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Italian American Women of Connecticut – March 5 at 1PM

Please join us in the Burritt Library on Saturday, March 5th at 1PM for engaging conversation with:

Paul Pirrotta, author of “Hartford Mayor Ann Uccello: A Connecticut Trailblazer


Anthony Riccio, author of “Farms, Factories, and Families: Italian American Women of Connecticut”

Elihu Burritt Library, 4th floor

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Italian Resource Center and is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Renata Vickrey at or by calling 860 832-2085

Ann Uccello

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Paul Pirrotta

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Anthony V. Riccio

Italian American event



“Friends of the Library/University Singers Companion Tour” to Poland and Germany! May 12-20, 2016

Join us for the first Friends of the Library trip abroad! Together with the CCSU University Singers, participants will travel to Krakow and Wroclaw, Poland and to Leipzig, Germany. Friends will be in the audience when the choir performs all concerts; all will participate in guided tours and visit sites related to culture, history and music in the cities we will visit. Additional tours will be arranged for Friends while the Singers rehearse.

Cost of the trip is $2,995.

This price includes round-trip transportation from CCSU to JFK, round-trip international airfare, double-occupancy hotel accommodations, some meals, ground transportation and entrance fees to all planned activities.  

Registration deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2016. 

Please read carefully the enclosed registration form: Friends of Library – Singers Companion Tour Registration FormSu16

Glimpse of the itinerary:

Krakow, Poland


Krakow represents a great repository of Polish history, art, and architecture. The group will enjoy a guided tour of Krakow, beginning with the Royal Castle and Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, which was remodeled according to the new Renaissance taste in the beginning of the 16th century. It is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Then we will visit the Old Town with the Main Market Square and its magnificent houses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall-Sukienice. We will also visit the Church of St. Mary, with the famous Gothic Altar by Wit Stwosz, best sculptor of the Middle Ages. We will visit the Jagiellonian University and gain insight into their special collections and manuscript division, including many musical scores. Founded in 1364, it is one of the oldest universities in the world. We will visit the 13th century “Wieliczka” Salt Mine, registered on the Unesco list, and a spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, founded in 1044. Both places are on the outskirts of Krakow, where our tourist experience will be enriched by the musical performance and presentation of Benedictine archives and tasting of their special food.

The group will take a side trip to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi German concentration camp, where four million people perished.

Wrocław, Poland

Wroclaw - Rynek

Our next stop will be Wroclaw, the capital of Lower Silesia and Poland’s fourth largest city. It is a city with a fascinating and complex history, dating back to the 10th century, when the Ostrow Tumski islet on the Odra became a fortified Slav settlement.  There are now some 100 bridges spanning the city’s 90-kilometer network of slow-moving canals and tributaries, giving Wroclaw its particular charm. Singers will perform in the baroque style Collegium Marianum located in the Wroclaw University, founded in 1702.  The group will visit the famous Ossolineum library and have a special tour of the Racławice Panorama, a monumental cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising. We will visit the Old Town, with its medieval market square, founded in the 13th century, and Piasek Island, with its Church of St. Mary on Piasek, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Church of the Holy Cross.

Leipzig, Germany


The last stop will be in Leipzig, which is associated with the best known classical composers. We will visit or get a glimpse of Schumann House, Wagner Memorial, Leipzig Opera House, St. Nicholas School, St. Nicholas Church, Old City Hall, St. Thomas Church, etc. Singers will perform in St. Thomas church, where Bach was once the organist and choirmaster, and is currently the home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir, one of the most famous in the world.  We will also visit the Bach Museum. It was once the home of the Bach family and now contains the largest Bach archives in Germany, as well as many mementos of the composer.

Please contact Renata Vickrey any additional questions you might have at or by calling 860 832 2085.





Burritt Library is about research, collaboration, innovation, technology and 3-D printing!

SCENE @ CCSU: Learn to be an innovator

Published in New Britain Herald, Sunday December 6, 2015.

By Rick Mullins, Director Institute for Technology & Business Development, CCSU

Inspiring the next generation in STEM innovation, product development, and entrepreneurialism is the goal of CCSU’s “Be an Innovator” program. The first group of participants, involving 25 New Britain high school students and CCSU students, is about to complete the 60-hour, intensive course held at the university’s new Education & Innovation Center located at the downtown campus.

“Be an Innovator” is the result of a collaboration between CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library, TRiO Educational Talent Search (a federally-funded initiative based at CCSU offering support and guidance for under-represented students to complete high school and pursue higher education), and CCSU’s Institute of Technology & Business Development.

Throughout the course, students become familiar with the process of 3D printing and design, open source software, computer coding, information literacy, database patent and intellectual property research, and the creation a webserver with a Raspberry PI.

The TRiO students, coming from New Britain High School, EC Goodwin Tech, and magnet high schools, are led by TRiO Program Director Thomas Menditto and are tutored by CCSU undergraduates representing multiple disciplines at the University. The building of relationships between the CCSU and high school students helps the younger students gain confidence in building departmental and peer relationships when choosing a college major.

