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The Friends of the Goucher College Library are alumnae/i, faculty, students, library staff, and others who enjoy a common bond: a passion for communicating the importance of the library within the intellectual setting of Goucher College.

Spring 2017 - Juliet Takes A Breath Book Talk and Signing with Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath: Book Talk and Signing with Gabby Rivera

Thursday, April 27 at 6:30pm

Van Meter G05


Goucher alum and self-proclaimed nerdburger, Gabby Rivera is a round, brown loverboi living in Brooklyn, NY. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for Women’s History Month, and it was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina. Put simply by Roxane Gay, it’s “F***ing outstanding.” Gabby is also the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN, a national LGBTQ non-profit education network. She’s represented by New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. and is the writer for Marvel Comics' America Chavez.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Spring 2017 - Queen Nur Workshop and Performance

Queen Nur Workshop and Performance

Storyteller Queen Nur will present an afternoon workshop, and an evening performance as part of the Storytelling Theme Semester. Queen Nur is a an alumna of Goucher's Master's in Cultural Sustainability program and currently President of the National Association of Black Storytellers. Queen sees stories as a central means of sustaining cultures and the people who participate in them, and building bridges of understanding across lines of difference.


Queen Nur: Storytellers as Community Cultural Ambassadors

Monday, February 27 at 3:00pm 

Batza Room of the Athenaeum 



Queen Nur Performance

Monday, February 27 at 7:00pm 

Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum


Karen "Queen Nur" Abdul-Malik is a nationally renown storyteller and teaching artist. Sharing her gift, she has performed in venues from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to Equity Theater on Broadway, from the National Black Storytelling Festival to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro. She has been the recipient of MidAtlantic Artist as Catalyst Grants for her work with Teens-at-Risk and Women's Shelters and the National Storytelling Brimstone Grant for her innovative community-based programs. The mother of three and grandmother of two, Queen received her Masters in Arts in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College, and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Harvard Law School. Queen has recorded 2 CDs. "Sweet Potato Pie and Such," is an IParenting Media Golden Award Winner. "Live and Storified," for teens and up, was recorded at the Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center in Camden, NJ. She is the 14th President and a Life Member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

Event made possible by the Elizabeth B. and David Allen Robertson Lectureship Fund.  



Spring 2017 - A Nursery for Militant Suffragists

"A Nursery for Militant Suffragists": The History of the Women's Suffrage Movement at Goucher College

Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm

Batza Room of the Athenaeum


February 3, 2017 marks the centennial of the College Day picket of women suffragists on the White House.  The College Day picket was one of the many pickets in front of the White House organized by the National Women’s Party to demand the right to vote for women. Despite controversy and disapproval by Goucher’s administration, thirty Goucher students participated in the picket. To commemorate this anniversary, the Goucher College Library presents a public program, “A Nursery for Militant Suffragists”: The History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement at Goucher College, to be held on Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum. The program will feature Goucher alumnae and students presenting their original research on the history of Goucher’s involvement in the women’s suffrage movement.  Their talks will highlight the role of notable alumnae and faculty in the suffrage movement as well as the college’s important role in the local and national campaigns for voting rights for women. 

Research made possible through support from Class of 1960 Rhoda M. Dorsey Archives Endowment and Brooke and Carol Peirce Undergraduate Research Endowment. Event sponsored by the Friends of the Goucher College Library.

Fall 2016 - Who was John Franklin Goucher?

Who was John Franklin Goucher?

Thursday, October 20 at 4:00pm

Batza Room of the Athenaeum


Minister, educator, devoted family man, philanthropist, statesman, and intrepid traveler. Join the Friends of the Goucher College Library and learn more about our founder as we celebrate his life and the unveiling of a new bust of John Franklin Goucher in the Athenaeum. Remarks by Marilyn Southard Warshawsky, author of the new book John Franklin Goucher Citizen of the World.

Fall 2016 - Will and Jane Exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Will & Jane Exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Tuesday, October 18 at 9:00am - 5:00pm

Folger Shakespeare Library


Friends of the Goucher College Library visit the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibit, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity

Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Transportation by chartered coach bus; door-to-door service

Depart from Dorsey Center at 9:00 a.m. Return to Dorsey Center 5:00 p.m.

Will & Jane explores the parallel afterlives of arguably the two most popular writers in the English language. As household names and literary celebrities, both Shakespeare and Austen are on a "first-name basis" with the reading public. Since the year 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, just as 2017 will mark the bicentenary of the death of Austen, this exhibit is an opportunity to consider the rise of literary celebrity in terms of 200-year cycles. The exhibit includes a dozen items from the Goucher College Henry and Alberta Hirshheimer Burke,'28 collection.

Background about the Burke Collection, Shakespeare, and Austen will be provided on the way to Washington by Juliette Wells, Associate Professor and English Department Chair, Goucher College. An internationally recognized Austen scholar, Dr. Wells is the author of Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination, and the editor and author of the introduction to Emma: 200th-Anniversary Annotated Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition).

VIP curatorial tour led by the external curators: Austen scholar Dr. Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin) and theater historian Dr. Kristina Straub (Carnegie Mellon University). and the Folger's internal curator Dr. Georgianna Ziegler, the Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian and Head of Reference at Folger Shakespeare Library, Emerita.

Proceeds from the trip will benefit The Brooke and Carol Peirce Center for Undergraduate Research in Special Collections. Seating is limited.

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