Special Events & Exhibits

Celebrating Roaring Twenties

Doherty Library is celebrating the Roaring Twenties by displaying significant moments from that era.  Before the Roaring Twenties, the ‘Great War’ ended in 1918 and a postwar recession lingered on for three more years.

Then suddenly good times were back. Stock markets soared, and the 1920s became a symbol of Western prosperity.  It was the time of American isolation, escapism, and social reform.

The twenties were the first decade to welcome women into politics and business. The Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in 1920, making the United States the first country to give all women who were 21 or over the same voting rights as men.

Nineteenth Amendment Display in the flat case display, located on the first floor.

The Harlem Renaissance is also known as the jazz age. The rhythm of the decade was jazz. Artists like Bessie Smith made her first blues recording in 1923, Louis Armstrong began his Hot Five in 1925, and Duke Ellington first played at the Cotton Club in New York’s Harlem in 1927.

Harlem Renaissance displayed on the lower level of the Library.

Both displays will be available throughout the spring semester and located on the lower level of the library. All items are available for check out, please speak to library staff.



“‘Roaring Twenties, The’” The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide, edited by Helicon, 2018. Credo Reference. Accessed 10 Feb. 2020.

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Exhibit on St. Thomas Aquinas


Stop by our newest exhibit display on the legacy of Saint Thomas Aquinas from January to the end of February.  January 28 is the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas celebrating the life and legacy of this priest and doctor of the Church, patron of universities and students. The exhibit showcases some of his great works and also provides other background about him. For example, the sun or brilliant star on St. Thomas’s chest found in some images of St. Thomas Aquinas (such as the one below) represents his holy teachings.

An altarpiece in Ascoli Piceno, Italy by Carlo Crivelli

Italian Dominican theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas was one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor and is considered the father of Thomistic theology.

Some of his greatest contribution to the Catholic Church is his writings. The unity, harmony, and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural knowledge, pervades his writings. Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, deals with the whole of Catholic theology.

For more information, contact your reference librarian at reference@stthom.edu.

Happy Researching!




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Exhibit Alert: St. John Paul II

In his native Poland for the first time as pope in 1979, Pope John Paul II listens fondly to a musical number.

Doherty Library celebrates Saint John Paul II and the recently announced Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies.

In recognition of John Paul II sainthood, the library is displaying some of the works of this second-longest reigning Pope in modern history. The feast of St. John Paul II is marked on October 22, the anniversary of the inauguration of this pontificate. John Paul II of Poland was elected on October 16, 1978, making him the first Slav pope and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.

The Master of Arts in John Paul II program offers the study of the life of Saint John Paul II through his writings.  Dr. John Hittinger, is the Director of the John Paul II Studies program.  For information on this program go to JPII Program.

Stop by the library in November to check out the library exhibit showcasing some of the great works by and about St. John Paul II.


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Texas Celebrates Czech Heritage Month

CZECH3In 1982, the Texas Legislature declared the month of October as Czech Heritage Month! During this month we celebrate sharing their contributions in art, music, literature, food, and many other fine customs that make Texas rich and diverse.

CZECH5Take the time to stop by and explore the unique-rich history of Czech Heritage by viewing our display cases located in the main lobby of Doherty Library. Thank you, Fr. Paul Chovanec, Class of 1968, Pastor of St. Justin Martyr, for loaning the exhibit material and arranging the display.  Fr. Paul showcases a timeline of Czech history highlighting significant cultural contributions to Texas identity and to places throughout the world.

The display will be up for all of October!

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Exhibit Display National Hispanic Heritage Month


4September marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, the official dates are September 15th to October 15th. Doherty Library is celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture through recognition of the literary authors and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.


Our display exhibit showcases Hispanic and Latino American Authors and children bilingual books. One of the many books featured in Family Pictures / Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza. The book tells a story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s childhood in Kingsville, Texas: depictions of birthdays, picking cactus, and enjoying family activities. Each image focuses on a different aspect of the author’s day-to-day experiences in a traditional Mexican American family growing up.


Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Chicana writer and scholar, Gloria E. Anzaldúa was born on September 26, 1942, in the Rio Grande Valley, where she grew up living in between two worlds, Mexico and the United States. Gloria drew from her education and personal experience to write her bilingual book Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza that examines the borders for Latinos in American society. You can check out her books on display in the library’s lobby exhibit.


Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. His most recent book titled This is How You Lose Her is available in the main lobby Popular Books. Diaz’s work explicitly describes the Latin/o American experience in an urban setting.

Take a moment and stop by to see the current exhibit on display for September. All books on display are available for check out. Talk to your librarian today!




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American Artist Appreciation Month

August is American Artist Appreciation Month and Doherty Library is celebrating by showcasing a multitude of artist such are painters, sculptors, photographers, and other multimedia artists. With so many great American artist to choose from, it can be difficult to highlight every artist. American art styles comes in different designs of Art Deco, Postmodernism, Pop Art, and Abstract Expression.

65 by Jackson Pollock found in Jackson Pollock by Ellen G. Landu

Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and was leading artist for abstract expressionism in the 20th century.


Rothko Chapel (interior), original skylight grid, 1971 found in The Rothko Chapel: An Act of Faith

Mark Rothko created the Rothko Chapel that is located down the street from the Doherty Library. Founded by John and Dominique de Menil. The space inside the Rothko Chapel contains 14 murals created by artist Mark Rothko, Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry were architects. The chapel is temporarily closed for construction. Please see the Rothko Chapel website for more information: rothkochapel.org.

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Getting our new exhibit ready for the new semester! Stop by to check out some of the great American Artist we have on display!


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Summer Exhibit: The Library 100

IMAGE2Doherty Library is participating in WorldCat’s campaign in showcasing the top 100 novels “The Library 100” found in libraries around the world. The exhibit showcases the books found on the list and in what format. All the items are available for check out, ask the library staff to assist you.
Know a book you believe should be on the list. Tell us why?
Curious on how novels were ranked on the list?
The Library 100 is based on the total number of holdings for a specific novel across all libraries that have registered that information in WorldCat. The books from this list is not just what is commonly read, but they’re assigned, studied, and taught and turned into films more than others. The count is not subjective, but the systems and policies that have guided over 40 years of library collection development.
What is WorldCat?IMAGE1
Think a directory that tells you about where a copy of book is located worldwide. WorldCat shares over 2.7 billion items, that includes books, movies, music, art, digital material, and and real-life artifacts. Libraries come in all shapes and sizes use WorldCat; academic, public, school, medical, law, corporate, government, special, state and national libraries, groups and consortia. You can too search at Worldcat.org, a free search engine.
For more information, check out WorldCat.org/library100.
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National Womens History Month

W2March marks National Women’s Month, we at Doherty Library are showcasing women who have made an impact on society. From suffragettes of the early 20th century, women who helped men in World War II, to the first woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Women’s contribution is highlighted this month to recognize the past, educate and inspire students, faculty, and Houston community. For instance, Althea Gibson was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon in 1956. Althea and many others continue to provide inspiration to others.

WOMENAlso, every Tuesday of March at 3:00 p.m., we are highlighting women who inspire. Take a look at what the library will be showing:

PBS American Masters: Althea   3/05

Miss Representation 3/12

Harper Lee: PBS American Masters 3/19

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise 3/26

Please join us and encourage inspiration!



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Celebrate Black History Month

BLACKJoin us as we celebrate Black History Month, by examining great authors in different subjects such as literature, History, Psychology, Music, and much more. Such great authors from Toni Morrison to President Barack Obama have shaped our literary minds to understand someone else’s footprints.

Another example is Langston Hughes, an American poet and Activist. Hughes was a contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, using jazz rhythms in an early form of literary art from of jazz poetry. His works provided the portal of the Black life from the 1920s-1960s.

Come into the library and if you see something that interests you, check it out at the Circulation Desk!



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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.

Woodwork crafted from materials on Frosts’ farms


Frost Portrait
Portrait of Frost






Granite products from Vermont
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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.

Dig Pink Bake Sale
Self-Defense Class
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.

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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. 

service learning pinterest board

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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.

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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