online

Ever needed to see an image of an episiotomy? Wanted reliable information about lower back pain? Check out the wealth of information available at Consumer Health Information Online. [Read more…]

Civil Rights Greensboro

012710Feature2_CivilRightsUNCG, in conjunction with the 50-year anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-ins, has launched Civil Rights Greensboro, an online portal to information about people and events that have helped define Greensboro’s history.

The site represents a combined effort between UNCG, Guilford College, Greensboro College and Duke University. It is hosted and maintained by the UNCG University Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technology department.

Civil Rights Greensboro, a searchable digital archive, covers such subjects as desegregation of local schools, the February 1960 sit-ins at Woolworth’s, race relations at UNCG and Guilford College, the Black Power movement in Greensboro and the Klan-Nazi shootings at Morningside Homes in 1979. Audio clips of first-person accounts, transcribed oral histories and archival photos and clippings are available on the site.

Digitized resources came from the following collections:

• University Archives and Manuscripts, UNCG

• Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College

• Brock Historical Museum, Greensboro College

• Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Duke University

• Greensboro Historical Museum

A $74,616 NC ECHO Digitization Grant from the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, funded the project.

Visual: In April 1969, student supporters of striking food service workers listened as Henry Frye, attorney and state legislator, spoke. Photo is from The Carolinian and is part of Civil Rights Greensboro.

Restructuring

012710Feature3_MossmanA steering committee has been named to develop recommendations on how to implement the administrative restructuring that places the Division of Student Affairs within the Division of Academic Affairs.

Provost David Perrin announced the Student Affairs/Academic Affairs Restructuring Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by Dr. Cherry Callahan and Dr. Steve Roberson. A trio of subcommittees will focus on the areas of retention/persistence, living-learning, and leadership and service learning. The UNC Board of Governors approved the restructuring on Friday, Jan. 8.

Those appointed are:

  • Student Affairs/Academic Affairs Restructuring Committee: Roberson and Callahan, co-chairs, Dr. Jen Day Shaw, Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Dr. Alan Boyette and Dr. Tim Johnston
  • Living-Learning Subcommittee: Dr. Mary Hummel and Chalhoub-Deville, co-chairs, Dr. Brett Carter, Kathy Crowe, Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Dr. John Sopper, Dr. Jim Weeks and Dr. Erin Bentrim-Tapio
  • Retention/Persistence Subcommittee: Boyette, chair, Shaw, co-chair, Kristen Christman, Dr. John Rife, Johnston, Lise Keller, Dr. Kim Sousa Peoples and Dr. Audrey Lucas
  • Leadership and Service Learning Subcommittee: Dr. Celia Hooper and Dr. Checka Leinwall, co-chairs, Dr. Laurie Sims, Dr. Rebecca Adams, Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Dr. Mary Crowe and Dr. Ruth DeHoog.

Perrin said the restructuring will provide a creative environment leading to the development of common goals and new approaches to enhancing student success. The committee is charged with:

  • Reviewing the range of activities, responsibilities and resources for each of the 12 Student Affairs departments and the relevant components of Academic Affairs, to discover opportunities for enhanced cooperation among the two divisions.
  • Recommending how Student Affairs resources will complement the work of Academic Affairs with initial emphasis on retention and persistence, living-learning communities, and leadership and service learning.
  • Proposing organizational restructuring that coordinates activities directly related to student success (e.g., retention, persistence and graduation) under the supervision of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Examining and proposing additional opportunities for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs collaboration and restructuring to better coordinate activities in support of UNCG’s living-learning communities, and leadership and service learning programs.

Responsibility for UNCG’s academic programs, research activities, and student affairs have been consolidated under Perrin, who has the title Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The position’s direct reports will include the Vice Provost, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, the Deans Council, director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, director of the Lloyd International Honors College, and director of SERVE. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development will remain members of the Chancellor’s Executive Staff.

‘Would MLK Come to MLK Day?’

That is the question posed at today’s (Jan. 27) Food for Thought offering at the Faculty Center. These sessions are open to anyone on campus each Wednesday at noon. [Read more…]

“Existed: Leonardo Drew” Opens with Talk, Dance Feb. 5

012710EyeOnArts_DrewThe Weatherspoon will be the sole museum to present “Existed: Leonardo Drew” in the Southeast. The major mid-career survey exhibition includes fourteen large-scale works, including one specially adapted by the artist for the Weatherspoon’s atrium, along with eight works on paper. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: Jan. 27 – Feb. 3, 2010

Film, “Hungry for Green,” by Matt Barr, with discussion by George McGovern
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Forum on UNCG’s involvement in Woolworth’s sit-in in 1960
MRC, EUC, Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Elon
Greensboro Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.

