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Paper Takes: The Power of Uncivil Words

Shields Library (Lobby - Entrance)

March 9, 2012 - June 14, 2012

An exhibition of materials from the Walter Goldwater Radical Pamphlets collection

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.

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Exhibit Credit

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: