This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A Celebration of Texas: Literature, Music & Film commemorates Texas writers of all genres. The traveling Texas Writers exhibit panels from Humanities Texas inspired the event and are on display in the Goodpasture Concourse of Moody Memorial Library from March 28 through the end of May. Materials from the university's collections significantly expand the Moody exhibit. Baylor's special libraries feature complementary displays of Texas writing, including first editions.
In addition to exhibits, A Celebration of Texas programming offers opportunities for Waco and surrounding communities to join in the festivities and pay homage to the literature, music and film of the great state.
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Jan Epton Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, presents a workshop on writing poetry using a personal retrospective approach to the topic, "If I had my life to live over: Beginnings and endings in Poetry." The event serves as the opening session of the annual House of Poetry which precedes the Beall Poetry Festival. The agenda for the overall Beall Poetry Festival is available here, but does not focus on Texas writers. The free event is sponsored by the Libraries, the English Department and the House of Poetry.
1:00 p.m. - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Afternoon Session of the House of Poetry
Armstrong Browning Library
Dick Gimble and his band will play Texas Swing while the Baylor Swing Dance Society steps to the music and teaches a few moves. Jean Ann Boyd, Baylor musicology professor and expert in Western Swing, will offer an overview of her writing and the writing of Texas Swing music. She will be available to sign her latest book, Dance All Night: Those Other Southwestern Swing Bands: Past and Present. Guests will enjoy Texas-style refreshments as they get into "Swing." The free event and sponsored by the Libraries, The Texas Collection, the Baylor English Department and the School of Music.
7:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 29, 2012
Allbritton Foyer, Moody Memorial Library
With assistance from her puppet friend Bluebonnet, Texas children's author Mary Brooke Casad will involve third graders in her stories of the "most traveled armadillo in Texas" as Bluebonnet explores reading, writing, and the imagination. The presentation will include telling several Bluebonnet Armadillo stories, a discussion of writing, and a time for questions and answers. Bluebonnet's adventures have taken the character to important Texas landmarks, including the Alamo, the State Fair of Texas, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Johnson Space Center, the Texas Capitol, Marshall Train Depot, and the East Texas Oil Museum. The free event is sponsored by the Libraries, the English Department and the Baylor School of Education.
For more information, contact Kathy Hillman. Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Moody Memorial Library Children's Collection, Garden Level East Commons
Judy Alter, novelist and author of both fiction and non-fiction books for adult and younger readers, will discuss her works along with the creative writing process. Best known for her stories about women and girls of the American West, including many set in Texas, Alter will also be celebrated for her career as an outstanding Texas woman writer, professor, and director of a Texas university press. Alter will allow ample time for questions. The free event is sponsored by the English Department, the Baylor University Libraries and the Historic Waco Foundation.
4:00 p.m. - Monday, April 16, 2012
Carroll Science Building Room 101 with Reception Following in First Floor Atrium
The final program of the Celebration of Texas: Literature, Music & Film will explore the impact of the 1956 movie Giant through clips from the film and a panel, including 1974 Baylor graduate Kirby Warnock who made the award-winning, and SXSW finalist documentary Return to Giant about the making of the movie. Guests will view a screening of Return to Giant and enjoy free Vitek's BBQ during the evening. The free, public event is sponsored by the Baylor University Libraries, the English Department, the Film and Digital Media Division of the Department of Communication Studies and Student Activities.
About Giant: Inspired by the rise of oil-rich Texan Glenn McCarthy and the February 13, 1950 issue of Time Magazine cover article, Edna Ferber penned the epic novel Giant. George Stephens took the story to the big screen in the 1956 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean along with Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Elsa Cardenas, and Earl Holliman. Filmed in Marfa, the movie explores the transformation of the Texas economy from ranching to oil. The Library of Congress selected Giant for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
7:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 26, 2012
Den, Bill Daniel Student Center