With your generous support, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library sponsor events for members, the Wesleyan community, and the public. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Constitution Day Lecture
David Rabban '71
“Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and the American University”
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 -- 7:00 pm
Smith Reading Room, 1st floor, Olin Memorial Library
252 Church Street, Middletown, CT
This talk will cover the judicial treatment of free speech and academic freedom at American universities from the 1950s to the present. It will explore the First Amendment rights of professors, students, and universities as institutions, and the tensions that arise when these rights conflict. Topics will include the regulation of classroom speech, the constitutionality of campus “speech codes,” student political expression and association, the relationship between academic freedom and affirmative action, and the extent to which general First Amendment principles have been modified in the academic context.
David M. Rabban graduated from Wesleyan in 1971 and from Stanford Law School in 1974. After working in a labor law firm and as staff counsel for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), he joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law in 1983. He served as general counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and as chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012. His book, Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 (Cambridge 1997) was co-winner of the Morris D. Forkosch Prize presented by the Journal of the History of Ideas for “the best book in intellectual history published in 1997” and winner of the 1998 Eli M. Oboler Award of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Round Table for “the most significant work in intellectual freedom published in 1996 and 1997.” His most recent book is Law’s History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History (Cambridge 2013).
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Fall Book Sale
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Lobby, Olin Memorial Library
Approximately 3,000+ books in a dozen categories for sale.Most books priced $1-$5. Special books $10+. Cash and checks accepted.
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Friends of the Library Annual Meeting and talk by Molly Barton ’00
Write Better Together:
an inside look at a new generation of social networks and websites that empower writers
Thursday April 24, 2014 - 6:00 pm – Develin Room, 2nd floor Olin Library
Ms. Barton is teaching the senior seminar for Wesleyan’s Writing Certificate this spring. Formerly the Global Digital Director at Penguin Random House, she founded a start-up inside Penguin called Book Country (www.bookcountry.com), “the most supportive writing and publishing community on the web” – where writers can get feedback on their manuscripts, and if they desire, publish them as e-books. Barton left Penguin in February to work more closely with the NYC tech and start-up community. She is working on a number of undisclosed digital initiatives with major media companies, and serving as strategic advisor to publishing related start-ups in New York City and Silicon Valley.
Other events co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Library
“Evolution of American Sign Language” –a talk by Joseph Basile, Visiting Professor
Thursday, March 27
A One Book, One Middletown event related to The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. For the full list of events, visit http://www.middletownrotary.org/2014.cfm.
4:30 pm – Develin Room, 2nd floor Olin Library
● Thursday, April 3 – “Re-Member Me: Race, Romance and the Civil War” – a talk by Lois Brown, Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor, African American Studies and English Department
Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences 2014 lecture at Wesleyan.
5:00 pm – Smith Reading Room, 1st floor Olin Library
Keynote address by author Beverly Donofrio ’78 at the Middlesex Community College Women’s Forum
Friday, April 4, 2014
For more information, visit http://mxcc.edu/womens-history-month/
9:30 - 11:00 am – Chapman Hall 808 A-D, Middlesex Community College
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • 8:00 p.m.
Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
A reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, to celebrate the release of a limited edition of "Love in the Time of War," designed and produced by Middletown's own Robin Price, Printer & Publisher. Price will kick off the event with a brief explanation of her work on the silk and aluminum book.
Komunyakaa is the author of twenty books of poetry. He received a bronze star for his service as a journalist in the Vietnam War and is a professor and senior distinguished poet in the graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University. Komunyakaa's Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Wesleyan) is also being released in fall 2013. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.
Co-sponsored by Friends of Wesleyan Library, the Center for African American Studies, Writing at Wesleyan, the English Department, the Music Department, and Wesleyan University Press.
“Looking Backwards; Looking Forward: The Persistence of Race in Twenty-First Century American Life”
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 7:30 p.m.
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Ted Shaw is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University Law School and of counsel at the international firm of Fulbright and Jaworski. He served as director-counsel and president of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 2004 through 2008 and as a Wesleyan Trustee for 15 years.
Saturday, November 2, 2013 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Thousands of donated and ex libris books, most priced $1-$5. Special books $10+.
Cash and checks accepted.
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Adaptation Film Series
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • 8:00 p.m.
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown
A series exploring the adaptation of literary text to the screen. Almayer's Folly is Based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel. Free admission for Friends members.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Film Studies.
Screening of Big Trouble in Little China as part of One Book, One Middletown
Artists Take Action Series
Spring Book Sale
|Fall 2012||Constitution Day Lecture:
"Imposing Sentence: The Balance Between Affording Discretion and Avoiding Disparity" -- by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold ‘77 P’09
Screening of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
WESEMINAR: American Treasures from the Dietrich Collection
Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and repeated again at 11:00 a.m.
