Book Discussion and Closing Celebration

Dreams of Trespass & Closing Celebration
Thursday, July 24th, 5:30-7PM
Lower Level Classroom, Library

The fifth and final event in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys series will be on the book Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. The discussion will be led by NEIU English Professor Alicia Erian who, as a well-published author, offers a unique writer’s perspective.

Join us for food, discussion, and celebration. All are welcome.

To sign up for the event, click here.

For more information, contact:
Kimberly Shotick
Muslim Journeys Program Director 
Voice: 773-442-4415


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Learn: Photoshop, Audacity, Excel, Access, CSS, Java, Captivate, and much more!

The Ronald Williams now offers access to, an online training website.  Learn how to use software, gain business and creative skills, and learn much more using easy-to-follow video tutorials.  Access to is offered at a reservable workstation in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) on the Library’s 3rd floor.

To request a reservation or view the availability calendar, visit

The computer is available for up to two-hour reservations. Reservations may be made up to one month in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, if the computer is available.  See the computer reservation calendar for availability. The MLRC lab is for the use of faculty, staff, students, and alumni and the Blue & Gold level or higher.

Presented by the Multimedia Learning Resource Center, a specialized multimedia lab located on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Please contact us at or (773) 442-4415 if you have any questions.


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Café Descartes now open in the Library

The Library is proud to announce that the new Café Descartes is now open for business on the first floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Café Descartes will provide the same menu of beverages and pastries that is currently available in Village Square. The Café will be open during regular library hours, including nights and weekends. Our new café space also offers comfortable seating and a new popular reading collection of books and magazines. Stop by for a cup of your favorite beverage and some delicious pastries!

Cafe Descartes logo

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Chang Liu solo exhibition

From April 19th through May 2nd, 2014, the Library is hosting a solo exhibition from artist Chang Liu entitled “GO TO THE BALCONY.”

Artist Liu Chang

Liu is an art student from Northeastern University in Shenyang China who came to NEIU as an exchange student in 2013.  The exhibition contains a mix of paintings and sculptures and is located in the Library’s first floor gallery space.


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End of semester announcments

The Library will be open for extended hours from April 21 – May 8

• Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 midnight
• Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Recess hours will be in effect from May 9 – 15

• Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Saturday-Sunday, CLOSED

The Library returns to regular hours on May 16

• Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Students: All library materials are due back by on the due date that is listed in your library account here. You may contact the Circulation Desk at 773-442-4400 if you have any questions regarding your library account or any items you have borrowed. Please clear your library fines and/or fees before the semester ends to prevent any holds on your account which can potentially cause issues with future semester enrollments, transcripts, etc.

Other important reminders:

If you lose your University ID and issued a new one please stop by the Circulation Desk in the Main Library or CCICS so that we can update your library account.

If you are returning for the fall semester but not taking classes during the summer you can still use the library. We have extended your patron account through the summer.

Again, feel free to contact the Circulation Desk at or at 773-442-4400 if you have any questions about your library account or the information above. Live chat with our Reference staff is also available from our home page or you may call them at 773-442-4410.

Thanks to all, enjoy the summer and congratulations to our new graduates!

NEIU Spring Commencement 2011

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Long Night Against Procrastination

The Ronald Williams Library, the Learning Support Center, and the Center for Academic Writing invite NEIU students to come to the:

Long Night Against Procrastination
Tuesday, April 22
7:00pm to Midnight
Ronald Williams Library, Fourth Floor

Writing tutors, math tutors (for 090- and 100-level courses), and a Reference Librarian will be available for walk-in sessions from 7:00pm until midnight. Come and take advantage of late-night support to battle end-of-the-semester procrastination. Free coffee and snacks will also be available.

Click here to see the flyer. We look forward to seeing you all Tuesday night!

Long Night Against Procrastination

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Money Smart Week 2014

NEIU is participating in the Chicago Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week 2014 this year from April 7-11. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. NEIU’s online calendar of Money Smart Week events can be found here.

