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99th Year

March 13, 2009

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Prof. Christopher Ricks to lecture on poetry of Bob Dylan, Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m., Convocation Center Auditorium

ASU Museum, "The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" opens Saturday, March 14,
1 p.m. Event two, Fowler Center


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Dr. Hansen to sign copies of 'A Florida Fiddler' March 14
Dr. Gregory Hansen, English and Folklore, will be signing copies of Dr. Gregory Hansenhis book, "A Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman," at That Bookstore in Blytheville (TBIB) on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. After the signing, Rachel Reynolds, who holds the Janna Lambert Scholarship in History, will host and perform in a fiddle jam session that is open to any interested old-time and/or bluegrass musicians. According to TBIB's Web site, Hansen's "A Florida Fiddler " is more than
"a biography of a traditional fiddle player. It is a chronicle of the collaboration between a fieldworker and his subject. It is also an exploration of the evolution of a tradition, a look at the methods of public-sector folklorists, and a regional history of central and north-east Florida. Finally, it is a study of the American tall tale in its Southern incarnation." For details, contact That Bookstore in Blytheville, 316 W. Main, (870) 763-3333. Dr. Hansen discussed "A Florida Fiddler" on a recent edition of KASU's "Music from the Isles," with host Mike Doyle, director, KASU 91.9 FM. See the NewsPage release for an article by Dr. Hansen about fiddle music.

Dr. Alan Jabbour to present lecture on fiddle tunes today
Dr. Alan Jabbour, founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, will present a lecture at Arkansas State University on Friday, March 13, at Dr. Alan Jabbour3:30 p.m., in the ASU Museum, Room 357. Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program, Dr. Jabbour will speak on “Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier.” Dr. Jabbour’s lecture, which he will illustrate with musical selections, is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at ext. 2226, or see the NewsPage release.

Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair at ASU today
The Northeast Arkansas Regional Science Fair (NEARSF) will be held today and Saturday, March 13-14, at Centennial Hall in the Student Union. Exhibit setup for the science fair projects is
today, March 13, between 8:45-11 a.m. The check-in table for student projects will be outside Centennial Hall. Exhibiting information regarding various academic programs at Arkansas State will be available in Centennial Hall. ASU representatives from various departments and programs will be available Friday morning and/or afternoon for students, parents, and others to gather information about the university. Science fair exhibits will be closed to the public Friday afternoon from noon-5:30 p.m. for judging. Fair exhibits will be open to the public and to students from
5:30-7 p.m. on Friday. An awards ceremony will take place in the auditorium of the Student Union on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.
For additional information, contact
Dr. Tillman Kennon, director of the NEARSF, at ext. 3256, or see the NewsPage release.

Information session for University/Community Chorus tour
On Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Daniel J. Reeves, dean, ASU's College of Fine Arts, and Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities, are hosting an information session for singers from northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, and west Tennessee interested in joining the University/Community Chorus for a performance tour to Rome and Florence, Italy, March 18-26, 2010. The 6:30 p.m. meeting, scheduled for room 210 in the ASU Fine Arts Center, will be presented by John Wiscombe, president of Music Celebrations International, who will provide details of sightseeing and performance experiences expected for the spring break 2010 trip. The session is open to all current and former members of the ASU choral program, plus ASU 2009-2010 freshmen singers. In order to form a larger performing group, Miller is inviting additional singers from the mid-south to join the University/Community chorus. While in Italy, the group will give four performances, one of which will be with a local choir. The highlight of the tour will be a performance at a mass or papal audience in St. Peterís Basilica at the Vatican. Call the ASU choral office, ext. 3841, for details, or see the NewsPage release
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