Author Archives: Robert Harbison

Love Drums at Java City

Nadia and LeAnn A large crowd gathered at Java City today to hear Nashville’s premier percussion group “The Love Drums” as they played a wide variety of rhythmic selections ranging from Middle Eastern, to Caribbean and traditional African sources. Joining Ed Haggard, Thomas Anderson and Marquetta Dupree were two talented Western employees Nadia De Leon and LeAnn Bledsoe who performed an equally varied series of tribal belly-dance stylings.
Marquetta even led a line-dance group in an impromptu celebration of life, music and dance.


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Rachel Pearl and Treva Blomquist at Java City

Jane and Treva Yesterday at Java City, we had a double dose of talent! Jazz guitarist/vocalist Rachel Pearl and folk rock singer/songwriter Treva Blomquist entertained the enthusiastic crowd with a variety of tunes ranging from their unique originals to songs by such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen, Etta James and Peggy Lee. We can’t wait to have them back next spring!

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Lauren Conkin at Java City

Lauren Conkin Singer/songwriter/WKU student Lauren Conkin entertained the crowd at Java City today with her unique lyrics and melodic sounds.

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Tommy Womack at Java City

Tommy Womack Tommy Womack, well-known singer/songwriter/ Nashville recording artist and Bowling Green native performed his favorites for the crowd today on the Java City patio.

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New Database addition @ WKU Libraries

19th Century Pamphlets Thanks to a generous donation from WKU History Professor Dr. Carol Crowe-Carraco in memory of her parents, WKU Libraries has now added a new JSTOR Database: the19th Century British Pamphlets Collection.

This project, conceived by the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme, preserves and provides online access to more than 20,000 British pamphlets from the 19th century held in UK research libraries. Pamphlets were an important means of public debate in the 19th century, covering the key political, social, technological, and environmental issues of their day. They are a valuable primary resource relevant to a wide range of disciplines. They have been underutilized within research and teaching because they are generally quite difficult to access – often bound together in large numbers or otherwise hard to find in the few research libraries that hold them. JSTOR has made these pamphlets searchable alongside current collections to enhance discovery and use across disciplines. Topics in the collection range from Medicine to Colonial Reports to British views of the American Civil War.

The database is integrated into JSTOR and can be searched by itself through the “Advanced Search” or by a general search.

Try it today! JSTOR


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Summer at WKU Libraries.

Summer is in bloom @ WKU Libraries!

Summer Hours From July 13- August 13
Monday – Thursday 7:45 AM – 10 PM
Friday 7:45 AM – 4 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday 2 PM – 10 PM


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Summer in the Library

This summer the students and staff of Helm Library are in the process of shifting large amounts of periodicals to make way for more titles to come in the Fall. The titles will be moved from the Second Floor Periodicals room to the basement compact shelving area. Some titles, those already available on Jstor, will be moved from the Compact Shelves to The Gordon Wilson Storage Building.

Even though we are moving things around, we are still available to help! Just stop by the Reference Desk on the First Floor of Helm for any help. Just AskUs!

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Jack Montgomery Spoke About American Shamans

Jack MontgomeryWKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! presented Jack Montgomery about his new book American Shamans: Traditional Healers & the Folk-Magic Tradition at Barnes and Noble on the evening of December 4, 2008.

Magical healings, ghostly encounters, and alternate realities have been a part of American society since the first colonial settlements. In his book, Jack Montgomery provides ample historical and personal material to reveal a largely hidden world, primarily influenced by African, Celtic and German roots, that still exists today.

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Faraway Places: Panama

Aristofanes Cedeno about PanamaAristófanes Cedeño, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the Panamanian Studies Program and Academic Dean of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program at the University of Louisville, talked about Panama in the Faraway Places Series on Thursday, September 18th at Barnes & Noble.

Born and raised in Panama, Dr. Cedeño earned a law degree at the University of Panama before moving to the U.S. and obtaining his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Michigan State University. Recently he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Humanities Council, and was named one of the twenty-five most influential Hispanics in Louisville because of his contributions to education in Kentucky and to the Latino Legal Clinics organized by the Louisville Bar Association.

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Kentucky Live: Lonesome Cowgirls

Lonesome Cowgirls PresentationWKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! presented Kristine McCusker who spoke about her new book “Lonesome Cowgirls & Honky-Tonk Angels: The Women of Barn Dance Radio,” at Barnes and Noble on September 11 2008.

Popular between the two world wars, American barn dance radio evoked comforting images of a nostalgic and stable past for listeners beset by economic problems at home and worried about totalitarian governments abroad. Sentimental images such as the mountain mother and the chaste everybody’s-little-sister “girl singer” helped to sell a new consumer culture and move commercial country music from regional fare to national treasure. Kristine M. McCusker examines the gendered politics of these images through the lives and careers of six women performers.

Kristine M. McCusker is an associate professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University. She is coeditor of A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music.

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