University of Oregon

Libraries Events and Exhibits, 2017-2018


Treasures of Design
Design Library, Marion Dean Ross Reading Room and Current Periodicals Room
In celebration of the renaming of the School of Architecture & Allied Arts to the College of Design, this exhibit showcases works from the special collections of the Design Library and presents archival sources documenting the history of the college and its library support.

Wy-Kan-Ush-Pim: We Are All Salmon People [formerly: It’s So Meta: Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Digital Libraries]
Knight Library
This exhibit highlights UO’s digital humanities and digital scholarship activities, services, and facilities. Tentative exhibit themes include Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship at the UO: Past, Present, and Future.

Law in a World of Capes, Tights, and Trench Coats
Law Library, August 14-December 14, 2017
What is the role of the superhero in the legal system?  What rules of criminal procedure and evidence apply when a superhero works with law enforcement to solve crimes?  Can regular non-super individuals serve as an un-biased jury of peers to a superhuman defendant? Are back issues of comic books appropriate legal precedent to guide our decisions? Comic books provide an illustrative means of understanding jurisprudence and many principles of law. Superheroes have a complicated relationship with the legal world. They have been depicted as protectors and enforcers of justice, vigilantes, defendants, and even lawyers.  Accordingly, it is worthwhile to pause while fighting the never-ending battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way and ask, what is justice in the multiverse?

A Different Oregon Trail: Latin American Music in Oregon
Knight Library, Music (third floor)
This exhibit explores the ways in which settlers from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America have impacted musical life in Oregon over the past five hundred years. From the Spanish explorers who named parts of the Oregon coast in the sixteenth century, to Basque cowboys working the ranches of eastern Oregon in the nineteenth century, to Latinx communities throughout the Willamette Valley in the current day, a rich repertoire of sacred and secular music has permeated Oregon's cultural life, both preserving traditions and creating new musical practices. Showcasing books, scores, and recordings from the UO Libraries Music collection, and photographs provided by contemporary musicians, we trace Oregon's Latin American musical heritage to discover a different Oregon trail.

Student Work
Portland Library and Learning Commons
A rotating exhibit of student artwork; typical examples include large-format photography, architectural boards, and watercolors.

150th Birthday of Marie Curie
Price Science Commons and Research Library

Reformation Day: 2017
Knight Library, Special Collections and University Archives
A collaboration between Special Collections and University Archives, Northwest Christian University, and University of Oregon History Department.

Idea, Imagination, and Invention: The Life of Ursula K. Le Guin
Theatre Arts Department Lobby
November 2-18, 2017
This exhibit is in conjunction with a stage adaptation of Ursula LeGuin's The Left Hand of Darkness.


Digital Humanities Speakers Series
The speakers series is co-sponsored by UO Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, and Environmental Studies.

  • October 26, 2017, 3:30-5:00: "Low-Budget Electronic Archiving for Student and Community Engagement," by Siobhan Senier, Professor of English and Program Coordinator & Core Faculty in Women's Studies, University of New Hampshire
    Knight Library Browsing Room
    This talk will showcase, a collaborative digital collection that engages Native American Studies, Environmental Humanities, and public history, with an emphasis on “low-budget” DH tools and projects. There is no doubt that DH can require great investments of time, money, and infrastructure; but it is also possible to pursue DH projects in the classroom and in collaboration with communities in ways that involve students and citizens genuinely in the co-production and dissemination of knowledge. DH remains, at least for this moment, one powerful arena for doing “history from below.”
  • November 9, 2017, 3:30-5:00: "A Pre-History of Fake News: Virality, Authority, and Nineteenth-Century Newspapers," by Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University, and Core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
    Knight Library Browsing Room
    While "fake news" might seem born of Twitter and Facebook, the viral circulation of sensationalistic, bias-confirming stories is a much older phenomenon. In this talk Prof. Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts Project at Northeastern University ( to trace a pre-history of fake news in the popular science, anecdotes, trivia, and vignettes "going the rounds" of the nineteenth-century newspaper exchange system. Then as now, the circulation of fake news was driven in part by the affinities and biases of readers and in part by the technical affordances of the newspaper platform. Understanding fake news in any time period requires an understanding of both. As such, Cordell weaves into his talk a series of reflections on how experimental, experiential work in the humanities might aid humanities students and researchers in grappling with the social, technical, and political underpinnings of contemporary computational culture, virality, and fake news.
  • November 10, 2017, 10:00-12:00: Workshop on using Gephi, by Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University, and Core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
    Knight Library, Room 117
    Professor Ryan Cordell will give a workshop on using Gephi, one of the leading visualization and exploration tools used by DH scholars.  Gephi is useful for creating graphs and network visualizations.  It’s open-source and free, and runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. The workshop is open to the public, with RSVP (to be posted prior to the workshop).

