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Spring 2016
Annual Book Party 2016

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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Spring 2015
Annual Book Party 2015

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Thursday, April 21, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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Fall 2013
A Walk Across Time

A Walk Across Time

Brooklyn born Robert Anthony DeRosa is an urban landscape photographer. After successful careers in both the public and private sector he returned to school at the age of 60 to earn a Master’s Degree in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work explores themes of resilience, evolution and transformation through the examination of the industrial, natural and social landscapes.

His photographs have been published in Photo District News, Photoshop User, and Real World Digital Photography, 3rd Edition. DeRosa has also exhibited his work in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the juried shows such as Something Personal, Capture Brooklyn and Provocation as well as in the group shows Optic Nerve, A Decade of Insanity and The Exhibition Lab Exhibition. His work on the Gowanus Canal was awarded first place in the Fine Art Category of the 2011 American Photographic Artists international photography competition.

Interviews with Robert can be found at the NY1 television website in the profile Photographer Finds Surprising Beauty In The Gowanus Canal, and in the article “Capturing a Photographer” on the blog

For more information, please contact

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Summer 2013
Dear Brooklyn College

Dear Brooklyn College
A theatrical presentation of letters, yearbooks, and newspapers from Brooklyn College during WWII.

July 3rd, 10:30 am
July 10th, 11:30 am

Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

*Free Event*

Program made possible with the support of the Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections, the Brooklyn College Department of Speech Communication Arts and Sciences, and the summer class of SPE 1714—Oral Interpretation of Prose.

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Spring 2013
Annual Book Party 2013

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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Strangers in a Strange Land

Strangers in a Strange Land:
The History of Italian-language Imprints (1830-1945) in the United States, from the Collection of James J. Periconi.
2/20/2013 to 6/30/2013

The exhibition of Stangers in a Strange Land will be on view in the Special Collections Gallery, 1st floor, Brooklyn College Library from Februrary 20, 2013 - June 30, 2013.

James Periconi, an environmental lawyer in Manhattan, began collecting Italian-language American imprints in 2000. He is bibliographic editor of the translation of Francesco Durante?s monumental Italoamericana: storia e letteratura degli italiani negli Stati Uniti (2005) for Fordham University Press (forthcoming, 2014. Mr. Periconi received his B.A., English literature, Columbia College, 1970; M.A., English literature, University of Virginia, 1972; and his law degree, New York University, 1977.

Reception and Gallery Talk:

Thursday, February 20, 2013
5 p.m. reception
6:30 p.m. gallery talk
Special Collections Gallery, 1st floor
Brooklyn College Library

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Betina Zolkower and Kristin Jordan-West

Photography Exhibition at the Brooklyn College Library/ Gallery

February 1 - May 1, 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 21, 6-8 pm

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Fall 2012
Color Fusion

Using artist’s oil paint and standard nine-inch rollers, I make gestural abstractions in saturated colors. The paintings are meant to evoke landscapes, both natural and man-made, and to suggest and inspire movement through a landscape. Because I use rollers rather than brushes, the marks I lay down are areas instead of lines. I move across the surface, exploring, measuring, and marking where I’ve been with paint. Intention, accident, and improvisation all play a part in making the works.

I am interested in boldness, exuberance, and speed. The goal of my painting process is to create an emblematic but subtly complex image.

Jeff Frederick

Jeff Frederick received his MFA from Brooklyn College in 2010.

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Spring 2012
Library Exhibit: There used to be a ballpark: Ebbets Field and the Brooklyn Dodgers

Special Collections Gallery, 1st floor Library

April 19, 2012 to July 10, 2012

For more information please:
Call: 718-951-5346 or

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Annual Book Party 2012

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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James Bascara
The Violet Hour

January 30 - April 30, 2012

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 15, 4-7PM

Art Gallery, Brooklyn College Library

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Fall 2011
Find it in the Archives
Treasures from the Collection

Meet the Conservator, Slava Polishchuk
September 13, 2011

The Papers of William Alfred
October 18, 2011

The Records of The Brooklyn Democratic Party
November 1, 2011

The Papers of Reverend William Augustus Jones Jr.
February 7, 2012

The Papers of Annie Smith Peck
March 20, 2012

Brooklyn Dodgers Memorabilia
April 19, 2012

The Uss Brooklyn Collection
May 10, 2012

Brooklyn College Library
Woody Tanger Auditorium
Club Hours 1pm-2pm

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Spring 2011
Annual Book Party 2011

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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Crossing Borders
And Other Works on Paper
by Lenny Silverberg

March 9 - May 6, 2011

Opening Reception Thursday, March 10, 4-6pm


First Floor Library

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Fall 2010
Brooklyn College Library Team Wins Prestigious CUNY Ribaudo Award

Four members of the Brooklyn College Library team have won this year’s Dean Michael Ribaudo Award for Innovation in Technology from CUNY, for their development of the Web Information Management System (WIMS), a unique database-driven website management system.

