Shain Library First Floor Exhibition Area 

Understanding our Obligation to the Community: The Honor Code at Conn

From the very beginning of Connecticut College in the fall of 1915, students claimed the responsibility to create a system for governing themselves, in both social and academic matters.  Under this system, students were expected to live by a code of honor, reporting any infractions they committed and accepting the penalty given by their peers.  Over the course of the College’s first decade students refined their self-governance.  They created a handbook (the “C”) outlining student government and the rules created to support it, instituted an oath to acknowledge responsibility to the College community, and formalized an Honor Code.  

This exhibition draws on materials from the College Archives to trace the evolution of the Honor Code, from the initial oath to the Matriculation Pledge of today.  It also explores how what constitutes honor has changed, including the tension and balance between autonomy and oversight.

Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room 

The Chinese Ink Art of Marian Bingham

This exhibition features contemporary American artist and CC alumna Marian “Bing” Bingham '91 and her unique journey of studying and creating Chinese ink paintings spanning decades and continents, from California to Hong Kong, to Manila, and back to Connecticut.  It also honors Bingham’s three important teachers who inspired her undertaking at different points of her life, including her father, Woodbridge Bingham (1901-1986), a pioneering sinologist and Professor of East Asian History at UC Berkeley and founder of their Institute of East Asian Studies, and two equally distinguished Chinese painters who carried their own stories as diasporic artists and contributors to cultural communications between East and West: I-Hsiung Ju (1923-2012) and Charles Chu (1918-2008). 

Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives

Divestment at Conn: A Stand Against Apartheid

Created by students from HIS 310/AFR 311: Africa and the United States, this exhibition traces the process of how Connectict College decided to fully divest from South African corporations by 1990. The College's movement to divest fit into a larger national movement, one in which students across the country felt empowered to tangibly reject the racist apartheid government through economic sanctions at their colleges. This exhibit focuses on what the students at Conn had to say, drawing largely on The College Voice articles, mainly centered around the debate between partial divestment (adoption of the Sullivan Principles) and full divestment.