Richard Dietrich III ’92 (Dietrich American Foundation) and Director of Special Collections Suzy Taraba ’77 MALS ’10 discussed the superb rare books and manuscripts collected by Richard’s father, the late Richard Dietrich II ’60, one of the great Americana collectors of his generation. These materials are on long-term deposit in Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives. Several highlights of the Dietrich Collection will be shown, including a George Washington letter, the diary of a Loyalist woman from Pennsylvania in the 1780s, a Civil War soldier’s diary, a whaling ship’s logbook, the first edition of Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the New World, and other items.
ANNUAL MEETING and TALK by Professor of Economics, Richard Adelstein
Thursday, April 26, 2012 -- Develin Room (2nd floor Olin Library)
Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard Adelstein talked both about his new book, The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914, and the writing of it. The Rise of Planning explores the transformation undergone by business in the U.S. over the half-century following the Civil War -- from small sole proprietorships and partnerships to massive corporations possessing many of the same constitutional rights as living men and women. Approaching this story through historical, philosophical, legal and economic lenses, Professor Adelstein presents an original, three-pronged theory of the rise of business firms leading up to the Supreme Court's controversial 2010 Citizens United decision. The talk was preceded by a brief Friends of the Wesleyan Library Annual Meeting.
Constitution Day Lecture -- Spirited Debate: God talk on the campaign trail – and beyond by Jane Eisner ‘77 P’06’12
Jane Eisner has been editor of the Forward since June 2008 and prior to that held executive editorial and news positions at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years, including City Hall bureau chief, London correspondent, and features editor. She has also served as vice president for national programs and initiatives at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. A 1977 cum laude graduate of Wesleyan, Ms. Eisner was the first woman to edit the college newspaper, The Argus, served as an alumni-elected trustee from 1983-86, and received the McConaughy Award in 2007 for contributions to journalism and public life. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Adaptation Series Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany's --Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Adaptation Series is a collaboration with the Center for Film Studies exploring the translation of literary text to the screen.
Annual Book Sale
|Fall 2010||Screening: Paths of Glory
With introductory talks by Erhard Konerding, Government Documents Librarian, and Marc Longenecker '03, Programming and Technical Manager in Film Studies at Wesleyan
Part of the Adaptation Series - co-sponsored with the Center for Film Studies
Constitution Day Event
2010 Book Sale
Food for Thought: Artists' Books and Environmental Issues
Members Event: Book Conservation Lab Open House --
|Spring 2010||Screening of The Duchess of Langeais
With a talk by Marc Longenecker '03, Programming and Technical Manager in Film Studies at Wesleyan
Part of the Adaptation Series - co-sponsored with the Center for Film Studies
Premiere screening of Episode 4 of the HBO series The Pacific
With writer/producer Bruce McKenna '84
Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist's Books by Robin Price, Publisher
|Fall 2009||Book Sale
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and wonderful book buyers, the annual book sale raised over $5,000 for the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.
For photographs of the sale, see the Wesleyan Connection.
Constitution Day Event
The 'Molten Core' of the Constitution: Habeas Corpus After Guantanamo: a talk by Stephen Oleskey '64
|Spring 2009||Proceed and Be Bold
Screening of the documentary film Proceed and Be Bold (Laura Zinger, director; Brown Finch Films) about the life and work of letterpress printer and book artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. The event also included an exhibit of Kennedy's work in Special Collections and Archives and a sale of Kennedy's posters.
William Manchester: Portrait of a Writer
"Of All The People In All The World" -- Satellite installation in Olin Memorial Library Lobby of the main exhibit in Zilkha Gallery.
|Fall 2008||The Book Artist as Social Critic -- A talk by Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Events in honor of the 400th Birthday of John Milton
|Spring 2008||Artists' Books 101 -- A talk by Suzy Taraba, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
Fourteen Quotes from Rosa Louise Parks, Civil Rights Activist -- An exhibit of prints by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. in honor of Women's History Month
Book sale raised over $3,500.
|Fall 2007||A screening of "Lolita" and talk by screenwriter and Wesleyan alumnus Stephen Schiff
|Fall 2006|| A Tirade by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
|Spring 2006||Library Book Sale
The sale of thousands of books deaccessioned from the Wesleyan Library raised over $17,500.
|Fall 2005||The Book in Antiquity -- A talk by David Sider
|Spring 2005||American Diners -- A Slide Show and Talk by Richard Gutman
|Fall 2004||Stone Reader -- A screening and discussion with director Mark Moskowitz and Dow Mossman, author of The Stones of Summer|