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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.

Public Lectures and Events

University of Oregon Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program will be holding its biennial Graduate Symposium

The University of Oregon Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program will be holding its biennial Graduate Symposium on Friday, May 1, 2015, with presentations scheduled in the Knight Library Browsing Room from 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. See the full event program here.

4th Annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

The symposium will be held Thursday May 7, 2015, through Saturday May 9, 2015. Free public events are scheduled for the University of Oregon campus and the downtown Eugene Public Library (10th& Olive). For more information: 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium.

Archived Events


Archived Streamed Events (UO and Library Events)

Streaming Media

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Hokusai Greatwave

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Currently on Display

Knight Library

Transforming the World: Russian Avant-garde and Russian Studies at University of Oregon

An exhibit in conjunction with the 2015 Biennial Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Graduate Symposium

Exhibited in four display cases on the first floor of Knight Library are the works of early twentieth century Russian Avant-garde art pioneers, scholarly publications by REEES faculty, and profiles of the REEES and Comparative Literature graduate students who are presenting their work in this year’s REEES Graduate Student Symposium.

Early Russian Avant-garde art was created from ca. 1907-1934. Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Nataliia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Olga Rozanova and many other artists, litterateurs, actors and actresses, playwrights, and philosophers are both pioneers and founders of Russian Avant-garde, which started with a pathos for change and freedom in creativity. The Russian Avant-garde comprised Futurism, Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism, Rayonism, Neo-primitivism, and Supermartism. Futurism and Cubo-Futurism were reflected in art and literature, Suprematism—in painting, Constructivism—in architecture and poster design. In the late 1920s, changes in Soviet government and political policies made Socialist Realism the official style for creating art. In 1934, Joseph Stalin and his comrades-in-arms declared avant-garde to be bourgeois art and banned it, insisting that the communist society was to produce its own art and culture. Official guidelines were laid down for the creation of Soviet art, and the state kept a tight rein on personal creative expression. Consequently, an underground counterculture started developing in the Soviet Union in the 1930s-1950s to preserve the artistic heritage and works created at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Our Daily Bread: Women's Stories of Food and Resistance

In conjunction with the fourth annual CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium, the UO Libraries is exhibiting archival items documenting the career of keynote author Diana Abu-Jaber. This exhibit is located in the flat cases outside of the Browsing Room in Knight Library.

The theme "Our Daily Bread" opens conversations about the sensuality of food; food and culture; food shortages; hunger and poverty; health and eating disorders; climate change; misuse of natural resources; environmental racism; food distribution; genetic manipulation of seeds; and preparation and growing of food. Food is our daily bread, but in the practice of writing, what else feeds us? “Our Daily Bread” is a rich theme that will open the door to fruitful discussions of craft, creativity, humanity, gender, and community.

For more information: 2015 CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium

John E. Jaqua Law Library

Information Revolution - Evolution - Devolution

In recent decades, Information Communications Technology (ICT) has brought about profound technological, economic, political, and cultural change. More information is available now to more people than at any time in history. As access to information has become dependent on wealth and skills, the gap between the rich and poor has widened. ICT has also allowed governments and businesses to collect and manipulate an unprecedented volume of information on individuals, raising serious concerns about privacy. This exhibit will explore some of these issues, and examine how librarians and others try to overcome the many barriers to provide meaningful access to information for everyone.  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 November 2015. For Law Library hours, visit

Design Library

Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji (富嶽三十六景):

Classic woodblock prints by Hokusai

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Design Library is exhibiting selections from the classic woodblock series, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai.  The prints on display are from a rare portfolio which reproduces the 1823-33 original set, acquired for the Design Library through the Maude Kerns Bequest.
The artist Hokusai (1760-1849) enjoyed a long and productive career, but he achieved his greatest fame late in life. Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, his most famous work, depicts the titular mountain from various locations and in different seasons and weather conditions, often serving as a backdrop for scenes of everyday life. These woodblock prints are in the genre of dukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), a style that flourished in Japan during the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867). The prints were aimed at the upwardly-mobile merchant class, who had become sufficiently wealthy to enjoy a hedonistic lifestyle, indulge in domestic travel, and lavishly decorate their homes.
The Design Library’s Rare Book Collection includes content representing diverse cultures and is an excellent resource for research and instruction in many disciplines. On display in the Design Library May-June, 2015.

Oregon Folklife Network

Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon

The Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) presents its new exhibit Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon. This exhibit celebrates the continuity of occupational traditions in rural Oregon and encourages audience understanding and appreciation of art forms arising from ranching practices. The display includes examples of vaquero and buckaroo traditions and field photography from the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon.

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folklife Survey of Southern Oregon enabled OFN’s contracted fieldworkers Douglas Manger and LuAnne Kozma to document working buckaroos and gear makers in Harney, Malheur, and Lake Counties. Buckaroo Traditions of Oregon is currently on view outside OFN’s office (Room 242) on the second floor of Knight Library near the South Reading Room. 

Visit the exhibit’s educational web portal here:

For more information on OFN, visit

Photo courtesy of Douglas Manger

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. Register online at

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

Native American Photographs: The Art of Edward Curtis (half-day seminar) - Class Full - Registration Closed (no refunds after April 1st.)
Saturday, May 16
9:15 am – 1:15 pm
Jennifer O’Neal (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Registration $45
This class will take participants on a guided tour of Curtis's rare, original photographs, a treasure housed in the UO Libraries Special Collections. From the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, Edward S. Curtis roamed throughout western North America documenting what he perceived to be the vanishing lifeways of Indians. More than 2,000 of the Curtis images appear in his monumental The North American Indians (1907 – 1930).  This publication is composed of 20 volumes of large photogravures and 20 corresponding volumes of photogravures and text.  In this seminar, Curtis’s own copy of this stunning work will be examined, its aesthetic value will be discussed, and it will be evaluated from a Native perspective. No book is needed.

UO Insight Seminars - A Program of the UO Libraries
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 Korean, Japanese, and Chinese speakers.


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