News for SIRLS

By Ricky Salazar

The School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona held the 2015 Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lecture, “Charles Bowden’s Southwest,” at the Tucson Festival of Books on Sunday, March 15 at 2:30pm in the Gallagher Theater.

This year’s Lawrence Clark Powell Lecture celebrated, documented and explored the work and influence of one of the Southwest’s greatest voices, Charles “Chuck” Bowden (1945-2014).  Authors Jim Harrison and Luis Urrea and editor Clara Jeffery will collectively address Charles Bowden’s love of the Southwest and his fascination with the complexity of life along the U.S. Mexican Border. The panel discussed Bowden’s impact from his early days as a reporter at the Tucson Citizen to his more than two-dozen books and hundreds of articles on topics ranging from the Southwest’s desert landscape to sexual violence and narco-terrorism, from the street signs of Chicago to the predictive post-industrialist nightmarish example of Juarez as one possible future for urban life. Please click here for more information.

The School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona held the 2015 Latino Literacy Roundtable with a focus on Health Literacy on March 13 from 9am-3pm at the Arizona Historical Society.  Dr. Francisco García, Director, Pima County Health Department, served as the keynote speaker.  Annabelle Nuñez, University of Arizona Health Sciences Librarian, acted as the moderator.  The Latino Literacy Roundtable provides an opportunity for scholars and community members to meet, discuss, and share information about the development of literacy of Latinos in English and in Spanish, and to promote the bilingualism and biliteracy of Latinos.  For more information, please visit

Please enjoy this video of SIRLS and Knowledge River students sharing their experiences as graduate assistants at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Arizona State Museum!

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