November 9, 2017
by Jackie
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Closing the Book on the 2017 Human Library

Thank you to all our Human Books for making our Human Library a tremendous success! Over 40 students, faculty and staff volunteered to be an "open book" to help others in our Fairfield University community. We were blown away by their generous sharing of their stories.  And  our readers - over 500 students-  who attended the event agree that through the conversations, their eyes were opened to other experiences, perspectives, and worldviews that they were unaware of before (94%).


November 6, 2017
by Jackie

Human Library This Wednesday! Be part of the solution!

Help break down stereotypes and connect with people in your own Fairfield University community.

Join us in conversation at our  Human Library event at DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday, Nov. 8th.  Drop in during either of the two sessions :  from 1-4:30 pm and 6-8:30pm.

What is the Human Library?

A Human Library is an event that aims to create dialogue and understanding between people. Students, faculty and staff have volunteered as human ‘books’. Participants in the event can ‘read’ the book- meaning they would have a one on one conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. ‘Books’ are students, staff and faculty from all walks of life who have been stereotyped and/or want to break down barriers based on race, religion, sexual preference, class, gender identity, sex, age, lifestyle choices, disability and other aspects of their life. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Fairfield community to share and understand the experiences of others in our community.

For more information on this event visit our website: or contact Jackie Kremer (, Barbara Ghilardi (


October 19, 2017
by Jackie
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Rugby Exhibit Now through Jan 15, 2018

Founded in 1963 followed by women’s rugby in 1994, the Fairfield University Rugby Football Club (FURFC) has played an important role in the athletic, social, and cultural lives of students at Fairfield University for 54 of our institution’s 75 years.  The DiMenna-Nyselius library’s latest exhibit FURFC – Rich in History, Still Going Strong!  highlights the long and distinguished history of the oldest sports club on campus, and is a fitting capstone to our 75th anniversary celebrations.  With video, photographs, narrative and memorabilia from our men’s and women’s teams, the exhibit strives to express the club’s traditions of excellence, camaraderie, athleticism, and joyful spirit of competition in a way that we hope makes over 1400 FURFC members proud, sparks interest in visitors to the exhibit, and inspires current students to join the club or become supporters.

FURFC – Rich in History, Still Going Strong! runs from September 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018 in the lobby and lower level of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.  Come join us!

This exhibit was curated by Chris Galvin ’72, Fairfield University Athletics Hall of Fame ’91, and University Archivist Elise Bochinski.  Many, many thanks to those who contributed their memorabilia, photographs, and time to this informative and entertaining exhibition.


October 18, 2017
by Jackie
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LGBT History Month

For the month of October, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library is celebrating LGBT History Month! LGBT History Month provides role models, builds community, and makes a civil rights statement about extraordinary national and international contributions from LGBT people.

The Library’s display on the Main Level highlights exceptional LGBT authors featured in The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves. Come read their heartfelt letters to their younger selves and check out some of their books of fiction!

Click to go to the LGBT History Month website to learn more.


October 3, 2017
by Jackie
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Tom Petty, Rock Icon

Tom Petty, the leader of the band the Heartbreakers, died Monday, October 2, 2017.

To learn more about Tom Petty and his influence on rock, check out the Library's database: Rock's Back Pages.  Rock's Back Pages is a collection of writing on popular music, covering 1960 to present. Content includes articles, artist interviews, concert reviews, artist profiles, and more.

From Rock's Back Pages: Bidding farewell to L.A.'s own heartland rocker Tom Petty, 1950-2017: