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Release: Feb. 19, 2002

UI Libraries open new exhibit to celebrate diversity in America

The University of Iowa Libraries has opened an exhibition, "A More Varied Union: Diversity in American Society," on view now through May 2002 in the North Exhibition Hall of the Main Library.

Created to complement the upcoming conference, "Diversity: Building a Strategic Future," to be held at the UI Libraries April 4 - 6, the exhibition examines aspects of racial and cultural diversity in America. Beginning with individuals and families and progressing to small communities and finally to cities, the exhibition shows examples of the great variety that constitutes the American social landscape. It considers elements of the society's rich texture such as religion, politics, education, sports and the visual and performing arts. It also examines negativity and acts of intolerance, which inevitably emerge in a truly diverse society.

"A More Varied Union" features materials drawn from the Libraries' holdings in the form of books, journals, photographs, and brochures, as well as artifacts from the University Archives and personal collections including an antique kettle displayed with a section on multi-ethnic cooking and a set of early 20th century women's dumbbell weights in a section on diversity and sports. The exhibit poster, which was designed by Kelly C. McLaughlin, features an image of theU.S. Constitution, highlighting the introduction "We the People."

The exhibition was prepared by Libraries' staff members Kathy Wachel, David McCartney, Rijn Templeton and Carlette Washington-Hoagland, with assistance from Kristin Baum and Julie Cobb Smith. It is free and open to the public during regular Main Library weekend and evenings hours. For further information, call the University of Iowa Libraries at (319) 335-5867.