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Alkek Library Exhibitions & Displays

There are exhibit and displays found throughout the library. Learn more about reservable display areas in the library.

Below is what is currently on display in the library.

Alkek Second Floor

2nd floor display cases with exhibit items inside

New Year New Habits

JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 31, 2020

With the start of a new semester, a new year, and a new decade, you may have resolutions on your mind. Alkek Library has a wide collection of resources focused on self-improvement. Visit the exhibit on the 2nd floor to see selected materials from the collection that will help you improve your time management, develop effective study skills, avoid procrastination, and set yourself up for success in 2020! Also, join us on Thursday, January 23 for the Alkek Maker Day: Bullet Journal Workshop to learn how a personalized planner system can work for you.

This exhibit is located in the glass display cases near the elevators. 

Alkek Third Floor

Text: The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project

A New York Times program by reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. The New York Times describes the project as a "major initiative ... observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery." The publication includes essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay. The 1619 Project speaks to the history and truth of 400 years of slavery in the United States that began in August 1619, when the first enslaved Africans were brought to North America. Slavery's legacy has persisted throughout this country's society, from education to the criminal justice system.

The exhibit features a copy of the original publication. It was provided by the Texas Student Government at a Diversity Week Lunch and Learn event. Publications by Dr. Ron Johnson and Dr. Dwonna Goldstone are also included.

The exhibit is in support of the new African American Studies minor that began offering courses Fall 2019. Please visit the exhibit housed in the glass case is located in front of the Checkout Desk.

Alkek Seventh Floor

The Wittliff Collections

Cowboy with lasso and horses photography by Bill Wittliff

Blessings and Besos: Photographs by Bill Wittliff

"BLESSINGS AND BESOS" celebrates the photographic legacy of our visionary founding donor, Bill Wittliff (1940-2019), whose enormous and award-winning talents included screenwriting, filmmaking, collecting, book designing and publishing. Together these endeavors embodied his greatest passion—storytelling. Photography, too, was storytelling for Wittliff, and perhaps above all others it was his most private and personal medium.

This exhibition features more than 80 of Wittliff’s photographs, showcasing highlights from each of his major series: vaqueros working cattle in Mexico, the making of the Lonesome Dove miniseries, and his pinhole photographic projects La vida brinca, México lindo and SunriseSunset. The exhibition also includes his first successful photograph (taken as a child) and several images that have never been shown, including an image from his last roll of film.

This exhibit will be open through February in one of the 7th floor galleries of The Wittliff Collections