Music 351 (Music History II) Research Poster Sessions (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm) in the Library Events Area, Dr. Terry Dean
Exposium, the annual celebration of student research and creativity, is the first Week of April!
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exposium will be held in the Cunningham Memorial Library Events Area, where students display posters of their research projects and examples of creative projects they have accomplished. Exhibits are up each day and authors will be present at various times to answer any questions.
For a detailed schedule see http://researchexpress.indstate.edu/symposium.htm
On Wednesday, April 3, Exposium will move to the Landini Center for Creative and Performimg Arts for a day of performances.
For a full schedule of events please visit http://researchexpress.indstate.edu/symposium.htm, or call Jenifer Pollom at ext. 2520 with any questions.
Cunningham Memorial Library hosts Authors and Artists reception Wednesday
February 26 2013
Cunningham Memorial Library’s annual Authors and Artists program and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Library Events Area.
The only campus event that honors the written or artistic material or performance of ISU’s faculty, staff and students, this year’s 28th annual event will feature 21 ISU faculty and emeriti who published or created artistic works in 2012. A reception will begin at 3 p.m. with light refreshments. A program featuring Dr. Christopher Olsen, Chair of the Department of History, as the keynote speaker will start at 3:30 p.m.
The occasion also serves as a place to recognize this year’s Graduate and Undergraduate recipients of the Library’s Bakerman Research Award.
This popular Library Connect pamphlet was updated in 2011 and explains how authors and others can use journal articles published by Elsevier.
At Elsevier, we are committed to helping authors to submit their best possible paper. We therefore have developed a series of freely available training webcasts.
The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK) is an online resource to support journal editors in handling publishing ethics issues.
Professor publishes book on Clarence Major
By: Beth Pickerill, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
October 17, 2012
Byerman’s book focuses on the art, work and family of Clarence Major, an award-winning painter, writer and poet. The book was published by the University of Georgia Press. Support for printing art work came from the Sarah Hodge Mills Fund
Byerman started this project when another colleague wanted to do a series for the Pennsylvania State University Press about 10 male African Americans. The series fell apart but Byerman continued with his research into Major. Major’s work and his personal life with a mixed race Southern family fascinated Byerman. In Major, the professor found a willing collaborator, who also wanted to continue with the book.
“He was willing to participate and tell me information I would never have found. This project would not have worked without his help,” Byerman said. “Since Major was willing to cooperate, it helped me because I could not find many of the documents such as, birth certificates and marriage licenses.”
The book took 11 years to complete as Byerman had to track down letters, manuscripts and diaries buried in libraries for his book. Byerman searched for these documents through ISU library and traveled to the University of Minnesota to conduct research for the book since its library specializes in African-American culture.
“I will never forget the day I started the book, it was on 9/11. Major had his artwork at Michigan State and I drove up there. Every time before Major would talk he would ask the audience if there is anything else they would like to discuss,” said Byerman. “Then once everyone had finished he would move on, and I appreciated him for taking time to do that.”
Major has been drawing and writing poetry since he was 15. He won The National Council on the Arts Award in 1970 for his collection of poetry titled “Swallow the Lake.” He has received a bronze medal and a New York Cultural Foundation grant for his poetry.
As a child, students made fun of Major and his sister would beat up the students at school for him, Byerman said. Major went through three marriages which altogether lasted less than 10 years. Major’s first three marriages altogether lasted less than 10 years. His fourth marriage has lasted for more than over 30 years. He has six kids between two of his ex-wives.
“The more I learned about his life the stranger it got,” said Byerman.
When Byerman went to Major’s house for the first time, they discussed the artwork in the house. In the garage, Major showed Byerman racks full of his artwork, without titles or dates. When Byerman would ask him what was the name of a particular drawing Major responded, “Well what do you want to name it?”
“So, I got to name a few paintings, which was pretty cool,” said Byerman.
One unique aspect about Major is he would finish a piece of his artwork and then later would change something on it. The painting “Saturday Afternoon” has three different versions, said Byerman.
“Major believed in his own talent because of his mom and sister gave him so much support. He had no reason to think he would not become an artist,” Byerman said.
Byerman’s other books are: “Remembering the Past in Contemporary African American Fiction,” “Fingering the Jagged Grain,” “Seizing the Word,” “Seizing the Word: History, Art and Self in the Work of W. E. B. Dubois.” He recently completed a book on the life and work of novelist John Edgar Wideman, which will be published next year.
http://isuphoto.smugmug.com/photos/i-5ZHhx8p/0/L/i-5ZHhx8p-L.jpg “The Art and Life of Clarence Major”
Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or email@example.com
Writer: Beth Pickerill, media relations assistant, Office of Communication & Marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-237-3773
Reposted from ISU Comm/Marketing