The WIMS allows library faculty and staff to individually manage their own areas of the library’s Web site, without having to learn anything about HTML or other technologies. It also ensures that changes made in one section of the Web site are automatically mirrored in other pertinent areas, so if a new faculty member is hired there is no need to change the information in multiple places, for example. This system has been adopted by seven CUNY libraries and is in use at Brooklyn College, City College, NY City College of Technology, College of Staten Island, Medgar Evers College, Lehman College, and the Graduate Center.

The award, presented at the CUNY-IT conference on December 3, 2010, honors Michael Ribaudo, the late CUNY dean of computer information systems and chief technology officer.

In photo, the winning team members, from left: Slava Gurgov of the Academic IT unit, Alex Rudshteyn, associate director of Academic IT, Professors Mariana Regalado and Beth Evans of the Information Services unit. They are pictured with Professor and Chief Librarian Stephanie Walker, who is also the executive director of Academic IT.

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Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground

Photographs and Paintings by Jake (Drip) McDonough

In Memory of Jake McDonough 10.8.91-4.14.10

Brooklyn College Freshman, 2010

Opening Reception November 29, 6-8pm

Gallery, 1st Floor Library

Gallery Talk @ 5pm on November 29

Featuring Professor Gregory Snyder author of

Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground

Published by New York University Press, 2009

In Graffiti Lives, Prof. Snyder offers a fascinating and rare look into the world of contemporary graffiti culture.

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CUNY Open Access Week (October 18-24, 2010)

Please join Brooklyn College and the New York City College of Technology for an exciting schedule of presentations and performances marking Open Access Week* 2010. Events are scheduled throughout the week of October 18th, 2010 at two locations. For more information, locations, dates and times, be sure to see

We hope you can take some time to join us. Events are free and open to all.

*Open access is the concept that those who produce academic scholarship, literature, music, film, art and other cultural products have benefited from access to cultural products that have come before them and can continue best to benefit creative and thinking minds moving forward if their new creations are made freely and easily available to all who could benefit from access.

"Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 4th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research" -

Questions? Contact Beth Evans or Maura Smale

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Spring 2010
Annual Book Party 2010

Attention Faculty and Staff!
Please come to the Library's Annual Book Party, honoring the College's authors who have written, co-written, edited, or co-edited a book this year.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room
Brooklyn College Library

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Clotho is the name of the first of three Fates in Greek mythology. She was thought to be the Fate who spins the thread of life.

"With your whole will surrender yourself to Clotho to spin your fate into whatever web of things she will." Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

Sometimes I think of the network of lines in my drawings and paintings as connective webs. I think of my friends, relatives and their friends and relatives, social connections, the billions of synaptic threads connecting memory to memory and thought to thought and the myriad satellite signals, websites, e-mails, cell phone conversations, and texts. What would it all look like if the whole of these points of connection were made visible?

My work is made by hand. No computers are used in the production of my tape installations, drawings or paintings. My work is abstract. There is no meaning in the object itself. Meaning occurs when the viewer perceives the work. The Chinese philosopher, Lao-tzu wrote that "straightforward words seem paradoxical." I think this is true of straightforward images as well. That is part of the power of abstraction.

Devin Powers

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Fall 2009
Cartographic Cells

I am fascinated by the dynamic systems evident everywhere around us. From the very smallest, molecular level to the largest level of the cosmos, I am intrigued by the structures and pattern these systems exhibit, the relationships between their parts, and the way the interactions of these parts affect a system’s growth.

I transform streets, roads and rivers in maps into a structure upon which to build a pattern, based on the image of a cell dividing. The cells on the outer parts of the cities signify open space, larger cells that will, as density increases, break down into smaller cells. Indeed, the paintings show the organism of the city or a whole country as one that continually breaks down the space around it into smaller and smaller units. The cells divide, and keep dividing. The city block is divided into buildings, the buildings into apartments, the apartments into rooms. I have come to see each mapped area I have painted as a kind of unique living organism, its growth directed, misdirected, and sometimes out of the control of its human inhabitants.

