Events and Exhibits


Maps Get a New History

Celebrating publication of Cartography in the Twentieth Century, Volume Six, The History of Cartography, ed. Mark Monmonier

Book Cover Vol. 6Saturday, April 25, 2015
4:00–7:00 p.m.
Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI

Parking is available at the Lake Street ramp or below Helen C. White Hall on Park Street. Use the rear entrance to access Science Hall without stairs.

4:00–5:00 p.m. (Room 180): Presentation by Matthew Edney, History of Cartography Project Director.
5:00–7:00 p.m. (Room 280): Reception in the Geography Library.

Be among the first to browse the print and e-book versions of Volume Six! Talk with Project editors and staff, enjoy interactive displays, and tour the Arthur H. Robinson Map Library and the Cartography Lab.

A complementary exhibit, Mapmaking: Sources from the Geography Library,
Map Library, and Special Collections, will be on display at Memorial Library
(728 State Street, Room 976). The exhibit runs from April 15–August 14,
2015, with special hours on April 25th from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

For more information:
History of Cartography Event
Donate to History of Cartography Project
Special Collections Exhibit

This event is jointly sponsored by the Friends, UW-Madison Libraries, Department of Special Collections, and the History of Cartography program.



Social Conscience: The Work of Maureen Cummins

CrazyQuiltspread-300x300March 15 – June 30, 2015

160 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue

In this exhibition the Kohler Art Library showcases its collection of artists’ books by Maureen Cummins.  She has produced over 30 limited edition books that tackle social justice issues: women’s rights, race relations, human oppression and torture, poverty, identity, and mental illness.  Cummins mines historic material such as original photographs, business documents, slave narratives, hospital records, or other archival matter to explore new and disturbing meanings in and around these issues.  The books on display are:  Accounting; Anthro{A}pology; The Business is Suffering; Checkbook; Crazy Quilt; Divide & Conquer; Femmes Fatales; In the Minute Before, In the Minute After; and Stocks and Bonds.


Verona Shelving Facility — Reception and Open House

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April 9, 2015
3:00–6:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Brewing Company
1079 American Way Verona, WI

Enjoy an afternoon social and shelving showcase

Join friends and donors of UW-Madison Libraries for a special reception at the Wisconsin Brewing Company to celebrate the new Verona Shelving Facility.

This is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Socialize with fellow Badgers
  • Learn about future library innovations from UW Libraries vice provost Ed Van Gemert
  • Recognize KI for announcing its undergraduate scholarship

Check it out

You can also hop a shuttle for an exclusive tour of this state-of-the-art facility — designed to house valuable resources and reinforce the UW’s research expertise. The shuttle to tour the facility will leave from the Wisconsin Brewing Company every 15 minutes beginning at 3:45 p.m. and will return to the brewery following each tour.

Talk and Book Signing with author Amy Quan Barry

“She Weeps Each Time You’re Born: A Novel”

She Weeps book coverThursday, March 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m
460 Memorial Library
728 State St.

Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake Street

Join us for an author’s talk and book signing by UW–Madison English Professor Amy Quan Barry. Reviewers have described the book as “. . . a luminous fiction debut: the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before reunification—and with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.” Barry is also the author of the poetry collections Asylum, Controvertibles, Water Puppets and Loose Strife, her newest book of poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other literary publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

Copies of Quan Barry’s books will be available to purchase and light refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the UW–Madison Department of English and Program in Creative Writing.

 Annual Schewe Lecture:

The Saint John’s Bible” and Making Bibles in the Middle Ages  by Dr. Christopher de Hamel


Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

L160 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Ave.

Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake Street

The Friends of the Libraries are pleased to cosponsor with the Lubar Institute, the plenary lecture for the symposium,Visualizing and Translating Scriptures: Reflections on The Saint John’s Bible.  Dr. de Hamel will show how the practical experience of commissioning and making The Saint John’s Bible provides an entirely new insight into some of the most mysterious and beautiful art of the high Middle Ages.

Dr. Christopher de Hamel, Donnelly Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College (Parker Library), Cambridge University, England, is one of the world’s foremost scholars of illuminated manuscripts, having written several authoritative books on the subject and managed sales of illuminated manuscripts for 25 years at Sotheby’s.

