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Exhibit Dates: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to Tuesday, January 31, 2017

“Building a Barrier-Free Campus” explores how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities starting in the mid-1960s—a time when disabled students had no right to attend K-12 schools or college. The exhibit covers a broad timeline (mid-1960s to today) and introduces viewers to both UTA’s status as a leader in disability accessibility today and the multi-championship-winning Movin’ Mavs adapted sports program. 

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Presidential debate poster
View Vice Presidential Debate in the Library, Tues, Oct 4
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, sixth floor atrium

 

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
woman eating healthy food
What’s Healthy, Then and Now: Gathering texts for CADOH, Thu, Oct 6
Event Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Laurel Smith Stvan, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Jacqueline Fay, Associate Professor at English at UTA
Sridhar Nerur, Associate Professor of Information Systems at UTA

Our talk highlights the ongoing gathering and processing of texts from work at the intersection of two projects that examine the understanding of health in English. We look at sources from the earliest Old English materials to conversations with current UTA students. Together these materials will expand CADOH, the Corpus of American Discourses on Health.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Presidential debate poster
View Second Presidential Debate in the Library, Sun, Oct 9
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, sixth floor atrium

 

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
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Data Management 101
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room 315A

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Registration required

 

Sponsor: 
UTA Office of Graduate Studies
UTA Libraries
Book cover for Shoot the Conductor: Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy, by Anshel Brusilow
Maestro Brusilow shares insights from years of conducting orchestras
Event Date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Anshel Brusilow

 

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
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Introduction to SPSS for Statistics
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room B20

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction
Approaches to Personalizing Online Learning, Wed, Oct 19
Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Peggy Semingson

Approaches to Personalizing Online Learning

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Presidential debate poster
View Third Presidential Debate in the Library, Wed, Oct 19
Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, sixth floor atrium

 

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
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Cleaning and Preparing Data For Use
Event Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room B20

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Registration required

 

Sponsor: 
UTA Office of Graduate Studies
UTA Libraries
young woman on laptop
Hispanic Youth, Digital Media Fluency and Political Capital, Tue, Oct 25
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Mark Tremayne, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Demographers predict the Hispanic population of Texas to surpass the non-Hispanic white population in about 8 years. While the groups are approaching equal size, a wide gap remains in political participation. Census Bureau figures for the last presidential election reveal a gap of more than 20 percentage points (61% to 39% turnout rates). While a number of cultural factors are involved, the proposed research would focus on the role of digital media fluency as an activity with the potential to foster community ties, build social capital and increase political participation.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
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3D Analysis using ArcGIS
Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room B20

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
Book cover for Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, by Donald Kyle
Author to discuss sports in the ancient world
Event Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Donald Kyle

In the updated second edition of his book, UTA history professor Donald Kyle debunks claims that there were no sports before the ancient Greeks. He explores the cultural exchange of Greek sport and Roman spectacle, how each culture responded to the other’s entertainment, and the relationship of spectacle to political structures. Kyle examines sport and spectacle in the Late Roman Empire, including Christian opposition to pagan games and the Roman response.

 

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
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Digital Consent in an Age of Corporate and Government Surveillance, Tue, Nov 8
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Estee Beck, Assistant Professor of English

For the past twenty years or so, digital writing studies (a sub-discipline in English studies) has attended to the conditions of the writing environment, e.g., methods along with political, social, and cultural values embedded in writing spaces. Additionally, disciplinary conversations have turned to the developing surveillance state in online spaces. For instance, how Facebook or Google tracks people online or how surveillance affects student engagement in learning management systems like Blackboard or Coursera.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Data visualization graph
Intro to SAS for Statistics
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room B20

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
Data visualization graph
Network Analysis using ArcGIS
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library, room B20

This workshop is part of the Data Analysis and Visualization (DAVis) workshop series, which provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to learn about digital tools and techniques for working with various types of data.

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
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Discovering the World Through GIS
Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor

 

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.

The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

Sponsor: 
UTA Libraries
artwork depicting Middle Ages
Digital Observance: Visualizing Observant Reform in the Middle Ages, Thu, Nov 17
Event Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Kathryne Beebe, Assistant Professor of Medieval History and Digital Humanities

Medieval historians currently have several Digital Arts and Humanities initiatives designed to aid research at their disposal. However, these initiatives, while useful, are not coherent; they offer disparate, individualized, and uncoordinated efforts to support scholarly research.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Texas Tradition Chorus
Four-part harmony a cappella chorus to sing in the holidays, Fri, Dec 2
Event Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor

After a three-year absence, the Texas Tradition Chorus returns to jump-start the holiday season with a rousing musical performance. The Burleson-based group of women is a four-part harmony a cappella chorus that sings barbershop-style arrangements in a variety of genres

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
Book cover for The Big Brain Puzzle Book, by Terry Stickels
Author discusses how puzzle books help your brain, Fri, Jan 13
Event Date: 
Friday, January 13, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Terry Stickels

Terry Stickels, internationally syndicated puzzle writer and lifetime Mensa member, will stimulate your brain, stretch your mind, and show you ways to avoid age-related dementia. He trains audiences to use the powers of their minds to improve mental flexibility and develop creative problem-solving skills. Stickels will demonstrate how great thinkers think through the use of puzzles.

