Friday, February 27, 2015

Multiple Books in the McNaughton Collection Highlight Women’s History

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Women’s history is a top priority for avid readers and many scholars, commonly in the month of March. Particularly on March 9th, International Women's Day, and for the rest of the month, annually, March is Women’s History month. 

Within the McNaughton Collection, located near the Information Commons Area on the first floor of the Schwob Library, there are many novels and books that highlight the accomplishments, accolades, and lives of many prolific and talented women. Authors such as Joyce Carol Oates and, comedienne, Whoopi Goldberg are just a few writers a part of the growing collection.

Primarily, Maya Angelou’s “Mom & Me & Mom” demonstrates the respect between, bond, and culture of two women, Angelou and her mother, Vivian Baxter. The novel, seventh and final work of Angelou, is a part of a series of autobiographies; it reviews Angelou’s life and intimate moments with Baxter, Baxter’s early abandonment of her children and the reunion of Angelou and her mother.

The "I know Why the Caged Bird Sings" author’s previous works did not highlight her relationship and feelings toward her mother, to whom did not raise her and her older brother, Bailey, compared to her other works. Raised by her grandmother until thirteen and then sent to live with her mother, in San Francisco, Angelou describes how her mother inspired and encouraged her talents, passions, and maternal relationship with her own child as a teenage mother throughout her life and after her mother’s death. 

The novel begins circa Maya’s teen years and revisits many events and memories cherished and important to the poet. Pictures of Angelou, her son, Guy, mother and other members of her family appear throughout the book. An audio version, read by Angelou, was released in CD form and as a digital download. 

Angelou revisits and chronicles the unconditional love, support, and care they gave to each other, as Baxter helps her through single motherhood, a failed marriage, and career setbacks. The book ends with her mother's death of lung cancer accompanied by the book’s infamous lines, where the Phenomenal Woman tells her mother "You were a terrible mother of small children, but there has never been anyone greater than you as a mother of a young adult."

Outside of “Mom & Me & Mom,” there are multiple books and novels available in the McNaughton Collection. Be sure to check out the new additions and selections in the Schwob Library. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Associate Professor, Dr. Patrick Jackson to Present Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Lecture

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English Department Annual Lecture
Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:30-1:30 p.m.
1st Floor Forum Area
Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus Library)

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” ― Sylvia Plath

Today, February 26, 2015, the English Department will host their annual lecture series between 12:30-1:30 pm, on the first floor of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library. Associate Professor, of the English Department, Dr. Patrick Jackson will present "Public Myths, Private Griefs: Mourning Sylvia Plath in Ted Hughes's Crow Poems."

Jackson will discuss and review both poets, Sylvia Plath and Hughes, as well as a light dialogue after his lecture. All patrons of the library and CSU students are invited to attend.

This lecture is amongst a list of other professional activities from the Associate Professor. Jackson has many published essays such as “The Liberties of Blank Verse” and
“The Sublimity of Wilfred Owen’s Despair.” 

For more information, please contact the English Department located in Woodard Hall. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Faculty Research Forum Lectures

Since 2002 the CSU Libraries has sponsored the Faculty Research Forum Lecture series. The purpose of the series is to provide an opportunity for faculty to share their research and creative interests with the entire CSU community.  Each hour-long forum consists of two 20 minute presentations with time for questions. During the past twelve years we have presented 49 forums featuring the work of 108 CSU faculty members. 

This year's Faculty Research Forum Lecture series comprises five lectures from distinguished faculty representing Biology, English, History, Political Science and Sociology.  They are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.
Dr. Dan Crosswell, Colonel Richard P. Hallock Distinguished University Chair in Military History.
Topic:  "Throw Hegel Under the Bus."
Dr. Florence Wakoko-Studstill, Sociology 
Topic:  "Integrating Women's rights into College Education." 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 @ 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.
Dr. Frederick Gordon, Political Science, 
Topic:  "Game Over or have the Games Just Begun; How Executive Orders have Reshaped Environmental Policy Making
Carey Scott Wilkerson, English
Topic:  "Late Stages: writing drama with a post-modern hand and a neo-classical heart

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Dr. Jennifer Newbrey, Biology
Topic: "Carotenoid Pigments and Reproduction of Eastern Bluebirds and other Cavity-Nesting Songbirds in West-central Georgia."

Each lecture presentation will include a light lunch starting at 12:00 noon. Presentations begin at 12:30.  Please mark your calendar and join us for food, fellowship, and the presentation of faculty research. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Children's Art Exhibit from Sister City in Japan

The library main floor has a Children's Art Exhibit from Columbus' sister city, Kiryu, Japan. This city is 6,880 miles away and its relationship began in 1978, making it the oldest sister city to Columbus. Posted on the wall are 19 pictures created by elementary students throughout Kiryu. This exhibit is sponsored by Columbus State University and the Mayor of Columbus' Commission on International Relations and Cultural Liason Encounters (CIRCLE). Photos by Caitlyn Malone. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2015 African American Read In

CSU Libraries and Sigma Tau Delta are sponsoring this year's African American Read-In on February 19, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Forum Area of the Simon Schwob Memorial Library (Main Campus).  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate by reading a 5-7 minute excerpt from a favorite African American author.  Email the author and title to by February 13.  A light lunch will be provided.

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