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Study Abroad Photo Winners in Blowers Gallery

April 24, 2017

Winning photographs from UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad Program’s annual international photo contest are currently on display until April 28th in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery.

The exhibit features 16 images in four categories: cross cultural, nature, people, and reflections. The winners of the contest include UNC Asheville students Michael Albinger; Bryan van Alebeek; Meghan Benavides; Cody Fenison; Melissa Gold; Reid Gudger; Herb Gunn; Jeong Min Lee; Shannon Kennedy; Seonhong Kim; Caroline Sherrer and Serena Dotson-Smith.

The annual international photo contest conducted by UNC Asheville’s Study Abroad Program encourages student, staff, and faculty travelers to create a photographic record and share their overseas experiences upon their return to Asheville. Each year, more than 130 UNC Asheville students study abroad as part of university programs.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, including library hours, visit or call 828.251.6436.

Below are pictures taken of the exhibit during its reception held Tuesday April 18th.

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Original Press Release

Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage Exhibit April 11th

April 4, 2017


Tuesday, April 11th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ramsey Library will host two groups of student curators–15 high school juniors and seniors of Maya descent from Morganton, NC, and ten Yucatec Maya students from the Universidad de Oriente traveling from Valladolid, Mexico for their collaborative exhibit Revitalizing Maya History and Heritage. This exhibit will be on display Tuesday, April 11th from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Main Floor of Ramsey Library with a reception to take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Please join us to welcome our international and nearly local guests! This program of cultural exchange is made possible by the U.S. Department of State, the American Alliance of Museums, the Alliance for Heritage Conservation, Southern Historical Collection (UNC-Chapel Hill), the Archivo General del Estado de Yucatán, and Secretaría de Desarrollo Social de Yucatán (SEDESOL).

Collaborators at UNCA include the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and Ramsey Library. This event is open to the public.

New Ramsey Library Video Production: ‘Implicit Bias: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice in Everyday Lives’

March 16, 2017

UNCA Ramsey Library Video Production has just released, ‘Implicit Bias: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice in Everyday Lives.’ In it Keith Payne, professor of psychology & neuroscience at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill describes how inequality shapes the human mind, asking questions such as “Why do people sometimes act in prejudiced ways toward low status groups even when they intend to be fair?” He uses experimental psychology to study the reasons behind these types of social behaviors.

The video is a recording of Dr. Payne’s visit to UNCA’s Sherrill Center on February 23, 2017 which was sponsored by UNC Asheville’s student Psychology Club and Psi Chi, in collaboration with the university’s Department of Education, Office of Teacher Recruitment and Retention, and Center for Diversity Education.


Original Press Release of Event

Women and Craft Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 3, 2017


Celebrate women’s history month by joining Center for Craft Creativity & Design and Art+Feminism to edit Wikipedia articles to include the influential work of women working in craft between 1941-1979. No experience necessary, Wiki experts on hand.

Learn more and register at:

This event is held in conjunction with The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941-1979, on view at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design January 20 – May 20, 2017.

The Good Making of Good Things: Craft Horizons 1941–1979 is curated by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) 2017 Curatorial Fellows Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy and organized by CCCD. The CCCD Curatorial Fellowship is made possible by the John & Robyn Horn Foundation. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rotasa Foundation with additional support from Gary Ferraro and Lorne Lassiter. All Craft Horizons images and content owned by the American Craft Council and provided courtesy of the ACC Library & Archives. CCCD is supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Insight for Critiquing Data Visualizations

February 22, 2017

We are all vulnerable to being swayed by dramatic, graphically represented sets of data and it is often hard to parse the value and the reliability of the information we are exposed to. To provide a little insight, statistician Nathan Yau (PhD in statistics from UCLA), of the website FlowingData, wrote the following short, generally focused, and recommended guide: How to Spot Visualization Lies.

An Excerpt:

A chart doesn’t make something true. Data doesn’t make something true. It bends. It shows many things. So keep your eyes open.


Unsure about some data visualization in particular, need a more in-depth or academic source for critiquing visual sources, or if you would like help finding your own statistics for a research project, get help from a librarian!

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals Exhibit in Blowers Gallery

February 17, 2017

UNC Asheville is currently hosting the North Carolina debut of the traveling historical exhibition, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery. The university is also hosting the traveling exhibition Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, created by the nonprofit organization Family Diversity Projects based in Amherst, Mass.

Both exhibitions will be on view until April 7, and are free and open to everyone. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 is displayed in Ramsey Library’s Blowers Gallery, open during regular library hours. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People is on view in Karpen Hall, weekdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People features photographs and interviews with transgender people of all ages, and with their partners and children.

Lectures, film screenings and discussions complementing the exhibitions:

  • Screening of Paragraph 175, a documentary which takes its name from the part of the German penal code used by the Nazis to arrest homosexuals and send thousands to concentration camps where many perished. The film was directed by Academy Award-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Tickets at the box office 30 minutes before show time.
  • Beyond Kinder, Küche, Kirche’ (children, kitchen, church): Gender and Sex under National Socialism, a lecture by Eric Roubinek, UNC Asheville assistant professor of history. Noon on Tuesday, March 7 in the Highsmith Union Intercultural Center. Free and open to everyone.
  • Screening of Out in the Night. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson, subjects of the film.
  • Screening of  A Womb of Their Own. 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 in the Laurel Forum in Karpen Hall. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion.
  • Panel discussion: Gender Minorities in Faith Traditions, featuring members of Asheville’s clergy. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 in Karpen Hall, room 038. Free and open to everyone.

To arrange docent-led tours and for more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, at or 828.232.5024.

Below are pictures of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945’s opening reception held on February 16th in the Blowers Gallery of Ramsey Library:



Learn how to create digital media in Ramsey Library 🎬

January 31, 2017

Do you want to create images, video, audio, printed media or websites but don’t know how?

The Media Design Lab in Ramsey Library welcomes all students, faculty and staff of all ranges of experience. Lab assistants can show you how to use the software and support you along the way.

Scan and crop a photo, cut a video clip for Powerpoint, design a flyer or create closed captioning. It’s easier than you might think and we can show you how.

Record material in the Audio Lab or TV Studio next door. No previous experience is needed since technicians operate the equipment for you.

You can also check out recording equipment at the library’s front desk.

The lab is open 7 days a weekDrop by anytime and we can show you around.

Professors are invited to bring their classes for a brief orientation to these resources. To schedule a time, please contact the lab manager, Sasha Hussey (sthussey@unca.edu828.250.3951).

Located in Ramsey Library, lower level, room 045.