Monthly Archives: September 2008

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.

Photo album || Podcast of the event

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Several Musicians Performed at Java City Lately

Daniel Glen TimmsLately at the Java City patio several musicians and groups have performed: The Celtic folk duet “Shadowdancer” on September 3, the Nashville alt-country recording artist Daniel Glen Timms on September 8, and WKU student band “Birdswim” on September 10.

These are among the concert series planned for this semester by The University Libraries/Java City Live Entertainment Committee. To get information about future concerts, please visit our Java City Concert Web site.

Photo albums: Shadowdancer | Daniel Glen Timms | Birdswim.

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The KYLM Fall Break Arts Day Camp

Summer CampGoing on from October 13 to 17 at 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Arts Day Camp is designed for children in grades 1-6. The cost is $100 per camper. Space is limited, so please register early. You may contact Lynne Ferguson (270-745-2594) or Christy Spurlock (270-745-6082).

Campers will create using a variety of traditional art media. Participants will experience book making, basket making, gourd painting, and more. They will tour Kentucky Museum exhibits including our newest permanent exhibit, “A Star in Each Flag: Conflict in Kentucky” Civil War exhibit. Campers will take a daily snack break with snacks supplied by the Museum.

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Library Faculty’s New Book Published!

Book CoverHaiwang Yuan’s new book Princess Peacock: Tales from Other Peoples of China has been published!

China, the most populous country in the world, is also a nation of great diversity. In addition to the majority population of Han Chinese, there are 55 officially recognized national minorities–including Tibetan, Mongol, Manchu, Zhuang, Dai, and Gaoshan. The folklore of these minorities is often obscure and difficult to find in the English-speaking world, as is information about the people, their cultural histories, and their traditional customs. This book fills a gap by offering more than 50 representative folktales from China’s minorities, as well as background information on each of the ethnic groups.

Princess Peacock is a companion to Yuan’s The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales of the Han Chinese, published in 2006. Carefully selected from the fathomless reservoirs of Chinese folklore, the tales from the books combined give the American reader a glimpse of the richness and diversity of a folk literature from an ancient and yet fast-modernizing China, which will definitely play an increasingly important role in world fairs, particularly after its successful hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Chinese Ethnic Groups
Chinese Students in ethnic costumes

Listed in Marquis’s 2009 edition of Who’s Who in America and currently working on his two-volume encyclopedia on Chinese ethnic groups, Yuan is also serving on the editorial board for and contributing to the five-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of China.


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