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Waidner-Spahr Library

Waidner-Spahr News and Events: Events and Exhibits

Events & Exhibits: Proposals & Guidelines

We invite Dickinson students, faculty, and staff to host or sponsor activities. To make a suggestion for an event or exhibit/display in the library, please review our guidelines and submit a proposal at least one month prior to proposed activity date.

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Opening Reception - FYS Exhibit

From Babble to Babel: Becoming Bilingual - Opening Reception

First Year Seminar Poster Exhibition

Friday, December 10, 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Circulation Area

Join us for the opening of the FYS Poster Exhibition: From Babble to Babel. Using oral histories, students of Professor Duperron's FYS class will discuss their findings on what it means to be and become bilingual.

PB&J Night

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Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. until gone!

Spring Book Discussion: Braiding Sweetgrass

2022 Spring Community Reading: Braiding Sweetgrass

The Spring 2022 Community Reading discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass will take place at the Waidner-Spahr Library on Monday, January 24 from 4:30 until 6 p.m.

A limited number of copies of Braiding Sweetgrass will be available for student, faculty, and staff registrants.  See the Community Reading Program page for more information and to register.

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FYS Exhibit: From Babble to Babel

From Babble to Babel: Becoming Bilingual -- First Year Seminar Poster Exhibition

December 10 - 21, Circulation Area

With Open Heart and Open Arms / Con corazón y brazos abiertos

With Open Heart and Open Arms

With Open Heart and Open Arms - black and white photographs from the exhibitThis collection showcases LGBTQ+ Cuban refugees and the LGBTQ+ Community’s Response to the Mariel boatlift of 1980, a mass emigration of Cubans to the United States.

Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Center History Project, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Latin American, Latinx,
and Caribbean Studies, the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Services, and the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Waidner-Spahr Library, Main Level, Circulation Desk Area

Join us for the opening reception on November 8 from 5 - 6:00 p.m. in the Library Circulation Desk area.  Light refreshments will be served.

Restoring Their Memories

Photos from the Restoring Their Memories exhibit at the Waidner-Spahr Library

Restoring Their Memories includes historic photographs of Henry Spradley, Robert Young, Noah Pinkney, and Carrie Pinkney, who worked at Dickinson during the second half of the nineteenth century. 

In May 2020, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution renaming a college dormitory Spradley-Young Hall.  The same resolution renamed the East College Gate as the Pinkney Family Gate in honor of these individuals. These changes are the first steps toward more fully and accurately reflecting the history of Dickinson and those who have contributed to it. 

The recognition of Spradley, Young, and the Pinkneys grew out of the Dickinson and Slavery initiative spearheaded by the House Divided Project, led by Professor of History Matthew Pinsker.