On the evening of March 17 at Barnes & Noble, the WKU Libraries’ “Far Away Places” international talk series featured Professor John All from WKU’s Department of Geography & Geology. While studying climate change in the Himalayas in 2010 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program, he scaled the treacherous northeast ridge and reached the summit of Mount Everest, at 29,035 ft. the world’s highest mountain on May 23rd.
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This Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, University of North Alabama historian Matthew Schoenbachler talked about Kentucky’s most famous murder case. After his talk, Schoenbachler signed his new book Murder & Madness: The Myth of the Kentucky Tragedy.
On the evening of February 17, 2011, Professor Yuan gave a presentation at Barnes & Noble as part of WKU Libraries’ “Far Away Places” international talk series. He talked about the changes taking place in China over the history, particularly after it opened it up and went through the economic reform in the late 1970’s. He looked at China through the window of Tianjin, a large city he knows best because he grew up there and has frequented it almost every year since 2000.
Some 371,000 German prisoners of war were held in the United States between 1941 and 1947 including 9,000 in Kentucky. On the evening of February 10, 2011, Professor Antonio Thompson, a historian from Austin Peay University, who recently taught at West Point, talked about how they came to be here, what they did during the war, the problems involved in managing POW camps and their eventual return to Europe after the war at Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green Kentucky. His talk was part of the WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! talk series.
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Above: “About to Explode”
University Libraries has recently acquired seven paintings by Phoenix Latino artist Julio Cesar Rodarte. These are on display in the café’s lower level. New furnishings have also been acquired with support from the SGA.
The oldest of four children, Rodarte was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas in 1984. Three years later the family immigrated to the United States. He took his first art classes in high school in Arizona after his psychologist and school counselor encouraged him to take a drawing class after a failed suicide attempt.
Above: Julio Cesar Rodarte in front of his painting, “Constructed Chaos”
At the age of 19 he enrolled at Glendale Community College where he discovered his talent for painting. Since then he’s developed his unique style in which he first develops a sculptural form and then paints on the shapes with colorful repetitive patterns, geometric shapes, forms, silhouettes, and numbers. In 2008 he began showing his art in group shows in Phoenix and had his first solo exhibition “Over and Over” at Arizona State University’s Downtown Campus in Phoenix in 2009. Since then the 26 year old painter has continued to have solo and group shows such as “Shapes”, a March 2010 solo exhibition and “Arte Latino en la Ciudad”, a May 2010 group show at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
His art has been collected by corporations and private collectors. He says he continues “to paint with determination” in his studio in Phoenix.
Above, left to right: “Is This Real, What Do You Feel?,” “Sound Waves,” “Constructed Chaos”
Above, left to right: “Sound Waves,” “The Superhero of Color,” “Is This Real, What Do You Feel?”
Above: “About to Explode,” “Upside Down”
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Helm-Cravens Library will be open until 2am again this finals week from Sunday Dec 12 through Thursday Dec 16. As in past semesters Western’s Student Government Association is helping to underwrite this service to our students. The Student Technology Center on the second floor of the Helm Library will close at its usual time, but all other areas of the library will be open until 2am. Java City will be providing refreshments for students needing a study break.
University Libraries faculty and staff got their first look at the new ERC on Friday, December 3. Furnishings and security system have not yet been installed.
The ERC will close December 17 and reopen on Monday, January 24. In between some 50,000 books and other materials will be packed and readied for movers. Boxes will be moved on Tuesday, January 4. The next day students and staff will begin shelving materials in the new facility. New Computer have been purchased for public areas and will be installed prior to opening day.
Helm-Cravens Library will close Tuesday, November 23, at 4:30 p.m. The library will reopen on Saturday, November 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – midnight.
A variety of new books have recently been added to the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL).
1. Symbolism /Nathalia Brodskaya. New York :Parkstone International,2007.
Call Number: N6465.S9B76x 2007
2. A legacy of art :paintings and sculptures by artist life members of the National Arts Club /Lowrey, Carol.
New York, N.Y. ;Manchester :National Arts Club ;In association with Hudson Hills Press,2007.
Call Number: folio N6512.L69 2007
3. The good office :green design on the cutting edge /Riordan, John.
New York, NY :Collins Design ;Distributed throughout the world by HarperCollins,c2008.
Call Number: folio NA6230.R526x 2008
4. Tintoretto /Madrid :Museo Nacional del Prado,2007.
ISBN: 1903470463 9781903470466
Call Number: ND623.T6A4 2007x
5. Kiki Smith :prints, books & things / Weitman, Wendy.
New York :Museum of Modern Art :Distributed in the United States and Canada by D.A.P.,c2003.
Call Number: NE539.S576A4 2003
6. The rise of Islamic calligraphy / George, Alain,
London ;Berkeley, Calif. :Saqi,c2010.
Call Number: NK3636.5.G46x 2010
7. Robert Lee Morris :the power of jewelry / Morris, Robert Lee,
New York :H.N. Abrams,2004.
Call Number: NK7398.M67 A2 2004
8. Threads & voices :behind the Indian textile tradition /
Mumbai :Published for Marg Publications on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts,c2007.
Call Number: folio NK8876.A1T47 2007
These newly acquired books are temporarily shelved in the VPAL display area, but may be checked out just like other circulating books.
The VPAL is open the same hours as the rest of Helm-Cravens Library.
Dr. John Dizgun from KIIS and Dr. Holli Drummond from the Department of Sociology, WKU shared their research discovery in youth and gang violence in Medellin, Columbia with a large audience at Barnes & Noble on the evening of Thursday, November 18. Their presentation was part of a Far Away Places talk series sponsored by WKU Libraries.
We apologize that due to malfunction of our recorder, the podcast of this great event was unfortunately unavailable.