An Evening with Alix Kates Shulman: Fiction or Memoir—How to Choose

Memoirs of an Ex Prom QueenTuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC

Join author and activist Alix Kates Shulman who has explored the challenges of youth and midlife in her novels, and in her memoirs has probed the later stages in the ongoing drama of her generation of women. Shulman is the award-winning author of 3 memoirs including To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed and 5 novels including the ground breaking Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen. Also the author of many personal essays and stories, Shulman will discuss her process of deciding whether to tell her story as fiction or as memoir, and will examine some of the quandaries, fears, and competing motives that come into play whenever she confronts this crucial choice. This program is co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.

Digitizing the Women's Liberation Movement:

A conversation with Movement Leader Alix Kates Shulman  and Behind-the-Scenes perspectives from Molly Bragg and Kelly Wooten

Freedom Trashcan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Perkins Library, Room 217

This program will give insight both to the women’s liberation movement and to the life cycle of a digital project, and celebrate the launch of the Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture digital collection. “Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement: An On-line Archival Collection,” was created in 1997 to support a Duke course on the Social History of American Women, and became one of Duke Libraries’ most popular digital collections. Alix Kates Shulman will reflect on her experiences as a feminist activist and writer during the 1960s and 70s, including the 1968 Miss America pageant protest, the iconic event that launched the myth of bra burning and the women’s movement in the popular consciousness. Molly Bragg, Digital Collections Program Manager, will share a behind-the-scenes perspective on how digital projects are proposed and how they are made to magically appear online, and Kelly Wooten, librarian with the Sallie Bingham Center, will share the process of stewarding permissions for this project and other challenges. Bagels and coffee will be served, remarks will begin at 9:45. Co-sponsored with the Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Librarians Assembly.

Alix Kates Shulman is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, which established her as a primary figure in feminism’s second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University. She became a political activist, joining the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961 and the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1967. Shulman lives in Manhattan and continues to speak frequently on issues such as writing, feminism, and reproductive choice. Her papers are held by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. 

Image courtesy of Alix Kates Shulman, from the Women's Liberation Movement digitized collection.

2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference


July 18-19, 2014, Perkins Library 
Conference Website

This summer a diverse group of energetic zine librarians from academic, public, and independent libraries, and archives will meet in Durham to share ideas and skills for providing access to zines to readers in our communities. The Bingham Center’s collection of women’s and queer zines from the 1990s to the present is one of our signature collections was one of the main draws for the selection committee who chose Duke University as the location for the 6th annual Zine Librarians (un)Conference. Though some elements of the program will be planned in advance, the unconference format allows the attendees to determine their interests, goals, and priorities for learning and sharing their knowledge as a group at the beginning of the event. 

This conference will have no registration fee in order to increase accessibility to attendees, and will be open to all who are interested in zines and libraries. Elements of the program will be broadcast online to allow wider participation. More details via the zine libraries wiki.

Zine Librarians Zine Reading

Friday, July 18, 2014
The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham, NC

Remember the 90s when all you wanted to do was sit around listening to Bikini Kill and picking out the best Hello Kitty stickers to decorate the pages in your zine for your rant about My So Called Life being cancelled? Relive those glory days of cut & paste & xerox copies with a reading by zine librarians from around the U.S. Open mic sign-ups to read from your own teenage angsty zine (or the one you wrote last week) or choose a passage from our pile of extras--you know you want to! Zinesters, librarians, riot grrrls, and everyone else are welcome to join. Donations will be collected to support participation by zine librarians of color in next year's Zine Librarians (un)Conference. RSVP on Facebook

Radical South zine created by Niku Arbabi; image used with her permission.