Rebecca Riley

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Spring 2009
Brooklyn College Library Conservation Lab Opening

The Brooklyn College Library is happy to announce the opening of CUNY’s first conservation lab. This lab enables us to have a space for restoring and repairing valuable documents from the Library collection. The lab has been envisioned for several years and has now become a reality. Please join us for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new space. We also invite you to view the accompanying exhibit highlighting the restoration work of Slava Polishchuk, including 17th century books, Ethiopian prayer books, and 20th century boxing ephemera.

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Annual Book Party

This event honors BC community authors who have authored/edited a book within the past year. The Library will add a copy of these books to our collection.

Thursday, May 7, 2009
12:30 - 2:00 PM

If you are planning to attend this event, please RSVP to no later than Thursday, April 30.

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Postales Pintadas: A Visual Dialogue between the children of New York City and Santiago de Cuba – April 1 – May 15, 2009

By Katie Yamasaki

Postales Pintadas is an exhibition of paintings inspired by a postcard exchange between Katie Yamasaki’s New York City public school students and their counterparts in Santiago de Cuba. Yamasaki asked her students in New York to create postcards for their peers in Cuba, describing themselves and the world they inhabit. She painted them in their world, combining their likeness with imagery from their own artwork, imaginations, and developing identities as she has come to know them in many years as their art teacher.

The exhibition Tarjetas Postales de Nueva York opened in Santiago de Cuba in the spring of 2007. Over 250 Cuban youth participated in the project. Many came to the gallery to choose the New York City kid with whom they most closely identified. The Cuban students created a response postcard describing themselves and what their lives are like in Cuba. Yamasaki, in turn, created corresponding paintings of the Cuban children, describing them and the world they inhabit.

The show is a visual dialogue in words and paintings. The words are the openhearted, unapologetic reflections of childhood, spoken with the clarity that children alone possess. The paintings are an attempt to illustrate childhood and adolescence from the voice of the child, catching the moment in life where identity, imagination and expression are at once hugely important and extremely fluid concepts. Finally, the images are the painter’s attempt to consider what it means for children to be free, and what each society’s role is in providing that freedom.

Opening Reception Thursday, April 2, 5-7 PM

Art Gallery
Brooklyn College Library
2900 Bedford Avenue

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Fall 2008
Graduate Student Focus Group – November 12, 2008

Graduate Students are invited to attend a focus group session to talk about library services. Since light refreshments will be served, an RSVP is required by November 5, 2008. Send RSVP to Graciela Canada ( or call 718-951-2145.

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Exhibit At The Brooklyn College Library, November 3 – December 18

Shirley Chisholm

"A Catalyst for Change"

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s momentous election to Congress and her historic bid as the first African American and the first woman to seek the nomination of a major party for President of the United States.

The exhibit includes original documents, campaign buttons, bumper stickers, posters, photographs, letters, congressional and presidential position papers, signed letters and telegrams, convention delegate count sheets, signed copies of her two books, Unbought and UnBossed and The Good Fight, audio and video tapes of Chisholm campaigning and speaking, other election memorabilia as well as the Governor Pataki’s proclamation (with the pen he used to sign the bill) making November 30, Shirley Chisholm Day in New York City.

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Rev. William Augustus Jones: A Man of Words and Action, 1934-2006 The Reverend William A. Jones was the pastor of Brooklyn’s Bethany Baptist Church for forty-three years. He was a prominent national activist in numerous civil and human rights movements. Rev. Jones worked with famed leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and he succeeded Rev. Jackson as national chairman of Operation Breadbasket. Rev. Jones wrote several books, received numerous awards and honors, and was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the top fifteen black preachers in America (1984). His inspirational sermons were heard not only in Brooklyn but around the country and the world. The accompanying exhibit uses material drawn from his personal papers which were donated to the Library by the Jones family in the spring of 2007. These papers are now available for research.

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Spring 2008
Stitch by Stitch: Works in Fabric The Brooklyn College Library will have an exhibit of over 25 quilts made by members of the Quilters' Guild of Brooklyn. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, June 10, with a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will also be a panel discussion on Tuesday, June 24, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm which will feature Guild members talking about their quilting journey. The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Brooklyn College Library from June 10 to August 22.