Participate in the Money Smart Hunt, a FREE nationwide photojournalistic scavenger hunt promoting financial literacy! Points are awarded for attending Money Smart Week 2014 @NEIU events. For more information and official rules about the hunt, please visit

Money Smart Week 2014 @NEIU is sponsored by:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The College of Business and Management
  • The Ronald Williams Library
  • Trio Support Services


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Prezi Workshops — April 3rd and April 7th

Learn how to create exciting and interactive presentations using Prezi!

Prezi 1

This workshop is designed for beginners to get an introduction to Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software. Participants will be able to create their own interactive presentation by the end of the session. This workshop is free and open to NEIU faculty, students, staff, and alumni at the Blue & Gold level or higher.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the 3rd floor Library classroom

To register, go to:

Prezi 2

This workshop is designed for those who are already familiar with Prezi, but want to take their presentations to a new level. Participants will be able to create their own interactive presentations from scratch by the end of the session.  This workshop is free and open to NEIU faculty, students, staff, and alumni at the Blue & Gold level or higher.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the 3rd floor Library classroom

To register, go to:

Presented by the Multimedia Learning Resource Center, a specialized multimedia lab located on the 3rd floor of the Ronald Williams Library. Please contact us at or (773) 442-4415 if you have any questions.

This will be a hands-on workshop, with plenty of time for questions and experimentation with the software.  Please feel free to contact MLRC staff with any questions at or call us at (773) 442-4560, or ext. 4560.


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Extended Deadline: Library Award for Excellence in Student Research

We are pleased announce that the first annual NEIU Library Award for Excellence in Student Research will be presented on Friday, April 11, 2014. Two awards of $300 will be given to currently enrolled students or groups who promote the use of Library resources in the development of research and creative projects for the Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium.

Students or groups who have already submitted abstracts to the Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium by March 3 may also submit a Library Award application by Monday, April 7 2014 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 . Applicants will need to select a faculty sponsor who will provide a brief statement of support.

The Ronald Williams Library has established the NEIU Library Award for Excellence in Student Research with the dual purposes of promoting the use of Library resources in the development of research and creative projects and recognizing student excellence. For further information and to apply for the award, please visit You may also contact Mary Thill, Humanities Librarian, at with questions.

The Ronald Williams Library is excited to present these awards in conjunction with the Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium. We hope that you will consider applying and sharing this information with others.



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Enchanted Wanderers: The Unknown Pages of the History of Ballet

From March 10 to March 29 the Ronald Williams Library is hosting the exhibit “Enchanted Wanderers,” devoted to the creativity of artists of ballet and theater whose work is rooted in the distant and glorious Russian culture. The artifacts presented allow western society to better understand the impact these “Russians abroad” had on various art forms.

This exhibit was initiated through the collaboration of the Bakhrushin Central State Theater Museum in Moscow, Russia, the Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, New Jersey, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, Northeastern Illinois University and Grabbe Inc.


As both premier danseur and choreographer, Mr. Briansky has performed with such renowned companies as the Ballet des Champs-Elysees, the Ballet de Paris, London Festival Ballet (English National Ballet) the New York Metropoli-tan Opera Ballet, the Munich Opera Ballet, the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires and the Chicago Opera Ballet. During his career, he has also partnered many leading ballerinas, Margot Fonteyn, Sonia Arova, Maria Tallchief and Violette Verdy to name a few.

Internationally respected, Mr. Briansky has served on the jury of the Prix de Lausanne and ballet competitions in Nyon, Switzerland, Osaka, Japan,and Jackson, Mississippi.

Mr. Briansky served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Ballet de Rio de Janeiro and Artistic Director of “Children of Theatre Street,” the Academy Award nominationed feature documentary film about the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Leningrad. He has also translated “100 Lessons in Classical Ballet” by Vera Kostrovitskaya of the Vaganova Institute and “Classes in Classical Bal-let” by Asaf Messerer, ballet master of the Bolshoi Ballet.

An international teacher and coach, Mr. Briansky has directed principal dancers from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada. His ballets “Scheherazade” and “The Firebird” are in the repertory of the Ballet Memphis and the Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando.


