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Event archives


Fall 2013

A happy person writing
Nov 14 • 11am - 12pm • Room 100B

The CET's Conversations series continues with Quality Writing Experiences that Facilitate Thinking and Deep Learning. Join Drs. Patricia Derr (History), Amy Lynch-Biniek (English), and Lynn Kutch (Modern Language Studies).
About the CET
Teacher in a classroom
Oct 16 • 4pm - 5:30pm • Room 100B

Dr. Gil Clary discusses current research on teaching and learning, as part of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's Conversations series.
About the CET
Kids having fun
Oct 5 • 10am - 2pm • Main Floor Café area

A Scholastic book fair, exhibits, stories, prizes, and fun for kids! Part of KU's campuswide Family Day celebration.
The most popular pirate in the world
Sep 19 • 10am - 4pm • Building-wide

Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Rohrbach Library Open House! Discover services and resources, win prizes, and collect doubloons!
More (PDF)
_Completing College_ book cover
Sep 17 • 4pm - 5:30pm • Room 100B

Provost Dr. Carlos Vargas leads a book discussion of Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action in a KU Reading Exchange.
Access the e-book (KU login required)
Stylized skull-and-crossbones logo of the Medula Negra studio
Sep 16 • 3pm • Second Floor Gallery

Prof. Kevin McCloskey hosts a reception for his Hispanic Heritage Month show of prints from Médula Negra Studio of Xalapa, Mexico.
About Médula Negra
Ecology in African Art exhibit
September - December • Main Floor Lobby

Ecology in African Art samples the vast collection of Dr. Christine Saidi, KU professor whose study of central African cultures and language is sparking a paradigm shift in views of African women's societal roles.
Dr. Saidi's page   Article

Spring 2013

The documentary film Latinos Beyond Reel screens Tuesday, April 16
Apr 16 • 4:30pm - 6pm • Room 100B

Join KU's Organization for Latino Awareness (OLA) as they host the provocative documentary Latinos Beyond Reel.
Poster (PDF)   OLA site
Portable TV showing racist message
Mar 12 • 5pm - 6:30pm • Room 100B

Chi Upsilon Sigma sorority hosts a screening of Latinos Beyond Reel, a new documentary exposing the vicious impact of US media stereotypes.     Flier (PDF)  Film trailer
LOVE: A Black History Month Art Exhibit
Feb 12 • 3pm - 5pm • Room 100B

Join painter Theron Cook and author David Nazario, both Reading natives and community activists, for a reception with refreshments as David reads from his new book.     Poster (PDF)   Facebook
2013: Year of the Snake
Feb 12 • 11am - 1pm • Second Floor

Welcome the Year of the Snake with delicious Chinese treats, hands-on fun, information on Asian Studies opportunities at KU, a spectacular display and more.  
Poster (PDF)   Facebook

Fall 2012

Logo for The Climate Reality Project's 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report
Nov 15 • 9am - 7pm • Room 100B

The KU Environmental Action Club sponsors a live stream of The Climate Reality Project's Dirty Weather Report in a casual setting. Drop in and learn how global climate change fuels extreme weather events—and how you can change it.
Bob Scott and Larry Hogan at KU, 2008
Oct 25 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Room 100B

New York Black Yankees pitcher Bob Scott joins eminent historian of black baseball Dr. Lawrence Hogan to help close out Pride and Passion.    
Negro League Baseball players
Oct 23 • 7pm - 8pm • Room 100B

Dr. Jim Higgins, former Kutztown University Professor of History, discusses African American life in Pittsburgh during the Negro Leagues era.
Dr. Maria Sanelli
Oct 17 • 7pm - 9pm • Room 100B

Dr. Maria Sanelli, KU Prof. of History Education, demonstrates how themes and issues reflected in studying African American baseball are rooted in U.S. history and social studies.    
Snapshot PA: A Day In the Life of Pennsylvania Libraries
Oct 15, 2012 • Main Floor Lobby

Tell your library story to the world as part of a statewide project to capture a day in the life of Pennsylvania libraries!
Video: Snapshot 2009 at RL
Pride and Passion exhibit in the library through October 26
Sep 22 • 11am - 1pm • Room 100B

Meet Negro Leaguer Jim "Flyhawk" Weedon, see Dr. Bob Allen present The Souls of Black Baseball, enjoy two great exhibits, and play ball on the library lawn!    
The Last Summer: Six Negro Leagues portraits by Ed Terrell, through October 26
Through Oct 26, 2012 • Second Floor Gallery

