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“The Music Moved the Movement” program is now available online

By Alison Carrick on March 3, 2017

Washington University Libraries was an archival sponsor for “The Music Moved the Movement: A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David Dennis, Sr.” at the National Blues Museum on February 16, 2017. The event included several interviews from our newly-completed Eyes on the Prize Digitizati...

Remembering David Meltzer

By caskew on March 2, 2017

Born in 1937 to a cellist and harpist, poet and musician David Meltzer was perhaps destined to a life informed and enchanted by sound. As a child, he performed on the radio and on TV with The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. This strong musical heritage was only the beginning of Meltzer’s robust...

Washington Park Cemetery Exhibit Opens March 3

By Julie Hale on February 28, 2017

The opening for “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard. This multimedia exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large-scale, color landscape photog...

Raymond Federman’s “Take It or Leave It”

By caskew on February 16, 2017

February marks the original release date of Federman’s third novel, Take It or Leave It. To celebrate this, we offer a peek into some of the materials related to the book in the Raymond Federman Papers. Published in 1976 by Fiction Collective, Take It Or Leave It exemplifies Federman’s boldly inn...

WU Libraries’ Henry Hampton Film Series Features Jon Else

By Jody Mitori on February 15, 2017

Washington University Libraries are pleased to announce a talk with filmmaker Jon Else at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Missouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Else will discuss his new book, True South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the P...

Politically Correct Romance?

By l.sylvander on February 13, 2017

Our romantic and sexual practices are some of the most heavily policed aspects of our social lives (shoutout to Foucault for totally shifting my understanding of social interaction forever). We remember 1950’s America as a socially conservative time, and what better way to control the urges...

Music Moved the Movement: Reena Evers-Everette and David (Dave) Dennis Sr.

By Alison Carrick on February 2, 2017

As part of the “Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues” project, the National Blues Museum is hosting “A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David (Dave) Dennis Sr.: Inside the Civil Rights Movement.” Dennis is the CEO and director of the Southern Initiative of The Algebra Pr...

The Divided City Initiative in St. Louis: Chi-Raq and Milwaukee 53206 Q&As

By Alison Carrick on January 31, 2017

The Mean Streets programming that was part of the Divided City Initiative also included films that examined the issues of segregation and how communities deal with mass incarceration and gun violence.  A high point of the program was the screening of Chi-Raq (dir. Spike Lee, 2015) with screenwrit...