Talk on Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”


Please join us in Rockefeller Hall on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. for A Woman’s Place Is In The Walls: Gender and Imprisonment in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, a talk by Dr. Courtney Marshall to accompany our exhibit Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of an unnamed woman who is sent to a country home for rest and forced solitude in order to cure her of a nervous condition.  While there she imagines that there are women trapped in the bedroom’s yellow wallpaper.  In this talk, Dr. Marshall will discuss the nineteenth century’s “cult of true womanhood” and Gilman’s use of the wallpaper to symbolize the horror of domestic space.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.  The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It will be on display in Rockefeller Hall from April 3rd – May 13th.

For more information regarding the exhibit and talk, see our guide.

National Library of Medicine Exhibit on “The Yellow Wallpaper”

The Class of 1945 Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper”. from April 3, 2017 to May 13, 2017. 

In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled, “The Yellow Wallpaper.”  The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

The Library plans to host an evening talk in conjunction with this visit and will announce event details soon.  The exhibit and the speaking event are free and open to the public.  For more information please see our the NLM exhibit website, the Library’s exhibit guide or contact Beth Rohloff.

Want to read Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”?  The full short story is available on Internet Archive.

Kevin King | Phantom

phantomOn Tuesday February 28th, local author Kevin King will read from his recently published novel Phantom.  The reading will begin at 7:00 pm in The Class of 1945 Library’s Rockefeller Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

King’s novel Phantom is set in Boston during the turn of the century; it’s “A story of hopeless love – a serial philanderer and gambler married to a woman much younger – and impossible love – his wife, Casey Googan, and a black boxer.” His first novel, All the Stars Came Out That Night,  is set at Fenway Park and “imagines a late-night baseball game bankrolled by Henry Ford, pitting Dizzy Dean’s all-white all-stars against Satchel Paige’s black all-stars.”

For more information about Phantom and Kevin King visit Open Books.

Fake News and Information Literacy

As purveyors, collectors, and guardians of information, librarians around the country have been howtospotfakenewsreexamining their teaching of information and media literacy as students and patrons struggle with defining and identifying “fake news.”  Librarians at the Class of 1945 Library attended a one-day conference at Phillips Andover last week titled Libraries in a Post-Truth World  in which we discussed how librarians and educators can increase their efforts in teaching students how to critically evaluate information.

So how can you as a social media user identify fake news?  Here are a few key resources to get you started:

  • Fake News guide – tips and resources for evaluating news and social media content.

Lamont Poet Afaa Michael Weaver

On Wednesday, February 15th, the Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945 Library concludes its 2016–2017 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet Afaa Michael Weaver. Weaver’s early poetry wweaveras influenced by the Black Arts Movement and the poetry of Lucille Clifton, a 1987 Lamont Poet.  His first collection of poetry, Water Song (1985), was ten years in the making.  Since Water Song, Weaver has published several additional collections of poetry, including City of Eternal Spring (2014), winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Poetry; The Government of Nature (2013), for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Award; The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (2007); Multitudes (2000); and The Ten Lights of God (2000). His full-length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia. His short fiction appears in multiple anthologies, including Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present (1997).

Weaver has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, a 2002 Fulbright Scholar appointment to Taiwan, and is a three-time Pushcart prize winner. His teaching career includes appointments at Essex County College, Seton Hall Law School, CUNY, NYU, and Rutgers University. He was a member of Cave Canem’s first faculty and in 1998 became the first “Elder” of the Cave Canem organization. Weaver is currently the Simmons College Alumnae Professor of English and on the faculty of Drew University’s MFA program.

The reading will be held at 7:30pm 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.

MLK and John Lewis’ March

As part of the Academy’s Martin Luther King celebration, the Library has put together a small exhibit on John Lewis’ graphic novel trilogy March and the 1957 comic that inspired it, Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story.

March, a graphic novel trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is as the publisher describes a “first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

The graphic novel was conceived after Lewis told his Congressional Aide Andrew Aydin, a lover of comic books, about the impact the 1957 Martin Luther King comic had on him as a young man.  Aydin suggested that Lewis write his own comic to which Lewis agreed, with the stipulation that Aydin co-author.

After viewing the exhibit, discover other related works housed in the Library’s collections.

Falling for Emily Dickinson

emilydickinsonwithcreditWith the generous donations through the Ellis Anvil Fund, Phillips Exeter Academy presents Jay O’Callahan’s Falling for Emily Dickinson.  

This evening’s show is his story, Falling for Emily Dickinson, about Emily Dickinson, the creative process and art. The event will be held in Rockefeller Hall in The Class of 1945 Library on Wednesday January 11th from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Jay O’Callahan, author, storyteller and workshop leader has performed his stories in New Zealand, Lincoln Center, The Abbey Theater in Dublin,  Africa, the National Fine Arts Complex in London and throughout the United States.  He was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for performance excellence. His work has been heard on National Public Radio. Jay has been commissioned to write stories by various groups including NASA to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Quebec Labrador Foundation, Lehigh University and The Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jay’s newest stories include Falling for Emily Dickinson and Don Quixote and My Daughter Laura. Time Magazine called his work “genius”.