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Discovering Perge, Turkey – Exhibit and Lecture

Dr. Inci Delemen, an archeologist of international reputation, of Istanbul University, and a long-time member of the excavation team, will deliver a lecture on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Noon in the Special Collections reading room, the Elihu Burritt Library.
The glorious story of Perge, located near Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and modern Antalya, began in prehistoric times and continues today with its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the capital of ancient Pamphylia, Perge gained a preeminent status, and it remains an important source for understanding Classical cities. Its impressive remains, especially of the Hellenistic, Imperial Roman, and Late Roman periods, include remarkably well-preserved city walls, streets, baths, an agora, a theater, and a
stadium, all of which together provide insight into aspects of ancient urban planning. Additionally, much of the city was elaborately adorned with a vast assemblage of sculpture that suggests Perge’s role as one of the most important sculpture ateliers of its time.
With continuous Istanbul University exploration of the site since 1946, the project now celebrates its 65th anniversary, making it the longest-running all-Turkish excavation in the country. Both the exhibition and the lecture will highlight the remarkable archaeology of Perge, underscoring the importance of this site for understanding Classical antiquity.
Co-sponsored by the American Friends of Turkey, English Department, Middle Eastern Studies Committee, International and Area Studies Program, Center for International Education.
The exhibit and lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information about the lecture and exhibit please contact:
Leyla Zidani-Eroglu, Ph.D., English Dpt., zidanil@ccsu.edu, or 860 832-2771 or Special Collections at 860 832-2085.

“Human Solidarity, Polish Solidarność”

“Human Solidarity, Polish Solidarność” an exhibit sponsored by the Polish Studies Program will be on display in the Elihu Burritt Library, during the month of June. The exhibit, which was created in 2010 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Polish “Solidarity” movement, was a joint Polish and American project carried out under the auspices of the Consulate of the Polish Republic in New York. It portrays the history of Solidarność through maps, photos, press clippings and a narrative that also makes connections with the history of the American labor movement.
For more information please contact the Special Collections department at 860 832-2085 and 860 832-2086

Exhibit and Lecture: 100th Anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry

100th Anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 90th anniversary of her first U.S. visit.Marie Curie exhibit
Marie Curie’s legacy is immense. She broke scientific barriers and become brilliant female scientist. She was the 1st female professor at Sorbonne, 1st female Nobel Prize winner, first person to be awarded two Nobel Prizes, and first female to be buried in the Pantheon in Paris.
An exhibit on Maria Sklodowska-Curie, prepared by the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Museum in Warsaw will be on display at the Elihu Burritt Library from May 9 until May 16 and is available for viewing during library hours.
Lecture by Guy Crundwell, Ph.D.,
the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, CCSU

Tuesday, May 10th at 12:30 PM
Special Collections reading room, Elihu Burritt Library, CCSU.

Civil War Commemorative Exhibit

The American Civil War “THAT THE GENERATIONS TO COME MIGHT KNOW THEM” 1861-1865 is an exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and Connecticut’s participation. It will be on display until the end of May and can be viewed during library hours. Materials in the exhibit come from the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford and from the Burritt Library’s holdings.

Materials on display consist of images of generals and soldiers, maps, newspapers, and photographs. The exhibit also includes soldiers’ equipment in battlefields and in camp. Several guns from battlefield:  Richmond Rifle-Musket, Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver, Sharps New Model Rifle, Springfield Model 1861 Rifle-Musket. Camp equipment includes soldier’s canteen, hardtack, knife/spoon/fork and camp stove. Additional materials in the exhibit illustrate the involvement of Connecticut’s soldiers, local politicians, writers and other prominent figures in the Civil War.

For more information please contact Special Collections at 860 832-2085 or 860 832-2086

UMC at the Burritt Library! April 1st-7th

Water ExhibitNight at the Museum, a result of the University-Museum-Community-Collaborative will take place at the New Britain Museum of American Art on Thursday, March 31, 3-8PM.
Subject of this year event: “Water is the driving force of all nature”
Between April 1-7 selected students’ work such as posters, photographs, paintings, 3D objects, essays and poems, will be on display at the Library.

On Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 am in the library’s Special Collections room we will hold a reception and the campus community is invited to view their fellow students’ art work and to hear winners of essay and poetry competitions.

For more information please contact Renata Vickrey (vickreyr@ccsu.edu) or Ewa Wolynska (wolynska@ccsu.edu) at Special Collections department at 860 832-2085 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 860 832-2085 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 860 832-2086 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 860 832-2086 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Please join us for the Elihu Burritt Birthday Party!

The Burritt Bicentennial event will take place in Special Collections at the library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

Sherrod Emerson Skinner III, the great-great-great grand nephew of Elihu Burritt will deliver keynote remarks.

December 8, 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elihu Burritt, New Britain’s most famous citizen.  Burritt is known as  “The Learned Blacksmith”, who from humble beginnings as a blacksmith’s apprentice, went on to become an internationally recognized 19th century pioneer peace activist, abolitionist, self taught linguist, writer and lecturer.  The Elihu Burritt Bicentennial celebration is an excellent occasion to honor the memory of this great man and to revive our community’s pride in this interesting personality.

Materials from the Elihu Burritt Collection will be on display through the month of December.

Birthday cake and Burritt birch soda will be served.

Elihu Burritt Bicentennial Celebration

Elihu Burritt, also known as “The Learned Blacksmith”, is New Britain’s most famous son.  The Elihu Burritt Library is spearheading the celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth and is planning several events for this fall semester.

Elihu Burritt was born in New Britain  on December 8, 1810.  He became a world citizen, linguist, abolitionist, reformer, peace activist and penny postage advocate.  President Abraham Lincoln appointed him a Consular Agent to Birmingham, England.  Elihu Burritt stayed attached to his hometown, and during his last years of his life become an active citizen.  He died on March 6, 1879 and is buried at the Fairview Cemetery.

The library was named after Elihu Burritt in 1959.  The choice of name was supported by many local organizations and  Robert C. Vance, the publisher and editor of The Herald.

For more information on Elihu Burritt please see the Special Collections/Archives website: http://www.library.ccsu.edu/help/spcoll/burritt/

The opening event for the Burritt Bicentennial will take place on Wednesday, September 22 at 11:45 in the Special Collections reading room in the library.

“Elihu Burritt:  Nineteenth-Century Pioneer for Transatlantic Peace, Social Justice, and Human Rights” a lecture by Dr. Wendy Chmielewski.

Wendy Chmielewski is the George R. Cooley Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.  The Peace Collection holds a significant set of materials on Elihu Burritt.  Chmielewski’s work on the role of women in the U.S. and British nineteenth century peace movements has included exploring the participation of Elihu Burritt as well. She has published several works on the role of women in the peace movement and in intentional/utopian communities form the nineteenth century to the present.  Her most recent publication (2009) is  a co-edited collection of scholarly essays on Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, titled Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy.

Exhibit information or rather misinformation

If yesterday was April’s Fool I would pretend it was a joke, since it was a day later I want to correct a mistake about the LGBTQ exhibit news announcement on our web site. It is not an organization with a 150 years old tradition but it celebrates just 15 years.  If my mistake would be a true fact Connecticut would be a pioneer in the movement.

Best to all,

Renata