Friends of the Library Programs

 



 

Programs for 2014-15

 

The Friends meet several times during the year and programs are open to Friends members and the community at large. These programs are generally free and meet on the UTA Campus in the Central Library Sixth Floor parlor. To RSVP, please call 817-272-1413 or email LibraryFriends@uta.edu.

 

 

Texas leftTexas RightSeptember 19, 2014 - Michael Phillips and Kyle Wilkison - The Texas Right and the Texas Left

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

 

The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism. Some of our most accomplished and readable historians push the origins of present-day Texas conservatism back to the decade preceding the twentieth century. They illuminate the initial factors that began moving Texas to the far right, even before the arrival of the New Deal. By demonstrating that Texas politics foreshadowed the partisan realignment of the erstwhile Solid South, the studies in this book challenge the traditional narrative that emphasizes the right-wing critique of modern America voiced by, among others, radical conservatives of the state’s Democratic Party, beginning in the 1930s.

 

The Texas Left: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Liberalism. For most of the twentieth century, the popular perception of Texas politics has been that of dominant conservatism, punctuated by images of cowboys, oil barons, and party bosses intent on preserving a decidedly capitalist status quo. In fact, poor farmers and laborers who were disenfranchised, segregated, and, depending on their ethnicity and gender, confronted with varying levels of hostility and discrimination, have long composed the “other” political heritage of Texas. In The Texas Left, fourteen scholars examine this heritage.

 

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

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Civil War Blockade Running On The Texas CoastOctober 10, 2014 - Andrew Hall - Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

In the last months of the American Civil War, the upper Texas coast became a hive of blockade-running. Though Texas was often considered an isolated backwater in the conflict, the Union’s pervasive and systematic seizure of Southern ports left Galveston as one of the only strongholds of foreign imports in the anemic supply chain to embattled Confederate forces. Long, fast steamships ran in and out of the city’s port almost every week, bound to and from Cuba. The story of Texas’s Civil War blockade-runners is one of daring, desperation, and, in many cases, patriotism-turned-to-profiteering.

 

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

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The Friends' previously scheduled program with Kathleen Kent has been cancelled. Please join us on the same day and time to hear Peter Szok discuss Latino culture in Fort Worth.

 


Peter SzokNovember 7, 2014 - Peter Szok - Restaurantes, Rumba y Más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Fort Worth is more than just cowboys and cattle as Texas Christian University associate professor Peter Szok highlights in his new book Restaurantes, Rumba y Más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth. Szok will speak to the University of Texas at Arlington Friends of the Library at 7:30 p.m., Friday Nov. 7 on the sixth floor of UTA’s Central Library.

 

With mouthwatering descriptions, Szok spotlights the best Latino restaurants with foods like barbacoa (barbeque), birria (stew), and elote (corn on the cob). For the dancers, Szok highlights the best dance spots while offering insight into Latino clothing traditions like the botas picudas (pointy boots) in style throughout dance halls like Escapada 2001 and OK Corral, where they play norteño, banda, cumbia, and other Latino music. And for a taste of Latino history, Szok highlights churches, barber shops, botanicas, and more.

 

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

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Chants EncountersDecember 5, 2014 - Chants Encounters, A Musical Evening

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Chants Encounters was founded in 2012 by Elizabeth Morrow, retired UTA professor of cello. The group performs a variety of genres from the 1570s to the 1970s including classical, folk, pop, and original compositions. The other members of the group are Jing Ling-Tam, professor of vocal studies, George Chave, associate professor of composition/theory, and Andrew Leverenz, director of online communications for the Department of University Communications. 

 

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Peter SzokJanuary 9, 2015 - Tour of UT Arlington FabLab

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

With so many recent changes in Central Library, library staff will host a progressive tour of the newly remodeled facilities. One of the highlights will be the $200,000 UTA FabLab, which features cutting-edge technology for research in digital and data visualization.

 

After the tour, the evening will conclude with refreshments on the sixth floor.