Ed Terrell's exceptional stipple portraits (Rapidograph ink on paper) of six Negro Leagues greats—three men, three women. Terrell is director of Reading's ACOR gallery.
Negro League baseball players
Sep 19 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Second Floor Gallery

Opening reception for Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience with renowned artist Ed Terrell and historian Francis Morrison.  
Stereotypical swarthy pirate
Sep 19 • 10am - 3pm • Building-wide

The Rohrbach Library Open House is a great chance to discover services and resources, win $50 prizes, and collect doubloons!
More (PDF)
Prints by members of the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios Oaxaca (ASARO)
Through Sep 14 • Second Floor Gallery

Curator Kevin McCloskey presents twelve distinctive new prints by a half-dozen iconoclastic revolutionary Mexican artists.
More Oaxacan prints
Mexican woodblock print, part of the 2012 Kutztown Art Crawl
Sep 6 • Evening • Second Floor

Kutztown's inaugural borough-wide artwalk night features printmaking. On our Second Floor, see new Mexican prints from Kevin McCloskey's amazing ASARO collection.    Full schedule & map (PDF)
Involvement Fair, Thursday August 30 in Rohrbach Library
Aug 30 • 11am - 2pm • Second Floor

Meet folks from the many wonderful clubs on campus, and find out how easy it is to get involved at KU!    More

Spring 2012

Academically Adrift book cover
Apr 30 • 4:00pm • Room 100B

Dr. Carlos Vargas returns to continue a lively discussion of higher ed based on Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.   
Academically Adrift book cover
Apr 18 • 3pm - 4pm • Room 100B

Dr. Carlos Vargas moderates a book discussion of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses in a KU Reading Exchange.   
Detail of a Mr. Fish graphic
Apr 12 • 11am - 12:30pm • Room 100B

Celebrate National Library Week with acclaimed graphic satirist Dwayne Booth—AKA Mr. Fish—as he speaks and signs copies of his scorching new book Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People About Mr. Fish
Photo of Dr. Nathaniel Williams
Apr 11 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Local author, radio host, motivational speaker and community advocate leads a discussion on the relevance of Frederick Douglass' words to the lives we live today, in this year's final FDI Colloquium.  About Dr. Williams
Detail of painting by Tim Betz
April 2012 • Second Floor Gallery

The Molly Maguires, paintings by Coal Region native and KU grad (Magna Cum Laude, Fine Arts & Communication Design, '11) Timothy Betz depicting the travails of 19th century Irish miners in PA.
Frederick Douglass image
March 7 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Explore the roots of Frederick Douglass' feminism with Dr. Christine Saidi of the KU History department. Douglass early on connected the abolitionist movement to the women's suffrage movement. Another Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium.   
Tropical sunset over fishing boat
March 6 • 6pm - 7pm • Second Floor Gallery

Sri Lankan photographer Jayaruwan Gunathilake, a KU Chemistry student, hosts a reception for the opening of his month-long exhibit of 27 exceptional prints of scenes from his global travels.   More
Detail of FT Bacon painting showing a young African man
February 23, 2012 • 5pm - 6pm • Second Floor Gallery

For more than three decades, Mr. Bacon was the Director of Art Education for the School District of Philadelphia. Come enjoy free food and drink while spending time in the company of a master.   More
Marchers at a demonstration
Feb 8 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B

Activist and Alvernia University librarian Marietta Dooley leads a discussion on arming oneself with the knowledge necessary to create a successful social movement in this Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium.    
Chinese dragon image
February 2, 2012 • 11am - Noon • Second Floor

Celebrate the new Year of the Dragon with delicious Chinese dumplings (meat and vegan), hands-on calligraphy, Tai Chi, a colorful display and more.   Poster
Bronze Merril-Lynch bull cowering before protestors
Feb 1 • 6pm - 8pm • Room 100B

Join us for a screening and discussion of Rise like Lions, the first full-length film to document the Occupy Wall Street movement; a prelude to KU's new "Free University" movie series.  About the film
Iconic clenched-fist Occupy Wall Street image
Ongoing • Main Floor Lobby

Crimes and injustices that have driven countless Americans to protest are amply documented by Rohrbach Library books and films that comprise our local "branch" of Zuccotti Park's original People's Library.  More