Special Events & Exhibits

Current & upcoming exhibits, speakers, events at Doherty library.

New Exhibit: UST’s Society of Macrina

This month, the Doherty exhibit cases feature photos and information about UST’s Society of Macrina.

What is the Society of Macrina?

The Society of Macrina (SOM) is a women’s organization on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. Founded in 2012, SOM continues its work of connecting, supporting, inspiring, and teaching the young women in the campus community so that they might be prepared to lead fulfilling, service-centered, successful lives.

Saint Macrina

Who is St. Macrina?

St. Macrina the Younger (330-379) was the sister of Sts. Basil and Gregory of Nyssa. She received an excellent intellectual training, based on the study of the Holy Bible. By the time she was twelve years old, her father had arranged a marriage for her. However, her fiance died suddenly, and Macrina resolved to devote herself to a life of perpetual virginity and the pursuit of Christian perfection. She exercised great influence over the religious training of her younger brothers, especially St. Peter, and through her St. Gregory received great intellectual stimulation. On the death of their father, Basil took her and their mother to a family estate  in Pontus. Strict asceticism, zealous meditation on the truths of Christianity, and prayer were the chief concerns of this community. Their house offered a refuge to many passers-by: the poor, the sick, and the lonely. St. Gregory left us a a biography of his sister in the form of a panegyric, titled Vita Macrinae Junioris.” Her feast is celebrated on 19 July.*

The Society of Macrina chose its patron because of her example of great love and concern for her family and friends, as well as her welcoming outreach to strangers. Its members ask her blessing as we reach out to women of all backgrounds and interests, and provide them with a sense of love and belonging, and of purpose.

To keep up with Society of Macrina events and activities, check out the organization’s Facebook page. You can also read more about the history of the club on Catholic Online, and sign up for their upcoming Women’s Conference, ““Love and Relationships: A Woman’s Perspective.” 

*Taken from Johann Peter Kirsch, “St. Macrina the Younger,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 9.

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Self-Defense Class

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Friends of the Library Lecture: An Engineer with a Phi Beta Kappa Key in the Math Department

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM – Doherty Main Lobby

Why math? Dr. Mary Flagg wants to share how simple everyday objects and concepts can become beautiful and useful mathematics. No algebra skills required!

Why her? She will share her scholarly journey of discovery and challenge you to continue your own journey.

Why here? The University of St. Thomas is a special place in which faculty are able to help students along their journey of discovery and life-long learning. Come share the excitement and insights of a new member of the UST community.

Dr. Mary Flagg has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She went on to receive an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and was nominated to Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. Dr. Flagg’s second journey in graduate school resulted in an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston, with a specialty in algebra. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Houston before accepting the position of Assistant Professor of Mathematics here at UST.

New Exhibit: UST Office of Service Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with coursework to enrich the learning experience. Through service-learning, students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems and contribute to their communities.

The November Doherty lobby display was created by the Office of Service-Learning at UST.  The office partners with over 120 nonprofit organizations throughout Houston to provide service-learning course options every semester. These courses are a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their fields while having a positive impact on the Houston community. To find service-learning options available in your field, speak with your academic advisor.

To learn more about how service-learning is used at all levels of education, check out the resources on our Pinterest board.  You can also find more volunteer opportunities in the Houston area through HoustonService.org and VolunteerMatch.org. 

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Friends of the Library Lecture —November 7th

Teaching Online – How Hard Can It Be?

Dr. Jean Keikel, November 7th at 12:30

Dr. Jean Keikel

It is easier than ever for students to take college courses and earn degrees while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. However, online learning often faces the stigma of being inferior to traditional classes. Online teaching presents a unique set of challenges, and creating effective online courses requires a different mindset than traditional teaching.

Join us in the Doherty lobby Thursday, November 7th at 12:30 p.m. for a lecture by Dr. Jean Keikel. She will discuss both the rewards and the frustrations of teaching in an online environment.

Doherty Library Book Sale Oct 16th through 20th

The Doherty Library annual book sale will be Wednesday, October 16th through Sunday, October 20th. The first day is open only to the UST Community, and the sale is open to the general public from Thursday forward.

Sale Hours

  • Wednesday (UST only), 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m

New Exhibit: Doherty Celebrates Czech Heritage Month

Saints Cyril and Methodius

October is Czech Heritage Month, and celebrations of Czech culture are taking place throughout Texas. This year also marks the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to the Great Moravian Empire (which included the Czech Republic). The Church in the Czech Republic is honoring the contributions of these saints throughout the year.

Cyril and Methodius were brothers who brought Catholicism to the Slavic countries at the end of the ninth century. They worked to translate the Bible and created the Glagolitic alphabet. The alphabet eventually developed into Cyrillic and brought the Slavic peoples closer to both Greco-Byzantine culture and Christianity.  For their work, Cyril and Methodius have been proclaimed as patrons of Europe by Pope John Paul II.

