Spring Events

As we say goodbye to winter, we hope you can join us for our budding new exhibits and events, and explore all that is in bloom at the University Libraries!

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils: Records of Earth's Story

Open now through Thursday, May 12, 2016
UMKC Miller Nichols Library: Dean's Gallery, 4th Floor

We invite you to peek into an amazing world just beneath our feet. Rocks, minerals, and fossils are windows into the past and are used to reveal the events and changes in the Earth over the past 4.6 billion years. They also provide resources essential to civilization and display beauty in color and form in myriad ways. This exhibit is curated by Dr. James B. Murowchick, Associate Professor in the UMKC Department of Geosciences. He has carefully curated an array of rocks, minerals, fossils, and natural resources from his personal collection and beyond just for our UMKC community. We welcome you to experience them up close!

"Exposures through Time" Photography Exhibit by Gregory Gutenko

Open now through Friday, May 13, 2016
Miller Nichols Library: Link Gallery, Ground Floor

Swing by the ground floor of the Miller Nichols Library to view a retrospective of photographs from 1970 to 2013 by Dr. Gregory Gutenko, UMKC Associate Professor of Communication Studies. Although he has worked primarily with film and video, photography was his original medium of choice for the recognition of overlooked things and now, coming full circle, he returns to it.


Latino Studies - The Founding and The Future:
Exploring the Samora Legacy Project Archive

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5:30 pm reception | 6:00 pm program

UMKC Miller Nichols Learning Center: Jeannette Nichols Forum
800 E 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

The Miller Nichols Library is delighted to announce our 4th installment of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The series is hosted in collaboration with the faculty in the Latina/Latino Studies program.

Please join us on April 21 for a discussion with guest speaker Geoff Samora, son of Julian Samora. Geoff will talk about the Samora Legacy Project Archive housed in the Miller Nichols Library: LaBudde Special Collections. Miguel Carranza, Ph.D., Director of Latina/Latino Studies at UMKC will be the discussion leader. This event is free and open to the public but a RSVP is requested. Please RSVP here.

Related Event: Latino Studies Research Symposium

Friday, April 22, 2016 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
UMKC Miller Nichols Library, Room 325

A day of traditional arts, research presentations, and more!
Book Presentation: Transcendental Train Yard by: Norma E. Cantú & Marta Sánchez

For more information about either event, please contact Nicole Leone at 816.235.5828

In case you missed them:

UMKC Libraries sponsored Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts

On Friday, March 4, 2016, UMKC and the University Libraries sponsored Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World. Author and presenter, Leslie C. Aguilar, led many UMKC campus community members in a relevant and thought-provoking session. The workshop presented unique and powerful ways to combat stereotypes, experienced the impact of stereotypical comments, explored why people don't speak up against stereotypes and other biased behaviors, and taught six techniques for speaking up without blame or guilt.

This program was made possible through funding from the Chancellor's Diversity Council and partnerships with the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQIA Programs and Services: FaCET, and the University Libraries.

African American Read-In

UMKC University Libraries was proud to take part in our seventh consecutive offering of the African American Read-In, which was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1989. The 2016 African American Read-In took place on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at the Miller Nichols Library. UMKC staff, faculty, and greater KC community members gathered to share and listen to works by African American authors.

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