 

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Programs for 2013-2014

 

Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, Friday, September 13,, 2013, 7:30 Central Library sixth floor parlor.September 13, 2013 - Carmen Goldthwaite - Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Carmen Goldthwaite is a 7th generation Texan who writes and tells the stories about the Texas she loves for western lore magazines. Fascinated by the distaff roles in Texas, she's written Texas women's stories for anthologies, such as The Way West in 2005 and Wild Women of the Old West, a 2003 anthology. Her newest book is Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, published in 2012.

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy

October 18, 2013 - J'Nell Pate - Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth's Military Legacy

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Arsenal of Defense follows the military history of Fort Worth from the founding settlement of 1849, through the World War years of military training, to the home of modern-day military industrial defense contractors. J'Nell Pate is retired from Tarrant County College in Fort Worth where she taught history and government. She is the author of nine other books. 

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legendary Locals of Arlington

November 8, 2013 - Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker - Legendary Locals of Arlington

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

The people of Arlington have always had a can-do spirit. Never willing to be overshadowed by Dallas or Fort Worth, Arlington residents embraced industry and progress, and their enterprising spirit attracted the notice of the nation. Today, the city boasts major businesses and attractions--General Motors, Six Flags Over Texas, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Cowboys--and continues to grow thanks to the aspirations of its people. 

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December 6, 2013 - Jing Ling-Tam and Chants Encounters choir - Books and Carols

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Performances by members of the UT Arlington community. Also, a sing-along with the audience.

Reception follows performance.

 

 

 

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January 10, 2014 - O.K. Carter - Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

For over 30 years, O.K. Carter has researched and written about Arlington history. “Arlington is an incredibly colorful place and is a good cross-section of the way America developed from tiny pioneer towns and railroad stops into a big city with a natural gas strike, and eventually with two World Series and a Super Bowl,” Carter said in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram interview. Now, Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys brings his work together to tell the story of Arlington from the Cretaceous period to today. Carter was editor and publisher of the Arlington Citizen-Journal and a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He continues to write and teach.

 

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

 

 

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February 22-23, 2014 - William J. Clinton Presidential Center

 


Join the Friends of the UT Arlington Library and the UTA Honors College on a road trip to Little Rock, Ark. Our first stop will be the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in the heart of Little Rock’s River Market District, the Clinton Library provides an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Permanent exhibits tell the story of the Clinton presidency while temporary exhibits cover a range of topics related to America. On Sunday we will visit the Central High School museum, part of the National Park Service. In 1957, Arkansas’ refusal to integrate Central High School and the threat of mob violence against nine African American students caused President Dwight D. Eisenhower to send federal troops to Little Rock. The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site preserves that moment in time and interprets the legacy of the integration crisis through exhibits and oral histories.

 

 

 

 

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March 21, 2014 - Dennis Reinhartz - The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

UTA professor emeritus Dennis Reinhartz explores map embellishments from the golden age of cartography, the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The examples of compass roses and cartouches tell modern viewers much about how the unknown world was perceived at the time the maps were made. When a map reached the boundaries of man’s exploration, the cartographer might warn of dangers by writing “Here there be monsters real and imagined.” Maps also showed newly discovered flora like corn and tobacco, and fauna such as buffalo. Praised for its lush imagery, The Art of the Map will appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure.

 

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April 18, 2014 - Glenn Frankel - The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

7:30pm Central Library Sixth Floor parlor

Pulitzer Prize winning author and UT professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. Frankel analyzes the film The Searchers which was released in 1956 starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford. The story is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker who, at age 9, was captured by Comanches during the 1836 attack on Parker’s Fort near present-day Groesbeck in Limestone County. She remained with the tribe for 24 years, marrying the chief. She had three children, one of whom was the tribal leader Quanah Parker. Following a skirmish with Comanches near the Red River in 1860, Texas Rangers discovered Cynthia Ann, and returned her to her white family. Unable to reintegrate into Anglo society, she died ten years later.

 

A free showing of The Searchers will be held in the parlor at 5 p.m.

 

The talk and film is sponsored by UTA's Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Department of History. The meeting will be followed by a reception and book signing.

