Exhibitions & Events: Past Exhibitions
Collective social action movements have been a part of American life since the nation's earliest days whether spontaneous expressions of dissent or high-reaching attempts to change society. While protest movements are not an exclusively American phenomenon, our ability to express dissent has become a defining characteristic of our American identity, rights, and freedoms.
Special Collections & Archives Reading Room
The 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake occurred at 4:31am on Monday, January 17, 1994. Its epicenter was around Wilbur Avenue and Arminta Street in Northridge, about a mile from campus. The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks caused extensive destruction to the Northridge and Sherman Oaks areas.
Music & Media
In celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Horse, which begins on January 31, 2014, CSUN China Institute and Oviatt Library Music and Media have created a special “Chinese New Year and Culture Exhibition,” which covers four major themes: Chinese New Year Celebration; Beijing Opera at CSUN and CSUN Music in China; Chinese Olympic Stars at CSUN; and Chinese Tea Culture.
Music & Media
Please come to see the beauty of the Native culture, traditions and PowWows. Explore past and present territories and see how Hollywood depicted Native Americans through film.
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.
Join us to celebrate some 500 years of Portuguese maritime skill, daring exploration, and mutual cultural influence with China as exemplified by magnificent photographs of the N.R.P. Sagres, which has roamed the world’s oceans as the Portugues Navy’s school ship, and of the historic architecture of the port city of Macau, the first enduring point of contact between China and the West.
Few families have played a larger role than the Mulhollands in the development of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Catherine Mulholland's grandfather, William Mulholland, was Chief Superintendent of the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works and Supply (now the Department of Water and Power.) As such, he built the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which to this day brings water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles.
What if you were one of the last speakers of your language? Though it seems improbable, almost one half of the world’s 7000 languages are endangered – many have fewer than 25 living speakers. If nothing is done, these languages will die in this century, taking with them thousands of years of unique history, memory, culture and thought. Visit the Endangered Languages Exhibit in the lobby of the Oviatt Library to learn more about this linguistic crisis.
Students interested in expanding their horizons by studying in another country or at another school in the United States have a fantastic opportunity to do so through CSUN. We invite you to learn about the affordability of the programs, look at photos from students that have already been and find out more about how you can be a part of this life changing experience. Piece together your World and visit the library today!
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, is an intense memoir in which the author recounts her at times astonishing and difficult childhood. As this year’s selection for the Freshman Common Reading Program, it will challenge students to look at themes like poverty, childhood, parenting and alcoholism. The Oviatt Library’s exhibit, in conjunction with the book, highlights the University Counseling Center, and its connection to the book, memoirs on similar topics and the Common Reading Program itself. Finally, because one goal of the Common Reading Program is to promote a lifelong love of reading, the exhibit looks at the evolution and future of reading and what some of the Oviatt Faculty and Staff are reading now! Find out more about the Common Reading Program.