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Utopian-Themed Exhibit on Display in Knight Library

An exhibit entitled "Constructing Utopia: From Literary Works to Intentional Communities in Oregon" is on display in the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) on the second floor of Knight Library. The display honors the legacy of Jim Kopp (1952–2010) and his wife Sue, who together inspired and motivated SCUA to acquire and maintain material pertaining to intentional communities and countercultural documentation. A small sampling of exhibit items is also on display in the flat cases located across from the Checkout/Information Desk at the entrance to Knight Library.

Items in the exhibit are drawn from the Kopp's donation of more than 1,000 items to SCUA , including several early editions of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (pictured left), manuscripts, books, pamphlets, newsletters, artifacts, and ephemera, dealing with the themes of utopia, counterculture, intentional communities, and more. Portions of the exhibit help illustrate the history of intentional communities in Oregon.

Viewing hours for the full exhibit directly up the stairs from the main entrances to Knight Library are Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

To celebrate the Kopp's gift to SCUA, the UO Libraries will present a talk by Timothy Miller, a leading authority on communes in the United States, on Friday, February 22, at 3:00 p.m. in Knight Library's Browsing Room. Entitled "Intentional Communities in Oregon and the Legacy of Jim Kopp," the lecture will examine several intentional communities in Oregon and the critical role Jim Kopp played in tracing and preserving the history of these communities. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information click here.

The talk and the exhibit complement an exhibit entitled “West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977," currently showing at the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.



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