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Sayles Pitch: John Sayles, Author, Auteur, Independent

photo of John Sayles
From the John Sayles Archive, U-M Library

This student-researched exhibit highlights photographs, storyboards, scripts, props, and more from the archives of the American maverick filmmaker John Sayles, director of such films as Lone Star, Matewan, and Brother from Another Planet.

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Dates
April 28th through August 29th
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Exhibit

Preservation Clinic: Pass it On!

photo of 2013 participants
Leyla Lau Lamb, senior conservator at the U-M Library, examines a photo album and photos to give advice about their preservation. Photo by Jeff Gilboe.

Preservation and conservation experts from the University of Michigan Library give one-on-one consultations about caring for your treasures. Learn how to preserve items so they can be passed on to future generations.

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Date & Time
May 18, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Open House

U-M Faculty Authors Celebration

A small sampling of faculty books

Please join us as we honor the U-M faculty authors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and international studies who published books in 2013. Remarks by James Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, and Evans Young, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Enjoy a book display, music, and mingling over light refreshments.

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Date & Time
March 20, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Reception

National Library Week Town Hall Discussion: The Declaration for the Right to Libraries!

"I Can Gather All the News I Need on the Weather Report," photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr, CC-BY-NC 2.0

In celebration of National Library Week, American Library Association President Barbara Stripling engages the audience in a town hall style discussion on the state of libraries in America.

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Date & Time
April 14, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Lecture

History of Astronomy

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of materials on astronomy dating from the second century through the 'golden age' of celestial cartography

If you simply want to read a historical astronomy text, you may be able to find it online, digitized and translated into English. But to fully experience the physical splendor of the documents, you’ll need to make a visit to the library.

Peggy Daub, curator of the history of astronomy collection, says, “We are one of the few institutions in the world to have all the important early works in astronomy covered, including hundreds of pre-1800 publications.”

The Galileo Manuscript, written 1609-1610, is among the great treasures of the University of Michigan Library. One of the top ten items requested from Special Collections, it is also the most frequently reprinted, appearing in textbooks and on the web, including on the NASA website. The document, written in his own hand, describes and illustrates Galileo’s discovery of the four moons of Jupiter.

Daub says, “The Galileo manuscript is a rare and valuable holding and it gets students excited about the subject. I’m often invited to speak to beginning astronomy students, and the manuscript is part of the talk. Physics classes use it, too, and when Michigan Math and Science Scholars visit, it’s part of our show-and-tell.”

While the greatest strength of the history of astronomy collection is the depth and breadth of its material, the Galileo manuscript is one among its many sparkling gems.

The library owns all of the “big four” star atlases that came out of Europe’s golden age of celestial cartography: the Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed, the Uranometria of Johann Bayer (1603), the Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia of Johannes Hevelius (1690) and the Uranographia of Johann Elert Bode (1801) — two of which were fairly recent aquisitions made possible with the support of library endowments.

To look back even further, you can examine an Egyptian papyrus containing an astrological treatise, written in Greek around the second century C.E., that predicts the movement of Mars.

Daub points out that the astronomy collection has significant overlap with the History of Mathematics collection. For example, the library owns a rare first edition by Copernicus (1543) that puts forth his theory that the earth moves around the sun, a theory he supported with mathematics since it couldn’t be proven by observation.

The mathematics collection also includes more than 100 editions of The Elements of Euclid, spanning five centuries and many languages. An edition by Oliver Byrne published in 1847 is one of the first examples of the use of color to elucidate mathematical concepts.

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Last modified: 06/27/2014

Exhibit Preview: Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela photographed by David Turnley

For Madiba with Love: Photographs of Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle: 1985 - 2013

This exhibit sponsored by the College of Engineering, Center for African Studies, Residential College, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Office of the Provost.

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Dates
January 6th through January 14th
Location
Gallery, Room 100
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Event Type
Exhibit

Used Book Sale 2014

brightly colored design books on bookshelves
Book image courtesy of See-ming Lee

The University Library is selling several thousand gently used books, including duplicate or superseded titles and other books not needed for the collection. Other miscellaneous items may also be available, such as CDs, DVDs, and maps.

There's something for everyone at low, low prices.

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Date & Time
December 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Open House

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