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      Julie Schumacher: Reading and Signing

      Julie Schumacher September 13th   Where: Elmer L. Andersen, Room 120 When: September 13, 2018 Event time: 6:30 pm, doors open; 7:00 pm, reading Signing to follow    Parking note: Please be...

       Nnedi Okorafor @ Book Week, UMN

      Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing  WHERE? McNamara Alumni...

      The Secret Lives of Books exhibit opens September 18

      The Wangensteen Historical Library's new exhibit — "The Secret Lives of Books" — reveals the past and present secret lives of books and tells their captivating stories of health, illness, and the human experience. In an evolving exhibit experience, guest-curated exhibit vignettes will be changed each month to reveal more stories about rare books and their intersections with current events, historical experiences, and the research programs at the University of Minnesota.

      Black Magic Woman: Rituals of the Divine Feminine

      The University Libraries' artist in residence program aims to promote using historical collections as a way to inspire works of art, build connections between artists and archives, and support artists who use historical sources in their work. In this blog post, artist Valerie Caesar discusses her work in the archives, which focused on this question: What is the wonder of blackness?

      Reflections from an artist-in-residence

      Working with archival materials in quiet reading rooms for many hours during my spring residency at the UMN Libraries' Archives & Special Collections was a contemplative, productive, at times intense, surprising, and overall gratifying experience. I conducted research primarily in two collections: the Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine. My research objectives broadly included the Guatemalan Civil War, migration and trauma, historical conceptions of 'The Tropics,' mosquito-borne illnesses, indigenous treatments, and the confluence of race and disease.

      #27 Women Artists: Dahlov Ipcar

      Dahlov Ipcar was born in 1917 and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village. She was the daughter of well-known artists, William and Marguerite Zorach. Her...

      The Best from Pen and Press: Exhibit sneak peek

      Take a sneak video peek at our current exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library: The Best from Pen and Press, which includes 3,000-year-old cuneiform tablets, a 16th century "Remembrancer Scroll," and much more. The materials come from the James Ford Bell Library, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and the University Libraries' Rare Book collections.

      Around the World: My First Book of Vietnamese Words

        Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota. A boat people, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon...

      Using archives to create art

      Artists Valerie Caesar, Johnnay Leenay, and Rini Yun Keagy presented about their experience in the Libraries' Artists in Residence program where they used the Libraries' archival, research, and digital collections to engage in creative projects to make art out of history and historical documents.

      #22 Women Artists: Evaline Ness

      #100 Women Artists What Started Project 2017 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators: Evaline Ness   Evaline Ness (1911–1986) used woodcuts, mixed...

      #20 Women Artists: Tana Hoban

      #100 Women Artists What Started Project From Something About The Author ("Tana Hoban." Something About the Author, edited by Alan Hedblad, vol. 104, Gale, 1999,...
      Bly and Hall

      Bromance: The correspondence of Don Hall and Robert Bly

      While processing the Robert Bly collection I was drawn into his correspondence with Donald Hall. Their letters are sarcastic and funny and include charming nicknames for each other. When compared to the other letters of Bly’s other regular correspondents and many of the letters from fans, the letters from Don Hall are sometimes irreverent or biting.
      Photograph of the cast of a Befana performance by the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, from the Immigration History Research Center Archives’ Vannelli Papers.

      Inside the Minnesotan cave of immigrant wonders

      Guest author Matthew Reza shares his recent experience with the Immigration History Research Center Archives staff and collections. Reza is a tutor, lecturer, and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

      Celebrating the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony Orchestra

      Each May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a month where we celebrate Jewish Americans who have helped weave the fabric of American history, culture, and society. This year, the theme is Jewish contributions to American music, which provides the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives an opportunity to shine a light on a unique local group of musicians in St. Paul, Minnesota who have been making music for 90 years.
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      A cover-up at the Met

      From 1938-1979, the Minnesota School of the Air brought educational programs into the classrooms of Minnesota and beyond over radio airwaves and through tape transcription. This episode takes listeners to Metropolitan Stadium to learn how to stay dry on a rainy day.