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C-SPAN2’s New Book TV Bus coming to campus

C-SPAN2’s new Book TV Bus will make a stop at the UTC University Center on Friday, March 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. as it continues its first nationwide tour. This 45-foot bus promotes awareness of Book TV’s unique non-fiction book programming that airs every weekend on C-SPAN2, one of the public services provided by Comcast.

Launched in September 2005, the Book TV Bus crew will speak in two communication classes and offer internship information to interested students. The crew will conduct interviews with students to learn what they are reading.

Faculty author S. Kittrell Rushing’s book Journal of a Georgia Woman-1870-1872 (UTPress 2002) has caught the attention of the Book TV Bus crew. Rushing will have an interesting story to tell.

A chance discovery of the diary of Eliza Frances “Fanny” Andrews, a botanist, author and teacher from Washington, Georgia, was a great find for Rushing, McDonald Professor and Communication Department Head, and a treasure for Andrews’ home state. It was 1998 when Rushing found the diary in the UTC archives, and later published the work in Journal of a Georgia Woman-1870-1872 (UTPress 2002). In the preface, Rushing wrote:

“While examining the contents of a folio in the archives and special collections section of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga library, I found an old ledger tucked away among the papers of former Chattanooga mayor Garnett Andrews. I opened the book and discovered a neat, clear woman's handwriting on page after page of what appeared to be a diary. The first pages had been torn from the ledger, but from what remained, I began to read:

"..number of pleasant acquaintances, and made as many more. Our special escorts, besides old brother Knowles, were Dr. Ford of Augusta, Mr. Phelps of Warrenton, a perfectly charming fellow, an educated Irishman named Walter Scott, and Captain Francis, the dearest man that ever lived. We arrived in Charleston by six a.m. had an elegant room and breakfast at the Charleston hotel, and then rode about the noble old city till noon."

Rushing realized, "I was holding the 1870 journal of a young Southern woman describing a summertime visit to Yankee cousins in Newark, New Jersey. Here was a 130-year-old voice reaching across the years from 1870 to 1998. I could not stop reading. The diary's author was obviously well-educated. She was also opinionated. She was intelligent, sharp-witted, and a skilled observer. I sat enthralled for more than three hours-reading the story of a Southern woman's six-week trip during Reconstruction to visit her 'Yankee kin.'"

Rushing was recently invited to see Andrews’ work recognized in ceremonies at Wesleyan College, where she was honored as a Georgia Woman of Achievement. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently ran a piece on Andrews.

Book TV will also interview Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education. Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? was released by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and edited by Ellington, James Leming and Kathleen Porter. Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? consists of penetrating critiques by renegade social studies educators who fault the teaching methods and curricular ideas of their field, with suggestions of how it can be reformed. These analysts probe the causes of American students’ limited knowledge of history and civics, and lay primary responsibility at the feet of the social studies “establishment” itself.

Ellington and co-editor James Lerning, of Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? state in their introduction, “Today’s social studies is a muddled, ineffectual curricular and pedagogical wasteland rather than a coherent, content-based body of important knowledge that is effectively taught and thoroughly learned.”

Online versions of both Education Daily and the Wall Street Journal have carried Ellington’s thoughts on his this publication.

The interviews with Rushing and Ellington will be aired in a segment of Book TV on C-Span2. Every weekend beginning Saturday, 8 a.m. to Monday, 8 a.m. ET, Book TV airs 48 hours of non-fiction book programming on a variety of topics including history, biographies, politics, current events, and the media. Book TV features author interviews, readings, and panels at bookstores, libraries, and book festivals across the country. In 2004, nearly 1,000 individual non-fiction authors were highlighted in 2,500 hours of Book TV programming.

The Book TV Bus will also be open to the public on Thursday, March 30, at these locations:

10 am-Noon
Comcast System Office, 2030 Polymar Dr.

1 pm-3 pm
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Public Library -
Downtown Branch, 1001 Broad St.

5 pm-7 pm
A Novel Idea Bookstore, 38 Frazier Ave.

About C-SPAN

America’s cable companies created C-SPAN, the political network of record, in 1979 as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 89.4 million households, C-SPAN2 in 77.5 million households, and C-SPAN 3 in more than 11.1 million households nationwide.

March 27, 2006

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