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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Mapping Police Violence in St. Louis

By Ashley Jackson (PhD Student, Brown School WU) on September 17, 2020

Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckoning Heightened awareness around the issue of police violence has ensued amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, but for many, this social issue is all too familiar. The highly publicized deaths of Michael Brown in our own city of St. Louis and the recent kil...

Washington University Libraries Virtual Book Club

By University Libraries on September 17, 2020

WashU Libraries Book Club goes virtual! Get comfy and join us from home as we explore titles focusing on history, medicine, travel, adventure, rare books, and literature. Virtual book clubs will be held via Zoom and are free and open to all. Please note: Registration is required for access to the...

25th Anniversary of The Tunnel

By Joel Minor on September 9, 2020

This year marks a quarter century since William Gass‘ long-awaited tome, The Tunnel, was published by Knopf. In 1995, after nearly 30 years of writing and 26 years of published excerpts, postmodern fiction lovers could finally immerse themselves fully in William Kohler’s subterranean ...

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Pioneer and Missouri Native, Dies at 95

By Washington University Libraries on July 23, 2020

“It was the Freedom Riders in Parchman [the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman], where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our ...

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Celebrating John Lewis

By Alison Carrick on July 21, 2020

Representative John Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a pivotal figure of Civil Rights Movement and was involved in several major campaigns and actions throughout his life. Interviews with him were featured in the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, and ...

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Free Speech by Students

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 21, 2020

Speaking up for the rights of young people in our society has long been a part of the ACLU of Missouri’s mission. Early efforts included speaking out against comic book censorship in the 1950s and ensuring that the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights were taught to students in the 1960...

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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Podcast

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 16, 2020

St. Louis on the Air Podcast On July 1, 2020, the ACLU-MO@100 project was featured on St. Louis on the Air. The podcast episode is entitled The Intertwined History—and Future—of St. Louis and the 100-Year-Old ACLU and features a discussion by Washington University Libraries’ curator of Loca...

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ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Prison Conditions

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 14, 2020

The ACLU does not represent people in criminal cases.  Rather, it documents and looks for patterns of civil rights violations occurring in jails and prisons.  Investigative reports are published to give the public, lawmakers, and prison officials accurate information about overlooked rights viola...

University Libraries Partner with Sam Fox School on New MFA Program

By Julie Hale on July 10, 2020

Washington University’s new MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program (MFA-IVC) is giving art students the opportunity to grow as scholars outside the studio. Launched in fall 2019, the two-year program is a collaboration between the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Washi...

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Privacy

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 25, 2020

Privacy Project Technology concerns began in the 1950s, over government officials listening to phone calls or surveilling private conversations. By the 1970s, more and more personal information was stored on new computer systems, both corporate and governmental. The ACLU of Eastern Missouri (as i...