Michael Sharkey Visit & Archives of Hair Exhibit

In collaboration with the Lamont Gallery, the Class of 1945 Library is hosting a reception and talk by Artist-in-Residence Michael Sharkey on Sunday February 16th at 6:30pm.  Members of the PEA community are invited to join us for the Exonian Portraits Reception in the Library Commons where Michael Sharkey and students will discuss portraiture, representation and queer visibility.  A selection of Sharkey’s works will be on display.

Elizabeth Kostina ’20 and Head of Archives & Special Collections Magee Lawhorn collaborate on library exhibit installation.

Prior to Sharkey’s visit the Library will also host a reception on Tuesday February 11th from 8-9pm in the Library Commons for senior Elizabeth Kostina’s two part exhibit Headlines for Hair and Hair & the Archives.  These archival exhibits are part of Kostina’s larger senior project Hairlines.  The reception at the Library immediately follows the Hairlines opening reception that will take place from 7-8pm in the Academy Building Foyer.

Please see the Lamont Gallery event page for more information regarding Michael Sharkey’s campus visit and Elizabeth Kostina’s project.

African Americans and the Vote

A new exhibit, African Americans and the Vote, is now on display in the Class of 1945 Library’s Rockefeller Hall.  This year’s Black History Month theme, set by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, speaks “to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote.” Using primary sources, this case exhibit highlights the work of African American activists and suffragists from Reconstruction through the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Interested in learning more about the people and events highlighted in the exhibit?  Check out the display of books from our collection or explore some of the online sources referenced in the exhibit posters.

MLK Day 2020 Related Reading

On Friday January 17, 2020, Phillips Exeter Academy will celebrate the life and legacy of  Martin Luther King Jr. with a daylong program of speakers and workshops.  In support of this program, the Library has created a book display featuring the works of keynote speaker, Ibram X. Kendi, workshop speakers Michael W. Twitty, Audrey Peterman, and Paul Tran as well as other books and films related to Friday’s workshop topics. These items are currently on display in the the Class of 1945 Library’s Rockefeller Hall.  Some books can also be found online in the Library’s Visiting Speakers OverDrive collection.

Keynote Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

Books by Workshop Speakers

Additional Titles

Also on display are the specific works of Dr. King mentioned in workshop descriptions or titles that touch upon some of the topics that will be covered by tomorrow’s speakers.

Those attending the play reading of Clybourne Park and discussion of Raisin the Sun maybe be interested in viewing the texts through our OverDrive or checking out one of the film adaptations available in our dvd collection.



MLK and the Library’s Archives & Special Collections

MLK Day and the Archive and Civil Rights and the Special Collections are the titles of two new exhibits at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library.  Curated by Head of Archives & Special Collections Magee Lawhorn, these two exhibits coincide with the Academy’s Martin Luther King Day Program.

MLK Day and the Archive highlights the recognition of MLK Day at PEA through archival materials from both the faculty and student perspective. Correspondence, research and notes document the process that the MLK Day Committee goes through to select speakers and curate activities in order to acknowledge civil rights. While the Exonian articles showcase a reflective and sometimes introspective narrative about MLK Day celebrations at PEA.  The exhibit is located in the Library entrance on the ground floor.

The Civil Rights and the Special Collections exhibit examines the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness through the lens of the Academy’s Special Collections. Learn about the evolution of social justice from the 8th to the 21st century. Explore rare books that discuss civil rights movements from near and far, from Mexico to Ancient Rome.  The exhibit is on display in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall.

Lamont Poet Jericho Brown

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

On Wednesday January 15th, award-winning poet  Lamont Poet Jericho Brown will give a reading in Assembly Hall as part of Phillip Exeter Academy’s 2019-2020 Lamont Poetry Series.

Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. His most recent collection, The Tradition (2019), was recently named a 2019 National Book Award Finalist.

His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

The reading will begin at 7:30 pm in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Alex Myers ’96 Reads The Continental Divide

Please join us on Wednesday December 18th for a reading and discussion of The Continental Divide, the latest novel by English Instructor Alex Myers ’96.

The reading will take place at 7 pm in the Library Commons, on the ground floor of The Class of 1945 Library.  The event is free and open to the public.

About The Continental Divide

Go West, Young Man. Isn’t that the advice every east coast boy has considered at least once in his life?

At nineteen, almost twenty, Ron Bancroft thinks those words sound pretty good. Newly out as transgender, Ron finds himself adrift: kicked out by his family, jilted by his girlfriend, unable to afford to return to college in the fall. So he heads out to Wyoming for a new start, a chance to prove that—even though he was raised as a girl, even though everyone in Boston thinks of him as transgender—he can live as a man. A real man.

In Wyoming, he finds what he was looking for: rugged terrain, wranglers, a clean slate. He also stumbles into a world more dangerous than he imagined, one of bigotry and violence. And he falls for an intriguing young woman, who seems as interested in him as he is in her. Thus begins Ron’s true adventure, a search not for the right place in America, but the right place within himself to find truth, happiness, and a sense of belonging. (– from the publisher)

About the Author

Author of Revolutionary, Alex Myers ’96 was born and raised in western Maine. Since high school, Alex has campaigned for transgender rights. As a female-to-male transgender person, Alex began his transition at Phillips Exeter Academy (returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman) and was the first transgender student in that academy’s history. Alex was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard, and worked to change the university’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. After earning a master’s in religion from Brown University, Alex began a career as a high school English teacher. Along the way, he earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two cats.