Exhibition: Over Here, Over There
Student-Soldiers at the University, 1850-1980
2017 marks the centennial of the entrance of the United States into the first World War. Almost 900 University students, alumni, alumnae, faculty, and staff participated, marching in the footsteps of those who served in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.
Later generations would follow, in times of war and as a chosen career– in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Some earned their degrees before their military service; others returned to join the faculty and staff, or to pick up their studies after discharge.
A third group combined education and military training: 2017 is also the 75th anniversary of the V-12 program to establish an accelerated training program for naval officers, followed soon after the war by the NROTC program which continues to this day and has just graduated its 70th class.
The exhibition is on view through November 30, 2017 in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during department hours.
Exhibition: I Studied Abroad at Rochester
International Students at the University of Rochester, 1850-1967
In 1955, our fifth president, Cornelis de Kiewiet, said, "A passion for humanity--and a knowledge that humanity in us is indivisibly a part of all humanity--must rule our national and foreign policy." As an international student himself twice over--in South Africa and Great Britain--de Kiewiet would surely have included "academic policy" in that statement.
From our earliest days, the University has welcomed international students as a vibrant, necessary part of fulfilling our mission. This exhibition uses documents, photographs, and ephemera to explore the personal journeys of the wide range of these students who studied at the University of Rochester and who have left their mark both here and on the world.
The exhibition is on view through December 15, 2017 in the Great Hall on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library during library hours.