WKU Libraries’ November 12, 2015 “Far Away Places” speaker series event at Barnes & Noble Bookseller, Bowling Green, Kentucky featured Professor Akiko Takenaka, who teaches the History of Modern Japan at the University of Kentucky. She talked about her new book Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar, published this summer by the University of Hawaii Press.
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Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Professor of Humanities, Dept. of Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky, spoke about her most recent book The Queen with Six Fingers: Anne Boleyn in Fact, Fiction and Fantasy in the Far Away Places event on Wednesday, October 21, at Barnes & Noble in Bowling Green, KY.
Tyler Fleming, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Louisville, spoke about “King Kong: The First South African Musical” in our Far Away Places series and as part of the Year of South African celebration on Thursday, September 24 at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Bowling Green, KY.
On Thursday, April 16 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Prof. Haiwang Yuan from WKU Libraries spoke about his book Tibetan Folktales in the final program in the 2014-2015 season of Far Away Places. Yuan spoke about his 2013 trip to Tibet and the history, food, and culture of the Tibetan people. A book signing followed.
WKU Libraries hosted its second Far Away Places event on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore titled “Two Scottish Duchesses in the Age of Men” featuring Kathy Callahan. Dr. Callahan is currently Head of the Department of History at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her talk focused on the lives and work of two Scottish duchesses, Anne Hamilton, duchess of Hamilton, and Anna Scott, duchess of Buccleuch. The two duchesses were contemporaries in the 17th century Scotland and governed their estates during a time when men customarily handled such affairs.
Katherine Pennavaria talked about her recent trip to Tangier Island. It turned out to be “the strangest place you’ve never heard of,” she told the audience. Kath said she had been attracted to the island by the quaint accent the island people spoke. Tangier Island, dubbed the “soft crab capital” of the nation, is a unique island located in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. The people of Tangier, who speak with a lingering trace of Elizabethan accent, live here because they like the lifestyle and have no desire to live on the mainland.
WKU students, faculty, and staff enjoyed the second film of the semester on Friday, October 18 as part of the Faraway Flix international film series at the Faculty House. The featured film “The Lives of Others” is a 2006 German thriller by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Roger Murphy, WKU Associate Professor from the Department of Political Science introduced the film and led a brief discussion at the end of the viewing. German snacks were provided and a few students won door prizes at the end of the night.
Samuel Marder, Violinist, Holocaust Survivor, Author to Speak at WKU Libraries Far Away Places series
WKU Libraries and WKU’s Departments of Music, Sociology and Philosophy & Religion will host presentations Oct. 17-18 by Samuel Marder, professional violinist, author and Holocaust survivor. Marder will discuss his new book Devils Among Angels: A Journey From Paradise And Hell To Life at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1680 Campbell Lane. Admission is free, open to the public, and a “swipeable” event for WKU students.
Marder was born in Czernowitz (Chernivtsi) in Romania where he lived with his sister and parents. He began studying the violin at age 6 in 1936. Three years later the Nazis invaded Poland and Romania joined the Axis. At the age of 10 he was living in a concentration camp in Transnistria, Ukraine where he was sharing a tiny room with 50 others, only 12 of whom would survive the ordeal. His father died of typhoid fever.
He, his sister and his mother were liberated after three and a half years’ incarceration eventually making their way to West Germany and then to New York to join his mother’s brother. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music he became concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Leonard Bernstein Gala Orchestra and has since played with many orchestras and been a soloist at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He’s toured though Europe, South America, Israel and Korea and has been playing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular orchestra since 1968. His arrangement of Canon in D Major by Johan Pachelbel for violin and piano is widely performed around the world.
Devils Among Angels is a collection of short stories and poems inspired by memories of Marder’s childhood years before, during and after World War II and the Holocaust. He uses prose and poetry in both fiction and non-fiction to reflect on good and evil in the past and present.
Bryan Carson reviewed his book for the Sunday, October 13, 2013 Daily News.
Michael Cairo is Associate Professor of Political Science at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. His newest title “The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East.” Most students at WKU haven’t known a time when there wasn’t a mention of war in the Middle East.
Transylvania University political scientist Michael Cairo is the opening speaker in this year’s Far Away Places series. He’ll be speaking on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (1680 Campbell Lane) about his new book The Gulf: The Bush Presidencies and the Middle East published recently by the University Press of Kentucky and about recent events in the Middle East. A book signing will follow.
Cairo is a native of Clifton Park near Saratoga, New York. Growing up he had ambitions to save the world but shifted these to focus on a career in International Relations. After an MA and PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, he’s taught political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College. In 2010 he joined the faculty of Transylvania University as an Associate Professor.
His interest in the Middle East stems from his interest in building understanding across cultures and he has visited Israel and Palestine most recently in July 2012 and May 2013. His newest project is a second book focusing on U.S.- Israeli Relations.