Civil War 150 is coming to Morris Library’s Hall of Presidents April 28 to May 16, 2014. This traveling exhibit traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families. The Special Collections Research Center will host several public programs for the exhibit, including talks on April 28, May 2, and May 9. A companion exhibit in the Hall of Presidents will depict the war in southern Illinois, showcasing local Civil War letters in Special Collections. For more information, please contact the Special Collections Research Center at 453-2516. Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
The Carbondale Remembered Oral History Project is a joint effort between Special Collections Research Center of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Carbondale, Illinois Preservation Commission. Interviews were conducted by Dede Lingle Ittner, who interviewed individuals with ties to the Carbondale, Illinois community. This ongoing project began in 2004 and currently consists of 37 oral history interviews. All of the interviews were originally recorded on audio cassettes. These have been digitized and are now available as mp3 files.
The oral histories concentrate on twentieth century Carbondale, Illinois history with an emphasis on political history, architecture, and education. Other topics include Black history, Southern Illinois Normal University (later Southern Illinois University Carbondale) history, business history, the Great Depression, natural disasters, World War II and Vietnam. Interviews will be added as they become available.
To listen or read these interviews, visit: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_sic_oralhis.php?CISOROOT=/sic_oralhis
The oral histories can also be accessed in Special Collections Research Center, as well as at the Carbondale Public Library
SCRC hosted its first “Science, Religion and Philosophy: A Commemoration of the World’s Parliament of Religions” conference last weekend in La Salle, IL at the Hegeler Carus Mansion. The keynote speaker was Cornelis de Waal, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Indiana and recipient of the 2013 Alwin C. Carus Research Award, who spoke on “The Marriage of Religion and Science Reconsidered: Taking Cues from Pierce.” Other speakers included: Suyan Moodley (South Africa), Roger Adams (Connecticut), Ewoud Halewijn (Delft University, Netherlands), Liz Hartman (SIUC), Avik Mukherjee (India) and Saboura Hajiali (Visiting Scholar from Iran, SIUC) and Pangratios Papacosta (Columbia College Chicago). Christina Bleyer and Blouke Carus also participated. Great discussion was also a present. Special thanks to the staff of the Hegeler Carus Mansion, the Hegeler Carus Foundation and the Alwin C. Carus Mineral Trust for making this conference such a success.
“Science, Religion, and Philosophy: A Commemoration of the World’s Parliament of Religions” conference to be held February 21-22, 2014 at the Hegeler-Carus Mansion, LaSalle, Illinois.
In 1893, The World’s Parliament of Religions met in Chicago from the 15th of May until the 28th of October. 2013 marked the 120th anniversary of this gathering where the leading representatives of the religions of the world engaged in dialogue. To commemorate this event, Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in conjunction with the Hegeler-Carus Foundation and the Alwin C. Carus Mineral Trust is hosting a symposium on the relationship between science, religion, and philosophy. One of the themes of the Parliament was “…the actual harmony of science and religion; and the origin and nature of the alleged conflict between them.” Featured speakers will address these issues igniting fascinating conversations you will not want to miss.
Our Keynote Speaker is Cornelis de Waal. He will give a paper on Friday evening entitled, “The Marriage of Religion and Science Reconsidered: Taking Cues from Peirce.” Cornelis de Waal is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Indiana and is the Editor-in-Chief of Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. Professor de Waal is also a recipient of the Alwin C. Carus Research Award.
To register, please visit
 Bonney, Charles C. “The World’s Parliament of Religions” in the World’s Parliament of Religions and the Religious Parliament Extension. (Chicago: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1896) 6.