Haiti relief fundraiser, by Zanmi-UNCG
Sullivan Science Building, Mead Auditorium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Symposium/exhibition, “A Legacy of Building Peace,” on King, Gandhi and Ikeda
EUC Auditorium, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m.

Commemorative march to Woolworth’s
Meet at Guilford Residence Hall at 11:30 a.m. for noon departure, Monday, Feb. 1.

Blood drive
Alexander Room, EUC, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People – January 27, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Brett Carter – Katie Sales – Patricia Taylor – Venus Pinnix – Carole Lindsey-Potter [Read more…]

Latin Jazz

The Latin jazz sextet, Conjunto, led by student Antonio Truyols, will perform Wednesday, Feb. 3.  The concert will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Music Building, Collins Lecture Hall.  It will be free of charge. [Read more…]

Helping Haiti

012710Headline_HaitiThursday, Jan. 28, is the big night of music, silent auctions and raffles in Sullivan Science Building to raise funds for Haitians in need. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking will be free in McIver St. Parking Deck.

The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti left at least 150,000 dead – the number is not yet known. Many have been left with limited access to food, water and shelter. UNCG is helping those who survived, in an effort coordinated with the Office of Leadership and Service Learning and the Office of Campus Activities and Programs. Lots of individuals and organizations are coordinating efforts. And one big event is Thursday’s fundraiser, which is sponsored by a campus alliance called Zamni – UNCG. Tickets continue to be offered mid-day in the EUC foyer. They will also be available at the door.

All proceeds will go to Partners In Health and their work in Haiti.

Partners In Health has been working in Haiti for more than 25 years and, with their Haitian community partners, operate a hospital complex and several satellite clinics and hospitals on the Central Plateau and have opened and run field hospitals and operating rooms all over the Port a Prince area.

They are consistently rated at the top of non-profits in terms of their effectiveness and the high ratio of their funding that goes directly to their programs (rather than administrative or other costs). Charity Navigator has awarded them its highest ranking and a recent article in The New York Times listed them as one of the most effective organizations currently dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

This particular event had its origins when two anthropology faculty members saw a need. Very soon, a bunch of students in Anthropology joined in. “This quickly became a student-driven initiative,” says Dr. Jo Paluzzi. “And I have never seen anything like it. We have over 100 students from across the campus and across disciplinary and school boundaries with more contacting us every day to simply say, ‘Tell me what I can do to help.’”

Their regular Jan. 20 Anthropology Club meeting turned into a different kind of meeting – with students from other organizations joining them to offer ideas, said Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning. Graham 421 was filled. The result: Zamni – UNCG. “Zamni” is the Creole word for “partner.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady announced a coordination meeting, so all interested individuals and groups campus-wide could hear from each other and join forces, in many cases. The EUC Auditorium the following day had about 150 people – about 20 percent who attended were faculty and staff, 80 percent were students. A lot of ideas and practical advice was offered. Announcements were made. Sign-up sheets passed around. And everyone left knowing about key contacts and key events – such as an educational event on Haiti offered Jan. 21 by Greek organizations and Jan. 28’s big fundraiser.

Hamilton stressed at that meeting that there was no good way to get canned goods or clothing to the people of Haiti in need. But those assembled seem to reach consensus on two ways to help:

A blog about the campus’ Haiti relief efforts has been created: http://uncghaiti.wordpress.com

Thursday, Jan. 28, fundraiser event

The music Thursday night will be “an eclectic mix,” Paluzzi says, “a rock-Brazilian-mellow-bluegrass-Latin-musical-jazz-fusion. The performers are all volunteering their time: After Thought, Dream Killer, Kristen Leigh, Do Right, Latin Rio Trio and an ensemble from Dreams of a King.

“It promises to be fun and – with the number of raffle and auction prizes we have – a lot of people will walk away with some very lovely stuff,” Paluzzi says.

Some examples:

SOUTH AFRICAN ZULU CERAMIC POTS – ONE HOUR OF FLIGHT TIME OVER GREENSBORO – PERUVIAN FOLK ART – FIRST NATION BASKET- SPA GIFT CERTIFICATES – COOKIES OF THE MONTH’ FOR A YEAR – FOOD GIFT BASKETS – HAIR SALON STYLING – HAND-PRINTED CHILDREN’S SHIRTS – USE OF A PICK-UP TRUCK FOR AN AFTERNOON – JEWELRY – HAND-KNIT SCARVES – PET BOUTIQUE BASKET – RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATES (INCLUDING A CONFIRMED RESERVATION FOR FOUR AND A GIFT CERTIFICATE TOWARDS THE MEAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY) – CLOTHING – HAITIAN STEEL DRUM ART – HOME FURNISHING GIFT CERTIFICATE

Those with questions may contact Dr. Sarah Wagner or Dr. Jo Paluzzi.

