Events Listing

Date: April 23, 2024
Time: 8:00 am Location: Linderman Library Type of event: Hybrid (Both In-person & Virtual)

The exhibit provides insight into the intriguing life of Miles Rock, who, much like today’s students, reacted to the world around, pursued an education, and subsequently a career that took him around the globe. It includes photographs and correspondence from the archive, telling first-hand the story of the life of Miles Rock, the only Lehigh student to have served in the American Civil War. The exhibit includes maps drawn by him, letters written between his family members, and examples of Miles’ work as both an astronomer and a surveyor. Artifacts are displayed in Linderman Library with selected reproductions to come in Fairchild-Martindale Library, giving visitors the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of one of Lehigh’s earliest graduates.

Miles Rock completed his engineering education at Lehigh and was hired as an instructor. One of his earliest assignments was to create a map of the Friedensville Zinc Mine. Among Miles Rock’s most significant professional accomplishments was delineating the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Lehigh Libraries acknowledges the work of History doctoral candidate Casey Kies who served as guest curator for this exhibit, as well as the gift of this remarkable collection from Christopher Grace and David Grace, great-great grandsons of Miles Rock. Through partnerships with faculty, clubs, and the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries, Lehigh Libraries Special Collections will offer a number of related programs this spring. Follow Special Collections on social media and check the LTS website for updates and details. A Friends of the Libraries talk as well as other community engagement programs are in the works for later in the semester.

The exhibit will be on display through July 12, 2024 during regular building hours and online. For more information please contact Special Collections.

Time: 4:30 pm Type of event: Virtual

Creating Your Own Archive: Research, Roots and Reclamation in Remica Bingham-Risher’s Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books, and Questions that Grew Me Up and Room Swept Home

For many of the marginalized, especially those who turn to art and research as their means of finding their place in the world, one question that looms large is: who is left out of the archive? In her memoir about cultivating a writing life and her latest book of photographs and poems re-tracing family history, Remica Bingham-Risher looks at poetry as a kind of genealogy. She will read from her work, discuss her exploration of public and private histories as well as how this work helps redefine what an artist thinks they know about their own story.

Time: 2:00 pm Location: TBD Type of event: Hybrid (Both In-person & Virtual)

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Introduction to PythonIntroduction to Importing Data in PythonObject-Oriented Programming in Python

Optional sessions include:

Optional Zoom-based help/office hours available Fridays, 2-3pm on March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19. Optional Python at Lehigh session April 26, 2-3pm (location TBD).To earn the microcredential successfully complete all DataCamp courses. Once you sign up you will receive detailed insructions.

Time: 4:30 pm Location: Whitaker Laboratory Type of event: In-person

The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to a unique celebration commemorating the life and legacy of Miles Rock, one of Lehigh's first graduates in the Class of 1869, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Whitaker Laboratory 303. Experience Rediscovering Miles Rock!

More than 120 years after his death, Rock’s great-great-grandsons, brothers Chris Grace and David Grace, donated to the Lehigh University Libraries, Special Collections his records and relics, where they will be preserved and made publicly available for research. The collection provides insight into the life of one of the first self-made Lehigh graduates and the multi-faceted engineer.

Presentation and Panel Discussion

Join us for a conversation featuring Chris Grace and David Grace, great-great grandsons of Miles Rock; Casey Kies, Ph.D. student and guest curator of the exhibit “Rediscovering Miles Rock”; and Devin Finn, Visiting Assistant Professor, International Relations. We will explore stewardship of the Miles Rock collection for over a century. Direct descendants of Miles Rock will share their perspectives on the role this larger-than-life figure played in their lives. Casey Kies will provide insight into his meticulous cataloging of the collection and curation of the exhibit “Rediscovering Miles Rock.” Professor Devin Finn, who incorporated portions of the archive and associated exhibit into her teaching, will describe student engagement with the collection and her research on state formation and extractive industry in Latin America. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Registration required

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by April 24, 2024.

Directions and parking

Directions to Whitaker Lab

Visitors may park at nearby metered spots or pay-by-plate zones. Additional parking information can be found on the Parking Services website.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.