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Opening Reception for Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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close up of St. John's Bible illustrationJoin us on September 14 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of our Fall 2017 Archives and Special Collections exhibition, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” and the launch of the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination’s yearlong theme of “The Idea of a Catholic University in the 21st Century.”

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About the Event:

Brian Treanor will introduce the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination’s yearlong theme of “The Idea of a Catholic University in the 21st Century,” as well as the role of mystery in university education. Alison Hobbs will speak about her curated exhibition for the William H. Hannon Library’s Department of Archives and Special Collections, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination.” Reception to follow.

About the Exhibition:

The Archives and Special Collections’ Fall exhibition traces the history of the human concept of mystery, exploring our pursuit of the unexplained, from the burial rituals of ancient religions to the flourishing imagination of post-industrial fiction authors. A collection of religious tools and emblems represent the mysteries of faith, whilst early examples of New World exploration and scientific discovery consider the wonders of life on Earth. A range of ciphers, secrets and the first detective stories demonstrate innovative attempts to search for a deeper understanding of reality in a fast-changing world. Many mysteries in the exhibit have been explained, but you may leave with more questions!

The exhibition will be on display until December 15, 2017 in the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Archives and Special Collections Gallery.