Category Archives: Exhibits

The Changing Face of America: Immigration Symposium

immigration symposium poster Large 11by17Please join us on Wednesday, March 11, 1 – 3 P.M.

Following by reception 3-4 P.M. in  Special Collections,  2nd floor

Exhibit: Italian Immigrants to Connecticut and New England 

The Elihu Burritt Library presents this symposium to popularize numerous resources, primary and secondary, on the topic of immigration, in electronic and print formats. The library houses four centers/resources: the Connecticut Polish American Archives; the Italian Resource Center; the Confucius Institute; the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center; which provide information on additional sources and assistance for students.

The event is open to all.   


1-1:30 p.m.  Polish Immigration

  • Polish Immigrants in the US and Connecticut, presented by Prof. M. B. Biskupski
  • Polish Resources, Ewa Wolynska and Renata Vickrey

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Italian Immigration

  • Voices of Italian Immigrants presented by Nicholas Allen, Denise Zarcone, Maria Manna, Floriana Manna, Zelvan Phillips and Frank Petraccone, students from Prof. Carmela Pesca and Prof. Maria Passaro classes
  • Pascal D’Angelo, Son of Italy, presentation by Dr. Carl Antonucci, and Prof. Kenneth DiMaggio

2-2:30 p.m.  Chinese Immigration

  • Chinese Immigration, presentation by Confucius Institute and students from Prof. Yanan Ju class

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Hispanic and Latino Immigration

  • Voices of Latino Immigration, students Sarah Lindstrom and Kate Krotzer from Prof. Antonio Garcia-Lozada, Rosly Hernandez and Isaac Rodriguez from Prof. Katherine Sugg class and Mariano Cardoso from Prof. Luis Recoder-Nunez, will share their immigrant experience and research. 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reception

  • Food sampling from each country/region

 5:00 p.m. “Globalization in Latin America”

A lecture by Dr. Eduardo Beccera, Professor of Latin American Studies at the  University Autonoma  of Madrid, Spain



Warsaw Rising 1944 – lecture and exhibit

On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, Dr. Michael Peszke will deliver a lecture entitled, The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Warsaw Rising. Dr. Peszke is a historian of the Polish Armed Forces in World War II. The lecture is sponsored by the Polish Studies Program, and will start at 7:00pm in the Burritt Library, Special Collections Room, located on the 2nd Floor. The exhibit is available for viewing on the 2nd floor of the library and consists of material related to the Uprising from the library Polish Heritage Collection.
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Polish Posters Exhibit

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This exhibition displays over three hundred Polish posters covering the subjects of film, theater, circus, art, music, social, political and other cultural events.


CURATORS: Kinga Wlodarska, Assistant Professor Graphic/Information Design, CCSU • Ewa Wolynska, Special Collections Librarian, CCSU


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NOT “Frankie Satin”: A Frank Sinatra Memorabilia Exhibit

The exhibit is on display in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor

Please come and enjoy the new exhibit in celebration of The Year of Italian Culture in the US.

Items in the exhibit, which include posters, musical scores, records, photos, magazine covers, books, stamps, etc., are from the private collection of Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti.

“[Harry James] wanted me to call myself Frankie Satin! Can you imagine? Is that a name or is that a name? Now playing in the lounge, ladies and gentlemen, the one an’ only Frankie Satin…if I’d’ve done that, I’d be working cruise ships today. Besides one fake name in the family was enough.” – Frank Sinatra, as quoted by Pete Hamill, Why Sinatra Matters (p. 71)

(Frank’s father, Martin, had been a boxer, and bar owner, in Hoboken under the name of Marty O’Brien.)

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Lecture on Italian Culture in the United States



The Burritt Library celebrates The Year of Italian Culture in the United States


The Elihu Burritt Library in cooperation with The Italian Resource Center
Invites you to a lecture and an exhibit

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM 2nd floor of the Burritt Library
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner and Other Stories by Edward A. Iannuccilli

Dr. Iannuccilli is the author of the bestselling book: Growing up Italian, Grandfather’s Fig Tree and Other Stories and now his second book, What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner and Other Stories. He is a former Chairman of the Board at Rhode Island Hospital, he is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Iannuccilli is a graduate of Providence College and Albany Medical College.
The event will also feature an exhibit of rare publications related to Italian history and culture from the library’s Special Collections and from the Italian Resource Center.

The lecture is free and the public is cordially invited.

For directions to campus and parking information go to:

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

Exhibit recognizes Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on its 25th Season

The Elihu Burritt library at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain is a repository of the film festival records. To celebrate the 25th season of the festival, items from the collection will be on display in the Burritt library from May 7 until June 10, 2012. The exhibit will illustrate the history of the film festival with vibrant posters, programs, flyers, advertisements, and film covers. Some of the items from the collection are already digitized and can be viewed at:
The Gay & Lesbian Film Festival began in Hartford as a project of the cultural organization Alternatives. It was founded in 1988 to promote, encourage and provide a forum for lesbian and gay talent. The Hartford Lesbian and Gay Film Festival evolved into the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
In 2007, when the festival celebrated its 20th year, the name of the organization was changed to Out Film CT to reflect its primary focus on film events. This year’s festival will take place at Cinestudio, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, from June 1 until June 9, and the full program can be accessed at:
The exhibit can be viewed during library opening hours and an opening reception is planned for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 6PM in the Elihu Burritt library, CCSU.
For more information about the exhibit please contact Special Collections at 860 832-2085.

Global Food, Agriculture and Sustainability – Books and Artwork

The exhibit features the work of CCSU art students in Adam Niklewicz’s Illustration 1 class. Students captured a range of complex issues including sustainability, contemporary farming, healthy foods, and the greedy, unsustainable practices of corporations. Please visit the library to see whose side the students take. The art work and books from the library’s collection related to the subject will be on display until April 15.

Gay Pulp Fiction – Novels from the GLBTQ Archives

Valentine’s Day is coming and all forms of love are celebrated everywhere.The “shocking”, “tormented”, “strange”, “wild”, “sinful”kind of love screams from vivid covers of the early lesbian and gay pulp fiction publications now on display at the Elihu Burritt Library at CCSU. Some 150 exquisite examples of this interesting genre from the university’s GLBTQ Archival Collections will be on display through March 15th 2012.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of the library and can be viewed during the library opening hours.
For more information please contact Special Collections and Archives at 860 832-2086 and 860 832-2085

Now on Display: Vintage Radio and Communication Exhibit

On loan from the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut, the Burritt Library will display the tools of technologies past through the end of February on the 2nd floor.

The display shows us how communications have changed throughout the last century, and features technology from the 19th and 20th centuries.  Featured items are vintage radios, telegraphs, telephones, and televisions.

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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.,, or 860 832-2771 or Special Collections at 860 832-2085.