UNT Libraries' Events

Fem Flicks Film Series: The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars

The number of women in prison has grown by over 800% in the past three decades, two thirds are mothers and are incarcerated for non-violent offenses and more than 80% have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault at some point in their lives. THE GREY AREA is an important look into the complex factors behind these statistics and how feminism sheds light and brings hope to those incarcerated. Through a series of captivating class discussions, headed by students from Grinnell College, a small group of female inmates at a maximum women’s security prison in Mitchellville, Iowa, share their diverse experiences with motherhood, drug addiction, sexual abuse, murder, and life in prison. (65 min) 

The Fem Flicks Film Series begins its seventh season this year. The spring 2015 series includes three outstanding films that explore gender and the complex issues women face worldwide. Fem Flicks is a joint effort of the UNT Women's Studies Program, the UNT Multicultural Center and the UNT Media Library. Each screening is followed by a guest lecturer.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 4:00pm

Fem Flicks Film Series: Girls in the Band

They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers…and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. In the thirties and forties, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous All-Girl Bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-fifties female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten. THE GIRLS IN THE BAND tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day. (57 min)

The Fem Flicks Film Series begins its seventh season this year. The spring 2015 series includes three outstanding films that explore gender and the complex issues women face worldwide. Fem Flicks is a joint effort of the UNT Women's Studies Program, the UNT Multicultural Center and the UNT Media Library. Each screening is followed by a guest lecturer. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Vann Victorian Collection Exhibit

The Vann Victorian Collection is a treasure of the University of North Texas Libraries and an exceptional resource for the study of Victorian literature. This exhibit showcases some pieces from the collection, including rare first editions, part-issue editions and association copies. Dr. J. Don Vann, Professor Emeritus at UNT, curated this exhibit.

Don and Dolores Vann began collecting Victorian books in 1962, when they acquired a first edition of Dickens’s Bleak House. They spent the summer of 1965 in London, conducting research in the British Library and buying first editions of works by Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray. During their subsequent trips to London, the Vanns came to know many of the city’s booksellers and were offered first editions they kept hidden from all but their most favorite customers.  

In 2004 Don and Dolores established the Vann Victorian Endowment to provide a permanent fund to purchase Victorian books for the Vann Victorian Collection in Special Collections at the University of North Texas Libraries. Since 2004 the Vanns have made additional contributions to the collection, most recently in 2014.

The exhibit runs September 2nd – January 9th in the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room of the Special Collections Department, located on the 4th floor of Willis Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the normal hours of the reading room. Please check the reading room schedule in advance before planning a visit.

A digital version of the exhibit, as well as videos of Dr. Vann talking about his life as a collector may be viewed at University Libraries Exhibits, The Vann Victorian Collection.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 8:30am to Friday, January 9, 2015 - 4:30pm

November is Academic Writing Month

UNT Libraries' Eagle Commons Library supports AcWriMo - Academic Writing Month during November. Take advantage of studio hours in Sycamore Hall to meet your writing goal.

Studio Hours:

  • 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. each day

Studio Dates:

  • Monday, November 3, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Monday, November 24, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For more information on this event, please see AcWriMo or contact Spencer Keralis.

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 3:00pm to Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 8:00pm

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, observed on November 20th, is a day to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The series of events will begin with the screening of the film Valentine Road, followed by a Transgender Remembrance Panel Discussion and finally a Candlelight Vigil. 

Doc Spot Film Series: Valentine Road  
4:00 pm in the Willis Library Forum

On February 12, 2008, in an Oxnard, California classroom, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney shot classmate Leticia King twice; Leticia died two days later. Leticia, a gender variant youth and a person of color, was designated male at birth and frequently wore makeup and high heels to school. Embarrassed by Leticia’s public declaration of feelings for him, McInerney took matters into his own hands. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as its startling aftermath. (88 min)

Transgender Remembrance Panel Discussion  
6:00 pm in the Willis Library Forum

A panel of transgender students, faculty, staff and community members will speak about their reactions to Valentine Road, their own experiences and answer questions from the audience.

Candlelight Vigil 
Time/ Location TBA

The Candlelight Vigil is the event that will bring Transgender Day of Remembrance to a close. The names of those who have been killed within the last year, as a result of transphobia, will be read, including individuals on all levels from local to international. Attendees will all receive a candle and will also have the opportunity to say the names of or speak about additional people who have be slain.

These events are sponsored in partnership with the Pride Alliance of UNT, UNT LGBT Studies Program and the UNT Media Library.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 4:00pm