Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Campus Community Book Project Display

Exhibit poster

Peter J. Shields Lobby
Fall Quarter 2013 - Winter Quarter 2014

The University Library is pleased to participate in the 2013-1024 Campus Community Book Project. This year's selection, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is an award-winning odyssey that examines the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

On exhibit in the Peter J. Shields Library lobby are recent works on the exploitation of women in the developing world, along with works documenting the role of women in the economies of the developing world. This highlighted collection represents only a fraction of the resources available for those wishing to pursue research on contemporary women's issues. Comprehensive coverage is available across many disciplines, including Women & Gender Studies, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Political Science, Government Information, Economics, History, Sociology and the Humanities. Researchers are encouraged to contact a subject librarian to learn more about print, media and electronic sources in these areas of study. An accompanying subject guide features several of the library's resources, including a bibliography of the items on exhibit, links to organizations and institutions devoted to women's issues in the developing, and notable media coverage about the book.

The Campus Community Books Project has organized a full program of events and discussions open to all, including a talk by the authors scheduled for January 13, 2014. In addition, the Library will be hosting two films,

  • I was a Teenage Feminist, Nov. 4, 2013 (11:30am-1:00pm) and
  • Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, Dec. 3, 2013 (11:30am-1:00pm).

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