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The goal of the library exhibition program is to provide a space for student work and campus research to be shared with the community and that our exhibition program provides an opportunity to present stories, voices, and work that otherwise may not be able to be shared.

Al Quran Al Kareem:
One Month of Tradition

Special Collections Reading Room Level 4

In the month of Ramadan, the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of sawm, or fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. A commemoration of the first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.
This year, the Rare Books Department, in partnership with the Al Mustafa Foundation of Utah, invite you to celebrate Utah’s Muslim Community with a showing of our unique and exquisite Qurans from around the world.

Yellow Leaves: Shakespeare and His Times

Level 4

45 volumes from the Rare Books department including leaves from the Folios 1-4, work by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, and historical volumes that influenced his writing and publication.

This exhibition aims to introduce Shakespeare’s writing by listening for his voice in contemporary publications of his plays and poems, while also exploring the cultural life Shakespeare drew upon and depicted. The gallery will contain examples of Shakespeare’s work as it was published posthumously and edited throughout the following century as well as attempting to capture his elusive biography and showcasing copies of the editions which Shakespeare read and used to provide storylines and themes of some of his best-known plays. Together, they provide a representation of his world in both its personal and historical dimensions. There is, of course, another resonance to the title of the exhibit: the “yellow leaves” of the documents and books on display. Were it not for these publications, particularly the First Folio of 1623, half of Shakespeare’s plays would have been lost to history, and many works we treasure would be available only in deeply compromised versions. The volumes in this gallery will provide an opportunity for viewers to engage with the vivid moment of Shakespeare’s time.

Indigenous Womxn’s Collective

Level 1

This exhibition is a platform to highlight the work led by the Indigenous Womxn’s Collective fellows. Each fellow identified a topic or issue important to them and facilitated an event in partnership with campus and community partners.

The mission of the Indigenous Womxn’s Collective (IWC) is to empower future leaders by leveraging Indigenous womxn’s shared stories, lived experiences, and intersectionality through intergenerational exchange and collaboration. Program initiatives guide and develop leaders through service-oriented projects while creating a collective of womxn supporting womxn.

Exhibition is by the American Indian Resource Center at the University of Utah.

Unsung Heroes

Level 1

Kiya Green, a Modern Dance and World Languages & Culture double-major, recently held the U of U Black Faculty & Staff Association research internship. She conducted original research about the history of diversity within the School of Dance at the University of Utah and uncovered the impactful contemporary story of Dr. Joselli Deans (the first Black ballet professor at the U of U) as well as heroic acts of graduate students Alex Barbier and Irishia Hubbard.

Kiya’s research is currently being shown as part of the University of Utah’s Unsung Heroes exhibition on level 1 at Marriott Library. The exhibition will be up until April 1st, 2024.

Check out an interview with Kiya Green here.

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