Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Paying Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Dr. Lisa Brock is associate professor of history and director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She is also the founder of The Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection held in the Columbia College Chicago Archives.

Brock was deeply involved in the anti-apartheid movement and lived in Mozambique, where she did research on her doctoral dissertation and worked with the ANC. Upon her return, she played a leadership role with the Chicago anti-apartheid movement.

She served as an observer in the Angola elections in 1992 and, since the early 1990s, has been researching and writing on African-American solidarity with South Africa and Cuban liberation struggles. She serves as a trustee on the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund for radical student activists.

Time: Thursday, March 27, 2:30 PM
Location: Fine Arts Building, Martin Recital Hall
Contact: Aly Drame,


New to the Collection: Virginia Woolf in Context

Virginia Woolf in Context by Bryony Randall and Jane Goldman is one of the new additions Rebecca Crown Library welcomed to their collection. This literature was composed about Virginia Woolf to honor her modernist writing techniques and the the ways in which her fiction elucidated modern and contemporary life.  With that said, a fundamental objective behind this literary work was to allow scholars the opportunity to delve into her various styles of writing.  Popular themes of her writing encapsulated topics associated to twentieth century pivotal issues ranging from cultural, political and historical controversies and struggles, such as war,race, gender and art. Virginia Woolf died on this day in 1941, she was 59 years old.


To check out this new addition please visit the NEW BOOK table on the first level of the Crown Library located behind the staircase or click here to check out more about Virginia Woolf.  

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National Women’s History Museum and Google

These two organizations may seem very disparate (and you may have no idea who the National Women’s History Museum is), but for Women’s History Month the two have worked together to provide an amazing interactive online exhibit.

It’s called “Pathways to Equality” and includes the Declaration of Sentiments, an article from “…the voice of the Women’s movement”, quotes and pictures of your favorite suffragettes, and much more.  The National Women’s History Museum is a privately funded organization lobbying Congress for the institution of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C.  Yes, currently, there is not a Women’s History Museum in the National Mall of Washington D.C.   It is a great resource if you need a quick bio for a class, or want to introduce some online exhibits into a lesson plan.  Remember, you can always cross reference anything you find with our own online catalog.

Rembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory burns down.  145 workers were killed in a place that probably defined the word sweatshop.  Only one out of the four elevators were working, one staircase opening inward only, and the other one was locked to prevent theft.  The fire escapes?  They were shoddily constructed and collapsed under the weight of the women as they tried to escape.  Even the hose that a manager tried to use was rusted enough not to function at all.  Women attempted to leave by jumping out of windows (the firefighters’ ladders only reached to floor 7 while the workers were on the 9th).  Eventually the elevator broke, but women jumped down the shafts anyway to escape the fire.  Most of the deaths occurred as women were fleeing, not because of the fire itself.

This tragedy led to stricter fire codes, and a march of 80,000 people in support of the common laborer.  The owners were placed on trial, but were found innocent of all charges.  Cornell University has created an amazing online exhibition of the fire.  There’s a map of the ninth floor, a timeline of events, a list of witness testimony, anything you can think of.  You can check out our catalog for books containing this fire and women workers’ rights.

March is National Women’s History Month

Women have played a vital role in the coming and development of the United States, however recognition has not always been attributed. With that said, National Women’s History Month was developed to recognize the contributions women have played in the founding and development of our nation. The theme of this year centers on Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.

The National Women’s History Month takes place during March in both the United States and the United Kingdom, however it’s commencement  was not established over night. The unfolding of the declaration of National Women’s History Month dates back to the first International Women’s Day on March 8, 1911 which later progressed to the Women’s History Week (taking place the week of International Women’s Day. 

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th as National History Week. President Carter proclamation stated: “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” 

For more information of Women’s History visit the resources of the Rebecca Crown Library.


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Bowling Tonight!

We have the tendency to believe that if we are doing something (and are actually enjoying ourselves)during this day and age chances are it was not around much longer before us. However, a sport that many of us have partaken in at least once in our lives has been around since Ancient Egypt.

That very familiar sport I am referring to is bowling! Remnants of bowling balls and bowls have been found that can be traced back to Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire 3,000-5,000 years ago. Another account of bowling’s’ ancient ancestry comes from Roman legionaries engagement in the sport over 2,000 years ago when stone objects were tossed which thereafter inspired outdoor bowling and Italian Bocce. Fast forward a couple thousand years, in New York City in 1895 the first ever standardized rules for indoor bowling were constructed and instituted.

With that said, Dominican University hosts free bowling for Dominican students (with ID’s) at Circle Bowl, located at 7244 Circle Ave in Forest Park, throughout the semester on Mondays, from 10 p.m. until midnight

…And after playing a few games come by the Crown library and read up a little more on bowling (click here for bowling section).

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