Words are Power: Remembering the Storyteller Julius Lester

Among the thousands of authors found in the Stuart A. Rose Library, Julius Lester (1939-2018) is a giant. An essayist, writer, folklorist, civil rights activist, and teacher, Lester’s work has been an integral part of helping African Americans maintain the oral tradition of storytelling.  Through his creative explorations into the past, we are more aware…

Exploring Race Relations from the South African Collection at the Rose Library.

John Wamwara (SJD Candidate, School of Law) is 2017 – 2018 Newton Teaching Scholar at the Rose Library. He is supporting the Rose Library Faculty Fellowship program and is reviewing the Rose Library’s collections on Africa. His doctoral research is on how law, religion, and culture have shaped the monogamy – polygamy debate in Kenya;…

Talking back: bringing Beat counterculture into the modern era through dance

Author William S. Burroughs said, “In the U.S. you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.” Burroughs was certainly the former. He was a lifelong heroin addict, who wrote explicitly and affectionately of his drug use. He was openly queer at a time in American history when you could be arrested simply for…

“Create Your Own Culture” event celebrates DIY

On March 1st Rose Library celebrated the spirit of DIY at our first ever “Create Your Own Culture” event. Attendees made art, zines, poetry, t-shirts and enjoyed the music of Atlanta’s own Uniform.

Anthology, Archive, and Authority: Teaching with Lucille Clifton’s Papers

Marlo Starr (PhD Candidate, English Department) is the 2017-2018 Alice Walker Research Scholar in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Her project centers on the archives and scholarship of poet and children’s book writer Lucille Clifton who was contemporary of Alice Walker. Marlo will be contributing towards a blog series based on…

“So be it”: Celebrating Lucille Clifton’s Life and Work

In perhaps her best recognized poem, “won’t you celebrate with me” Lucille Clifton invites readers to celebrate her life. Though “born in babylon / both nonwhite and woman,” the poem’s speaker explains that she has managed to forge a kind of life, and at the poem’s conclusion, she again asks us to celebrate: “that everyday…

Photographer Hugo Fernandes speaks about “Intimate Strangers”

Last night photographer Hugo Fernandes spoke in Emory’s Woodruff Library about his portrait series Intimate Strangers. To create the series of striking portraits, Fernandes recruited his subjects using websites and apps primarily designed to arrange hook ups (brief sexual encounters). His strategy has changed as the technology has changed, from using sites like gay.com in…

Celebrate the Service of African Americans in WWI

Opening soon at the Rose Library,  “A Question of Manhood: African Americans and WWI” commemorates the centennial of the First World War, while celebrating the African American men who served as citizen-soldiers at a time when they were systematically denied full access to the promises democracy. The exhibit explores the challenges and conflicts, as well…

Alciato’s Emblems

Emory University has an incredible collection of emblem books, largely thanks to the efforts of Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History, Dr. Walter Melion. The contents of this collection are divided between the Pitts Theology Library in the Candler School of Theology and Rose Library. Among Rose’s portion of the collection is a 1584…

Alfonso Chacón’s Comprehensive Documentation of Trajan’s Column

Alfonso Chacón lived from 1530-1599 CE and was a Spanish Dominican scholar in Rome. He was an expert of ancient Graeco-Roman and Paleo-Christian epigraphy and was knowledgeable in medieval paleography and manuscripts. His work Historia Vtriusque Belli Dacici a Traiano Caesare Gesti : Ex Simulachris Quae in Columna Eiusdem Romae Visuntur Collecta, published in 1576,…