» News, Events and Exhibits

The Leatherby Libraries offers programming and exhibits throughout the year that complement and enhance the curriculum, study, and research interests at Chapman. The Art, Exhibits and Events Committee (AEEC) is a dedicated group of library staff who volunteer their time to bring programming to life. The following is a listing of upcoming events in the Leatherby Libraries.

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Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Windows to Italy Series: "What Do Stories Do? The Added Value of Italian Entrepreneurship" by Dr. Luca Cottini*

Wednesday, February 21th, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room
Leatherby Libraries, Second Floor
This presentation will explain how Italian companies utilize the Italian tradition of storytelling to market goods. Dr. Luca Cottini will explore how story elements such as depth, genuineness, and product authenticity influence consumers. By further examining the Italian storytelling tradition, from "novelle" to carosello" and fiction to advertising, Dr. Cottini will argue that Italian storytelling is the core of successful Italian entrepreneurship. 

Windows to Italy Series: "A Place in the Sun: Jews and the Italian Empire" by Dr. Shira Klein*

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room
Leatherby Libraries, Second Floor
In this talk, Dr. Shira Klein explores the influence of Italian nationalism on Italian Jew's opinions towards colonialism. By examining the development of Italian Jew's opinions towards colonialization, Dr. Klein analyzes how nationalism ultimately contributed to Facism's anti-Jewish campaign from 1938 - 1945 in Italy. 

*This event is part of the Windows to Italy series created by the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research in collaboration with the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Leatherby Libraries

Current Exhibitions and Displays

Chinese Culture and Values 
November 2023 - January 2024
Leatherby Libraries, First Floor 
This physical display celebrates the culture and values of China. The display aims to educate patrons on Chinese culture's values and cultural norms by exploring the country's traditional practices and beauty.

Engaging the World on Health Equity Through Reading 

August 2023 - December 2023
Leatherby Libraries, First Floor
Engaging the World on Health Equity Through Reading is a physical display of books highlighting health equity in different cultures. Through the lens of race, gender, mental health, chronic illnesses, and more, this display can educate viewers on the complex issues facing different communities seeking healthcare worldwide. This physical display is a counterpart to the permanent, virtual exhibit found here

The Art of Japneet Kaur Exhibition

November 2023 - January 2023
Hall of Art
Leatherby Libraries, First Floor
The Art of Japneet Kaur exhibition is inspired by Kaur's personal stories and memories, real and imagined, that explore themes of home, nature, migration, and community. Her pieces are based on childhood memories growing up in Punjab. The art explores lived experiences and sprinkles in some magic and nostalgia while honoring the place and language that shaped the artist.


August 2023 - January 2024
Dee and Doy Henley Reading Room 
Leatherby Libraries, Second Floor
Acceptance is a collection of photos by Chapman University part-time faculty, Bernie Dickson that acted as her family's photographic journal during the stay-at-home orders in the Spring of 2020. The purpose of the exhibit is to inspire increased awareness and discussions around the topic of Autism to generate greater societal acceptance and understanding. 

Images and Imaginings of Internment: An Exhibition of Comics and Illustrations Inspired by Wartime Incarceration 

June 2023 - January 2024
Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives 
Leatherby Libraries, First and Fourth Floor* 
This semester-long physical exhibit teaches patrons about Japanese American wartime incarceration during World War II through a compilation of vintage comic books, photographs, personal memorabilia, and high-resolution reproductions to help viewers better understand these incarceration camps' devastating realities and lasting impact. Its counterpart, a permanent virtual exhibit, lives here.
*Note: Images and Imaginings of Internment is a cross-campus exhibit, with materials on display in Roosevelt Hall and the Leatherby Libraries.

Virtual Exhibits

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: A Timeline on Breast Cancer Discovery and Treatment

This virtual exhibit was created to educate the Chapman University community on the history of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment development. This exhibit aims to inform readers on how far our understanding of breast cancer has come and to encourage continued support for further development of new treatments.

Telling Stories: One Room at a Time

This virtual exhibit tells the stories behind six of the Leatherby Libraries story rooms: the Virginia G. Carson, Ph.D. Group Study Room, the Sikhs and Sikhism in America Group Study Room, the Mendez v. Westminster Group Study Room, the Italian Heritage Archive Group Study Room in Honor of John N. LaCorte, the Henri Temianka Archives Multimedia Room, and the Frederic J. Kakis, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus Group Study Room. -- View exhibit flyer

The Library at Chapman University: A Historical Look

This virtual exhibit is part of the yearlong celebration in 2021 of Chapman University's 160th anniversary, and chronicles the story of the library at Chapman over the years, beginning with the Stauffer Memorial Library in the early years, moving to the Thurmond Clarke Memorial Library, and finishing with what makes the Leatherby Libraries unique. -- View exhibit flyer

Temianka Talks Music: Lectures from a Virtuoso

This virtual exhibit explores the career of Henri Temianka (1906–1992), who, in 1946, co-founded the Paganini Quartet, an American virtuoso string quartet, which won acclaim for its 1947 recording of Beethoven's String Quartets No. 7 - 9, Opus 59, “Rasumovsky.” A gifted violinist, conductor, author, and music educator, Temianka broke classical taboos by casually lecturing about the musical genre right from the stage during performances. Research for this digital exhibit was generously supported by Dr. Daniel Temianka.

Permanent and Long-term Exhibits and Displays in the Leatherby Libraries

California's Gold Exhibit

Leatherby Libraries, Lower Level 
The joy that the late TV legend Huell Howser shared with generations of Californians infuses a new permanent exhibit, sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Center for American War Letters Archives

Leatherby Libraries, Lower Level  
The Center for American War Letters Archives actively preserves and promotes the research of original correspondence and other materials from all American conflicts; from the American War for Independence through the present day.

Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library

Leatherby Libraries, 4th Floor
The library's permanent and rotating exhibits tell of the individual lives affected, and all too often ended, by the Holocaust. 

Orange County Historical Sites and Scenes

Leatherby Libraries, First Floor
This art installation is comprised of 12 intricate copper engraving prints of famous Orange County Historical Sites and Scenes made in 1975 by local artist Scott FitzGerald. FitzGerald “attempted to capture a part of the past for the sake of the future.” He used the painstaking medium of copper plate etching, commonly considered antiquated, to convey the subjects’ historical and transitory nature.


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