Saturday, July 18, 2015

C-SPAN features UK Libraries, UPK, and King Library Press in coverage of Lexington

This weekend, July 18-19, Lexington and UK Libraries are in the spotlight as C-SPAN broadcasts coverage of the city as part of its 2015 C-SPAN Cities Tour. Viewers of "Lexington Weekend" will learn about the city's rich history as well as the community's non-fiction literary culture. The programming features experts from UK Libraries and the UK College of Arts and Sciences including Tracy Campbell and Karl Raitz.

Tracy Campbell, UK professor of history, Interim Chair of the History Department, and former Co-Director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center discussed his highly aclaimed book, Short of the Glory: The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard Jr. Campbell's work examines one of the nation's promising political prodigies. Published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), Short of Glory chronicles how the "boy wonder" of the New Deal ended up in prison for stuffing a ballot box, as well as his hard fought journey back to becoming a trusted advisor of government leaders and Kentucky's most persuasive and eloquent voice for education reform.

Cultural geographer, former Provost's Distinguished Service Professor in the UK Department of Geography, and UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement recipient Karl Raitz spoke with BookTV about his book Kentucky’s Frontier Highway: Historical Landscapes along the Maysville Road. Raitz and co-author Nancy O’Malley, assistant director of the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at UK, charted the complex history of the Maysville Road — a route that served as a corridor of local settlement, an engine of economic development, a symbol of national progress, and an essential part of the Underground Railroad. Kentucky's Frontier Highway was also published by UPK. 

In addition, C-SPAN also filmed a segment on King Library Press. Founded by Carolyn Reading Hammer and UK Libraries in 1956.  The press preserves and teaches the tradition of handpress fine printing established in the fifteenth century by Johannes Gutenberg and continuing without interruption to the present day. Paul Holbrook, director of King Library Press, and Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries for the Special Collections Research Center, shared the history and work of the press with viewers in this interview.

The Lexington history segments will air on AHTV on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments will air on BookTV on C-SPAN2. The BookTV block will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on C-SPAN2. The AHTV programming will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, on C-SPAN3. In addition, viewers will be able to watch "Lexington Weekend" broadcasting at their leisure on C-SPAN's website at

Portions reprinted with permission from UKnow.

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