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UMass Amherst 1968: The Life of a Year

Exhibit 1968

Fall Semester 2018

Lower Level and Floor 25

W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Following on the heels of the Summer of Love, 1968 seemed like a world apart. It was a year of social experimentation and optimism, but also a year of rebellion, assassination, political agitation, and violence. It was a year of Nixon and Agnew and hippies and revolutionaries. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, the exhibit will draw upon the social change collections in the Libraries' Department of Special Collections and University Archives to explore a watershed year in American history.

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Building Bridges: Showcasing UMass Amherst Worker Artists

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September 24-December 13

Reception: Tuesday, September 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Science and Engineering Library, Lederle GRC Lowrise

This is the latest in a series of exhibitions that highlights the artwork of UMass Amherst Worker Artists. The Building Bridges Public Art and Engagement Initiative recognizes workers who may clean the restrooms, serve food in dining halls, tend the grounds, or engage in clerical and administrative tasks, and aims to celebrate their artistic talents in a way that enriches the university community. The exhibition brings together more than 20 artists from across campus.

Building Bridges is a campus engagement initiative funded by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

The exhibition is co-organized by the UMass Amherst Libraries and Labor/Management Workplace Education, Human Resources.

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"Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150"

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings: W. E. B. Du Bois at 150,” through August 22, 2018 in the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The exhibit, celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of W. E. B. Du Bois, examines Du Bois and his influences. Drawing its title from the first chapter of Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, the exhibit includes materials from his papers as well as the papers of other figures in the Libraries’ social change collections.

Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and went on to become one of the most powerful voices in the twentieth century for the world’s oppressed. A prolific writer, poet, and playwright; a pioneering scholar and public intellectual; and always a fierce opponent of racial, economic, and class inequalities, Du Bois held trenchant ideas on equality and democracy that were often controversial, but influenced every corner of this country and nearly every continent in the world.

The W. E. B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst was named for Du Bois in 1994 and is home to the extensive W. E. B. Du Bois Papers, as well as the W. E. B. Du Bois Center.

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“Global Perspectives through Student Eyes": Golden Memories from Gold Coast

Mackenzie Gemelli '18 Describes Incredible Study Abroad Experience

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For the Spring 2018 exhibit, “Global Perspectives through Student Eyes,” the UMass Amherst Libraries are displaying images from the International Programs Office annual photo contest, to which students submit images they photograph while studying abroad.

One of the students whose work is part of the exhibit, Mackenzie Gemelli ’18, described her Spring 2017 semester abroad in Gold Coast, Australia, as one of the best experiences of her life.

Why did you choose Gold Coast as your study abroad destination?

I chose this destination because I have always wanted to spend a semester by the beach. I went to visit my friend in 2016 who studied in Sunshine Coast, Australia, and it confirmed my choice. I chose Griffith University on the Gold Coast because it was in the middle of the east coast, which was a perfect distance to be able to travel to different cities in and around Australia. It also had courses I was able to take that transferred back to count toward UMass. 

What were the most memorable parts of studying abroad?

By far, the most memorable part of my semester abroad was meeting my amazing group of friends. Traveling to the many cities within Australia, and going on study breaks to Bali, Indonesia, and Queenstown, New Zealand would never have been the same if I didn't meet these people. Tim Cahill says, "A journey is best measured in friends, not miles," and it could not have described my time abroad better. They made leaving to return back to the States extremely tough, but that just means that the time we shared together was completely worth every second.

Another great experience was our day in Lovina, Bali. We were taken out to swim with wild dolphins before we were brought to a local homestay where they fed us an amazing meal with all naturally grown foods from their backyard. The joy the kids had in their eyes when we arrived made your heart melt. It made each one of us realize that we take a lot of things for granted and overthink the simplicities we are given. This was a very rewarding experience for me!

Another great memory was hiking with my friends in the mountains in New Zealand with no one else around. If you stopped, all you could hear was the wind, and in that moment I felt extremely empowered, and that nothing could break my peacefulness.

What was the photograph you took for the exhibit?

The picture I took was on the island of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia, off the coast of Bali. Before this picture we took a bike ride around the entire island, since the island does not have any motorized vehicles. There are a few wooden swings placed along the water, which is a perfect backdrop for pictures. People lined up to go sit in the swing for the sunset to be in the background. As one person got up to let the next person have a chance for a picture, I quickly snapped a shot of the swings by themselves because the look of them made me feel very calm. I later on realized how much I fell in love with this picture and the fact that it was a very spontaneous shot made me love it that much more. It perfectly captures how I was feeling in that moment.

