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Event archives
2004-2007      2008-2010

Events and Programs

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Fall 2014

Drawing of Chris and Caecilia Holt, proprietors of Young Ones music store in Kutztown
Ongoing • Main Floor Lobby & Computer Lab
Thirteen visual essays by students of Graphic Design Professor Elaine Cunfer journey into Kutztown and environs.
KU Communication Design program
Latino Americans: The New Latinos
Nov 4 • 3:30pm - 5pm • RL 100B
The Organization for Latino Awareness (OLA) and the Department of Modern Languages host students from Allentown's Lehigh Valley Academy for a doc about the US's Caribbean heritage.
OLA site     The New Latinos
Exhibit title: Traveling Thoughts
Sep 23 • 10am - 4pm • Building-wide
Big fun throughout the building as we host an action-packed RL Open House with prizes, games, and treats for everyone!
Open House flyer (PDF)     Scavenger hunt entry (PDF)
KU Presents! Performance series
Ongoing • Entrance Lobby
The campus performing arts series brings world-renowned artists to Kutztown. See our rotating displays for more info and previews of what’s coming up!
KU Presents!     Discount tickets for students
Dr. Carlos Vargas
Sep 12 • 3pm - 4pm • RL 100C

Summer 2014

Drawing of Lester Sheetz, nonagenarian employee of DeTurk's Hardware in Kutztown
Ongoing • Main Floor Lobby & Computer Lab
Eleven visual essays by students of Graphic Design Professor Elaine Cunfer, exploring sides of Kutztown that just might surprise you.
KU Communication Design program

Spring 2014

CASA Study Zone logo
May 5–7 • 4pm - 8pm • RL 28
CASA & the SGB help with Finals Week! Come to a quiet place for study with Academic Coaches and the Writing Center on site to assist. Free Scantrons, blue books, pencils, highlighters, drinks and snacks.   Academic Enrichment   Email for info
Exhibit title: Traveling Thoughts
Apr 24 • 6pm - 7pm • Second Floor Gallery
Kelsey Murray hosts a reception for her exhibit of prints and paintings, Traveling Thoughts, ahead of her impending graduation from KU. See the work through May 8.   Exhibit poster (PDF)
Ethiopian jebena (coffee pitcher) and cups
April 22 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm • RL 100B & café area
Enjoy real Ethiopian coffee, served in traditional fashion, in a ceremony conducted by Tilaye Zelleke and her father, Dr. Girma Zelleke, as a capstone to Dr. Chris Saidi's tour of her African art exhibit.   Event flyer (PDF)   About coffee (PDF)
 Detail of page of Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Apr 22 • 11am - Noon • RL 100B
The three chefs McMunch supply the cake and pizza while you join fellow Seuss Nerds in fun activities and chatter about one of the zaniest schools around as we tackle Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!   About the series
World map, with the word 'library' in various languages
April 16 • 10:30am - 11:30am • RL 100B
It's International Week at KU, and National Library Week, too! RL Director Martha Stevenson, KU President Dr. Javier Cevallos, and other expert panelists talk libraries abroad with RPL Director Frank Kasprowicz.   International Week program
Cover of Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches and Other Stories
Apr 8 • Noon - 1pm • MSU 312
Sylvester McMonkey McBean made a mint off the Sneetches. Why were they such a lucrative market? Dr. Carol Watson sells the Seuss classic in a fun discussion with treats sponsored by KU's College of Business.   About the series
Elephant in Sri Lanka
March 27 • 6pm - 7pm • Second Floor Gallery
Artist's reception for ten new large-format prints, here till mid-April, by ace photographer and KU Chemistry major Jayaruwan "Jay" Gunathilake.   Photos by Jay   Poster (PDF)
Dr. Seuss's Lorax, dressed as Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat
Mar 25 • Noon - 1pm • MSU 312
The Lorax has for good reason sparked contentious debate among scientists, industrialists, and environmentalists. Join card-carrying Doctor Seussaphist Dr. Carol Watson for Truffula Tree cupcakes and lively conversation.    About the event
Dr. Chris Saidi with African toys
Mar 12 • 3pm - 4pm • RL 100B & throughout RL
Tour the amazing woman-centered African art exhibit, Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs, with renowned Africanist and art collector Dr. Chris Saidi.    About the tour
Copyright symbol
Mar 6 • 11am - 12pm • Room 100B
Join KU professors Elaine Cunfer (Communication Design), Susan Czerny and Sylvia Pham (Rohrbach Library), and Amy Lynch-Biniek (English) for a discussion of copyright in academe as part of the CET's Conversations series.   About the CET
Dr. Seuss's beloved elephant Horton
Mar 4 • Noon - 1pm • MSU 312
Birthday cake for everyone! Prof. of Education & certified Seussophile Dr. Carol Watson celebrates the 110th year of a world with Theodor Geisel.    About the party
CET logo
Feb 27 • 11am - 12pm • Room 100B
The CET's Conversations series examines Engaging and Retaining a Diverse Student Body. Dr. Edwin Nieves (Academic Enrichment) facilitates.   About the CET
CET logo
Feb 18 • 4pm - 6pm • Room 100B
Join artists Emily Allen (née Grimshaw, KU Class of 2013) and Ed Terrell of ACOR in a reception for their breathtaking paintings and multimedia works on exhibit in the library for Black History Month.    About ACOR
Bold Mamas African Art exhibit
January - May • Main Floor Lobby, Lab, & Reference Section
The spectacular fabrics, paintings, and carvings of Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs, curated by Rebecca Vanhorn, illuminate experiences of African women through the art collection of Dr. Christine Saidi.   Brochure (PDF)   Dr. Saidi's page

