Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions


Kent State Libraries Host The Map Thief Author on April 28, 2016

The Kent State University Libraries will host Michael Blanding, author of the bestseller The Map Thief on Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. in Library Room 1018. The event will include a presentation by Blanding and a book signing. Copies of The Map Thief will be available for purchase.

In The Map Thief, award winning investigative reporter Michael Blanding tells the true-life story of a map dealer-turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III, who stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare book libraries around the country. Smiley was ultimately caught in 2005. Blanding will discuss exclusive new information about the case and share information about the history behind the maps Smiley stole, and the continuing implications for library security.

This Borowitz True Crime Lecture event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register in advance.


Exhibition: Charles Simic: on the verge of understanding
University Library, Wick Poetry Corner, 2nd Floor, April - May 2016

An exhibit on the occasion of Charles Simic’s visit to Kent State University on April 6, 2016, featuring selections from the holdings of Special Collections and Archives. Simic, a prolific poet, translator, essayist and educator, is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate. (Curated by Anita Clary.)


Exhibition: Code Makers vs. Code Breakers: Cryptography in History, Literature, and Popular Culture
Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, University Library, Room 1212, January 19 - Summer 2016

The history of cryptography can be seen as an ongoing evolutionary struggle between code makers and code breakers. Throughout history, monarchs, religious officials, and military leaders have relied on secret communication in order to govern their domains or command their armies. Each new development in cryptography has been met with a counterattack by code breakers searching for a weakness in that encoding method. Once broken, the code either becomes extinct or it evolves into something stronger. This exhibit highlights interesting moments in the history of cryptography and focuses on its many cultural influences, particularly in literature and popular culture. (Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus and Edith Serkownek.)

Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and by appointment 


Exhibition: Albert J. Flogge Performing Arts Collection: Selections from Recent Donations
Special Collections & Archives Borowitz Gallery, University Library, 12th Floor, January 25 - Summer 2016

This exhibit showcases a selection of memorabilia donated by prominent Kent State alumnus Albert J. Flogge (1934-2015) from his vast performing arts collection. The materials, donated in recent years by Mr. Flogge, include autographed photos of film and sports stars, a Gone With the Wind souvenir album, and posters from musical and dance performances. Of particular note are several autographed photos of major league baseball icons. (Curated by Cara Gilgenbach.)

Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and by appointment