Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Past Friends Events 2009

Book Cover for Beyond the River

Book Discussion
Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
by Ann Hagedorn
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, the campus community is invited to attend the Friends of the Library book discussion on Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn. From the highest hill above the town of Ripley, Ohio, you can see five bends in the Ohio River. You can see the hills of northern Kentucky and the rooftops of Ripley’s riverfront houses. And you can see what the abolitionist John Rankin saw from his house at the top of that hill, where for nearly forty years he placed a lantern each night to guide fugitive slaves to freedom beyond the river.

The discussion, led by Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, begins at 3:00 in Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions as well as the Local Book Talk with Mary Doria Russell scheduled for April 14, 2010.

Micheal Schwartz

21st Annual Scholars & Artists Reception
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library, 1st floor east
Guest of Honor: Dr. Michael Schwartz
President Emeritus

The campus community is invited to attend the 21st annual Scholars & Artists Reception on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:00 on the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library. This year, the guest of honor will be Dr. Michael Schwartz, President Emeritus. The Friends will honor him in celebration and recognition of the Library’s new name.

During the reception, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and browse the display of recently published books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works by Cleveland State University faculty, staff, and emeriti.

Call for submissions
Faculty, staff, and emeriti are encouraged to submit materials they have published in the past year (including books, scholarly papers, art, music, websites, and DVDs). Complete the appropriate information on the submission form and send as instructed with your published works by Thursday, November 5, 2009 (5:00 p.m.).

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

2009 Bibliography

Book cover for Copenhagen

Book Discussion
Copenhagen
by Michael Frayn
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will lead a book discussion on Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. The Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. Copehagen is also Cleveland State University’s Common Reading book choice for 2009/2010.

Copenhagen is available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library and on sale at the CSU Bookstore and on Amazon.com.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions as well as the Local Book Talk with Mary Doria Russell scheduled for April 14, 2010.

Members Luncheon
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Noon
In Rhodes Tower, room 401

Dr. Michael Wells, President, Friends of the Library, invited Friends' members to a luncheon, which was followed by a lively discussion about events for the fall semester and more. Read the minutes.

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Book Discussion
Robertson Davies
Rebel Angels
Thursday, May 7, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead a book discussion on Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies. In this astoundingly funny book, Davies both lampoons academia and shows his love for it and for the wisdom it produces.

On one level, Davies' novel is “about” four academics: Maria Theotoky, the brilliant, beautiful graduate student; her adviser, the ascetic Dr. Hollier; Simon Darcourt, the bon vivant priest; and Parlabane, once an outstanding scholar, now sycophant to his former classmates. Then there is the basic plot theme: Who will end up with the girl? Standard stuff. Yet the real focus here is on the spiritual and/or mystical personal explorations of the main characters (from Library Journal review).

Rebel Angels is available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library and on sale at Amazon.com.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Kristin Ohlson

Friends of the Library Local Authors Book Talk Series
Kristin Ohlson
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

The Friends Local Authors Book Talk Series continues. Cleveland author Kristin Ohlson will visit CSU to discuss her experiences in Afghanistan and her New York Times bestseller book Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (co-written with Deborah Rodriguez). There will also be a question and answer session followed by a book signing. Books will be on sale before and after the book talk courtesy of the CSU bookstore.

Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom. Kristin Ohlson’s book is on sale now at the CSU bookstore and available for checkout from the Michael Schwartz Library.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Book cover for Supreme Courtship

Book Talk
Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

On March 4 Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead a book discussions on Supreme Courtship by bestselling author Christopher Buckley. In this hilarious novel, the President of the United States, ticked off at the Senate for rejecting his nominees, decides to get even by nominating America’s most popular TV judge to the Supreme Court..

About the book
President Donald Vanderdamp is having a heck of a time getting his nominees onto the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill a Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won’t have the nerve to reject her – Judge Pepper Cartwright, star of the nation’s most popular reality show. Will Pepper, a vivacious Texan, survive a Senate confirmation battle? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.— Twelve Publishers

Copies of the book are on sale now at the CSU Bookstore and available for checkout at the Library.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.