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March 3: Author Paul Fleischman on campus

Posted by isulib on February 29, 2016

Thursday, March 3, at 3:30 pm, Seedfolks author Paul Fleischman will be giving a talk in the University Hall Theatre.

Copies of the book are available in the Library’s Children’s Materials (Lower Level), as is a Teacher’s Guide (In process, will be located in Children’s Materials at 371.3078 M353s 2007 7-8T)

Paul Fleischman’s novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction are known for their breadth and innovation.  He received the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices  (Library Children’s Materials 811.54 Flei), a Newbery Honor for Graven Images (Fic Flei), and was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout (Fic Flei).  His book Seedfolks has been used in citywide reads across the country.  In 2012 he was the United States’ nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work.  His most recent book, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (363.7 Flei), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

The Seedfolks book was used as a common read in the Bayh College of Education last semester. Our Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement Task Force picked the book for its rich possibilities for discussion on issues of diversity, community, and inclusion.

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Feb. 29 & Mar. 2: Film: Hester Street

Posted by isulib on February 26, 2016


Plot summary from IMDB: It’s 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. He has assimilated to American life, having learned English, anglicized his name to Jake, and shaved off his beard. He is working at a $12/week job as a seamster, the money earned to be able to bring his wife Gitl and his son Yossele to America from Russia. Regardless, he has fallen in love with another woman, a dancer named Mamie Fein. Nonetheless, he is excited when he learns that Gitl and Yossele are indeed coming to America. His happiness at their arrival is dampened when he sees that Gitl is not “American” looking like Mamie and has troubles assimilating as quickly as he would like. Except to Mamie, he tries to show a public façade that everything is fine at home with Gitl. But can their marriage survive these differences, and if not, will Gitl be able to manage in this new land where she has few supports?

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March 1: Super Tuesday!!! with the American Democracy Project

Posted by isulib on February 25, 2016


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March 2: Film: Passionate Politics: The Life and works of Charlotte Bunch

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016

March 2, 2:00-2:50 in Library Events



Trailer [3:08]

Discussion Guide [48 pages]

CINEFFABLE – The 25th Annual Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival
Reel It Up! Film Festival – Urbana, IL
The Athena Film Festival
The Portland Documentary Film Festival
Cinemarosa – Queens, New York – Museum
The Global Peace Film Festival
Women’s Environmental & Development Organization
The Lesbian Lives 2012 Conference/Dublin
America Reframed Series – PBS
Association for Women’s Rights in Development Conference
International Hamburg LGBT Film Festival
The National Women’s Studies Association Conference
The New York MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival
OUT @fter Carleton Reunion
Frameline Film Festival 36, San Francisco
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute



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2015’s movie: Suffragette – two showings!

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016


While in the US, the women’s suffrage movement was percolating along to its 1920 conclusion, the movement in Great Britain was also making strides. Several early 20th century Americans, including Alice Paul, journeyed to England to watch, learn, and participate. The film takes place in pre-first world war London.

Excerpt from one UK reviewer:

Reuniting with Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron, [scriptwriter] Abi Morgan intertwines socioeconomic detail with domestic melodrama as Maud leads us from the fringes of the fight to the firing line, her composite character providing a thumbnail sketch of collective oppression into which Mulligan breathes admirable individuality. Meryl Streep provides a fleetingly aloof cameo as Emmeline Pankhurst, rallying the troops from the balcony before disappearing into the night, but the real firebrand is Helena Bonham Carter as chemist Edith Ellyn, who provides the movement’s combustible spark.

Steamy sweatshops and grey-tinged London vistas add production design grit, evoking a world in which backbreaking work and strength-sapping silence are equally stifling. This is an important story and Suffragette tells it without stylistic fuss or frills in solidly down-the-line fashion.

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March 1: Film: Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016




The award-winning documentary “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders” takes on the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders. These women stood up and fought for the right to vote and the right to an equal education. They not only brought about change in Mississippi, but they altered the course of American history.

This documentary presents original interviews with many of the Civil Rights movement’s most remarkable women: Unita Blackwell, a sharecropper turned activist, who became Mississippi’s first female black mayor; Mae Bertha Carter, a mother of 13, whose children became the first to integrate the Drew County schools against dangerous opposition; white student activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland who not only participated in sit-ins but took a stand on integration by attending an all black university; Annie Devine and Victoria Gray Adams, who, along with Fannie Lou Hamer, stepped up and challenged the Democratic Party and President Johnson at the 1964 Convention.

