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Upcoming Talks

Fall of 2016

October 13 - "Una Merkel: The Actress with Sassy Wit and Southern Charm"
Sean Kinder, Associate Professor, Library Public Services, WKU

Novermber 10 - "Tasting Kentucky: Favorite Recipes from the Blluegrass State"
Maggie Green, Cookbook Author & Editor; Owner, Green Apron Company


Talks Already Given


September 8 - "The Tea Things of Jane Austen"
Bruce Richardson, Co-owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas & Benjamin Press, Danville, KY
April 14, 2016 - "Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods"
Aimee Zaring, Author, Louisville, KY
March 17, 2016 - "Answering the Call: Nurses, Couriers and the Frontier Nursing Service"
Anne Cockerham, Associate Dean for Midwifery and Women's Health and Frontier Nursing University Professor of History, Hyden, KY
February 11, 2016 - "Venerable Trees: History, Biology and Conservation in the Bluegrass"
Tom Kimmerer, Chief Scientist, Venerable Trees, Inc., Lexington, KY


November 19, 2015 - "You Belong to Us: One Baby, Two Sets of Parents"
Molly McCaffrey, Author, Bowling Green, KY

October 8, 2015 - "The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia"
John Hardin, Professor, Dept. of History, WKU
September 17, 2015 - "Seeking"
Jane Olmsted, Dept. Head, Diversity and Community Studies, WKU
* This program will be held in the Western Room (1st floor) of the Kentucky Building
April 19, 2015 – "Fruit of the Loom: Garment Manufacturing in Kentucky"
Scott Greene, V.P. Fruit of the Loom
March 19, 2015 – "Still Running: The Autobiography of Kentucky's Nate Northington, The First African American Football Player in the Southeastern Conference"
Nate Northington
Feburary 12, 2015 – "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader"
Mary Ellen Miller, Professor, Department of English, WKU


November 13, 2014 – "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook"
Deirdre Scaggs Associate Dean, University of Kentucky Special Collections
October 30, 2014 – "Asylum" (at WKU Glasgow Library)
Sherry Logsdon, Author
October 9, 2014 – "The Fancy Farm Picnic and St. Jerome Church"
Cynthia Elder, Author/Volunteer
September 11, 2014 – "Purple Toad Winery & Vineyard"
Allen Dossey, Proprietor
March 20, 2014 – "The Killing Jar – Based on a True Story"
Gloria Nixon-John, Writer
February 13, 2014 – "Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century"
Ann K. Ferrell, Assistant Professor, Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, WKU


November 14, 2013 – "Never Come Back"
David Bell, Novelist & Assistant Professor, Department of English, WKU
November 7, 2013 – "The Kentucky Barbecue Book"
Wes Berry, Associate Professor, Department of English & Graduate Advisor, WKU, (7:00 p.m. at the Glasgow Regional Campus Library)
October 10, 2013 – Presents
Editorial Cartoonist Marc Murphy, Courier Journal, Louisville, KY
September 12, 2013 – "Kentucky Bourbon
Whiskey: An American Heritage"
Mike Veach, Associate Curator of Special Collections Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY 
April 4, 2013 - "The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event"
Dr. James C. Nicholson, Lexington, KY
March 7, 2013 - "A Few Honest Words: The Kentucky Roots of Popular Music"
Jason Howard, James Still Fellow at the University of Kentucky
February 21, 2013 - "Patti's 1880's Settlement Restaurant"
Chip Tullar, Proprietor.


November 8, 2012 - "The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory"
Rick Redman, VP Corporate Communications, Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
October 25, 2012 - "Butler County (Images of America)"
Nancy Richey & Roger Givens
* 7:00 p.m. @ Bulter County Library in Morgantown
October 11, 2012 - "Blood Shed in This War"
Michael A. Peake, Civil War historian from Corydon, Indiana
September 27, 2012 - "A Natural Wonder"
Morgan Atkinson, Film producer and owner of Duckworks, Inc.
7:00 p.m. @ The Kentucky Building, WKU
September 13, 2012 - "Ghosting"
Kirby Gann, Author and Manager, Sarabande Books, Louisville
April 19, 2012 - "Travel Writer"
Gary P. West, Bowling Green, KY
March 1, 2012, - "The Buffalo Trace Distillery"
Amy Preske, PR & Events Manager, Buffalo Trace Distillery
February 9, 2012 - "Georgia Powers: A Grassroots Civil Rights Leader in Kentucky"
Anne Onyekwuluje, Department of Sociology, WKU


November 10, 2011 - "The Corvette in Literature and Culture"
Jerry Passon, Historian, Hopkinsville Community College
September 8, 2011 - "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook"
Maggie Green, Owner of The Green Apron Company
October 13, 2011 - "Greyhound to Vegas: The Odyssey of Hilda Reynolds Krause"
Robert Dickey, St. Augustine, FL
April 7,2011 - The Modern South: So Much to Consider
Janna McMahan, Kentucky novelist
March 3, 2011 - To Make Madness Beautiful: The Creation of the Kentucky Tragedy
Matthew Schoenbachler, Dept. of History, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
February 10, 2011 - German Jackboots: Housing German Prisoners of War in Kentucky
Antonio Thompson, Dept. of History and Philosophy, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN


November 11, 2010 - "Kenn's Farmhouse Cheese: A Story"
Kenny and Beverly Mattingly, Owner of Kenn's Farmhouse Cheese
October 28, 2010 - Images of America: Barren County
Nancy Richey, WKU Libraries
October 14 , 2010 - Culinary Tourism
Chef Albert Schmid, Sullivan University, Louisville, KY
September 9, 2010 - Steamboating on the Western Waters: Bicentennial Reflections
Mark Wetherington, Exec. Director, Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY
April 8, 2010 - The Missing and the Lost: "A Girl in the Woods" and "The Condemned"
David Bell, Dept. of English, WKU
March 4, 2010 - One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child's Journey Through France
Fred Gross, Author and former Courier Journal reporter
February 11, 2010 - "Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indians: a Myth of the Old West "
Ron Fritze , Dean of Arts & Sciences, Athens State University


November 12 , 2009 - Charles Garvin: Dynasty of Dimes
Robert Dickey, Lawyer and Former Beech Bend Publicist
October 29, 2009 - Tales from Funeral Parlors
Lynwood Montell, Dept. of Folk Studies, WKU
October 15, 2009 - Western Kentucky Coal Miner
Michael Guillerman, Former Coal Miner
September 10, 2009 - Jossie Underwood and Her Civil War Diary
Nancy Baird , Dept. of Library Special Collections, WKU
April 9, 2009 - "You Can Go Anywhere From the Crossroads of the World"
Georgia Green Stamper, Commentator, NPR WUKY; columnist, The News Herald
March 5, 2009 - "The Body Farm Novels" by Jefferson Bass
Dr. Bill Bass, University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center and Jon Jefferson, Journalist, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker
February 12, 2009 - "Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky"
Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, Dept. of Forestry, University of Kentucky


December 4, 2008 - "Kentucky's Hidden Heritage: Traditional Healers and the Folk-Magic Tradition"
Jack Montgomery, Coordinator of Collection Services, Western Kentucky University
November 13, 2008 - "Lost Men" and "World Famous Love Acts" The Art of Creative Writing
Brian Leung, Dept. of English University of Louisville
October 23, 2008 - "It's Not News, It's FARK"
Drew Curtis,
September 11, 2008 - "Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk Angels" The Women of Barn Dance Radio
Dr Kristine M. McCusker, Dept. of History, Middle Tennessee State University
April 10, 2008 - " Appalachian Home Cooking"
Dr. Mark F. Sohn, Professor, Pikeville College
March 6, 2008 - Kentucky Derby History
Ronnie Dreistadt, Outreach Educator, Kentucky Derby Museum
February 14, 2008 - Healing Kentucky: Healthcare in the Bluegrass State
Nancy Baird, WKU Libraries


