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Upcoming Events

February 26
FacultySpeak: Hoaxes, Propaganda, News you Dislike and all that's Fake in "Fake News"
March 22
Friends of the Library Dinner

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FacultySpeak

Presented twice a year, the FacultySpeak lecture series features TCU faculty members speaking on current events, their publications, or interesting topics in their field of study.

Hoaxes, Propaganda, News you Dislike and all that's Fake in "Fake News"

Dr. Melita M. GarzaDr. Melita M. Garza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Monday, February 26, 2018
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Mary Couts Burnett Library, Room 3181

Dr. Garza is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years professional experience in national and international media. She has worked at the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News in New York, the McKinsey Quarterly in London, and the Milwaukee Journal. She began her career as a reporter trainee at the Los Angeles Times.

All faculty, staff and students welcome!

If interested, please telephone Shelda Dean at 817-257-6109 or email at s.dean@tcu.edu.

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Friends of the Library Annual Banquet

About the Banquet

Author Donna Miller, along with James White, will tell stories from Miller's new book, The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk. James and Annetta White have owned and operated the Broken Spoke since November 10, 1964. Joining Miller and James White will be musician Ben Stafford Rodgers, singing a few songs with James White.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Location: Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center
Cost: Individual tickets $35
R.S.V.P. by: March 16, 2018
For more information: Contact Shelda Dean at s.dean@tcu.edu or phone 817.257.6109
Payment information: Please make your check payable to Friends of the TCU Library and mail it to:
TCU Box 298400
Fort Worth, TX 76129

About the Guests

Donna Marie Miller is the author of the book, The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, published by Texas A&M University Press in April 2017. She is also a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer living in Austin. Her work has appeared in Alternate Root, Americana Rhythm, Austin Food, Austin Fusion, Austin Monthly, Creative Screenwriting, Elmore, Fiddler, No Depression (Music and Texas Highways magazines. Ms. Miller also worked nine years as a reporter for three Texas newspapers including The El Paso Herald-Post, The Amarillo Globe-News and The El Paso Times. In 2013 Ms. Miller retired from teaching high school journalism for 24 years throughout Texas in the Amarillo, Austin, Eanes, El Paso, and Manor districts.

James White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, then a mile south of the Austin city limits, under a massive live oak, and beside what would eventually become South Lamar Boulevard. White built the place himself, beginning construction on the day he received his honorable discharge from the US Army. And for more than fifty years, the Broken Spoke has served up, in the words of White's well-worn opening speech, ". . . cold beer, good whiskey, the best chicken fried steak in town . . . and good country music." White paid $32 to his first opening act, D. G. Burrow and the Western Melodies, back in 1964. Since then, the stage at the Spoke has hosted the likes of Bob Wills, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Marcia Ball, Pauline Reese, Roy Acuff, Kris Kristofferson, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, the late, great Kitty Wells and more.

Ben Stafford Rodgers is an all-around cowboy musician/singer/actor. Rogers has been roping and playing all over the Southwest for the last several years, and is active in the music and film business. Rogers performs traditional ballads, as well as the music that filled the honky-tonks during the 1940s and 50s. He began to play the familiar cowboy ballads while in his early teens, and has since specialized in a mixture of western swing, classic 50's country, and the singing cowboy/Sons of the Pioneers sound as well.

About the Book

James and Annetta White opened the Broken Spoke in 1964, then a mile south of the Austin city limits, under a massive live oak, and beside what would eventually become South Lamar Boulevard. White built the place himself, beginning construction on the day he received his honorable discharge from the US Army. And for more than fifty years, the Broken Spoke has served up, in the words of White's well-worn opening speech, ". . . cold beer, good whiskey, the best chicken fried steak in town . . . and good country music."

White paid thirty-two dollars to his first opening act, D. G. Burrow and the Western Melodies, back in 1964. Since then, the stage at the Spoke has hosted the likes of Bob Wills, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Marcia Ball, Pauline Reese, Roy Acuff, Kris Kristofferson, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Asleep at the Wheel, and the late, great Kitty Wells. But it hasn't always been easy; through the years, the Whites and the Spoke have withstood their share of hardship—a breast cancer diagnosis, heart trouble, the building's leaky roof, and a tour bus driven through its back wall.

Today the original rustic, barn-style building, surrounded by sleek, high-rise apartment buildings, still sits on South Lamar, a tribute and remembrance to an Austin that has almost vanished. Housing fifty years of country music memorabilia and about a thousand lifetimes of memories at the Broken Spoke, the Whites still honor a promise made to Ernest Tubb years ago: they're "keepin' it country."

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Previous Events

March 22, 2018
Friends of the TCU Library Annual Dinner
Featuring Donna Marie Miller, author of The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk, James White, owner of The Broken Spoke, and Ben Stafford Rodgers, cowboy musician/singer/actor.
February 26, 2018
Dr. Melita M. Garza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Hoaxes, Propaganda, News you Dislike and all that's Fake in "Fake News"
November 8, 2017
Dr. Rhiannon Mayne, Curator and Chair of the Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery
Much Ado About Meteorites
April 4, 2017
Eric Simanek, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
Rob Arnold, Head Distiller, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company
Bourbon in Texas: Something to Write Home About
September 22, 2016
James Riddlesperger, Jr., Professor of Political Science
Assessing Presidential Elections
November 22, 2015
Max Krochmal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History
Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project: A First Look
March 17, 2015
Friends of the TCU Library Annual Dinner
Featuring Peter Stark, adventure and exploration writer and author of
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire, A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
March 3, 2015
Dr. Peter L. Szok, Professor, Department of History
Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo's Guide to Latino Fort Worth
October 14, 2014
Dr. Steffen Palko, Assistant Professor, College of Education
The Common Core Explained
February 25, 2014
Nick Bontrager, TCU Assistant Professor of New Media Art
Interdisciplinary Studio Art
November 1-30, 2013
The Swartz Brothers:
Fort Worth's First Family of Photographers

Photo exhibit.
October 10, 2013
Dr. Bonnie Frederick, TCU Spanish & Hispanic Studies Professor
"How the Muslim-Influenced House Came to Texas."
Part of Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series in America's libraries.
April 16, 2013
Friends of the TCU Library Annual Banquet
Denim & Diamonds
Honoring Rick Bass, winner of the 2013 TCU Texas Book Award for his book A Thousand Deer.
March 7, 2013
FacultySpeak
Dr. Gene Smith
"The Slave's Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812."
October 25, 2012
Author Visit & Book Signing
Major Moments
Success stories from 75 years at TCU's Neeley School of Business.
September 5, 2012
FacultySpeak
Dr. Manochehr Dorraj
"China's Energy Relations with the Developing World"
June 1, 2012
Author Signing
Lonn Taylor
Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy

Sponsored by the TCU Press
April 21, 2012
Friends 40th Anniversary Dinner
Harlan Crow Library
March 27, 2012
FacultySpeak
Dr. Tricia Jenkins
"The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television"
September 8, 2011
FacultySpeak
Dr. Mary Volcansek
"TCU's History in Fort Worth"
April 21, 2011
FacultySpeak
Dr. Manochehr Dorraj
"Uprising in Egypt and the Larger Arab World"
March 29, 2011
FacultySpeak
Dr. John Harvey
"Get the Truth About the Federal Debt and the Deficit"
March 21, 2011
Friends of the TCU Library Annual Dinner
Honoring historian and author Sam C. Gwynne, winner of the 2011 TCU Texas Book Award.

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