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Fall Athenæum Series: Botanical Illustrations and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Kent Library Athenaeum Series begins at Noon on Wednesday, August 28 with Art Department faculty members Emily Booth and Louise Bodenheimer. Booth and Bodenheimer recently developed a University Studies Transcultural Experience course addressing Botanical Illustration and the Arts and Crafts movement in London. Booth and Bodenheimer approached the course as a cross-discipline, studio-based endeavor and enlisted the input of a number of other faculty and experts both in the pre-travel Spring meetings as well as when traveling in London. This talk will tell the fun, interesting story of how this endeavor unfolded, showcasing not only the experiences of Booth and Bodenheimer but the viewpoints of other faculty who contributed to the course content and the tales of the students who participated in the adventure. Additionally, the handmade journals, on-site field sketches and final, large-scale designs created by the students will be on display in Kent Library adjacent to Sadie’s Place. The event is open to all, and refreshments will be served.


Spring 2013 Athenæum Series : Wrestling with Washington: Historical Memory and the Fourth of July in the Midwest Antebellum

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

12 Noon at Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place

Americans coming of age in the early nineteenth century wrestled with their role in the development of the fledgling United States. On one hand, they revered George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the other founding fathers and sought to emulate their patriotism. On the other hand, this so-called first generation of Americans recognized their unique opportunity to shape conceptions of patriotic loyalty and American nationalism. On Independence Day in the urban Midwest, these two concerns often came into conflict as mid-westerners used the holiday to both reflect on the past and forge ahead in constructing a unique national identity based on contemporary, rather than historical, concerns. This on-going tension between past and present – wrestling with the memories of Washington and the founders – often emerged on the Fourth of July and provides an important window into the construction of American national identity in this formative period of United States history.

The event is open to all and refreshments will be served.


Happy National Library Week

Monday, April 15th, 2013

April 14-20 is National Library Week. Information and events are listed at


Spring 2013 Athenæum Series: Carbon Footprints and Climate Change

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Spring 2013 Athenæum Series: Carbon Footprints and Climate Change
April 17th, 2013, noon in Kent Library Sadie’s Place. Presented by Dr. Steve Overmann

A Carbon Footprint is a quantitative estimate of the amount of carbon dioxide (C02) released due to the activities of an individual, organization, or society. Carbon Footprint analyses are important because CO2 emissions are the primary driving force behind global climate change. The Carbon Footprints of humans, the United States, Southeast Missouri State Unversity, and individuals will be considered, as well as steps that can be taken to reduce CO2 emissions. Recent scientific reports regarding climate change will be summarized.

The event is open to all and refreshments will be served.


Athenæum Spring Series Continues with Student Recital on April 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Kent Library is pleased to showcase the talents of student musicians from Southeast Missouri State University’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Music. This recital has become a highly anticipated part of each Athenæum series, and Kent Library is proud to introduce this season’s extraordinary musicians. This is an exciting opportunity to support developing musicians and enjoy some of the world’s most treasured musical masterpieces.

The event is open to all and refreshments will be served.



Spring 2013 Athenæum Series: Female Book Owners in Flanders and the Low Countries: Identity expressed through patronage.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6 at noon, as part of Kent Library’s Athenaeum series, Dr. Joni Hand of the Department of Art will present “Female Book Owners in Flanders and the Low Countries: Identity expressed through patronage.”

The proliferation of books of hours in the 14th and 15th centuries was due in part to the desire of the laity to pray in the manner of the clergy. In addition to specific prayers, many patrons had stylistic preferences incorporated into their manuscripts that reveal their cultural backgrounds or aesthetic sensibilities. The textual and aesthetic choices made for manuscript commissions by noble-women were especially revealing. Religious manuscripts gave women a vehicle by which they could assert their individual identities within the restrictive court environment.

The event is open to the public and snacks will be provided.


Kent Library’s Spring Athenæum Series: Toward an Archaeology of Childhood in the Central Illinois River Valley

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Noon, Feb. 6 in Sadie’s Place.

Kent Library’s Athenæum series continues with Dr. Jennifer Bengtson from the Department of Global Cultures and Languages presenting “Toward an Archaeology of Childhood in the Central Illinois River Valley”.   Studying children in archaeological contexts can be difficult, but leaving them out of our studies leads to an inherently incomplete understanding of history. Dr. Bengtson will discuss her work on mortuary and village excavations from a prehistoric archaeological site in the Central Illinois River Valley. Building on previous Michigan State University and Illinois State Museum research, she suggests that an archaeology of childhood contributes to a richer interpretation of social life within this unique prehistoric community. The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be available.


Kent Library’s Spring Athenæum Series begins with “Motivation for Exercise”

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

On January 30, 2013 at 12:00 noon in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place, the library will kick off its first Athenæum event for the new Spring semester. Dr. Jeremy Barnes from the Department of Health, Human Performance & Recreation will be discussing “Motivation for Exercise.”  Many individuals start exercise programs with expectations of success.  However, too often they get off track or feel they have too much going on in their lives to continue with their exercise. At this presentation, you will learn ways that individuals can stay on track and keep working toward their exercise goals. This presentation will include proven strategies for success and tips on how to keep levels high. The presentation is open to all and refreshments will be available.


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


Just in time for halloween: Preparedness 101:Zombie Pandemic, briefing document from the CDC

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Center for Disease controls uses graphic novel format and a popular fictional disaster scenario to illustrate general emergency preparedness and response strategies.   Regardless of the actual situation, the best tool is a properly prepared BRAIIINNNN!!!

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Direct link to Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic (.pdf format)

CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response Site