March Mindfullness

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In continuation of “A Year With the Saint John’s Bible”…


Berea College students, faculty and staff are invited to share what the Saint John’s Bible says to you.

Pick an illumination, share your thoughts about that illumination in one page or less and submit those thoughts to by Monday, March 30.

Thoughtfully prepared pieces will be entered into a drawing.

From that drawing, two students and one member of the faculty or staff will each receive an art print or commemorative piece from “ A Year with the Saint John’s Bible”
in celebration of their participation.

The March Mindfulness pieces will be on display in Hutchins Library beginning April 1(Holy Wednesday) – April 12 (Pascha – Orthodox Easter).


Elisha and the Six Miracles, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart, Copyright 2010, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women Writers


Beginning as simply a “Women’s History Week” the week of March 7th, 1982, a celebration of women and their accomplishments and contributions developed over 5 years into an annually declared “Women’s History Month” that we honor today. It is a time of the year where women are acknowledged for their political, social, economical, and cultural impacts that may be overlooked in other months. The story of America is one involving every gender, race, and social class. From Sacagawea to Joan of Arc to Susan B Anthony to Florence Nightingale to Harriet Tubman to Annie Oakley to Marie Curie to Georgia O’Keefe to Mother Theresa to Gloria Steinem to Vera Wang to Oprah Winfrey, women from every nook and cranny of the world have been leaders, innovators, challengers to social norms, and more.

This month is not just for the suffragists, the angry feminists who set their undergarments ablaze, the first female politicians to take a particular office, or the pioneering women figures who resisted the patriarch by choosing career paths in typically male-centric fields. This month is just as much for those women whose part in history was to care for men in battle, to raise their children to be upstanding human beings, and to explore the depths of culture through art, music, theatre, and literature. All of these things have had and will continue to have radical impacts on our society today.

Within the library, located by the vending machines, is a display put together of novels written by women authors. While normally seen as just an entertaining pastime, some of these writers have helped question social morality issues and change the world of writing as a whole. Women have been writing since some of the earliest parts of history; for example, Sappho, an Ancient Greek female poet, and Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval mystic and author in a convent.

Then there are early modern authors like Jane Austen whose work combined romantic novels with social realism; Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, that openly supported the anti-slavery campaign; Emily Dickinson whose poetry influences modern poetics to this day; Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, who invented the literary genre of science fiction at the young age of 21 years old; Anne Frank whose use of a diary enlightened the world to the reality of hiding from the Gestapo; and Maya Angelou who was one of the first African American women to publicly discuss her personal life in her own published writing.

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In today’s culture, readers can become immersed in popular culture reading such as the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, and Sarah Dessen’s numerous YA love stories. Or they can choose to read books to help bring about social change such as Jodi Picoult’s novels that question our judicial system and bring LGBT issues into the spotlight; Kathryn Stockett’s The Help that exposed the trials African American women had to overcome during the Civil Rights Movement period; and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist that contains a series of essays on how she is an imperfect supporter of equality between the genders and how that’s okay.

In recent literary anthologies, 1 female writer is included for every 6 male writers. Reading women writers’ work is useful for everyone, not just to support them, but to understand how women characters in their books and poems actually tell the real story of what it means to be a woman. These characters can directly interact with the reality of womanhood, are simply smart and capable women like Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger, and Jo March, or reveal that women are flawed human beings through characters like Amazing Amy in Gone Girl who proves that likable women choose not to always do the right thing. Women writers, past and present, are able to provide readers with dynamic, three-dimensional, and true female characters that can influence how women are depicted in any form of writing by any gender. Of course, female authors are not limited to challenging the gender definitions, but can make other significant contributions too like pushing the limits of narrative as Virginia Woolf does with her nonlinear approach. More and more women have become storytellers, poets and prophets, the authors of dreams and ideas–the voices to whom we listen. Female authors are important simply because women’s voices are integral to the human experience.

This month we commemorate and revere the works of all women writer’s across the span of time. Women have been granted the right to an education, gained the right to vote, entered into the world of sports, served as heads of state, made important scientific discoveries, taken to the skies, outnumbered men in college, and changed the world through their literary voice. All women from each of these categories and others are threads that make up an intricate pattern of history for the world. Be sure to check out the display to find out for yourself.



BANC (Library Catlogue) to search for books by or about women writers:

For more information about Women’s History Month:

On Display: the Photographs of Alice Driver

Hutchins Library invites you to visit by an exhibit of Alice Driver’s photographic work that is now on display at the entrance of the Library.

