The Call Up to the Majors: A presentation by Dr. Thomas Rhoads
Thursday, October 6th
Cook Library, RM 507
Dr. Thomas A. Rhoads, Professor of Economics at Towson University will discuss his new book, The Call Up to the Majors: A Proximity-Based Approach to the Economics of Minor League Baseball. This book explores the unique relationships between professional baseball teams and the unique ways professional baseball leagues are organized in North America with a primary focus on how proximity can and does impact consumer demand.
Light refreshments will be served.
No Más Bebés Film Screening
Wednesday, October 5th
6:30pm to 8:30pm
University Union, Potomac Lounge
No Más Bebés is a documentary film telling the story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about issues of gender, culture, and health care that are raised by the film.
This event is part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant series which has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Wednesday, September 28th
6:30pm to 8pm
College of Liberal Arts, RM 2310
Urayoán Noel, Puerto Rican poet, performer, professor and polemicist, will discuss the synergy between art and activism and perform poetry as well. This event is sponsored by Albert S. Cook Library, Center for Student Diversity, IDIS, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice and Department of Foreign Languages.
This event is also part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant series which has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Banned Books Week Photo Booth
Wednesday, September 28th
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby
Celebrate the freedom to read by having your photo taken with your favorite banned or challenged book!
Academic Resource Fair
Monday, September 26th
11:00am to 1pm
Cook Library, 3rd Floor
Whether you need help with your paper, a tutor for your class, or help choosing your major or study abroad program, the Academic Resource Fair has you covered! Stop by the library and learn about the many resources and tools available for your academic success. Prizes will be given away! Stop by for 10 minutes or stay the entire time!
Are you interested in learning more about the diversity that is Towson University? We invite you to check out a Human Book at Cook Library’s Human Library events in October!
What is a Human Book?
A Human Book is a person who has volunteered to challenge prejudice through respectful conversation with members of the public, who borrow them. They will have a title that relates to their experience of prejudice and/or discrimination.
What is a Human Library?
The Human Library is a concept created by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna of the Danish youth organisation Stop The Violence in 2000 and it is now operational on five continents. It is a library of human beings, individuals, that each represent a group in the community that are somehow exposed to stigma, prejudice and/or discrimination.
The Human Library™ aims to establish a safe conversational space, where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the Human Book on loan. It was developed to challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur, and to help people form a better understanding of those with whom they share their communities.
The Human Library™ encourages patrons to become readers, by taking a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue, that they represent. i.e. the Police Officer would talk about stereotypes and prejudices that police officers meet in their job and answer any question the reader may have about this topic. Conversations are offered to a duration of thirty minutes and is not just a storytelling session, but rather an experience sharing with Q&A encouraged. The outcome of the session and direction of the talk is dependent on what the reader/s asks about. And it is the privilege of both parties to end the conversation at any point they may wish.
The Towson University – Albert S. Cook Library and Center for Student Diversity joins a long and growing list of organizations interested in promoting understanding and compassion between people where prejudice and stereotyping have created misunderstanding and division.
How can I participate?
The Human Library events will take place:
- Sunday, October 9th from 12PM-6PM in Cook Library, Room 507
- Tuesday, October 11th from 10AM-4PM in UU Potomac Lounge
To be a Human Book, to volunteer, or for more information, visit: http://bit.ly/tuhumanlibrary