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
border land map
Border Land: The Struggle for Texas, 1821-1846, Thu, Jan 26
Event Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Sam Haynes, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies
Ramona Holmes, Director of Digital Creation, UTA Libraries

This project seeks to map sites of conflict between Native Americans and Euro-Americans in Texas from the creation of the First Mexican Republic to the outbreak of the U.S.-Mexico War (1821-1846). Texas during this period was the most diverse region of the North American continent. It had long been home to several woodland tribes, who had migrated to the area from the Lower Mississippi Valley around 700 A.D. The region's population increased dramatically in the eighteenth century, when northern residents of New Spain established settlements above the Rio Grande.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
multicultural women
Multicultural Women's Historical Archive in North Texas, Thur, Feb 9
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Sonja S. Watson, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Spanish
Kenton Ramsby, Assistant Professor

In a 2007 report for the National Women’s Studies Association, titled “Questions for a New Century: Women’s Studies and Integrative Learning”, Amy Levin posed the following questions with regard to the future of Women’s Studies programs in the U.S. and abroad:

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Book cover for The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by
Author to discuss book on Native American slavery, Fri, Feb 17
Event Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor

From the time of the conquistadors until the early 20th century, tens of thousands of Indians were enslaved in the New World to work the gold and silver mines. This “other slavery” predated African slavery and lasted far longer. Reséndez makes the case that the indigenous population of North America was decimated not by smallpox, but by slavery. He argues that although Indian slavery was illegal, those who wanted to profit used social collusion and labor coercion to enslave the Indians. He challenges us to consider how influence, power, and capital are used to enslave people today.

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
David LaFevor
Creating a Digital Archive of Ecclesiastical Documents in the Siete Villas of Cuba, Thur, Feb 23
Event Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
David LaFevor, assistant professor of Latin American history and digital humanities
Ana Gregorio Cano, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Following practices the PI has developed since 2005, Professor Gregorio Cano and graduate students would assist in the collection, digitization, creation of metadata, and preservation of some of the most important historical documents related to the African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere. This will generate new scholarship, democratize access to historical sources, and will create international partnerships between Cuban universities and UTA. The importance of this emerging relationship for the near future cannot be overstated.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Spanish engraving
Editing Hernán Cortés’ Cartas de relación: A Contribution to the Digital Library of Old Spanish Texts, Thur, March 9
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Sonia Kania, Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages

Although the field of Spanish philology has made strides in recent decades toward the goal of publishing faithful editions of Old Spanish texts, there is still a lack of reliable primary sources. This is especially troubling for the historical linguist, who, in the absence of an oral record, must recur to written sources for his or her data. In the area of Colonial Spanish studies, we are fortunate in the fact that the Spanish colonizing enterprise has left us with a plethora of documentation.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
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Spatial History Research Collaborative, Thur, March 23
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Andrew Milson, Professor of History
John Garrigus, Associate Professor of History

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an increasingly valuable technology for managing and analyzing multiple forms of geographic data. Researchers in the natural and social sciences were among the earliest groups to adopt GIS for the visualization, analysis, and mapping of biological, geological, political, and sociological phenomena. As the science and technology supporting GIS have improved, the tool has become more commonly used for research in a wide array of fields and has gained broad acceptance for commercial, governmental, and educational applications.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Blue Texas, by Max Krochmal
Book cover for Blue Texas, by Max Krochmal, Fri, March 24
Event Date: 
Friday, March 24, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Max Krochmal

This program coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Texas Labor Archives, which later merged with the Texas Political Archives, the University Archives, and the Jenkins Garret Collection to form Special Collections. Max Krochmal drew extensively from UTA’s AFL-CIO

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library
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Humor in Healthcare Waiting Rooms to Enhance Human-Robot Interaction, Thur, April 6
Event Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library 6th Floor Parlor
Presenter: 
Julienne Greer, Theatre Arts
Kris Doelling, Research Scientist, UTA Research Institute

In this project we use Theatre Arts performance methodologies for an assistive robot to serve the participants in the Office of Student Disabilities, Lakewood Village Retirement Community, and the main office for The Dept. of Theatre Arts. This is a study to inform how Human—Robot Interaction (HRI), specifically the use of improvisational humor in an assistive robot, may positively impact attitudes between humans and robots.

Sponsor: 
UTA College of Liberal Arts
UTA Libraries
Book cover for No Asylum, by Steve Sherwood
Author to discuss his novel set in a national park, Fri, April 14
Event Date: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Event Location: 
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Presenter: 
Steve Sherwood

Aldo Springer, Chief Park Ranger at Fort Pawnee National Historic Site in Kansas, defies his own judgment to conceal Amanda Lowenthal, a 28-year-old escapee from the state hospital for the criminally insane, who murdered her family when she was fourteen. When she demands asylum and threatens to jump from the crow’s nest of a flagpole, Springer—loathed by his superintendent and recently banished from the Rocky Mountains to Kansas—risks everything. Sherwood has written a compelling novel about escape and hope.

Sponsor: 
Friends of the Library