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Alice Driver, at work

Alice Driver is a Berea College alum who will be presenting this evening, at Mundo Monday at 6pm, as well as at Peanut Butter and Gender this Wednesday the 25th at noon.

Alice’s book, More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico, is being published by the University of Arizona Press next month. The library has ordered copies for its collection and will make them available as soon as possible.

The exhibit was curated by Rachel Burnside.

A Flyer about Alice Driver's Upcoming Presentation

A Flyer about Alice Driver’s Upcoming Presentation

END IT : Shine a Light on Slavery

The END IT Movement's logo

The END IT Movement’s logo

People Who Care, Berea College’s student-led, social justice community service program based out of CELTS, is working to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern-day slavery this month by participating in the END IT movement. END IT is a coalition of organizations who are fighting for freedom from human slavery and trafficking through awareness-raising, prevention, rescue, and restoration. As a part of People Who Care’s campaign to educate our local community, they have created a display at Hutchins Library, located near the vending area on the main floor.

Why? According to People Who Care representative Keisha Morgan:

There are around 27,000,000 people trapped in modern slavery around the world and lots of people do not know this problem still exists. It is our goal to educate students on campus about this issue. We would like to work together in constructing a library display to run through the remainder of January that showcases books, facts, and other information about human trafficking to help educate our campus.

Stop by the display to learn more about the problem of human slavery. Books and DVDs on display are available for check-out.


Do you want to learn more about the END IT movement? Check out the links below:

Art History

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out the new Art History display, located in the study area to the right of the printers in the Reference Area.

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Reference Student Abby Houston curated this display to share her major as well as to help students know where to find high quality images within our library and online databases.

A lot can be learned by studying art from the past. Art doesn’t just provide us with aesthetic pleasure, but it clues us into the culture that produced it. By studying its materials, iconography, color, symbolism, function, style, and technique, we can expand our knowledge of that culture and learn what role a certain piece of art held within it. Art has been around since the beginning of time and is something that connects all cultures from every time period, even today.

“By looking at what has been done before, we gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel, and view the world around us.” – the Metropolitan Museum

This display shows 20 books filled with images and information that can be found in the collection of our library. Some of the books shown above are about: Impressionism, African art, Italian Renaissance art, Pablo Picasso, Celtic art, German Expressionism, Roman art, Egyptian art, Modern Chinese art, and others. Feel free to scan through their pages and experience a wide range of art- you can even check them out!

Whether your major or minor is in art, you simply have an interest in it, you need an image for your paper, or you need to kill some time, this display lays out the kind of resources Hutchins Library has to offer. In the circulating print collection upstairs, there are thousands of books about different art movements, artists, and time periods that all contain high-resolution images you can flip through and look at or scan onto a flash drive to use for your own research. In our A-Z electronic sources list is a database titled “ARTstor” that is dedicated only to images of artworks; ranging from Michelangelo’s David to King Tut’s mask to Japanese prints. To access these images, you type in an artist or title and search.

Check out these art books by searching in our library catalog:

Explore ARTstor:

If you’re off campus, use this link and log in with your Berea username and password:


International Berea

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out our newest display ‘International Berea’, located above the printers near the Educational Technology Help Desk.

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Reference student Megi Papiashvili curated the display and wrote the following piece on the history of International Students at Berea College:

International Education has been a very crucial part of Berea College’s history. “From its historical beginning as the first coeducational school in the South, Berea has been a pioneer in establishing an environment that fosters learning for, and about, all people of the earth.” Each year, the college accepts approximately 33 international students to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for responsible participation in the global society. International students add diversity to this college, which also enriches the experience of other students on campus. By having such a strong global presence, Berea College students gain knowledge of world cultures; they examine the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems. All these help them understand the historical, cultural, and political relationships among different peoples which often reinforces their sense tolerance and empathy.

