With your generous support, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library sponsor events for members, the Wesleyan community, and the public. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 860-685-3897.
A film screening in conjunction with One Book, One Middletown:
Big Trouble in Little China
1986. USA. Dir: John Carpenter. With Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall. 99 min.
April 4, 2013 • 8:00 p.m.
Goldsmith Family Cinema
Center for Film Studies
301 Washington Terrace
“One Book, One Middletown” is an annual series of community events relating to a chosen book -- for 2013, Ernest Cline’s novel Ready, Player One, a sci-fi adventure that includes BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA among its impressive catalog of 80’s pop culture references. In the film, Kurt Russell squares off with an evil sorcerer in a genre-mixing kung fu fantasy action comedy. Knowledge of the book is not necessary to enjoy the film or the introductory remarks, by Marc Longenecker ’03, Film Studies. Free admission.
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Events in conjunction with Davison Art Center Exhibition
Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today
Friday, April 5 – Sunday, May 26, 2013
Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. by Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Open House in Special Collections & Archives
Book Artists Take Action
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • 4:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
No registration required; for information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or email@example.com.
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. See http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/exhb/current.html for more information about the exhibition.
Highlights of the open house include Occupy Your Wallet by Emily Artinian (Wilmington, DE, 2012), a collection of images from the Occupy movement, each presented in credit card format. 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. (Strange Fruit, a print from the same project, is pictured here.) 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, an anti-war piece, is part of The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which commemorates and laments the bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad on March 5, 2007.
Art and Social Justice: Panel with the Artists Meredith Stern, Marshall Weber, and Josh MacPhee
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • 5:00 p.m.
Annual meeting event of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library
Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Wesleyan Library,, Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies,. and The Department of Art and Art History
Artists' panel discussion organized in conjunction with the Davison Art Center exhibition, Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today.
Marshall Weber is a cofounder of Booklyn Artists Alliance, an artist-run, consensus-governed, non-profit organization of artists and bookmakers based in Brooklyn. Since 1999, Booklyn has promoted artists’ books and assisted artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing these artworks and related archives. An interdisciplinary artist, Marshall Weber creates innovative artist’s books and public performances. He describes his work as being “concerned with reading and writing the poetry of social networks, the resonance of cave paintings, imagining sustainable aesthetics, the beauty in justice.”
Meredith Stern organized the project This is an Emergency!, which combines visual art, narrative, and social justice and is included in the exhibition. She obtained a BFA in Ceramics at Tulane University in New Orleans. She went on to develop a multifaceted practice that includes printmaking, ‘zine publishing and socially engaged creative production. Meredith is a member of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative and has collaborated on several large scale art installations including The Miller Gallery as part of the Pittsburgh Biennial; and in Slovenia as part of the 29th Graphic Arts Biennial. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Book Arts at the MOMA, The Library Of Congress, and in universities and libraries around North America. Her work can be investigated further at meredithstern.org.
Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a member of both the Justseed Artists Cooperative (Justseeds.org) and the Occuprint collective (Occuprint.org). He is the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).
Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today was organized by the Davison Art Center in collaboration with the Special Collections and Archives, Wesleyan University Olin Library. The exhibition is on display at the Davison Art Center through May 26, 2013. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4:00 pm.
Special Friends of the Wesleyan Library Book Sale
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Olin Memorial Library
252 Church Street, Middletown
10 am - 4 pm
2500+ ex libris literature books, most priced $1-$2.
The sale will take place on the first floor, in the center part of the library. Follow the signs from the lobby.
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Constitution Day Lecture:
"Imposing Sentence: The Balance Between Affording Discretion and Avoiding Disparity" -- by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold ‘77 P’09
Screening of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
WESEMINAR: American Treasures from the Dietrich Collection
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and repeated again at 11:00 a.m.
Richard Dietrich III ’92 (Dietrich American Foundation) and Director of Special Collections Suzy Taraba ’77 MALS ’10 discussed the superb rare books and manuscripts collected by Richard’s father, the late Richard Dietrich II ’60, one of the great Americana collectors of his generation. These materials are on long-term deposit in Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives. Several highlights of the Dietrich Collection will be shown, including a George Washington letter, the diary of a Loyalist woman from Pennsylvania in the 1780s, a Civil War soldier’s diary, a whaling ship’s logbook, the first edition of Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the New World, and other items.
