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Spotlight: New Speaker Series Celebrates UNC Charlotte Authors

Date Published:
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the J. Murrey Atkins Library have partnered to engage the community through a new annual speaker series called “Personally Speaking” that highlights authors who are UNC Charlotte faculty members. It is designed to celebrate campus authors and offer the community a chance to learn more about the authors and their work. Each of the four events this year will feature a presentation by the author, followed by a question-and-answer session, book signing and reception; books will be on sale. The events are free and open to the public, but the University requests that you register by calling 704-687-0085 or e-mailing clas-event@uncc.edu.

"The partnership between the library and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a natural one," says Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the college. "We support the University's mission to serve as a resource to the greater Charlotte area, and this new speaker series is an excellent way to share with the community the knowledge and expertise of our faculty."

In the first talk of the series, “A Book is a Product Unlike Any Other,” Christine Haynes, an associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ History Department, will discuss her new work “Lost Illusions: The Politics of Publishing in Nineteenth-Century France.” In the book, Haynes examines a contentious struggle between printers, publishers and government officials over whether a book was an ordinary or unique kind of product. She traces the history of publishing in France to show how the French forged their version of a cultural marketplace, which remains different from ours to this day. The talk will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room.

Other authors in the Personally Speaking series include:

  • Nov. 2, Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross, "Bizarre Botanicals: How to Grow String-of-Hearts, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Panda Ginger, and Other Weird and Wonderful Plants," Atkins Library, 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 1, Tony Jackson, "The Technology of the Novel: Writing and Narrative in British Fiction," Location TBD, 6 p.m.
  • March 22, Sean McCloud, "Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies," Location TBD, 6 p.m.