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Far Away Places presents Nancy Rice on “The Magic, Mystery and Misfortune of Modern Kenya”

WKU Biologist Nancy Rice to talk about “The Magic, Mystery and Misfortune of Modern Kenya” in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places series on Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Nany Rice is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Western Kentucky University where she teaches advanced cell biology, the molecular basis of cancer, and medicine in Kenya.  A WKU alumna she received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and had postdoctoral experiences at the University of Tokyo and the University of Colorado.  Her research interest is biomedical and focuses on using molecular and cellular techniques to investigate the genetic and cellular mechanisms for debilitating diseases.

Her current grant funded research involves the study of molecular mechanisms which lead to the high prevalence of hypertension in rural Kenya. It involves a community-based participatory Study that assesses six villages in Kasiagu, Kenya with regard to the prevalence and current management of hypertension as well as the frequency of common environmental risk behaviors associated with it.

Nancy has been involved with the Partners in Caring: Medicine in Kenya Program for many years, which allows pre-professional students to work in a medical service-learning exchange between Kenya and US physicians in an international medical context.

During the winter term 2018 Nancy led a study abroad program to Kenya which provided students the opportunity to learn about Kenyan culture and people while actively engaging in health-care services and education.  WKU has partnered with local area Kentucky physicians and the Taveta District Health Office to conduct rural medical health clinics in the impoverished villages of the Kasiagu region of Kenya.

In 2014 she received Ogden College of Science and Engineering’s first Women in Science and Engineering Award.

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Kentucky Live! presents Mary Ellen Pethel, “College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville”

Kentucky Live! Presents Mary Ellen Pethel on College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane) at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

 May Ellen Pethel is an author, educator, archivist and historian.  After attending high school in Rome, Georgia she received her BA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, her MEd from Berry College in Georgia and her PhD in history from Georgia State University.

Her newest book Athens of the New South: College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2017.  In it she explores how the founding and growth of Nashville’s colleges and universities impacted the city, region and nation.  She notes that by the twentieth century Vanderbilt University had become one of the country’s leading private schools while Fisk University was among the nation’s most prestigious black liberal-arts universities and Meharry Medical College had emerged as one of the country’s few training centers for African American medical professionals. Tennessee A&I became the state’s first public black college while various other schools: Peabody College, Ward-Belmont, David Lipscomb and Roger Williams University meant that Nashville was distinguished not only by the quantity but by the quality of its schools.

Her earlier books include A Heartfelt Mission: The West End Home Foundation, 1891-2016 published in 2017 which tells the history of a home on West End Avenue initially built to assist the Civil War’s many widow.  This “Old Woman’s Home” was funded a Nashville resident M. H. Howard.  Renamed the West End Home for Ladies in 1984 and moved to Vanderbilt Place. The last resident died in 2013.  Today the foundation distributes grants to local organizations that assist older adults.

Her All-Girls Education from Ward Seminary to Harpeth Hall: 1865-2015 was published by Arcadia Press in 2015.  It traces the founding of the Ward Seminary by Dr. William Ward and his wife Eliza in September, 1865, it’s merger with Belmont College for Young Women in 1913 and the establishment of a high school division as the Harpeth Hall School in 1951.

Berry College: A Century of Making Music (Arcadia, 2010) examined the 100th anniversary of music making at the college where Mary Ellen’s father Stan Pethel was chair of Fine Arts and where she spent much of her childhood.

She co-authored Piano Hymns for Dummies (Hal Leonard, 2010) with her father Stan Pethel which features 65 piano/vocal/guitar arrangements for 65 hymns from “Down by the Riverside” to “This Little Light of Mine.”