Carl Antonucci, library director, and his staff were key in the preparation, design, and delivery of the program. Sharon Clapp, Susan Slaga-Metiver, Briana McGuckin, Martha Kruy, and Steven Bernstein each delivered a unique component to the education and innovation segment of the class.

The Burritt Library wants all students to think of the library as an innovative business, research, and science resource for product design, research, validation, and model production. In doing so, the library becomes a resource to enhance classroom learning. In addition, current students on campus will gain a broader knowledge of resources on both campuses for their educational development.

The success that has been realized in the implementation of this program is leading CCSU ITBD to offer this program to the public in an open-enrollment, non-credit format in the spring of 2016.

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Temporary location of Special Collections and ISAR

Due to HVAC renovation the offices located on the 2nd floor of the Library, Special Collections and ISAR- Information Systems and Resources, have moved to the Confucius Institute area on the 4th floor. We will be in this temporary location till end of March, 2016.

Materials located in Special Collections will not be available during renovations.  However we still provide access to University Archives, GLBTQ Archives and Connecticut Polish American Archives.

ISAR provides the same services, also 3-D printing assistance is available.

Telephone numbers are the same.


Guayasamin’s art in Motion: “Ecuador Unframed”

Art Exhibition on view in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor from September 21 – October 19, 2015

Guayasamín Unframed is curated by Dr. Rocio Fuentes, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages with the collaboration of Dr. Heather Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Sociology. The exhibit is sponsored by the Modern Languages Department, The Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Ellihu Burritt Library, The School of Education, Art Department, History Department, Student Affairs, and the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center at CCSU.

Opening Reception, September 21, 3 p.m., featured guest speakers include the Ecuadorian consul at New Heaven, Mr. Raúl Erazo and CCSU art professors Rachel Siporin and Mike Alewitz.

Guest Lecture, October 14, 9:30 a.m., featuring Dr. Juan Ramos (College of the Holy Cross)

 “This exhibit bridges cultural theory, mathematical analysis, media visualization, and computer programming in an innovative installation of the mural Ecuador (1952), a major art work by Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of the most prominent Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Identity is always in motion. Such is the feeling behind Guayasamín’s mural. Intended to represent the inherent antagonisms and racial multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation. “

The mural is composed of five movable and interchangeable panels. These panels will be exhibited alongside a digital interface, which will allow visitors to view 30,720 potential configurations of the piece, and even to virtually create their own mural.



Friends of the Library Reception and Talk – October 1st

Please join us on Thursday, October 1st at 6:30 pm in Founders Hall, Davidson Hall for the Friends of the Library event:

Making Historians@CCSU: Teaching and Writing the Past, Present, and Future

Conversations with Professors Mann, Tully, and Warshauer

Moderated by Susan Campbell, Robert C. Vance Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The event is free but registration is required.

Please RSVP to or call 860 832-2085



THE TENDER TRAP – movie with a talk and a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library

You are invited!

The Friends of Burritt Library present


Thursday, 16 April 2015, 7:30 PM  Torp Theatre, Davidson Hall

With a pre-film talk in the theatre at 7:00 PM

by Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti: “1955: Frank Sinatra’s Annus Mirabilis

A reception precedes the talk at 6:30 PM in Davidson Hall 123

Free and open to the public


Exhibit: Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography

This exhibit is on view in the Burritt Library, 2nd floor through April 30

Please join us for a reception and a talk by Rickie Solinger, exhibit curator

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

3:15 p.m. Burritt library, 2nd floor

Event is free and open to the public

Rickie Solinger is a historian, writer, and lecturer. For this exhibit she used prints made from archival photographs found in the Library of Congress and the National Archives.  These photographs illustrate the significant new freedoms African Americans claimed during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Sponsored by:
Office of Diversity and Equity – History Department – Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
– Committee on the Concerns of Women – Ruth Boyea Women’s Center – Elihu Burritt Library

Claiming citizenship


EXHIBIT: “From War to Victory, 1939-1989”

An exhibit sponsored by the Insitute of the National Remembrance and the Polish Studies Program will be on view in the Burritt Library, 2nd floor, from March 26 – April 9th

The exhibition is about a special half-century in the history of Poland.  The main theme of the exhibit is Polish fight for freedom, expressed in a form of armed struggle and political activity.  Expressive photographs show Polish soldiers on various World War II fronts and the phenomenon of the Polish Underground State in the occupied country.

Reception & opening lecture: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd Floor, CCSU

Lecture will be given by Dr. Władysław Bułhak, 

Deputy Director of the Office of Public Education.

Dr. Władysław Bułhak is a member of the editorial board of scientific IPN semi-annual “Memory and Justice”, as well as an international research network Centre for Cold War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Ödensee.

Admission is FREE and the public is cordially invited.

For further information please contact Special Collections

at 860 832-2085

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