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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

Snapshot Day @ CCSU Elihu Burritt Library

Snapshot Day @ CCSU Elihu Burritt Library

April 13, 2011

Free cookies and coffee at Jazzman’ Café from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (while supplies last)

*Be a “Read” model. Come get you picture taken with your favorite book (or journal or magazine) or borrow one from our collection. (Your free color  8.5 X 11 picture or bookmark will be printed while you wait).*

Examples of celebrity Read posters can be found at

My Dream Library Contest:

Students! Submit an idea (minimum of 100 words—drawings, etc. are also most welcome!) for your ideal library space or service.

Entries will be judged on creativity, practicality (sorry… no paint ball in the library!), and value to the CCSU community. Winners will be chosen by a library committee. The winners of round one will receive a gift card and have their names announced at Library Snapshot Day on April 13th!

Round one entries must be received by April 12th.  Submit your ideas to Susan Slaga – or Debbie Herman – (Please make sure you receive an email response after you submit something). Electronic graphic files should be submitted as pdf or jpeg file.

Written copies can also be submitted in the suggestion box at the table near the Circulation Desk. (If your item is too large to fit the suggestion box please contact Susan Slaga or Debbie Herman to drop it off).

The CCSU Community will be able to vote for the grand prize winner on the library’s website.

The top prize is a Nook e-reader!

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 ( or Ewa Wolynska ( 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.

Sicko Silenced: The Perils of Censorship in 21st Century America

Censorship Causes Blindness  by Andréia, on Flickr
CCSU Elihu Burritt Library Presents:

Sicko Silenced: The Perils of Censorship in 21st Century America

March 16, 7:00 pm, Vance Academic Center, Room 105

Join us for a conversation with those who are at the forefront of the censorship battles, followed by a screening of SICKO. The panelists will discuss free-speech and community standards issues as well as the balance between the two. Our panelists include:

Nels P. Highberg, Chair of Rhetoric and Professional Writing and former Director of the Program in Gender Studies at the University of Hartford.

Marcus Hatfield, Reporter from the Journal Inquirer.

Peter Chase, Director of the Plainville Public Library and Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the Connecticut Library Association.

Our moderator will be John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and Host, and CCSU Faculty.

SICKO, released on June 29, 2007, is an Independent film that tackles health care issues in America. The facts according to Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s research are controversial to some. The recent cancellation of a library screening of the film by the Enfield Town Council prompted Reporter Marcus Hatfield to break the story about the incident. This reminds us that censorship does indeed occur, even in a state with a highly-educated populace such as Connecticut.

This disturbing incident was preceded last November by the National Portrait Gallery’s removal of David Wojnarowicz’s video A Fire In My Belly from the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference And Desire in American Portraiture in response to complaints from the Catholic League as well as incoming House Speaker John Boehner, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s declaration that the video is a form of “hate speech.”

Graduate Thesis Workshop on Thursday, 2/17

Not sure how to start your graduate thesis or are you stuck somewhere in the middle?

Attend the Graduate Thesis Workshop on Thursday, February 17, 2011

Presented by Paulette Lemma, Dean, School of Graduate Studies and

Susan Slaga, MLIS, Reference Librarian, Elihu Burritt Library

Where: Elihu Burritt Library classroom (third floor, Curriculum Lab)

Time: 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

The workshop will cover:

Selecting a topic

Steps in the thesis process

Oral presentation or defense

Library research (including a brief overview of style requirements)

Refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Susan Slaga @ 832-2095 or

Space is limited.

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.

Burritt Celebration Continues Nov. 16

Come join us for a lecture on Elihu Burritt’s role in the anti-slavery movement by Prof.  Robert Wolff. The event will be held in the Special Collections Reading Room at noon on 11/16. Dr. Gilbert Gigliotti will read from Taylor Graham’s book, Walking with Elihu: poems on Elihu Burritt, The Learned Blacksmith, following the lecture.