November 8, 2007 - The Longest Caves in the World: Kentucky's Mammoth Cave Systems
Dr. Chris Groves, Dept. of Geography & Geology, WKU
October 11, 2007 - Lincoln as Lawyer
Dr. Brian Dirck, Historian, Anderson University, Indiana
September 13, 2007 - Floral Design in Kentucky and Abroad
Roger Dennis, Dept. of Agriculture, WKU
April 5, 2007 - "Ginseng Dreams: The Secret World of America's Most Valuable Plant"
Kristin Johannsen, Author
March 8, 2007 - "Teasing Secrets from the Dead"
Emily Craig, State Forensic Anthropologist
February 8, 2007 - "James Archambeault's Historic Kentucky"
James Archambeault, Photographer
February 2007 - Works by Bowling Green Artist Thelma Green on display at Barnes & Noble.
February 1, 2007 - Opening reception


November, 9, 2006 - "Political Scandals in Kentucky"
James Klotter, State Historian of Kentucky
October 12, 2006 - Heaven Hill Distilleries
Larry Kass, Corporate Communications Manager
September 14, 2006 - "When Secrets Die"
Lynn Hightower, Mystery Writer
April 6, 2006 - "Western Kentucky University: the First 100 Years"
Nancy Baird, Kentucky History Specialist, WKU Libraries
March 9, 2006 - Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University
Paul F. Wells, Director
February 9, 2006 - Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory
Charles Booe, President
All through February, 2006
Works by Bowling Green Artist Granville Mitchell on display at Barnes & Noble


December 1 - "Napoleon in Rags"
Kirby Gann, Author and Managing Editor
Sarabande Books
November 10 - "A Total Light Process: New & Selected Poems"
James Baker Hall (former Kentucky Poet Laureate)
October 13 - Jackson's Orchard and Nursery Inc.
Bill Jackson, Proprietor
September 8 - "Hillbilly: a Cultural History"
Dr. Anthony Harkins
Department of History, WKU


November 11 - Daniel Boone
Dr. Michael A. Lofaro
Department of English, University of Tennessee
October 14 - Thomas Merton
Dr. Paul M. Pearson
Director and Archivist of The Thomas Merton Center, Ballarmine University
September 9 - Happy Chandler as Baseball Commissioner
William J. Marshall, Jr.
Director of Special Collections and Archives, University of Kentucky
April 15 - Beyond the Ballads: Jesse James as Confederate Outlaw
T. J. Stiles, Author
March 11 - African American Artist
Alice Gatewood Waddell, Artist
February 12 - John G. Fee: Kentucky Abolitionist & Educator
Dr. Marion Lucas
Department of History, WKU


November 13 - The Bosnians Come to Bowling Green
Vlasta Viteskic, Reference Librarian, Bowling Green Public Library
October 9 - The Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn
Pat Bosley, Special Project Coordinator
September 11 - The Roots of Appalachian Christianity
Elder John Sparks, Minister of the Old Zion Association of United Baptists
February 13 - Kentucky's Not a Place: It's a Chicken
Jonathan Jeffrey, WKU Library Special Collections
March 13 - Railroads and Southern Culture
Joseph Millichap, WKU English Department
April 10 - Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes
Jeff Todd Titon, Brown University Music Department


November 7 - Skaker Culture
Tommy Hines, Shaker Museum
October 10 - The Philistines Are Upon Us: The Civil War Comes to Bowling Green
Dr. Michael Trapasso
Dept. of Geography and Geology, WKU
September 12 - The World Through the Eyes of a Kentucky Artist
Helen Crocker, Kentucky Artist
April 11 - Duncan Hines: The Cake Man
Jonathan Jeffrey, Kentucky Library
March 14 - Warren County Women
Dr. Carol Crowe-Carraco
Dept. of History, WKU
February 7 - Jonesville / Shake Rag: Historic Black Community of Bowling Green
Maxine Ray / Dr. John Long,
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, WKU
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