Remembering Julian Bond

Julian Bond passed away this past Saturday, August 15th. Bond’s life was one of change-making and service to others, as exemplified by his leadership on the Georgia State House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate, as well as in his role as President of the NAACP. Additionally, he was an author, an educator, an anti-war activist, and was the narrator of the PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize, about the civil rights movement.

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Julian Bond. Image courtesy of Berea College Archives.

Bond’s family had connections to Berea. His grandfather, James Bond, was an 1892 graduate of Berea and served as a Trustee from 1896 to 1914. Julian Bond gave the address for Berea’s 149th Commencement, in addition to giving an address to Berea College students and faculty as part of the College’s observance of Black History Month, September 14, 1975. A sound recording of that address can be found below:

Hutchins Library Steps: A Life in Photos

Over the last year, the library’s beautifully refurbished main floor has garnered a lot of attention. It was redesigned last summer to better support student learning and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Something that hasn’t been talked about much, though, is how our students and faculty use the front of the library. From hosting physics classes to welcoming sketching students to serving as a place of protest, our library steps have a life of their own. Here are some great pics from the last few years of the sort of happenings you can expect on the steps of Hutchins Library:

April 2014: President Roelofs Teaches Physics

President Roelofs teaching a physics class on the front steps of Hutchins, April 2014

Kevin Gardner's drawing class, sketching on the front steps

Kevin Gardner’s drawing class, sketching on the front steps

Students staged a walkout to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri and met at the library, August 2014

Students staged a walkout to express their solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Missouri and met at the library steps, August 2014

One of the inauguration events to welcome President Roelofs was

One of the inauguration events to welcome President Roelofs was “Chalk-Up-Berea” in April 2013. It intentionally coincided with a Department Labor Meeting to allow all student workers with their supervisors to “Celebrate Our Berea” by showcasing in chalk the diversity of Berea’s labor program. Here are two library workers, Sona and Matt.

For more photos, visit our Facebook:

Facebook Album: Hutchins Library’s Steps

Hutchins Creative Arts Prize Winners

Please congratulate this year’s Francis S. Hutchins Creative Arts prize winners!

Prize-winning work in literature, art, and music is currently displayed in Hutchins Library on the main floor near the copiers. Please stop by to read, view, and listen. The display will be up through the end of this term.

Hutchins Creative Arts Prizes 2015

  • Literature, first prize: Carolyn Romano, “Anatomy of a Poet”
  • Literature, second prize: Jesse Fowler, “Fractaling Out from Nothing, Forever in Pursuit of It”
  • Literature, third prize (shared):
    Naomi Alixandra Nichelle Burke, “A Photographic Contemplative Journey with Howard Zehr, Esther de Waal and Thomas Merton”
    Nicholas Riley, “Lotus”
Creative Prize in Literature winners

Creative Prize in Literature winners

  • Visual Art, first prize: Maria Deiter, “Symbolic Life Objects”
  • Visual Art, second prize: Taylor Michelle Styles, “Twins”
  • Visual Art, third prize: Jackson Napier, “Wine Tumbler Set (3)”
Maria Deiter, “Symbolic Life Objects”

Maria Deiter, “Symbolic Life Objects”

Taylor Michelle Styles, “Twins”

Taylor Michelle Styles, “Twins”

Jackson Napier, “Wine Tumbler Set (3)”

Jackson Napier, “Wine Tumbler Set (3)”

  • Music, first prize (shared):
    Emily Franklin, “Final Benediction”
    Mark Ross, “Be Thou My Vision”
  • Music, second prize: Lorenz Estrada, “Kundiman”
  • Music, third prize (shared):
    Myel Byrd, “Reminisce”
    Carolyn Romano, “How Stars Are Born”
Music listening station

Music listening station

“What the St. John’s Bible Says to You” Library Display

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


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Creation, Covenant, Shekinah, Kingdom, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2006, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We would like to say “Thank you” to:


John King

Becky Lewis

Mark Ross

and Whitney Withington


for sharing “What the Saint John’s Bible Says to You.”


Now on Display in the Library Lobby


What on earth are you doing on Earth Day?


Officially kick-starting an environmental movement in 1970,  Earth Day was a product of the hippie and flower-child culture of the time. Before this movement was underway, the term “environment” was rarely mentioned in the news, discussed, or thought of as an issue. The air pollution from booming industry and automotives filled with leaded gas created a smell in the air that was accepted by Americans to be of prosperity and the American Dream, not of chemicals, sludge, and toxins.

Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson, proposed Earth Day after witnessing the devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in the year of 1969. Nelson wanted to bring the idea of environmental protection into public consciousness and did so by announcing a “national teach-in on the environment”. In turn, Americans filled streets, auditoriums, everywhere protesting the unintentional deterioration of the environment on April 22nd, 1970. Today, another campaign is spreading through the country regarding clean energy and global warming. There are many ways to encourage ecologically healthy habits and Berea College does just that.


Luckily for it’s students, Berea is an incredibly eco-friendly place to get an education. Berea was the first in Kentucky to have a LEED-certified building, to build and operate an Ecovillage, and have the most ecologically sound dormitory- Deep Green Residence Hall. Not only do our buildings prove our efforts of sustainability, but the college really attempts to help and encourage students to be as “green” as possible. Throughout campus there are multiple recycling bins, found in buildings, out of doors, and in dorms for students, faculty, and town patrons to use. Buildings contain motion sensor lighting and plumbing to eliminate excessive use of electricity and water. And all people are educated on sustainability and given many opportunities to decrease their carbon footprint. This Earth Day, however, we want to motivate you to go above and beyond.

Knowledge is power and Hutchins Library has a new mini-display up (currently in the Reference section, but will be moved next to the printers) to provide you with intelligence on any subject related to the earth- environmental law, global warming, health effects of the environment, environmental politics, environmental activists, and much more.


Be sure to get involved with Earth Day somehow! Research it. Recycle more. Volunteer. Walk more, drive less. Eat local. Go to a festival. Practice the 7Rs (Reuse, repurpose, rot, repair, return, refill, refuse). Organize an event in the community. Change a habit. Help launch a community garden. Communicate your priorities to our elected representatives. Do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference. But you needn’t wait for April 22! Earth Day is Every Day. Committing to the earth year round is the only way to make a huge difference.

To find books about the earth search our catalog:

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: