This Fall’s Lineup at Adams Library Entertains and Enlightens

This semester Adams Library offers an unusual mix of exhibits chronicling major events from the past, and lectures that engage audiences in the politically fraught present. The library will also host international films, informative seminars and a performance by the Proteus String Quartet.

As part of both Diversity Week and the lecture series, James Lopes, researcher of Cape Verdean genealogy, will give a presentation on Oct. 9 titled “From Cape Verde to America: Finding Your Roots,” in which he discusses Cape Verdean history and explains how one gets started in genealogy research. A question and answer period will follow.

For those who enjoy socio-political discussions, lectures will be presented by RIC faculty members who have made this issue the subject of their work. The Adams Library Lecture Series focuses on the scholarship of Karl Benziger, professor of history; Khalil Saucier, professor of sociology; and Holly Dygart, professor of anthropology.

From left, Karl Benziger, Khalil Saucier and Holly Dygart.

Benziger will discuss the history of Hungaria, which has been “plagued by a series of seemingly endless disasters,” he said, including failed bids for independence, alliance with the Axis powers and more than 40 years of communist rule. His lecture on Oct. 9, titled “The Revised Republic: Searching for a Useable Past in Contemporary Hungary,” will examine the competing historical narratives that have emerged from Hungary’s turbulent past.

On Oct. 30 Saucier will explore the ways in which Cape Verdean youth negotiate their racial identity within the popular fabrication of multiracial America. His lecture is titled “Necessarily Black: Notes on Cape Verdean Youth in America.”

Dygart will present “From ‘Indigenous’ to ‘Poor’: Drawing New Configurations of Power through Mexico’s Anti-Poverty Program Oportunidades” on Nov. 13. She will examine Mexico’s anti-poverty program, drawing from more than two years of research in a small Mixtec-speaking village in Mexico.

Library exhibitions will commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination (Nov. 1–30), as well as celebrate art and culture.

The Italian American heritage exhibit from Oct. 1–31 includes a presentation on Oct. 10 by Dr. Edward Iannuccilli, M.D. and best-selling author of the books “Growing up Italian, Grandfather’s Fig Tree and Other Stories” and "What Ever Happened to Sunday Dinner?”

Another exhibit, running from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20, will mark the 150th birthday of Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter and printmaker who greatly influenced German Expressionism.

Taking internationalism as its theme, the Global Lens Film Series returns for another season, with screenings running from September through November. These films are also available on loan in Reserves for staff, faculty and students.

In addition, three seminars will be open to the public: “The RIC/Israel Collaboration” on Oct. 2, “Estate Planning” on Oct. 22 and “Ancient Egypt and Its Neighbors” on Nov. 14.

On Oct. 17 the Proteus String Quartet, comprised of members of RIC’s music faculty: John Sumerlin (violin), Susan Culpo (viola), Steven Laven (cello) and Samuel Breene (violin), will perform.


Libraries are intriguing places and Adams Library is no exception. Its hushed spaces are transformed into a museum, cinema, community forum, lecture hall and meeting place for diverse schools of thought and entertainment. This season, there is a little bit of something for everyone.