Category Archives: Exhibits

Polish Movie Posters!

On display at the Burritt Library beginning October 5th, a collection of beautiful 20th century Polish movie posters:

Eleven beautiful 20th Century Polish Posters are on display in the 2nd floor exhibit cases facing the balcony on the 2nd floor of the library.  The posters were selected from a large donation of Polish art posters which the Polish Heritage Collection had received last year from Mr. Alexander Koproski, Stamford based businessman, philanthropist, and a  long-time supporter of Polish Studies at CCSU.

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Banned Books Week 2011!

Celebrate Banned Books Week!  Read Your Favorite Banned Book!

From September 24th til October 1st

According to the American Library Association:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

 

For more info visit:  http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm or visit the display on the 2nd floor of the library!

 

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“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

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Marie Curie Exhibit will run until May 16th

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the Marie Curie exhibit on the 2nd floor of the library, there is still time.  The exhibit will run until May 16th and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 90th anniversary of her first U.S. visit.  The exhibit was 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.

All photos of the exhibit and lecture courtesy of Norm Ferriere.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Endangered Languages Exhibit and Lecture

Half of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Celebrating International Mother Language Day, this exhibition will feature books on endangered languages in the CCSU Elihu Burritt Library from February 22 to March 7. A world map provides the locations of these languages and the degree of endangerment. This exhibition is sponsored by CCSU Diversity Grant.
The library will also host an exhibition of Endangered Alphabets, funded by the English Department and a Free iPad. This unique exhibition features carvings of endangered alphabets by the artist, Tim Brookes. Tim Brookes is a Vermont travel writer and artist, who wants to raise awareness of vanishing languages.

Prof. Lee and Tim Brookes will hold a public lecture on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. in Special Collections reading room, Burritt library. The event is free and public is cordially invited.

Please contact Dr. Seunghun Lee (seunghunlee@ccsu.edu) for questions or Special Collections at 860 832-2085

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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.

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