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"Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibition highlighting historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, will be on Display August 20 - September 20 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery.


The University of Nebraska at Omaha yearbook or annual went by several names, beginning as the Gateway in 1915 and then becoming the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick in 1973-1975. Through the yearbooks themselves, the exhibit highlights the university’s response to World War II; images of the growing and changing campus, especially Arts & Sciences Hall; and changes in the content and appearance of the yearbook. The exhibit in Archives & Special Collections marks 100 years since the publication of the university's first yearbook and the free online access to UNO’s yearbook first available in 2015 from Criss Library.

The current exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has a display of Afghan Art dating from the 1st century B.C.E. to the present. Items on display reveal information on Greco-Bactrian art, contemporary art, popular art, and miniature paintings by Bihzad, a famous Afghan painter from late 15th and early 16th centuries. Also included in the display are handmade pottery works from Afghanistan, produced in Istalif, a small town north of Kabul during the mid-twentieth century.


The newest exhibit in Archives & Special Collections at Criss Library gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Chuck Hagel on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel decided to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. As such, Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state if he intended to win the election. One way Hagel gained support was through local parades and events. This approach helped Hagel win the election and maintain his seat when he ran again in 2002. The photos on display provide a look into the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel, his family, his campaign staff, and his volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for Hagel in his two runs for public office.


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Gallery of Previous Events and Exhibits

Biodiesel Fueled Rickshaw Exhibit

A biodiesel fueled rickshaw on display in the lower level of the Criss Library from Thursday, April 22 until Monday, May 2, 2010. Biodiesel is a fuel that can be made from vegetable oils, recycled cooking oils from fast food restaurants and animal fats. This rickshaw is owned by Robert Byrnes, President of Nebraska Renewable Energy Association and Owner of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems. This rickshaw was previously featured at UNO’s Earth Day Celebration.

UNO Library Friends Poetry Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the UNO Library Friends sponsored a Poetry Reading at the Criss Library. Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry-Brown were the featured readers. Sarah McKinstry-Brown has published work in Freedom to Speak: The 2003 National Poetry Slam Anthology, the Great American Road Show, as well as published book collections, Dancing With Statues (Morpo Press) and When You Are Born (Blue Light Press). Matt Mason’s book, Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2006. He has also published poems in Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review and Mid-American Review. Matt actively promotes poetry by organizing readings and discussions across the state of Nebraska.

Posters and Politics Opening Reception

Political posters and historical prints from the personal collection of Sam Walker, professor emeritus with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), opening reception.

Soaring China Exhibition and Cultural Activities Day

"Soaring China," a nationally recognized photography exhibit which highlights the achievements in China since its open-door policy began in 1979. the exhibit began with an opening ceremony and concluded with a fun filled Chinese cultural activities day.

A Community of Color Photographic Exhibition

A Community of Color Exhibition

These photographs are an imaginative presentation of notable scenes in and around east Omaha. Using digital techniques, photographer James E. Ducey, B.S. UNL and M.A. UNO, shows how color and perspective are essential for understanding one’s surroundings.

Poetry Reading

In conjunction with National Poetry Month, Greg Kuzma, Professor of English at UNL, presented a poetry reading at the KANEKO-UNO Library.

BOGO Book Fair

The Criss Library, along with the UNO Honors Program and University Library Friends, sponsored a Scholastic Book Fair. There were books for children of all ages, instructional materials, games, videos, and toys. Donations were accepted to support Liberty Elementary School .

Chair of Daniel Edwards Jenkins

University Archives Exhibit

Daniel Edwards Jenkins, born in North Wales in 1866, attended the Universities of Wooster and Melbourne, in Ohio and Australia. Returning to America in 1890, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Presbyterian ministry in 1891, he served as president of Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. In 1900, he accepted the chair of doctrinal theology and apologetics at Omaha's Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Rendering of Redick Hall

Redick Hall, dating from the mid-1870s, is named for Oak C. Redick, a member of the board of trustees who offered his 10-acre homestead mansion at Twenty-fourth and Pratt Streets on flexible terms. Remodeling the grand mansion involved turning bedrooms into classrooms, laboratories, a chapel, and space for students and faculty to eat and socialize. The kitchen housed physics, the garage chemistry. The completion of Joslyn Hall in 1916 relegated the mansion obsolete. It was dismantled and shipped 222 miles to Currie, Minnesota, and recycled as a dance pavilion and cafe on Lake Shetek.

"Architecture and Oppression: Berlin 1933-1945" by Paul Jaskot

In conjunction with the "When They Came To Take My Father" exhibit, the Criss Library and History Department sponsored a lecture by Paul Jaskot, professor of Art History at DePaul University in Chicago, entitled "Architecture and Oppression: Nazi Berlin, 1933-1945". The presentation examined the relationship between Hitler's high-profile monumental architecture, the oppression of National Socialist Germany and its most extreme punitive institution, the concentration camps.

Book Fair: Give the gift of reading

The Library sponsored a Scholastic Children’s Book Fair, there were books for children of all ages, instructional materials, games, videos, and toys. Donations were accepted for the “Read Me A Story” literacy program with Douglas County Corrections.

Rock and Roll Discussion with Tomm Roland

In collaboration with the exhibit "Technicolor Dreaming," a collection of psychedelic posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Tomm Roland from the UNO Department of Music led a lecture and discussion on the music of the psychedelic era, as well as, the connection between the youth and drug culture of that time.

Writers Panel and Dessert Reception on Carl Jonas

Between 1945 and 1973, Carl Jonas published eight novels with WW Norton, Little, Brown & Co., and Dell, including Lillian White Deer, The Observatory, Our Revels Now Are Ended and The Sputnik Rapist. Frequently set in a fictional Gateway City, his work focused on the behavior of well-educated business people and academics. For a number of years, Jonas was an instructor in UNO's English Department.

In honor of Jonas' writing and his association with UNO, the Criss Library presented a panel discussion of his life and work. Several colleagues and friends of Jonas participated: Thomas Kuhlman, Professor Emeritus of English at Creighton University; Bruce Baker, Professor Emeritus of English, UNO; Richard Duggin, Professor and founder of UNO's Writer's Workshop; and John McKenna, Professor of English, UNO.

Trumpets and Crumpets

In celebration of UNO's Centennial, the Criss Library hosted an elegant afternoon of jazz and tea in the Tritsch Garden, off the newly renovated first floor. Attendees enjoyed the sounds of The Pat Higgins Jazz Trio and the tastes of crumpets, scones and delicious pastries.

"A Century on Wheels" A UNO Centennial Celebration

We "rolled in" a 1908 Cadillac and a 2008 Cadillac on to the first floor of the newly renovated library and showed you everything in between! The visual timeline of events and happenings on UNO's campus from 1908-2008 with archived Gateway articles, photographs, and other unique memorabili were exhibited.

Spanish Language Materials Open House

A wonderful afternoon was had by all who attended the Spanish Language Open House on Thursday, September 18 in the Tritsch Garden. Patrons were able to enjoy the sounds of Jorge Nila and the Jazz Ninjas, taste homemade Spanish desserts, and view some of the 400 NEW Spanish Language materials for the juvenile and adult collection the library has obtained from their travels to the FIL International Book Fair in Guadalahara, Mexico. We invite you to come to the library and check out some of these materials today!

For more information about these events and exhibits, please contact the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at (402) 554-2640, or email Linda Riviera.