October Library Displays


Come view our 1st FL library displays for the month of October!

Book & DVD displays – LGBTQ+ History Month

To celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, we have gathered related books and films into displays located on the 1st FL.

New Books in International Fiction

View some of our new arrivals in international fiction (1st FL).

Feel free to borrow any book or DVD that interests you!

LGBTQ+ DVD display by Hilary Gunnels, Research, Instruction & Archives Specialist
LGBTQ+ Book display by Nicole Marino, Digital Scholarship and Instruction Librarian
International Fiction New Books display by Ingrid Levin, Electronic Resources and Collections Librarian

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Library Display: Atwood Lectures


Marjorie Atwood (1926-2005) was a trustee of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust and honorary member of the Atwood Lectures Committee. She earned her BA and MA from Salve Regina in 1981 and 1990, and in 2002 received her Ph.D for her dissertation entitled The Ex-Voto as Symbol of Faith and Survival.

The Atwood Lectures evolved out of other lecture series and the “Peace and Justice Symposium” which ran through the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was then formally sponsored by the Donaldson Charitable Trust. The 1987 agreement between Salve Regina and the Donaldson Trust stated the purpose of the lecture series:

“While allowing the College to hear from voices other than its own, lecturers should attract a wide audience that extends into and beyond the College and local communities. Persons chosen as lecturers should be selected on the basis of outstanding achievements in the humanities and highly distinguished reputations. The lecture, as determined by this agreement, should be in literature, philosophy or religion.”

For more than thirty years, the Atwood Lectures have brought notable thinkers and writers to campus and traced the development of philosophical debates.

This year’s Atwood lecture will feature Damian Costello, author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism.
The lecture will take place September 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

Books in the circulating collection related to Black Elk are available for checkout from the display on the first floor of the library.



All materials from University Archives, particularly RG 12.4: University Committees: Atwood Lecture Committee.
Display by Genna Duplisea, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian

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Library Display: ’Any free human work produces Beauty’ – a celebration of Ade Bethune


In honor of Women’s History Month, Salve Regina University Archives and Special Collections has installed a new display on the first floor, entitled “’Any free human work produces Beauty’” – a celebration of Ade Bethune.” Longtime Newporter Ade Bethune (1914-2002) was a liturgical illustrator, community activist, and business owner. Throughout the twentieth century, Bethune completed art commissions for stained glass and murals in Catholic churches all over the world. Bethune’s influence on Catholic art is evident from looking at any modern missal or liturgical illustration.

Born Marie Adélaïde de Bethune to a noble family in Belgium, Bethune immigrated to the United States after World War I and studied art at the National Academy of Design and Cooper Union in New York City in the 1930s. During this time, she became involved with the Catholic Worker movement. From its earliest days she was affiliated with the Catholic Worker, designing and later redesigning its masthead. She was closely tied to the Catholic Art Association, and illustrated covers for the Catholic Art Quarterly (later called Good Work).

Bethune moved to Newport in 1938 and lived in The Point for many years, where she was active in the Point Association. As a homeowner she was dedicated to quality of life in her community, joining the Church Community Housing Corporation in 1969. She designed over 30 houses for the CCHC, including the first solar house in Newport, dedicated in 1977. Seeing a need for housing for elderly people, she was instrumental in converting an estate into the elderly living community Harbor House, which still stands in The Point today.

From the 1960s, she was the art director of the Terra Sancta Guild, which produced liturgical art and objects. She ran the St. Leo Shop on Thames Street, selling prints and other religious items, until the 1980s.

A large collection of Bethune’s papers, including illustrations and writings, is held at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can view a guide to their collection, which includes an excellent biography, at http://library.stkate.edu/archives/bethune. Salve Regina is fortunate to hold some original art, objects, and publications from generous gifts by Tim Casey and Susan Jorgensen, whose mother worked for Bethune, and Professor John Quinn.

“Any free human work produces Beauty” is a quote from Bethune’s essay “Work,” published by Ward Printing Company and John Stevens Shop in Newport in 1940. The dignity of work and its reflection of the divine – Bethune used the phrase “Supreme Artist” – were themes in her art and writing.

-content written by Genna Duplisea, archivist and special collections librarian

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