Everyone welcome! — students, graduating seniors, alumni, friends and family.
Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & Archives to show your friends and family the impressive Davison Rare Book Room. If you are an alum, remember your student days through the yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials, which are available here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.
Date: Saturday, May 27
Time: 12-4 PM
Place: Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
From the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:
Kyle Schlesinger, Director of Cuneiform Press, discusses the state of the book in our current cultural climate, while sharing his passion for producing enduring works that merge historically-informed typographic practices with the latest industry trends. From letterpress-printed chapbooks to collaborations with writers and artists such as Johanna Drucker, Bill Berkson, and Jim Dine, Cuneiform publishes poetry, artists’ books, and nonfiction with an emphasis on enriching the humanities. Works will be on display in both the Develin Room and the Olin Lobby, including posters from Schlesinger’s recent social-movement letterpress project, A People’s Curriculum for the United States.
Date: Friday, May 26
Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
Place: Develin Room, Olin Memorial Library
“Burning and defacing the flag is a critique of what American patriotism and the American flag represent.”
On Friday, hundreds of Wesleyan students took part in a multi-stage demonstration that featured testimonies and chants from perspectives ranging from staunchly anti-State to “final stands” of full blown Trump supporters.
The second stage of the demonstration saw students gathered outside of Olin library and several among the crowd ascending the steps to communicate their response to the election results. During this part of the demonstration, we posted a live Facebook video of Yael Horowitz ’17 and Abby Cunniff ’17 spray painting “Amerikkka” on an upside down American flag. The video now has over 22,000 views and 142 shares. Many comments on the video declare their hatred for Wesleyan students, and several have been explicitly threatening and violent. We are posting the following guest submission so that they protesters can explain their motivations. The following views are the writers’ own.
Nancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) will speak about her photographic exhibition “Documents in Black and White,” currently on display in the Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases. The works are selected from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection, which she recently donated to Wesleyan, and span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. In 1981, inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England. She returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance, shooting black and white film in a medium format camera. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist. The exhibition will be open through Friday, December 16, 2016.
The talk and event are free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Special Collections & Archives, Wesleyan Library, and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library. For more information, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Friday, October 28
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library
Undies in Olin, a longstanding tradition to Keep Wes Weird, was on Wesfest Friday around noon. This is what happened, according to Dasha Dubinsky ’18:
The crowd of people that showed up had been standing around for a while, and getting a bit anxious, when the first tour group walked through at about 12:30. While most of the prefrosh and parents seemed confused and unsure of themselves as they avoided eye contact, certain members of the tour group seemed happy with the turn of events. Multiple people reminded everyone that this is in fact a library with screams of “I’m trying to work in here” and much shushing.
Not long after the first tour group walked by, two more also went through with similar reactions. Most memorable was one prefrosh and her mom running through the hall to avoid looking at all the half-naked college students.
After all three of the tour groups left, everyone cheered and erupted into the Wesleyan Fight Song. It was one of the most Wesleyan moments I’ve experienced here and the bond that I felt with everyone else in the library that day was amazing.
From Library Assistant Jennifer Hadley:
Write Better Together: an inside look at a new generation of social networks and websites that empower writers
A talk by Molly Barton ’00
Ms. Barton is teaching the senior seminar for Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate this spring. Formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House, she founded a start-up inside Penguin called Book Country, “the most supportive writing and publishing community on the web” – where writers can get feedback on their manuscripts, and if they desire, publish them as e-books. Barton left Penguin in February to work more closely with the NYC tech and start-up community. She is working on a number of undisclosed digital initiatives with major media companies, and serving as strategic advisor to publishing related start-ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.
For more information and to rsvp if you would like to attend, contact libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Pizza and light supper refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library, Rm 204)
From the lovely Stephanie Blumenstock ’16:
Come celebrate Hanukkah in the Olin Lobby! There will be candle lighting, gelt, and donuts, dreidels, and singing!
Time: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Place: Olin Lobby
From Olin librarian Kendall Hobbs:
The library is offering workshops on research sources and interlibrary loan and other services for seniors writing a thesis or an essay. Sessions will be offered on Monday 9/23, Tuesday 9/24, Wednesday 9/25, and Thursday 9/26 at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 each day. No need to sign up ahead of time. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session at Olin Library’s reference office. Attendees will be granted expanded interlibrary loan privileges.
The Friends of the Wesleyan Library invite you to view a collection about activist book artists:
During the open house, the work of activist book artists will be available for browsing in the Davison Rare Book Room. Among the artists’ books on display will be work connected to the contemporary movements featured in the Davison Art Center exhibition, Artists Take Action (which includes three portfolios from SC&A), as well as related causes. Boom!: a Summary of the Paper Landmine Print Project by John Risseeuw (Tempe, AZ: Cabbagehead Press, c2011) is printed on paper made by the artist from the clothing of landmine victims. Julie Chen’s Memento (Berkeley, CA: Flying Fish Press, c2012), a tiny book in a locket, is described by the artist as evoking “the fragility of the book and the power of reading.” Memento is part of the The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which commemorates and laments the bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad on March 5, 2007. Occupy Your Wallet by Emily Artinian (Wilmington, DE, 2012), is a collection of images from the Occupy movement, each presented in credit card form.
No registration required; for information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or sca[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 4:15-6 p.m.
Place: Davison Rare Book Room inside Olin’s Special Collections & Archives
Library assistant Jennifer Hadley would like to inform you of a cool exhibit right outside of Olin’s Special Collections and Archives:
In 1939, the Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir fled war-torn Europe, bringing with him to New York his irreplaceable art and book collections. In New York, he started his life over, establishing a new art gallery (the Galerie St. Etienne, still operating today), a publishing house (the Johannes Presse), and becoming one of the central figures in circles of Austrian émigrés in the U.S., maintaining his many contacts to leading artistic and literary figures of his day.
The Kallir family has generously donated Otto Kallir’s book collection of Austrian and German literature to Wesleyan University, highlights of which are on display in Olin Library from October 19 to November 27, 2012. The collection features first editions, signed copies, books inscribed to Kallir and his wife, fine press books, several unique manuscript items, and more.
An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-6pm, with remarks by John Kallir (Otto Kallir’s son), and a short talk about the collection by Wesleyan Associate Professor of German Studies Ulrich Plass. The event is free and open to the public.
Book collection on display from October 19-November 27. Wednesday’s reception information:
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor of Olin