We also invite you to view material from the Elihu Burritt Collection that will be on display in the library throughout the month of November!

Antarctic Adventures Exhibit

Antarctic Adventures – an exhibit of photographs by Michael Wizevich, from Physics and Earth Sciences Department, will be on display at the Elihu Burritt library during the month of October 2010.

On Monday October 18, noon, Prof. Wizevich will talk about his two expeditions to Antarctica.  The talk will take place in Special Collections, at the Burritt library.  Campus community is cordially invited.

During the 1993-94 and 1995-96 austral summers I was part of two Antarctic expeditions, the first one with the New Zealand Antarctic Program, and the second one with the United States Antarctic Program.  Both projects were in the Transantarctic Mountains and Dry Valley region of Central Victoria Land of the Ross, a sector of Antarctic that is directly south of New Zealand.

About ninety eight percent of Antarctica is covered by ice, but the rugged peaks of the Transantarctic Mountains form a long, exposed spine across the continent.  The mountains are covered with a thick mantle of snow and ice flowing from the central cap of continental ice, the Polar Plateau.  Most of the major valleys in the Transantarctic Mountains are filled with ice streams, except for ice-free “oases” such as the McMurdo Dry Valley region.  All the Dry Valley floors are bare rocky ground, and some valleys contain rare lakes and rivers. The ground is not snow covered because the air is so dry it evaporates more snow than falls.

Our studies required remote camps. Helicopters, the primary transportation for projects located within 100 miles of the bases, brought us to our sites.  Our camps consisted of Scott tents for sleeping quarters – essentially the same as those used by Captain Robert Scott and others in the early part of century – and a weather report tent for work and dining during the drilling expedition.

First Expedition (1993-1994): Ancient Antarctic Environments This expedition studied Devonian age (>400 million yrs. ago) sedimentary rocks at Table Mountain, located at 2170 m (7100 ft) in the Transantarctic Mountains.  Table Mountain is surrounded fabulous views of glaciers (Ferrar, Taylor & Emmanuel) and distant peaks (including Mt. Feather).  Cliff faces in the region contain contrasting rock types; light-colored  sedimentary rocks were intruded by dark Ferrar Dolerite, an igneous rock which originated as liquid magma and filled in the gigantic cracks that formed during the break-up (rifting) of the supercontinent Gondwana, about 200 million years ago.  Ferrar Dolerite and nearby Ferrar Glacier are named after Hartley Ferrar, the geologist on Scott’s Discovery Expedition (1901-04).

Second Expedition (1995-1996): Climate Change in Antarctica

This expedition studied recent (50,000 to 2 million years old) permafrost sediments in two sites within the McMurdo Dry Valleys — Taylor Valley and Miers Valley, and glacial till (20 million?) on Mt. Feather. Because we wanted to keep the core frozen we went early in Antarctic field season, when temperatures near sea level remained below 0° F.  The Mt. Feather location was at nearly 2600 m (8500 ft) elevation.   It was very cold and windy, but the location afforded spectacular views of Beacon Valley and surrounding area.

The sediments were extracted by a gasoline-powered drill rig, developed and operated by Russian scientists.  Later lab studies of the material in the U.S. and Russia analyzed core material for microorganisms.  The objective was to use the microbes in the permafrost layers to reconstruct paleoclimatic history of the area during the last few million years.  Ancient microbes are indicators of past climate in Antarctica because certain microbes thrive under “warm” conditions and others during “cold”.  Since sediment is more-or-less continually being deposited and permanently frozen, we would be able to see a continuous record of past climate (in theory).

Drilling was slow because drilling fluids were not used in order to prevent contamination of modern microbes in the cores.  Keeping the cores frozen and sterile required using a custom-made freezer box in the field and in transport back to the U.S.  The cores are now stored (still frozen) in the Antarctic Core Storage Facility in Tallahassee, Florida.