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Read Your Favorite Magazines on Flipster

Browse your favorite magazines online through the library’s Flipster database – Ebony, Glamour, Bon Appetit, Rolling Stone, GQ, Wired and more.

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Magazines can be downloaded to Android and Apple devices and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

Access Flipster through the library’s A-Z list of databases.

Learn more about Flipster in this video.

At Home in Hemingway’s World

“At Home in Hemingway’s World,” the 17th International Ernest Hemingway Conference, put on by The Hemingway Society, is underway at Dominican.  It started on July 17th and will run until July 22nd.  Hemingway scholars from all over the world attend conference sessions on campus and visit Hemingway sites in Oak Park.  (The author was born in Oak Park and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School.)

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See photos of the visit to Hemingway’a boyhood home and of author Tim O’Brien’s keynote address on Dominican’s Facebook page.

Be sure to stop by the library to see our display of works by and about Hemingway, and works by O’Brien.

More information on the conference and the authors are available on our library research guide.


Three Publications from Sr. Mary Ellen O’Hanlon now Available Online

You can now read three publications of Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon (1882-1961), revered and renowned professor of botany at Rosary College in the mid 20th century.  Sister O’Hanlon focused her research on using “an enlightened, scientific approach to human differences to combat racism and prejudice” (Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, page 645), advocated for racial justice, and was very active in the civil rights movement.  Sister Diane Kennedy explains Sister O’Hanlon’s writing as extremely important in “guiding college students, workers and others toward the civil rights movement.” (Dominican Magazine Fall 2013, page 10.)

The three publications are:

Racial Myths
Somewhere there is recorded an Arabian proverb in which the author distinguishes three classes of human beings – “those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move.” This very terse and pithy classification of mankind does not coincide with the more popular but much less profound distinctions which are offered by the physical anthropologist; because a proportionate representation of all three of these classes, according to the Arabian philosopher, would undoubtedly be found in each of the various “races” or groups which are distinguished by the anthropologist. Because of their popularity and the exaggeration of their significance, these less fundamental and quite superficial distinctions designate but also confuse the meaning of the concept of race.


The Heresy of Race
This booklet is designed to answer some of the current questions which are almost certain to be asked whenever the subject of race relations is proposed. The reception of RACIAL MYTHS and the continuous call for it from many types of organizations, institutions and individuals seem to indicate that this sequel to it will meet a similar response and may be of some help to the many sincere souls who are rightly disposed toward social justice and Christian charity.


Three Careers: Highlights and Overtones
Introduction by Sister Benvenuta Bras, O.P.: Sister Mary Ellen O’Hanlon, a member of the Rosary College faculty during the first 30-some years of its existence existence, a demanding professor of botany, was well-known in college and professional circles. Characteristic were her imperious bearing, her confident statements of opinion, her strong and perhaps domineering manner, and with that, her friendly and engaging personality. Members of the Rosary faculty knew her well. Yet for many of our younger sisters, her name means only a prayer on the list of our deceased sisters. I expected to find therein data for a “curriculum vitae,” with appropriate dates, lists of publications, professional memberships and possibly some correspondence, and, in her obituary, an account of her last days. What I did find changed my plans completely. Sister Mary Ellen left a typed autobiography, THREE CAREERS, clearly intended for publication. My astonishment and delight increased exponentially as I read, and I knew at once that her own presentation was infinitely superior to any summary I could make. Therefore the following pages offer THREE CAREERS as she wrote it, beginning with a table of contents and a list of illustrations for her proposed work.



Stonewall Inn a National Monument

Last week, President Obama designated the Stonewall Inn a National Monument.  In the summer of 1969, patrons of the bar stood up to raiding police, adding momentum to the gay rights movement and giving rise the Pride Parade.  As Pride Month comes to a close, learn more about the Stonewall Inn and the events of that night in 1969 by checking out PBS’s excellent documentary, Stonewall Uprising.  It’s currently in our Pride Month display on the first floor, but will soon return to the Media Center.  (Call number DVD HQ76.8.U6 A447 2011 AV.)

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June is Musical Month in the Media Center


The Tony Awards are just around the corner – Sunday, June 12 – and we’d would love to help you get catchy show tunes stuck in your head.  Currently, 9 shows are running on the Media Center’s Broadway, all guaranteed not to flop with DVD viewers:



Chicago, full of razzle dazzle, follows 2 women who commit murder and turn the courtroom into a circus just to find fame in 1920s Chicago.


Fiddler on the Roof is a traditional tale of life in a Jewish village in Russia with times changing more quickly than anyone realizes.


Grease, the beloved musical of 1950s rebellious high schoolers in Chicago, didn’t win any Tony Awards but won the hearts of audiences everywhere.


Into the Woods retells and interweaves many classic fairy tales, but is much darker than the traditional Disney wash.



Les Misérables is an epic beyond a simple synopsis, but at the end of the day you’ll be glad you gave it a chance.



My Fair Lady follows the shenanigans in one woman’s attempts to linguistically transform in order to move through the upper crust of British society.


The Phantom of the Opera is one of the longest running and most beloved musicals on stage; save yourself a trip and some cash by checking out the DVD.



The Sound of Music is the timeless musical based on the true story of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria.



West Side Story, winner of 10 Oscars and 2 Tonys and favorite movie of one Michal Bay, is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in mid-century New York.



These movies will be closing soon to make room for other musical adaptions of beloved movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Shrek, Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, War Horse and The Lion King.

For more information visit:  Thank you to Jessica Barth for this post.

Al-Jazeera America Contributions by Dominican History Professor Now in Constellation

Constellation, Dominican’s digital repository of scholarship, now contains the full run of History Professor David Perry’s contributions to Al-Jazeera America.  Perry’s pieces are mainly about people with disabilities and related policy and media issues, such as portrayal of people with disabilities on television and police conduct toward the mentally and physically disabled.

Al-Jazeera America stopped its TV and online news services last month.  Though its web site still exists, providing archival content for the last 3 years, Perry’s work was saved in Constellation to guarantee future access should the web site be taken down entirely.  Having the work in Constellation also adds to Perry’s prestige as a public academic (he is a regular contributor to CNN, The Atlantic, and other news outlets) and strengthens Dominican’s scholarly reputation.

Perry’s Al-Jazeera America work can be found in the RCAS Faculty Scholarship community in Constellation.

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