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Far Away Places presents Ronald Fritze and “Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy”

Ronald H. Fritze

Ronald H. Fritze, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Athens State University, Athens, AL

 

Historian Ron Fritze will be the featured speaker in our April Far Away Places series on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane).

Fritze is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Athens States University.  He’ll be talking about his newest book (his eleventh) which has been drawing international attention Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession and Fantasy published this winter by Reaktion Books and the University of Chicago Press.

Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy

Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession, and Fantasy by Ronald H. Fritze

Fritze received his MA and MLS from LSU and a D Phil from Cambridge and has taught history at LSU, Lamar and Central Arkansas.  His early research focused on the Tudor-Stuart period of English history. He’s since expanded his interests to include the history of the great discoveries and historical legends.  He’s the author of 11 books.  Among the most popular include Legends and Lore of the Americas Before 1492 published in 1993, Travel Legend and Lore published in 1998,  and New Worlds: The Great Voyages of Discovery, 1400-1600 published in 2002.  While all of these drew plaudits from the critics and several won awards, his 2009 book Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-Religions has been the most widely discussed in the U.S. and the U.K.,  translated into several different languages and even recommended by the Times Educational Supplement.

Travel, Legend, and Lore: An Encyclopedia by Ronald Fritze

Travel, Legend, and Lore: An Encyclopedia by Ronald H. Frtize

Invented Knowledge, by Ronald Fritze

Invented Knowledge: False History, Fake Science and Pseudo-religions by Ronald H. Fritze

In his newest book he describes how Ancient Egypt has been the focus of awe and fascination from its beginnings in the Age of Pyramids to the present day.  In Egyptomania  Fritze takes us on a historical journey to unearth the Egypt of the past, a place inhabited by strange gods, powerful magic, spell-binding hieroglyphs, and the uncanny, mummified remains of ancient people. To quote the reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly “the book delves into how the realities of Egyptology have been reimagined or misinterpreted as sources of hermeticism, portals to another reality, or tokens to confer knowledge and respectability.”   He covers the pyramids, archaeology, film, popular fiction and a wide range of concerns and forms.

We hope you’ll join us for a fascinating evening.  A book signing will follow.

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McGuffey Readers on Exhibit

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader is one of many from the Library’s collection.

The Kentucky Library Research Collections currently has a display featuring early children’s readers.  William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a U.S. educator who is best remembered for his series of elementary school reading books called McGuffey Readers. McGuffey was a graduate of Washington College in 1826.  He began teaching in Ohio frontier schools at the age of 14.  During breaks from college studies in Pennsylvania, McGuffey taught elementary school in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky.  In 1823, McGuffey set up a school in the dining room of Reverend John McFarland, a Presbyterian minister, where he taught for three years.  During his 10 years as a faculty member at Miami University, McGuffey took interest in public education and began assisting teachers at local elementary schools.  He also established a model school in his home for the neighborhood children.

Experts estimate that at least 120 million McGuffey Readers were sold between the years of 1836 and 1960.  The sales of the Readers are in a category with the Bible and Webster’s Dictionary.  Since 1961, McGuffey Readers have sold at a rate of some 30,000 copies a year.  The readers are still in use today at some schools and by parents who homeschool their children.

A sample lesson taken from one of the Library’s McGuffey Readers.

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Far Away Places presents “The Dominican Republic: The Land Columbus Loved, or the Land that Loathes Columbus”

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Bellarmine historian Eric Roorda was the featured speaker in WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places series on the evening of March 23, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bowling Green, KY, on the topic The Dominican Republic: The Land Columbus Loved, or the Land that Loathes Columbus. His talk concluded with him signing his eponymous book.

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Kentucky Live! presents David J. Bettez with “Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front”

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David Bettez, the retired Director of the Office of International Programs at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, spoke in this year’s Kentucky Live! series on March 9, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane). He talked about his newest book Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front . The publication of his book and his talk coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

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Far Away Places presents Noah Ashley, Asst. Prof., Biology, WKU and “Arctic Songbirds of Alaska”

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WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places speaker series kicks off its spring season with Noah Ashley, Assistant Professor of Biology at WKU with “Arctic Songbirds of Alaska”. He talked about “Arctic Songbirds of Alaska” on the evening of February 23, 2017 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bowling Green, KY.

