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About Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly 

 

In a wonderful millennium gift, Life Trustee Andrew H. Neilly and his wife, Janet, established a named, endowed library position at the University of Rochester with a $1 million gift. The Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries Endowment is used by the dean to support library programs designed to contribute to the intellectual life of the University and to enhance the libraries' collections related to academic initiatives. With this purpose, the Neilly Series was established in 2001.

The libraries have been the focus of Andy Neilly's interest at the University for many years. During the University's Campaign for the '90s, Andy and his co-chair and good friend, Jack Keil, raised several million dollars in support of the libraries. 

A graduate of the Class of 1947, Andy had a distinguished career in the field of publishing, serving as president, CEO, and vice chairman of the board of John Wiley & Sons in New York City before his retirement in 1995. Both he and Janet grew up in Rochester. Janet attended William Smith College and Northwestern University. She is a founder of Connecticut Hospice.

Andy has noted on many occasions, "The library is the key to the University. It is the center for everything else that happens here."

 

 

2018-2019

 

 
Aubrey Anable

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 6:00p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Aubrey Anable applies affect theory to game studies, arguing that video games let us “rehearse” feelings, states, and emotions that give new tones and textures to our everyday lives and interactions with digital devices. Rather than seeing video games as an escape from reality, Anable demonstrates how they have been intimately tied to our emotional landscape since digital computers emerged.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call 585-275-4461.

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowments and the River Campus Libraries.

 

 

Jeffrey Allen Tucker

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 5:30p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

 

One of the most prolific African American authors of his time, John A. Williams (1925–2015) made his mark as a journalist, educator, and writer. Conversations with John A. Williams collects twenty-three interviews with the three-time winner of the American Book Award, beginning with a discussion in 1969 of his early works and ending with a previously unpublished interview from 2005. Gathered from print periodicals as well as radio and television programs, these interviews address a range of topics, including anti-black violence, Williams’s WWII naval service, race and publishing, Martin Luther King Jr., growing up in Syracuse, traveling in Africa and Europe, and his reputation as an angry black writer.

Associate Professor in the Department of English Jeffrey Allen Tucker will discuss the process of editing this volume, which included conducting face-to-face interviews with the author and archival research in the River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books Special Collections and Preservation.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call 585-275-4461.

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowments and the River Campus Libraries.

 

 
Dubravka Ugresic

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

 

Dubravka Ugresic is an Amsterdam-based author who has established herself as one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. Her writing presents a rare combination of irony, polemic, and compassion and ranges from postmodern experimentalism to political criticism.
 

Born in the former Yugoslavia, her work often discusses the collapse of her country, the political turmoil that ensued, and her experience as an exile.
 

After graduating with a degree in Comparative and Russian Literature from the University of Zagreb, Ugresic worked at the university’s Institute for Theory of Literature, pursuing parallel careers as both a writer and as a scholar.
 

In 1991, when war broke out in the former Yugoslavia, Ugresic took a firm anti-war stance, critically dissecting retrograde Croatian and Serbian nationalism and in the process became a target for nationalist journalists, politicians, and fellow writers. Subjected to prolonged public ostracism and persistent media harassment, she left Croatia in 1993.
 

Ugresic’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She has taught at a number of American and European universities, including Harvard, UCLA, Columbia and the Free University of Berlin. She is the winner of several major literary prizes, including the 2016 Vilenica Prize and Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
 

Her talk will focus on political resistance and how it affected her writing and shaped her work.
 

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call 585-275-4461.
 

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment, Open Letter Press, and the River Campus Libraries.

 

 
David Kwong

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

 

David Kwong is a magician, crossword puzzle constructor, producer, and author.

He routinely creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and was a TED featured speaker.

Kwong serves as one of the producers of Deception, ABC's action crime drama about a magician that joins the FBI, and has been involved in other TV shows such as Now You See Me, NBC's Blindspot, The Magnificent Seven, and the movies Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and The Imitation Game.

His book, Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success, was published in 2017.

In his lecture, he will use magic to discuss perception, misdirection, and the science of fooling one’s brain.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserved parking is available in the Library Lot. For more information, call 585-275-4461.
 

Sponsored by Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowment and the River Campus Libraries.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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