Fall 2013

A happy person writing
Nov 14 • 11am - 12pm • Room 100B
The CET's Conversations series continues with Quality Writing Experiences that Facilitate Thinking and Deep Learning. Join Drs. Patricia Derr (History), Amy Lynch-Biniek (English), and Lynn Kutch (Modern Language Studies).   About the CET
Teacher in a classroom
Oct 16 • 4pm - 5:30pm • Room 100B
Dr. Gil Clary discusses current research on teaching and learning, as part of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's Conversations series.   About the CET
Kids having fun
Oct 5 • 10am - 2pm • Main Floor Café area
A Scholastic book fair, exhibits, stories, prizes, and fun for kids! Part of KU's campuswide Family Day celebration.
More
The most popular pirate in the world
Sep 19 • 10am - 4pm • Building-wide
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Rohrbach Library Open House! Discover services and resources, win prizes, and collect doubloons!   More (PDF)
_Completing College_ book cover
Sep 17 • 4pm - 5:30pm • Room 100B
Provost Dr. Carlos Vargas leads a book discussion of Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action in a KU Reading Exchange.
Access the e-book (KU login required)
Stylized skull-and-crossbones logo of the Medula Negra studio
Sep 16 • 3pm • Second Floor Gallery
Prof. Kevin McCloskey hosts a reception for his Hispanic Heritage Month show of prints from Médula Negra Studio of Xalapa, Mexico.
About Médula Negra
Ecology in African Art exhibit
September - December • Main Floor Lobby
Ecology in African Art samples the vast collection of Dr. Christine Saidi, KU professor whose study of central African cultures and language is sparking a paradigm shift in views of African women's societal roles.   Dr. Saidi's page   Article