To learn more about Saints Cyril and Methodius and about Czech culture in Texas, visit the new display in the Doherty Lobby. Special thanks to Rev. Paul Chovanec for coordinating the exhibit. Visit the Czech Heritage Society of Texas’ website for more resources.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Resources for Commemoration

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a key event in the Civil Rights Movement during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

UST will be honoring this event with a Memorial Mass & Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington. You can further explore the impact of the march with digital resources available through the library and online.

From The Black Worker (Oct. 1, 1963). Source: African-American Periodicals (1825-1995)

Doherty’s recently acquired Readex African American Periodicals digital archive contains both articles written about the event in 1963 and articles assessing its impact a generation later. Learn more about  how to use the wealth of Civil Rights resources available in this database on the Readex blog: Researching the March on Washington using African American Newspapers and Periodicals

Source: National Archives

The National Archives also has extensive holdings from the March on Washington. Find photographs, event programs, and more using their online highlights.

For a quantitative look at the impact of the Civil Rights movement, check out this data compiled by the Census Bureau. To mark the anniversary of the march, they have gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the African American population to date.

Finally, keep up with anniversary activities taking place around the country this week by following #MLKDream50.

International Authors: Gain a Global Perspective

The current lobby display features international fiction authors. These authors offer unique perspectives on international cultures, and their works provide a truly horizon-expanding reading experience. Pick up one of their books today to do some summer travelling from the comfort of your own reading chair!

Here are a few of our featured authors:

Isabel Allende

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim with her bestselling first novel, The House of Spirits, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather. It established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Many of his stories draw on his experience in the Dominican Republic and his childhood love of science fiction and fantasy.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. He was best known for his first novel and magnum opus Things Fall Apart. His novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese writer whose works have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards. His unique blend of surrealism and melancholy has gained him critical acclaim in the west and, increasingly, within Japan as well.

Visit the Doherty Lobby to learn about more authors, or see our virtual display on Pinterest to find more books.

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Fair Trade and Microfinance

The summer lobby display at Doherty is all about Fair Trade and microfinance. These growing movements aim to fight poverty and inequality through financial inclusion and ethical business practices.

SEPMicrofinance is a general term to describe financial services to those who do not have access to typical banking services. Microfinance organizations have gained greater recognition over the past several years due to the growing popularity of lending sites like Kiva.org. UST students currently play an active role in microfinance initiatives through the  UST Social Entrepreneurship Program.

The Fair Trade movement also strives to create global financial inclusion. Fair Trade  organizations help businesses build respectful, enduring trade relationships through trading practices that ensure fair prices, safe working conditions, and environmental sustainability. Because Fair Trade contributes to social justice, many Catholic organizations are on the front lines of Fair Trade efforts.  Visit the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade site to learn more about Fair Trade practices, products, and partners. 

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Doherty collections for more books and resources about microfinance and Fair Trade. See our Pinterest board for our top picks:

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Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week is April 14-20, and we have plenty of chances to celebrate at Doherty. Here’s what we have planned for the week:

Games – Show off your vocabulary skills and stop by the Circulation Desk to play a word on our never-ending game of Scrabble. Don’t forget to pick up a Popular Books Collection word search while you’re there!

Online Scavenger Hunt - UST students, faculty, and staff who complete our Online Scavenger Hunt will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 gift cards to the UST Bookstore. Entries will be accepted until 5 pm Friday.

Food – Cookies and iced tea will be available in the library lobby at noon on Wednesday April 17. Come grab a mid-day treat and say hi to the library staff.

Work at Doherty – Love libraries?  Apply for a job as a student worker today!

Irish Bog Oak Sculptures Now on Display

With St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, we’ve got Irish culture on our minds at Doherty. We’re celebrating with a new exhibit put together by Katie McDonald featuring Irish bog oak sculptures from her personal collection.

Bog oak sculptures are crafted from fallen trees buried thousands of years ago in Ireland’s bogs and later extracted from the peat. The reaction of the oak with decaying vegetation gives the wood unique properties. For craftsmen working at the height of bog oak popularity in the 1850s, carving the oak could be tricky:

“When the timbers were first brought to the surface from the airless depths of the bog they exhibited a mid-brown to dark brown hue, but on contact with oxygen, semi-petrification soon set in, causing the wood to take on an ebony colour. It was therefore essential, if carving was to be undertaken, that the wet and pliable state be preserved, thus enabling easier fashioning. Then full petrification took place, rendering the finished item deep black and almost steel-hard. ” *

All of the pieces on display in the library were created in Ireland. The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours in the Doherty Lobby until April 15.

