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Public Events Calendar, Fall 2008

Reception to celebrate the art print series "The Meadowlands Strike Back"

Wednesday September 10, 2008 @ 3:30 pm
Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor
Archibald S. Alexander Library, College Ave. Campus

Reception to thank Judith Brodsky and the Brodsky Center for the long term loan of her art print series, 'The Meadowlands Strike Back' to the Rutgers University Libraries

"Has the Garden of Eden Been Located At Last?" artwork by Judith Brodsky, 1991

Professor and Students: Paintings from the Hsu Dan Arts Studio
Watercolor Painting Exhibition

Thursday September 11, 2008
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
John Cotton Dana Library

Featured artists: Hsu Dan, Hsao Chen, Helena Cheung, Christina Eng, Siu-Ching Lui, Wen-Hua Ren, Roberta Tipton, Paul Tong, Ann Watkins, and Marilyn Wilt

The exhibition runs: September 11 to October 31, 2008

Watercolor painting by Hsu Dan

My Infant Head: The History of Children's Poetry

Exhibition: September 23, 2008 - January 9, 2009
Exhibition opening reception: Tuesday September 23, 2008
Scholarly Communication Center, 4th floor
Archibald S. Alexander Library
College Ave. Campus

The History of Children's Poetry will illustrate the history of English and American children's poetry from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The exhibition will examine various scholarly histories, as well as displaying many of the rare and colorful picture books created during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Lissa Paul, Professor of Education at Brock University and co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature, will be the keynote speaker at the opening. To emphasize the oral and inclusive nature of children's poetry, a soundscape of poems read by Rutgers community members will be included in the exhibition.

Image by Al Swiller, accompanying the poem "The rabbit and the robin in a big new balloon" by Theodore Roethke. From the book: "Party at the Zoo," published in 1973.

2008 Banned Books Week - Movie Screenings and Panel Discussion
September 28 - Oct. 4, 2008

Movie Nights at the Library:

Monday, September 29th
Two documentaries from series of four entitled Culture Shock, produced by WGBH Educational Foundation: Hollywood censored: movies, morality and the Production Code and Born to trouble: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Tuesday, September 30th
Challenged film Pinky based on novel of same title by Cid Ricketts Summer; screenplay by Philip Dunne and Dudley Nichols; produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; directed by Elia Kazan.

Friday, October 3rd
Challenged film Native Son adapted from the novel by Richard Wright; produced by James Prades; directed by Pierre Chenal.

All movies will be screened in the Scholarly Communication Center, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Faculty Panel Presentation on Intellectual Freedom in the Academy

Thursday, October 2: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm,
Pane Room, Alexander Library,
College Avenue Campus
Faculty panelists: Mary Hawkesworth, Professor and Chair, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, SAS; Richard Serrano, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Chair of the new Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures; Marija Dalbello, Associate Professor, SCILS; Joanna Kempner, Assistant Professor-SAS, Sociology.

The panel will discuss intellectual freedom in the academy, in all of its dimensions, and share their experiences of the curtailment of this valuable human right. A reception will follow the panel presentation.

Banned/Challenged Books Vodcasts

Visit the Libraries' homepage to see and hear faculty , staff, and students from across the University reading from their favorite challenged books.

2008-2009 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist-in-Residence Renee Cox

Public lecture: Wednesday October 22, 2008
6:00 pm, reception; 6:30-8:00 pm lecture
Mabel Smith Douglass Room, Mabel Smith Douglass Library,
Douglass Campus

Renée Cox celebrates Black womanhood and questions society and the roles it gives to Blacks and women by devising elaborate scenarios that reference well-known works of art and popular culture. During her campus visit Ms. Cox will also speak to first-year students in a Douglass Residential College mission course and meet with Mason Gross School of the Arts visual arts students and others.

There will be two concurrent exhibitions of Ms. Cox's work - "Never Has She Ever: Renée Cox" a solo exhibition from September 22 - December 14, in the Douglass Library Galleries, Mabel Smith Douglass Library; and "Never Has She Ever ..." a group show featuring Cox's large-scale works along with art works by nine other artists, on view October 14 - 31, in the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries, Civic Square Building. These exhibitions are organized by the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Institute for Women and Art in partnership with the Rugters University Libraries, and the Visual Arts Department/Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Renée Cox, "Red Coat," from the series, "Queen Nanny of the Maroons," 2004.
Color digital ink-jet print on watercolor paper, 76 x 44".

"Resistance!" The 14th Annual NJ Book Arts Symposium

Friday November 7, 2008
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
John Cotton Dana Library

The 14th annual book arts symposium will explore the wide range of meanings and opportunities for 'resistance' in the book arts-unconscious resistance to the creative process, the resistance of materials to their easy use in print-making, social or political underground movements' resistance to occupying forces, sociocultural resistance to change, artistic resistance to hackneyed cliches, creative resistance to being understood, and the interpretive resistance to artistic intention. Featured speakers will be Tommie Arai, Judith K. Brodsky, Maureen Cummins, Asha Ganpat, Curlee Holten, Margo Humphrey, Zoe Sheehan Saldana, and Two Girls Working.

The main accompanying exhibition will run November 7th - January 23, 2009.
A secondary accompanying exhibition will run November 7th - December 20, 2008.

Strike Anywhere
Aspen wood, wax, gelatin, pigment, chemicals
Zoe Sheehan Saladana 2007

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Look for these activities in the spring 2009 semester:

Last updated August 7, 2008; August 12, 2008; August 19, 2008; August 22, 2008