Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Exhibition: You CAN Judge a Book by its Cover!

Marovitz Gallery, University Library, 1st floor, July 1 - September 27, 2019

Every bookbinding has a story to tell in addition to the one offered by the text of the book itself. This exhibit focuses on the wide range of materials and methods that have been used to bind and cover books from the medieval period to the present day in Europe and the United States. A continuous theme of balancing the necessary functional and structural elements with the desire to have books also be decorative, artistically expressive, or marketable objects in the style of their time can be seen in the many examples on display. (Curated by Anita Clary and Kate Medicus)


Exhibition: Spotlight on Special Collections & Archives at Kent State

Reading Room, University Library, 12th floor

Visitors can view interesting examples of books, manuscripts, and archival materials that illustrate the major areas of strength in the collections: American Poets, British & American Literature, Children’s Literature, History of the Book, History of Science & Exploration; Kent State University History, Local History, Performing Arts, and True Crime. New examples will be appear on a regular basis, so visit often! (Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus and others from Special Collections & Archives)


Exhibition: The Kent State Shootings: Through the Lenses of Two Photographers

Borowitz Gallery, University Library, 12th floor, August 2016- December 2019

This exhibition showcases the events surrounding the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings with photographs taken by Lafayette Tolliver and Howard Ruffner. Both were student photo-journalists at Kent State in 1970. Selections of their work will be on semi-permanent display in Special Collections and Archives as we head toward the 50th anniversary milestone of an event that placed Kent State in the international spotlight and changed the trajectory of the Vietnam War. (Curated by Lae'l Hughes-Watkins)