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"Global Perspectives through Student Eyes"

Exhibit GlobalPerspectives

The UMass Amherst Libraries and International Programs Office (IPO) host an exhibition of photos, “Global Perspectives through Student Eyes,” from February 5 through May 11, 2018, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held in SEL on Tuesday, March 6, from 4-6 P.M. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

IPO sponsors an annual photo contest for students to submit images they photograph while studying abroad. The images featured in this exhibit are just a sampling of the collections available on the IPO website and Facebook page.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries and the International Programs Office.

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Locus Solus: Place, Meaning, and Community in the Life of Brother David Steindl-Rast

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“Locus Solus: Place, Meaning, and Community in the life of Brother David Steindl-Rast,” showcases items curated from Steindl-Rast’s recent donation of correspondence, photographs, writings, audio/visual recordings, art, and publications. The exhibit is on display through January 31, 2018 on the Lower Level and Floor 25 of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst.

The Brother David Steindl-Rast Papers join a number of other recent high-profile donations to the Social Change Archive in Special Collections, including the records of the New England Yearly Meeting (of Quakers), the Peter Simon Collection and the Bernard Jaffe Papers.

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¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike

Exhibit Cuba

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibition of photos, “¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike,” from September 5 through December 15, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, September 22, from 2-4 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Retired teachers Carol Pike and Martha Tenney traveled to central Cuba in May 2016 with a “people-to-people” tour group through the Grand Circle Foundation. The photographs in the exhibit document their journey from Camagüey to Havana. Along the way, they met people from all walks of life, learning about their culture, history and everyday concerns.

 “My hope is that the photographs I selected for this exhibit provide an introduction to the warm and resourceful Cuban people, a look at their colorful and vibrant culture,” said Pike.

Pike’s interest in photography began in 2003 when she bought her first digital camera. After taking several photography classes, she started submitting her work to the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Valley Views column as well as group exhibits at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton, Mass. and Green Trees Gallery in Northfield, Mass. Pike has also created four solo exhibits at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield; her most recent, A Portrait of Cuba, was the basis for her current exhibit at UMass. Initially interested in capturing nature, her focus has shifted to photographing her travels. In addition to Cuba, she has recently traveled to Turkey, and the Netherlands. This fall, she and Tenney plan to visit Tanzania.

Pike, a retired math educator, is a resident of Northfield, Mass.

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All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England

Closing August 18, 2017

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The UMass Amherst Libraries exhibit “All That Dwell in the Light: 350 Years of Quakers in New England,” closes August 18, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), on Floor 25.

The exhibit examines the history of Quakers and Quakerism in New England drawing upon the extraordinary records of the New England Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (NEYM).

Containing nearly 400 linear feet of archival records and thousands of books and pamphlets, the Collection was donated to SCUA in 2016. Quakers, also known as Friends, have a long and dynamic history in New England. When they first arrived in the region in the1650s, they presented both a radical alternative and a significant challenge to Puritan orthodoxy, espousing an egalitarian ethos rooted in the Quaker concept of inward light. Over the centuries, this egalitarian vision has led Friends into passionate advocacy for the abolition of slavery, gender and racial equality, and opposition to all war.

One of approximately two dozen yearly meetings in the United States, the NEYM currently comprises eight quarterly meetings and approximately 85 monthly meetings, which are the basic unit of organization for the Society of Friends. As in other yearly meetings, a diversity of spiritual practice in the NEYM has resulted in a history of separations and reunions. Most famously, New England Friends divided over doctrinal issues in the 1840s into separate Gurneyite and Wilburite meetings, and these remained separate for a century before the rifts
were healed.

The New England Yearly Meeting Collection contains the official records of the NEYM from its founding in the seventeenth century to the present, along with records of most of its constituent Quarterly, Monthly, and Preparative Meetings, and records of Quaker schools and trusts. As varied as the Quaker practice they document, these records include minutes of meetings for business; committee records; newsletters; financial records; some personal papers; and an assortment of photographs, audiovisual materials, microfilm, and electronic records. Of particular note are the vital statistics recorded by the monthly meetings, including general information on births, deaths, marriages, membership, and obituaries. In addition, there is information on removals (formal letters written as members moved from one meeting to another), denials, testimonies (beliefs and convictions), and sufferings (penalties Quakers suffered for adhering to their faith).

