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    KICK OFF The Bear: Reading and Author Talk with Andrew Krivak

    November 6, 2023, 7 PM, UNCW Lumina Theater

    As part of the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, UNCW’s Office of the Arts and Randall Library are hosting a collaborative, year-long effort to promote literacy in Wilmington and the broader Cape Fear region. Programming for the NEA Big Read: Cape Fear spans three counties and includes community book reads, discussions, family-friendly events, book clubs, teacher training, performances, story times, and art festivals that focus their efforts on Andrew Krivaks's The Bear and other companion titles.  

    NEA Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Cape Fear is sponsored by the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County, the Brunswick Arts Council, and Cape Fear's Going Green.

    For more information, contact Cara Marsicano (

    Como parte del programa NEA Big Read: Cape Fear y la Oficina de Arte & la Biblioteca Randall de UNCW están organizando una colaboración de un año con el objetivo de promover la alfabetización en nuestra comunidad y la región de Cape Fear. La programación de NEA Big Read: Cape Fear, será parte de tres condados e incluye lectura de libros, debates, eventos familiares, clubs de lecturas, capacitaciones para maestros, presentaciones, cuentos y festivales artísticos centrados en el libro The Bear de Andrew Krivak y otros títulos complementarios.

    NEA Big Read es un programa del Fondo Nacional de las Artes en asociación con Artes del Medio Oeste. El NEA Big Read: Cape Fear está patrocinado por el Consejo de las Artes de Wilmington & New Hanover y el Consejo de las Artes de Brunswick.

    2023-24 NEA Big Read Featured Title The Bear

    National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivak’s third novel, is a “beautiful and elegant … gem” (Publishers Weekly) that explores a world at the end of humanity.

    The last two humans on Earth—a father and daughter—live off the land at the foot of a mountain, learning to live alongside the rhythms of a world reclaimed by nature. Then one day, the girl is alone: left only with the lessons her father taught her and the companionship of the vast wilderness.

    "Krivak folds the deep past and the far future into a remarkable fable about our inheritance as humanity makes a harmonic return to the spirit and animal worlds," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson.

    Krivak’s descriptions are “so loving and vivid that you can feel the lake water and smell the sea” (Slate). “This tender story is endowed with such fullness of meaning that you have to assign this short, touching book its category: the post-apocalypse utopia” (Wall Street Journal).

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    The "Flower and Pearls | The Narrative Behind the Art" exhibition, running from October 26 to December 15, delves into the research and storytelling that shaped the initial creation of the artist's shell art. This interactive exhibit allows visitors to use a smart device to uncover facts about Shell Island, the artist, and supplemental resources.

    Work by CLR LVN was previously featured in the Ann Boseman Gallery in the Fisher University Union from July 14 to September 15. The "Flowers and Pearls Collection" exhibition beautifully captured the changing seasons, immersing viewers in nature's mesmerizing cycle through vibrant paintings and sculptures. Through this collection, the artist shared his narrative of how he overcame life's adversity.

    CLR LVN, also known as Chris Robinson, is not only a mixed-media artist but also the Outreach and Engagement Librarian at Randall Library, overseeing Retreat at Randall. Drawing inspiration from his diverse community, global travels, and personal experiences, he intricately weaves compelling narratives into his art, offering a unique perspective that deeply resonates with his audience. Join us in exploring this remarkable blend of storytelling, design, and mindfulness.

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    During this Open Access Week, we invite you to join President Niko Pfund of Oxford University Press for a discussion on the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the scholarly publishing landscape. This engaging event is scheduled for Monday, October 23rd, at 4 PM and will be hosted in the auditorium at Randall Library. We look forward to you joining us! The event is co-sponsored by the library and Research & Innovation. For more Open Access Week events and activities, visit


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    Congratulations to our selected readers for the First Drafts event on October 19th! These authors will be sharing pieces of their works in progress at a 6:30 pm gathering and reception in the Sherman Hayes Gallery. Please join us to celebrate them and enjoy their work: Readers (in alphabetical order):

    • Camille Bliss
    • Lara Boyle
    • Kennedy Cole
    • Dr. Michelle Donahue
    • Sarah Yasmin Osman
    • Justine Payton
    • Heather Roughton
    • Chris Schmader
    • Rhonda Waterhouse

    Please join Randall Library and the Creative Writing Department at First Drafts on October 19th! First Drafts is a celebration of the writing process, and our readers will be sharing selections from some of their work in progress. Come enjoy hearty refreshments, an intriguing selection of prose and poetry, and the company of fellow writers and creatives at 6:30 pm in the Sherman Hayes Gallery in Randall Library.


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    Join us for the TLLS Fall 2023 Virtual Coffee Hour exploring "AI's Impact on Higher Education." Our panelists, Tom Dorgan (ITS), Dr. Rick Olsen (Communication Studies), Karen Thompson (Distance Education and eLearning), and Sam Zelick (Randall Library), will provide insights into generative AI's influence in higher education. Don't miss it on October 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, where you can discover how these experts are addressing AI submissions and more! REGISTER:

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    This series is a unique journey into the world of mindfulness, centered around the concept of grounding. Grounding is a practice that helps individuals stay rooted in the present moment, fostering a sense of inner calm and self-awareness. It serves as an anchor to prevent drifting into anxious thoughts about the future or dwelling on the past. This series is a journey of self-discovery and relaxation, equipping individuals with valuable mindfulness practices for daily life. Space is limited. Reservation required. All sessions will occur in Retreat at Randall, RL 2016. Open to students, faculty, and staff.

