Word of the Week: Calcify

February 9, 2016

As in: “More than once in our history we’ve seen patriotism slide into jingoism, xenophobia, the stifling of dissent; we’ve seen faith calcify into self-righteousness, closed-mindedness, and cruelty toward others” (Obama, 2006, p. 56).Book Cover: The Audacity of Hope

Obama, B. (2006). The audacity of hope.  New York: Crown Publishers.

Black History Month, February 2016

February 4, 2016

Spurred by the desire to promote the “scientific study of black life and history,”[1] African American historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson formed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915. Several years later, he decided that the Association should bear the responsibility of publicizing knowledge about black history, and in February 1926 a press release was sent out announcing “Negro History Week.” The weeklong celebration of the advances and accomplishments achieved by African Americans has since grown to encompass the entire month of February, and the annual theme set forth by the Association has been endorsed by presidential proclamation from every American president across party lines since the mid-1970s. Released last week, this year’s Presidential Proclamation for National African American History Month is available in full online.

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Book Display in the Library Reading Room

Join the Cardinal Cushing Library in celebrating the 2016 theme, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories,” by checking out the materials on display in the Reading Room. Reference Librarians have also put together a Black History Month 2016 guide, which features a walking tour of significant African American cultural sites in Boston and the United States. The executive proclamation of the month’s theme is also on display, and can be found online through ASALH. As always, the Reference Librarians are happy to assist with any research needs or questions that you may have.

[1] Daryl Michael Scott. “Origins of Black History Month.” Association for the Study of African American Life and History. http://asalh100.org/origins-of-black-history-month/

Join the Library in Celebrating Founders’ Week

January 29, 2016

Explore the book display in the Library Reading Room.


For more information about Founders’ Week, click here.

Word of the Week: Homiletics

January 25, 2016

As in: “King’s speech at the march was so powerful in part because it exposed a national audience, for the first time, to his genius as a preacher: his facility with language, his ability to transform material from different sources into set pieces that were uniquely his own, and his mastery of the art of black homiletics (Hansen, 2003, pp. 99-100).”Book Cover: The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that inspired a nation

Hansen, D. D. (2003). The dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the speech that inspired a nation.  New York: Harper Collins.

Staff Picks

January 25, 2016

Looking for a good book to read?

Then check out the 2nd floor book display to see what the Library staff recommends!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2016

January 13, 2016

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart…’”[1]

Join the Cardinal Cushing Library in remembering and celebrating the great civil rights activist and leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to the wide array of print and e-book resources available be sure to check out the following databases for more information. Please see each resource’s listing for details on search terms and filters. The Reference Librarians are always happy to assist with your searching.


Remembering Dr. King’s emphasis on service to others, Emmanuel’s Mission & Ministry and the Office of Multicultural Programs are co-sponsoring a MLK Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 23rd, at various Boston sites. If you are interested, please RSVP to Deirdre Bradley-Turner (bradleyd@emmanuel.edu) via email by Wednesday, January 20th.

[1]King, M.L. (1968). The Drum Major Instinct: A Sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta, GA: Ebenezer Baptist Church. Retrieved from: http://thekingcenter.org/archive/document/drum-major-instinct-ebenezer-baptist-church

Library Network Planned Maintenance

December 16, 2015

The FLO Library Network will be down from Saturday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 29, when the FLO data center will be moved. Please note that this means that the FLO Online Catalog and the Journal Full-Text Finder will be down.

If you are using Library resources during this time, please use the Quick Links drop down menu for resources on the Library homepage. During this time, you will not be able to use the “Find it at Emmanuel” button in your results list. If you have questions, please ask a Librarian before Dec. 23rd, when the Library closes for the holidays.


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