Thursday, September 29, 2011

Crimes of the Heart

Come support 'Southern's opening theater season with the exciting drama Crimes of the Heart! The award-winning show will be in BSC's College Theater/Theater One October 6-9.

Tickets are now on sale for the 4 performances:

Oct. 6th-8th at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9th at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online here. General public tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. For more information, contact the Theater Box Office at 226-4780.

Crimes of the Heart is a 1981 Pulizter winner and has also been awarded the Drama Critics Circle Award. It takes place in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, 5 years after Hurricane Camille.

Welcome to the wild and wacky home of the McGrath sisters, one of whom has just shot her state senator husband, the other of whom has returned home after a failed singing career in California, and the oldest of whom is turning 30 and wonders if her "shrunken ovary" is going to keep her from ever finding a husband. Oh, and don't mention their mother who hung herself beside their family cat. Crazy? Yes. Funny? Yes. Warm and full of the things that make families the things that we can't live with and can't live without? Absolutely! According the Pulitzer Prize Committee citation, Crimes of the Heart is "a play rich with wisdom about the way people respond to life".

-From the BSC Events Webpage

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Drive By Press: Print Collection

The Drive by Press print collection is on display at BSC for only a few more days! The collection will close on Thursday, September 29th. Come see Drive by Press: Print Collection before it's too late!

The collection is on display at the Durbin Gallery of the Doris Wainwright Kennedy Art Center. Open 9:00am - 4:30pm.

What exactly is Drive by Press?

Drive By Press is a New York based company which has devoted itself to redefine promotional apparel and to connect brands with their customer for the past 6 years. Gregory Nanney and Joseph Velasquez, two artists and print-makers, created Drive by Press to share their enthusiasm for printmaking with people everywhere. Nanney and Velasquez sold their personal belongings in order to buy a 600 pound 14th century style machine, which they loaded into the back of their vehicle. Dubbed the kings of DIY printmaking, the duo have now worked over 500 events and traveled over 250,000 miles spreading ink and their style of guerilla art-making at events across America.

Contemporary Printmaking lecture during common hour on Thursday as well, Kennedy lecture room 10. *And join Drive by Press in the afternoon for printmaking in the back of their truck!

Have Press. Will Travel.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Two Exciting Cultural Credit Events!

When are these exciting events? *This Tuesday, September 27th, in Norton Theater. Dr. Vince Gawronski, BSC's Associate Professor of Political Science, will be speaking for Hispanic Heritage Month during common hour (11AM). Dr. Gawronski will be speaking on "the Push-Pull Factors of Migration for Mexicans and Central Americans to Alabama."


*This Wednesday, September 28th, also in Norton Theater. Mr Mutazz Al-Abd, Fulbright Fellow and BSC instructor of Arabic will be speaking from 4-5PM. His presentation is titled "Behind the Scenes: Stories from Tahrir Square."

Come listen and learn from BSC's own while getting cultural credits!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is just around the corner! For those of you who don't know what that means, libraries and bookstores across the nation will be promoting challenged and banned books to draw attention to censorship and to celebrate the freedom to read.

Books are challenged every year, most of the time with good intentions, but often the censorship is blatant and over-the-top. The three reasons most commonly cited for banning books are "sexually explicit", "offensive language", and "unsuited to age group". More than 11,000 books have been banned or challenged since 1982, and there were 348 challenges reported in the last year alone, including Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. So join us next week (September 24-October 1) as we celebrate the freedom to read!

For more information on Banned Book Week, please visit the American Library Association website at

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Constitution Day -- September 16, 2011

The U.S. Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787. Every year around Constitution Day educational institutions across the United States teach students about the important history of the U.S. Constitution. This year the Birmigham-Southern College Library encourages you to learn a little more about the document that makes our government so preferable to the alternatives that are out there. The Library has created a research guide highlighting interesting information about the Constitution.

Please take a look at our Research Guide for Constitution Day.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jewish American Songwriters Exhibit and Presentations

The Charles Andrew Rush/N.E. Miles Library presents

“A Fine Romance:
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965”
An American Library Association touring exhibit

Songs such as “As Time Goes By,” “It Had to Be You,” and “Over the Rainbow” have captivated generations of audiences and remain beloved musical icons of American popular culture.

The Exhibit runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 21, 2011 at the Charles Andrew Rush/N.E. Miles Library at Birmingham-Southern College

Sept. 15 at 11 a.m.—Opening program in Hill Recital Hall: “Quite A Fine Romance: Jewish Musical Roots in Early Broadway” A lecture and performance connecting many Tin Pan Alley songs to their roots in Jewish musical tradition by BSC Professor of Music Lester Seigel and BSC student performers. Reception and viewing of exhibition following in Library.

Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.—Film-screening and presentation in Norton Theatre: “Whoever You Are, I Love You: ‘Love Me Tonight’ and the Integrated Musical.” Presented by Dr. David Resha, Assistant Professor of Media and Film Studies. The discussion will cover stylistic innovations in the film and the conventions of the integrated musical.

Programs and exhibit are free and open to the public

The Library Guide created for this exhibit has some fun film clips.

Regular Library Hours for viewing exhibit:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to Midnight
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. to Midnight

For more information, call 226-4742 or visit

“A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965” was developed by Nextbook Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from “Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life” and the Seymour Gitenstein Endowment in Judaic Studies at BSC.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Library Closed for Labor Day

The Library will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday

Saturday, Sept. 3rd - closed

Sunday, Sept. 4th - closed

Monday, Sept. 5th - closed

The Library's regular hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6th.

Monday -- Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - midnight

Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - midnight

In 1894 Congress passed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday.

Labor Day poster distributed to war plants and labor organizations, August 2, 1942, Office of War Information (OWI). From the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.