Spring 2013

The documentary film Latinos Beyond Reel screens Tuesday, April 16
Apr 16 • 4:30pm - 6pm • Room 100B
Join KU's Organization for Latino Awareness (OLA) as they host the provocative documentary Latinos Beyond Reel.
Poster (PDF)   OLA site
Portable TV showing racist message
Mar 12 • 5pm - 6:30pm • Room 100B
Chi Upsilon Sigma sorority hosts a screening of Latinos Beyond Reel, a new documentary exposing the vicious impact of US media stereotypes.     Flier (PDF)   Film trailer
LOVE: A Black History Month Art Exhibit
Feb 12 • 3pm - 5pm • Room 100B
Join painter Theron Cook and author David Nazario, both Reading natives and community activists, for a reception with refreshments as David reads from his new book.     Poster (PDF)   Facebook
2013: Year of the Snake
Feb 12 • 11am - 1pm • Second Floor
Welcome the Year of the Snake with delicious Chinese treats, hands-on fun, information on Asian Studies opportunities at KU, a spectacular display and more.     Poster (PDF)   Facebook

Fall 2012

Logo for The Climate Reality Project's 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report
Nov 15 • 9am - 7pm • Room 100B
The KU Environmental Action Club sponsors a live stream of The Climate Reality Project's Dirty Weather Report in a casual setting. Drop in and learn how global climate change fuels extreme weather events—and how you can change it.     More
Bob Scott and Larry Hogan at KU, 2008
Oct 25 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Room 100B
New York Black Yankees pitcher Bob Scott joins eminent historian of black baseball Dr. Lawrence Hogan to help close out Pride and Passion.     More
Negro League Baseball players
Oct 23 • 7pm - 8pm • Room 100B
Dr. Jim Higgins, former Kutztown University Professor of History, discusses African American life in Pittsburgh during the Negro Leagues era.
Dr. Maria Sanelli
Oct 17 • 7pm - 9pm • Room 100B
Dr. Maria Sanelli, KU Prof. of History Education, demonstrates how themes and issues reflected in studying African American baseball are rooted in U.S. history and social studies.     More
Snapshot PA: A Day In the Life of Pennsylvania Libraries
Oct 15, 2012 • Main Floor Lobby
Tell your library story to the world as part of a statewide project to capture a day in the life of Pennsylvania libraries!
Video: Snapshot 2009 at RL
Pride and Passion exhibit in the library through October 26
Sep 22 • 11am - 1pm • Room 100B
Meet Negro Leaguer Jim "Flyhawk" Weedon, see Dr. Bob Allen present The Souls of Black Baseball, enjoy two great exhibits, and play ball on the library lawn!     More (PDF)
The Last Summer: Six Negro Leagues portraits by Ed Terrell, through October 26
Through Oct 26, 2012 • Second Floor Gallery
Ed Terrell's exceptional stipple portraits (Rapidograph ink on paper) of six Negro Leagues greats—three men, three women. Terrell is director of Reading's ACOR gallery.
Negro League baseball players
Sep 19 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Second Floor Gallery
Opening reception for Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience with renowned artist Ed Terrell and historian Francis Morrison.   Lecture (MP3, 14.4MB, 24:27)   Flier (PDF)
More
Stereotypical swarthy pirate
Sep 19 • 10am - 3pm • Building-wide
The Rohrbach Library Open House is a great chance to discover services and resources, win $50 prizes, and collect doubloons!
More (PDF)
Prints by members of the Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios Oaxaca (ASARO)
Through Sep 14 • Second Floor Gallery
Curator Kevin McCloskey presents twelve distinctive new prints by a half-dozen iconoclastic revolutionary Mexican artists.
More Oaxacan prints
Mexican woodblock print, part of the 2012 Kutztown Art Crawl
Sep 6 • Evening • Second Floor
Kutztown's inaugural borough-wide artwalk night features printmaking. On our Second Floor, see new Mexican prints from Kevin McCloskey's amazing ASARO collection.    Full schedule (PDF)
Involvement Fair, Thursday August 30 in Rohrbach Library
Aug 30 • 11am - 2pm • Second Floor
Meet folks from the many wonderful clubs on campus, and find out how easy it is to get involved at KU!    More

