Voices and Choices Center
Events and Programs
Persons who require accommodation for a disability should notify the Disability Services
Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or use
TDD number 610-683-4499 in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to
provide reasonable accommodations.
Ongoing Main Floor Lobby & Computer Lab
Eleven visual essays by students of Graphic Design Professor Elaine Cunfer, exploring sides of Kutztown that just might surprise you.
KU Communication Design program ▶
May 5–7 4pm - 8pm RL 28
CASA & the SGB help with Finals Week! Come to a quiet place for study with Academic Coaches and the Writing Center on site to assist. Free
Scantrons, blue books, pencils, highlighters, drinks and snacks.
Academic Enrichment ▶ Email for info ▶
Apr 24 6pm - 7pm Second Floor Gallery
Kelsey Murray hosts a reception for her exhibit of prints and paintings, Traveling Thoughts
, ahead of her impending graduation from KU. See the work through May 8.
Exhibit poster (PDF) ▶
April 22 3:00pm - 4:30pm RL 100B & café area
Enjoy real Ethiopian coffee, served in traditional fashion, in a ceremony conducted by Tilaye Zelleke and her father, Dr. Girma Zelleke, as a capstone to Dr. Chris Saidi's tour of her African art exhibit.
Event flyer (PDF) ▶ About coffee (PDF) ▶
Apr 22 11am - Noon RL 100B
The three chefs McMunch supply the cake and pizza while you join fellow Seuss Nerds in fun activities and chatter about one of the zaniest schools around as we tackle Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
About the series ▶
April 16 10:30am - 11:30am RL 100B
Apr 8 Noon - 1pm MSU 312
Sylvester McMonkey McBean made a mint off the Sneetches. Why were they such a lucrative market? Dr. Carol Watson sells the Seuss classic in a fun discussion with treats sponsored by KU's College of Business.
About the series ▶
March 27 6pm - 7pm Second Floor Gallery
Artist's reception for ten new large-format prints, here till mid-April, by ace photographer and KU Chemistry major Jayaruwan "Jay" Gunathilake.
Photos by Jay ▶ Poster (PDF) ▶
Mar 25 Noon - 1pm MSU 312
has for good reason sparked contentious debate among scientists, industrialists, and environmentalists. Join card-carrying Doctor Seussaphist Dr. Carol Watson for Truffula Tree cupcakes and lively conversation.
About the event ▶
Mar 12 3pm - 4pm RL 100B & throughout RL
Tour the amazing woman-centered African art exhibit, Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs,
with renowned Africanist and art collector Dr. Chris Saidi.
About the tour ▶
Mar 6 11am - 12pm Room 100B
Join KU professors Elaine Cunfer (Communication Design), Susan Czerny and Sylvia Pham (Rohrbach Library), and Amy Lynch-Biniek (English)
for a discussion of copyright in academe as part of the CET's Conversations
About the CET ▶
Mar 4 Noon - 1pm MSU 312
Birthday cake for everyone! Prof. of Education & certified Seussophile Dr. Carol Watson celebrates the 110th
year of a world with Theodor Geisel.
About the party ▶
Feb 27 11am - 12pm Room 100B
The CET's Conversations
series examines Engaging and Retaining a Diverse Student Body
. Dr. Edwin Nieves (Academic Enrichment) facilitates.
About the CET ▶
Feb 18 4pm - 6pm Room 100B
Join artists Emily Allen (née
Grimshaw, KU Class of 2013) and Ed
Terrell of ACOR in a reception for their breathtaking paintings and multimedia works on
exhibit in the library for Black History Month.
About ACOR ▶
January - May Main Floor Lobby, Lab, & Reference Section
The spectacular fabrics, paintings, and carvings of Bold Mamas and Audacious Entrepreneurs
, curated by Rebecca Vanhorn, illuminate experiences of African women through the art collection of Dr. Christine Saidi.
Brochure (PDF) ▶
Dr. Saidi's page ▶
Nov 14 11am - 12pm Room 100B
series continues with Quality Writing Experiences that Facilitate Thinking and Deep Learning
. Join Drs. Patricia Derr (History), Amy Lynch-Biniek (English),
and Lynn Kutch (Modern Language Studies).
About the CET ▶
Oct 16 4pm - 5:30pm Room 100B
Dr. Gil Clary discusses current research on teaching and learning, as part of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's
About the CET ▶
Oct 5 10am - 2pm Main Floor Café area
A Scholastic book fair, exhibits, stories, prizes, and fun for kids! Part of KU's campuswide Family Day celebration.
