On Monday, Feb. 20, the UNLV University Libraries’ multi-year project “Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas” will culminate with the premiere of the Vegas PBS documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience.
A city unlike any other in the world, Las Vegas has captured the imaginations of writers across the globe. Writers Imagine Las Vegas: Our City in Fiction, a new exhibit from the University Libraries, highlights the various depictions of the City of Lights in fiction. Drawn from Special Collections, the novels in the exhibit showcase both the extremes and routines of Las Vegas. Priscilla Finley, humanities librarian and curator of the exhibit, shares a behind the scenes look at what she learned from this research and why this creative activity is important for getting a better understanding of how Las Vegas is depicted from a cultural standpoint.
In January, a portrait by Aaron Mayes was selected for inclusion in Photo District News (PDN) Magazine’s annual “Faces” portrait photography contest. Mayes is the curator for visual materials at UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and a former campus photographer. He helps grow the archives by creating and collecting photographs, as well as providing technical expertise with digitization efforts. Here, he tells the story behind the winning portrait.
A city unlike any other, Las Vegas has captured the imaginations of writers across the globe. The neon lights of the Strip, the growing suburban neighborhoods, the bustling casinos, the mountains and Lake Mead, and the boxing arenas and entertainment venues have all served as inspiration for writers attempting to capture the spirit of Las Vegas in fiction. A new exhibit, Writers Imagine Las Vegas: Our City in Fiction, features a collection of more than 75 fiction books set in the City of Lights. Drawn from materials in Special Collections, the exhibit is on display at Lied Library on the UNLV campus through June 2017.
Did you know that you can win up to $1,000 for your excellent research project? The University Libraries Lance & Elena Calvert Undergraduate Research Award recognizes students for excellence in research and the research process. Work completed for UNLV credit courses taken during summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017 is eligible. Research projects in all formats are welcome, including research papers and posters, design projects/portfolios, fine arts performances, and creative works in any medium.