Author, Historian, and Former CEO Garland S. Tucker III To Return March 16 to Hackney Library for Second Program Book Signing, and Reception

Garland S. Tucker III, CEO, Historian, and Author

Garland S. Tucker III, CEO, Historian, and Author

We look forward to welcoming back to campus CEO, historian, and author Garland S. Tucker III for his second reception, book signing and program in Hackney Library.  The impetus for Tucker’s return visit is the publication of his latest book, Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2015).

The event, which is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library, will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.  The reception and book signing will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the program at 6:00 pm.  Copies of Tucker’s books will be available for purchase during the event, and he will be on hand to sign them before and after the program.

Following the success of his The High Tide of American Conservatism (2010), which examined the presidential election of 1924 between fellow conservatives Calvin Coolidge and John W. Davis, Tucker’s second book continues to explore the theme of conservatism in America.  Conservative Heroes examines fourteen champions of conservative thought—some very familiar, such as Jefferson and Reagan, and others whose names are much less likely to trip off the tongue, such as fellow North Carolinians Nathaniel Macon and Josiah Bailey.  In the book, Tucker traces the development of conservatism’s basic tenets and shows how these leaders put them into action, with varying degrees of success.

Conservative Heroes cover Garland TuckerTucker explains the genesis of the book in a recent interview with Christopher N. Malagisi on the Conservative Book Club web site:  “I wrote [Conservative Heroes] primarily for conservatives—especially young conservatives—with the hope that they will sharpen their perception of what conservatism is and enhance their understanding of the historical perspective.”   The book has been well received by its intended audience:  “Conservative Heroes is a wonderful book for many reasons, not the least of which is its focus on long-forgotten conservatives like Grover Cleveland, Josiah Bailey, and, my favorite, Robert Taft,” says Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard.  According to National Review Online, his “ability to recognize a subject missed by academic historians reserves a special place for Tucker in the pantheon of political authors. Conservative Heroes should be required reading in high schools and colleges.”  And Carolina Journal calls the book “a valuable contribution to today’s American political discourse . . . . Tucker’s fast-paced narrative . . . tells the important story of the role liberty-minded thinkers and politicians have played at critical points in the nation’s history.”

Tucker has written for National Review, the Washington Times, and other leading publications.  He is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio programs locally and nationally, as well as on television networks such as MSNBC and C-SPAN.

Although he currently lives and works in Raleigh, Garland S. Tucker III, is a native son of Wilson; his grandfather, Garland S. Tucker, Sr., established the Tucker Furniture chain that is still run by members of the Tucker family.  Tucker serves as chairman of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company in Raleigh, North Carolina that he co-founded in 2002.  Although he retired from his position as CEO in February, he continues to serve as a resource to his successor. Tucker graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.  A former member of the New York Stock Exchange, Tucker serves on the boards of a number of companies, schools, and charitable organizations.

Please join us for an enlightening look at the role conservatism has played throughout the history of American politics, as interpreted by one of Wilson’s own.  We hope to see you on March 16!



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‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ Meeting Feb. 2 to Explore Religion and Evolution

issrlogoThe Barton College monthly public forum ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ will be held again on Tuesday afternoon, February 2, 2016,  at 3 PM in the Barton College Hackney Library Technology Classroom.  This month we will discuss some of the ideas found in Theology for a Scientific Age; Being and Becoming – Natural, Divine, and Human by Arthur Peacocke.

Peacock is perhaps best known for his attempts to argue rigorously that evolution and religion need not be at odds.  Evolution is entirely consistent with an all-knowing, all-powerful God who exists throughout time, sets initial conditions and natural laws, and sustains creation.  According to Peacocke, God continuously creates the world by allowing things to make themselves; thus he sees evolution as the continuous action of God in the world.  All “the processes revealed by the sciences, especially evolutionary biology, are in themselves God-acting-as-Creator”.

As the title suggests, both science and theology approach reality in mutually interacting ways.  Peacocke discusses consciousness and the emergence of personhood.  In his search for meaning and intelligibility, Peacocke is led to the Ultimate Being we call God. He talks about an anthropic universe and joy in creation, and also refers to natural and human evil and suffering.

With respect to natural being and becoming he asks, “What’s going on? What does it all mean?” In looking at divine being and becoming he addresses the search for intelligibility and meaning and presents models of how God might interact with the world in the perspectives of science.  Regarding human being and becoming he looks at God’s communication with humanity through revelation and human experience.  He notes the paradox of human becoming and divine being becoming human as it is portrayed especially in the religious quest and Jesus of Nazareth.

