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Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

“Homo sapiens may have enjoyed brilliant success but we have done so at the expense of virtually every other species.” In her fascinating, Pulitzer Prize-winning work The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert draws on extraordinary field work and both intellectual and natural history, revealing just how destructively we humans have affected our planet.

Happy New Year!

TEDMEDLive 2016

Watch TEDMEDLive at the Bio-Medical Library

Join us November 30 - December 2 as we host a live viewing of the TEDMED 2016 stage program. The theme of this year’s event is “What if?” Talks will explore the science of aging, environmental and community health, visionary science, and more!

Notable Acquisitions 2015-2016

Two Spirit Collection Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies The Tretter Collection, which already held the largest Two Spirit Collection in the world, has...
The 2016 Kerlan Award Ceremony and Luncheon honored children’s book authors and illustrators Betsy and Ted Lewin. This husband and wife team have written and/or illustrated more than 250 picture books between them. Pictured above: Betsy Lewin, Lisa Von Drasek, and Ted Lewin.

The Year in Pictures 2015-2016

Photos from 2015-2016 include several from our signature event series, including: lion researcher Craig Packer, explorer Will Steger, pioneering same-sex marriage advocates Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, folk singer/storyteller Pop Wagner, poet Ray Gonzalez, storyteller Kevin Kling, and many more.
Artist Ron Duffy with paintings from the Brushed Back to Life series.

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn – Brushed Back to Life: Healing From Illness Through...

Bring your lunch and listen as Ron Duffy shares his surprising and joyful immersion into the world of intuition, abstract painting, and poem writing as a creative and healing response to 20 years of living with chronic illness.
Bio-Medical Library Open House

Bio-Medical Library Open House

We're having a party - and you're invited! Please join us on September 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate new services and spaces at the Bio-Medical Library. Learn more about data visualization, virtual reality, video production, and more. Enjoy activities, prizes, and refreshments.
Zetta Elliott

Visionary children’s book writer Zetta Elliott visits Minnesota

Zetta Elliott, author of more than 20 books for young readers and an independent publisher, will be coming to the Twin Cities for five days, September 13-17. Her visit is co-sponsored by the University Libraries' Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature and Umbra: Search African American History.
Joseph Ellis

Joseph Ellis: ‘The Second Founding’

Join us September 28 for the Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture featuring Joseph Ellis at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Ellis is one of the nation's leading scholars of American history whose work focuses on the lives and times of the founders of the United States.

Pop-up libraries at the U Farmers Market!

The University Libraries Pop-up Library will be back at the University of Minnesota Farmers Market this Libraries at Farmers Marketsummer! Stop by our booth to check out some great summer reads, get delicious recipes from our own Kirchner Collection, and see what else is going on at the libraries!

Historical Recipes + Digital Collaborations Symposium

Join the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine on May 24, 2016 for a day-long symposium on historical recipes. From food and medicines to textile dyes and invisible ink, recipes permeate manuscript and print culture across the temporal scale. This symposium will bring together scholars from the Twin Cities community to discuss the diverse ways they use recipes in their work and encourage the development of new ideas about using recipes in public spaces, teaching, and scholarship.
Stress Busters poster

Bustin’ stress at the Libraries

The end of the semester is upon us, but never fear, Stress Busters are here. Relax while you learn at the University Libraries, where you can find quiet study, group spaces, 24/7 hours, and fun activities to help reduce your stress during finals.

Kevin Kling highlights Friends’ annual celebration

Join us on Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center for the Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration, featuring Kevin Kling, "Books Cast Their Spell on Me: Trafficking in the Alphabet."

Kerlan Award Ceremony, honoring Betsy and Ted Lewin

Join us for a luncheon and award ceremony honoring the winners of the 2016 Kerlan Award of the Children’s Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries: Betsy and Ted Lewin. The event takes place Saturday, April 30 at Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120. Tickets are required to attend the lunch at noon. The presentation at 1:00 p.m. is free to attend, but reservations are required.

Our Umbra Search: Bringing Black History Out of the Shadows

Please join us February 18, 7:00 p.m., at Elmer L. Andersen Library for Our Umbra Search: Bringing Black History Out of the Shadows. Erin Sharkey and Junauda Petrus deliver capstone presentations related to their residency with the Archie Givens, Sr., Collection of African American Literature.