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Library Displays

Dr. Jennifer Stone's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Display

      A display celebrating the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry
      Caterpillar." Visitors were encouraged to fill out a circle with their name and favorite
      children's book to add to the caterpillar on the cork board.


       Display created by Dr. Jennifer Stone, School of Education, and Lizzy Walker.


       Display dates: September 10 to ________.

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Dr. Rannfrid Thelle’s REL 311G Poster Display

      University Libraries and REL 311G present an exhibit of
      student posters from Dr. Rannfrid Thelle’s “Archaeology
      and the Bible” Fall 2017 course.  Student presenters will be
      available to discuss their projects and answer questions
      from 12-2 pm Tuesday, February 13, in the main corridor
      of Ablah Library. 
Poster topics include the boat of Galilee,
      the conquest of Jericho, King Hezekiah’s Seal, the Dead Sea
      Scrolls, and gods of ancient Israel.  
Refreshments will be
      served at the February 13 discussion.

      The poster exhibit will be up February 12- February 26 
the main corridor of Ablah Library. 

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Dr. DeFrain's Graphic Novel Class Exhibition 2017

      In Spring 2017, Dr. Darren DeFrain and the students of English 377 explored  
      social, cultural, and aesthetic issues related to the form of graphic novels.
      They were displayed in the main lobby.

      Students in the class had the opportunity to create either a physical poster or a
      digital project for their final assignment.



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Dr. DeFrain's Graphic Novel Class Exhibition 2016

      This exhibit is a compilation of projects from Dr. Darren DeFrain's (Spring
      2016) ENG 377: Graphic Novels class.  A special thanks to Dr. DeFrain and
      his students for letting us display their projects and a huge thank you to the
      Graduate School for allowing the use of their cork panel boards without
      which this exhibit would not be possible.

      This exhibit was displayed May 2016  to present.

      This exhibit was assembled by Nathan Filbert, Meghann Kuhlmann and
      Cathy Moore-Jansen.

      This exhibit was accompanied by a book display highlighting some of the
      graphic novels mentioned in the exhibit posters, along with others that can
                                                                                                 be found in the university library collections at Ablah Library.

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Student Graphic Novel Projects 2015

      This exhibit is a compilation of projects from Dr. Darren DeFrain's (Fall 2014) Graphic
      Novels class.  A special thanks to Dr. DeFrain and his students for letting us display
      their projects.

      This exhibit was displayed Summer 2015.

      This exhibit was accompanied by a book display highlighting some of the graphic
      novels mentioned in the exhibit posters, along with others that can be found in the
      university library collections at Ablah Library.



             These posters were created by Dr. DeFrain's

​                       Fall 2014 Graphic Novels class.

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The Last Nomads of Turkey

      The University Libraries hosted a photographic exhibit titled "The Last
      Nomads of Turkey" from April 3 to May 10, 2015. The exhibit, created by
      the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology, displayed photographs of
      Kemal Nuraydin, professional photographer, writer, and former Deputy
      Editor of National Geographic, Turkish Editor. 

      The photographs featured Kurdish nomads and sheep herders living in
      southeastern Turkey whose traditional way of life has been affected by
      regional conflicts including the war between Kudish groups of Syria and the
      Islamic State and documented their everyday life.

      On April 3, around 60 visitors enjoyed refreshments at the opening reception in Ablah Library, then listened to a talk by Nuraydin in Lindquist Hall, where he talked about the photographs and the people he encountered. 

The exhibit, opening reception, and talk were jointly presented by Sally and David Jackman Lecture Series, Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, and WSU Library Associates.

A book display was created in compilation with this exhibit.

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WSU Expeditions to Asmat 2012

      In the summer of 2001, Wichita State University became the first university in over forty years to mount an extensive expedition to collect traditional art in teh isolated Asmat area of southwestern New Guinea. The Asmat area compromises a remote harsh enviornment of mangrove swamps, jungle, mud, and meandering river systems that rpovide the only access to the villages. Although Asmat art is extremely rare, the WSU team was able to assemble a diverse collection of over 1,000 Asmat cultural objects. 

This collection is named the Downing Collection of Asmat Art, in honor of the expeditions underwriters, Paula and Barry Downing. WSU now possesses one of the only three significant collections of Asmat art found in the United States.

The exhibition included photographs illustrating the life and ceremonies of the Asmat people and the process of how the WSU team researched, collected, and transported a major collection of their art. The exhibit also showcased a number of Asmat artifacts, carvings, and weavings collected during the 2001 expedition.

Along with the exhibition was a talk presented by Asmat team member and Director of Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology Jerry Martin titled "Asmat Adventures: Researching and Collecting Asmat Art." The talk consisted of Martin telling the story of how the team traveled through Asmat in 2001 to collect art to transport to WSU, and the return trip in 2007.

A film, titled "The Lives of Our Ancestors: An Asmat Bisj Ceremony" was also presented.

The exhibit was also accompanied by a book display.


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