CTR Library Faculty Profile Series & The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series

Dr. Torsten HombergerAnti-Fascist Protection Rampart, or Merely the Wall?: The History of and Life Behind the Berlin Wall, 1961-1989

Dr. Torsten Homberger
Visiting Assistant Professor – History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
4pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public

Berlin WallNovember 9, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During the Cold War, the Wall divided the city of Berlin into two parts, just like the Iron Curtain divided the German nation. This commemorative lecture will put the 28-year history of the Berlin Wall and the German-German border into historical perspective. Dr. Homberger will give an inside view of what it was like to grow up in East Germany and what it was like to witness the fall of the Wall from an East German perspective. The lecture will also address the current issues regarding “the Wall” that today exists in the minds of many Germans.

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CTR Library Faculty Profile Series & The Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series

Dr. Nathan Tye

“Mark your memory of tired empty faces”: Doing History from the Bottom-up with the Down and Out

Dr. Nathan Tye
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public

Hobos Tramps and Bums imageHobos, tramps and bums – men and women who hopped trains and lived on the road from the 1870s to 1930s – are notoriously difficult to pin down, as railroad police officers and the historians that followed can attest. Records are scant and fragmentary. Letters or diaries are few and far between. How then do historians study this marginalized community? Dr. Nathan Tye will discuss his research and methods and share rare and one-of-a-kind material from his private collection of hobo letters, diaries, and newspapers.


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College of Arts & Science Book Festival

The 2nd CAS Book Festival will be happening on Thursday October 10 in the Calvin T. Ryan Library from 12-5PM.  The event has been organized by Mallory Wetherell (Art & Design), Susan Honeyman (English), and Jeremy Armstrong (Physics, Astronomy & Engineering).

The schedule for the event is:
1-2:30pm:  Panel on Collaborative Research & Writing
Featuring Kim Carlson (Biology), Jeremy Dillon (Geography), Bryan Drew (Biology), and Chuck Rowling (Political Science)

 2:30-4pm:  Panel on Inter-disciplinary Research & Creative Writing
Featuring Michelle Beissel Heath (English), Dan May (Art & Design), and Janice Fronczak (Theatre)

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Nebraska Libraries’ Partnership Highlights 50th Anniversary Merger


The online exhibit “All Together Now: The 50th Anniversary of the University of Nebraska System Merger, 1968-2018” located at http://exhibit.nebraska.edu chronicles the creation of the University of Nebraska system. The success of the 1968 merger of the University of Nebraska with the Municipal University of Omaha led to the creation of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1991, Kearney State College merged with the University of Nebraska. “All Together Now” highlights the administrative and civic process through photographs, university publications, video, oral histories, and objects.
“All Together Now” highlights the first collaborative exhibit curated by archivists and librarians from across the University of Nebraska system and is a work of the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) Archives and Special Collections Working Group. UNCL formed in the late 1970s to facilitate informal and formal cooperation and collaboration among the libraries of the different University of Nebraska campuses.
“This exhibit provides a great opportunity to discover more about our collections and to collaborate with peers across campuses. It provides a valuable way to showcase one aspect of archival work,” said Mary Ellen Ducey, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries. “It also demonstrates how important it is for archives to capture stories about the university as they happen, so our view in the future includes both the official record and the experience of those who lived through it.” 
Angela Kroeger, Metadata Coordinator at University of Nebraska at Omaha, adds “This partnership was a major shift for higher education in Nebraska, resulting in greater opportunities for growth and partnerships in Omaha and Lincoln–and, joining in 1991, Kearney as well. Each university within the system has different strengths and specialties, allowing the University of Nebraska system to fill more educational niches within Nebraska than any of the campuses could support alone.”
UNCL leads the University of Nebraska libraries to create and sustain a rich, supportive, and diverse knowledge environment that furthers teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of collections, expertise, and programs. Each campus preserves the unique history of the University of Nebraska and offers unique collections that support the research needs of each campus and interests of the state of Nebraska. Our reading rooms are open to the public.