Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

April 2018

Johann Heinrich Füssli

Main Exhibit: "Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: The Life and Afterlife of Shakespeare’s Macbeth"

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow explores The Tragedy of Macbeth (c.1606)—one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed and adapted works—delving into the ways that actors, directors, dancers, composers, musicians, and artists from across the centuries and across the globe have engaged with this story of chilling ambition and its deadly consequences. Part morality tale, part revenge tragedy, part supernatural thriller, Macbeth is a capacious and malleable text which invites new visions and re-visions of the work: ranging from the WPA-funded production of a “Voodoo” Macbeth (1936-37) and the Noh-influenced Samurai film, Throne of Blood (1957), to the current staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth at London’s Royal Opera House (March-April 2018)—which invokes middle eastern culture and imagery. Macbeth’s life and afterlife shows that while the play may be “full of sound and fury,” it will continue to signify something of great importance to artists and audiences for centuries to come.

Contact person: Dee Anna Phares,, (815) 753-0343.

Regional History Center exhibit – Fourth floor

Reading Room cases: “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong”

The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia, and more.

Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit - Fourth floor

First Hall Case: “Speculative Fiction, or, Literal Narratology”

Sci Fi book titles and authors that Brian McHale will discuss in his talk on April 30th at Founders Memorial Library.

Remaining Cases: “Environmental Disasters found in Rare Books and Special Collections”

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this exhibit displays books found in Rare Books and Special Collections that are related to environmental issues and disasters that we face today.

Contact person: Angela Schroeder,, (815) 753-8091.

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth floor

“Architecture in Southeast Asia”

The architecture of Southeast Asia is unique and can be used as a window into the history and culture of the region. This exhibit celebrates the architecture of the Southeast Asia. The two main styles of architecture in the region are Hindu and Buddhist, which are showcased in this exhibit. This exhibit also includes maritime Islamic styles of architecture, the anthropology of Southeast Asian homes, emerging Southeast Asian architects and sustainable architecture.  This exhibit features photographs and plans from various famous Southeast Asian temples and places that are known for their exquisite architecture.  The exhibit was curated by Southeast Asia Collection student worker Daisy Dose.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819.

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Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

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