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First Fridays – Objects of Desire – April 2014
April 4, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm| Free
First Fridays Series, Objects of Desire
Whether the desire to possess a rare book, a longing for a home to call one’s own, or the pursuit of an organization’s mission, the Archives and Special Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries brings the stories to life in this year’s First Fridays presentations.
All events at noon, 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library.
Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
Join us for two presentations on April 4.
The Beauty of It: The Design and Marketing of Computers
Presented by Archivist Arvid Nelsen of the Charles Babbage Institute
Before the days when the public anxiously anticipated the release of the Next Big Thing from Apple many people couldn’t imagine how they could possibly ever use a computer. Archivist Arvid Nelsen of the Charles Babbage Institute will explore the role of marketing and design in creating a market that today not only understands computer technology but desires it.
Gay Desire and the U.S. Postal System
Presented by Lisa Vecoli, Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies
The ability to communicate by mail was crucial to early organizing efforts in the GLBT community. Lisa Vecoli, Curator of the Tretter Collection, will look at the history and impact of two important legal cases that determined gay access to the Postal System; ONE, Inc. v. Olesen in 1958; and the 1967 Federal obscenity charges against two Minneapolis men for sending images of nude men in the U. S. Mail.