The Collection also includes several thousand Quaker books and pamphlets, including the libraries of Moses and Obadiah Brown and notes from several individual monthly meetings. The collection is open to researchers and digitized selections from the collection are available at in SCUA’s online repository,


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Color Woodblock Prints: an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney '79

Through April 28, 2017

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SAVE THE DATE!  Informal Viewing of Color Woodblock Prints on Thursday April 27th 1-3 p.m. The Science & Engineering Library invites you to come view this exhibit before it ends. Light refreshments will be served. 

The UMass Amherst Libraries host Color Woodblock Prints, an Exhibition by Linda Mahoney ’79, from January 23 through April 28, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), Lederle Graduate Research Center Lowrise, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Linda Mahoney has been a painter for over 30 years. She lives in Northfield, Massachusetts, and was an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School for Girls in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from 1987 to 2016. In 2007, she took a workshop in Moku Hanga—Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking—and fell in love with all parts of the process. It has become her primary medium.

Mahoney graduated from UMass Amherst in 1979 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a minor in Art History. Her artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally through the Art in Embassies Program which promotes the cultural identity of America’s art and artists by borrowing original works of art by U.S. citizens for display in approximately 180 U.S. embassy residences worldwide. 

In the last five years she has been exhibiting her color woodblock prints in outdoor art shows throughout New England, and has received several awards for her prints. In June of 2016, she was the “Artist in Residence” at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Moku Hanga consists of designing an image, carving several blocks for each print design, experimenting with colors while proof printing, refining the blocks and colors, using brushes to apply water-based paint mixed with rice paste to the paper and then applying pressure with a hand-held baren (a pad of twisted cord covered with paper, cloth, and bamboo leaves) in order to make the final print.

“I paint numerous watercolors en plein air, during the warmer months, returning to favorite places each year. I favor the undisturbed landscape, usually nature preserves, state parks, wildlife sanctuaries, or undeveloped coastal areas,” says Mahoney. “I am particularly drawn to Downeast Maine; the Schoodic Peninsula, Steuben, Addison, and Lubec. Distinctive trees, crashing surf and rocks, bogs, boreal forests, marshes, and active skies are frequently my subjects.”

Mahoney then studies these watercolors and selects the ones that best capture the spirit of place to use as designs for her color woodblock prints.

The exhibition will include a display of her materials and process.

The exhibit can be viewed whenever the Science and Engineering Library is open, please see the Libraries’ website for current hours. To view the artist’s work, visit:

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Through The Photographer’s Eyes The Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer)

Through January 13, 2017

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The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit “Through The Photographer’s Eyes: The Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer)” through January 13, 2017, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, both on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The work of photojournalist Diana Mara Henry spans four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America. After graduating from Harvard with a B.A. in Government in 1969, Henry worked as a researcher with NBC News and as a general assignment reporter for the Staten Island Advance. In 1971 she began to work as a freelance photographer. 

Among many projects, Henry covered the Democratic conventions of 1972 and 1976 and was selected as official photographer for both the National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year and the First National Women’s Conference in 1977. While teaching at the International Center of Photography from 1974-1979, she developed its community workshop program and was a leader in a campaign to save the Alice Austen House. Her body of work ranges widely from the fashion scene in 1970s New York and personal assignments for the family of Malcolm Forbes and other socialites to political demonstrations, cultural events, and photoessays on one-room schoolhouses in Vermont and Ulster Country, NY, and everyday life in Brooklyn, France, Nepal, and Bali.

Henry’s photographs have appeared in government documents, magazines, books such as Newsweek’s Pictures of the Year 1977, and the 1989 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. They have been exhibited in many locations including a one-woman show at the Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY; The Park Avenue Armory, NYC; and The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA. In addition to the UMass Amherst Libraries, Henry’s photographs are in the collection of the National Archives.

The exhibit draws upon photographs and documents in the Diana Mara Henry Collection (20th Century Photographer) in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and features photographs taken by Henry along with a rich array of related materials—speeches, press releases, brochures, and her personal notes—collected over the years, which document the political and cultural scene of the second half of the twentieth century. Items on display cover a wide range of topics from the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The Women’s Pentagon Action, the McGovern campaign, the New York State Women’s Meeting and First National Women’s Conference to Permaculture, New York politics, and New York society.

An overview of her collection is available on the SCUA website and more than 2,000 of Henry’s images are available in Credo, an online repository containing the digital collections held by SCUA.

For more information, please contact Danielle Kovacs,, 413-545-2784.

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