Igor Roussanoff is an internationally acclaimed artist who has worked profes-sionally around the world for more than 25 years as a costume and set de-signer, producer, and art director. His work has been praised by theatre critics Anna Kisselgoff and Jack Anderson of the New York Times, James Nelson of the Birmingham News, and Christopher Rawson of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Igor designed costumes for the Stars of Bolshoi, and the principal dancers of

The American Ballet Theatre. He worked with legendary directors such as

Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski, Mark DeGarmo, Wes Chapman, Victor Lytvynov, John Cage, Michael Khusied, Richard Helldobler to name a few.

In 2010, Igor received the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Merit Award for “Excellence in Costume Design” for the production of “As You Like It” at West Chester University. He is currently a visiting professor of costume de-sign at the University of North Carolina Asheville and curator of the Bakhrushin Central State Theatre Museum (BCSTM) in Moscow, Russia. He is also a cos-tume designer in residence for Mark DeGarmo and Dancers in New York City.


Dame Sonia Arova, world renowned ballerina, knighted by King Olav V of Norway, frequent partner of Rudolph Nureyev and Erik Bruhn, won first prize in an international competition at the age of 12. As an acclaimed instructor, dancer and director, she was known for her willing-ness to take chances when they arose. With her great technical strength, she performed as a bravura dancer of attack and spirit. Her feminine personality and allure was unambiguous. She could seize a dramatic role and fill it with her own theatricality.

Sonia Arova’s long and distinguished career began with her training at the Sofia Opera’s School of Ballet. By age 8, Sonia Arova was selected to study dance in Paris with former Mary-insky ballerina, Olga Preobrajenska and Diaghilev’s last male star, Serge Lifar.

When the Germans invaded France, she escaped to England disguised as her piano teacher’s son. After four years of constant touring with Mona Iglesby’s International Ballet, she joined Ballet Rambert in 1946, dancing principal roles in Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Act II, and as the Russian ballerina in Tudor’s Gala Performance receiving praise from Artistic Director Rambert as unsurpassed in her dancing and comedic interpretation.

Moving to the newly formed Metropolitan Ballet in 1947, Sonia Arova’s principal roles included the rewarding Design for Springs by John Taras and work with a new partner, Erik Bruhn from Copenhagen.

Sonia Arova’s freelance career took her throughout Europe and America and as far as Japan and Australia. She was the first western ballerina to perform in Japan since Anna Pavlova and was guest ballerina for the gala opening of The Australian Ballet. Recognized for her classical work, she also performed in new ballets created for her by Ruth Page.

Working with Ballet de Champs Elysées, London Festival Ballet and Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, she was well known for her role as Azucena in Page’s Revenge (based on Il Trovatore), and the lead role in Merry Widow, Carmen, Camille and in the lighthearted Impromptu au Bois.

She performed as guest ballerina with other major companies such as American Ballet Theatre

(Helen of Troy, Mam’zelle Angot, Pas de Déesses), The Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Original Ballet Russe, the Australian Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and The Washington Ballet in the Sylvia Pas de Deux coached by George Balanchine.

In the early 1960’s, Anton Dolin extended an invitation to her, along with Rudolf Nureyev, who had just arrived in the West, Erik Bruhn and Rosella Hightower to perform duets in concert programs. The quartet then formed their own concert group, performing new and established works in Cannes and Paris to sold out houses.

With Nureyev, she performed as the first guest ballerina with the Royal Ballet (Swan Lake, Don Quixote Pas de Deux) and as his partner for his 1962 American debut at New York and Chi-cago.

Dame Sonia’s directorships included the Norwegian National Ballet (Den Norske Opera) where she received the equivalent to knighthood by King Olav V of Norway and Hamburg State Opera Ballet. She then co-directed the San Diego Ballet with husband and choreogra-pher, Thor Sutowski. In 1976, they moved to Birmingham, Alabama to develop the dance program at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She and Sutowski were asked to direct the new State of Alabama Ballet/Ballet South (1981 – 1996). Well known for their collaboration and unique ability to coach young dancers, they were recognized by Mikhail Baryshnikov who named the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Program as one of the three best schools in the country for the training of young dancers. (New York Times, 1985)

Many accolades and credit have been given to her work as a ballerina, master teacher, artistic director, coach and mentor. Dame Sonia Arova passed away in California on February 4, 2001.

Enchanted Wanderers Exhibit

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