Art in the MRC

012710EyeOnArts_ExhibitAttend an art reception featuring the work of Jonathan Cobbs, Maurice Moore and Christian Ryan. The reception, where the students be talking about their work, will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

[Read more…]

Newsmakers

Dr. Channelle James, Dr. Jerry Pubantz and Dr. Jimmy Efird were among the individuals recently featured in the news. See details.

Makeshift Shelter and Found Objects

Dr. Susanne Cabrera’s students in Interior Architecture are getting a little better understanding of the challenges of creating shelters from less-than-ideal materials.

Their blog posting says, in part: “In the wake of the devastating earthquake that recently hit Haiti, we cannot help but think how fortunate we are to have shelter that offers protection from outside elements and, equally important, affords us with a sense of security.

In an effort to bring more awareness to the responsibility that designers have in providing shelter to all, the first project undertaken in the second year afternoon studio has challenged teams of students to design a “Makeshift Shelter” constructed using only found objects.”

Visit the lobby of Gatewood Studio Arts Building Friday Jan. 29, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. to see the results. Or come earlier – the installation begins at 9 a.m.

“We invite you to not only interact with the final creations but encourage you to observe the installation process that will begin at 9 a.m.,” the post continues.

“In order to help with the relief effort for Haiti, we will be working with IIDA to collect donations for the American Red Cross during both the installation and presentation event.”

Announcements – January 27, 2010

The Student Employment Office (SEO) is accepting nominations for the 2010 “Student Employee of the Year” award. Faculty and Staff are invited to nominate a student employee who has exhibited exemplary service. One undergraduate and one graduate student nomination may be submitted by each supervising faculty or staff member.

One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected based on the following criteria: reliability, quality of work, attitude, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.

Eligible students must have been employed for a minimum of 6 months part-time between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, (anticipated) – or worked the equivalent of 240 hours during this timeframe.

All nominees will be honored on April 15 as part of National Student Employment Appreciation Week. The ceremony will take place in Cone Ballroom in the EUC.

One nominee will have the chance to win a $1,000 money order and plaque in the regional competition and a $1,000 cash award in the national competition.

To download a form or to learn more, visit www.uncg.edu/csc/seo/oncampusemployers/supervisorforms

All nominations must be submitted electronically by Friday, Feb. 12, to Dione Brigola.

Addressing Educational Barriers for the Disabled

UNCG offers its third annual Access and Equity Conference Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

Spare Change for Haiti

Departments in the HHP Building have been raising money for Haiti. Operation ‘Spare Change’ is a voluntary donation initiative where faculty take containers/envelopes to their classes and ask if students have any loose change in their pockets, purses or backpacks and would they like to donate it to send to the American Red Cross for the Haiti Relief Fund. [Read more…]

ITS Newsletter

Information Technology Services offers lots of support services. See the full article on what ITS offers – as well as updates on Windows 7 training, voice mail tips, iSpartan migration and more in this month’s “Technology @ UNCG” newsletter.

Asian Film Screening

The Asian Film Festival continues Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in Sullivan Science Building, Room 101. The film “The World (Shijie)” will be screened. [Read more…]

Announcements – January 20, 2010

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites nominations for the Research Excellence Awards for 2009-2010. There are two awards, one for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and the other for a scholar at the rank of professor. A nomination form and the award guidelines can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/researchexcellence.html. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Economic Development at 256-0426 or email freundd@uncg.edu. Nominations should be sent to the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Terri Shelton, no later than Monday, March 16.

Notes

NotesIconJanuary’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on “Multi-Vitamins: How Much is Enough?” and “Top Ten Financial Resolutions.” Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Workplace Goals for the New Year,” “Goal Setting for Success” and “Making an EAP Referral to Your Employees.”

Listen to men’s basketball A station with a very powerful signal has joined the Spartan Sports Radio Network for seven men’s games during the remainder of the season. WZTK-FM (101.1 FM) joins WPET-AM 950. WUAG-103.1 FM also carries some games, which are also streamed through UNCGSpartans.com for free, as well as through Yahoo! Sports.

Cold weather exhibitions Inspired by the unseasonably cold temperatures outside, Special Collections at Jackson Library is exhibiting artists’ books relating to winter. Read more.