This University of Wisconsin–Madison symposium is organized by the
Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions,
with generous support from the
Watrous Fund of the Department of Art History, Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, Religious Studies Program, UW Anonymous Fund and the Chazen Museum of Art.

Go Big Read Panel Discussion

“How Libraries and Information Services are Empowering Women and Girls around the Globe”

With Dr. Araceli Alonso, UW–Madison Associate Professor in Public Health; Lisa Ebert, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners program; Louise Robbins, Professor and Director Emerita of the School of Library and Information Studies and Karla Strand, UW Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian.

Nikumbuke Project Library in rural Kenya

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
460 Memorial Library, 728 State Street

Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake St.

This year’s Go Big Read book, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, looks at the issues surrounding the education of girls in Pakistan. The panel will continue that discussion by looking at how libraries and information services are helping to empower and educate women and girls around the globe. Karla Strand, UW Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian, whose doctoral research focuses on libraries in South Africa, and Araceli Alonso, UW–Madison Associate Professor in Public Health and Gender & Women’s Studies and founder of Health by Motorbike in Kenya, will be among the panelists sharing their experiences. For more information, go to Press Release with Photos.

5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m., 430 Memorial Library
Pre-panel tour of the Office of Gender & Women’s Studies Library, one of the premier resources for support of gender and women’s studies scholarship and librarianship.

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., 460 Memorial Library
Panel discussion followed by  Light refreshments provided

Co-sponsored by Office of the Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Go Big Read program

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Remembering a Lost Bird: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future

Dr. Curt Meine and the Madison premier of From Billions to None, an award-winning documentary by David Mrazek

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
5:30–7:30 p.m.

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Passenger Pigeons by Thomas A. Bennett

Memorial Library, 728 State Street
Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake Street

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in North America with a new documentary and discussion led by Dr. Curt Meine, conservation biologist, historian and writer.

Special Collections will exhibit a passenger pigeon specimen, as well as rare book images of extinct animals. Refreshments will follow.

5:30– 6:30 p.m. 126 Memorial Library, film and discussion
6:30–7:30 p.m. 976 Memorial Library, extinction display and reception

This event is also co-sponsored by the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Department of Special Collections, and the UW Zoological Museum.

Mark your calendar for November 1-2, 2014 For more information about campus activities commemorating the passenger pigeon, check out the Passenger Pigeon Symposium on the first weekend in November.

World War I Lecture and Gallery Talk
1914-1918: The War Within the War

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
4:30–5:30 p.m. Lecture
Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State St.

Photo of lectuer

Prof. Adam Hochschild

6:00–7:00 p.m. Gallery talk and reception
976 Memorial Library, 728 State St.
Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake Street

To mark the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, noted author and historian Adam Hochschild will describe attempts by courageous individuals to oppose the Great War. Following the lecture, guest exhibit co-curators Skye Doney and Eric O’Connor will point to highlights in 1914: Then Came Armageddon, an exhibit of materials from Special Collections and other campus libraries, including postcards and artifacts donated by historian and collector Dr. Andrew Stangel.

The lecture is cosponsored by the George L. Mosse Program in History and the UW–Madison Libraries; support for the exhibit from the George L. Mosse Program; reception sponsored by the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries.

Grants Information Center Celebrates 30 Years

UW Grants Librarian

UW Grants Librarian Ellen Jacks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
5:30–7:30 p.m.
460 Memorial Library, 728 State Street

Public parking in Campus/State Street ramp, 415 N. Lake Street

Join the celebration. Grants Information Center (GIC) Librarian Ellen Jacks, previous GIC librarians and nonprofit expert Boris Frank will talk about the Center, their roles, and partnerships. Light refreshments to follow.

Sponsored by the Grants Information Center and the Memorial Library Reference Department.

Inside Out / Outside In: African Print Cloth

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Nelson Mandala Commemorative Cloth

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

6:00–8:00 p.m.
Central Library (Madison Public Library), 201 W. Mifflin St.

The Friends of the Library invite you to join UW–Madison Librarian Emilie Ngo-Nguidjol Songolo, and Professor Mary Hark, UW–Madison Design Studies, for a lively conversation about African fabrics informed by their personal experiences and research projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fabric display and reception included. You are welcome to wear an African textile garment to this event.

Cosponsored by the Madison Public Library; UW-Madison Libraries, UW-Design Studies and Department of African Studies.

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Madison, WI 53706
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