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C-SPAN2 comes to campus

C-SPAN2 ’s new Book TV Bus continued its nationwide tour with a stop at the UTC University Center. The 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.

Scott Peterson of Book TV spoke in two communication classes taught by Charlene Simmons. He offered internship information to interested students.

Faculty author S. Kittrell Rushing is interviewed
by C-Span's Scott Peterson

Faculty author S. Kittrell Rushing was interviewed by Peterson, who asked questions about the book Journal of a Georgia Woman-1870-1872 (UTPress 2002)

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."

busRushing 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 also interviewed 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 upcoming segments 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

March 31, 2006

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