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Archives & Manuscripts

Book Making in the 18th Century: In Diderot's Encyclopedie, 1751-1780

March 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014, Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-4:00
Hamilton Library 5th floor, Room A550, The John and Gertrude Troupe Moir Reading Room

diderot encyclopedia

Find out how books were produced in the 18th century, in this exhibit that features reproductions of copper engravings that describe the mechanical arts and trades of man. Former University Archivist James Cartwright assembled the exhibit, selecting images from Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, a set of volumes housed in the library's rare book collection. The Encyclopédie describes, in painstaking detail, the mechanics of everyday trades in 18th century France. Cartwright focused on papermaking and the casting of metal alphabets for printing on sheets of handmade paper that would eventually be turned into books.

The exhibit includes four original volumes of the Encyclopédie on display, as well as implements of the papermaking and printing trades. Artifact loans from Mission Houses Museum and contemporary Hawaii-based book artist James Rumford, complete the narrative of the bookmaking arts. Pages in the original volumes will be turned weekly to reveal more engravings that illustrate the complex processes of book making.

Asia Collection

JINGJU 京剧BEIJING OPERA - Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals

2/1/14 - 3/31/14 - 4th floor of Hamilton Library


Description of the play: The Yang family generals preserved the Song Dynasty through many battles, with Lady Mu Guiying leading the troops after the heroic deaths of most of the Yang men. Disillusioned by growing corruption, the Matriarch and Lady Mu Guiying, the remaining Yang family general, took the family from the court and retired to their ancestral home. After twenty years, barbarians once again threaten the borders, and the Minister of War Wang Qiang secretly plots with the invaders to unseat the Emperor and assume control. Suspicious, Minister Kou Zhun persuades the Emperor to hold a martial competition to select a Supreme Commander rather than appointing Wang’s son, and Lady Guiying’s teenage son and daughter emerge victors. The Emperor then calls on Lady Mu Guiying to take command and save the nation. Will she overcome her now-ingrained hatred of war and agree to lead? And if she does, will her children, unaccustomed to military law, be able to follow? Renowned Jingju master Mei Lanfang’s crowning artistic achievement explores issues such as personal ethics vs. familial & national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance vs. the wisdom of age, in a splendidly-costumed theatrical spectacle of acting, combat, dance, music and song.

Note: The description is provided by Professor Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, Department of Theater and Dance, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Science and Technology

Invasive Species

1/21/14 - 5/15/14 -- Hamilton Library Addition

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Hawaiian/Pacific Collections

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Art Presents "O le Puna: The Spring"

Featuring Work by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Opening April 16, 2014
Hamilton Library (5th Floor); Sponsor Indo-Pacific Language and Literature (IPLL), Manoa Campus

McMullin painting
Pacific Islanders in the Arts poster

Hawaii Digital Newspaper Program

1/21/14 - 5/15/14

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