Spring 2012

Academically Adrift book cover
Apr 30 • 4:00pm • Room 100B
Dr. Carlos Vargas returns to continue a lively discussion of higher ed based on Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.    Resource guide
Academically Adrift book cover
Apr 18 • 3pm - 4pm • Room 100B
Dr. Carlos Vargas moderates a book discussion of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses in a KU Reading Exchange.    Access the e-book (KU login required)
Detail of a Mr. Fish graphic
Apr 12 • 11am - 12:30pm • Room 100B
Celebrate National Library Week with acclaimed graphic satirist Dwayne Booth—AKA Mr. Fish—as he speaks and signs copies of his scorching new book Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People About Mr. Fish
Photo of Dr. Nathaniel Williams
Apr 11 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Local author, radio host, motivational speaker and community advocate leads a discussion on the relevance of Frederick Douglass' words to the lives we live today, in this year's final FDI Colloquium.  About Dr. Williams
Detail of painting by Tim Betz
April 2012 • Second Floor Gallery
The Molly Maguires, paintings by Coal Region native and KU grad (Magna Cum Laude, Fine Arts & Communication Design, '11) Timothy Betz depicting the travails of 19th century Irish miners in PA.
Frederick Douglass image
March 7 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Explore the roots of Frederick Douglass' feminism with Dr. Christine Saidi of the KU History department. Douglass early on connected the abolitionist movement to the women's suffrage movement. Another Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium.   Add to Calendar
Tropical sunset over fishing boat
March 6 • 6pm - 7pm • Second Floor Gallery
Sri Lankan photographer Jayaruwan Gunathilake, a KU Chemistry student, hosts a reception for the opening of his month-long exhibit of 27 exceptional prints of scenes from his global travels.   More
Detail of FT Bacon painting showing a young African man
February 23, 2012 • 5pm - 6pm • Second Floor Gallery
For more than three decades, Mr. Bacon was the Director of Art Education for the School District of Philadelphia. Come enjoy free food and drink while spending time in the company of a master.   More
Marchers at a demonstration
Feb 8 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Activist and Alvernia University librarian Marietta Dooley leads a discussion on arming oneself with the knowledge necessary to create a successful social movement in this Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium.   Add to Calendar
Chinese dragon image
February 2, 2012 • 11am - Noon • Second Floor
Celebrate the new Year of the Dragon with delicious Chinese dumplings (meat and vegan), hands-on calligraphy, Tai Chi, a colorful display and more.   Add to Calendar
Bronze Merril-Lynch bull cowering before protestors
Feb 1 • 6pm - 8pm • Room 100B
Join us for a screening and discussion of Rise like Lions, the first full-length film to document the Occupy Wall Street movement; a prelude to KU's new "Free University" movie series.  About the film
Iconic clenched-fist Occupy Wall Street image
Ongoing • Main Floor Lobby
Crimes and injustices that have driven countless Americans to protest are amply documented by Rohrbach Library books and films that comprise our local "branch" of Zuccotti Park's original People's Library.  More