In the name of freedom and equal rights, these women bravely faced great adversity and risked their physical safety, their jobs, and even their lives. When asked how they did it, one activist said, “I was standing on my sisters’ shoulders.” [source]

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March 2: Hard Women (rural women and female masculinity); GUEST SPEAKER: Colin Johnson

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016


Guest speaker, Colin Johnson: Director of Graduate Studies – Associate Professor of Gender Studies

  • PhD in American Culture, University of Michigan, 2003
  • MA in American Culture, University of Michigan, 1998
  • AB in Law, Letters and Society, University of Chicago, 1996
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of American Studies, History and Human Biology



Johnson, Colin R. Unfriendly Thresholds: Misanthropy and Sexual Difference in American Culture [In Progress].

Johnson, Colin R. Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013. Published as part of the Sexuality Studies book series, Janice Irvine and Regina Kunzel, eds. Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies.


Gray, Mary L., Brian Gilley and Colin R. Johnson, eds.  Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies. New York: New York University Press, 2016.


Johnson, Colin R. “Men and Women Like That: Regional Identities and Rural Sexual Cultures in the South and Pacific Northwest” in Understanding and Teaching U.S. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender History, Susan K. Freeman and Leila J. Rupp, eds. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 166-177. Winner of the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Anthology.

Johnson, Colin R. “Unfriendly Thresholds: On Queerness, Capitalism and Misanthropy in 19th Century America” in Unarchived Histories: The ‘Mad’ and the ‘Trifling’ in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, Gyanendra Pandey, ed. London: Routledge, 2013. 110-124.

Johnson, Colin R. “Homosexuals from Haystacks: Gay Liberation and the Specter of Queer Majority in Rural California, circa 1970” in Subalternity and Difference: Investigations From the North and the South, Gyanendra Pandey, ed.  London: Routledge, 2011. 41-56.

Johnson, Colin R. “Casual Sex: Subaltern Sexuality ‘On the Road’ in Early Twentieth Century America” in Subaltern Citizens and Their Histories: Investigations From India and the United States, Gyanendra Pandey, ed.  London: Routledge, 2010. 63-76.


Johnson, Colin R. “Casual Sex: Towards a ‘Prehistory’ of Gay Life in Bohemian America.”Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 10.3 (November 2008): 303-320.

Johnson, Colin R. “Homosexuals in Unexpected Places? An Introduction.” American Studies48.2 (Summer 2007): 5-8.

Johnson, Colin R. “Camp Life: The Queer History of ‘Manhood’ in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1937.” American Studies 48.2 (Summer 2007): 19-36.  Winner of the Stone-Suderman Prize given by the Mid-America American Studies Association in recognition of the best essay published each year in the journal American Studies.


Johnson, Colin R. “The Thin Line of Embodiment,” Bridge 11: Lia Cook, Mariko Kusumoto, Anne Drew Potter.  Pittsburgh: Society for Contemporary Craft, 2011. n.p.

Johnson, Colin R. “Dandyism,” “Dating,” and “Metrosexuals,” in Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Fedwa Malti-Douglas,ed.Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007. 369-371, 376-382, 1006.

Johnson, Colin R. “Rural Space: Queer America’s Final Frontier.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 13 January 2006. B15-16.

Johnson, Colin R. “Urban, Suburban, and Rural Geographies” in Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America, Marc Stein, ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004. 217-222.

[source: Colin Johnson]


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Feb. 29 – March 3: Women’s History Month Colloquium

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016

Another fantastic colloquium: programs, speakers, movies, refreshments. Something for everyone! Find the latest program information here: Program: WHM Colloquium




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Feb. 24: Authors and Artists Recognition Reception & Program!

Posted by isulib on February 23, 2016


Library hosts 31th annual ISU Authors and Artists program and reception

Cunningham Memorial Library’s annual Authors and Artists program and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Library Events Area.

The only campus event that honors the written or artistic material or performance of ISU’s faculty, staff and students, this year’s 31st annual event will feature ISU faculty and emeriti who published books or created artistic works in 2015. A reception will begin at 2:30 pm with light refreshments. A program will start at 3:00 p.m.  Reference/Instruction librarians serving as liaisons to the academic departments will recognize each individual’s work.

The occasion also serves as a place to recognize this year’s Graduate and Undergraduate recipients of the Library’s Bakerman Student Research Award, and their faculty nominators. Everyone on campus is invited to share in this celebration of scholastic and artistic achievements.



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Feb. 19: Lobby Bake Sale

Posted by isulib on February 19, 2016

 Bake Sale for CHILL (11:00am-1:00pm) Lobby

Colleagues Helping Implement Lifelong Learning (CHILL) will hold a bake sale in the Lobby.  The proceeds will go to purchase hygiene items that are donated to area schools.


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