She currently teaches in the social sciences department at the Harpeth Hall School and serves as the school archivist and is a Global Leadership Studies Fellow and teaches in the Honors Department at Belmont University, both in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Kentucky Live! presents Ann DAngelo, author of ‘Dark Highway: Love, Murder, and Revenge in 1930s Kentucky’

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WKU Libraries’ last of this semester’s “Kentucky Live!” speaker series featured Ann DAngelo, an attorney for the Kentucky Department of Transportation Cabinet on the evening of November 16, 2017, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bowling Green, KY. She talked about and signed her new book Dark Highway about the case of Verna Garr Taylor’s death on the night of November 6, 1936.

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Far Away Places presents Holly Tucker, author of ‘City of Light, City of Poison’

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Holly Tucker, a professor at Vanderbilt University, was the featured speaker at the WKU Libraries’ “Far Away Places” speaker series on the evening of Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Barnes & Noble Bookstore. She talked about and signed at the end of the talk her book City of Light, City of Poison–Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris.

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Far Away Places presents Fedja Buric, “Bosnia: More Than Twenty Years Since Dayton”

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With support from an IYO grant, WKU Libraries invited Bellarmine Historian Fedja Buric to be our guest speaker at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2017, to talk about the history and the current situation in Bosnia.

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Kentucky Live! presents Joel Pett, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist

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Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Joel Pett spoke in this year’s WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live” speaker series on the evening of Thursday, October 19, 2017. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a partner with WKU Libraries for community outreach services.

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Kentucky Live! presents Fred Minnick on “Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey”

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On the evening of September 14 at Barnes & Noble Books, Bowling Green, KY, WKU Libraries featured Fred Minnick in its Kentucky Live! speaker series as part of its community outreach initiatives. Fred Minnick is the “Bourbon Authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum. He talked about his newly published book Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of An American Whiskey and signed it at the conclusion of his talk.

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Ricardo Marin Ruiz and “Cycling in Spain”

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Our first speaker in this year’s Far Away Places series Ricardo Marin Ruiz spoke on cycling in Spain on Thursday, September 21 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Ricardo Marin Ruiz is a native of Albacete, a market town located in Southern Spain, where his family has lived for generations in a region immortalized in Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha.

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50 Years Ago (or so) Today

“Set the Night on Fire” by Tom Poole. Located on Cravens 4th floor.

 

Written and recorded in 1966, The Doors’ classic “Light My Fire” is both eternal and a singular moment in time, a whirling, seemingly incongruous vortex of Bach, Coltrane, William Blake, psychedelia, Latin music, and the Lizard King.   On paper, it shouldn’t have worked.  But on July 29th 1967 it exploded onto the Billboard charts, landing at #1 and staying there for three weeks.  The vortex struck a nerve.

The Doors self-titled debut album from 1967 features the full length version of “Light My Fire” at track 6.

And 50 years later, it still does.

     The time to hesitate is through; no time to wallow in the mire.  Try now.

Jim Morrison sang those words in the bright and tumultuous 1960s, but they could have been written this morning.

–Michael Franklin, Aug. 1 2017

If you want to hear The Doors (and you do), come see us at the Visual And Performing Arts Library (VPAL) on the 2nd floor of Cravens.

       

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WKU Summer Start Program

On July 17, 2017, the library hosted 46 students from the WKU Summer Start program. This program is a new offering that lets first-year first-time freshmen start college a month early. The students take two classes in order to create effective study habits and begin experiencing college before the fall semester begins.

The Summer Start program contains a mixture of social and academic events. The participants work with peer mentors who teach them effective time management and study skills. They also receive introductions to various offices and services on campus that all students need to know about.

Derek Olive and Erin Holderman from Summer Start believe that the Libraries are one of the most important stops on campus. To Derek and Erin, the Libraries are so vital for college success that one of their first stops was the Helm-Cravens Library. In fact, students moved in on Saturday, started classes on Monday, and came to Helm-Cravens Library on Monday afternoon!

The Summer Start students toured the library with library faculty members Dr. Brian Coutts, Dr. Bryan Carson, Government & Law Coordinator Rosemary Meszaros, and Health Sciences Librarian Carol Watwood. Dr. Carson provided handouts and demonstrated the libraries’ website.

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