Professor Stephen Cohen
|The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is pleased to present an installment in its Ex Libris series:
Professor Stephen Cohen will give a talk entitled, “Falling into Form: From Comics to Comedy,” at 4pm on April 21 in the Special Collections room of the Elihu Burritt Library.
The public is most cordially invited to attend.
Join us for a fascinating talk with Dr. Kris Larsen, on Wednesday, November 12, from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Burritt Library classroom (third floor, Reference)
Fear, especially of the unknown, is a universally shared emotion, as famed fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien understood well. Like Middle-earth, our everyday world is filled with uncertainty and peril, including natural forces such as earthquakes and volcanoes. With the benefit of modern science, we can understand these terrifying events as being part of the normal process of the world. Our ancient ancestors, however, enjoyed no such luxury, and described these catastrophic events in terms of monsters and malicious gods. Likewise, unusual astronomical events such as meteors, eclipses, and auroras were also considered to be “monstrous.” Geologist Dorothy Vitaliano coined the term geomythology in 1968 to describe the scientific truth hidden in some seemingly fantastical myths concerning the natural environment. Given that Tolkien clearly stated that Middle-earth is our Earth, and that the natural environment itself plays the role of a major character in his works, it is not surprising that we should find a large body of monster-centered geomythology (and corresponding astromythology) within the pages of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Join us on an exploration of the intersection between fact, fiction, and myth in the world of Middle-earth.
Free refreshments will be served.
The Center for Public Policy and Social Research, in conjunction with the Elihu Burritt Library, is pleased to announce the launch of the Veterans History Project Digital Archive (http://content.library.ccsu.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2FVHP). The archive will make available oral history interviews conducted by CCSU students and volunteers with veterans of U.S. armed conflicts, as well as many of the items donated to the project for digitization and preservation.
In order to promote the digital archive as a repository of valuable primary source material for faculty and student research, the library has mounted an exhibit of memorabilia owned by the men and women interviewed for the project associated with their military service. The exhibit will be on display from October 1 – November 15, 2008 on the library’s main level.
The Sisterhood of the Lost Girls: Finding Their Way through Burritt Library
Wednesday, September 24
Special Collections Room, Burritt Library, Second Floor
Watch the new video about two CCSU students who get trapped in Burritt Library overnight. Does a ghost really live there???? What’s in that building anyway???!!!
(Running time: approximately 10 minutes)
Refreshments will be served.
Students – enter to win raffle prizes!