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Second Annual Pankake Poetry Series featuring Louis Jenkins


Who: Poet Louis Jenkins
When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 • 4:00 p.m.
Where: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries proudly present the second annual Pankake Poetry Series featuring Louis Jenkins.

Reading at 4:00; reception to follow with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstore.

Reservations requested by Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 612-624-9339 or

Louis Jenkins' poems have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems. Jenkins, who has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, received the 1995 Minnesota Book Award for Nice Fish and the 1997 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Just Above Water. His most recent books are North of the Cities (2007), European Shoes (2008), and Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005 (2009), all published by Will o' the Wisp Books.

The Pankake Poetry Series was founded in honor of librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University Libraries until her retirement in 2007.

The Arts of Social Justice: The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature

What: Exhibit
When: Tuesday, February 1 through Friday, May 20, 2011
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery
Free and open to the public

This exhibit will explore major themes found within the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature.

A Heart Connects Us: The Experience of Migration and the 'Minnesota School' of Immigration History

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What: Exhibit
When: February 14 - April 8, 2011
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

In pursuing his dream of a collaboration that would collect immigrant letters in Europe and America, Theodore Blegen worked to reveal "grassroots history" through his scholarship at the University of Minnesota and other institutions. The Immigration History Research Center makes that dream come alive in a multi-media project that constructs emotional portraits of immigrants through Finnish, Italian, Russian, and Ukrainian letters from the IHRC's ethnic collections. The exhibit includes selections from Blegen's personal papers drawn from the collections of the University Archives.

Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo

What: First Fridays
When: at noon on the first Friday of each month (see below for specific dates and topics)
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

This year's First Fridays series, Out of Bounds: Challenging the Status Quo, will explore the concepts of suppression and expression in the varied collections held by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Throughout history, questions of access versus restriction have been debated in scientific theory, religion, political thought, and creative thinking. Presenters will examine who have decided these questions—and why.

October 1, 2010
Living Legends Reflect!: Working toward Women's Equity on Campus

Presented by University Archives and the Women's Center

November 5, 2010
Preserving Culture, Promoting Understanding

A Special Event to Open the New Exhibit Celebrating 10 Years of the Tretter Collection at the U of M
Presented by the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

In 2000, the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies came to the University of Minnesota and to Andersen Library. This collection preserves the artifacts of a community and culture whose existence was long denied and whose art and artifacts were often censored and destroyed, and now presents them to a vast array of faculty, students, and researchers. This presentation focuses on the importance of this resource to University of Minnesota community.

Speakers will include:
Professor Regina Kunzel, Chair, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Anne Phibbs, Director, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Office

December 3, 2010
Banned Children's Books and Censorship of Comic Books

Presented by the Children's Literature Research Collections

J. Randolph Cox, Hess Collection Honorary Consultant and Editor of Dime Novel Round Up, notes that "Reading dime novels and other cheap literature was once thought to lead to a life of crime. When the authorities attacked material considered sensational and filled with stories of bloodshed and crime, publishers were forced to devise ways to stay in business and out of jail."

Meredith Gillies, CLRC Library Assistant, will talk about how censorship of the sensational did not end with the dime novels and story papers.

Karen Nelson Hoyle, CLRC Curator, will talk about censorship of three Newbery Award winning books--Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves (1972), Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia (Crowell, 1977), and Lois Lowry, The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993). Images come from their books and manuscripts in the Kerlan Collection.

February 4, 2011
Literary Resistance and Talking Out Loud

Presented by the Givens Collection of African American Literature

Controlling Information in the Age of Discovery
Presented by the James Ford Bell Library

March 4, 2011
Wartime Military Censorship & Detention Camps

Presented by the Immigration History Research Center and the Social Welfare History Archives

European refugees produced a remarkable outpouring of print in Displaced Person camps immediately after World War II. Elizabeth Haven Hawley, Program Director of the Immigration History Research Center, analyzes how military administration of camps and the scarcity of printing materials affected the production, distribution and consumption of cultural print.

In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, authorizing the relocation and internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans. Linnea Anderson, Assistant Archivist of the Social Welfare History Archives, will discuss how evidence in the Survey Associates records reveals how the political climate and the demands of military censorship affected the effort by staff of Survey magazine to present the story of a Japanese detention camp during the World War II era.

April 1, 2011
Censorship and Silence in Early Maps and Atlases

Presented by the James Ford Bell Library

Secrecy and Censure in the History of Health Care
Presented by the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

May 6, 2011
Wired Communities/ Wired Lives: Social Issues in Computing

Presented by the Charles Babbage Institute

Literary Manuscripts: Silences and Outbursts
Presented by the Upper Midwest Literary Archives

2011 Kerlan Award: Jane Kurtz

kurtz_jane_web.jpgWhat: 2011 Kerlan Award luncheon and award presentation
When: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Noon: luncheon
(advance registration required by Friday, March 25. Cost is $20; $15 for Kerlan Friends)
1:15 p.m.: ceremony with speech by Jane Kurtz
(free and open to the public)
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Who: Jane Kurtz, 2011 Kerlan Award Recipient

Children's author Jane Kurtz will receive the Kerlan Award in recognition of achievement in children's literature and appreciation of donation of materials to the Kerlan Collection. Kurtz is the author of many books, including Lanie's Real Adventures, American Girl's 2010 Book of the year; River Friendly, River Wild; The Storyteller's Beads; and Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts?

Learn more about the Kerlan Collection and the Kerlan Friends membership.

Appearance by author Donna Jo Napoli

Who: Donna Jo Napoli
What: Author appearance
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public

Donna Jo Napoli, author of children's and young adult books, will speak about her writing and answer questions.

Ms. Napoli donated her manuscript drafts to the Kerlan Collection, some of which will be on display. Books will be available for purchase and autographing following. The event is sponsored by the Children's Literature Research Collections. Reservations encouraged at 612-624-4576 or