Events and Publications

ALL OUR EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

African American Pioneers: THE LEARNING TREE with discussion led by STEVE RYFLE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019
CHAZEN MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM
750 University Ave, Madison WI

  • 6 PM Discussion with Q&A by Steve Ryfle: “Desegregating Hollywood: Film and the Civil Rights Era”
  • Prior to the film, Steve Ryfle will provide context by highlighting some of the archival materials showing just how difficult it was for the Hollywood studios to address racial politics through film; to hire African-American filmmakers, writers, and cast; and how certain people within the industry worked actively to reverse decades of institutional racism. Steve Ryfle’s reporting and criticism have been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. A visiting independent scholar, Steve is in Madison on a Friends of the Libraries research grant, utilizing the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research to work on a nonfiction book project.
  • 7PM Film Screening of THE LEARNING TREE, a 1969 drama
  • THE LEARNING TREE, the directorial debut of legendary photojournalist and writer Gordon Parks, is adapted from his semi-autobiographical novel about his adolescent years in Fort Scott, Kansas. Parks became the first African American to direct a feature film for a major Hollywood studio (Warner Bros). This film depicts the coming-of-age of teenager Newt Winger (Johnson) in rural Kansas of the 1920s.

WRITER/DIRECTOR:  Gordon Parks
CAST:  Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, George Mitchell, Richard Ward, Malcolm Attenbury, Russell Thorson, Dana Elcar, Joel Fluellen

Presented in partnership with the Chazen Museum of Art and UW-Madison Cinematheque

ALDO LEOPOLD & THE MAKING OF A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC

OPEN HOUSE with lecture by CURT MEINE

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, MEMORIAL LIBRARY

  • 2PM Exhibit viewing
  • 3PM Curt Meine, Biographer of Aldo Leopold & Senior Fellow at Aldo Leopold Foundation
  • 4PM Reception with refreshments
  • RSVP Requested through the Aldo Leopold Foundation link below

Presented in partnership with Aldo Leopold Foundation and UW-Madison Special Collections

SPRING SEMIANNUAL BOOK SALE

April 10-13, 20198

Memorial Library, Room 116

Thousands of books, great bargains, and always open to the public.

Come early for the best selection; come later for the best prices!

Find hours and other details here:

LANDS WE SHARE GALA

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Madison Public Central Library – Community Rooms 301-302

  • 5:30-8:00 PM

Since August 2017, the Lands We Share initiative has sought to use Wisconsin’s rich agricultural history as the basis for a project supporting community dialogue in three Wisconsin locations: Milwaukee County, Jefferson County, and several counties comprising northeast Wisconsin.  The initiative includes the development of a traveling multimedia pop-up exhibit and companion web tool to support, structure, capture, and ultimately disseminate nine community conversations (three in each of the three regions).

Join us in the grand culmination of this project, meet the participants, and hear the unique perspectives our our rural neighbors.  Refreshments will be served.

Presented in partnership with Madison Public Library and the UW-Madison Oral History Program

PREVIOUS EVENTS HOSTED BY THE FRIENDS:

Let’s Hear It For Book Arts!

November 8, 2018

Memorial Library, Room 126

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Existing for thousands of years, book art is simply using books as the creative medium for artistic expression beyond the written word. iSchool graduate student, Sarah Lange, has spent a year gathering and preserving the memories and reflections of student and faculty artists who contributed to the rich history of book arts on the UW-Madison campus between the 1970s and the present. What can we learn from those who practiced this unusual art form? Expect a lively presentation enhanced by voices of some interviewees, a handful of unique artists’ books on display, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Presenters: Sarah Lange; Troy Reeves, Head, UW-Madison Oral History Program; and Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.

This is a collaborative project between the Kohler Art Library and the UW-Madison Oral History Program.

WE CAN’T BREATHE, by Jabari Asim

October 26, 2018

Madison Public Central Library – Community Rooms 301-302

7:00 PM

UW-Madison Libraries and the Friends are proud to partner with the Wisconsin Book Festival!

Jabari Asim discusses his powerful new book that lays bare the current black experience in America, using eight thought-provoking essays to challenge the reader to consider conventional ideas from the context of a legacy that remains ever resilient and hopeful despite racism and trauma.

https://wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/we-cant-breathe

BROWNBAG DISCUSSION

DR. AMRYS WILLIAMS, Ph.D. IN HISTORY OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE, & TECHNOLOGY

October 16, 2018, Noon-1:00 PM

Steenbock Library BioCommons

Hear about Dr. Williams’ book project, Growing Rural Modernity: 4-H Clubs in America and the World, based on discoveries in the UW-Madison Archives!

FALL SEMIANNUAL BOOK SALE

October 10-13, 2018

Memorial Library, Room 116

Thousands of books, great bargains, and always open to the public.

Come early for the best selection; come later for the best prices!

Find hours and other details here:

CAROLINE FRASER, 2018 PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF PRAIRIE FIRES: THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER

September 27, 2018

Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street (Library Mall)

5:30 PM – Welcome

6:00 PM – Presentation

7:00 PM – Dessert and Book Signing

    • Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series, will reveal the grown-up story behind the influential author of childhood stories of American pioneer life, Laura Ingalls Wilder, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial reports to set the record straight.The community is invited!  This event is free and open to the public.

The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries 2018 Schewe lecture, presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival

KICK UP YOUR HEELS TO DIE TANZGEIGER!

September 24, 2018

University Club, 803 State Street (Library Mall)

Doors open at 5 PM, music begins at 6 PM

This early evening event with food and cash bar is free and open to the public.

Die Tanzgeiger is a traditional Austrian dance band with Upper Midwestern connections, including performances drawn from such UW Library holdings and co-productions as the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, the Wisconsin Folksong Collection, and Local Centers/Global Sounds.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, Mills Music Library and Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

For additional information about the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, contact:

Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
330H Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-2505
Friends Contact Form