WKU Libraries’ Far Away Places series featured Dr. Diane King, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. King spoke on her recent book Kurdistan on the Global State: Kinship, Land and Community in Iraq, published in 2014 by Rutgers University Press. The book explores how people in Kurdistan connect socially through patron-client relationships, patrilineage and citizenship. King offers a sensitive interpretation of the challenges occurring between tradition and modernity in a land where honor killings and female genital mutilation coexist with mobile phones and increasing education of women.
Category Archives: Far Away Places
WKU Libraries kicked off the spring season of “Far Away Places” with Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North, Asstant Professors from the Department of Geography and Geology at WKU, who talked about leading a study abroad group to Iceland in the summer of 2015. The speaker series event took place at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bowling Green, KY on the evening of February 18, 2016.
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.
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.