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Black History Month - What is Black?

Jackie Robinson and Brad Pye
Jackie Robinson and Brad Pye from The Tom and Ethel Bradley Center Photographs Collection. Our first event features the movie 42, about Jackie Robinson.

For the second year in a row, the Oviatt Library will be joining with educators and artists from across campus to present an enlightening, entertaining, and celebratory series of events to coincide with Black History Month. A diverse calendar of programming is scheduled to run through the entire month of February. From a film screening and live music events on the Library’s front lawn, to open microphones and poetry readings in the first floor’s bustling Learning Commons, to faculty showcases and an author presentation in the Ferman Presentation Room. For more information, see the sidebar on this page for our event schedule.

In addition to our main events, there are special exhibitions in Music & Media and on our new multi-screen Media Wall.  

Additional events running throughout the month:

  • What is Black? A curated series of video clips contributed by CSUN’s campus community will run on the Media Wall in the ASRS Viewing Room.
  • Music & Media Exhibit. A display highlighting African American materials from the Oviatt’s Music & Media Collection in Music & Media on the second floor in the east wing.
  • “I have a dream” – Martin Luther King Jr., speech will play on a loop in the ASRS Viewing Room.
  • “Take a Dream, Leave a Dream,” an open participation board in the Learning Commons.

All month, all free, and open to everyone.

Past Exhibition

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Library Gallery

January 16, 2015 to December 23, 2015

From the United States' earliest days the American West was lauded as a land of uncharted opportunity, with westward expansion the nation's ultimate destiny. California's mid-19th-century Gold Rush helped engender the myth of the state's endless possibilities. Late-19th-century descriptions of California as the "Land of Promise" and "Golden State" serve as further evidence of California's mythos and role in the American psyche as a place of affluence and growth.

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Past Exhibition

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Library Core Floors 2-4

November 18, 2014 to May 27, 2016

Read to Lead, a partnership between the Oviatt Library and CSUN Athletics, highlights the reading habits of CSUN leaders.  An important part of this exhibit includes each leader talking about a book that has influenced his or her life and career.   This exhibit sends the powerful message to the CSUN community that books and reading be an influential force in personal and career development, in building relationships, and in developing leadership qualities and opportunities.

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Past Exhibition

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Library Exhibit Gallery

September 18, 2012 to July 26, 2013

Science fiction literature, one of the most popular and entertaining genres in modern fiction, has been read and loved by children and adults for decades. From the earliest pulp publications to modern masterpieces, science fiction short stories and novels have often functioned as a lens through which we express our sense of wonder, marvel at the possibilities of new technologies, and engage in our wildest imaginings.

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