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New Exhibit: Frost Country

“Frost Country,” our summer library exhibit, is now available for viewing during operating hours in the lobby. The exhibit was curated by UST alumnus Vincent D’Amico to showcase his extensive research on the poet. It explores biographical influences on Frost’s work and features D’Amico’s discoveries while visiting Frost’s farms in New England. Visitors will learn about the landscape that inspired Frost and see samples of the natural resources and products traditionally associated with New England. Stop by for a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most beloved poets.

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Woodwork crafted from materials on Frosts’ farms

 

Frost Portrait

Portrait of Frost

 

 

 

 

 

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Granite products from Vermont

Theology, Economics, and Military Ethics: Works by Recent UST Guests

The UST campus hosted several visiting lecturers this week. Are you interested in learning more about the topics discussed? We have works by several of our campus guests available at Doherty:
N.T. Wright delivered his lecture “Prayer Meets Theology: Paul’s Vision of Christian Transformation” on March 22. He is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. With over sixty books ranging from scholarly studies to books for a more popular audience, Wright’s audiences range from viewers of ABC News and The Colbert Report to attendees of various scholarly and ministry conferences. Click here to find works by Wright at Doherty.

John Silvia is managing director and the chief economist for Wells Fargo. He discussed various topics related to the fundamentals of growth in the U.S.in his lecture “Two Different Growth Paths: Texas and the U.S.”The presentation explored the consumer and the labor market, the changing housing market, business investment, commercial real estate, government contraction, inflation and interest rates, monetary and fiscal policy, profits and credit markets, energy, jobs, housing and commercial real estate. Click here to find works by Silvia at Doherty. 

Andrew Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University; he previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and at West Point, where he graduated in 1969. His lecture “Breach of Trust” critiqued the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war. Click here to find works by Becevich at Doherty.

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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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.