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UK College of Medicine group tours WKU Libraries

Dean Connie Foster gave the Student Affairs Working Group from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine a tour of the main branch of WKU Libraries on Thursday, January 19. WKU recently partnered with UK and the Medical Center at Bowling Green to help expand medical education in the south central and western regions of the state.

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Kentucky Live! presents “Wine-ing Your Way Across Kentucky” with Becky Kelley & Kathy Woodhouse

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WKU Libraries’ “Kentucky Live!” speaker series opened up its spring season with “Wineing Your Way Across Kentucky: Recipes, History, and Scenery” on the evening of February 16, 2017 in Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Bowling Green, KY. While Kentucky is known for its bourbon industry, wine has been a growing industry in recent years with new wineries applying for licenses every year. Childhood friends Becky Kelley and Kathy Woodhouse traveled across Kentucky visiting over seventy wineries. The book includes Kelley’s description of each winery, with its location, hours, and events information, along with Woodhouse’s amazing photography and favorite recipes using the wines.

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WKU Libraries’ International Year of South Korea Bibliography

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In cooperation with WKU’s “International Year of South Korea, 2016-2017” series, WKU Libraries has compiled a multidisciplinary bibliography with over 100 resources pertaining to South Korea in fields like: Anthropology, Art, Cuisine, Economics, Education, Film, Geography & Travel, History, the Korean language, Literature, Music, Political Science, Sociology, and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Medicine. The bibliography includes not only books but also DVDs of popular South Korean action thrillers, CDs by K-Pop groups, and web resources for information and news about South Korea.

WKU Libraries IYO South Korea Bibliography

WKU Libraries’ International Year of South Korea, 2016-2017 Bibliography

Whether you are looking for some reading material like Han Kang’s Man Booker International Prize novel The Vegetarianor want to learn how to curse in Korean with As Much as a Rat’s Tail: Korean Slang, you will find all the new South Korean books on this bibliography. Visit our Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL) on the 2nd floor of Cravens library to watch some popular Korean movies like Oldboy or A Brand New Life, or check out music by world famous K-Pop stars from Wonder Girls to PSY.

This bibliography is a great comprehensive guide to learning about all things South Korea! You can easily locate information about WKU International Year of South Korea and the bibliography from the WKU Libraries home page and the links below:

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Bibliography for the IYO South Korea WKU Libraries Bibliography

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Far Away Places presents John Dizgun and “Istanbul: Crossroads of the World”

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John Dizgun, the new Executive Director of KIIS, talked about Istanbul, Turkey, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires on the evening of November 17, 2016 at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Warren East Middle School Library receives WKU Libraries School Library Grant

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Warren East Middle School was recognized on Friday, November 11 at the school for being this year’s winner for the School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries. This is the third year WKU Libraries has offered the grant to schools in the Barren River Area Development District. The grant is made possible with funds from Friends of WKU Libraries and is given out to one middle or high school annually with different purposes, including improving collections or technology, for professional development funds, to improve students’ research skills, and to offer reading enrichment opportunities.

Library Advisory Council members served as the selection committee for the grant. When reviewing the applications, the selection committee looks at financial need, the nature of the proposal, and the impact it will have on the student body.

Lee Ann Shearon is the Library and Media Specialist who wrote the winning application for the school. According to Shearon, the grant money will be used to improve the technology of the library by purchasing Chromebooks for research and other educational purposes.

“Many students do not have access to technology at home. We have to expose them at school and give as much access as possible to make them college and career ready,” said Shearon.

WKU Library Advisory Council members Laura Eason and Nancy Priest along with WKU Libraries Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Wilson attended an afternoon Veteran’s Day celebration to make the announcement and present the check for $1,000 to Ms. Shearon and Principal David Cloyd. For more information about the grant, contact jennifer.wilson@wku.edu.

 

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