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Events & Exhibits

This category contains 210 posts

Information about upcoming events and exhibits related to or hosted in some part by the Libraries.

Events and exhibits in this category are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Includes longer retrospective articles about events that have already taken place.

August 25, 2015

Holding History offers an intimate encounter with rare books

by Dean Robbins, UW Continuing Studies, News   Even in an age of e-books, a physical volume with pages and binding can cause a sensation. That’s the premise of Holding History, a new public humanities program that invites people to view, learn about, and, yes, even hold some of the most important books ever printed. […]

August 21, 2015

Oral History in the Digital Age – A Workshop (Aug. 27, 2015)

Thursday, August 27, 2015 Morning 8:45-11:45a, 126 Memorial Library Afternoon 12:30-3:30p, 231 Memorial Library RSVP to by 8/25 Please join us for a workshop on collecting, editing, preserving, and disseminating oral histories in a digital environment. The workshop will be led by nationally recognized expert Doug Boyd, and hosted by Troy Reeves, Head of […]

August 21, 2015

Grab Your Sandals! Join Us for the Steenbock Beach Party 2015!

Welcome Badgers! Let Steenbock Library welcome you to the neighborhood at the annual Beach Party. Slip on your sandals and shades to join in the festivities—games, music, snacks and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Beach towels optional. Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM Place: Steenbock Library, of course! At the corner of Babcock and Observatory (550 Babcock […]

July 20, 2015

Artists’ Books: Recent Acquisitions to the Kohler Art Library

On display are twelve intriguing artists’ books that showcase the strengths of the book arts collection:  interesting use of materials, inventive structures, and collaborative and interdisciplinary content.  Types of materials used in the books include paper towels, photographs, and found objects.  Structures range from magnetic interlocking blocks and crumpled slips of text to a double […]

July 20, 2015

UW Libraries Blood Drive on July 29

The annual UW Libraries Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in 116 Memorial Library.  The date is fast approaching, and it’s time to sign up to donate blood!  Walk-ins are welcome, but signing up to donate at a particular time between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. makes […]

July 10, 2015

“Holding History: Shakespeare’s Plays & Poems” Event Set for July 21

You can hold history in your hands and explore some of the most important books ever printed. On July 21, join us for “Holding History: Shakespeare’s Plays & Poems.” Meet with undergraduate and graduate students (with majors ranging from English to Astrophysics) to turn the pages of about a dozen rare volumes including the second […]

July 9, 2015


The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture has acquired the twelve earliest known cylinder recordings of Yiddish music, released c.1901 by the one-time Chicago-based Thomas Lambert Company. The recordings enhance the Institute’s offerings in combination with the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, a repository of over 9,000 78rpm recordings of Yiddish and Jewish music, at the […]

May 14, 2015

Architecture of Illusion – Celebrating renowned artist Richard Haas: His Wisconsin roots, connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, and bringing the Wisconsin Idea to life

(Madison and Milwaukee) – From small-town Wisconsin to the world stage, internationally renowned artist Richard Haas enjoys an impressive list of accolades. The boy who grew up in Spring Green and Milwaukee became the artist whose works are showcased around the world, yet Haas has never forgotten his Wisconsin upbringing. As a teenager, he spent […]

May 4, 2015

UW Spring 2015 Finals: We’ve Got You Covered

Finals are stressful. But the UW-Madison Libraries know how to help you study, relax and keep your spirits up. That’s our job. While we have your most basic need: free coffee – we also have several other activities to help make your finals experience a little easier. Also on hand? Those other helpful finals “things,” like extended hours, study consultants […]

April 21, 2015

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records, Celebrated with a Three-Day Program April 23-25

~ By Megan Katz How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? From April 23-25 2015, The Center for the Humanities will present The Rise and […]

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