Shain Library First Floor Exhibition Area 

Susanne K. Langer: A Kaleidoscope of Ideas 

Susanne K. Langer came to Connecticut College in 1954, invited by President Rosemary Park, to chair the Philosophy Department. Two years later, Langer reduced her departmental duties to the bare minimum, becoming a self-described “invisible faculty member.” For almost thirty years she devoted herself fully to research and writing. In this exhibition, we explore the circumstances and conditions that enabled her to write her magnum opus, the three-volume Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling (1967; 1972; 1982): the good will and trust expressed by the College representatives, long-term financial support from the Edgar J. Kaufmann Foundation, and her own resoluteness and deep curiosity.  

This exhibit is co-curated by Carolyn Bergonzo, poet; Tereza Hadravová, Fulbright-Masaryk scholar; Linda Legassie, research assistant to Susanne K. Langer. There will also be a symposium on the thought of Susanne Langer on September 10-11, 2022. A website on the exhibit and eymposium can be found at https://langer.digital.conncoll.edu/.

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.