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Friends Lectures and Events


In addition to the DeGruson Memorial Lecture Series, the Friends of Axe Library sponsor other lectures and events that we feel supplement the educational goals of the Axe library and Pittsburg State University.

Flyer for the October 1st, 2009 lecture

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.

Girard Poets Thomas Lissenbee, Kay Z. Myers and Bret Waller read from their book of poetry, "Three from Osage Street", about growing up in Girard, KS in the 1950s. The reading, followed by a reception, will take place in the Special Collections Department.


Flyer for the April 16th, 2009 lecture by Jeffrey Thomson

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.

In the Special Collections Reading Room, poet and environmentalist Jeffrey Thomson, read selections from his latest book Birdwatching in Wartime. Reading jointly sponsored by the English Department.

More information is available in the Spring 2009 "Chat Between Friends".


Gordon Parks (right, with hat) directing the Carnival scene in his film The Learning Tree.

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. J. Edgar Tidwell, Professor of English at KU,. Delivered his talk Gordon Parks' Learning Tree Experience in the Governor's Room of Overman Student Center. The Lecture was jointly sponsored by the Friends of Axe, the campus Tilford Group and the Kansas Humanities'Council.

More information is available in the Spring 2009 "Chat Between Friends".


Mr. Fred Krebbs, actor, professor of English and lecturer

Thursday, October 30th, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Fred Krebs, actor, professor of English and lecturer, gave his performance of L. Frank Baum, prolific and talented author of children's literature of the late 19th and early 20th century in L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz. The performance, cosponsored by the Friends of Axe, the campus Tilford Group and the Kansas Humanities Council, took place in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of Overman Student Center.

More information is available in the Fall 2008 "Chat Between Friends".


Flyer for the February 17, 2003 lecture by Professor Robert Day

Saturday, February 22nd, 2003 - 2:00 PM:

Award winning author Professor Robert Day from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, read selections from his short stories on Saturday, February 22nd, at 2PM. (The original date of Monday, February 17, 2003 was cancelled due to inclement weather in Professor Day's home state.) Among his many literary achievements is the very funny, and highly praised novel The Last Cattle Drive. The reading was in honor of Dr. Fred Whitehead of Kansas City, Kansas, who recently established the Whitehead Library and Papers Collection at Pittsburg State University. The reading took place in the Special Collections Department in the basement of Axe Library and was followed by a reception in the first floor browsing area.


Flyer for the April 25th, 2002 lecture by Dr. Casie Hermansson

April 25th, 2002, 7PM:

Dr. Casie Hermansson, assistant professor of English at Pittsburg State University, read selections from her new book "Reading Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories" (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, © 2001). The event, which was followed by a reception, took place in the browsing area of the Axe Library.


Flyer for the April 27, 1998 lecture by Dr. Jim Triplett

April 27th, 1998, 6:30 PM:

Dr. James Triplett, chairperson of the Department of Biology at PSU, delivered an introductory talk, "Too Much or Too Little: Water Resources in Southeast Kansas" at an opening reception for Just Add Water: Kansans Meet the Great American Desert, an exhibit sponsored by the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas State Historical Society. The exhibit was in the Browsing Area from April 27th, 1998 to May 3rd, 1998.


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