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Tornado video topic of library series

The Austin Peay State University Library Athenaeum program will kick off the Spring 2009 with a look back at the 1999 tornado that ripped through Clarksville.
The Austin Peay State University Library Athenaeum program will kick off the Spring 2009 with a look back at the 1999 tornado that ripped through Clarksville.

The program begins at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 in Woodward Library with a showing of “The Clarksville Tornado: 10 Years Later.” The 15-minute documentary was produced by students in a video production class taught by Kathy Lee, assistant professor of communication. It contains images of the destruction caused by the 1999 tornado and interviews with city officials about how Clarksville has recovered from this landmark event in the city's history.

The video's premier coincides with the 10th anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Clarksville on Jan. 22, 1999. After the screening, Lee and some of her students will describe how they made the video and what they learned about the tornado's aftermath as a result of preparing the video.

The Library Athenaeum series, launched in 2007, has three purposes:
• To conduct events that promote and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region.

• To reach out to students and make connections with them in places other than the classroom.
• To portray the library as a place to share, explore, discuss and think about ideas and events.

The Library Athenaeum will consist of speeches or presentations, panel discussions, debates, readings and performances. Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for future presentations. Proposal forms and additional information can be found on the Library Athenaeum Web site at http://library.apsu.edu/events/athenaeum.htm.

For more information about the Library Athenaeum series, contact Joe Weber, director of library services at APSU, by telephone at 221-7613 or by e-mail at weberj@apsu.edu. -- Melony Shemberger