Concourse Display Case
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First Floor Interior Displays
What a Year We've Had!
The idea of this display was to gather many different books from the Library's collections, all of which have the word "year" in their titles. You'll be surprised by the variety!
Comic Books and Nationalism
Titles on display include graphic novels and books about comics available for checkout.
On January 28, UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library and the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies will present a panel discussion at noon in the 4th floor rotunda called "Bullets, Bracelets, and Social Struggle: National Identity and Comic Books."
Moderated by Dr. Lawrence Bernabo (Communications), the presentation will feature Dr. Mitra Emad (Sociology/Anthropology) and Dr. David Beard (Writings Studies; Masters of Liberal Studies).
Both scholars will develop arguments about the nature of national identities as they are worked out in and through comic books. Emad explores the collision of American nationalism and feminist identity politics as inscribed onto the body of the longest-lived female superhero, Wonder Woman.
Beard discusses the use of comic books by American and European creators to explore the experience of Israelis and Palestinians, while assessing the political and ethical legitimacy of Israeli policies in the Palestinian territories. Both Emad and Beard delineate the specific functionality of comic books as a genre for both maintaining and disturbing nationalism(s).
An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.
Content includes a selection of interesting items related to the White House, President, and Department of State from the Michael S. Berman Political Collection, part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections.
Ephemera are usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. Most of us tend to save a few things as mementos. So it was with UMD alumnus (class of 1961) Mike Berman, a longtime Democrat who held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school.
Fourth Floor Display
Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection
UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library Special Collections department invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.
The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection
This exhibit showcases three Qur'an volumes as a follow-up to last year's five-part "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" reading and discussion series sponsored by the Library. UMD Professor Nik Hassan led some of the programs, and he generously supplied a personal statement about the Qur'an and its centrality to his way of life for this exhibit.
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