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From Her Hands: Latin American Textile Art

“From Her Hands: Latin American Textile Art” opened at CCSU’s Burritt Library on February 1, 2010. This exhibit showcases three Latin American textile art forms handcrafted by women. They are Chilean arpilleras, Panamanian molas and Guatemalan weavings. The exhibit runs through the month of February.

Latin American Textile Art
Latin American Textile Art

Arpilleras are hand sewn of cotton. They are backed by burlap, called ‘arpillera’ in Spanish. These three dimensional appliqué textiles depict the history of Chile and the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in chilling detail. Scenes of torture, interment, and exile are juxtaposed with scenes of grief, loneliness, protest and, ultimately, happiness that the dictatorship has come to an end. The centerpiece is a 29” by 76” quilt portraying a complete history of the country. The display is accompanied by quotes and a poem from Dr. Marjorie Agosín, whose collection is on loan to the library.

Molas are beautifully hand sewn reverse appliqué art created by the Kuna of Panamá. The molas are both sewn and worn by Kuna women and girls. They depict daily life, spirituality and folk tales of the Kuna. Photographs by Dr. Galen Frysinger and information accompany this display, on loan from the collection of Carol Brault.

Guatemalan weavings, the traditional dress of Maya women, are created on a backstrap loom. They demonstrate craftsmanship excellence. The huipil, or traditional blouse, of Santiago de Atitlán is hand embroidered with birds and flowers. Photographs, information and books accompany the display on this subject. It is on loan from the collections of Carol Brault and Dr. Abigail Adams.

Latin American Textile Art
Latin American Textile Art

Dr. Marjorie Agosín, a noted expert on Chilean Arpilleras, will speak in the Library’s Special Collections Room on February 17, 2010 at 4PM. She will discuss the Pinochet regime and its influence on the women who created arpilleras. A slide show and refreshments will accompany the lecture.

Since Stonewall Exhibit

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception



Thursday, June 4, 2009

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elihu Burritt Library, Special Collections

Central Connecticut State University

There will be a lecture by Elizabeth Kaminski (CCSU Sociology) and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by May 29, 2009 to:

Frank Gagliardi


This June will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 members of the New York Police Department raided the Stonewall Inn located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This time, unlike previous raids, the gay community fought back. Rioting broke out and continued for five days ending on July 2nd.

The New York Times thought so little of the raid they buried the story on page 33 the following day. Probably no one realized at the time that this event would become the iconic symbol of the gay civil rights movement. This uprising marked the beginning, as the Advocate stated, “of a movement to decriminalize, demedicalize, and devillainize us ( i.e., gays and lesbians).”

To mark this anniversary, materials will be on display during the month of June, from Burritt Library’s extensive collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender books, newsletters, periodicals, ephemera and archives.

Shadow and Flame: Myth, Monsters, and Mother Nature in Middle-earth

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.

Now on Display! Veterans History Project

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 ( 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.'s Veterans History Project Exhibit photoset’s Veterans History Project Exhibit photoset

Sisterhood of the Lost Girls Video on 9/24

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???!!!
Show times:
4:05 pm
4:25 pm
4:45 pm
(Running time: approximately 10 minutes)
Refreshments will be served.
Students – enter to win raffle prizes!