Concourse Display Case
March Is National Women's History Month
"Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives" is the 2015 Women’s History Month theme honoring the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. This year’s theme presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Women’s History Movement and the National Women’s History Project. Numerous scholars and activists helped shape the Women’s History Movement and also provided the research and energy which created and sustains the National Women’s History Project. During 2015, we recognize and celebrate the many ways that women’s history has been woven into the fabric of our national story. (National Women's History Project 2015)
First Floor Interior Displays
One Book, One Community Read: The Dance Boots
Kathryn A. Martin Library, as part of the One Book, One Community Project, will host a presentation entitled “Inspiration for The Dance Boots” by UMD Associate Professor Linda LeGarde Grover. Join us on April 21 at 6:30 pm in the Library Rotunda for this interactive program.
Grover will share the inspiration for the stories, characters and settings of The Dance Boots. Drawing from her life as a teacher, parent, child, and learner, Linda will reveal the photos, letters, and historical objects that kindled and inspired an amazing story. Using digital storytelling tools, Linda will present her character’s journey and show how history can inspire new stories.
This display contains library titles about Native American storytelling, but it also showcases materials about Indian boarding schools, federal Indian policies over the past century, and the survival and revitalization of family, community, and tribal culture.
For more information, contact Adam Brisk at 218-726-6603.
Celebrate Will Eisner Week: Read a Graphic Novel
The students in David Beard's class on Research Methods for the Study of Writing (WRIT4300) put together this display in celebration of Will Eisner week, held during the week of Eisner's birthday on March 6.
Will Eisner (1917-2005) was an illustrator who paved the way for many other graphic novelists. Many of his works focus on antisemitism, religion, and war. He grew up during the Great Depression in the tenements of the Bronx. He was a pioneer in the creation of comics during the "Golden Age” of the 1930s and 1940s, achieving fame with his noir crime-fighting superhero, The Spirit. After The Spirit ceased publication, Eisner devoted himself to producing educational and instructional sequential art, a term he coined. Will Eisner’s graphic novels and textbooks are still in print in fifteen worldwide languages. The prestigious Will Eisner Awards, the “Oscars of the Comics Industry,” are presented annually at the San Diego Comic-Con, the world’s largest comics convention.
UMD's WRIT4300 students also put together a website on Will Eisner & Graphic Novels.
An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.
Content includes a selection of interesting items related to the White House, President, and Department of State from the Michael S. Berman Political Collection, part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections.
Ephemera are usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. Most of us tend to save a few things as mementos. So it was with UMD alumnus (class of 1961) Mike Berman, a longtime Democrat who held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school.
Fourth Floor Display
Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection
UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library Special Collections department invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.
The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection
This exhibit showcases three Qur'an volumes as a follow-up to last year's five-part "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" reading and discussion series sponsored by the Library. UMD Professor Nik Hassan led some of the programs, and he generously supplied a personal statement about the Qur'an and its centrality to his way of life for this exhibit.