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Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly
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."

 
2019-2020 Season
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Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro

Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Time: 6:00p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

What makes a person a person? What combination of heredity and environment, nature and nurture, shapes our lives and forms our identity? After a lifetime spent writing fiction and memoir about the corrosive power of secrets within families, Dani Shapiro stumbled upon a massive family secret of her own: her beloved father was not her father. As she writes in Inheritance: “I always knew there was a secret. What I didn’t know: the secret was me.” This lecture delves into Shapiro’s own detective story as she discovers a radically different truth than the one she had known, and shines a spotlight on the complex, ethical ramifications of this moment in history, during which science and technology have outpaced the human heart's capacity to contend with what we may discover.

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.

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Daniel Kimmel
Daniel M. Kimmel

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 7:00p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, creating the iconic concept, and incidentally creating modern science fiction. In 1935, Elsa Lanchester married the monster.

And now, Daniel M. Kimmel ’77 updates the myth, and tells the tale from the point of view of the most important character: the Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.

This is not Ms. Shelley’s monster, but a dazzling urbanite, literate and thoughtful… and Jewish?

Film critic and 2018 Skylark Award (formally known as the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction) winner Daniel M. Kimmel ‘77 will speak about science fiction, his creative process, and his latest work, “Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.”

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.

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Lauren Haley
Lauren Haley

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Time: 6:00p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Lauren Alexandra Haley is a violinist, pedagogy expert, and the author of Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music. 

 In redefining motivation as the learned rush of joy from conquering challenges, and talent as the sum of current skills that makes learning new ones easier, Haley reframes the way parents and educators understand the power of music education. With an emphasis on communication, Kids Aren’t Lazy empowers families and teachers with breakthrough strategies for fostering musical proficiency and cultivating healthy behavioral patterns in all areas of study. 

A violin performance graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Haley is the founder of Lauren Haley Studios, which enrolls 50 young musicians and their families in Houston, TX.

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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Emily Bernard
Emily Bernard

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 6:00p.m.
Location: Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

As a graduate student, Emily Bernard was the victim of a random stabbing in a New Haven café. In this powerful lecture, she shares the story of her journey to ultimately make sense of this bizarre act of violence, including what it taught her about American race relations, the difference between a situation and a story, and the relationship between resilience, writing, and healing. Her latest book, Black is the Body, consists of 13 powerful essays conceived while Bernard was hospitalized after the stabbing.

Emily Bernard was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. She is the Julian Lindsay Green & Good Professor of English at the University of Vermont.

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.

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