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Feb. 18: African American Read-In Chain – Join us!

Posted by isulib on February 9, 2016

On Thursday 18 February, the Cunningham Memorial Library along with the History Department, the English Department and the CEB African American Cultural Center will host its first African American Read-In Chain. This is part of a national event sponsored annually by the National Council of Teachers of English. The event will take place in the Teaching Materials Collection and readers will include ISU administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as Terre Haute community members. I hope you can join us!

  • 1:00-1:45 pm Readings in African American Literature (Teaching Materials)
  • 1:45-2:15 pm Refreshments (028)
  • 2:15-3:00 pm Readings in African American History (Teaching Materials)
  • 3:00-3:30 pm Refreshments (028)

Edi Campbell, Reference/Instruction Librarian


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January 21: Kristeller Book-Signing TODAY

Posted by isulib on January 21, 2016

Jean Kristeller, professor emerita of psychology at Indiana State and an expert in mindful eating, will be at the Barnes & Noble/ISU College Bookstore from 4-6 p.m. today to sign copies of her new book, “The Joy of Half a Cookie,” which was released Dec. 29 by Penguin Random House.


image from Amazon

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ISU Librarian interviewed by CBC Radio Canada

Posted by isulib on January 19, 2016

Edith Campbell (Reference/Instruction Librarian) was interviewed by CBC Radio-Canada after the children’s book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, was pulled by Scholastic Books.  The book has been criticized for its portrayal of slaves.  Hats off to Ms. Campbell!  You can read the interview at

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ISU Librarian Speaks Out on Diversity in Books for Children

Posted by isulib on November 16, 2015

Two recent publications from Reference/Instruction (Public Services) librarian, Edith Campbell

from The GuardianMeg Rosoff Sparks Diversity Row Over Books for Marginalised ChildrenThe How I Live Now author rejects librarian Edith Campbell’s claims that ‘there are so few books for queer black boys’ following publication of new children’s book Large Fears

From the New York Times‘A Fine Dessert’: Judging a Book by the Smile of a Slave – Excerpt: Edi Campbell, a reference librarian at Indiana State University who blogs about children’s literature, credited Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Blackall with admirable intentions, but said that the meaning of the image of the mother and daughter hiding in the closet would probably be lost on its audience. 

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New Pew Center Survey: Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, and e-book reading has not increased significantly

Posted by isulib on October 21, 2015


Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books, new survey finds.


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April 16: Scholarly son of ISU Librarian presents at next Landini Lecture

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2015

The next Richard Landini Lecturer will be Walton Muyumba (son of Librarian, Valentine Muyumba) of Indiana University-Bloomington, who will speak on “‘I Was A Lover Before This War’: Black Artistry in the Age of Terrorism,” this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A-264.

Walton Muyumba is the author of The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009). Muyumba is an associate professor of African American and American literature in the Department of English at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has published criticism and scholarship in many venues, including The Cambridge History of American Poetry, The Chicago Tribune, The Crisis, The Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Oxford American, The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisational Studies, and Trained Capacities: John Dewey, Rhetoric, and Democratic Practice.

The Landini Series is in memory of Richard Landini, former president of the Indiana State University and long-time member of the English Department.

The Shadow and the Act is available in the ISU Library as both an e-book in multiple formats (link to one format) and print [PS153.N5 M89 2009]

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April 13: European Literature Night

Posted by isulib on April 8, 2015


Language students from French, German, and Spanish will be reading excerpts from key European texts from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Readings will be in the original language, and each reading will feature an introduction to the author, work, and the time period in English, and will include a translation in English of the text read.

Information: Contact Professor Keri Yousif

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March 12: Wabash Valley Community Reads True Grit: Keynote

Posted by isulib on March 11, 2015


TrueGrit-NicholsLibrary Events Area

Dr. Nichols is an associate professor in the Department of History at Indiana State University.

Free copies of True Grit will be available along with copies of the programming booklet and refreshments.

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March 5: 2014-15 Schick Lecture series concludes with Ralph Hanna

Posted by isulib on February 27, 2015

March 5: Ralph Hanna, University of Oxford. Hanna is the author of “London Literature, 1300-1380,” “Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and Their Texts,” “William Langland” and other works.Twenty-six years after emeritus professor Joseph S. Schick endowed the Department of English at Indiana State University with the most generous gift from a former faculty member, the Schick Lectures series is as strong as ever and has an enlightening program planned this year.

In accordance with the endowment, the Schick series invites scholars from the United States and United Kingdom to lecture on literature and language topics before 1900. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3:30 p.m. in Root Hall A264:

The English department buys a copy of the in-print books written or edited by each author, who autographs them during his or her visit. The collection, now up to 1,200 books, is kept in the Schick Library for use by students and faculty.


Contact: Robert Perrin, professor and department chair of English, 812-237-3160 or

Writer: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

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Posted by isulib on February 24, 2015

Reception 3pm; program 3:30-end, Library Events Area


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