On March 5th, 2009, WKU Libraries Kentucky Live! series presented Jefferson Bass and The Body Farm Novels. Jefferson Bass is the writing team of Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson. Dr. Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, founded the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility–The Body Farm–a quarter-century ago. He is the author and coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career, Death’s Acre. Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science, and broadcast on National Public Radio. The coauthor of Death’s Acre, he is also the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.
Unfortunately Dr. Bass had to miss the presentation due to his illness. After Jon Jefferson’s talk, he signed their books for the enthusiastic audience.
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Bradlee Burtner, acclaimed Singer-songwriter from Lexington, Kentucky, performed at the patio of Java City in Helm Library at Western Kentucky University at noon on October 22, 2008.
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A new video to introduce the WKU Libraries has been released on YouTube, accessible from the Libraries’ web site at www.wku.edu/Library/tour/. Or you may get the video directly from YouTube, which is linked from our Libraries’ home page.
The video is planned by a committee of Libraries’ faculty led by Peggy Wright and produced by Josh Niedwick, Associate Producer/Director for WKYUPBS. It is made available by a Provost’s Initiative for Excellence (PIE) grant in the amount of $4,000 and the support of Mike Binder, Dean of Libraries.
Dr. Mark F. Sohn, a food historian, and Pikeville College professor, presented “Appalachian Home Cooking” at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, April 10, 2008. Dr. Sohn showed how food traditions in Appalachia had developed over two centuries from dinner on the grounds, church picnics, school lunches, and family reunions as he celebrated regional signatures such as dumplings, moonshine, and country ham. This program was part of the â€œKentucky Live!â€ series organized by the WKU Libraries.
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Bowling Green alternate rock band Technology vs. Horse performed at noon, April 1, 2008 at Java City in Helm Library, WKU.
WKU Libraries welcomed Spoken Word, a Rap group from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to the Java City-Helm Library on campus March 26, 2008.
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Dr. Michael Trapasso, professor in the Geography and Geology Department at WKU, talked about Easter Island in the University Libraries’ Faraway Places Series on Thursday, March 20th at Barnes & Noble.
Easter Island has long been known as an Island of Mystery. In reality, scientists have studied this island and its inhabitants for decades and much of the mystery has been cleared away. If you missed out and are interested in learning about the truth behind the mysteries, the following will help you revisit Dr. Trapasso’s talk.
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On March 17, 2008 at Java City in Helm Library, Shadowdancer entertained the faculty and students with songs from their latest CD “Tradition with a Twist.” The band consists one of our own, Jack Montgomery and WKU faculty members.
Tommy Womack, a WKU alumni and a songwriter, author, and “creator of taut sensual tension,” came to WKU and performed at the Java City in Helm Library at noon on February 19, 2008. Tommy was awarded Best of 2007 honor for “There I Said It!”
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In support of her recent book, Nancy Baird, Kentucky History Specialist at the Kentucky Library and Museum, presented â€œHealing Kentuckyâ€ on February 14 at Barnes & Noble. This program is part of the â€œKentucky Live!â€ series of programs organized by the WKU Libraries.
Healing Kentucky looked at 200 years of progress in medicine and health care in the Commonwealth–from Ephraim McDowell, who performed abdominal surgery on his kitchen table, to a couple of University of Louisville surgeons, who transplanted an artificial heart into the chest of a Logan County man.
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