The book offers clear discussions on divine action, including the role that God plays in sustaining the universe. Peacocke argues that it is not unreasonable or even unscientific to hold the belief that God does intervene in the universe in meaningful ways. The strength of this book is revealed as a persuasive statement on how best to integrate science and theology which have been slowly drifting apart, especially in scientifically awakened societies.

Our monthly meeting aims to facilitate the ongoing dialogue between the disciplines of science and religion, one of the most important current areas of debate in terms of understanding the nature of humanity.  You may come to just listen or to freely participate in our conversation.

Please join our gathering for the forum ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ to be held on Tuesday afternoon, February 2nd at 3 PM in the Barton College Hackney Library.




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“The History of Black Business in Eastern NC” Program to be held Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Laurel SneedJoin us for an evening with history educator, researcher, and media producer Laurel Sneed for a lecture and discussion of the African-American business tradition during the era of slavery and in the decades afterward, with a focus on Wilson.  The event will be held in Hackney Library on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 6-7:30 pm.  The program includes a catered reception, and is open to the public.

After viewing video clips of an interview with historian Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker, author of The History of Black Business in America, Ms. Sneed will briefly discuss black business activity in Eastern NC during and after slavery and will review three outstanding examples of the 19th century African–American business tradition in our state: Lunsford Lane, an enslaved tobacconist from Raleigh; Thomas Day, a free black furniture maker from Milton; and John Merrick, a brick mason, barber shop owner and co-founder of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.  Merrick was born into slavery in Clinton and after Emancipation he moved to Durham, where he became a highly successful business man.  Early twentieth century photographs of the thriving business district on East Nash Street will be on display, courtesy of the Freeman Round House Museum of African American History.  There will be time for questions, comments, discussion, and sharing of memories.

Co-sponsors so far include: the Barton College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Minority Student Association, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church/ Living the Word, Barton College School of Business, Larry and Carroll Gaissert, and Hackney Library. It includes a catered reception, and is open to the public.

Laurel Sneed is an educator, researcher,  and media producer/film-maker based in Durham, North Carolina.  In 1995 she led the research effort that discovered Thomas Day’s origins and parentage  in southern Virginia. Since then she has produced  a broad range of materials and media on Thomas Day, as well as on other African American historical topics. In addition, she has been director of the Crafting Freedom teacher workshops which have brought over 400 teachers to North Carolina to study black artisans, entrepreneurs, and abolitionists who contributed to the making of North Carolina and our country.  Sneed makes presentations throughout the United States  on Thomas Day and a broad variety of subjects mostly related to American history and improving the teaching of it.

Please join us for this informative event on January 28!

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Grand Opening Event To Be Held On Jan. 20 For Barton College’s New Oral Communications Center

This blog post was originally posted on the Barton College web site Jan. 8, 2016 and is reprinted here in its entirety:

library-Oral Comm Lab BlurbWILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of its new Oral Communications Center housed in the Willis N. Hackney Library. A special grand opening event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m. to introduce the campus community to the Oral Communications Center and its staff. Enjoy refreshments, meet the tutors, learn about the services provided, and hear brief remarks from Dr. Douglas Searcy, president of Barton College.

Currently located in the Technology Classroom on the first floor of the Willis N. Hackney Library, the Center’s hours are Sunday – Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., and by appointment, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Center is directed by Blythe Taylor, assistant director of academic support in the Office of Student Success, and currently has two peer tutors on staff.

The Oral Communications Center will provide consultation support for Barton College students, faculty, and staff. Designed to help students, faculty, and staff develop oral communication confidence and competence, the Center’s services will provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

For additional information about the Center and its services, please contact Blythe Taylor at 252-399-6541 or, Lorraine Raper at 252-399-6505 or, or George Loveland at 252-399-6501 or


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Jazz Series Coming to Wilson County Public Library

Hackney Library’s “sister” library, the Wilson County Public Library a few blocks down Nash Street, is holding a special series on jazz in January and February; we wholeheartedly encourage all Barton-related folk to attend!  Details are as follows:

Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form, a film and discussion project, will be held at the Wilson County Public Library on six consecutive Thursday nights beginning on January 21, 2016, and ending on February 25, 2016. All programs will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Assembly Room of the Main Library at 249 Nash Street, Wilson, North Carolina. Programs are free and open to the public. Dr. Joe Gomez, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, will present portions of films and lead a discussion surrounding a different theme each night.

Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in early 20th century America. It has evolved into an enduring expression of creativity and innovation. The history of jazz is much more than the history of an extraordinary musical genre — it is also the story of central social, political and cultural issues of the 20th century that continue to play a part in our fledgling 21st.  Topics covered in the series include:

  • New Orleans and the early pioneers of jazz
  • The Jazz Age and Harlem as a center of art
  • The Swing Era and jazz as America’s popular music
  • The art of jazz singers, musicians, and composers
  • Modern jazz and the fragmentation of jazz styles
  • Jazz as an international music

Session 1: New Orleans and the Origins of Jazz (January 21, 2016)

Film: Ken Burns Jazz, Episode 1: Gumbo, Beginnings to 1917

Session 2: The Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance (January 28, 2016)

(Portions of 2 films are shown at this session)

Film 1: Ken Burns Jazz, Episode 2: The Gift

Film 2: Harlem Renaissance: The Music & Rhythms That Started a Cultural Revolution

Session 3: Jazz Vocalists (February 4, 2016)

Film: Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday

Session 4: The Swing Era (February 11, 2016)

Film: Bennie Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing

Session 5: Jazz Innovators: From Bebop, to Hard Bop, to Cool and More (February 18, 2016)

Film: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

Session 6: Latin Jazz and Jazz as an International Music (February 25, 2016)

Film: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


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Study the Nights Away: “Study ‘Round the Clock” returns December 10 to Hackney Library!

pocketwatchIf you’re wondering where you can study in comfort and safety into the wee hours during reading period/exams, look no further–the answer is Hackney Library!  Once again, our popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” will return during final exams beginning Thursday, December 10 (Reading Day).  As always, for much of this exam period, the library will remain open 24/7.

The library will be open the following hours during Fall 2015 Reading Day and Exams:

  • Thursday, Dec. 10 (Reading Day) through Friday, Dec. 11: Open 8 am Thursday, remaining open continuously until closing at 8 pm Friday
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: 10 am – 7 pm (regular hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 16: Open 2 pm Sunday, remaining open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Thursday & Friday, Dec. 17 & 18: 8 am – 5 pm

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 34 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester. In addition, during exams, free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During these 24/7 periods, library services will be available from 8 am until midnight only. From midnight until 8 am the following morning, no library services will be available, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time. (Access will be limited to Barton students only during the midnight to 8 am time slots.Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am).

So plan to visit Hackney Library during exams (remember to bring your ID for admission after midnight!) to get some extra study time in, and get your favorite hot beverage for free!

“Study ‘Round the Clock” is sponsored by Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library, the Barton College Office of Student Affairs, and the Barton Student Government Association.

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‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ Forum on December 1 to Discuss Polkinghorne’s “Science and Providence”

issrlogoThe next Barton College public forum ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ will be held on Tuesday afternoon, December 1, 2015 at 3 PM in Barton College’s Hackney Library Technology Classroom.

This month we will discuss some of the ideas found in Science and Providence by John Polkinghorne in which he combines a rich appreciation of the results of modern science with a detailed theological affirmation that God acts within the world’s history. An introductory essay on this book may be found at the ISSR site  You need not have read this book in order to participate freely in the discussions that will arise as a result of the presentation of the author’s viewpoints.  Your insights and questions will be welcome.

John Polkinghorne knows this territory well.   He is a prominent and leading voice explaining the relationship between science and religion. He was professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge in England.  Then later in his life he became and Anglican priest.  He was knighted in 1997 and in 2002 received the Templeton Prize, awarded for exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

How might we understand particular divine action within the world described by the natural sciences?  John Polkinghorne’s strategy is to argue that the natural order is not in fact a closed deterministic structure, but rather is open to God’s purposive engagement.  There are processes in nature that display a combination of lawfulness and flexibility that would make it possible for God to affect the course of events without disrupting the reliable structure of the created order.

Two areas of contemporary physics lend themselves to such an interpretation: ‘quantum mechanics’, at the lowest levels in the organization of matter/energy, and ‘chaos theory’ explicating the complex chaotic behavior of some dynamic systems such as weather, war, epidemics, paradoxical evolutionary relationships. In as much as unpredictability suggests a deep cosmological and ontological openness, he makes use of these ideas to suggest that God might enact particular providential purposes in the world by influencing the development of these highly sensitive dynamic systems.

To establish consilience with natural science, Polkinghorne discusses a series of central topics in theology including providence, miracles, natural and moral evil, prayer, temporality, incarnation and sacrament, and redemptive hope. In particular, the problem of evil presents difficult issues for any theology that affirms God’s action in the world.

Our monthly meeting aims to facilitate the ongoing dialogue between the disciplines of science and religion, one of the most important current areas of debate in terms of understanding the nature of humanity.  You may come to just listen or to freely participate in our conversation.

Please join our gathering for the forum ‘Science and Religion in Conversation,’ to be held on Tuesday afternoon, December 1st at 3 PM in Hackney Library.

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