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Events in Special Collections & Archives

Free admission.  No registration required. For information contact SC&A at (860) 685-3864 or sca@wesleyan.edu.

Exhibition: Wes Meets East: The Freeman Asian Scholars Program at Twenty

Olin Library, East Corridor exhibit cases
Opening May 20, 2015

This exhibition commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Freeman Asian Scholar Program, which has provided full scholarships for outstanding students from 11 countries and regions in East Asia to earn a bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan. Founded in 1995, by Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, Doreen Freeman, Hon. ’03, and Graeme Freeman ’77 in honor of Mansfield Freeman ’16, the program seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding between the United States and East Asia.


WESeminar: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Friday, May 22, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pm
Davison Rare Book Room

Suzy Taraba, Director of Special Collections & Archives, will present highlights from Wesleyan’s rich and varied holdings of books about gardens and gardening.  Among those on display will be Thomas Hill’s The proffitable arte of gardening (1568), Henry Bacon’s early 20th century European landscape scrapbooks, and modern artists’ books with botanical themes.


Exhibition: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Olin Library, East Corridor exhibit cases
Opening summer 2015 – date to be announced

Harsh winters can end in spectacular flowers, live or in print.  This exhibition presents examples from Wesleyan’s superb collections of garden books of all varieties.


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WESeminar: Only Yesterday? Wesleyan in Sixties

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 9:30 am
Hansel Lecture Hall, Public Affairs Center (PAC 001)

Wesleyan’s sixties were a pivotal decade in its history. As in the 1870s and again during the World War I decade, a new definition of institutional identity began to emerge. Investment returns peaked in the sixties and quickly created unprecedented prosperity. African American enrollments and a return to coeducation contributed major elements of diversity to the student body. Campus architecture announced the arrival of a “little university.” Almost a half-century later, how can historical analysis help us understand why the major events of this transforming decade occurred and with what consequences?

Introduction: Jim Dresser ’63, Hon’13, P’93, Chairman Emeritus, Wesleyan Board of Trustees
Presenter: Dave Potts ’60 is a Harvard-trained historian of American higher education. In addition to his service as a professor of American history and dean of faculty at three liberal arts colleges, he has authored books, chapters, and articles on the histories of Harvard, Yale, and liberal arts colleges scattered throughout much of the nation. His prize-winning first volume on Wesleyan’s early history has just acquired a worthy successor, Wesleyan University, 1910-1970: Academic Ambition and Middle-Class America. (See flyer below.)

Note: Book signing will follow the WESeminar.


WESeminar: The Transition to Coeducation at Wesleyan: What has changed and what has stayed the same?

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am
Powell Family Cinema

Wesleyan’s return to coeducation beginning in 1968 changed the University forever.  At a time when the women’s movement was national news, many formerly all-male colleges and universities began to admit women.  Wesleyan’s experience both mirrored widespread trends and also presented a different approach.  By expanding the student body towards greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity while phasing in coeducation, Wesleyan grew dramatically in many directions at once.  A panel of faculty and alumni who lived through the early years of coeducation and some of whom are engaged in current research on the transition to coeducation at Wesleyan, will share their reflections on what happened then and how it made Wesleyan the institution it is today.  What has changed?  What has stayed the same?  Join us for a lively discussion about coeducation then and now.

Presenters: Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies; Phyllis Rose, Professor of English, Emerita; Paul Schwaber, Professor of Letters, Emeritus; and Elliot Daum ’70, Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County, CA, exchange student at Connecticut College 1969.

Moderators: Diana Diamond ’70, Professor of Psychology, City University of New York; Weill Cornell Medical College, and Suzy Taraba ’77, Director of Special Collections & Archives.

Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:15 pm

Develin Room, 2nd floor Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street

Join us for a rare showing of Ed Ruscha’s iconic photo book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966, second printing 1971), extended to its full 27 foot length.  Alexa Burzinski ’15, who wrote her senior thesis about Ruscha’s work, will introduce this landmark of photographic Pop Art.


Ruscha Sunset cropped


Night Flying poster


“Heroes for All Time: Connecticut’s Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories” — A talk by Dione Longley ‘82

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:00 pm
Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

Free and open to the public.

An exhibit of Civil War materials from Special Collections & Archives will be on view from 6:30-7:00 and 8:00-8:45 in the Davison Rare Book Room, 1st floor, Olin Library.


Heroes cover


Dione Longley will speak about Heroes for All Time, the book she co-authored with Buck Zaidel using soldiers’ letters and diaries and written accounts by nurses, doctors, soldiers’ families, and volunteers on the home front to vividly portray the war through their moving stories.  The book includes hundreds of outstanding period photographs, most previously unpublished.