    Sound Meditation | Oct 26 | 3PM | RL 2016 - SESSION IS FULL

    Discover the serenity of sound! Join us for an immersive experience in the world of sound meditation and unlock its incredible benefits. In this mindfulness session, you will embark on a journey of self-discovery and relaxation through the power of sound. Reserve your spot today and prepare to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

    Shell Painting | Nov 2 | 3PM | RL 2016 - SESSION IS FULL

    Embark on a journey of mindful creation! Join us for an enriching experience in the world of mindful artistry as we explore the profound connection between creativity and mindfulness. In this mindfulness session, you'll have the opportunity to dive deep into the art of mindful shell painting, where the process itself becomes the focal point. Reserve your spot today and prepare to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

    Crocheting | Nov 9 | 3PM | RL 2016 - SESSION IS FULL

    Unwind your mind with mindful crocheting! Join us for a captivating journey into the world of mindful crocheting, where the art of creation meets the practice of mindfulness. In this mindfulness session, you'll explore the profound connection between crocheting and inner peace. Reserve your spot today and prepare to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

    Mindful Tea | Nov 16 | 12PM | RL 2016 - SESSION IS FULL

    Sip, savor, and discover mindfulness! Join us for an enchanting journey into the world of mindful tea tasting, where every cup becomes a gateway to inner calm and self-discovery. In this mindfulness session, we'll explore the art of mindful tea consumption, its rich origins, and the profound purpose it holds. Reserve your spot today and prepare to harmonize your body, mind, and spirit.

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    Horror fans, filmmakers, and creatives, now is your time!

    Randall Library is partnering with the Association for Campus Entertainment to bring you our second annual 48 Hour Horror Film Competition!

    Teams of up to five students (or just one, if you work better solo) will have exactly 48 hours to create a short horror film between 5 and 8 minutes long. All films will be screened at a showing in Lumina Theatre on Tuesday, October 24th, where a panel of Film Studies professors and students will select three teams to receive prizes—and lifelong g(l)ory.

    Prizes for first, second, and third place will be $100, $50, and $25 per team, respectively, along with a unique trophy made in our own Digital Makerspace. All are invited to enjoy the films, the horror trivia, and movie snacks!

    To enter the competition, please fill out the form here:

    You must register via this form no later than 5:45 pm on Friday, October 20th, to enter the competition.

    For your film to be included in the competition and eligible for prizes, you must upload your film no later than 6 pm on October 22nd. (48 hours after being getting the prompt)

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    Celebrate the Power of Storytelling!

    We're excited to invite you to our Banned Books Read-In event, co-hosted by Randall Library and the UNCW English Department. This event will take place on Thursday, October 5th, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM in the Sherman Hayes Gallery, located on the first floor of Randall Library.

    Join Michelle Manning's Ways of Teaching Literature English course, composed of future educators, and selected faculty, staff, students, and community members as they read excerpts from their favorite banned books and share how these books have impacted their lives. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate your right to read freely and embrace the diverse world of literature!

    We look forward to seeing you there as we stand up for intellectual freedom and the right to read whatever we like!

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    Weekly Schedule for Fall 2023
    In-person and virtual consultations are available every week during the fall 2023 semester. See the schedule below for details. Please note that in-person consultations are drop-in only and virtual consultations are by appointment only. Virtual appointments must be scheduled at least 14 hours in advance.

    Schedule virtual appointment:

    Additional Monthly Availability for Fall 2023
    In-person consultations are also available each month during the fall 2023 semester. See the schedule below for details. Please note that in-person consultations are drop-in only.

    Questions? Email: John Knox at

    Special thanks to the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences for partnering with Randall Library to provide this new service.

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    The Wentworth Travel Fellowship, a gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, was established in 2001 to enable a select number of students to travel to sites, in America or abroad, associated with literary authors and texts.

    Each year, students work with faculty sponsors to submit applications detailing journeys inspired by and connected with a specific text, author, or movement in an effort to explore the relationship of artistic production to geographic space.

    Most of these trips will take place during holiday break, spring break, or over the summer and must be completed prior to the student's graduation. In the past, Wentworth Fellows have traveled to places as diverse as Beijing, Moscow, Oxford, Berlin, Prince Edward Island, and Providence, Rhode Island. There are no restrictions (except for those put in place by the State Department) on where a student can go on a Wentworth Travel Fellowship.

    Learn more about the fellowship here.


    This year's Fellows are:

    •     Savannah Jones, who traveled to Bath and Steventon, England to study Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
    •     Sophie Foster, who went to Elkhead, Colorado to study Dorothy Wickenden
    •     Heather Tripp, who went to London and the Lake District to study Beatrix Potter
    •     Abbey Piner, who traveled to London, Oxford and Liverpool to study Lewis Carroll and John Cannon