Posts on September 2014

Robinson Crusoe and the Noble Savage

For anyone interested in marginalized communities and the progress of social movements, the Special Collections Library has a wealth of primary and secondary resources. Examples of institutionalized racism, in particular, can be found throughout the Special Collections Library, and are a reminder that even objects we tend to revere such as rare books cannot escape their historical context.

On Exhibit: Pan Gongkai: Melt

digital image of artist's installation

Pan Gongkai’s Melt is a large-scale video installation on view at Work Gallery. It is about the relationship between Chinese and Western art forms. Images of withered lotuses from one of Pan’s large ink paintings are projected on the screen.

You Shall Not Read Any of This!

Index librorum prohibitorum: cum regulis confectis per patres a Tridentina synodo delectos (Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1570)

Since we are now “celebrating” Banned Books Week, I thought that readers of our blog would be delighted to know that the Special Collections Library holds an important selection of early-printed editions of the justly infamous Index librorum prohibitorum (List of Forbidden Books).


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