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The library hosts events, exhibits, and art displays throughout the year. These enhance the cultural and academic life of the Dickinson community by illuminating resources and research activity, and promoting scholarship and creative endeavors on campus. Student photography, treasures from the archives, sculptures and artwork: you can find it all here, so don't forget to take a break from your studying to check out the latest.

This Month in the Library - May 2018

Library Events
Creative Writing Senior Reading
     May 1, 4:30 pm, Rabinowitz Reading Area (Upper Level Fish Bowl)
MUAC 206 Final Expo
     May 4, 11:30 am, Rabinowitz Reading Area (Upper Level Fish Bowl)
PB&J Night
     May 9, 7:30 pm - until gone, Circulation Area

Exhibits and Book Displays
Justice is Served - Refugee Art Exhibit
     Circulation Desk Area
By the People for the People: Black Student Activism at Dickinson
    Reference Area, Main Level
Arctic and Alpine Climate Change Student Research Photo Exhibit    
    Spahr, Main Level
Serving Up Dickinson
    Friends of the Library Area, Lower Level
Best Laid Plans: 19th Century Building Projects at Dickinson
    Archives Hallway, Lower Level
Dick the Dog: Dickinson's Early Mascot
     Archives Hallway, Lower Level
Notable Dickinsonians: Selections form Alumni/ae Papers
    Archives and Special Collections, Lower Level
Relaxation Book Display
    Main Entrance
This Semester at Dickinson Book Display
   Reference Area

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Featured Faculty Publication

Shamma Alam

Shamma Alam

Assistant Professor of

International Studies (2014)

Professor Alam’s recent publication, “Income Shocks, Contraceptive Use, and Timing of Fertility,” written together with Claus C. Pörtner, explores the relationship between income shocks and fertility decisions. They use data from Tanzania to estimate the effect of agricultural shocks on pregnancy, births, and contraception use. After crop losses, the likelihood of pregnancy and childbirth in a household falls, and women’s contraceptive use increases. Alam and Pörtner argue that such changes in behavior result from deliberate choices rather than the shocks’ effects on other factors that influence fertility, including a woman’s health, absence of a spouse, or number of hours worked. They also demonstrate that while these women use traditional contraceptive methods (e.g., abstinence and the rhythm method) that have low overall efficacy, the methods are effective in households where there is a strong incentive to postpone pregnancy and childbirth.

Recommended Citation:

Alam, Shamma Adeeb, and Claus C. Pörtner. "Income Shocks, Contraceptive Use, and Timing of Fertility." Journal of Development Economics 131 (2018): 96-103.

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