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Exhibit opening Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 10:00 am – through Sunday, April 8

Olin Memorial Library Lobby 252 Church Street, Middletown 
FREE! Open to the public.
Related open house at Special Collections & Archives, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 4:30-6:30 pm


(From the Center for the Arts announcement)

Houston, Texas-based artists Sarah Welch and James Beard had their studio heavily damaged due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. The duo self-publishes zines, comics, and prints, and will create a reading room installation in the lobby of Olin Memorial Library.

Based on their recently published comic book Holdouts, the installation will feature a new screen-printed take-away poster, a new zine, and a collection of found and fabricated objects, all made while in residence at Wesleyan. The story of Holdouts takes place roughly 40 years in the future on a dramatically shifted Texas coastline. In this world, little progress has been made on curbing the effects of climate change—sea levels have significantly risen and climate migration has occurred en masse. Those unable or unwilling to leave their coastal homes are without government or city services and are forced to navigate an unpredictable and harsh biome.

The artists will spend the first week of their residency printing and preparing materials, and their installation will be on display from Saturday, March 31 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. The library is open Saturday from 10am to 10pm; Sunday from 10am to 2am; Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 2am; and Friday from 8:30am to 11pm. Admission to the installation is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 4, Special Collections & Archives will host an open house in the Davison Rare Book Room in conjunction with the art installation.  On view will be artists’ books created by students in Introduction to Environmental Studies (E&ES 197) over the past several semesters.  (See the article in the most recent issue of Check It Out for more about the students’ work.)  The open house will take place from 4:30 till 6:30 p.m. 

Click here to read more about Sarah Welch and James Beard, along with other artists affected by Harvey, on Glasstire.

Entries are now closed for the second annual Library Research Prize competition.  We thank all students who have participated.  The jury looks forward to reading their papers and statements on their library research.  Winners will be announced at a special event in April.

To read more about the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize go to http://libguides.wesleyan.edu/libprize/home.


We’ll take this opportunity to congratulate last year’s winners again!

Rachel Rosenman (’17 Music/French)
“‘Mais la musique demeurera toujours’: Repurposing the French Baroque” (Prof. Jane Alden)
This project’s aim was twofold: to produce modern adaptations of French Baroque viol music and to consider these new editions within important historical and theoretical contexts.

Sara Feldman (’17 Anthropology/Dance)
“Hodu Lashem: Jewish Identities in India” (Prof. Gina Ulysse)
An ethnographic analysis that examines peoplehood, nationalism, and identity formation through the lens of two distinct Jewish communities in India: the Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, India, and the Bene Israel of Mumbai, India.

Competition now open for the
Friends of the Wesleyan Library
Undergraduate Research Prize

+ Eligibility and application details for the second annual
Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize
are available at http://libguides.wesleyan.edu/libprize/home.
The deadline is 5:00 pm February 23, 2018. +

Projects will be evaluated based on the use of Wesleyan’s library collections and resources as well as on the quality of writing and research. We are particularly interested in receiving applications that show evidence of learning about research techniques and the information-gathering process itself.

There will be two cash awards: a 1st-place prize worth $500 and a 2nd-place prize worth $250.

Instructors and librarians are encouraged to nominate students’ work via the online nomination form.

Students may also nominate themselves directly via the application form.

All materials must be submitted electronically. Applications will consist of:

1)     An online application form

2)     Statement on the use of the Wesleyan libraries (maximum 600 words)

3)     Paper/Project

4)     Bibliography

The jury will be comprised of members of the Friends of Wesleyan Library Board, Wesleyan librarians, and Wesleyan faculty from Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

Deadline: February 23, 2018.

Awards will be announced in April 2018.

For further information, contact the Friends of Wesleyan Library at libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

In the autumn issue:

  • — Coeducation and Its Consequences: Researching Gender, Space and Money
  • — Archival Assignations
  • — Studying Media History Through Project-Based Learning in Special Collections & Archives
  • — Students Reflect on Displaying the “Other”
  • — Andrus Family Gift of Illustrated Books

–To read the newsletter online, click HERE or email libfriends@wesleyan.edu to request a print copy.–




Thank you to all who donated books, volunteered countless hours, and came to browse and purchase books.  You all contributed to making the annual Friends of the Wesleyan Library book sale a success!  Together we raised over $3,500 towards the goal of providing funding for library events and special projects which will benefit the Wesleyan community.

Read a wonderful article by Andrew Fleming about the joy of exploring used books  in the November 7 issue of the Wesleyan Argus.  

If you would like to donate books for the Friends ongoing book sale (on the shelves outside Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library), email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

To donate the Friends’ efforts, click here.









Don’t miss the Annual Library Book Sale!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

10 am – 4 pm

Lobby, Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown, CT 06459

3500+ academic and popular books.  Most priced $1-$2.  Better books $5-$10+.

Cash and checks accepted.

For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

Part of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities. 

