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From the Steps of Adams Library

Fall 2014

Upcoming Event: Friends of Adams Library Holiday Sale



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Library Lobby, 10 - 3


Shop early, shop local, and get your holiday gifts right here on campus!                           

Anita Duneer and Alison Shonkwiler: Walt Whitman: Life and Work

A Presentation by Anita Duneer, Associate Professor and Alison Shonkwiler, Assistant Professor, English Department 

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. This program focused on his life and work, and the sexuality represented in his poetry. He is now widely acknowledged as a gay poet, but his sexuality was never actually known. Whitman's poetry explicitly depicts love and sexuality, and Leaves of Grass was often considered obscene and pornographic. Our programs about Walt Whitman are honoring him not only for Diversity Week, but also for LGBT History Month. Visit the LibGuide at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Adams Library Fortes Room

Yael Avissar: Evolution in Action

Evolution in Action: A Presentation by Yael Avissar, Professor of Biology

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Adams Library Fortes Room

Professor of Biology Yael Avissar

Evolution in action will focus on our ability to watch evolutionary changes that occur is the span of days, months and years. These include development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, pesticide resistance in insects, and the changes in populations of moths, birds and rodents following changes in the environment.

Read the RIC News Article 

Library Staff Supports "Choose To Be Nice"

"Choose To Be Nice" is a social movement dedicated to encouraging and inspiring kindness wherever and whenever possible. We at Adams Library believe that we have a choice about how to “be” in the world, and so we support this effort to improve the way people interact with one another.

"I promise to help spread kindness wherever and whenever possible. And to the very best of my ability, I'll be nice to those with whom I come into contact on a daily basis."

For more information visit the Choose To Be Nice Website.