Archive for the ‘Fall 2012 Athenæum Series’ Category

Fall 2012 Athenæum Series: Confluence and Crossroads – the Civil War in the region

Monday, November 26th, 2012

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at noon in Sadie’s Place, Ellen Ryan, Project Manager, will talk about “Confluence and Crossroads,” Kent Library’s ongoing digital imaging project to document the American Civil War in a 28-county region of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.  Ryan will discuss the work of the project staff, who have spent the last 15-months identifying, digitizing, transcribing, and cataloging over 850 letters, maps, diaries and other documents related to the war in this region.  Ryan’s presentation will highlight some of the items identified to date, and will also address why and when historical documents are digitized as a tool for preservation and access to information.  “Confluence and Crossroads” is a collaborative effort between Kent Library, the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.  The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.  The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit


Technology, Security and the Mechanics of American Elections

Friday, October 19th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 24th at noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. Jeremy Walling of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion, will present this week’s Athenaeum series topic, Technology, Security and the Mechanics of American Elections.

Every election cycle, Americans are bombarded with countless campaign advertisements and endless media commentary.  In such and environment, it is possible to become overwhelmed by the rhetoric and desensitized to the messages.  With that in mind, this presentation is an attempt to ignore policy issues and campaign rhetoric completely.

This presentation will be an opportunity to go beyond the headlines and examine the current issues in voting behavior and the administration of elections.

The presentation is open to all.  For more information, visit


Kent Library’s Fall 2012 Athenæum Series presents: Birds and Birding in Ecuador

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 17th at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. William Eddleman, Vice Provost & Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, will present Birds and Birding in Ecuador.

Ecuador has the highest known bird diversity of any comparable area in the world, tallied at between 1600 and 1700 species (as opposed to roughly 700 for the whole of North America). Likely reasons for this diversity are a benign climate, extreme altitudinal variation in a small region (sea level to over 18,000 feet), and matching diversity of habitats.

This presentation will discuss many of the species seen by Dr. Eddleman and his companions in January 2012, some of the sites visited in northern Ecuador, and conservation issues with these birds.  Problems the avifauna in Ecuador are facing and will face in the future include habitat loss due to mineral extraction and development, needs of subsistence farmers past land policies, and climate change.   For more information, visit”


Kent Library’s Fall 2012 Athenaeum Series: Technology and the Instructional Environment

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Mary Harriet Talbut, the new Instructional Designer in the Office of Instructional Technology will be presenting on the new ways technology can be incorporated in the instructional environment. Cell phones, iPads and netbook computers can be used in ways that aren’t just checking Facebook or email but part of engaging the student. Come see all the new tools that are available, most of which are free. Bring your own device and try something new. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information visit


The Psychology of Now—In Retail and Fashion

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Lynn R. Moore, Department of Human Environmental Studies, will present “The Psychology of Now—In Retail and Fashion Wednesday, September 19th at noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library. Learn some strategies that will help you save money and navigate the new retail environment including the current trends on the internet and in brick and mortar stores. This event is open to all, and snacks are provided.  For more information, visit