Not able to make it during the day on Saturday?  Some of the remainder books will be available for sale in the lobby Saturday evening and on Sunday, November 5 at .50 cents each or $7 per box.

Ways you can help:

  • Volunteers needed.  Please contact libfriends@wesleyan.edu.  Your help would be greatly appreciated!


Book sale from Connection reduced size


In August of this year, the U.S. announced another policy and strategy for Afghanistan.  October 7th marks 16 years of war in Afghanistan, the longest American war of this century.  Where are we in our aims to dismantle and defeat Al Qaeda and to help stabilize and secure Afghanistan well enough to prevent the return of the Taliban?  Why is there still a strategic stalemate after 16 years?  The talk covers the origins and evolution of the war in Afghanistan. The discussion will provide candid insights about the opportunities and risks associated with the current policy and the future prospects for breaking the strategic stalemate.

Colonel Bob Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), has served four tours in Afghanistan, returning from his most recent tour in March 2017.  Cassidy has served as a special assistant to three senior generals, a special operations director of assessments, a special mission task force planner, a battalion commander, and a brigade operations officer.  He earned his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  His scholarly work has generally explored strategy, irregular war, and military culture.  Bob Cassidy is the inaugural Retired Military Officer Teaching Fellow at Wesleyan University for the academic year 2017-2018.

Sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.


The Friends of the Wesleyan Library
Wesleyan’s Annual Constitution Day Lecture


The U.S. Constitution, Puerto Rico, and the Unfinished Business of Realizing our Best Ideals


Professor José Luis Morín

Chairperson, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Monday, September 18, 2017 — 7:00 pm

Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library
Wesleyan University, 252 Church Street, Middletown, CT  06459


Professor Jose Luis Morin

The U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, defines the political status of Puerto Rico, determining its economic, social and cultural trajectory from 1898 to the present.  This presentation examines Puerto Rico’s status under the U.S. Constitution, exposing larger, enduring, and unresolved questions about race, racialization, and colonialism.  Professor Morín posits that understanding this island nation’s current economic crisis and political conundrum is not possible without an awareness of the Congress’s plenary powers under the U.S. Constitution, which, in turn, raises fundamental issues about the capacity of the United States to live up to its highest principles of democracy and human rights.


José Luis Morín is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and Chairperson of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LLS) Department.  Professor Morín directs the Rossana Rosado Fellows Program, which provides unique internship opportunities to students, and he is the Associate Director of the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program and the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program, programs run in collaboration with St. John’s University School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center that endeavor to diversify the legal profession.

A faculty member at John Jay College since 1998, his areas of academic specialization include domestic and international criminal justice, international human rights law, civil rights, Latina/o studies, and Latin American studies.  He is editor of Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia (2016), selected by Library Journal as one of the “Best Reference Titles of 2016,” and author of Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States: Perspectives and Approaches (2nd edition, 2009).  He has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including “The Social Condition of Stateside Puerto Ricans: Critical Needs and Policy Implications” (CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2012); “Latinas/os and US Prisons: Trends and Challenges” (Latino Studies, 2008); “Global and Regional Human Rights Commissions (In M. Natarajan (Ed.), Introduction to International Criminal Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2011); and “Indigenous Hawaiians under Statehood: Lessons for Puerto Rico” (CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 2000).

Professor Morín has also held numerous administrative positions within the City University of New York. He has served as the founding Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College; Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College; and founder and Interim Director of the CUNY-wide Latino Faculty Initiative.

Prior to joining John Jay College, Professor Morín was a visiting professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and taught as a Revson Fellow at the Urban Legal Studies Program at City College of New York.  He also worked for many years as a civil rights and human rights litigator and advocate with organizations, such as the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now called LatinoJustice/PRLDEF).

A recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Morín was one of ten individuals selected nationwide for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program (2005-2006) and he is recipient of the 2007 “El Award” for outstanding contribution to the Latino community, presented by the El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States.  He is a graduate of Columbia University and New York University School of Law.

Free and open to the public.


This summer was a busy one!



After more than a year of intensive preparation with our consortium partners at Connecticut College and Trinity College, Wesleyan’s library staff implemented a new library system and discovery tool to replace the former library catalog.  OneSearch is now the primary place to search for records of library materials, both print and electronic, and to discover and access journal articles, images, databases, and all types of library publications.  Click here for more information.


The whole Wesleyan library website was updated as part of the campus-wide program to update the Wesleyan website to a responsive design that would work well on phones and tablets as well as larger computer screens.  Rather than just change the programming in the background so the site adjusted to different screen sizes, we took the opportunity to revise and reorganize the content and navigation.  If you have any comments, email reference@wesleyan.edu. 


For most of the summer the front of the library was swathed in scaffolding while workers replaced the slate roof and completed other much needed maintenance, such as repairing the masonry.

Thanks to John Wareham for photos early in the process and to Olivia Drake for sharing them!

Special Collections & Archives is full of materials no scholar has touched before.

Email sca@wesleyan.edu for an appointment.

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