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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.

The library staff and Friends of the Wesleyan Library congratulate Wesleyan’s 2017 graduates and especially those who have worked in the library their senior year.  Student library workers contribute greatly to  the services the library is able to provide to the whole community.

We wish you all the best as you head out into the world.  Come back to visit often!

 Book Conservation Lab
Sharifa Lookman
Matilda Ostow

Bebe LeGardeur
Timothy Levin
Kent Picou
Josh Prywes
Samara Prywes
Jason Wangsadinata
Hyunji Ward
Julia Yu

Library Office
Eric Arsenault
Darian Sanders
Matthew Shelley-Reade

Materials Processing Marking
Raven Roberson

Rowan Hyland
Haeyoon Jung
Rebecca McCord
Anne Stafchofsky
Lydia Tonkonow

Music Library
Ben Goldberg
Hyunji Ward

Lianna Culp

Samuel Curry
Sarah Essner
Amanda Farman
Sarah Fayngolz
Cheryl Hagan
Thor Lichtenstein
Ostin Pham
Eliana Zimmerman

Science Library
Maximilian Alverson
Hadley Feingold
Asad Hassanali
Tae Kyung Kim
Olivia Koh
Alice Lee
Jaya Sahihi
Moises Valencia
Geofrey Yatich
Yvette Yun

Page Nelson

Special Collections & Archives
Colin O’Keeffe
Maya Stevens

Exhibit: Posters from Kyle Schlesinger’s “A People’s Curriculum for the United States”

Now through June 16, 2017
Lobby, Olin Memorial Library

A People’s Curriculum for the United States is a public poster project written, printed, and distributed by the people and for the people. It asks us to ask ourselves and one another: what does America need to (re)learn under the Trump Administration? What’s missing from the American curriculum? Is it peace? Is it civil rights? Is it close listening? If you could teach America something, in just a word or two, what would it be?  In Schlesinger’s workshops, participants use the printing press as an agent for social change, redistributing the power of literacy and knowledge from the few to the many by setting their messages in type, printing posters, and sharing their ideas publicly, fostering a community of understanding, empathy, and equality.


Talk: “Poems, Pictures, and Prints: Cuneiform Press”

Friday, May 26, 2017 — 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Develin Room, Olin Memorial Library


Kyle Schlesinger, Director of Cuneiform Press, discusses the state of the book in our current cultural climate, while sharing his passion for producing enduring works that merge historically-informed typographic practices with the latest industry trends. From letterpress-printed chapbooks to collaborations with writers and artists such as Johanna Drucker, Bill Berkson, and Jim Dine, Cuneiform publishes poetry, artists’ books, and nonfiction with an emphasis on enriching the human­ities. Works will be on display in both the Develin Room and the Olin Lobby, including posters from Schlesinger’s recent social-movement letterpress project, A People’s Curriculum for the United States.


Poems, Pictures, and Prints_ Cuneiform Press_Poster_med

This talk is free and open to the public.  It is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.  For more information, email libfriends@wesleyan.edu.

Special Collections & Archives Open House
for students, graduating seniors, alumni, family and friends

Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library
Saturday, May 27, 2017 — 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM


SC&A photo

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections & Archives to show your friends and family the impressive Davison Rare Book Room.  If you are an alum, remember your student days through the yearbooks, The ArgusHermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials, which are available here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.


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