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Emily Couvillon joins the Doherty Library staff

The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Emily Couvillon, Public Services Librarian. Her responsibilities include helping students with their research and library questions and teaching library instruction classes.

Emily was born and raised in Marksville, Louisiana, and she received her BA in English from Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently moved to Houston after obtaining her MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about connecting people with information, and she is excited to have the opportunity to assist the students and faculty of UST with their academic pursuits.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys distance running and is eager to try some of the trails in Houston’s parks. After living in cities with an abundance of live music like New Orleans and Austin, Emily is happy to be in yet another city with a thriving music scene. She is highly anticipating the upcoming season of the Houston Grand Opera.

Emily is looking forward being a part of the UST community. Please feel free to stop by the reference desk with any questions you may have!

Friends of the Doherty Library Faculty Lecture Series

The Friends of the Doherty Library will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Constance Michalos on Tuesday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Doherty Library atrium. The lecture is free and open to the public. The title of the lecture is Coerced or Committed: The Conversion Experience of America’s Slaves.

When Africans were kidnapped into slavery, they were forced to abandon their personal and cultural identities in order to facilitate the process. Christian slave owners used the Bible to justify their practices while, simultaneously, allowing slaves to “convert.” However, the state of the slave’s soul was not the issue; his black skin testified to his damned condition and confirmed the righteousness of slavery.

To a disturbing extent, the faith of the slaves was also the instrument of their torture. Nevertheless, the vernacular and written traditions of African American literature articulate a soul-wrenching faith in God, an abiding belief in Jesus as Savior, and a metaphorical connection to the miracles of the Old and New Testaments.

After the kidnappings and the trans-Atlantic crossings and the auction blocks and the separations and the name changes and the floggings and the rapes and the sales and the hypocrisies, how, exactly, does God let his presence be known in the hearts of the slaves? What psychological, as well as spiritual, processes did the slaves undergo in order to truly believe that the God the slaveholders claimed gave them the right to own another human being was the same God that would redeem them and reward them for eternity?

Call James Piccininni at 713-525-2192 for more information.

Annual Fall Book Sale at Doherty Library

The annual fall book sale will be held at the Doherty Library and is open to the general public from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October31 during regular library hours.  A special preview day has been set aside for UST students, staff, faculty, and members of the Friends of the Doherty Library on Wednesday, October 27th

This year we have many titles covering International Studies and Political Science especially Russian Studies and History.  We also have many books in Literature and Theology.

Schedule: Wednesday, 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.

Cost: Hardbound books are $2 and paperbacks are $1.

For more information contact: Dianne Dallmann at 713-525-2182.

New Faculty Lecture Series at Doherty Library: “From Illumination to I-Pads: A Very Brief History of the Art Book” September 29

Dr. Charles Stewart

Dr. Charles Stewart, Assistant Professor from the Art History Department, will speak at Doherty Library on “From Illumination to I-Pads: A Very Brief History of the Art Book”.  The presentation will trace the history of the illustrated book, highlighting the key stages during the Middle Ages, while touching on where we stand in the 21st century. This lecture is part of the New Faculty Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library.

The rise of religious academic learning led to innovations in illuminated manuscript technology and production. The spread of Judaism and Christianity throughout the ancient Mediterranean prompted the replacement of the scroll by the codex. With the introduction of monastic scriptoriums in Ireland, the seeds of European universities were planted. Academies bloomed in the age of Scholasticism when picture books reached their aesthetic apex.

Today the academy once more finds itself in a period of transition—the computers that universities have developed and embraced are now replacing the codex.

The lecture will be held at the Doherty Library, main lobby, Wednesday, September 29,  beginning at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact James Piccininni at

Faculty Publications Recognition Event at Doherty Sept. 22

The Doherty Library will host the first UST Faculty Publications Recognition Event to be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM., at the main lobby of Doherty Library. Faculty, staff and students are invited to an informal reception to celebrate the past year’s publications and creative works produced by the University of St. Thomas faculty.

Publications from the School of Arts and Sciences, the Cameron School of Business and the School of Education will be featured. Dr. Dominic Aquila, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Michele Simms, the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, will speak briefly on our publication successes this year. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Friends of the Doherty Library. For more information, contact James Piccininni at