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Thomas G. Carpenter Library Case Exhibits

This month, Dr. Jenni Lieberman’s Women Writers seminar students have installed four exhibits in UNF’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library. Each case follows one of the four themes that Listen to Her is presenting content around this month. Below, you will find photos of each case and the team who curated them. Please go check them out in the library between now and the end of March to learn more about the importance of women in areas including mental health, education, film, and activism on social media.

Women & Mental Health

Right inside the entrance to the library, you will find the Women and Mental Health exhibit, curated by Catherine Dolak, McKenna Hanegan, Kaylee Klosterman, and Allie Lowery.

“Grow through what you go through” is the first case you see when you enter the library. The case features books and other media that show the progression of mental health: the good to the bad. Each story highlights a different mental illness. From left to right, observers can preview examples of the work in the media and also read a short bio to introduce the artists behind each story. Each story specifies a woman’s journey in either overcoming illness herself or experiencing the healing process through another person.”

Nope to Tropes

Once you enter the library, head left and past the stairs to find the Nope to Tropes exhibit. This case is curated by Sydney Shomer, Erin Kelbaugh, Tyler Gholson, and Kacie Minifield.

“The “Scream Queens and Final Girls” case draws attention to how, throughout the years, horror movies (and some literature!) have incorporated feminism and broken tropes amongst female characters in a male dominated genre. In our case we have included pictures, written analyses, and “bloodied” clothing to grab attention and highlight the impact women have had in the horror genre. We hope our exhibit inspires UNF students to view the horror genre in a new light, as one that goes beyond entertainment to one of making social changes!”

Diversify Your Feed

Directly to the right of the last case is the Diversify Your Feed: Feminism & Activism exhibit, curated by Liz Marion, Grace Stowe, Erika Fewster, and Annie Bitner.

“The Diversify Your Feed library case showcases different women who have social media platforms and each advocate for different things. It is easy to follow people on social media who look like you and live like you do, but we hope that you are inspired through following women of different ethnicities, bodies, sexualities, and lifestyles on social media, as we strive to be people who see, value, and celebrate all women! This Women’s History Month, practice diversifying your feed!”

Women in Education

The final case focuses on the topic of Women/Equality in Education, curated by Bryanna Davis, Julia Croston, Tina Kappel, and Lilly Tew.

“Generations of women have broken down barriers and accomplished significant breakthroughs in the education system. Fatima al-Fihri founded the first university in 859 CE. In 1678, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia received the first university degree given to a woman in the Western world. Sorjuana Ines De La Cruz advocated for women to receive an equal education and is considered to be the first published feminist writer in the Americas. Lastly, Patsy Mink was elected to the House of Representatives and Congress, helped pass the Women’s Educational Equity Act, and co-created Title IX. The impacts of these specific women paved the way for others to attend universities, be equally educated, and create positive changes in the academic world.” 

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