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Dr. Gary Edwards receives Fulbright Senior Fellowship
Gary Edwards, History, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Fellowship in American Studies. Edwards will lecture as a visiting member of the faculty at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies located at the Free University ofDr. Gary Edwards Berlin during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Edwards won the prestigious fellowship after extensive evaluation by academic review boards in Washington, D.C. and Berlin. His proposal, "Race, Republicanism, and Ruralism: A Historical Narrative on Contemporary American Identity," highlights the paradoxical nature of personal liberty and societal order in a nascent democracy. It is designed to challenge German students to examine the U.S. past in order to understand its present. He will teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the American South, the Civil War, and the Early American Republic. In addition to his teaching duties, Edwards will continue researching and writing his first book on farming families of antebellum Tennessee. The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Drs. Dale and Lauren Schack Clark perform in England
Dr. Dale Clark and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, Music, recently performed MDr. Lauren Schack Clarkixed Dr. Dale ClarkMetaphors, a duo for bassoon and piano, at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) conference, held at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, England. The Clarks have been selected to perform at the annual IDRS conference three of the last four years. The work, Mixed Metaphors, was composed by Professor Richard Applin, professor of composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston.

ASU SBTDC to offer Intro to QuickBooks seminar
ASU’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is offering a four-night, hands-on ‘Introduction to QuickBooks’ workshop beginning Tuesday, August 25, from 6-9 p.m. and running consecutive Tuesday evenings through September 15. The workshop will be held at the ASU Technical Center, 5504 Krueger Drive, Jonesboro. Registration is $75 per workshop or $225 for all four nights (a $75 savings). Seating is limited to 20 participants, and attendees are encouraged to attend all four evenings. Certified QuickBooks instructors Linda Harvey, of Jones and Company, Ltd., and Sherry Hensley, of Computer Tutor, will teach the workshop. To register, contact Lois Travis, ext. 3517, or register online. For details, see the NewsPage release.

Bradbury Gallery opens 2009-10 season with biennial
On Thursday, August 27, ASUís Bradbury Gallery will host thJohn Norris's "Forest, 2008," oil on linen, 36 X 36 inches, will be on display on Thursday, August 27, at Arkansas State University's Bradbury Gallery.e first exhibition of the 2009-10 season. The 2009 Faculty Biennial will open to the public at 5 p.m. This bi-annual exhibition features artwork by the eminent faculty of the ASU Department of Art, including William Allen, Roger Carlisle, Tom Chaffee, Shelley Gipson, Gayle Pendergrass, Phyllis Rambin, Daniel J. Reeves, William Rowe, John Salvest, Curtis Steele, and Kimberly B. Vickrey. Two new faculty members, John Norris and Jessa Wilcoxen, will also be featured. Bradbury Gallery hours are 12 noon-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information, contact Les Christensen, director, the Bradbury Gallery, at ext. 2567. For details, see the NewsPage release

Bluegrass Monday features the Next Best Thing
The Next Best Thing will perform a concert of bluegrass music tonight at 7 p.m. at Atkins Celebration Hall, 101 South Pruett Street, in downtown Paragould. TheThe Next Best Thing appears in concert Monday night, Aug. 24, at KASU's Bluegrass Monday Paragould. performance is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will, quite literally, pass the hat to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per person. The Next Best Thing is led by Sally and Tensel Sandker, the daughters of bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent. They never planned for a career in music, only occasionally singing with their mother and never playing instruments while growing up, although now they are the sixth generation of the Vincent family to perform. When they enrolled at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), they met college students who played bluegrass music, and they were encouraged in their pursuit of bluegrass by music instructors at the university. With other students from ETSU, the Sandker sisters perform as the Next Best Thing, touring across the country. For details, visit Bluegrass Monday’s website, or contact KASU program director Marty Scarbrough at ext. 2367.
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