Curator Conversation: “Points of Contact, Points of View”

White print on abstract blue background reads: Hanke Gallery Points of Contact, Points of View Asking Questions in Yale Library Special Collections
Monday, March 21, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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“Points of Contact, Points of View: Asking Questions in Yale Library Special Collections” is the inaugural exhibition in the new Hanke Exhibition Gallery, on the ground floor of Sterling Memorial Library.

At this online event, Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, will introduce the new gallery, followed by remarks from the exhibition’s curators: Nancy Kuhl, Curator of Poetry, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Library; Bill Landis, Associate Director for Public Service, Manuscripts and Archives; and Jae Rossman, Director, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS), Yale University Library. They will be joined by Michelle Light, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Director of the Beinecke Library, for conversation and Q&A with the audience.

The Hanke Exhibition Gallery was designed and built for optimal display of unique, fragile, and rare primary-source materials from Yale’s diverse collections. The gallery’s construction was made possible by the vision and generosity of Lynn Hanke, a member of the University Library Council, and her husband, Robert Hanke ’60.

The inaugural exhibition mines the library’s special collections’ complexity, depth, and diversity to reveal and explore instances of unique expression and meaningful cultural intersection. It also celebrates and enacts the dynamic research process and demonstrates the ways our collections inspire and activate questioning and critical thinking. “Points of Contact, Points of View” uncovers and lifts up many perspectives on our shared human history, introducing extraordinary voices and collections.

The exhibition uses the foundation of research—asking questions—to provide views into Yale Library’s outstanding collections and into the research processes that allow us to continually understand these collections in new ways. Organized around broad topics that are of abiding interest to researchers—cultural knowledge and ways of knowing, varieties of self-expression, direct records of experience, and the distinct but interrelated matters of injustice and forms of protest—the exhibition celebrates Yale Library’s special collections as sites of questioning and critical thinking, creativity and curiosity, activism and understanding.

The presentations will begin at 4 pm, followed by Q&A from 4:30 to 5:00 pm. The event is online, free, and open to the public with pre-registration. Register at