*Irons, Neville. “Irish Bog Oak Carving.” Irish Arts Review (1984-1987) 4, no. 2 (July 01, 1987): 54-63. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20491991. For UST students and faculty, go to: http://ezproxy.stthom.edu:2048/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/20491991

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New Popular Books Available

New additions to the Doherty Library current popular fiction and non-fiction collection are now available for checkout. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the collection contains over 130 titles.

The books are on display in the main lobby and can be checked out at the circulation desk.  The newest titles are listed below.

Fiction: 

Mitch Albom – The Time Keeper

Michael Chabon – Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

Junot Díaz - This is How You Lose Her

Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl

John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

Peter Heller – Dog Stars

Andrew Porter – In Between Days

Ismet Prcic – Shards

J.K. Rowling – The Casual Vacancy

Non-Fiction:

David Byrne – How Music Works

Otis Webb Brawley, and Paul Goldberg – How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks AboutBeing Sick in America

Claire & Mia Fontaine – Have Mother, Will Travel

Dambisa Moyo  – Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World

Mark Owen  – No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden

Paul Tough – How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden power of Character

Bob Woodward – The Price of Politics

Museum of Funeral History Exhibit now on Display at Doherty – Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes

The National Museum of Funeral History houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. The Doherty Library is pleased to have the opportunity to host a subset of the Museum’s Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes exhibit, on display now through October 19th.   Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popesis a product of three years of intense collaboration between the Vatican and the National Museum of Funeral History.  The display at Doherty features intricate replicas of papal attire, provided by the Pope’s personal tailor shop, Gammeralli’s. The display also details papal funeral customs that have been in place for centuries by examining the most recent papal funeral, that of Pope John Paul II.  Publications by John Paul II and information about his impact on the world are also highlighted.

The metal tube contains the Rogito, a eulogy detailing the life and works of the Pope. The tube is wrapped in red ribbon and sealed with wax. It is placed inside the coffin with the Pope’s remains.

In addition to the papal history pieces, the display also features correspondence and planning documents surrounding the design and implementation of this unique exhibit.  These records provide a glimpse into the level of collaboration and planning that is required to turn an initial idea for a 10×10 ft display  into the 5,000 square foot exhibit in place today.

The exhibit certainly will be of interest to those with an interest in John Paul II and papal history, but it also serves those with broader interests in the ways funeral rites vary in different cultures.  Additionally, the exhibit provides a practical example of the project management skills and coordination required to bring this window into the Vatican to Houston.

The display is available for viewing during library hours.  Visit the Museum of Funeral History’s website to learn more about the full exhibit:  http://www.nmfh.org/exhibits/papal/info.php

Poetry Reading at Doherty Library June 14

You are invited to join us Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm for a unique bilingual poetry recital and “conversatorium” with visiting Venezuelan architect and poet Ana Teresa Celis. Celis will be joined by Houston-based critic and poet Aladar Temeshy, prologuist of her book.

“Corporalities” portrays the author’s spiritual journey and explores her relationship with God and spirituality through the human experience. The book also depicts her sojourning between Venezuela and Colombia and explores the process of change and acculturation.

Ana Teresa Celis was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and she was one of the first Venezuelan women to graduate from the School of Architecture at Universidad Central de Venezuela, UCV. Celis started her career as a member of the “Taller de Arquitectura del Banco Obrero,” and she later established an architecture and construction firm with her husband. She was a university professor and member of the urban design team that developed the “Sabana Grande Project,” the second development pole of Caracas.

This event is free and open to the public.

Friends of the Library Sponsors Lecture March 28

Dr. Albert Ribes-Zamora, Assistant professor at the UST Biology Department, will present “Using Bioluminescence to Dissect DNA Repair Pathways”. This presentation will be held in the Doherty Library atrium on Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.

One of the many revolutions currently ongoing in molecular biology, is the use of bioluminesence molecules to identify and examine the functions of many of the genes present in our genome. It is estimated that each human cell undergoes at least one DNA break every day. Bioluminescence is used  to dissect how genes are involved in repairing how DNA interacts with each other and how they assemble at DNA breaks.

Mapping the specific surfaces in the structure of DNA repair proteins can be useful to radio-sensitize cancerous cells and lead to more effective radiotherapy.

Dr. Ribes-Zamora holds a bachelor degree from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. He earned a masters degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and also earned a doctorate in 2007 from Baylor College of Medicine. Ribes-Zamora is a post-doctoral scholar at the Texas Children’s Hospital. He has held several teaching positions including institutions Institut Sant Ferran in Barcelona, Spain, the University of Kentucky and the University of St. Thomas. At St. Thomas, Ribes-Zamora teaches molecular techniques and genetics. He continues to conduct research and has several publications.

This event is free and open to the public.