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Friends of the Libraries Events and Exhibits

Upcoming and past events and exhibits sponsored by the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries.
Upcoming Events: 2020-2021
Past Events
2017-2018 Friends Events:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will deliver the 2018 LU Martin Luther King Address in Baker Hall. This event is free; no tickets are required.
The Friends of the Lehigh Libraries is a principle sponsor of this event.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Open Access week panel hosted by the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries
Sci-Hub the Disruptor: Piracy and Publishing in Academia in Sinclair Auditorium. For more information:
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Featured speaker: Haiyan Jia, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication 
Getting Your News from Facebook, Twitter or a Robot: How Does Communication Technology Inform, Engage and Overwhelm?
Scheler Humanities Forum (Linderman 200)
2016-2017 Friends Events
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Featured speaker: Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation and Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women (Simon and Schuster), New York Magazine writer and frequent television and NPR news commentator. Whitaker Laboratory, Room 303, 4pm. For photos of the event, please see our Flickr album.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stephen Buonopane, Bucknell University, spoke at 4:10 PM in the Scheler Humanities Forum (Linderman 200) in a program celebrating the completion of a CLIR “Hidden Collections” civil engineering archives grant project by the Libraries’ Special Collections. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Featured Co-Sponsored Speaker, Nikki Giovanni, poet
Giovanni program for guest students Bethlehem Area School District, Linderman Library.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Annabella Pitkin, Assistant Professor of Buddhism/East Asian Religions, Department of Religion Studies, “Grief, Love and Memory in Modern Tibetan Buddhism”
2015-2016 Friends Events
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Featured Speaker: Michael F. Suarez, S.J., “What the Digital Delivers – and Why the Book Still Matters.”
In this illustrated lecture, Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Scholarly Editions Online discussed the information ecosystems of the C21 library.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Prof. William Bulman, History and Global Studies,  “Digitizing Democracy: A Quantitative Perspective on the Legislative Archive and the Rise of Majority Rule.”  Prof. Bulman was the recipient of the first Lehigh University Center for Teaching & Learning Digital Faculty Fellowship grant, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Lehigh Libraries.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Heather Joseph, Director SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
Campus visit, meetings with faculty and students on open access publishing.
Public talk:  “Open Access, Bit by Bit: Why Scholarly Publication Must Change”
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Co-sponsorship, Dennis Lehane, Guest Artist. 
Also co-sponsor for community reading and panel discussion on Lehane at the Bethlehem Area Public Library (March 21, 2016)
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sonnet SLAM! For National Poetry Month. 
Honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare
. Special exhibition of Linderman’s Shakespeare folios
2014-2015 Friends Events
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Annie Johnson, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, “Profiting from Learning: Selling Reference Books in
Nineteenth-Century America.” How Noah Webster and the Merriam brothers turned dictionaries into *best sellers*.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Featured visit: Book Traces @ Lehigh
Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia. 
Linderman search for books with inscriptions, drawings, bookplates and other marks of use to add to the Book Traces website. 
Public lecture: Digitization and the Nineteenth-Century Book: Traces in the Stacks
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lara Langer Cohen, Swarthmore College, “The Depths of Astonishment: Nineteenth-Century Underground Literature.”  Examination of “city mysteries.”
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Featured Co-Sponsored Speaker: Michelle Alexander, acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar, best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Prof. Justin Jaworski, “Understanding the Silent Flight of Owls”
Aerodynamics and Audubon.