Flock Party
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
September 22, 2017

Talks of the Eugene Natural History Society
Willamette Hall Room 100
Monthly, September 2017-May 2018
In collaboration with the Price Science Commons and Research Library, the Eugene Natural History Society ( holds monthly public and free talks on natural history.

Books by Design
November 9, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Design Library, Room M200
Books by Design is a series of brown bag discussions. Each term, a faculty member from the College of Design presents their recently published work followed by a Q&A. This event is open to all.

Reformation Day Lecture
October 31, 2017, 3:30 pm
Knight Library Browsing Room
The 500th Anniversary of Reformation Day, in collaboration with Special Collections and University Archives, Northwest Christian University Library, JSMA, and UO History Department


Common Reading: Artists’ Books and Roundhouse
Design Library Reading Room
A showcase of artists' books and other resources from the Design Library and Special Collections and University Archives related to the Common Reading Book Roundhouse.

It’s So Meta: Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Digital Libraries
Knight Library (Exhibit continued from fall 2017)

Historic Knight Library: Art & Architecture
Knight Library
This exhibit will feature the historic art and its creators described in the Libraries’ new research guide. 

Student Work
Portland Library and Learning Commons
Continued from Fall 2017


Digital Humanities Speakers Series
The speakers series is co-sponsored by UO Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, and Environmental Studies.
Knight Library Browsing Room

  • February 15, 2018, 3:30-5:00: "Chinese Railroad Workers in North America," by Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Gordon H. Chang
  1. "Seeing Absence, Listening to Silence: The Challenge of Reconstructing Chinese Railroad Workers' Lives,” by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Professor of English at Stanford University and Joseph S. Atha Professor in the Humanities
    How do we reconstruct the lived experience of individuals who left no written records themselves? How do we fill in the broad gaps in the historical record when all we have are fragments?  This talk will give an overview of the multifaceted approaches to these questions that the transnational, multidisciplinary Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford is exploring to understand the lives of the 12,000 to 15,000 Chinese workers who built the first Transcontinental Railroad. These approaches include researching railroad archives, 19th-century newspapers, periodicals, photographs, and travelogues; employing historical archaeology; collecting oral history; and examining imaginative responses from the 20th and 21st centuries. 
  2. “History Without Documents: Multidisciplinarity and Digital Possibilities in Recovering the History of Chinese Railroad Workers in 19th-Century America,” by Gordon H. Chang, Professor of American History at Stanford University and Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities
    The complete absence of documents from the historical subjects makes the recovery of lived experience especially challenging.  Using approaches, materials, and methodologies beyond what is traditionally used offers new possibilities for historical study.  

The Power of Limits: 360 Seconds to Present Your Research Ideas, Interest, or Experience
Price Science Commons and Research Library
“Ignite” is a presentation format in which each speaker is allotted five minutes to present 15 (generally word-free) slides for 20 seconds each.

Talk by author Elinor Langer
Special Collections and University Archives has Portland author Elinor Langer’s research papers for her book A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America.

Digital Privacy Workshop
A workshop on digital privacy, encryption services, Tor, and VPNs.

Making Artists’ Books
Design Library, Room M200
A look at the Design Library artists' books collection with the opportunity to create an artist book.

Books by Design
See Fall 2017


Student Work Featuring Product Design
Design Library Reading Room
Student work featuring product design.

History of Disability Rights in America
Special Collections and University Archives
This exhibit recognizes the importance of the history of the Disabled in America. The disability rights and independent living movements transformed American society, and any history of American social and political life of the late twentieth century must include reference to those activities. This exhibit incorporates a travelling exhibit, Patient No More, which focuses on the disability rights activism of the 1970s. In 1972, the first Center for Independent Living was founded by disability activists in Berkeley, California. These same activists were involved in a series of landmark court decisions, which sustained advocacy for legislation such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975. Their efforts had a direct bearing on the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The exhibit will also document parallel activities in Eugene and showcase the history of various disabilities and their struggles to obtain full citizenship.

Highlights of the Shobundo Nosatsu Collection
Knight Library
This exhibit highlights a recent collection of nosatsu prints. The collections includes approximately 80 albums of nosatsu prints, as well as woodblocks and other woodblock printing tools.

Student Work
Portland Library and Learning Commons
Continued from Fall 2017

Global Science Award Winners
Price Science Commons and Research Library
A picture exhibit of Science Award winners from around the world, including Nobel as well as many other winners from many other countries.


Conversation Project
The UO Libraries to host one to two Oregon Humanities’ conversation projects. Tentative projects include topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Books by Design
See fall 2017

Knight Library
October/November 2017
A zine-making event, focusing on the Common Reading book and in connection with student groups on campus focused on diversity, inclusivity, and human rights. Open to the UO Community and to members of the general public.


Student Work
Portland Library and Learning Commons
Continued from Fall 2017

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