As other institutions of the college, Hutchins Library continues to be very welcoming towards international students. The current display on the main floor of the library is dedicated to celebrate the diversity at Berea College. The display provides information about the very first international student of Berea College, Noble Hill. He came from Canada in 1879, but because of interruptions due to his own and his father’s illness, his graduation was delayed until 1893. After his graduation from Berea he began teaching in Woodstock as a head-master of Todd School for Boys, a work he carried on for forty years. “I owe her [Berea’s early history] a debt I can never hope to repay.” Noble Hill, ’93

Berea College has played and continues to play an extremely important role in many international students’ lives, and William Gyude Moore is one of its successful (international) alumni. “Mr. Moore, a native of Maryland County, in the southeastern-most cape of Liberia, came to Berea College in 2002 to obtain his Bachelor’s degree. For the past two years, Moore has served as Deputy Chief of Staff/Head of the Program Delivery Unit in the Executive Office of the President of Liberia. From 2009 until 2012, he was Senior Aide in the Office of the President of Liberia. The president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed him as one of her cabinet-level ministers. Moore will head his country’s Public Works Ministry which operates infrastructure programs with the largest allotment in the Liberian national budget.”

Berea College will continue to welcome students from different parts of the world, to help them succeed in their lives, and also to enrich the educational environment on campus.

In Honor of Veteran’s Day, We Celebrate Colonel Arthur Thomas Finney

Official Air Force Portrait of Colonel A. Thomas Finney

Arthur Thomas Finney was born in Canmer, Kentucky.  He graduated from Berea College in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He was also a volunteer fireman on campus.  After graduation he joined the Air Force.  In July 1966, as a Squadron Commander, he led a flight of F-104 Starfighters to Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand for deployment to the Vietnam War.  On August 1, 1966, on his third mission, he was shot down near Hanoi.  Colonel Finney was listed as Missing-in-Action until 1985, when his remains were returned.


Arthur Thomas Finney was born June 26, 1928, to A.C. Finney and Elizabeth Pearl Finney.  He was from Canmer, Hart County, Kentucky.  He attended Memorial High School in Hardyville, Kentucky.  He came to Berea at the age of 15 in 1944.  He went through the Lower Division and took Summer School until he entered the Upper Division in 1946.  He graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration.  While at Berea he was a member of the Berea Players, the YMCA Cabinet, the Economics and Business Club, and the “B” Club.  In varsity athletics he competed in tennis, track, and Cross Country.

According to the Berea Citizen, Finney’s schoolmates remembered him for his talent on the piano, which he often played.  He worked for the Chimes as his labor position at the college.  He also served as student chief of the Berea College Fire Department.

After Finney graduated, he joined the Air Force and began training to be a pilot.  He went to Texas for training and then to Nevada for more pilot training.  He learned to fly the P-51 Mustang, the T-33 jet trainer, the F-80 Shooting Star, and then the F-86 Sabre, which he flew in 101 missions in the Korean War.  At that time he and his family were living on the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.  Later he moved to Texas, where he did an exchange duty with the US Navy working off the USS Kearsage, flying Navy Cougar and Panter jets.  In 1961 he went to Virginia, where he worked at the Pentagon.  From 1962 through 1965 he was stationed in Australia, as Assistant Air Attache at the US Embassy.  There, as an Air Force major and a diplomat, he met Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.  Then he returned to the United States.  At George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, he became Squadron Commander of the 476th Tactical Fighter Squadron and flew the F-104 Starfighter.  In July 1966 he left for Vietnam from the Udorn Air Base in Thailand.

On his third mission in Vietnam, on August 1, 1966, he was hit by a SAM missile about forty miles from Hanoi.  His wingman saw him eject and said that he had a good parachute.  This was the last time he was seen, and he was listed as missing in action.  When the prisoners of war were released in 1973, Finney was not among them, and no POW recalled him.  His wife Peggy had his status changed to killed in action in 1974, and she and her two children moved to Las Vegas.  She passed away in 1981 without any specific knowledge of what happened to him.

In 1985 the Air Force contacted Finney’s eldest son to inform him that the North Vietnamese were releasing 26 sets of remains, and Finney’s were among them.  The US Army laboratory in Hawaii confirmed the identification.  His family conducted a small service for him in Las Vegas, where he was buried next to his wife.  Full military honors were given, with an Honor Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a “Missing Man” flyover.  His eldest son delivered his eulogy.  Finney had been an excellent pilot, with 4,900 hours of flying time on 36 different Air Force and Navy aircraft.

A plaque commemorates Col. Finney at his high school.  There is another plaque on a tree in Victorville and a cross in the Berea Baptist Church.  Finney received many medals and awards, including the Silver Star.  Peggy had a marker placed where he first learned to fly in Nevada.  Finney was promoted to full Colonel after his death, and his family received a letter from President Ronald Reagan.  The United States flag flew over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for a day in his honor.

Written by K. Olivia Meszaros, Edited by Jaime Bradley