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

Winter Term 2015

Die Weiße Rose - The White Rose: Roundtable, Panel Discussion, and Exhibit Viewing

January 13, 5:30pm Global Scholars Hall room 123
Global Scholars Hall room 123

A panel of UO Scholars will present on the mentality of "ordinary" people in the Third Reich, who knew what and when about the Holocaust, revelations of new documents about resistance against the Nazis, and resistance to dehumanization. Attendees can view the exhibit at 5pm and after the presentation. The panel includes, John McCole (Professor of History), David Luebke (Professor of History), Matthias Vogel (Senior Instructor of German and President, Oregon Association of Teachers of German), and Jeffrey Librett (Professor of German).

Archived Events


Archived Streamed Events (UO and Library Events)

Streaming Media

White Rose exhibit





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Hooks, yarn and bars






Currently on Display

Knight Library

Apparatus By Craig Hickman

On display in Knight Library’s east and west entryways, more information coming soon.

For exhibit viewing hours in Knight Library, visit


Goodbye Broadway. Hello France

On display in the exhibit cases on the first floor of Knight Library near the Browsing Room, more information coming soon.





Global Scholars Hall Library Commons

Die Weiße Rose - The White Rose
An exhibit chronicling The White Rose resistance group in Nazi Germany

On display in the Global Scholars Hall 1st floor and mezzanine is a traveling exhibit chronicling a renowned student resistance group in Nazi Germany. Formed by University of Munich students and their professor, The White Rose was a small, non-violent resistance group in Germany that spoke out against Nazi policies. Between June 1942 and February 1943, the members created and distributed leaflets that called for the active opposition of the German people to Adolf Hitler's regime. Seven members were executed in February 1943 and many others were imprisoned. The group's sixth leaflet, their last, known as the “Manifesto of the Students of Munich,” was later airdropped over Germany in June 1943 by Allied planes.

This exhibit is cosponsored by UO Libraries, Department of German and Scandinavian, Undergraduate Studies, and University Housing. It was created by White Rose Foundation e.V. Munich, Germany (

More information visit,

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

Constance Fowler: The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon

On exhibit during winter term in the Architecture & Allied Arts Library are original wood engravings by Constance E. Fowler which were created as part of her MFA terminal project, The Old Days in and near Salem, Oregon. The project, completed in 1940, features twenty prints depicting historic sites in the Willamette Valley. Each print is accompanied by a commentary about the scene depicted. The project was published by Dogwood Press, Seattle, in 1940, and later reprinted. Find out more

Oregon Folklife Network

Hooks, Yarns & Bars

An exhibit entitled “Hooks, Yarns & Bars” mounted by the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) is now on display in Knight Library. The exhibit showcases items crocheted by a group of incarcerated men at the Oregon State Correctional Institute. The group formed a crochet club call Crocheting 4 Community and produces toys, hats, scarves, and blankets that are subsequently donated to nonprofit and charitable causes.

The display includes examples of the group’s handiwork, photographs, and quotes from some of its members. The exhibit can be viewed outside OFN’s office (Room 242) on the second floor of Knight Library near the South Reading Room. Viewing hours are at

For more information on OFN, visit

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.

Good-bye Broadway, Hello France
Songs from the Era of World War I

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6 p.m., Browsing Room, Knight Library
Light refreshments served
Free admission

Co-sponsored by UO Libraries, the School of Music and Dance and the UO Department of History, this concert will feature UO student performers and will include brief historical remarks by Alex Dracobly, of the UO Department of History. An accompanying exhibit in the Knight Library lobby and Music Services area will feature World War I songs from UO Libraries’ Historic Sheet Music Collection.

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. Register online at

Seminars meet in the Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street, UO campus.

*A Taste of Italian Renaissance Villas
Monday, January 5, 7 p.m.
Free introductory lecture
No registration required

The Italian Renaissance Villa, with James Harper (Department of History of Art and Architecture)
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon, January 10, 17, 24, and 31
$99 registration fee

*A Taste of the History and Art of the Book
Monday, February 2, 7 p.m.
Free introductory lecture
No registration required

The History and Art of the Book, with James Fox and Marilyn Reaves (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon, February 7, 14, 21, and 28
$99 registration fee

Ethnic America after the Gold Rush: The Chinese Immigrants, with Kevin Hatfield (Department of History)
Saturday, March 7, 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
$45 registration fee, half-day seminar

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.


Virtual Tours of Knight Library Available in Chinese and Japanese

Two UO librarians, Kevin McDowell, Japanese Studies Librarian, and Xiaotong Wang, Chinese Studies Specialist, have developed virtual tours of Knight Library for Japanese and Chinese speakers. The virtual tours can be viewed online on the UO Channel. The Japanese version is at The Chinese version is at


Created by bonamici on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jan 14, 2015