Delta Blues

Eric Bibb

String Band

Date: February 11, 2016

Time: 8:00 P.M. 

Location: Phelps Stokes

Stephenson Memorial Concert



Guitarist Eric Bibb’s rich and sensitive vocals and lyrics provide a perfect balance to his fine finger-picking technique. Purveying a beautifully realized and deftly accomplished soulful folk blues, Bibb effortlessly blends various genres, melding a traditional rootsy American style with a subtle, contemporary sensibility. He will be joined by Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, and Grant Dermody.

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Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients.

Sonia Shah

February 3, 2016, 3:00PM

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation.


Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her writing on science, politics, and human rights has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForeign AffairsScientific American and elsewhere. Shah’s drug industry exposé, The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients, has been hailed by critics as a meticulously researched and powerful book.


  • Foreword by John Le Carre
  • Winner, Prix Prescrire award, 2008
  • Library Journal’s Best Consumer Health Books, 2006


Shah’s intellectual enthusiasm and dry sense of humor recall popular science writers such as Steven Pinker and Stephen Jay Gould; her narrative strength and penchant for investigative journalism bring to mind science reporter and Flu author Gina Kolata.”  

                                      Michael Schaub, NPR


Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry.

Stacy Malkan 

January 28, 2016, 3:00PM, Phelp Stokes

A Berea College Convocation.


About Malkan:

  • Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which
    leads the movement to get toxic chemicals out of personal care products.
  • She exposes the toxic truth about everyday personal care products.
  • Co-sponsored with Sustainability and Environmental Studies.


Awards For “Not Just a Pretty Face”:

  • 2010 Best of Green Award for best Fashion/Beauty Book
  • The Gift of Knowledge: Six Green Reads
  • Wall Street Journal recommendation by Kathy Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente
  • San Francisco Library Green List of Recommended Eco Reads

Stacy Malkan’s Ted Talk:

Valeria Watkins: Solo Exhibition

African American Artist, Valeria Watkins (Dr. Valeria) is showing 20 original acrylic paintings in a solo exhibition in the lobby of Hutchins Library this month. The show will run through January 30th. Please join us Friday Jan. 15th from 4:30pm – 5:30pm for the show’s opening reception.


When asked about her work, Watkins had this to say:

“I never imagined this show as a possibility . While I have been in-love with painting since the fourth grade, I never aspired to do more than paint what I enjoyed. Certainly, I never thought that I would be invited to have an exhibition. While I have had several pieces in group exhibits and pieces have sold, yet looking back, I think I have given more paintings away as gifts.

I started painting in oils many years ago, but after relocating to Berea from California, I have been working in acrylics. They are so forgiving. I love color! Using colors to bring an image forward continues to captivate my journey as an artist. I love mixing colors and using colors to bring something from deep within to take direction and shape on the canvas. If I don’t like it I paint over it! My paintings have to feel right to me. Being an artist is exciting, demanding and challenging and I love it.

The majority of these paintings are from 2015. I had the time and creative direction to produce a lot of art. These paintings are predominantly abstract images with a few from the later part of 2014. I love experimenting with textures. I repurpose as many things as I can think of that will help me influence and restructure the flat canvas. Those pieces are designated as multi-media.

It is that quiet space between my thoughts that I work hard to paint from. Freeing myself from the boundaries of right and wrong. That is why I love abstract. Each viewer interprets from their own experience which makes it a more personal connection to the work.

Please enjoy!”




Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.


Stop by the display area near vending on the main floor of Hutchins to check out materials by and about the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. These items will be on display until Jan. 24th.

As a reminder, Hutchins Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18th until 6pm so that library staff, faculty, and student workers will be able to participate in the MLK, Jr. festivities.


December Holiday Collection

 When we hear the words December is coming, not only do we think, “Yes, finally a break”, but we often think about spending those amazing December Holidays with our many friends and family.


We have put together a December Holiday display and would like to share that with you, your friends, and your family.


There are movies and music that are just waiting to be shared with your family and friends.There are books for you and your friend.  There are even Holiday books for the children so they can join in on the fun and joyful celebration.

End of Semester Support

You’ve made it to finals week! Woohoo!

If an unfinished paper is keeping you from celebrating just yet, head over to Hutchins for help.

As always, our librarians and student reference consultants are available at the reference desk every hour that the library is open, as well as by appointment if you need it, to assist you with locating appropriate resources for your research paper.

For today and tomorrow, however, we are also fortunate enough to play host to consultants from Writing Resources, in the Center for Transformative Learning. To learn more about how they can help you, check out their flyer below: