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‘For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights’

Posted on July 28th, 2016

Aunt Jemima and Uncle Mose Salt and Pepper Shakers, c. 1950s. Plastic, F & F Mold and Die Works, Dayton, Ohio. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

Aunt Jemima and Uncle Mose Salt and Pepper Shakers, c. 1950s. Plastic, F & F Mold and Die Works, Dayton, Ohio. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

“United We Shall Overcome” bumper sticker, c. 1960s. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

“United We Shall Overcome” bumper sticker, c. 1960s. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

Medgar Evers Funeral, Life Magazine, June 28, 1963. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

Medgar Evers Funeral, Life Magazine, June 28, 1963. 2011. (Photo: E.G. Shempf)

“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a national traveling exhibition, will be on display at Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, from Sept. 1-Oct. 20. A full schedule of related programming is also planned. More information is available here.

Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, the exhibition traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Visitors to the immersive display will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines such as LIFE, JET, and EBONY; CBS news footage; and TV clips from “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery — from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African-American portraiture.

“For All the World to See” is not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality.

“This exhibit offers an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the past history of civil rights in our nation while pondering today’s issues,” said Allen Lanham, dean of library services. “I look forward to hearing from our campus and the greater community as we explore this important topic together.”

“For All the World to See” will be accompanied by a series of programs, including lectures, book discussions and a musical performance. The series will kick off at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 with an opening program and reception in the West Reading Room at Booth Library. Keynote speaker Janice Collins, assistant professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, will give the keynote address, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Race, Relations and Reflection.”

The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the public. More details are available here.

This exhibit at Booth Library is held in conjunction with “A Dark Matter …,” a visual conversation about violence, economics and power featuring contemporary artists, which will be on display from Aug. 13 through Oct. 30 at the Tarble Arts Center on the EIU campus.

“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” was curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, research professor, The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore. It was co-organized by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, and The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture. For All the World to See has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA).

Local sponsors of the series are the Tarble Arts Center, Academy of Lifelong Learning and Illinois Humanities.

During the spring semester, Booth Library’s regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, call 217-581-6072, or find the library on Facebook or Twitter.

Its time for a Foggy Mountain Breakdown!

Posted on July 21st, 2016

Contemporary bluegrass has its origins in the music and songs brought by the English, Irish and Scottish immigrants to this country in the 1600s. Explore Oxford Music Online for a wealth of information on bluegrass and its most famous creators and performers. Library Staff member Kathy Kuhlig-Carter curated these CDs, books and DVDs on display on the 4000 level near the Library Technology Services desk. If you can’t get here right away, listen to Flatt and Scruggs to whet your appetite for that high lonesome sound.


  • Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
  • Monroe, Bill, 1911-1996.
  • M1630.18.M657x E87 .CD
  • summary | details (2 discs and accompanying book)
  • Bluegrass: A History
  • Rosenberg, Neil V.
  • ML3520 .R67 1993x
  • summary | details
  • Bluegrass Odyssey: A Documentary in Pictures and Words, 1966-86
  • Fleischhauer, Carl.
  • ML3520 .F6 2001
  • summary | details
  • Earl Scruggs and Friends
  • Scruggs, Earl.
  • M1630.18.S364x E27 .CD
  • summary | details
  • Essential Flatt & Scruggs ’tis Sweet to Be Remembered–.
  • Flatt, Lester.
  • M1630.18.F5794x E87 .CD
  • summary | details
  • Grateful Dawg [jerry Garcia, David Grisman]
  • M1630.18.G37 G73x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass
  • Ledgin, Stephanie P.
  • ML3520 .L43 2004
  • summary | details
  • Look A-yonder Comin’– Bluegrass and Old-time String Band Music from the Florida Folklife Collection.
  • M1629.7.F6 L66x .CD
  • summary | details
  • My Last Days on Earth Bluegrass 1981-1994
  • Monroe, Bill, 1911-1996.
  • M1630.18.M657x M9 .CD
  • summary | details
  • Old As the Hills: The Story Of Bluegrass Music
  • Price, Steven D.
  • ML3561.B62 P7
  • summary | details
  • Pickin’ on Melissa Etheridge a Bluegrass Tribute.
  • M1630.18 .P523x .CD
  • summary | details
  • Plum Pitiful 20 Sad and Tragic Bluegrass Songs.
  • M1630.18 .P625x .CD
  • summary | details
  • Rhythm Of My Soul Kentucky Roots Music
  • ML3524 .R49 2007x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Weapons Of Grass Construction
  • DePue Brothers Band.
  • M1630.18.D468x W42 .CD
  • summary | details

Waiting for Season Six: films and books similar or inspirational to “Game of Thrones”

Posted on July 15th, 2016

This book and DVD display curated by Booth staff member Lee Whitacre highlights films and books author George R.R. Martin has stated were inspirational to the overall development of his A Song of Ice and Fire book series. It can be seen (and boks and DVDs can be borrowed!) on the 4th floor by the Library Technology Services desk.

Additional display items include films which possess similar plot themes to the HBO series Game of Thrones along with books accentuating the historical atmosphere of the novels. A comprehensive guide to Fantasy literature recommendations from the ebook Genreflecting is included for those of you who can’t get enough knights, elves, kings and castles.

You can explore these titles and several others in the fantasy genre online or in person at the heavily air conditioned Booth Library.


  • Game Of Thrones. The complete fourth season
  • PN1992.77 .G36 2015x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Game Of Thrones. The complete third season
  • PN1992.77 .G36 2014x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Game Of Thrones. The complete second season
  • PN1992.77 .G36 2013x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • Johnson, Stephen, 1947-
  • DA146 .J64 2004x
  • summary | details
  • Hundred Years War: A People’s History
  • Green, David, 1969-
  • DC96 .G74 2014
  • summary | details
dvd cover image
  • Kumonosujoì„ = Throne Of Blood (spider’s Web Castle)
  • PN1997 .T585x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Lord Of the Rings
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
  • PR6039.O32 L6 1999
  • summary | details
  • Lord Of the Rings, the Return Of the King
  • PN1997 .L6743x .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Spartacus, Blood and Sand.
  • PN1992.77 .S672x 2010 .DVD
  • summary | details
  • Stone Of Farewell
  • Williams, Tad.
  • PS3573.I45563 S76 1990
  • summary | details
  • To Green Angel Tower
  • Williams, Tad.
  • PS3573.I45563 T6 1993
  • summary | details
  • Wars Of the Roses: The Fall Of the Plantagenets and the Rise Of the Tudors
  • Jones, Dan, 1981-
  • DA250 .J66 2014
  • summary | details

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