Past Exhibits 2011

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Who is the Journalist?: The Past, Present, and Future of News
April 7 through September 2, 2011
 
Explore the changing face of journalism at this exhibit, guest-curated for Northwestern University Library by Medill journalism professor Loren Ghiglione, and featuring contributions from Medill alumni Christine Brennan, Georgie Anne Geyer, Hank Klibanoff, Richard Longworth, Kevin Sites, Richard Stolley, Cynthia Wang, and Michael Wilbon; David Protess and the Medill Innocence Project; and the family of Chester Gould, the creator of Dick Tracy.
 
Read a longer article, and watch a video about the show and the star-studded opening reception.

 
Immortal Quest: The Literature of Ethics and Science
New Student Week Exhibit, September 14 - October 8, 2011
 
Northwestern University Library is proud to join the campus conversation centering on this year's One Book One Northwestern selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  We welcome new and returning students with an exhibit highlighting library collections and services related to the book's themes.
 
Items on display include:
Government documents that guide the ethical practice of research including the Belmont Report which was the original government response to the Nuremburg trials, the Tuskegee experiments and a host of other atrocities committed in the name of research (and public health).
 
Rare books, political pamphlets, periodicals and other underground publications  from the past half century that highlight the disparity of medical treatment for minorities and women, as well as documents from the post-World War II Nuremburg trials that brought to light the Nazi medical experimentation on humans that took place at concentration camps.
 
Representative selections on medical ethics in Africa from Northwestern’s world renowned Africana collection.
 
The Scientific American article on do-it-yourself cell growing; the first mention of Henrietta Lacks in a published article, as well as materials that continue the discussion, including articles by NU faculty using HeLa and current books related to tissue culture issues.
HazMat regulations, guidelines and manuals from 1960 to the present day that document how the transportation of medical supplies has evolved over the last fifty years, from the very casual (doctors carrying radioactive elements in coat pockets, tubes of human tissue sent through standard mail) to today.
 
Rare early works on cellular pathology from the Galter Health Sciences Library, including the book containing the first publication of an illustration of a cell, first seen by Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek using handcrafted microscopes, and a 17th century work by William Harvey who famously first described the circulation of blood.
 
Resources from the popular press, newspapers and reference works that show the progression from complete the anonymity of Henrietta Lacks when her cells were first used for research to the gradual acknowledgment of the origin of these cells.
 
Items in the exhibit highlight the diversity of the Northwestern University Library research collections of books, documents, journals and databases and include both tangible, physical objects and online versions available from anywhere in the world.
 

Library units participating in the exhibit include:
Academic Liaison Services
Acqusitions & Rapid Cataloging
Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Galter Health Sciences Library
Government and Geographic Information and Data Services
Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Reference
Transportation Library

Image Design by Lenny Karpel. Copyright 1972 by Amazingrace. All Rights Reserved.

Amazingrace Collective: A Counterculture Legacy

October 18 to December 30, 2011 (Extended through January 19, 2012)
 
In the early 1970s, the Northwestern student collective Amazingrace gained prominence in American counterculture, hosting edgy and subversive musical, comedy, and literary talents who later came to wider mainstream fame, including the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Charles Mingus, Ry Cooder, Steve Goodman, Keith Jarrett, Charles Bukowski, Diane di Prima, Robert Coover, Steve Martin, and many, many others.
 
If you were here then—that is, Evanston from 1971-1978—you may remember Amazingrace as a coffeehouse or club where a group of Northwestern students, alums, and fellow travelers produced great music over the course of nearly eight years and three Evanston venues.
            
Yes, Amazingrace was the music—folk, folk rock, rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz—performed by some of the best musicians of the day. Starting with a rudimentary stage in the basement of Scott Hall, Amazingrace turned itself into a major force on the Chicago music scene, being voted best venue in the entire area by the Chicago Reader in 1974 and 1975.
 
But the ‘Gracers, or, members of the Amazingrace Collective, were far more than simply impresarios, facilitators who brought music to the community. Just as importantly, they called themselves the Amazingrace Family, living together and committed not only to music but to following the countercultural pathways of the day, from cooking and serving healthy food to the public and one another (in fact, they got their start by preparing rations for their fellow student strikers in May, 1970), to exploring Eastern spirituality and promoting progressive (not to say radical) politics. Along the way and at various times, they put on benefit concerts; printed posters and t-shirts; mounted photography shows and poetry events; showed classic and modern films; explored opening a daycare center; offered classes for a Free University; made candles; and served as sound and lighting consultants, and even as roadies for their musician friends. Experimental, hands-on, creative—Amazingrace was a collaboration of aesthetic engineers, intent on making an artistic statement of their world and their lives.
 
Amazingace’s legacy thrives in the memories of audiences, artists, and ‘Gracers themselves, for whom the simple word “magic” best captures the experience of being there and hearing music then. For ‘Gracers, that experience has transcended those times, informing their lives and helping define them even now. What’s more, their pioneering of new ways to present music in small venues played its part in enhancing how we hear live music today.
 
Through original materials from the University Archives, as well as those generously donated and loaned by members of the Collective, their friends, and their fans, this exhibit tells the story of Amazingrace—the Family and the venue—and paints a vibrant picture of Evanston and campus life in the 1970s.
 
Amazingrace Collective: A Counterculture Legacy runs October 18 to December 30, 2011, at the Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive in Evanston. Free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (please check here for special hours). For more information call (847) 467-5918.
 
Image Design by Lenny Karpel. Copyright 1972 by Amazingrace. All Rights Reserved.