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HighWire Newsletter: January 2019
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Picturing Moral Courage: Exhibition and Lecture

As part of MLK Week, the library is currently hosting Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers, an exhibit of photographs and extraordinary stories from the Holocaust and the genocides that occurred in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and Cambodia.
Created by PROOF: Media for Social Justice, The Rescuers offers remarkable stories of ordinary heroes—farmers, taxi drivers, nuns, mothers and fathers—who risked their lives to save members of targeted groups.  Free and open to the public through Friday, February 8, The Rescuers aims to promote tolerance, coexistence, and personal commitment to fight injustice.

You’re also invited to join Dr. Michael Long, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies, on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Winters Alcove for “We the Resistance,” a discussion of the importance of non-violent resistance and the role that non-violence plays in leading change and progress in the United States.

Many thanks to the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Title IX, and the Office of the President for co-sponsoring The Rescuers.

Trial of Archives of Sexuality & Gender


This Gale resource is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender.  Through February 7, the library’s trial includes access to LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 (Part 1), which covers social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.  Document sources for this database include: the GLBT Historical Society; the New York Public Library; the Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; the National Library of Medicine; and the Women’s Energy Bank.  Please share any trial feedback with Tom Zaharevich, Collection Development Librarian (x1452).
Access the Trial

New Login Screen for Off-Campus Access

We recently changed our login screen for off-campus database access.  When you see the new prompt, simply enter your full Etown email address (with the @etown.edu) and then the password that you use for email, Jayweb, etc.  That’s it!  If you have any questions about the change, feel free to contact Susan Krall, Systems Librarian (x1457).

SciFi Fridays Book Club

Get to know a few science fiction classics this spring!  Our first pick is Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.  Butler won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 became the first science-fiction writer to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant.
Written in the 1990s and set in a dystopian California in the 2020s, Parable of the Sower depicts the struggles of a community to survive the socioeconomic and political collapse of the country due to environmental disasters, greed, and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.  Our discussion of this imaginative tale of fiction will be held on Friday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m. in the Winters Alcove.
Are you interested in the library’s book club, but not sure it’s for you?

Take a look at our helpful FAQ!


Q. Who can attend the book club?
A. Anyone!  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Q. What if I don’t want to attend every meeting?
A. That’s fine!  Come to as many or as few meetings as you like.

Q. I didn’t finish the book. Can I still attend?
A. Sure!  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the parts that you did read.

Q. What if I didn’t like the book AT ALL – do you want to hear that, too?
A. We do!  A thoughtful discussion is always welcome.

Q. What if I didn’t read any of the book?  (Not even the cover.)  Can I still come?
A. Yes!  Our discussion might help you determine whether you’d like to read the book in the future. But you should be prepared for spoilers.

Q. What’s the best reason to attend?
A. The book club provides an opportunity to interact with people across campus, and to enjoy a friendly and thoughtful conversation!

To learn more about the book club, please contact Amy Magee, Access Services Librarian (x1454).

Additional January Programs


Dungeons & Dragons Club
Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., High Library’s Tower Room (Level 4)

Take a study break to play D&D!  This club meets on Wednesday evenings throughout the spring semester.  Space is limited, so please contact James Shiffer ’21 if you’re interested in joining.

Global Film Festival: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., Gibble Auditorium

An original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, Jewish singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, this film follows his precocious childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris to his beginnings as a jazz musician and his eventual stardom.  Sponsors: High Library; Office of International Students and Scholars

Library Meditation Group
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m., High Library’s Tower Room (Level 4)

Join Dr. Jeffery Long to learn more about the art of meditation.  All skill levels are welcome!  Sponsors: High Library; Religious Studies Department
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