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

Upcoming Library-Sponsored and Cosponsored Events

Tuesday, April 22, 4 p.m.
"Recipe: The Kitchen and Laboratory in the West, 1400-2000," Exhibit Opening and Presentations, Knight Library Browsing Room, free

Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.
James Blue Tribute Event--James Blue Archives Celebration, Guest Speaker: Christina Kovac. Knight Library Browsing Room, free

Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m.
Remixing Scholarship: When, Why, and How Using Copyrighted Material in Your Work Is a Good Thing, Patricia Aufderheide, Knight Library Browsing Room, free

Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m.
Introductory Lecture on Mozart, Marc Vanscheeuwijck (Music), Free UO Insight Seminar Introductory Lecture, Knight Library Browsing Room, free

Saturday, May 3, 9:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Native American Photographs: The Art of Edward Curtis, with James Fox and Jennifer O’Neal (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives), UO Insight Seminar, Knight Library Browsing Room, $45 registration

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
How Original Was Mozart?, with Marc Vanscheeuwijck (Music), UO Insight Seminar, Knight Library Browsing Room, $99 registration

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
In the Workshop of the Mind: The Role of Amanuenses in Early Modern Europe, with Ann Blair (Harvard University), Oregon Rare Books Iniatiative, Knight Library Browsing Room, free (UO Libraries cosponsors)

Saturdays, May 17 and 31, 9:30 a.m.–noon
Dante’s Paradiso, with Gina Psaki (Romance Languages), UO Insight Seminar, Knight Library Browsing Room, $45 registration

Archived Events


Archived Streamed Events (UO and Library Events)

Streaming Media

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Currently on Display

Knight Library

Rajneeshpuram: Miracle or Mirage in Oregon's High Desert?

An exhibit in Knight Library takes a multifaceted look at the controversial City of Rajneeshpuram, an intentional community established in 1981 by a group of followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh near the small town of Antelope in central Oregon.

Relations between the leadership at Rajneeshpuram and local and state officials were strained from the beginning. But by 1984, the controversy peaked when Ma Anand Sheela, Rajneesh’s secretary and de facto leader of Rajneeshpuram, and other commune members were caught up in numerous legal battles, including a lawsuit filed by then-Oregon attorney general and UO president emeritus Dave Frohnmayer. Ma Sheela and her associates soon were conspiring to harm federal, state, and local officials, as well as some of their own commune members who took positions against them.

In 1985, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and Ma Anand Sheela fled Oregon to escape prosecution, and the commune collapsed.

“Rajneeshpuram: Miracle or Mirage in Oregon’s High Desert” tells the story of the communal experiment through numerous documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Rajneesh Artifacts and Ephemera Collection held in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives.

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

Untold Stories: Black History at the University of Oregon

In honor of Black History Month, the Knight Library is hosting an exhibit highlighting historic events and student life at the University of Oregon. These often untold stories represent the determination and strength of black students at the university who persevered under often difficult circumstances. The exhibit details important “firsts” on campus, including the first black employee, student, and athlete, as well as events during the civil rights era and the creation and activism of the Black Student Union. Also highlighted are a selection of books from the Knight Library circulating collection and Oregon Collection. The exhibit is the precursor to a larger exhibit under development for next year. 

The exhibit is co-sponsored by UO Libraries, Office of the Dean of Students, and the Center for Multicultural and Academic Excellence, Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.

Visit the exhibit, on display from February 10, 2014 through March 31, 2014, in the Knight Library display cases located in front of the Browsing Room.

John E. Jaqua Law Library

Libricide: The Intentional Destruction of Books and Libraries

Libricide is the intentional destruction of books or libraries. Events of libricide have occurred throughout history and across all cultures. It has been used as a war tactic, a means for powerful regimes to maintain control, and a tool for extremists and revolutionaries. Book burning can be an act of contempt for a book's contents or its author, and the act is intended to draw wider public attention to this opinion. This exhibit illustrates some of the occurrences and reasoning of libricide from ancient civilizations to today. Learn more by visiting the exhibit in the Law Library, located inside the William W. Knight Law Center.

Architecture & Allied Arts (AAA) Library

Erich Mendelsohn: The Oregon Sketches

"Erich Mendelsohn: The Oregon Sketches" is now on display in A&AA Library, April-June 2014. In January 1953, architect Erich Mendelsohn lectured at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts and left as a gift a dozen sketches that he made during his visit. This is the first time these rare drawings have been exhibited.

Archived Exhibits


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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. 

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Musical Resources and Concerts

Listen anytime using resources in the
Douglass Listening Room

Archived Music Events and Exhibits


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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



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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.