Monthly Archives: October 2015

Experience a Camera Obscura

Some of the students from the photography classes on campus turned one of the individual study rooms in the library into a camera obscura. It’s like stepping inside a pin-hole camera!! Come to the library and experience it! The camera obscura is located in the last individual study room along the wall in the main part of the library.

For more information about what a camera obscura is, visit:


Reading the Classics

GreatBooksIn a recent lecture posted to the site BigThink, philosopher Jeffrey Brenzel* of Yale University posits that reading classic works of philosophy and literature can “build your intellectual muscle…. grapple with the big questions in your own life and improve your judgment.”  What do you think? Some of the works that Brenzel talks about are listed below. The links will take you to the library catalog information about each title.

Dialogues of Plato
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
City of God (St. Augustine)
Leviathan  (Thomas Hobbes)
King Lear  (Shakespeare)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)


*Jeffrey Brenzel is Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University and a Lecturer in Yale’s Philosophy Department.

Peanuts celebrates its 65th anniversary

RedBaronOn Oct. 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic strip made its debut in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip was revolutionary in several ways: it featured the 1st African American character, Franklin, a child (Peppermint Patty) being raised by a single parent, and is one of the longest stories ever told by one human being.  Sixty-five years later, Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip still has a hold on us-there is a Peanuts movie coming out, (Nov. 6.) See a trailer here.

Here is’s “9 things you might not know about Peanuts.”  More information available at the Schulz Museum website. Check out the book “Schulz and Peanuts: a Biography,” by David Michaelis, available here in Rentschler Library.