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UT School of Information Sciences to host Wiegand Lectures

Dr. Shirley WiegandDr. Wayne Wiegand

Noted authors Shirley and Wayne Wiegand will present a public lecture entitled, “Free to All? The Painful Process of Desegregating Public Libraries in the American South” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 in the auditorium of the Communications Building, 345 Circle Park Drive. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Information Sciences is hosting the lecture along with a reception co-hosted with Hodges Library at 5 p.m.

At 12:15 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Communications Building auditorium, Wayne Wiegand will give a second public lecture based on his book, “Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956.”

Shirley Wiegand, Marquette University Law School professor emeritus, has written two books and numerous articles. She is currently writing a book (with her husband, Wayne) about the desegregation of America’s public libraries during the Civil Rights movement.

 Wayne Wiegand, recently retired F. William Summers Professor of library and information studies and professor of American studies at Florida State University, has written many books and articles. He  currently has two books under publication consideration: “Main Street Public Library: Reading Spaces and Community Places in America’s Heartland, 1876-1956,” and “‘Right Here I See My Own Books’: The Women’s Library at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.”