Sep 19 10am - 4pm Building-wide
Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Rohrbach Library Open House! Discover services and resources, win prizes, and collect doubloons!
More (PDF) ▶
Sep 17 4pm - 5:30pm Room 100B
Sep 16 3pm Second Floor Gallery
Prof. Kevin McCloskey hosts a reception for his Hispanic
Heritage Month show of prints from Médula Negra Studio
of Xalapa, Mexico. About
Médula Negra ▶
September - December Main Floor Lobby
Ecology in African Art
samples the vast collection of Dr. Christine Saidi, KU professor whose study of central African cultures and language is sparking a paradigm shift
in views of African women's societal roles.
Dr. Saidi's page ▶
Apr 16 4:30pm - 6pm Room 100B
Join KU's Organization for Latino Awareness (OLA) as they host the provocative documentary Latinos Beyond Reel
Poster (PDF) ▶
OLA site ▶
Mar 12 5pm - 6:30pm Room 100B
Chi Upsilon Sigma sorority hosts a screening of Latinos Beyond Reel
new documentary exposing the vicious impact of US media stereotypes.
Flier (PDF) ▶ Film trailer ▶
Feb 12 3pm - 5pm Room 100B
Join painter Theron Cook and author David Nazario, both Reading natives and community activists, for a reception with
refreshments as David reads from his new book.
Poster (PDF) ▶
Feb 12 11am - 1pm Second Floor
Welcome the Year of the Snake with delicious Chinese treats, hands-on fun, information on Asian Studies opportunities at KU, a spectacular display and more.
Poster (PDF) ▶ Facebook ▶
Nov 15 9am - 7pm Room 100B
The KU Environmental Action Club sponsors a live stream of The Climate Reality Project's Dirty Weather Report
in a casual setting.
Drop in and learn how global climate change fuels extreme weather events—and how you can change it.
Oct 25 7pm - 8:30pm Room 100B
New York Black Yankees pitcher Bob Scott joins eminent historian of black
baseball Dr. Lawrence Hogan to help close out
Pride and Passion
Oct 23 7pm - 8pm Room 100B
Dr. Jim Higgins, former Kutztown University Professor of History, discusses African American life in Pittsburgh during the Negro Leagues era.
Oct 17 7pm - 9pm Room 100B
Dr. Maria Sanelli, KU Prof. of History Education, demonstrates how themes and issues reflected in studying African American
baseball are rooted in U.S. history and social studies.
Oct 15, 2012 Main Floor Lobby
Tell your library story to the world as part of a statewide project to capture a day in the life of Pennsylvania libraries!
Video: Snapshot 2009 at RL ▶
Sep 22 11am - 1pm Room 100B
Meet Negro Leaguer Jim "Flyhawk" Weedon, see Dr. Bob Allen present The Souls of Black Baseball
, enjoy two great exhibits, and
play ball on the library lawn! More (PDF) ▶
Through Oct 26, 2012 Second Floor Gallery
Ed Terrell's exceptional stipple portraits (Rapidograph ink on paper) of six
Negro Leagues greats—three men, three women. Terrell is director
of Reading's ACOR
Sep 19 7pm - 8:30pm Second Floor Gallery
Sep 19 10am - 3pm Building-wide
The Rohrbach Library Open House is a great chance to discover services and
resources, win $50 prizes, and collect doubloons! More (PDF) ▶
Through Sep 14 Second Floor Gallery
Curator Kevin McCloskey presents twelve distinctive new prints by a half-dozen iconoclastic revolutionary Mexican artists. More Oaxacan prints ▶
Sep 6 Evening Second Floor
Kutztown's inaugural borough-wide artwalk night features printmaking. On our Second Floor, see new
Mexican prints from Kevin McCloskey's amazing ASARO collection.
Full schedule (PDF) ▶
Aug 30 11am - 2pm Second Floor
Meet folks from the many wonderful clubs on campus, and find out how easy it is
to get involved at KU!
Apr 30 4:00pm Room 100B
Dr. Carlos Vargas returns to continue a lively discussion of higher ed based
on Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
Resource guide ▶
Apr 18 3pm - 4pm Room 100B
Apr 12 11am - 12:30pm Room 100B
Celebrate National Library Week with acclaimed graphic satirist Dwayne Booth—AKA Mr.
Fish—as he speaks and signs copies of his scorching new book Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People
. About Mr. Fish ▶
Apr 11 Noon - 1pm Room 100B
Local author, radio host, motivational speaker and community advocate leads a discussion on the relevance of
Frederick Douglass' words to the lives we live
today, in this year's final FDI
Colloquium. About Dr. Williams ▶
April 2012 Second Floor Gallery
The Molly Maguires,
paintings by Coal Region native and KU grad (Magna Cum Laude, Fine Arts
& Communication Design, '11)
depicting the travails of 19th century Irish miners in PA.
