October Events in the Library

The Latino/a Resource Center, in partnership with the Ronald Williams Library, would like to invite you to the unveiling of the 2015 Latino/a Faculty Spotlight: Los Profesores exhibit on October 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Library’s Cafe, with a reception to follow. All are welcome.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and trajectory of seven Latino/a-identified faculty spanning various disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. This year’s cohort is:

  • Milka Ramirez, Ph.D. (Social Work)
  • Ann M. Aviles de Bradley, Ph.D. (Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies)
  • Charletta Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Business and Management)
  • Gerardo Moreno, Ph.D. (Special Education)
  • Graciela Perera, Ph.D. (Computer Science)
  • Mary Thill, MA, MLIS (Library)
  • Wilfredo Alvarez, Ph.D. (Communication, Media and Theatre)

This program is a part of the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Also in October in the Library:

Ronald Williams Day, October 10, 2015

October 10th, 1985 was designated as Ronald Williams Day by late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in honor of Dr. Ronald Williams, his work and legacy.

Dr. Williams served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 until his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve accessibility to quality education for first-generation college students. As he so well pointed out, “I want to stay here because my job represents an opportunity to develop a model of what an urban public university can be — they provide the vehicle for upward mobility.” It is a tribute to Dr. Williams that Northeastern Illinois University continues that tradition and commitment.

To commemorate the day in recognition of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents, the Library Foundation has purchased a book in memory of Dr. Williams titled Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons From Minority-Serving Institutions by Clifton Conrad and Marybeth Gasman. The book, along with other documents and photos of Dr. Williams, is currently on display in the lobby of the Library.

For more information and/or resources on the life of Ronald Williams, please contact the University Archives.

The History of Women’s Studies at NEIU

FullSizeRenderIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Archives department has created several interesting exhibits currently on display in the Ronald Williams Library lobby.

Articles from the student newspaper and other materials that trace the establishment of the Women’s Studies program at Northeastern Illinois University in the early 1970s are displayed, as well as flyers and photos from the early 2000s and earlier that illustrate Women’s Studies student activism on campus.

We think you’ll find it interesting–please stop by to take a look!

All materials included are held by University Archives (located in the lower level of the Ronald Williams Library); these materials will be on display for most of the month. For questions, call Hanna Ahn at x4416, Ellen Larrimore at x4402, or Thomas Mollo at x4486.

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.


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

Holman Prints and Textiles Exhibit

Ulukhaktok, known until 2006 as Holman, is a small hamlet on the west coast of Victoria Island, in the Inuvik Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. The hamlet is famous as the home of Holman Eskimo Co-operative (formed in 1961), which sells Inuit prints around the world. The Inuit were first taught to make prints by Father Henri Tardy, an Oblate who settled in the area in 1948.

Holman Print

The Library is currently exhibiting a number of traditional “Holman” prints and textiles until March 10, courtesy of Noble University International.

New Archives display for Japanese American internment redress hearings at NEIU

A new exhibit from the University Archives covering the Japanese American internment redress hearings and NEIU’s role is on display in the Library’s first floor lobby.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued United States Executive Order 9066. Because of this wartime mandate, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to U.S. internment camps. These camps were overcrowded, and living conditions were substandard. In the process of relocation, the imprisoned Japanese Americans lost their homes, properties, and businesses.

President Gerald Ford repealed Executive Order 9066 in 1976. The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was created in 1980 to investigate the lawfulness of Executive Order 9066. The CWRIC executed an official evaluation of the mandate and its impact on Japanese Americans, starting the process of reparations to the Japanese Americans for the time and property they had lost. In 1981, Northeastern Illinois University was chosen as the Chicago site for these historically significant court hearings.

The documents presented in this display are part of a collection related to the Japanese Internment Redress Hearings held at Northeastern Illinois University in 1981. This collection of official government documents, photographs, sound recordings, and court transcripts is housed in the University Archives. Interested members of the University Community are encouraged to use this valuable research collection.

To view this collection and to listen to the testimonies, contact the University Archives. The University Archives office is located in the Lower Level of the Ronald Williams Library. For more information, please call(773) 442-4416, or email University Archivist Dario Villa at d-villa@neiu.edu.

Hanna Ahn
Faculty Assistant
Ronald Williams Library


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New exhibit highlights seminal texts in evolutionary biology

The exhibit “Seminal texts in the history and development of evolutionary theory and the biological sciences” will be on display on the first floor of the Library throughout the month of February.

Here is the full write-up:

These works highlight the discursive spirit of the scientific method, and show how the testing, transmission, and sharing of ideas and theory from multiple disciplines can affect great change in scientific paradigms.  Moreover, this collection of texts shows how work ostensibly distinct from evolutionary biology can both affect and be influenced by biology.  This multi-disciplinary influence underlines a main theme in the challenges to and shifts between scientific theory and scientific paradigms represented here in evolutionary biology.

While Charles Darwin is typically in the foreground of this field—and an early Darwin biography is included in this exhibit—these works provide a view of evolutionary biology as the field and its theories emerged in their modern variations and mark Darwin’s contributions as key to the shifting paradigm that informs much more than the development of organisms.  Importantly, some of these works seek to transmit evolutionary biological theory to popular audiences and demonstrate applications of non-biological theory to biology.

bioThese items are courtesy of Noble International University (niuniversity.org) and Noble Institution for Environmental Peace (niep.ca).


Ronald Williams Day reception and exhibit

In recognition of Ronald Williams Day, the Library will be hosting a reception on October 10th at 5 p.m. on the Library’s first floor. Ronald Williams Day was designated in 1985 by late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in honor of one of our most beloved and visionary University presidents.

Dr. Ronald Williams’ served as president of Northeastern Illinois University from 1976 till his untimely death in 1985. During his tenure, Dr. Williams made significant efforts to improve the quality and accessibility to educational opportunities for First Generation College educated students. As he so well pointed out, “I want to stay here because my job represents an opportunity to develop a model of what an urban public university can be…they provide the vehicle for upward mobility”. It is a tribute to Dr. Williams that Northeastern Illinois University continues that tradition and commitment.

Dario Villa, Associate Professor – University Archivist

The reception to honor Dr. Williams is sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership Development, the Ronald Williams Library and the NEIU Alumni Association. Light refreshments and cake will be served. For more information on the event, call the Office of Alumni Relations at extension 4205 or alumni@neiu.edu.

An exhibit honoring Dr. Williams is also currently on display in lobby of the Library.  For more information and/or resources on the life of Ronald Williams, please contact the University Archives.