Category Archives: Books and Reading

Civil Rights History Immersion in Birmingham, AL

Recently I traveled to Birmingham, AL with my husband, somewhat on a whim for a long weekend.  We solicited advice from friends on what we shouldn’t miss in the city, and the one thing that kept coming up in the … Continue reading

Melania Trump’s Inaugural Gown: The Ugandan Perspective

Those of us who have the inclination (and courage) to follow U.S. and global news stories in the many American and European media outlets available to us, may feel that we have a pretty complete picture of the day’s events. … Continue reading

Hard-boiled and Noir Fiction and Film

Travelling through fetid alleyways in the pouring rain, through thronging cities like beating hearts, and darkened rooms echoing gunshots and last breaths, the fiction and film of the hard-boiled and noir genres bring readers and viewers along for vivid, engrossing, … Continue reading

Shakespeare and Hamlet Through the Lens of Language: Final Reflection by Caroline West

Going on a college campus tour is a bit like watching a live-action commercial; by the end, it is not hard to feel as though you are being offered a product with the capacity to significantly improve your life. Of … Continue reading

Egypt: The Birthplace of Flip Flops?

It’s summer and flip-flops are in full bloom! Over the centuries, shoe designers have added heels, blinged them out, and crafted them from a variety of materials. The obsession for this ancient sandal has even sprouted its own national day … Continue reading

Why Not Read About Summer?

The academic year is over, the Memorial Day picnic leftovers are in the fridge, and you’re starting to plan your summer activities. If you’re like me, one of the most important summer activities is summer reading! Trashy novels, breezy beach … Continue reading

Special Collections Obtains Lothar Schreyer’s “Kreuzigung”

The Sheridan Libraries’ Special Collections, a treasure trove of research and teaching material, has just grown by one very significant acquisition. A gem in the multi-faceted field of German Expressionism was recently added, thanks to the generosity of the Friends … Continue reading

Library Tourism

At some point, we all travel and explore new places. While you’re globe-trotting, don’t forget to visit libraries! Seriously, some libraries are tourist attractions and well-worth a visit. Even the New York Times has recognized this insider’s tip! You could … Continue reading

Stories from Turkey

Once there was a white elephant, an Indian boy who was his friend, an architect, several sultans, and a mystery. My introduction to Turkish fiction was the beautifully written The Architect’s Apprentice (2015). The author, Elif Shafak (sometimes spelled “Safak”), … Continue reading

Scientists, Communicating, Doing Science

How does science get done? In many ways — experimenting, theorizing, testing, observing. But good science also comes from lots and lots of talking. At conferences, in journals, in hallways, at seminars, with patients, in classrooms and labs, over coffee, … Continue reading