Protecting historical collections When disaster strikes, rare books, precious textiles and historic documents are sometimes casualties. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will hold a meeting Monday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m., at the Greensboro Public Library to help employees of cultural organizations prepare. Even concerns like mold or humidity will be addressed. Registration is $10. Visit www.ncecho.org to register.

Free access to Triad Business Journal The University Libraries has secured a subscription to the American City Business Journals, including the Triad Business Journal. Anyone on campus – and any current student, staff or faculty member from off-campus – can access the Triad Business Journal for free. Visit https://library.uncg.edu/dbs/auth/go.asp?vdbID=715, or look up the “Business Journal” in Journal Finder at http://journalfinder.wtcox.com/uncg/. Questions? Email smcramer@uncg.edu.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information web page has an update: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/UNCG%20Bain%20report%2012-21-09.pdf

Practice Interview Days Feb. 2-4 Representatives from many companies will meet with students to practice their interviewing skills Feb. 2-4 in the Career Services Center, EUC. Employers will focus on standard interviewing questions and what it takes to ace an interview. Students who want to sharpen their skills can sign up at http://www.uncg.edu/csc. For details, e-mail lctandan@uncg.edu.

Water Main Facilities Operations had to shut off the water to Jackson Library late in the day Friday, Jan. 15,  due to a water main break involving a 6-inch water line that feeds the library. Work went late into the evening Friday and continued Saturday morning, said Steven Siler, Facilities Operations.

Archaeology Lectures

Archeology faculty research tea talks will be sponsored by the Archaeology Club and the Archaeology program. They take place in the Archaeology Lab, 52 McIver Building, at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. [Read more…]

Nominations for Student Excellence Award

The Lloyd International Honors College is accepting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. [Read more…]

Istarú Reads Poetry, Performs

012010EyeOnArts_IstaruUNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host two events featuring internationally acclaimed Costa Rican playwright, poet and actress Ana Istarú. [Read more…]

A Legacy of Building Peace: King, Gandhi and Ikeda

Our campus spotlights three icons of peace building – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda – on Sunday, Jan. 31. “A Legacy of Building Peace,” free of charge, runs from 2-8 p.m. in EUC Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Dr. Lawrence Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and professor of religion at Morehouse College in Atlanta. [Read more…]

Woolworth’s Sit-in Commemorations

012010Feature3_WC3CivilRightsUntil 1960, African Americans could spend money in any part of Greensboro’s department stores such as Woolworth’s, but they could not sit and eat at the lunch counter. Under the segregationist customs of the time, the lunch counter was reserved for whites only. On Feb. 1, 1960, four NC A&T students started a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter that sparked similar sit-ins throughout the South.

Last week, one of the four Woolworth Sit-in leaders of 50 years ago, Franklin McCain, recounted those days before and during the sit-ins. He noted that three students from Woman’s College [UNCG], whom he called “some brave souls,” joined in the protest after a few days. They have been called the WC Three. He described their participation as “heartwarming,” explaining that “they knew what we were doing.” He also noted that WC’s then-chancellor threatened these WC women with suspension if they continued.

McCain, who is a UNC Board of Governors trustee, was the featured speaker at UNCG’s MLK Celebration in 2004.

Two events on our campus will mark the 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, which is Feb. 1.

– The discussion “WC at the Lunch Counter: UNCG’s Involvement in the Sit-In Demonstration of 1960” will be Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-5:30 in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center. It will look at the participation of the WC Three and also Claudette Burroughs-White in the sit-ins. The discussion will include Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History), Betty Carter (University Archives), Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies Program) and Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly (English). The discussion will focus on the women, the climate for women in the 1960s and the response of the college to their participation in the sit-ins.

– A commemorative walk from Guilford Residence Hall to the Governmental Plaza downtown will take place Monday, Feb. 1, the day the new International Civil Rights Museum will open. The museum is located in the former Woolworth’s Building. The historic lunch counter is a prominent part of the museum’s features. The walk from UNCG will replicate the one at least two of the WC Three took to go downtown and participate in the sit-ins. People will begin to gather in front of Guilford Hall at 11:30 a.m. The walk starts at noon.

Both events are open to the public. For details, email ttgreen@uncg.edu or barbara_king@uncg.edu.

The events are sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of History, Office of the Provost and Women’s & Gender Studies.

In addition, several exhibitions by Archives are on view at Jackson Library.

