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Release: Feb. 19, 2002
UI Libraries open new exhibit to celebrate diversity in America
The University of Iowa Libraries has opened an exhibition, "A More
Varied Union: Diversity in American Society," on view now through May
2002 in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.
Created to complement the upcoming conference, "Diversity: Building
a Strategic Future," to be held at the UI Libraries April 4 - 6, the
exhibition examines aspects of racial and cultural diversity in America. Beginning
with individuals and families and progressing to small communities and finally
to cities, the exhibition shows examples of the great variety that constitutes
the American social landscape. It considers elements of the society's rich
texture such as religion, politics, education, sports and the visual and performing
arts. It also examines negativity and acts of intolerance, which inevitably
emerge in a truly diverse society.
"A More Varied Union" features materials drawn from the Libraries'
holdings in the form of books, journals, photographs, and brochures, as well
as artifacts from the University Archives and personal collections including
an antique kettle displayed with a section on multi-ethnic cooking and a set
of early 20th century women's dumbbell weights in a section on diversity and
sports. The exhibit poster, which was designed by Kelly C. McLaughlin, features
an image of theU.S. Constitution, highlighting the introduction "We the
The exhibition was prepared by Libraries' staff members Kathy Wachel, David
McCartney, Rijn Templeton and Carlette Washington-Hoagland, with assistance
from Kristin Baum and Julie Cobb Smith. It is free and open to the public
during regular Main Library weekend and evenings hours. For further information,
call the University of Iowa Libraries at (319) 335-5867.