ANNUAL MEETING and TALK by Professor of Economics, Richard Adelstein
Thursday, April 26, 2012 -- Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library)
Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard Adelstein talked both about his new book, The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914, and the writing of it. The Rise of Planning explores the transformation undergone by business in the U.S. over the half-century following the Civil War -- from small sole proprietorships and partnerships to massive corporations possessing many of the same constitutional rights as living men and women. Approaching this story through historical, philosophical, legal and economic lenses, Professor Adelstein presents an original, three-pronged theory of the rise of business firms leading up to the Supreme Court's controversial 2010 Citizens United decision. The talk was preceded by a brief Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Meeting.
Constitution Day Lecture -- Spirited Debate: God talk on the campaign trail – and beyond by Jane Eisner ‘77 P’06’12
Jane Eisner has been editor of the Forward since June 2008 and prior to that held executive editorial and news positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including City Hall bureau chief, London correspondent, and features editor. She has also served as vice president for national programs and initiatives at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. A 1977 cum laude graduate of Wesleyan, Ms. Eisner was the first woman to edit the college newspaper, The Argus, served as an alumni-elected trustee from 1983-86, and received the McConaughy Award in 2007 for contributions to journalism and public life. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Adaptation Series Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany's --Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Adaptation Series is a collaboration with the Center for Film Studies exploring the translation of literary text to the screen.
Annual Book Sale
|Fall 2010||Screening: Paths of Glory
With introductory talks by Erhard Konerding, Government Documents Librarian, and Marc Longenecker '03, Programming and Technical Manager in Film Studies at Wesleyan
Part of the Adaptation Series - co-sponsored with the Center for Film Studies
Constitution Day Event
2010 Book Sale
Food for Thought: Artists' Books and Environmental Issues
Members Event: Book Conservation Lab Open House --
|Spring 2010||Screening of The Duchess of Langeais
With a talk by Marc Longenecker '03, Programming and Technical Manager in Film Studies at Wesleyan
Part of the Adaptation Series - co-sponsored with the Center for Film Studies
Premiere screening of Episode 4 of the HBO series The Pacific
With writer/producer Bruce McKenna '84
Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist's Books by Robin Price, Publisher
|Fall 2009||Book Sale
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and wonderful book buyers, the annual book sale raised over $5,000 for the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.
For photographs of the sale, see the Wesleyan Connection.
Constitution Day Event
The 'Molten Core' of the Constitution: Habeas Corpus After Guantanamo: a talk by Stephen Oleskey '64
|Spring 2009||Proceed and Be Bold
Screening of the documentary film Proceed and Be Bold (Laura Zinger, director; Brown Finch Films) about the life and work of letterpress printer and book artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. The event also included an exhibit of Kennedy's work in Special Collections and Archives and a sale of Kennedy's posters.
William Manchester: Portrait of a Writer
"Of All The People In All The World" -- Satellite installation in Olin Memorial Library Lobby of the main exhibit in Zilkha Gallery.
|Fall 2008||The Book Artist as Social Critic -- A talk by Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Events in honor of the 400th Birthday of John Milton
|Spring 2008||Artists' Books 101 -- A talk by Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Fourteen Quotes from Rosa Louise Parks, Civil Rights Activist -- An exhibit of prints by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. in honor of Women's History Month
Book sale raised over $3,500.
|Fall 2007||A screening of "Lolita" and talk by screenwriter and Wesleyan alumnus Stephen Schiff
|Fall 2006|| A Tirade by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
|Spring 2006||Library Book Sale
The sale of thousands of books deaccessioned from the Wesleyan Library raised over $17,500.
|Fall 2005||The Book in Antiquity -- A talk by David Sider
|Spring 2005||American Diners -- A Slide Show and Talk by Richard Gutman
|Fall 2004||Stone Reader -- A screening and discussion with director Mark Moskowitz and Dow Mossman, author of The Stones of Summer|