University of Texas at Arlington

Past Friends of the Libraries Events

Leopold Eidlitz
Kathryn E. Holliday, Leopold Eidlitz--Friends of the Libraries
Event Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Kate Holliday, architectural historian and UTA associate professor, offers a critical examination of the work of New York architect Leopold Eidlitz. He was America’s first Jewish architect, a founding member of the American Institute of Architects, and the first American to define modern organic architecture. Eidlitz created a fusion of structure and ornament that defied the Gilded Age’s aesthetic and alienated powerful beaux-arts-trained American architects.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

House on Quality Hill
Author discusses book on Fort Worth's Quality Hill, Fri, Jan 13
Event Date: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Brenda McClurkin, Department Head of UTA Libraries Special Collections, will discuss her book Fort Worth's Quality Hill, which she wrote in collaboration with staff from Historic Fort Worth, Inc.

Fort Worth's Quality Hill illustrates how wealthy Fort Worth citizens wrangled the Belle Epoque into Cowtown. Vintage photographs portray bygone fashions and opulent architecture accompanied by stories about the families of Quality Hill, many of whose names still resonate in the city.

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

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

Book cover for Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, by Donald Kyle
Author to discuss sports in the ancient world, Fri, Nov 4
Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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.


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, Fri, Oct 14
Event Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Book cover for The Bankhead Highway in Texas, by Dan L. Smith
Author to discuss book on Bankhead Highway in Texas, Fri, Sep 9
Event Date: Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Celebrate the centennial of America’s first all-weather transcontinental highway, which connected Washington, D.C. and San Diego by crossing through 850 miles of Texas. Dan Smith gives the history of the Bankhead National Highway, named for U.S. Senator John H. Bankhead of Alabama, explains the Good Roads Movement, and provides a spiral-bound guide full of colorful detailed maps and photos of the Texas route county-by-county from Texarkana to El Paso. Perfect for a road trip!

Book cover for Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist, by Debra Winegarten
Friends of the Library - Debra Winegarten, Oveta Culp Hobby
Event Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievement. During World War II, she was asked to build a women's army from scratch—and did. Hobby became Director of the Women's Army Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. President Eisenhower chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making her the second woman in history to be appointed to a president's cabinet. When she wasn't serving in the government, Hobby worked with her husband, former Texas governor William P.