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Atkins Library Acquires Motorsports Photo Collection

UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library has acquired the "Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photograph Collection," which documents the world of stock car racing through images captured over six decades by the award-winning motorsports photographer.

To support UNC Charlotte’s programs in American studies, motorsports engineering and sports management, Atkins Library has developed a collection of books, magazines, oral history interviews, photographs and other materials to preserve the history and legacy of automobile racing in the region. The collection should capture the attention of fans, as well as researchers and students studying motorsports, Southern culture, pop culture, engineering and more.

"McMurray's photographs will serve as the flagship collection in a digital photo archive we are preparing to launch of images related to and about motorsports," said Meredith Evans, associate University librarian for special collections at Atkins Library. "Digitizing these photographs and providing access to supporting manuscript and oral history collections will make this the premiere motorsports collection in the Southeast."

Commemoration of Berlin Wall's Fall Set for Nov. 9

Mario Röllig spent three months in East Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen Prison in 1987 for trying to flee communist East Germany. He will tell his story at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City, during an afternoon of public activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event, called "The Power of People," is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The German Language and Culture Foundation is hosting the event in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Each year, the foundation awards dozens of scholarships to UNC Charlotte students who are majoring in German, and it works with the department to provide hands-on learning opportunities with German companies in Charlotte and abroad.

In addition to Röllig’s talk, there will be simultaneous showings of a documentary and feature film "The Lives of Others," beginning at 3:00 PM; a symbolic tearing down of the "wall" around 5:30 PM; and an exhibit of photography, news articles and student projects that were a collaboration among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Gaston County Schools and Deutsche Schule Charlotte, the German Language School.