Cafe Shapiro

People listening to a speaker at Cafe Shapiro

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Café Shapiro! 

When Cafe Shapiro launched over twenty years ago, it was a bold experiment, a student coffee break designed as part of the University’s Year of the Humanities and Arts (YoHA). Cafe Shapiro is an example of how past innovations become a part of current campus traditions. YoHA set out to explore the role of the arts and humanities in civic and community life through a variety of programs. Cafe Shapiro continues its tradition of featuring undergraduate student writers nominated by their Professors to perform their works and through doing so continues to demonstrate the value of the arts and humanities. 

Cafe Shapiro has become much more than a coffee break. It has become an annual event featuring undergraduate student writers as they think creatively and critically, reason, ask questions, and develop the skills that help them understand and participate in our world. We also publish this anthology of their work, making it available in print and through Deep Blue, the University’s institutional repository. Through this process, students have the opportunity to learn about copyright and related steps to publishing their scholarship.

We thank the many librarians and library staff for making this event possible. Events such as Cafe Shapiro make visible the Library’s commitment to learning. We provide a neutral and engaged space for students to practice, learn and grow their scholarship and advance their learning journey. We are enthusiastic partners with faculty and students, looking to enable the exploration of new ideas while capturing passions and self expressions.

We hope you enjoy reading the work of these talented undergraduate writers. 

Contact: Theresa Stanko,

Café Shapiro Anthologies

The Cafe Shapiro anthologies 2010-2019 have been added to the Library Collection and our Deep Blue repository.

Café Shapiro Events

All Cafe Shapiro readings are held in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

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Last modified: 06/05/2019