  • In the Jackson Library entryway – A display marking NC A&T students’, Bennett College students’ and WC (UNCG) students’ participation in the sit-ins.
  • In Jackson Library foyer, near Reference Desk – Exhibition detailing WC’s move toward racial integration. WC’s first two African-American students were JoAnne Smart and Bettye Tillman. They enrolled in 1956. In 2008, the Smart-Tillman Distinguished Professorship in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance was created.
  • In Jackson Library/EUC breezeway – Exhibition on the WC Three and Claudette Burroughs-White’s participation in the Woolworth’s sit-ins.

Faculty Partners with Career Services

The Career Services Center (CSC) is ready to partner again with faculty members to provide career-related content for their Spring 2010 classes. [Read more…]

I CAN Campaign to Help South African Orphans

Students at UNCG, N.C. A&T State University and other local colleges will kick off the I CAN Campaign to raise money for the Woza Moya Children’s Center at noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. The film “Angels in the Dust” will be screened at the event. [Read more…]

Former ‘World’s Strongest Woman’ Speaks Feb. 5

Dr. Jan Todd, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and former holder of more than 60 national and world records in women’s power lifting, will speak at the second annual UNCG Girls in Sport Symposium Feb. 5. [Read more…]

High School Piano Day Slated for Jan. 30

Keyboard faculty from the School of Music will offer master classes to high school piano students – and for the first time, organ students – during the eighth annual High School Piano Day Saturday, Jan. 30. [Read more…]

McGovern Was Here, Back in the Summer of ‘69

012010NewsAndNotes_McGovernThose who look forward to hearing former Senator George McGovern speak Jan. 27 on campus may be interested in knowing he has spoken here before. In 1969, he was the commencement speaker. The event occurred at Grimsley High School’s football stadium. [Read more…]

Registration Open for 2010 Lilly Conference

UNCG will host for the sixth year the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro, an conference related to teaching and learning. [Read more…]

The Five Spot

012010FiveSpot_ClotfelterDr. Jim Clotfelter joined UNCG as a professor of political science in 1977. You may know that for nearly two decades, he has been vice chancellor for information technology services and chief information officer. You may not know that he began his career as a “very young” reporter for the Atlanta newspapers and Time Magazine. In the 1960s, he covered the civil rights movement in Southern states from Texas to North Carolina. “One of the formative experiences of my life,” he says, “as it was for everyone there.” [Read more…]

Get Healthy, Stay Healthy at Rec Center

The Student Rec Center offers a number of programs. Some are the following. [Read more…]

Campus People – January 20, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. William Markham – Dr. Alexandra Schultheis – Dr. Corey JohnsonDr. Linda RupertDr. Jonathan Tudge – Dr. C.P. Gause Dr. Carol Mullen – Michael ParkerJustin Maullin




[Read more…]

Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation

012010Headline_LincolnWhy did a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality tolerate for so long one of the harshest and most unjust labor systems the world has known?

A new traveling exhibition opening at Jackson Library on Jan. 25 looks for answers to this question by tracing Abraham Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator,” who freed slaves in the rebel states with a revolutionary war-time proclamation in 1863. “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” featuring reproductions of rare historical documents, will be on display at the library until March 5.

Organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in cooperation with the American Library Association, this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 – Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG Department of History, “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, “Lincoln,” and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. Jackson Library Reading Room.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 – Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina Department of History, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 – Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, “Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 – Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill Department of History, “Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Dean Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries). “The Civil War and slavery are topics which must constantly be revisited in order to help 21st century Americans better understand their causes and more clearly see how their effects are still with us today.

“This exhibit offers our campus and our community an opportunity to learn more about how Abraham Lincoln decided upon emancipation of the slaves, even as he tried to hold together a fragile coalition of states in order to preserve the Union. It is a revealing insight into the values, principles and ideals that guided one of our greatest presidents.”

In addition to the events at the University Libraries, free programs are being sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum in connection with the exhibition. For more information, contact Kimberly Lutz at kdlutz2@uncg.edu.

Visit http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ for a list of all of the events in the series.

Abraham Lincoln was an obscure Illinois lawyer and politician of humble origins who rose in an astonishingly short time to world renown as the leader of a young nation during one of its most troubled times. Throughout his life, Lincoln’s dedication to the ideals of freedom and equality for all people did not waver. “I want every man to have the chance – and I believe a black man is entitled to it – in which he can better his condition,” he said early in his political career.

Lincoln was also a pragmatic politician who believed that a direct attack on slavery in the South would split the Union and end America’s experiment in self-government. He steered a middle course during the early years of the Civil War but became convinced that ending slavery would help the Union militarily. His Emancipation Proclamation transformed the character of the war by re-committing the nation to its founders’ vision of freedom and equality for all people.

“Forever Free” draws upon original documents in the collections of the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It was curated by John Rhodehamel, Norris Foundation Curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library.