UT Alum to Sign Copies of New Book

Steve Christie will talk about his new book Not Really “Of” Us: Why Do Children of Christian Parents Abandon the Faith? on Tuesday, December 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. A book signing will follow his talk.

Christie is a registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Business Administration from UT.

In the book, Christie discusses why children raised as Christians often leave their faith when they are in their twenties. He explains how parents can help children who are questioning their faith, and how they might help children who have already left their religion re-connect to it.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the book, see www.notreallyofus.com

Guest artist Blocksma to lecture on found and repurposed materials

Please join us Wednesday, January 15 at noon when the Canaday Center in Carlson Library will host an interesting art lecture with the UT Art Department’s visiting artist Dewey Blocksma, a former emergency room physician and local outsider artist who has become renowned for his creative and imaginative work with found objects and repurposed materials.  Learn more about the artist.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Dewey Blocksma Event Poster


Letter to Luminaries & Celebrity Sightings Exhibits

Celebrity Sightings photo exhibit

Photo courtesy of the UT News.

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections currently has two concurrent exhibits on display.  ‘Letters to Luminaries’ features notable, signed letters and other correspondence from the Center’s collections.  Famous people from all walks of life: writers, scientists, activists, politicians, and noted Toledoans of all stripes are represented in the display, as well as letters from common people in extraordinary circumstances.    Just outside the main exhibit area on the fifth floor of Carlson Library, the gallery features enlarged signed photographs and articles featuring some of the many celebrities and entertainers that have appeared on campus throughout the years.  Both exhibits will run through July 31st, 2014.  The UTNews did a great article with more information about the exhibits that we encourage you to read.  For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, Director of the Canaday Center, at barbara.floyd@utoledo.edu or 419-530-4480.

UT Heritage Gallery Opens for Homecoming

The new UT Heritage Gallery, celebrating the rich history of the university, will open this weekend as part of Homecoming activities.  The gallery, which includes displays about aspect of UT’s historical past, will be open this weekend the following hours;  Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Regular hours of the gallery are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit us soon; the Gallery is located on the first floor of Carlson Libary, located in the center of the main hallway and is sponsored in part by the UT Alumni Association.

Rosamond Purcell Artist’s Lecture Thursday February 28th

On Thursday February 28th the Department of Art and the Friends of the University Libraries will host a noon lecture by internationally recognized photographer and author Rosamond Purcell.   Purcell, whose work frequently celebrates cultural and natural history, is best known for her photographs of collections that document these histories.  These photographs often focus on objects that have been preserved in the archives and collections of natural history museums, representing significant turning points in scientific history and are, in their own right, aesthetically beautiful. She has written or illustrated 17 books and has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s most esteemed scientists, including Stephen Jay Gould.  In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions, Ms Purcell has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography.   Her work is in the permanent collections of many institutions including The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  Additionally, her work can be found in Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Slate magazine.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception with refreshments will immediately follow the lecture.

Date/Time: February 28th at 12:00 noon
Place: Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th floor, Carlson Library
University of Toledo, Bancroft campus

For further information please contact:

David Remaklus at: David.Remaklus@Utoledo.edu , 419.530.4030

Local History through the Public Eye

Interested in local history? Already using Instagram? “Local History through the Public Eye” on the Toledo’s Attic site (www.toledosattic.org) is an experiment in crowd-curation of local history through the eyes of Instagram enthusiasts with respect for the region’s history. Images of historical buildings and sites of events in Toledo and Northwest Ohio history are invited. This includes buildings, historical markers, parks, and social and business establishments with historical significance. We ask that participants add the #toledosattic hash tag along with some identification, and if possible geographical location to their photos and it hould appear in this gallery. A small gallery has already formed on http://toledosattic.org/index.php/socialmedia/instageogal.

Look for @toledoattic on Instagram. Thank you!