Events and Publications

ALL OUR EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

FILM VIEWING: THE LEARNING TREE with discussion led by STEVE RYFLE

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

  • 6 PM Discussion with Q&A by Steve Ryfle: “Desegregating Hollywood: Film and the Civil Rights Era”

Steve Ryfle’s reporting and criticism has been published in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and other publications.  A visiting independent scholar, Steve is in Madison thanks to a Friends of the Libraries research grant.  He is utilizing the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research to work on a nonfiction book project titled DESEGREGATING HOLLYWOOD: HOW THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT CHANGED FILM AND TELEVISION.

  • 7PM Film Screening of THE LEARNING TREE, a 1969 drama film

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

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. With this film, Parks became Hollywood’s first African-American director; he would follow with the landmark African-American detective film SHAFT (1971).

Presented in partnership with UW-Madison Cinematheque

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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!

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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
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