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Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova Opens The Power of Civil Society Exhibit at W. W. Hagerty Library

On Wednesday, November 6th the Libraries unveiled a new exhibit hosted at W. W. Hagerty Library, The Power of Civil Society: The Fate of Jews in Bulgaria, which was introduced by the Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova. Ambassador Poptodorova discussed the situation in Bulgaria during the years before and after the Holocaust and the brave decisions made by some of the citizens to rescue nearly 50,000 Jews.

Dean’s Update: Connections Through Exhibits

Not long ago, a colleague asserted that exhibit cases are archaic and have no place in the modern. That challenged me to think about if it was true or if, like most things library-related, the purpose remains but means of presentation change.

Hahnemann Library to Host the Joe Bonham Project

In late October, Hahnemann Library will showcase illustrations from the Joe Bonham Project, a series of portraits of wounded US servicemen created at military hospitals around the country. The Joe Bonham Project represents efforts of wartime illustrators to document the struggles of U.S. service personal undergoing rehabilitation after traumatic front-line injuries.

The Project will be on display Tuesday, October 29th through Tuesday, November 12th and an opening event will be held in late October.

New exhibition: A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry

Letters, photographs and objects from the collections of the University Archives are on display now through the end of May in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St).  The exhibition, A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University, brings together for the first time under one roof the art and historical treasures of Drexel's many special collections.

Six-Word Stories Showcase Creativity at Libraries’ Writing Challenge

Dean Nitecki congratulates winner Marcus Henderson

Drexel University Libraries hosted a Writing Challenge on Tuesday, May 22nd as a part of the University Archives’ Inventing the Page exhibition and the 2012 Week of Writing activities, sponsored by the Drexel Publishing Group. The challenge, held in the Libraries’ Bookmark Café, welcomed over thirty writers who were tasked with creating themed six-word stories.

Silent Spring Exhibit at W.W. Hagerty library

Next time you are in the W.W. Hagerty Library, be sure to check out the Silent Spring exhibit case on the the first floor near the elevators.

Exhibit - The World's First Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

W. W. Hagerty Library is currently home to an exhibit, hosted by Drexel University’s Greek Studies program and, featuring the Antikythera Mechanism.  The exhibit is on the first floor of W. W. Hagerty Library and is free and open to the public between April 10, 2012 - May 18, 2012.

The Antikythera Mechanism is widely considered to be one of the most important archeological artifacts ever found. The mechanism is a geared device consisting of 30 gears in a highly complex arrangement. The mechanism is known to model astronomical phenomenon with remarkable detail. In addition, it also stands witness to the extraordinary mathematical and engineering capabilities of the Ancient Greeks. The Mechanism is thought to date from between 150 and 100 BC and it precedes any other known clockwork mechanisms of similar complexity by more than a millennium. The level of engineering in the mechanism is astonishing by any standards.

Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

To mark the Libraries' new exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog will feature a series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. The new exhibition opens Wednesday, April 18, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Hagerty Library.

Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

by Martha Cornog

"We propose to entertain and be entertained," wrote The Drexel Echo's fledgling editors, "to encourage and be encouraged, to be instructed, and, if possible, to instruct."

Drexel's first campus publication with literary content, Echo blossomed from the student body in 1907, a mere sixteen years after the institution was founded. By then, college literary magazines had become academic standbys. The Columbia Review claims to have been the first in the nation as of 1815, but then Columbia University itself was founded in 1754. The much older Harvard, first U.S. academic body as of 1636, dates its own Harvard Advocate magazine to 1866. So while ever so much younger, Drexel's Echo was certainly faster off the mark.

Actually, the monthly Echo resembles more an all-purpose campus magazine than a literary journal. While a handful of creative efforts—prose and poetry—open each issue, a "School Notes" section of news items follows with brief notes about class officers, faculty changes, news of the Library School, and the perennial sports updates. Reports on goings-on among student organizations and a jokes section close out the first issue. And on the back cover linger four paid advertisements: for a meat market, two photographers, and a sporting goods store.

Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907

Dragons on the Gridiron: A History of Football at Drexel

Drexel University Libraries invites you to two exciting events marking the opening of a new exhibition on the history of football at Drexel.

Going National with Apple Computers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - 11/10/11

Thursday, November 10th from 6 - 8 PM
Library Learning Terrace, 33rd & Race Streets
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In 1985, Steve Jobs visited Drexel to congratulate the University on its cutting edge decision to require all incoming students to have a personal computer. This project, the Microcomputer Project, changed learning at Drexel and inspired a culture of innovation. Join Drexel University Libraries for a special screening of the entertaining and informative documentary, Going National, produced by Dean of Pennoni Honors College, Dave Jones, Ph.D., which details the project and the cutting edge decision that Drexel took by choosing Macintosh computers.

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