Fall 2011

Vinyl record and musical notes
Through January 2012 • Second Floor Quiet Area
Discs, memorabilia, and music of the glory days of Philadelphia Soul from the collection of Rohrbach Library Monographs Technician Richard Pugliese, a Philly native.   More
Image from the exhibit
Through December 13, 2011 • 2nd Floor Gallery
Tracey Luscia, Fine Arts major at KU, shows recent paintings and pop-culture inspired multimedia works in Cheer Up, Frankenstein!  Reception: Dec. 6 (Tuesday), 4pm - 6pm.  Poster
Frederick Douglass image
November 16, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Drs. Linda McMillan and Mary O'Neil of KU's Elementary Education department lead a discussion of what it means to be literate in our culture, and how embracing diversity and variety in the perception of literacy leads to a more democratic and empowered society.
Photo of guest author
November 10, 2011 • 11am - Noon • Room 100B
Presentation in German. MLS, LRC, the German Club & Rohrbach Library welcome via Skype Veit Müller, journalist and mystery author. Müller will discuss his writing background and how he got involved in Kriminal-romane (crime fiction). Müller has written four novels.
Photo of the group in performance
October 27, 2011 • 7pm - 8:15pm • Room 100B
The music of Samantha Miller, including songs from Maybe Gray and her work with Jeremy Parson and Amanda Richardson in Die Marriyeschtanne, a group dedicated to preserving, by performing, secular Pennsylvania German dialect music.
Frederick Douglass image
October 19, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Dr. Pascale Dewey of the Kutztown University Department of Modern Language Studies shares her research of the French slave trade as the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series continues.
Four pairs of dancers
October 12, 2011 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm • Second Floor Gallery
Gala reception for Peruvian watercolorist Daniel Egusquiza features food, drink, great door prizes, and performances by the exciting Barrio Alegría dance company. Get to know an artist who 'paints' with his feet as expressively as he does with his brush!
Cover image of Milo and Jazz books
October 5, 2011 • 7pm - 8:30pm • Room 100B
Get an inside view of the children's book world from author Mara Rockliff, illustrator Amy Wummer, and their editor Juliana Hanford of Kane Press, the team behind the popular The Milo & Jazz Mysteries. Bring your questions about publishing for kids. More
Image of book display
October 4, 2011 • 4:30pm • Room 100B
A week ahead of National Coming Out Day, Kutztown students relate their own coming-out stories in a reading organized in conjunction with KU Allies. Features a display of recent Stonewall Book Award winners and other notable GLBTQ titles.    More
Rumpuspalooza graphic
September 24, 2011 • 10am - Noon • Ground Floor & 1st Floor
Rumpuspalooza! It's a Family Day funfest for kids of all ages with crafts, stories, films—Sendakian all—and snacks on the library's lower level, plus the In a Nutshell exhibit and Scholastic Book Fair beside the Main Floor café.
Young child on muscular father's shoulders
September 21, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Dr. James Jackson, Kutztown University Professor of Psychology, inaugurates the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series with a discussion of Black Fatherhood.
Aftermath of WTC attacks
Through September 2011 • Second Floor Quiet Area
Rohrbach Library remembers 9/11 with a set of displays devoted to the horrific day and to the rebuilding of the Ground Zero site. Includes first-person stories from readers of the library's blog. Part of KU's Remembrance Day observances.
Photo of Patrick Rodgers
September 1, 2011 • 7:00pm • Room 100B
Curator of the In a Nutshell exhibit Patrick Rodgers, on Drawing the Other Story: The Cathartic Art of Maurice Sendak. Join the insightful scholar from the Rosenbach Museum for a rousing talk and footage of his interviews with the author. More
Young Max rides a Wild Thing
August 29 - October 14, 2011 • Main Floor café area
Rohrbach Library hosts In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, an acclaimed exhibit that uncovers the wonder and inspiration the artist found as a Depression-era Jewish child in Brooklyn. More

