Paper Takes: The Power of Uncivil Words
An exhibition of materials from the Shields Library’s Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlets collection.
Peter J. Shields Lobby
Through Spring Quarter 2012
Previously displayed in the Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center
Looking beyond the bounds of campus, this exhibition explores the ways in which intolerant views are communicated and disseminated through pamphlets. Paper Takes explores the particular rhetoric supporting race-based hatred, gender and sexuality bias, and political divisiveness to better understand the dominant discourses that frame some of our most uncivil exchanges. Displaying a selection from more than 17,000 items in the leading collection of “extreme” pamphlets in the United States, housed in Shields Special Collections, this exhibition provides historical depth to our understanding of the language of hate and intolerance, traces of which remain potent today.
The following people were instrumental in the production of this exhibit:
Graduate Research Fellow: Jessica Mayhew
Faculty Advisor: Professor Kathy Olmsted
Exhibit Design Director: Professor Tim McNeil
Exhibit Designer: Elizabeth August
Graphic Designer: Sarah Marrone
Library Support: Daryl Morrison, Head of Special Collections; John Sherlock, Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian; John Skarstad, University Archivist; Patricia Inouye, California State and Local Government Documents Librarian; Sara Gunasekara, Collections Manager; Liz Phillips, Manuscript Archivist; Jenny Hodge, Library Assistant II
(Un)Civil (Dis)Obedience at UC Davis
As part of the UC Davis Civility Project, this October 2011 theater event featured a variety of people from campus talking about identities and responses to the hate-based incidents of the 2009-10 academic year. To view the student production on YouTube see: