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Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: From Gutenberg to Google: Southeast’s History of the Book

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Please join us on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at noon in Kent Library for the Fall 2011 Athenaeum Series Presentation “From Gutenberg to Google: Southeast’s History of the Book”.

UI 456: History of the Book is a new interdisciplinary seminar and hands-on workshop that offers students the chance to study the influence of printing on the formation of world cultures up to the digital age.  Dr. Kathryne Beebe and her students will discuss how they are using the approaches of history, studio art, and art history to explore the physical technologies of the written and printed word.  In this Athenaeum presentation, this semester’s students will present their findings and their final book-making projects, all of which use one or more of these technologies to probe the boundaries between oral and written, manuscript and print, self and “other”.

Everyone is welcome, and snacks will be provided.


Yoga study break

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

When: Sunday, December 11, 2011, 8 pm

Where: Kent Library, Quiet Reading Room, 3rd floor

Finals week is wild and crazy, and we’d like to help you take a break to re-energize and refocus so you can survive the week of cramming and testing. Hosted by the Squirrel Squirrel Yoga Club and Kent Library, we will be providing a 30 minute YOGA session to de-stress and motivate your mind! Meet us in the Quiet Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Kent Library and we will guide you through some necessary and rejuvenating YOGA! All are welcome and no special equipment is needed. Let’s get downdog!


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: Composing with New Media: Expanding Our Notions of Text

Monday, November 28th, 2011

With Dr. Missy Nieveen-Phegley, noon on Wednesday,  November 30 in Sadie’s Place.

Dr. Nieveen-Phegley will help us navigate through our media-rich culture, as we are inundated with new ways of communicating, requiring us to rethink the ways that we define both the act of writing and the texts that we create.While new media does include new forms of digital communication, it is not limited to texts that simply rely on new technologies; rather, “newmedia”   is defined by the rhetorically sound, creative use and repurposing of media. As we begin to understand that any type of text can be used to create rhetorically significant information, we can recognize the power of our texts as they evoke varying responses dependent upon the rhetorical situation in both the creation and consumption of that text.  This event is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit


International gaming day @ your library

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This Saturday is International Library Gaming Day. Join us from 1pm-5pm in Sadie’s Place (behind the coffee cart) to play a rousing game of Wii Sports or stop by to check out our collection of games for Xbox360, Wii/Gamecube, and PS3/PS2. Game on!

List of all games in Kent Library

List of games currently available (not checked out)

Board games are also available: checkers, chess, Battleship, Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, that triangle game with the golf tees…


Kent Library’s Fall 2011 Athenæum Series Student Music Recital

Friday, November 11th, 2011

On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Dr. Jeff Noonan and student musicians from the Music Department of Southeast Missouri State University’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts will present musical selections from some of the world’s treasured musical masterpieces. This event is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series: From the Engagement of Anthropology to the Anthropology of Engagement

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place on Wednesday, Nov. 9th 2011 at noon, presented by Dr. Joshua Hatton, Department of Global Cultures and Languages.

Dr. Hatton writes, “Recently, some left-liberal anthropologists have argued that their discipline is and should be ‘engaged.’ In this presentation, I take a further step away from the project of the ‘engagement’ of anthropology, with the aim of being able to see it more clearly as an object. I show how the academic rhetoric of ‘engagement’ can be understood as being both a reaction to and a legitimation of neoliberal changes in the university sector in both the U.K. and U.S. I conclude by suggesting an alternative to ‘engagement’ for anthropologists and academics in related disciplines who are committed to using their scholarship to promote civil rights.”

Snacks will be provided, and the presentation is open to all.


Fall 2011 Athenæum Series Fatal Encounters: Responding to Royal Death and Epidemic Disease in Seventeenth-Century Puebla, Mexico

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12-1 pm Kent Library, Sadie’s Place

Byy Erika Hosselkus, Department of History, this presentation explores how Spanish, Native American, and mixed-heritage residents of the Puebla region of Mexico responded to death during the seventeenth century. From official obsequies organized on Queen Margaret’s death to religious processions intended to alleviate suffering caused by smallpox and other diseases, fascinating historical documents illuminate beliefs regarding death and dying in Catholic colonial Mexico. In turn, such documents also highlight how corporate groups – the church, city council, and the family, among others – worked to understand, contextualize, and control events that might be called “fatal encounters,” and the experience of death in seventeenth-century Puebla.


The Confederate Temptation: Spain and the American Civil War

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

During the American Civil War, Spain seriously considered entering the conflict on the side of the Confederate States of America, an intervention that could have been decisive. In this presentation, Dr. Wayne Bowen will recount the negotiations between the European powers, Spanish military maneuvers in the Caribbean, and the efforts by the United States to forestall Spanish aid to the Confederacy. It is the first comprehensive look at relations between Spain and the two antagonists of the American Civil War.
The presentation will take place in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place on October 26, 2011 at noon. Snacks will be provided, and the presentation is open to all.

Fall 2011 Athenæum Series- STILL: The Iconography of the Pieta in Contemporary Photography

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Wednesday, Oct 5 12:30p to 1:30p

There is an inherited language in visual culture, beginning with the traditions of sculpture and painting, continued, or adopted and re-contextualized, in photography and film. The contemporary photographers presented in Still have adopted the Pieta figure of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance periods to express different themes, some personal, some mythological, some fantasy, but all of which offer a glimpse into their internal worlds.


Kent Library hosts Forum on Immigration

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 12-1 pm
Kent Library, Sadie’s Place
In light of Hispanic Heritage Month, and El día de la raza (Columbus Day), the holiday on which Americans commemorate the day Columbus encountered the Americas, Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano and Kent Library will be hosting a forum on immigration issues. Several viewpoints will be presented, and there will be time at the conclusion of the presentation for questions, comments, and debate. Light refreshments will be provided.
Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano, Department of Global Cultures and Languages
The Numbers Don’t Lie, a general overview of the census data from 2010 and reasons why the issue of immigration is so polemic
Dr. Joshua Hatton, Department of Global Cultures and Languages
How is the Immigrant Like the Slave?, a comparison of the attitudes of people in the antebellum U.S. towards the Fugitivie Slave Act with those of people in the U.S. today towards legal restrictions on immigration to the U.S.
Dr. William Miller, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
And the People Speak: Public Attitudes toward Immigration in America, a presentation of polling data on immigration in America
Dr. Hamner Hill, Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
Immigration Laws and the Labor Skills of Immigrants, a presentation that explores the issues regarding the legalities and realities of immigrant labor