March 7 Noon - 1pm Room 100B
Explore the roots of Frederick Douglass' feminism with Dr. Christine Saidi of the
KU History department. Douglass early on connected the abolitionist movement to the women's suffrage movement. Another Frederick Douglass Institute
Colloquium. Add to Calendar ▶
March 6 6pm - 7pm Second Floor Gallery
Sri Lankan photographer Jayaruwan Gunathilake, a KU Chemistry student, hosts a reception for the opening of his month-long exhibit of 27 exceptional prints of scenes from his global travels.
February 23, 2012 5pm - 6pm Second Floor Gallery
For more than three decades, Mr. Bacon was the Director of Art Education for the School District of Philadelphia.
Come enjoy free food and drink while spending time in the company of a master. More ▶
Feb 8 Noon - 1pm Room 100B
Activist and Alvernia University librarian Marietta Dooley leads a discussion on arming oneself with the knowledge necessary to create a
successful social movement in this Frederick Douglass Institute
Colloquium. Add to Calendar ▶
February 2, 2012 11am - Noon Second Floor
Celebrate the new Year of the Dragon with delicious Chinese dumplings (meat and vegan), hands-on calligraphy, Tai Chi, a colorful display and more.
Add to Calendar ▶
Feb 1 6pm - 8pm Room 100B
Join us for a screening and discussion of Rise like Lions
, the first
full-length film to document the Occupy Wall Street movement; a prelude to KU's
new "Free University" movie series. About the film ▶
Ongoing Main Floor Lobby
Crimes and injustices that have driven countless Americans to protest are amply documented
by Rohrbach Library books and films that comprise our local "branch" of Zuccotti
Park's original People's Library. More ▶
Through January 2012 Second Floor Quiet Area
Discs, memorabilia, and music
of the glory days of Philadelphia Soul from the collection of Rohrbach Library Monographs Technician Richard Pugliese, a Philly native.
Through December 13, 2011 2nd Floor Gallery
Tracey Luscia, Fine Arts major at KU, shows recent paintings and pop-culture
inspired multimedia works in Cheer Up, Frankenstein! Reception:
Dec. 6 (Tuesday), 4pm - 6pm. Poster ▶
November 16, 2011 Noon - 1pm
Drs. Linda McMillan and Mary O'Neil of KU's Elementary Education department lead a discussion
of what it means to
be literate in our culture, and how embracing diversity and variety in the perception of literacy leads to a more
democratic and empowered society.
November 10, 2011 11am - Noon
Presentation in German. MLS, LRC, the German Club & Rohrbach Library welcome via Skype Veit Müller,
journalist and mystery author. Müller will discuss his writing background and how he
got involved in Kriminal-romane (crime fiction). Müller has written
October 27, 2011 7pm - 8:15pm
The music of Samantha Miller, including songs from Maybe Gray
her work with Jeremy Parson and Amanda Richardson in Die Marriyeschtanne, a group dedicated to preserving, by performing, secular Pennsylvania German dialect music.
October 19, 2011 Noon - 1pm
Dr. Pascale Dewey of the Kutztown University Department of Modern Language Studies shares her research of the French slave trade as
the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series continues.
October 12, 2011 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Second Floor Gallery
Gala reception for Peruvian watercolorist Daniel Egusquiza features food,
drink, great door prizes, and performances by the exciting
Get to know an artist who 'paints' with his feet as expressively as he does with his brush!
October 5, 2011 7pm - 8:30pm
Get an inside view of the children's book world from author Mara Rockliff, illustrator Amy Wummer, and their editor Juliana Hanford
of Kane Press,
the team behind the popular
The Milo & Jazz Mysteries
Bring your questions about publishing for kids. More ▶
October 4, 2011 4:30pm
A week ahead of
National Coming Out Day, Kutztown students relate their own coming-out stories
in a reading organized in conjunction with
Features a display of recent
Stonewall Book Award
winners and other notable GLBTQ titles. More ▶
September 24, 2011 10am - Noon
Ground Floor & 1st Floor
Rumpuspalooza! It's a Family Day funfest for kids of
all ages with crafts, stories, filmsSendakian alland snacks on the library's lower level, plus the In a Nutshell exhibit
and Scholastic Book Fair beside the Main Floor café.
September 21, 2011 Noon - 1pm
Dr. James Jackson, Kutztown University Professor of Psychology, inaugurates the 2011-12 KU Frederick Douglass Institute Colloquium Series
with a discussion of Black Fatherhood.
