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Friends of the NIU Libraries: Activities & Programs

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2015-2016 Programs


Annual Faculty & Staff Wine & Cheese Social

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 4-6 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, Founders Memorial Library, 4th floor

This is an invitation-only event. Please watch your mail for invitations!



Gophers, Huskies, and Sherlock Holmes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:30 pm


Photo of Timothy J. Johnson

Timothy J. Johnson

Curator, Special Collections & Rare Books
E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections
University of Minnesota Libraries

Sherlock Holmes, so tales tell us, spent some time in Chicago, but they don't explain how the largest Sherlockian collection in the world landed in Minnesota. This presentation unwraps some of the mysteries about Holmes in Minnesota and the Midwest.

Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public.


Keynote: An Evening with National Book Medal Award Winner Julia Alvarez

Thursday, March 22, 2016

6:00 pm

DeKalb Public Library

309 Oak Street, DeKalb

Co-sponsored with DeKalb Public Library as part of The Big Read.

This event is free and open to the public.



"Forgery and Faith in the Liber Traditionum of Saint Peter's, Ghent"

Dr. Robert Berkhofer

Dr. Robert Berkhofer

Western Michigan University

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:30 pm

Cole Hall 100

Professor Berkhofer’s talk will examine motives (both pious and material) for the forgery of documents and the historical rewriting of texts by medieval monks. He will focus on the case of the monastery of Saint Peter's, Ghent, which was the burial site for the medieval Counts of Flanders. In particular, his talk will focus on issues relating to narrativity and truth using both historical and literary approaches to manuscript evidence.

Professor Robert Berkhofer is Associate Professor of History at Western Michigan University. His research centers on medieval France and England in the period circa 900 to 1200. He is the author of Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval France and co-editor of The Experience of Power in Medieval Europe, 950-1350.His current book project is a study of medieval forgeries and historical writings, which explores the relationships between texts, archives, and the senses of the past in the central Middle Ages. It adopts a comparative approach, using documents and narratives from several prominent Benedictine monasteries in medieval England, France, and the county of Flanders, and seeks to provide a synthetic treatment of medieval forgery in a transnational context.

(Co-sponsored with the Medieval Studies Program)

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

This event is free and open to the public.



This event is free and open to the public.



Friends of NIU Libraries Annual Meeting & Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 3:30-5:00 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, Founders Memorial Library 4th Floor

Featuring frozen custard and homemade hot fudge from Ollie's!

This event is free and open to the public.







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Free parking in the Visitor's Lot and the Parking Garage is available beginning after 7:00 pm. Click here for a map of Founders Memorial Library and parking lots in the central NIU Campus area.

For more information, please call (815) 753-9838 or e-mail libraryfriend@niu.edu.

Click Here to see a listing of Past Programs (some articles and photos from past events are included)

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Last Updated: March 29, 2016