ASU observes Constitution Day with Judge Miller Sept. 21
ASU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences
invites ASU students and faculty and selected area high school
students to join in observing the 5th Annual Constitution Day
Monday, September 21. The program will begin at 9 a.m. in Centennial
Hall, ASU Student Union, with a keynote address by Judge Brian S.
Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Day he will speak on the topic, “Concerning
III: The Federal Courts and American Society.” Other activities will follow at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
on the third floor of the Student Union.
The opening talk
will be followed by a variety of activities at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
on the third floor of the ASU Student Union. Students may choose to
discuss “The Bill
of Rights and You,” using colorful applications from case law;
test their knowledge of the judicial branch and its structure and
functions; attend a roundtable that draws on the expertise of ASU
faculty members and local lawyers; or learn about judicial procedure
from the members of the ASU Moot Court Team, who will provide a
brief demonstration of an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme
Court. This year’s program commemorates the 222nd anniversary of the
signing of the
U.S. Constitution. For details, or to bring your Monday morning
classes, contact Dr. Richard
Wang, chair and professor, Political Science, at ext. 3048,
or Dr. Ruth Owens,
interim associate dean, the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences, at ext. 3973. For more details, see the
Chanda Washington opens speaker series
Washington, a veteran journalist and editor at the Washington Post, will
open the second annual Journalism Alumni Speakers series at ASU, Monday, Sept. 21. She will spend Monday and Tuesday,
Sept. 22, speaking to several classes in the College of Communications.
Washington is the first of several scheduled speakers for the 2009-10
series sponsored by the Department of Journalism. The series features
outstanding alumni who will return to campus to speak and interact with
students and faculty in classes and other settings. Washington is a 1995
journalism graduate of Arkansas State.
While a student, Washington, a graduate of Lakeside High School in Lake
Village, was editor and sports editor of The Herald as well as design
editor for the Pocahontas Star-Herald. She was named Who’s Who Among
American Colleges and Universities and a member of the Society of
Professional Journalists and Women in Communications, Inc. For details,
see the NewsPage release.
Dean B. Ellis Library's 'Soul of A People'
As part of the Dean B.
Ellis Library program,
of A People: Voices from the Writers' Project,"
Dr. Linda Lovell, associate
professor of English at Northwest Arkansas Community College, will
Arkansas Slave Narratives on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. in the
Dean B. Ellis Library's third-floor programs/exhibitions area.
During the 1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed hundreds
of ex-slaves in a project known as the Slave Narratives. These
American slave narratives were gathered in 1940-1941--80 years after
the outbreak of the Civil War--by interviewers of the Works Progress
Administration (WPA), a program of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. In
Arkansas, the effort was headed by Bernie Babcock, a local author
and founder of the museum that would become the Arkansas Museum of
Discovery, and administered out of the former WPA's headquarters at the Old
State House, which now is home to the
Old State House Museum.
The Arkansas interviews are particularly noteworthy for their
candor, a testament to the ability of the interviewers to put their
subjects at ease. As part of Dr. Lovell's lecture, ASU Theatre
students Freddie Fulton and Bridget Bolton will do readings from the
narratives. The event is free, and the public is invited. Previous
events have included lectures by
Dr. Michael Dougan,
professor emeritus, History; many other ASU professors will be
featured lecturers throughout the project.
Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch,
History, is the project scholar. For details, call
April Sheppard, chair,
library programs, at ext. 3077, or view the
program schedule through
Sunday, Nov. 1. The Dean B. Ellis
Library at Arkansas State University is one of
30 libraries nationwide that received a $2,500 grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to present different
outreach programs in connection with the upcoming documentary, “Soul
of a People: Voices from the Writers’ Project.” The Dean B. Ellis
Library is working in collaboration with the Craighead Country
Jonesboro Public Library to bring quality humanities and historical
programming to as wide an audience as possible. Events at both
libraries are free and open to the public.
KASU's Blue Monday-Paragould
Bluesberry Jam Band
KASU 91.9 FM presents the
Band at the next Blue Monday-Paragould on September 21 from 7-9
p.m. at the Red Goose Deli,
117 N. Pruett
Street, downtown Paragould. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free
and open to the public, but KASU will pass the hat to pay the
musicians. Admission to
the Blue Monday-Paragould concert featuring the Bluesberry Jam Band
is free, but seating is limited. The Bluesberry Jam Band performed
at last year's Saturday afternoon Blues Bash, in the grand finale to
Delta Blues Symposium XV. For details, contact
director of development, KASU, at ext. 2807.
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