Dione graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in American Studies in 1982.  She was director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown for 20 years.  Now a public historian and writer, she resides in Higganum with her husband and two daughters.

Heroes for All Time is available from Wesleyan University Press, and will also be for sale by Broad Street Books at the event.  If you would like us to reserve a book for you, please email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.



Announcing Night Flying, by Joy Christine Mlozanowski



From Amazon.com: ” In her diary, Mae questions God as she and her husband confront the news of an abnormal pregnancy and agonize over the decisions they face. Needing time away to think, she visits her childhood home and reconnects with Will, a deaf friend who taught her to sign when they were young. After her visit, Mae and Will continue an intimate written exchange in which she confides her despair, while Will shares his own struggle to honor the wishes of his dying father, and reconcile his mother’s reluctance to let go.

This collection of correspondences between Mae and Will form a powerful, nonjudgmental narrative around faith and the controversial topics of abortion and end-of-life care. Their story is one of understanding and hope, and promises to deeply touch anyone who has faced these difficult and heartbreaking choices.”

A review from Tony Connor, poet, playwright, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature:

“Night Flying navigates darkness using only the instruments of the author’s finely tuned imagination. The work defies classification—poem, novella, epistolary meditation—while engaging many literary modes and amply fulfilling Ezra Pound’s famous dictum, Make it new.

Audacious and original, it fuses Job-like questioning of God’s goodness with the colloquial exchange of emails, touching, as it does so, upon religious heritage, the flawed human flesh, childhood hopes, death’s certainty, the limits of language and truths to be apprehended only in silence. At the same time, the work embodies a powerful dialogue between the certainties of tradition and the dislocations of post-modernism, which in no way obscures its simpler and grander purpose.

Night Flying is, above all else, a touching evocation of physical and spiritual suffering and love.”

Click here to purchase.

Congratulations to Joy!  We know her as a wonderful colleague and now also as a “writer, artist, and a transpersonal hypnotherapist with an interest in expressive arts.”  A reception will be held in the spring.


Joy Mlozanowski

Adopt a book in honor of the special people in your life who love books and/or research.

Wesleyan’s Adopt a Book Program supports the library’s conservation program, focusing on books with a direct connection to Wesleyan’s curriculum and those that are tied to Wesleyan’s history.   The beneficiary of your gift will have a personalized bookplate added to the chosen book, which will be treated and protected in Wesleyan’s library for future generations.  Click here for further information.

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Wednesday, Nov. 19,  2014 — 4:15 p.m.

Smith Reading Room, Olin Library
followed by an open house in Special Collections & Archives

Please join us for the opening of Victorious Secret: Elite Olympic Champions as Dancing Bikini Girls by Angela S. Lorenz.  This series of three mosaic triptychs is based on the famous mosaics on the floor of an ancient Roman villa in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, from 300 AD.  The mosaics are often interpreted as “dancing bikini girls,” but Angela Lorenz reclaims them as the elite athletes they really were.  At the open house following the artist’s talk, more than twenty of Lorenz’s artist’s books will be on display.  Victorious Secret commemorates the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

Victorious Secret is on display in the lobby of Olin Library through the end of the semester.

Victorious Secret image


Sponsored by the Friends of Wesleyan Library, the Office of Equity & Inclusion, the Athletics Department, and Special Collections & Archives.

The Friends of the Wesleyan Library would like to thank to all the people who made this year’s library book sale so successful, especially the  student volunteers.  We were grateful for help from Wesleyan’s men’s lacrosse team members who moved hundreds of boxes of books the day before and the day of the sale.  We really couldn’t have managed without them.

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Many faculty, staff, and community members, and texts.com donated books throughout the year, and the Community Service House surprised us with a last minute donation of hundreds of books a few days before the sale.   Members of the Community Service House also helped put up posters and volunteered at the sale itself.

Alex delivering books 2 cropped

Volunteers on Saturday

The sale raised about $3,500 to support library events and projects.

Book sale photo from Connection Sept 2014


(Book sale photo from Wesleyan Connection.)

Over 3,000 books for sale on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church St., Middletown, CT.  A great selection of academic and popular books, most priced $1 to $5, with betters books $10+.  Cash and checks accepted.  This is a perfect activity for Family Weekend.  If you can’t make it on Saturday, check out the remaining books for sale on Sunday during regular library hours.  All proceeds help support library events and projects.  For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

2013 book sale photo

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