These works represent a new wave in the field of quilt making and textile art. The artists' approach to their medium range from traditional interpretations of tried and true quilt patterns to artists working in uncharted territory. The common thread that permeates throughout the exhibit is the joy of working with color, texture and fabrics. Each artist has a particular style and a unique message to communicate through their work.

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Library Exhibit May 27 through August Lost Histories: New York's Underbelly 1860 – 1910 is an exhibit from the private collection of Richard Stremme. This exhibit can been see for the first time in the Archives and Special Collections exhibit cases on the first floor of the Library. Students in the Brooklyn College Academy completed the research for the exhibit.

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Finding Jefferson - The 1st Amendment in the Age of Terrorism Alan Dershowitz is a Harvard Law Professor, an author, and an attorney whose career has been devoted to representing clients in criminal defense cases and civil liberty cases. He is also a Brooklyn College graduate (Class of 1959). His timely discussion will explore the line between dangerous speech and harmful conduct.

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Piano Concert Marc Thorman, composer, pianist, and a leading scholar in the music of John Cage presents a program of original works for solo piano and recordings on May 1 at 2 PM in the Library's Woody Tanger Auditorium.

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GULAG - An Island in an Archipelago This exhibit of Ivan Kovalev's photographs, personal letters, and artifacts takes you inside the Soviet network of Labor Camps which imprisoned millions of citizens. Unfortunately, this page of history is not yet closed.

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Fall 2007
Library Concert Series

Marc Thorman will present a program of original works for solo piano on November 27, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Woody Tanger Auditorium of the Library. Dr. Thorman is a composer, pianist, and a leading scholar in the music of John Cage. He currently teaches music history and theory at the City University of New York. Admission is free for this event.

Library Guitar Series

The Library Guitar series kicks off its 5th season with acclaimed classical guitar virtuoso Pia Gazarek Offeremann. Her performance of Baroque and modern pieces will take place at 2 PM on October 30th in the Woody Tanger Auditorium. Admission is free. Pia was a 1994 prize winner at the International Competition for Classical Guitar in Krakow. She currently teaches in Berlin.

Coney Island Creek: The Future of the Past

The Brooklyn College Library will be hosting a reception and lecture featuring Charles Denson, the Executive Director of the Coney Island History Project. Both events will take place at the Brooklyn College Library on Thursday, October 18. The reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room on the first floor of the Brooklyn College Library. Mr. Denson will speak on the topic “Coney Island Creek: The Future of the Past” at 7:15 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Library Woody Tanger Auditorium. He will discuss historic and environmental aspects of the creek over the years. Members of the Brooklyn College community as well as the public at large are invited to both these events.

Mr. Denson is a writer, photographer and art director who began his career in 1973 as the staff photographer of New York Magazine. He has served as art director and designer of numerous publications including San Francisco Magazine, New West Magazine, Golden State Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1999 Denson was awarded the prestigious Chronicle Journalism Fellowship at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His first book “Coney Island: Lost and Found,” was named “New York Book of the Year” at the 2002 New York Society Library’s New York Book Awards.

There will be an accompanying exhibit of photographs and artifacts on view in the Library from October 18 through November 2, 2007.


The Ambassador Chorus will be performing at Brooklyn College Library’s Woody Tanger Auditorium on Wednesday, October 10th at 6 PM. Among the jazz and Broadway favorites to be sung will be “Take the A-Train” and “New York, New York.” This concert is presented as part of the Diversity Series of the Brooklyn College Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance and Diversity. Admission is free.

About the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus: Two hundred-fifty voices strong, the chorus was founded in 1980 as a non-profit organization. Fostering the ideas of diversity, the chorus routinely plays world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to sold-out audiences.

Brooklyn Book Festival

The Library, in concert with the English Department, is organizing a Brooklyn College presence at the 2nd annual Brooklyn Book Festival to take place on September 16th from 10 AM - 6 PM at Borough Hall. MFA students will be reading from their works from noon until 1 PM and twelve Brooklyn College faculty authors will be staffing the Brooklyn College table to discuss their latest books. A member of Enrollment Services will also be on hand to talk about the College. Last year over 10,000 people attended the Festival. There will be panel discussions in Borough Hall, readings on the steps, and book vendors on the lawn. The location of the Brooklyn College table is 5 see attached (map). For more information about the festival, check out <;