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Dare Not Walk Alone explores the civil rights struggle through St. Augustine, Florida


The Customs House Museum and Cultural CEnterThe Customs House Museum and Austin Peay State University presents “Dare Not Walk Alone” with Producer/Director Jeremy Dean as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at 2 pm on September 12th in the museum’s auditorium. Following a screening of his documentary, “Dare Not Walk Alone,” Dean will engage the audience in a panel discussion sponsored by the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. A reception with the filmmaker is scheduled immediately following the discussion.

Dare Not Walk Alone - Southern Circuit PosterOn June 18, 1964 a white hotel owner in St. Augustine, Florida, poured acid in a swimming pool filled with black and white youth conducting a civil rights demonstration. Photographs of this horrific incident were on the front page of every major newspaper around the world and broke the filibuster in the Senate allowing President Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act into law. With rarely seen news footage and revealing interviews, “Dare Not Walk Alone” uncovers the untold story of the St. Augustine movement that led to this historic legislation. But far from a history lesson, the film also looks at the aftermath of desegregation and the grim realities of life today on streets where those campaigns were fought, in a place that symbolizes what Barack Obama has called “the gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of our time.” This film has been called the “Civil Rights film for the modern age” and in the end we see signs of hope and reconciliation as well as a challenge to take the next step forward.

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APSU Woodward Library now home to extensive D. H. Lawrence collection


Austin Peay State University LogoThe widow of a deceased scholar who taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has chosen Austin Peay State University’s Woodward Library to be the home of her late husband’s D.H. Lawrence Collection.

Judy Cowan, wife of the late Lawrence scholar Dr. James Cowan, wanted to donate the collection to “a place where students and faculty would use it,” said Dr. Jill Franks, professor of English and president of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America.

“This is an incredible offer and would honor our library very much indeed,” said Franks, who also is co-editor of the D.H. Lawrence Review. “I would try to offer my Lawrence seminar more often to make sure good use was made of this collection.”

These items, along with a photograph of D.H. Lawrence, are part of the D.H. Lawrence collection in the APSU Woodward Library. (Melony Shemberger | APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

These items, along with a photograph of D.H. Lawrence, are part of the D.H. Lawrence collection in the APSU Woodward Library. (Melony Shemberger | APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

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Clarksville receives Tennessee Urban and Community Forestry Grant


top-spot-logoOn July 27th, the City of Clarksville received confirmation from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that the City will receive an Urban & Community Forestry Grant in the amount of $9,000 to incorporate new software into the tree inventory for a more detailed analysis of tree canopy.

CITYgreen is a program that enables a City to inventory, quantify, and analyze the tree canopy and its benefits for the entire city. The City purchased the CITYgreen software last year. However, for the program to work, an extensive digitization of the forest canopy is necessary. Through this grant funding opportunity, the City of Clarksville will retain the professional services of Austin Peay State University’s GIS Center to digitize the canopy.

Delineation of forested areas in Clarksville, TN will be determined through analysis of images obtained from the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP). Forested plots of greater than 1/4 acre will be digitized from NAIP imagery using ArcGIS 9.3. These polygons will be analyzed with CITYgreen for ArcGIS to quantify and examine the effect of forests on: storm water runoff reduction, water quality, air quality, and carbon storage/sequestration. Digitization of the forested plots will be performed by the Austin Peay State University (APSU) GIS Center and subsequent analysis will be performed by the City of Clarksville, TN. «Read the rest of this article»

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Audubon Society meeting Thursday


“Integrated Resource Plan: TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future.

National Audubon SocietyThe Clarksville Chapter of the Audubon Society will be holding their regular meeting on Thursday September 3rd at  7:30 p.m. in conference room E106 in the Sundquist Science Building at Austin Peay State University. Randall Johnson of TVA will be presenting a program titled  “Integrated Resource Plan: TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future.” Light refreshments will be served.

On June 15, 2009 TVA kicked off an 18 month long project to prepare a new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) entitled TVA’s Environmental and Energy Future. The purpose of the IRP is to develop a flexible portfolio of supply and demand side options that TVA can use to meet the valley’s electrical demand needs for the next 20 years. The portfolios developed will be evaluated for several criteria including capital and fuel costs, reliability, possible environmental impacts including climate change, compliance with existing and anticipated future regulations, and other factors.

To learn more about the Clarksville Chapter of the Audubon Society check out the current issue of their newsletter, The Warioto Warbler.

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