Columbia College Chicago

April 27, 2009

Big Read-A-Thon Tomorrow 4/28 Library 3rd Floor 9am-5pm

Burned any good books lately?

Join us for the Big Read Read-A-Thon Tomorrow - Tuesday, April 28 from 9am - 5pm as we read Fahrenheit 451 from start to finish!

Not familiar with the classic story of censorship, book burning, and the continued need for intellectual freedom and critical thought?

Come listen to readers from all over the college and the community read aloud from Ray Bradbury's 1953 classic.

Tuesday, April 28th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Library 3rd Floor
624 S. Michigan Ave.

April 21, 2009

Earth Day in Chicago

Photo by markbult on Flickr Creative Commons
Voted the #8 Greenest City in the USA, Chicago is hosting a number of Earth Day events on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Photo by pbo31 on Flickr Creative Commons

More Earth Day events occurring around the city this week...

Photo by StarGazer85050 on Flickr Creative Commons
Want to learn more about Earth Day?

April 15, 2009

Book Sale

Columbia College Chicago Library Book Sale

Pre-Sale Wednesday, April 22nd - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
{Friends of the Library* only}
Thursday, April 23rd - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 24th - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
{grab bag $5 after 3:00 p.m.}

624 S. Michigan Ave.
3rd Floor

*are you a Friend of the Library?

April 14, 2009

Burned any good books lately?

Call for Writers! Typewriter Olympics

Students! Take up the challenge and create your Fahrenheit 451-themed short story on one of these mechanical relics. You too can write like Ray!

"I Wanna Write Like Ray!"
Friday, May 1st, 2009
623 S. Wabash
1st floor

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

To sign-up to type your story contact Cole Robertson at 312-369-7427 or or fill out the online form before Friday, April 24th.

Please see the Big Read Website for more information about additional events at Columbia College Chicago Library.

Sam Weller on Ray Bradbury : The Bradbury Chronicles - Big Read

Sam Weller, Ray Bradbury's biographer and faculty at Columbia College Chicago, will provide insight into the author through the lens of their unique relationship.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
7:00-9:00 p.m.
1104 S. Wabash Ave.,
Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Center, 8th Floor

One of the many events in celebration of the Big Read at Columbia College Chicago.

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Join us - Thursday April 16th, 2009 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Spring 2009 Exhibition in our new 3rd floor space.

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor (in the new Library wing)
624 S. Michigan Avenue.
by Kris Lipkowski @ http://www.klinden.comVision. Sound. Movement.

The Art in the Library program at Columbia College Chicago provides an open, supportive and inviting setting to showcase the talent and creativity of our own community of artists. Since its inception in 2002, Art in the Library has offered library visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity and progressive attitudes which thrive in the Columbia environment.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

POSTPONED - Intellectual Freedom in the context of Fahrenheit 451

Intellectual Freedom in the Context of Fahrenheit 451 (originally scheduled for this Thursday April 16th from 3-5pm in the Library), has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working with our speaker Deborah Caldwell-Stone to reschedule this program for early May. An announcement will be made when a new date and time has been selected.

Please check The Big Read website at for the latest information regarding this and other Big Read programs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

April 13, 2009

Critical Encounters & Topless America

Topless America Appalachian Art Show & Premiere of New Work by Doug Lofstrom

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor

Critical Encounters, in conjunction with Topless America, a group of students, artists, and activists who document the fight against mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian Mountains, present an art show and follow-up discussion about last fall’s showing of Mountaintop Removal during a reception on Tuesday April 14, 2009 in the Library, 2nd floor from 5:00 – 7:00. Refreshments will be served.

The artwork includes a piece by artist Jeff Champman-Crane entitled The Agony of Gaia as well as other works by Appalachian artists. Jeff and Gaia have traveled throughout Kentucky to educate others about the horrors of mountaintop removal.
Doug Lofstrom, Music Department faculty, has composed an original musical work, Mountaintop Breakdown, that will premiere during the reception. This original work continues the celebration of Doug’s milestone birthday year. Learn more about him from the exhibit about his career featured on the first floor of the Library.

The Appalachian Art Show exhibit is on the second floor of the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave. It runs through May 10, 2009 and can be viewed during normal Library hours.

Please visit the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth website for more information.

April 9, 2009

Panel on Censorship: "Burning Bright: a dialogue on creative freedom in the age of new media"

Steve EdwardsKaren FioritoJason Salavon

Stacia YeapanisDawn Larsen
Panel Discussion on Censorship - part of the month-long celebration of the Big Read

Monday, April 13th, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Library - 3rd Floor
Columbia College Chicago

Local and national artists and theorists from across a range of creative disciplines discuss how governmental, corporate and self-censorship impact creative expression.

Panelists include:

  • Steve Edwards, former host of WBEZ's 84.8 and current acting program director;
  • Stacia Yeapanis, new media artist;
  • Dr. Al Gini, professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University;
  • Jason Salavon, media artist;
  • Karen Fiorito, Los Angeles political artist (via conference call); and
  • Dawn Larsen, Intellectual Property attorney and faculty member of Columbia College Chicago.

April 6, 2009

Big Read-A-Thon - Readers Needed!

Let your voice fuel the flames
at the
for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

Tuesday, April 28
3rd Floor of the Library

624 S. Michigan Ave.

To sign up:
Molly Beestrum
Shirley Bennett

Part of the Big Read program of events.

View and Listen to the Library exhibit highlighting Doug Lofstrom

Music Department faculty member Doug Lofstrom celebrates a milestone birthday!
View and listen to the Library exhibit highlighting his career from the 1960s to the present.

Drop in to the Columbia College Chicago Library and acquaint yourself with Music Department faculty member Doug Lofstrom – who celebrates a milestone birthday this year – and his musical compositions. On display are items and images from his career dating from the late 1960s to the present. Also enjoy the electronic exhibit and take time to hear Doug Lofstrom’s music at the listening station.

Formerly composer-in-residence for the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and musical director of Chicago's Free Street Theater, Lofstrom plays bass and has composed and arranged orchestral, chamber and theatrical music. His works have been performed by the St. Louis, Indianapolis and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, Present Music, Tales & Scales, and the Revolution Ensemble. In 2001, Lofstrom formed The New Quartet, a versatile chamber ensemble that performs modern classics, jazz and world music.

This display also celebrates his donation of manuscript materials to the Columbia College Chicago Archives. Now his music, notes, sketches, poetry, and original works will be housed at the College for research and classroom use in support of primary resource use and curriculum. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Doug Lofstrom and the New Quartet April 9th concert at noon in the Music Department Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.

The exhibit is on the first floor of the Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan Ave. It runs through April 17, 2009 and can be viewed during normal Library hours.