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Through Discerning Eyes: Origins and Impact of Critical Theory at UCI

Critical Theory exhibit

The UCI Libraries present the opening of an exciting new exhibit titled, Through Discerning Eyes: Origins and Impact of Critical Theory at UCI, on Thursday, April 9th at 5:30 p.m. in Langson Library. Through Discerning Eyes explores the development of UC Irvine's Critical Theory Emphasis program from its roots in the School of Humanities' department of Comparative Literature and English, to its current focus on interdisciplinary study. It also highlights the impact that UCI’s critical theory faculty have on the state of theory internationally, and the program’s continued success today as a degree emphasis for UCI undergraduate and graduate students.

The exhibit will showcase the personal papers of many famous thinkers, such as Jacques Derrida and J. Hillis Miller, housed in UCI Libraries Special Collections and Archives’ Critical Theory Archive. Also on display will be several other documents from both the Critical Theory Archive and University Archives in recognition of UCI’s 50th Anniversary.

The opening night speaker is Dr. Georges Van Den Abbeele, UCI’s Dean of the School of Humanities. His own research focuses on French and European philosophical literature, critical theory, and aesthetics.

The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served. Please go to partners.lib.uci.edu/criticaltheory/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.

The UCI Libraries Exhibits Program promotes the diverse holdings and scholarly and cultural value of the Libraries’ collections to the campus and community.

Through Discerning Eyes: Origins and Impact of Critical Theory at UCI is curated by Archivist Alexandra Bisio and Research Librarian Dr. Matthew Roberts. The exhibit will be on display through August 2015 in the Langson Library Muriel Ansley Reynolds Gallery during regular library hours.

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So Simple a BeginningSo Simple a Beginning:
150 Years of Darwin
Shanghai's Two Faces Shanghai's Two Faces: Cosmopolitanism & Glocalization Immigrant Lives Immigrant Lives
in "the OC" and Beyond
Stage to Stage Stage to Stage:
The Theatrical Work of Robert Cohen
The War Within The War Within:
Dissent During Crisis in America
From Papyrus to Digital From Papyrus to Digital:
UCI's Thesaurus of Ancient Greek Texts


Past Exhibits
From Bean to Brew: Coffee and Culture
November 2014 - March 2015  | Opening night event | checklist (pdf) | Presentation | Brochure (pdf) | Event photos
Healing U: Health Education at UCI
April 2014 - November 2014  | Opening night event | checklist (pdf) | Brochure (pdf) | Event photos
Open Air & Light: Art in Laguna Beach, 1906-1941
Octopber 2013 - April 2014  |Opening night event | Presentation | checklist (pdf) | Brochure (pdf) | Event photos OC Register Article
Igniting Innovation: UCI Knowledge at Work
May 2013 - October 2013 | Opening night event | event photos | checklist (pdf) brochure (pdf)
Gold to Gigabytes: The Past, Present, And Future of Money
October 2012 - April 2013 | Opening night event | event video | event photos checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf)
Hope of Freedom: Project Ngoc’s Decade of Dedication
April 12 - October 2012 | Opening night event | event video | event photos | checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf)
Discovery of a Lifetime: F. Sherwood Rowland and the Ozone Layer
November 11 - April 2012 | event video | checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf) | event photos
Irvine: the Vision, the Plan, the Promise
May 2011 - October 2011 | presentation Low-res, Hi-res | brochure (pdf) | event photos
Puttin' on the Glitz: Hollywood’s Influence on Fashion
October 2010 - April 2011 | presentation | checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf) | event photos
Green Evolution: Creating a Sustainable Future
May 2010 - October 2010 | presentation | checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf) | event photos
So Simple a Beginning: 150 Years of Darwin
October 2009 - May 2010  | online exhibit | presentation | checklist (pdf) | brochure (pdf) | event photos
Shanghai's Two Faces: Cosmopolitanism and Glocalization
April 2009 - October 2009  | online exhibit |  presentation: pt. 1, pt. 2 | checklist (pdf) | event photos
Immigrant Lives in “The OC” and Beyond
November 2008 - May 2009 | online exhibit  | audio presentation: pt. 1, pt. 2 | checklist (pdf)
Stage to Stage: The Theatrical Work of Robert Cohen
April 2008 - November 2008 | online exhibit | audio presentation: pt. 1, pt. 2 | checklist (pdf)
California Universities Building Amistad: The UC-Cuba Initiative
November 2007 - April 2008 | checklist (pdf)
Surviving War, Surviving Peace: The Central Highlanders of Vietnam
May 2007- November 2007 | checklist (pdf)
Picture This: Five Centuries of Book Illustration
November 2006 - May 2007 | checklist (pdf)
The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America
May 2006 - November 2006 | online exhibit | checklist (pdf)
Under Construction Indefinitely: 40 years of Designing UCI
November 2005 - May 2006 | checklist (pdf)
A SEAA of Memories: Our Changing Southeast Asian American Communities
June 2005 - October 2005 | checklist (pdf)
From Papyrus to Digital: UCI's Thesaurus of Ancient Greek Texts
November 2004 - May 2005 | online exhibit | checklist (pdf)
Gestures of Life: Martha Graham's Legacy Through the Lens of Barbara Morgan
May 2004 - October 2004 | checklist (pdf)
A Throw of the Dice: Artists Inspired by a Visual Text
November 2003 - April 2004 | checklist (pdf)
Building Special Collections: New Librarians Highlight Recent Acquisitions
May 2003 - October 2003 | checklist (pdf)
Beauty and Meaning: Art and Poetry in the Book Arts of Mexico
November 2002 - April 2003 | checklist (pdf)
Dissecting the Cortex: Six Decades of College of Medicine Yearbooks
Ayala Science Library
April 2002 - November 2002 | checklist (pdf)
Are We There Yet? Vacationing in California, 1870-1940
November 2001 - April 2002 | checklist (pdf)
Picturing Californios: An Orange County Family Photograph Album, 2001
Annis Case | checklist (pdf)
Realms of the Sacred in Daily Life: Early Written Records of Mesoamerica
March 2001 - September 2001 | online exhibit
The Legacy of Silence: A Japanese American Story
May 2000 - October 2000
Never Stop Asking "Why?": Federick Reines A Life in Physics
January 2000 - May 2000
To Outdistance the Page: California's Renaissance in Poetry and Printing 1950-1975
May 1999 - October 1999
A Gardener's Dual Delight: The UCI Arboretum and The Emma Menninger Rare Book Collection
June 1999 - October 1999 Ayala Science Library
Documenting the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience
Oct 1998 - April 1999 | online exhibit
Infinite Journey: Donald McKayle's Life in Dance
May 1998 - September 1998 | checklist (pdf)
Dances Divine and Demonic: Japan's Performing Arts
Fall 1997
From Ranchos to Real Estate: Orange County's Early Years
Winter/Spring 1997


Other Exhibits
Abraham Trembley: A Pioneer in Developmental Biology
An exhibit of the gifts donated by Howard and Sylvia G. Lenhoff on display in the Ayala Science Library 1st floor lobby.
East Asian Languages & Literatures - Book Exhibits
Hmong Textiles
Documenting the Southeast Asian Refugee Experience