October 17th is Black Poetry Day, a celebration of the voices of African-American poets.
This date was chosen to honor Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have a poem published (in 1760): he was born on this day. You can find more literary milestones in the encyclopedia Black Firsts.
In 1773 an entire book of poems by Phillis Wheatley was published in Philadelphia – a reprint of the edition she had published in London. You can read the second American edition online from our Ebooks collection. Wheatley was a celebrity on both sides of the Atlantic, but died young.
We have quite a few books, ebooks, and audio books of poetry by African-American authors. Here is a list from our catalog to start off with.
Several of our books are for children, and some are song lyrics. My favorite way to absorb a poem is to listen to it read, or read it aloud myself. What is yours?
The Humanities And Technology = THATCamp
We are participating in THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue University Fort Wayne. It will take place Friday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by optional discussion time. THATCamp Midwest @ Purdue Fort Wayne will function a bit differently than the usual THATCamp as there will be more focus on learning about digital humanities, which means we will have more structure and pre-scheduled sessions. It is perfect for faculty, staff, and students wishing to move into this field.
The day will include brief presentations, panel discussions, and workshops covering topics including: metadata tagging, social networking and data visualization, digital collections, digital project management, animation, augmented reality, and incorporating digital projects in classes/programs. A preliminary schedule is posted here on the website, where you can also register to attend. We hope to see you there!
Title: Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult
Author: Bruce Handy
Call #: PN 1009 .A1 H2576 2017
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Title: The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece
Author: John Pfordresher
Call #: PR 4167 .J5 P46 2017
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Call number: PS153.N5 I33 2011
African American literature has a long and fascinating history. This book examines 24 of the most recognizable and popular topics related to African American literature. Each piece is substantial enough to provide more information than a typical encyclopedia entry but not so long as to be tedious or overwhelming. Arranged alphabetically, the entries cover such writers as Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and August Wilson; major works, such as Invisible Man, Native Son, and Their Eyes Were Watching God; and a range of cultural topics, including the black arts movement, the Harlem Renaissance, and the jazz aesthetic. Entries are written by expert contributors and discuss the enduring significance of these topics in American history and popular culture. Each entry provides sidebars of interesting information and suggestions for further reading, while the set closes with a selected, general bibliography of print and electronic resources for student research. (From Google Books)
Did you know…following the arrival of the automobile, scientists immediately turned to biofuels? The German inventor Rudolf Diesel fueled his engine with peanut oil, while Henry Ford predicted that the fuel of choice would be alcohol-based. Now, all these years later, this interest in biofuels has been reawakened among the scientific community. Learn more about the options and our progress toward making them a reality in Achieving Sustainability, available on GVRL.Check it out!
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a wonderful eReference source available through your Ivy Tech Library. GVRL offers students thousands of full-text proprietary titles Subject areas include:
- Arts & Entertainment
- Biography & Genealogy
- Business& Economics
- Computing & IT
- Professional Development
- General Reference, Interests & Hobbies
- Health & Nursing
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Law, Government & Politics
- Mathematics & Science
- Philosophy & Psychology
- Religion & Mythology
Call number: PN6081.5 .Q65 2011 (reference, doesn’t circulate)
The Quotable Woman, Revised Edition gathers more than 18,000 great quotations from thousands of women throughout history, beginning with Eve and continuing to the present day. Thoroughly revised and updated, this book is a treasure trove of both familiar and unexpected quotations on nearly every subject imaginable, including friendship, love, politics, religion, education, the arts, and women’s role in society. Contributors are presented in chronological order by the year of their birth, then alphabetically within each year. Indexes allow readers to find quotations by subject and contributors by name, occupation/profession, and nationality/ethnicity.
This updated and expanded edition features:
- More than 4,000 additional quotations
- More than 1,350 new contributors
- Many more quotations from women in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
(From Google Books)