Spring 2011

Image of baby at a computer keyboard
May 3, 2011 • 2pm - 4pm • Room 100B
Library Journal 2005 Mover & Shaker and original Blended Librarian John Shank on Reengineering the Academic Library for Digital Natives.  A free workshop supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Library Association.  Register to attend
Detail of print from exhibit
April 8 - 29, 2011 • Main Floor Lab
My Peruvian Experience  Prints inspired by Christina Taylor's study trip to Peru meet the hard sciences in the work of this future art conservator who's as comfortable in a chemistry lab as she is in an art studio.  Reception: April 14; see below.
Exhibit poster
April 14, 2011 • 5:30 - 6:30pm • Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery
Join painters Alicia Bonilla-Puig and Ekaterina Popova, whose exhibit All of the Lights adorns the library's Second Floor Gallery space through April 24, and Christina Taylor for this joint reception for KU student artists.
Craig Czury at his writing desk
April 13, 2011 • 4pm - 5pm • Room 100B
A child of the PA Coal Region, Craig Czury has led an adventurous and reflective life that pays close attention to the details. The Berks County Poet Laureate celebrates National Poetry Month with a rousing reading in the Voices and Choices Center.
Image of African-American woman with a padlocked shackle around her head
April 13, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
Join Kutztown University Professor of English Dr. Ellesia Blaque for the final KU Frederick Douglass Institute Discussion Series event of the year: The Miseducation of Minorities: Overcoming the Odds.
Author standing in front of his book covers
April 12, 2011 • 4pm - 5pm • Room 100B
KU electrician Robert J. Saniscalchi has authored several books since Bullets and Bandages honored his brother's work as a Vietnam field medic. In this National Library Week talk he discusses his writing and introduces his novel, My Life, For Her.
Face of Pamela Thomas
March 23, 2011 • Noon - 1pm • Room 100B
KU Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Thomas, an expert in working with at-risk youth, facilitates a
discussion on the qualities needed now for effective leadership in alternative education.  FDI Discussion Series.
Exhibit poster
March 7 - 18, 2011 • Main Floor Lab
KU Fine Arts major Jacqueline Arbaugh shows five incisive mixed-media works that pierce the superficiality of modern American vanity in her exhibit pretty please.
Film poster
March 18, 2011 • 5pm - 8:30pm • MSUB Alumni Auditorium
The extraordinary documentary Library of the Early Mind explores the art and impact of children's literature, featuring nearly 40 authors including Lois Lowry, Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, and Lemony Snicket. A panel discussion follows the screening.
Face of speaker
March 18, 2011 • 11am - Noon • Room 100B
Painter, hypnotherapist, and author Kanta Bosniak speaks on the use of icons as motivational models. Bosniak, whose work is featured in the RL's Icons exhibit, explores topics of interest to students of psychology, counseling, and art.
Exhibit poster
February 24, 2011 • 5pm-7pm • Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery
Black History Month Exhibit and Reception.  Artists and educators Ed Terrell and Sandi Turner of ACOR discuss their work, on display in Rohrbach Library through the month of February.
Image of book cover
February 16, 2011 • 12pm-1pm
Frederick Douglass Institute lecture. Dr. C. James Trotman, founder of the FDI Collaborative of the PA State System of Higher Education, speaks on his new biography of Frederick Douglass.
Horse-drawn black Mennonite buggy on a country road
January 27, 2011 • 5pm-7pm
James Weaver: Mennonite Cultures and Community.  The audio of Mr. Weaver's talk, along with details on many relevant library resources, is available in this LibGuide.

Fall 2010

Photo of exhibit
November - December, 2010 • 2nd Floor Gallery
"Panorama Obscura": A Long Painting By Kevin Travers. KU Fine Arts major shows a series of 300 long paintings comprising an iconographic narrative of a drive in the countryside above Kutztown.
Speaker shown beside iconic Catrina image by Posada
November 11, 2010 • 11am - 2nd Floor
KU professor of Communication Design Kevin McCloskey discusses the life and work of immortal Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in his multimedia talk, "Catrina and Her Children," in front of the 2nd Floor Day of the Dead exhibit.
Keith Haring figure coming out from behind a door
October 14 • 11am • 2nd Floor  
Every 1 Knows Some 1: KU Students Tell Their Own Coming Out Stories.  Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a reading and a book display featuring the 2010 Stonewall Award honorees.
Mahatma Gandhi portrait
Through March 2011 • Library gallery spaces
Icons by Kanta Bosniak.  A rotating exhibit of portraits of 60 global luminaries, with life stories from the library's Biography In Context database.
Life-size papier-mache skeleton figures in library lobby
October - November, 2010 • Main and 2nd Floors
Rohrbach Library's Day of the Dead display, in partnership with Dr. Dawn Slack and the Department of Modern Languages.  For a wealth of related books and resources see the accompanying LibGuide.
The artist at work
September - October, 2010 • 2nd Floor Gallery
Internationally renowned landscape artist Oscar Lloveras brings his vision to Rohrbach Library for a multimedia installation highlighting his global body of work.
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