 

The public is also invited to Frontier Odyssey: The Lives and Legacy of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker on April 17-18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programs 2012-2013

Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud, Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30 Central Library sixth floor parlor.

April 19, 2013 - Bill Neal - Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud

7:30pm Central Library sixth floor parlor

Bill Neal practiced criminal law in West Texas for twenty years as a prosecutor and twenty as a defense attorney, then turned to writing. His latest book, Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud, examines a one-hundred year old feud that the families would not discuss until very recently. Neal's book tells "a story of the written laws of Texas struggling to gain ascendency over justice administered by Judge Winchester and Judge Lynch, as well as by the self-help justice condoned by the Honor Code’s unwritten laws."

The meeting will be followed by a reception and book sale and signing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2013 - Alan Lowe - Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

7:30pm Central Library sixth floor parlor

Alan C. Lowe In 1989, he joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California as an archivist. In 1992, he moved to the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where he helped to oversee the Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. Lowe will speak about his career with the National Archives and the role of the Presidential libraries, and give in depth information on the mission of and plans for the George W. Bush Library. The Bush Library will move to the new facility at Southern Methodist University with a scheduled dedication date in early 2013. Lowe will discuss that facility and the many resources and programs the Library will provide.

Reception and book sale (Decision Points by George W. Bush) follow the talk.

 

 

 

Fritos Pie

 

February 15, 2013 - Kaleta Doolin, author of the book Fritos Pie

Kaleta Doolin grew up in Dallas, the daughter of Charles Elmer Doolin, the founder of the Frito Company. The Frito company was one of the first firms to utilize point-of-sale advertising, and developed dozens of recipes intended to get American homemakers “Cooking with Fritos.”  Doolin shows that many of the vintage recipes developed by her grandmother, her father, and company employees became integral to the company’s marketing success. She draws upon hours of interviews with her mother, siblings, cousins, and many of her father's closest business associates as well as focused research in Frito-Lay corporate archives and other collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paper Republic by James Bevill

 

September 28 - 2012 - James Bevill - The Paper Republic

7:30pm, Central Library sixth floor parlor

To truly understand the struggle for Texas independence one must unravel a trail of financial matters including the political participation of kings, dictators, crooked politicians, and the role of counterfeiters. James Bevill explores these topics and takes a look at numismatics and the history of each coin and piece of currency used in the old Republic. Bevill has won numerous awards for his work in numismatics and has written several articles on Confederate coins, Republic of Texas money and the role it played in the early history of Texas.

A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

 

 

 

Weatherford: The Early Years

 

October 26, 2012 - Brenda McClurkin and Jonelle Ryan Bartoli - Weatherford: The Early Years

7:30pm, Central Library sixth floor parlor

Brenda McClurkin and Jonelle Ryan Bartoli will discuss their new book Weatherford: The Early Years. This is part of the Arcadia Publishing series "Images of America." The book chronicles the history of Weatherford from 1856 to 1939, using photographs from the Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford College Library, Doss Heritage & Culture Center, the UT Arlington Library Special Collections, Texas Pythian Home, and Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counting My Blessings by Elzie Odom

 

November 16, 2012 - Elzie Odom - Counting My Blessings

7:30pm, Central Library sixth floor parlor

Former mayor of Arlington, Texas, Elzie D. Odom's personal story reveals roots in a rural community in Southeast Texas, where the family slave narrative tells of his great great great grandfather Jim Shankle's escape from slavery in Mississippi and trek to Texas to join his wife and her three children. Elzie Odom was born in Shankleville in 1929, and in a career that included holding elective office in the 1960s in Orange, TX, becoming a Postal Inspector, then his move to Arlington and serving first as councilman, then as mayor. There have been many "firsts" in Mayor Odom's life, as he will discuss at the Friends meeting.

A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Tradition Chorus performs for the Friends of the Library

 

December 7, 2012 Holiday meeting

7:30pm, Central Library sixth floor parlor

"The main purpose of the Texas Tradition Chorus is to get out and sing for our community." And they will do just that for the Friends of the UTA Library in December at our festive holiday meeting.

 

 


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