Friday, January 29, 2010

The Sit-Ins: Woman's College Perspective

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-Ins, University Archives has created an exhibit to honor the Woman's College (now UNCG) students who participated in the sit-ins.


On Monday, February 1, 1960, four North Carolina A&T students initiated what would become a nationwide protest when they demanded the right to sit and be served at the Woolworth’s lunch counter on South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro.

Woman’s College students Ann Dearsley, Claudette Graves, Marilyn Lott, and Eugenia Seaman joined the protests later in the week.

Ann Dearsley

Claudette Graves

Marilyn Lott

Eugenia Seaman

The presence of three white women on Thursday, February 4th was particularly noteworthy. The three women felt that it was their “moral obligation” to join the protest in spite of possible reprisals from the gathering white crowd.

The exhibit is on display in the Jackson Library/Elliott University Center Connector from January 12 to March 15, 2010.

The Integration of Woman's College

JoAnne Smart (left) and Bettye Davis Tillman (right)

In recognition of Black History Month, University Archives has installed an exhibit honoring JoAnne Smart and Bettye Davis Tillman who were the first two African-American students to attend the Woman’s College (now UNCG).

Entering on September 13, 1956, the young women were first housed on the first floor of the west wing of Shaw Residence Hall. By the time of their graduation in 1960, there were approximately twenty African-American students attending the Woman’s College.

The parlor of Shaw Residence Hall was named in honor of these two pioneers in 1992; and in 2008, the Smart-Tillman Distinguished Professorship in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance was created.

The exhibit will be on display in the main lobby of Jackson Library from January 12 to March 15, 2010.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cool Exhibit

Inspired by the unseasonably cold temperatures outside, Special Collections is exhibiting artists books relating to winter. Take a walk in Winter air : a journal, written by Linda Hoffman. Hoffman, an anthropologist, studied the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea. Winter air . . . is selections from her journal, illustrated with photographs.

Three poets, Ardyth Bradley, Brenda Hillman, Keith Ratzlaff, also inspired by the season, created Three winter poems. Taking inspiration from an essay by Henry David Thoreau, originally published in the October 1843 issue of The Dial, A Winter Walk is rendered anew with woodcuts by Michael Alpert. Morris Cox of the Gogmagog Press provides An impression of winter : a landscape panorama. This is the first of his seasonal landscape panoramas - he also created one for Spring, Summer, and Autumn.

For contrast, Ruth Fine created linocuts for Summer day, winter night. Each linocut is on one side of the 32 page accordian fold - only Winter Night is displayed.

Shake the chill and stop by to view the books.

Winter : an exhibit
Second Floor Lobby, Main Building
Jackson Library
January 5 - early February 2010