Through September 2011 Second Floor Quiet Area
Rohrbach Library remembers 9/11 with a set of displays devoted to the horrific day and to the rebuilding of the Ground Zero site.
Includes first-person stories
from readers of the library's blog. Part of KU's Remembrance Day observances.
September 1, 2011 7:00pm Room 100B
Curator of the In a Nutshell
exhibit Patrick Rodgers, on Drawing the Other Story: The Cathartic Art of Maurice Sendak
. Join the insightful scholar from the Rosenbach Museum for a rousing talk and footage of his interviews with the author. More ▶
August 29 - October 14, 2011 Main Floor café area
Rohrbach Library hosts In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
, an acclaimed exhibit
that uncovers the wonder and inspiration the artist found as a Depression-era Jewish child in Brooklyn. More ▶
May 3, 2011 2pm - 4pm
2005 Mover & Shaker and original
on Reengineering the Academic Library for Digital Natives
. A free
workshop supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Library Association.
Register to attend
April 8 - 29, 2011
Main Floor Lab
My Peruvian Experience
Prints inspired by Christina Taylor's study trip to Peru meet the hard
sciences in the work of this future art conservator who's as comfortable in
a chemistry lab as she is in an art studio. Reception:
April 14; see below.
April 14, 2011 5:30 - 6:30pm Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery
Join painters Alicia Bonilla-Puig and Ekaterina Popova, whose exhibit
All of the Lights
adorns the library's Second Floor Gallery
space through April 24, and Christina Taylor for this joint reception for KU student artists.
April 13, 2011 4pm - 5pm Room 100B
A child of the PA Coal Region,
has led an adventurous and
reflective life that pays close attention to the details. The
celebrates National Poetry Month with a rousing reading in the Voices and Choices Center.
April 13, 2011 Noon - 1pm
Join Kutztown University Professor of English Dr. Ellesia Blaque
for the final KU Frederick Douglass Institute Discussion Series event of the
year: The Miseducation of Minorities: Overcoming the Odds
April 12, 2011 4pm - 5pm
March 23, 2011 Noon - 1pm
KU Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Pamela Thomas, an expert in working with at-risk
youth, facilitates a
discussion on the qualities needed now for effective leadership in alternative
March 7 - 18, 2011
Main Floor Lab
KU Fine Arts major Jacqueline Arbaugh
shows five incisive mixed-media works that pierce the superficiality of modern American vanity in
March 18, 2011 5pm - 8:30pm MSUB Alumni Auditorium
The extraordinary documentary
Library of the Early Mind
explores the art and impact of children's literature, featuring nearly 40 authors
including Lois Lowry, Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, and Lemony Snicket. A panel
discussion follows the screening.
March 18, 2011 11am - Noon Room 100B
hypnotherapist, and author Kanta Bosniak
speaks on the use of
as motivational models.
Bosniak, whose work is featured in the RL's
exhibit, explores topics of interest to students
of psychology, counseling, and art.
February 24, 2011 5pm-7pm Room 100B and 2nd Floor Gallery
February 16, 2011 12pm-1pm
Frederick Douglass Institute lecture
C. James Trotman, founder of the FDI Collaborative of the PA State System of
Higher Education, speaks on his new biography of Frederick Douglass.
January 27, 2011 5pm-7pm
James Weaver: Mennonite Cultures and Community. The audio of Mr. Weaver's
talk, along with details on many relevant library resources, is available in this LibGuide
November - December, 2010 2nd Floor Gallery
"Panorama Obscura": A Long Painting By Kevin Travers. KU Fine Arts major shows a series of
300 long paintings
comprising an iconographic narrative of
a drive in the countryside above Kutztown.
November 11, 2010 11am - 2nd Floor
KU professor of Communication Design Kevin McCloskey discusses the life and
work of immortal Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada in his multimedia talk,
"Catrina and Her Children,"
in front of
the 2nd Floor Day of the Dead exhibit.
October 14 11am 2nd Floor
Every 1 Knows Some 1: KU Students Tell Their Own Coming Out Stories.
Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a
reading and a book display
featuring the 2010 Stonewall Award honorees.
Through March 2011 Library gallery spaces
Icons by Kanta Bosniak. A rotating exhibit of portraits of 60 global
luminaries, with life stories from the library's Biography In Context
October - November, 2010 Main and 2nd Floors
Day of the Dead display
in partnership with Dr. Dawn Slack and the Department of Modern Languages.
For a wealth of related books and resources see the
September - October, 2010 2nd Floor Gallery