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Booth Library Exhibits 2008

  • An Eastern Student Makes Good: Joan Allen, Star of Stage and Screen

    This exhibit celebrates the career of actress Joan Allen, a theatre student at Eastern in the 1970s who took Steppenwolf by storm. She later became a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway and an accomplished film actress, with three Academy Award nominations. The exhibition is on display through Dec. 31 in the Marvin Foyer. Curators: Bob Hillman, Carl Lorber and David Bell.
  • Celebrating 50 Years! The Martin Luther King Jr. University Union

    This exhibit pays tribute to the MLK Jr. Union's completion of 50 successful years at Eastern Illinois University. The exhibit tells of the various services provided by the Union, the diversity of activities that take place there, and the variety of speakers and entertainers who have performed there. Highlighted also is the story of how the Union came to be, and the construction of the various phases of the building. On display in the North Lobby through Dec. 31. Curators: David Bell, Bob Hillman and Carl Lorber.
  • Holiday Exhibits

    Eid-ul-Adha: History and Origin. Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, the sacred pilgrimage to the holy city Mecca. Also popularly known as the Festival of Sacrifice, this Muslim holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham's unselfish act of sacrificing his own son Ishmael to the One God, Allah. An exhibit on Eid-ul-Adah with photos of the Scared Mosque in Mecca and pictures of Muslims from the local area will be on display in the Marvin Foyer until January 2008.

    Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights is an annual exhibit displayed in Booth Library during the season. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev (according to the Hebrew calendar), which this year begins at sundown on Dec. 21. With blessings, games and festive foods, Hanukkah celebrates the triumphs -- both religious and military -- of ancient Jewish heroes. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall East until January 2008.

    Kwanza: Celebrating the First Fruits of the Harvest is an annual exhibit on display in Booth Library during the season. Kwanza is a cultural celebration by African-Americans that lasts seven days (from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1). Each day is marked by the lighting of one of seven candles, followed by prayers, food, music and dancing, reading and telling of stories, and other activities. The exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall West until January 2008. Made possible by curator Johnson Kofi Kuma and graphic artists Bev Cruse and Jonathan Crask.

    Symbols of Christmas is an annual seasonal exhibit, as well. In America, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. Decorations commonly found in Christian homes include the nativity scene and Christmas ornaments. This exhibit will be on display in the Reference Hall until January 2008.

    Winter Solstice Celebrations. A bulletin board in the Marvin Foyer displays information on winter solstice celebrations. It includes Yule, celebrated by Wiccans and followers of other traditional and nature-based religions; Dong Zhi, celebrated in China; and the more recent practice of atheist and humanist organizations of holding parties on the solstice. This exhibit will be on display until January 2008.

  • Get Out the Vote

    Get Out the Vote, an AIGA Design for Democracy initiative, enabled designers to engage in the public arena by contributing to a coordinated voter mobilization campaign. This exhibit showcases some of the designs contributed for this campaign. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton. On display through November 2008
  • NASA's Anniversary

    This exhibit looks at the last 50 years of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Remember the discoveries, space missions, and innovations of this government agency as they explore our solar system and beyond. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton. On display for November 2008.
  • Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Exhibit

    An informational exhibition in connection with the Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a program of public lectures and workshops for teachers of literature, is on display in the Reference Hallway. The exhibit compliments the seminar being sponsored by the EIU English Department and will run through Nov. 30.
  • Fantastic Covers Exhibit

    Fantastic Covers shines a spotlight on illustrations from the covers of vintage science fiction pulp paperbacks and magazines. This rotating exhibition of cover art from the golden age of the 1950s through the early 1970s is on display in the Marvin Foyer. Ellen K. Corrigan is the exhibit curator.
  • LGBT History Month

    The exhibit commemorates LGBT history and icons, and is located in the 3000 Hallway through Nov. 30.
  • The New Deal in Illinois: Honoring the 75th Anniversary of the New Deal

    In conjunction with the "Symposium on the New Deal in Illinois," hosted by the EIU History Department, this exhibit explores some of the local history related to the New Deal era. Commemorated through photographs, the exhibit highlights the construction of McAfee Gymnasium (funded by the WPA), Eleanor Rooseveltís 1938 visit to campus, and the Brown Shoe Company -- the site of several strikes during the New Deal era. The exhibit is located in the Marvin Foyer through Nov. 30. Edmund F. Wehrle is the curator.
  • Eid ul-Fitr Exhibit

    Eid ul-Fitr often called Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of the lunar month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is one of the two Muslim celebrations. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast". This is very similar to the Christmas celebrations except that these celebrations are usually family oriented and meant to thank God Almighty for His countless blessings.

    Crescent moon Eid celebrations start after the sighting of the crescent of Shawwal, the next lunar month. Traditionally people buy new clothes to wear on this day. Girls put Hina on their hand and put on bangles. Eid day usually begins with an additional morning prayer offered in congregation, where Muslims (mostly men) gather to pray and thank Allah for thanking Allah for the help and strength that He gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.

    Everyone usually prepares food to welcome and entertain guests, friends and family. Itís a time to greet others and extend words of peace and friendship all around. Its time to forgive and seek forgiveness. Its time to be together and be happy, and to help poor people have good food and clothing as well. The celebration is not just individual but a symbol of collectiveness.

    The exhibit is located in the Marvin Foyer. It features some of the traditional and cultural collections that relate to the Muslim festival. The exhibit closes October 7.
  • Nutrition Education Exhibits

    Students enrolled in Nutrition Therapy (FCS 4751) through the School of Family and Consumer Sciences will demonstrate the importance of nutrition in an exhibit on display in the Marvin Foyer. Information on the following topics will be displayed at some time during the semester: Caffeine and Your Body, Healthy Sub Sandwiches, Just Coffee?, Debunking Nutrition Myths, De-stressing Through Nutrition, and Winter Hydration.
  • Caliente! Latin Dance!

    Celebrating Latino Heritage Month at Eastern, this exhibit takes a peek at the unending appeal of Latin music and need for bodies to move to it. The exhibit is located in South Lobby through Oct. 31. Allen Lanham and Pamela Ortega, curators.
  • The Constitution and Presidential Elections Exhibit

    As part of the campus celebration of Constitution Day an exhibit in the Atrium of Booth Library will examine the connections between the Constitution and presidential elections. Drawing on resources from the Libraryís collection this exhibit includes a look at the role of the Electoral College and the numerous amendments impacting voting rights. The exhibit will be on display beginning Monday, September 15th and run through the presidential election in November.
  • Lincoln Douglas Debates Exhibit

    An exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas is on display in the Reference Hallway of Booth Library through Sept. 30. The exhibition focuses especially on the fourth debate, which was held in Charleston on Sept. 18, 1858. The exhibit also features examples of different ways the event has been commemorated in Charleston over the past years.
  • Sporting Milestones of the 1930s Exhibit

    On display in the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library is a poster that highlights the important sporting events of the 1930s. It includes information on such prominent figures as Jesse Owens, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis and Babe Didrikson.
  • The Art of Dave McKean

    A survey of Dave McKean's career examines the evolution of his style and technique, his influences, and recurring motifs in his oeuvre. The exhibition features several of his key works, including books from the Ballenger Teachers Center and Booth Library's GraFX collection. McKean is an award-winning artist, illustrator and filmmaker best known for his work in the dark fantasy genre. The exhibit, curated by Ellen K. Corrigan, is on display in Marvin Foyer.
  • Political Conventions: What, Where, When and How

    This two-part exhibit looks at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The information and images included explain what happens at a national political convention, where and when they've taken place, and how the convention leads to the nomination of a party's presidential candidate. Historic information about previous conventions is also included. The goal of this exhibit is to provide useful background to understanding national party conventions; this is particularly important given the attention that the current presidential campaign is receiving. The exhibit, curated by Jocelyn Tipton, is on display in Marvin Foyer.
  • President Buzzard Memorabilia on Display

    Photographs, plaques, an academic cap, Dr. Buzzard's doctoral dissertation, and materials pertaining to his favorite hobbies: weaving and goblet collecting are on display in the University Archives. The exhibit will be in place until the end of May.
  • Stamp out ignorance, one book at a time

    The For Dummies Library Contest is an annual contest that offers participating libraries an opportunity to increase awareness of the Dummies brand among their patrons. This exhibit is Booth Library's entry in the contest. It pulls together a sampling of titles in this series that are owned by the library. Take some time this summer to check out a book and stamp out ignorance. Curated by Jocelyn Tipton, this exhibit runs through the summer.
  • Daniel E. Marvin Exhibit

    This exhibit highlights the life and career of former Eastern president, Daniel E. Marvin, who passed away April 21, 2008. It is in the flat cases in the Marvin Foyer, and will only be up through the end of April.
  • Jazz at Booth Exhibit

    Allen Lanham of Booth Library was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois for the project "Popular Expressions of the Arts - Jazz Performance." The grant provided funding for the addition of many new jazz DVDs and CDs to the library's collection. As part of the exhibit, reviews written by EIU's jazz students will be on display. In addition, the display will showcase famous jazz musicians over time. West Reference Hallway through June 30.
  • National Poetry Month: Celebrate Illinois Poets

    To celebrate national poetry month, this display will highlight some of Illinois' most gifted poets. An iPod will be connected to the exhibit so that people can stop and listen to poems read by their authors. Reference Hallway through May 30.
  • Body Speaks Exhibit

    "Body Speaks" is based on a community arts project created by Roxanne Banuelos and Judy Battaglia from California State University, Northridge. The purpose of the project was to raise awareness about body image among women. Life-sized forms of physical images of women were set up in various places, and participants were encouraged to consider their bodies (not their heads) and write out responses, along with a first name and age. These messages were then posted on the body (which is how it speaks). The Women's Studies program at EIU recreated this project on campus by setting up forms in various locations across campus and collecting responses from students. The forms "dressed" in comments are on display in the North Foyer of Booth Library through April 30.
  • Nutrition Exhibits

    Students from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences are bringing attention to the importance of nutrition through an exhibit on display in Marvin Foyer through May 30. Rotated themes will be displayed in cases:
    • Learn about the signs, symptoms and etiology of prostate cancer, as well as nutritional tips to help prevent prostate cancer.
    • Sharpen your knowledge on the importance of physical activity, adequate hydration and healthy summertime food.
    • High blood pressure affects 65 million Americans, so learn how dietary and lifestyle modifications can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.
    • Are you to busy to make healthy food choices? If so, glean some simple tips for healthy alternatives for eating on the run.
    • Explore various options and good drink choices to staying hydrated.
    • Portion distortion is ramped. Learn what a normal portion size is, how portion sizes have increased over the past 20 years, and how to portion-size your meals.
    • If you are a breakfast skipper, learn why you might want to change your ways and make time for breakfast. Consider "Breaking-the-Fast" and starting your day off right with good nutrition.
  • Crosstown Showdown

    "Crosstown Showdown," highlights the student-written play, "Crosstown," a Cubs/White Sox comedy to be performed in April in 7th Street Underground. The exhibit includes resources found at the library, such as DVDs, books and microfilm of vintage newspaper articles, allowing individuals to learn about how much information they can dive into at Booth Library. Curator Paul Teresi is writer/producer/director and lead actor for the production. Located in the Reference Hallway through March 31.
  • Women Of Valor In WWII

    American women played important roles during World War II -- at home, in the workforce and in uniform. Reluctant to enter the war, the United States quickly committed itself after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. That commitment included utilizing all of the American assets. . . including women. Nearly 400,000 women served, both at home and abroad, volunteering for the WAAC/WAC, WAVES, USMCWR, SPAR, WASP, ANC and the NNC. To find out more about these women in uniform, go to the Marvin Foyer of Booth Library and view the exhibit, WOMEN OF VALOR, curated by Jeff Boshart and Dan Crews.
  • Breaking News Exhibit

    The traveling exhibit Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else will be hosted by Booth Library in conjunction with the Department of Journalism February 4-29, 2008. The traveling exhibit was produced by the Associated Press and is based on their publication, Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else. Public programs and related exhibits were developed by Booth Library and the Department of Journalism. Read more about the exhibit.
  • African-American Literature

    This exhibit features a selection of works by African-American authors. Located in the Reference Hall. On display through January.
  • The Little Rock Nine: 50 Years Later

    Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson Kofi Kuma has created an exhibit to honor the late civil rights leader's birthday and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of forced integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located in the West Reference Hallway. On display through January.
  • Illuminated Manuscript Facsimiles

    Located in the south foyer is a new exhibit titled, "Illuminated Manuscript Facsimiles," by curator Marlene Slough. Illuminated manuscript facsimiles are "perfect" replicas of handwritten books or rolls with painted decoration and illustration. The longest tradition of illuminating manuscripts was in Christian medieval Europe, prior to the invention of the printing press. The display features facsimiles held in Booth Library's Special Collections. This exhibit will be on display through January 2008.