Public Events, Exhibits, and Collections

Public Events, Exhibits, and Collections

The UO Libraries serves the public with research collections, free lectures, and events. Watch for the latest listings here or visit Library News for more information.

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Public Lectures and Events

Fall Term 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 10 a.m.-noon
Active Learning in Large Classrooms: Oxymoron or Opportunity?, Lennie Scott-Webber, Director, Education Environments, Steelcase Education Solutions, Proctor Classroom 41, Knight Library, free

Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.
A Taste of Shakepeare’s Early Plays, with Lara Bovilsky (UO Department of English), a free introductory lecture for the UO Insight Seminar series, Knight Library Browsing Room, UO Libraries sponsors, free

Tuesday, September 30, 5 p.m.
Line of Fire: Cartooning’s Political Impact, with Jack Ohman, Gerlingher Lounge, UO Libraries cosponsors, free

Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona and Richard III (UO Insight Seminar), with Lara Bovilsky (UO Department of English), Knight Library Browsing Room, UO Libraries sponsors, preregistration required, $99

Monday, October 27, 7 p.m.
A Taste of Mythology, with James Earl (UO Department of English), a free introductory lecture for the UO Insight Seminar series, Knight Library Browsing Room, UO Libraries sponsors, free

Saturdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Mythology (UO Insight Seminar), with James Earl (UO Department of English), Knight Library Browsing Room, UO Libraries sponsors, preregistration required, $99



Archived Events


Archived Streamed Events (UO and Library Events)

Streaming Media

oregon aerial photography


James Rice


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Currently on Display

Knight Library

Oregon Aerial Photography

An exhibit entitled “Oregon Aerial Photography” is now on display in Knight Library. Curated by Nik Ligett, map and aerial photography technician at the UO Libraries, the exhibit showcases the Aerial Photograph Collection, one of gems in the library’s holdings, and provides dozens of examples of how aerial photography serves as a critical resource for researchers and others in science, business, environmental studies, and many other disciplines.

With more than 700,000 individual images, the collection represents one of the five largest academic aerial photograph collections in the nation and the most complete one for Oregon coverage. Images in the collection document the changing landscape of Oregon and other locations from the 1930s through the present day.

The exhibit in the east and west entryway corridors of Knight Library continues through September 2014. Visit for viewing hours.

Russian Literature through the Lens of James Rice

An exhibit honoring Jim Rice, a world-renowned philologist-Slavicist who worked at the University of Oregon as a professor of Russian language and literature from 1976 to 2001, is on display in Knight Library through June.

Located in display cases near the Browsing Room, the exhibit entitled “Russian Literature through the Lens of James Rice” traces the influence Rice had on the study of Russian literature at all levels: locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

John E. Jaqua Law Library

Reefer Madness: The Legal History of the Loco Weed

The first cannabis-related law in America was enacted in 1619 by the Virginia Assembly, requiring all farmers to grow the plant. Nearly 400 years later, over half of all drug arrests are for marijuana. This weed has been hit by every type of law, including: international conventions; federal statutes, cases and regulations; state statutes, cases and regulations; and even county and municipal codes. As states begin to experiment with legalizing marijuana, this exhibit explores how marijuana became such a heavily controlled substance.  Learn more by visiting the exhibit in the Law Library, located inside the William W. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate Street, Eugene. The exhibit runs through October 2014. For Law Library hours, visit

Architecture & Allied Arts (AAA) Library

Carl Heilborn: Design for Film

On exhibit in A&AA Library until fall term are original watercolors for movie sets by Carl Westdahl Heilborn. Heilborn was born in Astoria in 1906. He studied art and architecture at the University of Oregon, and one of his student works was featured in winter term exhibit, Drawn to Design, in Knight Library. In 1927-28, he moved to Los Angeles and attended the Chouinard Art Institute. Heilborn was widely acclaimed as an artist and his work can be found in museums and at auctions. Of special note, he worked from 1935 to 1949 as a set designer for Universal Studios and 20th Century Fox. The exhibit features designs for the films In Old Chicago, White Hunter, and One Way Street. In 1950, Heilborn designed and built a gallery in Los Angeles where he featured his own work and that of other artists He died in Los Angeles on April 26, 1954.

Archived Exhibits




General Collections
Special Collections and University Archives
Digital Collections

Oregon residents 16 years of age or older may apply for general collection borrowing privileges with the Oregon Card program. 

image: interior of Steinway piano in Knight Library

Musical Resources and Concerts

Listen anytime using resources in the
Douglass Listening Room

Archived Music Events and Exhibits


insight seminars

UO Insight Seminars

Insight Seminars are designed for adults who want to improve their reading and thinking habits by studying great books and important ideas. The non-credit courses are ungraded and require no homework beyond the reading of texts.

December 7, 9:30 a.m to noon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Exploring Your Family Food Heritage, with Riki Saltzman, $45 registration fee


Archived UO Insight Seminars


Community Group Tours

Tours are available for groups interested in the design and activities of a large university library. Contact library staff for further information.


Created by bonamici on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Sep 5, 2014