Thursday, February 23, 2012
This exhibit honors the legacy of John Smith Hurt of Carroll County, Mississippi. It tells the story of Hurt’s brief musical career in the 1920s, his rediscovery by Tom Hoskins in 1963, and his influence on musicians during the folk revival of the 1960's.
The exhibit was designed by the Arts Center of Cannon County with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Many of the items depicted are on deposit in the collections of the MTSU Center for Popular Music. It is a companion to the 2011 release of the original recordings made by Tom Hoskins in Hurt’s home nearly 50 years ago. The audio CD, Discovery: the rebirth of Mississippi John Hurt, was issued by Spring Fed Records, record label of the Arts Center of Cannon County.
John Smith Hurt, better known as Mississippi John Hurt(1893-1966) was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. Singing in a loud whisper, to a melodious finger-picked accompaniment, he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1928, but soon drifted out of the recording scene. He continued his work as a farmer. After a man discovered a copy of one of his recordings, "Avalon Blues",
Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, would be the first to locate Hurt in 1963. He convinced Hurt to relocate to Washington, D.C., where he was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964. This rediscovery helped further the American folk music revival, which had led to the rediscovery of many other bluesmen of Hurt's era. Hurt entered the same university and coffeehouse concert circuit as his contemporaries, as well as other Delta blues musicians brought out of retirement. As well as playing concerts, he recorded several studio albums for Vanguard Records.
Come by and see this beautiful exhibit in the Walker Library atrium.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
If not, or if you think you might need a refresher, stop by Room 446 at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 21st. This free workshop is part of the Academic Success Series, sponsored by the University College and Walker Library.
- How to find the best books, articles, etc
- What services and equipment the library offers
- How to do research without pulling out your hair
- And more!
March 13th at 4:30pm - Walker Library 446
This session will cover tips and tricks that will help students refine their presentation and public speaking skills.
March 20th at 4:30pm - Walker Library 446
This session will cover information on how to know who your advisor is, how to get the most out of your time with your advisor and what questions you should ask your advisor.
March 27th at 4:30pm - Walker Library 446
This session will cover information on how to reach your personal and professional goals through exciting motivational techniques. Students will learn how to stay motivated and positive despite the obstacles they may face.
April 3rd at 4:30pm - Walker Library 446
Being a college student is stressful! Academics, jobs, friends, and family can pull you in many directions, and there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done. This session will cover how stress can impact your academics and your health. Leave with some surefire strategies to help you de-stress your life.
Having trouble choosing a major? This session will cover techniques on helping you find the right major and career field that best fits your personality and abilities.
April 17th & April 24th at 4:30pm - Walker Library 446
This session will provide a helpful guide to students who are not sure how to study for final exams.NOTE: The same information will be covered in both sessions. Two dates are scheduled to accommodate more students.
Monday, February 13, 2012
MS Excel Workshop (Advanced)
Who: Open to all Graduate Students & Faculty members at MTSU
When: Tuesday, February 14th at 1:00pm
Where: Walker Library Room 272
The Graduate Multimedia Development Center (GMDC) offers all graduate students and faculty an advanced workshop on Microsoft Excel. The workshop is free and registration is open now!
This workshop will cover topics such as setup and editing tools, formulas and functions that cut work down to size, the power of tables, lists, and more!
Reserve your spot today by contacting the Graduate Assistant, Nathan Haynes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.898.5445.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Federal Depository Library Program, established by Congress in 1813, ensures that Americans have access to Government information. Depository libraries collect, organize, maintain, preserve, and assist users with information from the Federal Government at no cost to the libraries or it’s users.
Walker Library’s collection includes:
· Access to thousands of electronic resources
· Congressional documents
· Materials from Agriculture, Commerce, Interior & Defense departments.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
We owe the celebration of Black History Month to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents of former slaves, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population, so he established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Photo: 1943, During WWII a factory worker is operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, in Tennessee, she is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber. Permission: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
MTSU has many events going on all across campus throughout the month of February. Click here to see a list of events.