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Josh Reinhart
Public Information Coordinator

Phone: 217-581-7400
Fax: 217-581-8444

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Oct 20, 2017




Twenty years after the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Booth Library presents an exhibit and program series, "Twenty Years of Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon." This exhibit will be on display at the library from Sept. 14 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Booth Library''s exhibit takes a look at the popularity and influence of the Harry Potter world in today's society. A series of related programs, including quidditch, trivia, costumes, lectures, food and more, also are planned. For more information, visit The exhibit and all events are open to the public.

Schedule of Events

Opening program: Sept. 14, 7 p.m., "The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death"; keynote speaker: Suzie Park, professor of English; West Reading Room;

Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Family Weekend: EIU Quidditch Tournament; led by Chelsea Duncan, instructor of KSS; Library Quad;

Sept. 28, 4 p.m., "Dark Arts and Other Wicked Ideas: Harry Potter, Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom"; by Michele McDaniel, reference librarian, and Ryan McDaniel, instructor of communication studies; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 3 and 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry Potter Menu at The Café; presented by Richard Wilkinson, professor, and FCS students; Klehm Hall 1414; $5.50;

Oct. 3, 7 p.m., "Poison Pen: Rita Skeeter, her Quick-Quotes Quill & Journalism Ethics in the Wizarding World"; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 17, 4 p.m., "Muggles, Magic and Abuse"; by Angie Hunt, housing program director, HOPE of East Central Illinois; Witters Conference Room 4440;

Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., Harry Potter Night featuring trivia, costumes, music, activities and food at Booth Library and Tarble Arts Center, co-sponsored by Tarble Arts Center, UIUC Harry Potter Alliance, EIU Harry Potter Club;

Nov. 28, 7 p.m., "Harry Potter & the Cult of Celebrity"; by Lola Burnham, associate professor of journalism; Witters Conference Room 4440.

ELIZABETH M HELDEBRANDT, Library Services - Dean
Posted: Sep 06, 2017

Story Times Planned at Booth Library

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to free story times in the Ballenger Teachers Center of Booth Library. Story times are planned from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and each will have a specific theme. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 30, Latino Heritage: Dio de los Muertos, sponsored by Latino American Student Organization;

Oct. 7, Disability Awareness, sponsored by Sigma Rho Epsilon;

Oct. 28, Halloween, sponsored by the Student Reading Council;

Nov. 4, Rockin' with the Rec Club, sponsored by the EIU Rec Club;

Nov. 11, We are Thankful, sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi;

Dec. 2, Winter, sponsored by the Student Education Association.

Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, visit or call (217) 581-8442.

Elizabeth Heldebrandt, Library Services
Posted: Sep 20, 2017

EIU MCS Lectures to Spotlight Life, Times of Srinivasa Ramanujan October 26-27

Two upcoming EIU events will celebrate the life and contributions of Srinivasa Ramanujan, who is generally regarded as India's greatest mathematician.

Events include:

October 26
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Old Main Room 2231
Ramanujan's Life and Earlier Notebooks
Ramanujan was born in the southern Indian town of Kumbakonam on December 22, 1887 and died in Madras at the age of 32 in 1920. Before going to England in 1914, at the invitation of G. H. Hardy, Ramanujan recorded most of his mathematical discoveries without proofs in notebooks. The speaker devoted over 20 years to the editing of these notebooks; his goal was to provide proofs for all those claims of Ramanujan for which proofs had not been given in the literature. In this lecture, a brief history of Ramanujan’s life, a history of the notebooks, a general description of the subjects found in the notebooks, and examples of some of the more interesting formulas found in the notebooks will be delivered.

October 27
4 to 4:50 p.m.
Old Main Room 2231
Ramanujan's Lost Notebook: History and Content
In the spring of 1976, George Andrews discovered Ramanujan’s “Lost Notebook” in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge. The “Lost Notebook” is not a notebook, but a sheaf of over 100 handwritten pages made by Ramanujan during the last year of his life. It was not until the centenary of his birth on December 22, 1987 that the “Lost Notebook,” along with several unpublished manuscripts, his “Quarterly Reports,” and other miscellaneous papers, were published by Narosa. During the past 20 years, Andrews and the speaker have been editing all of the material in “The Lost Notebook and Other Unpublished Papers.” The goal has been to provide proofs for all of the results in the Narosa publication. In this lecture, a brief history of the “Lost Notebook,” a general description of its content, and examples of some of the more interesting formulas found in the “Lost Notebook” will be delivered.

These lectures are made possible by anendowment from William Perry, former President of Eastern Illinois University and former professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Bogdan Petrenko, Math and Computer Sciences
Posted: Sep 28, 2017

"Greeks and Treats" for Kids, Community October 31 in EIU's Greek Court

Greek Court Programming Board is hosting their second annual "Greeks and Treats" event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 in the Greek Court Egg (1020 Greek Court). The rain location is 1050 Greek Court. There will be trick-or-treating, games, and food! This event is open to the Coles County community and kids of all ages.

Josh Reinhart, University Marketing and Communication
Posted: Oct 11, 2017

Gothic at Midnight: A Tribute to the Masters of the Macabre October 21

Get into the Halloween spirit when Joshua Kane presents an evening of hilarity and horror at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21. Inspired by the old-time radio dramas of Orson Welles and Vincent Price, the NYC actor bewitches audiences with a devilish sense of fun and whimsy. Drawing from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Ambrose Bierce, and other classic creepsters, Kane "amuses you with his antics, frightens you with his intensity and charms you with his tales of the fantastic." It''ll be fun for the entire family!

Tickets available at

Daniel Crews, University Apartments Operations
Posted: Oct 12, 2017


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