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La Lingua Tagliente: verbal engagement in Italian culture

Friends of the Burritt Library & The Italian Resource Center

Present a lecture by Dr. Felice Italo Beneduce

Department of Italian at Columbia University

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 6:30PM

Special Collections, 2nd floor, Burritt Library

 Dr. Beneduce’s scholarly interests include the fantastic in contemporary Italian literature and cinema; Italian-American literature and cinema; Immigrant Literature in Italy; Cultural and Translation Studies; Primo Levi and Judaic Italian Studies. Dr. Beneduce earned his Ph.D in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a laurea in Italian/English Translation Studies from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

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Full Circle – This exhibition presents photographs from Barbara Sternal’s travels with the Center for Institutional Education in 2018 and 2019. Sternal recently graduated with an MA in Public History from CCSU and participated in 5 study abroad courses while at the university. Her photos provide a glimpse into the variety of breathtaking sights and unforgettable experiences available to students who study abroad. Barbara visited: New Zealand, Australia & Tasmania, Ecuador & Galapagos, Ireland, and Greece.

The Arts & Culture of Bolivia – this exhibit promotes trip to Bolivia, July 5-22, 2020.

Program directors: Prof. Vicente Garcia & Dr. Cassandra Broadus Garcia, Art Dpt.

Bolivia provides the backdrop for the study of the history, arts, and culture of this unique South American country. Students will get perspective of lifestyles of the indigenous people in Bolivia.


Botswana & Zimbabwe, Southern Africa – Environmental communication & Wildlife conservation. Trip to Southern Africa, July 1-16, 2020.

The tour will begin in Johannesburg, South Africa and end in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Students will tour the world-famous Kruger National Park, with safari drives and walks led by expert naturalists. After this we will visit the unique Elephant Sands area of Botswana where we will view elephants venturing in from the bush to a flood light lit water hole.  Then we drive to Kasane on the boarder of Chobe National Park and enjoy a lengthy river cruise on the Chobe River to view elephants, hippos, crocs, and many other animals on the river banks.

Program director: Prof. Ben Tyson, Communication


The exhibit is on view till November 25, 2019 on the 2nd floor of the Library.

The First Annual ‘Hu-eys! – Photo gallery

The 1st Annual Friends of the Elihu Burritt Library donor recognition reception, affectionately dubbed the ‘Hu-eys, was a great success!

On Friday, September 27, the Friends of Elihu Burritt Library joined the party to recognize long-time donors and supporters of the Burritt Library.

2019 Honorees:

The Consul Award:             David C. Skinner Jr.,  Sherrod E. Skinner, III, and Susann C. Bradley – In recognition of the most generous support of the Library.

The Activist Award:             Francis J. Gagliardi – In recognition of support of the Gender Equity Fund.

The Linguist Award:            Dr. Roger T. and Mary Ann Zieger – In recognition of Faculty support of the Library.

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President of Poland visits CCSU and the Burritt Library

The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and first lady,  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visited New Britain on Sunday, September 22, to meet the local Polish community. While here, they stopped at Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library to tour the Polish-American archives and book collection and learn about the Polish Studies Program. 

While at CCSU, the President and his wife were hosted by Dr. Zulma Toro, CCSU President, Dr. M.B. Biskupski, the Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of LIbrary Sevices. 

They were joined by some Polish faculty and students from the CCSU Polish Club.

Their visit revolved around a large display that Ms.Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Special Collections librarian, constructed illustrating the history of  the local Polish community and CCSU’s Polish Studies Program. President Duda was motivated enough to offer to send books and materials related to Polish history to CCSU to augment the collection when he returned to Poland.

It was a proud day for CCSU and the local Polish community – an opportunity to share our accomplishments and heritage with a sitting Head of State. It was indeed an historic visit for all of us.

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Please mark your calendar for The Elihu Burritt Library Donor Recognition event 5:30 – 8:00PM, on Friday, September 27th, 2019.  It will be a nice event with music, food, wine and time to socialize.

The Burritt Library is an  essential part of the CCSU campus and is instrumental in student success. The Friends of the Library has many wonderful donors from campus, alumni and the community.

During the DDD campaign one of the donors said: “It is essential that tweeting NEVER replaces reading! Three cheers for libraries!!!”

We want to give special recognition to our most dedicated and generous donors at this special event, and show our appreciation to all of you who use the Library.

More information and invitations will be forthcoming. Have a great Summer!

Friends of the Library Advisory Board

New exhibit: “People of Note… Caricatures and Quotations of Famous Musicians,”

Local artist, Robert Carley, will exhibit in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor.

The exhibit features120 caricatures and quotations of famous musicians, some will include information about their ties to Connecticut. Major musicians from Louis Armstrong to Mozart to Elton John to ZZ Top are on display. Each caricature is surrounded by their wit and wisdom quotations.

Meet the artist during a reception on Saturday, July 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. and listen to music of acoustic guitarist Jim Hett.

The exhibit can be viewed during the Library’s opening hours.