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Invisible Child: Author Andrea Elliott campus lecture November 14

Cover art for book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City.

On November 14, award-winning author Andrea Elliott will be at Wright State University for a public lecture and discussion about her book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City. Elliot is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who focuses on the lives of people on the margins of power. Invisible Child follows a child born in a homeless shelter in New York City as she and her family navigate the education, child welfare, substance abuse/mental health, and criminal justice systems over eight years.

 Invisible Child was named the 2022 Runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-fiction. Ellis was also awarded the 2022 General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize, the 2022 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2022 Helen Bernstein Book Award, and the 2022 Gotham Book Prize for Invisible Child. Copies of the book are available for check-out at Dunbar Library, through OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Health, Education, and Human Services in partnership with the Division of Inclusive Excellence and the University Libraries. The lecture will give the students, faculty, staff, and community an opportunity to learn more about the complexity and multidisciplinary implications of the social problems rooted in poverty. Educators, students, and social and human services providers will be encouraged to rethink their roles in addressing these issues, and to take steps to engage in the community for good.

The event will be Monday, November 14 from 9:15 – 10:15 am on the 4th floor of the Dunbar Library. It is free and open to the public. Visitors to campus are encouraged to get a visitor parking pass from the booth near the Student Union, and park in Lot 12, near the CAC and Dunbar Library.

All are encouraged to bring new socks for the CHEH Student Advisory Board Sock drive, in partnership with Shoes4theShoeless.

Kristallnacht and the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center

Image of Renate Frydman, Ph.D.
Renate Frydman, Ph.D.

Join us on October 20 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for Understand, Educate, and Heal: Renate Frydman, Ph.D., and the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center. Dr. Frydman will share her story of fleeing Germany just days before Kristallnacht, and how it has shaped her lifelong focus on educating students about the Holocaust, genocide, racism, and bullying.

Dr. Frydman’s talk will be livestreamed on WSU TV, and will include a Q&A session with future teachers from the Wright State University School of Education and Leadership.

A gift from the Frydman family, the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center is housed within the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center (ERC). This nationally recognized collection of materials about the Holocaust, modern genocides, racism, and bullies/bullying includes books for the scholarly student and the K–12 classroom; curriculum guides; and non-print items such as films, audiobooks, and kits. It is one of the most extensive collections of its kind in the Midwest. Search for items in the DHRC collection in the libraries’ catalog.

Of special interest in the DHRC collection is Faces of the Holocaust, a unique series of interviews produced by the DHRC through Wright State University. These interviews include not only eyewitness accounts of Holocaust survivors, liberators, protectors of Holocaust Jews, and observers, but also stories told by their descendants. For more information, see the Faces of the Holocaust curriculum guide for teachers.

Register now for access to the livestream and event reminder.

Need Streaming Videos? Check out Films on Demand!

Over the past several years, there’s been an increasing demand for access to streaming video content for curricular purposes. We’re excited to announce that the University Libraries now have a subscription to Films on Demand, a database of curriculum-focused streaming films. We have access to content from the Master Academic, World Cinema, Nursing, and Allied Health modules.

All films in this database can be streamed at any time, on campus and remotely. The films are captioned and include transcripts. Links to films can be embedded in Pilot and shared via social media. If you don’t need to use the entire film, you can easily create custom clips for use in classes or presentations. Films on Demand also includes an option for instructors to create and embed quizzes within individual films. Additionally, instructors have the option to create your own introductory video and attach it to a playlist to introduce the content to students.

Temporary access to the database  was previously provided for 15 months through OhioLINK and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds to bridge COVID-created gaps in higher education instructional materials and library resources. This gave ample opportunity to evaluate how well the content met faculty curricular needs.

Based on the positive reviews of the content, breadth and variety of available films, and the stability of the funding model, Films on Demand will be the primary access point for streaming films provided by the University Libraries. Faculty who are interested in obtaining licenses for streaming films for titles not available from Films on Demand should contact their subject librarian to make the request. We will search for available content and work with faculty to identify alternatives as the budget allows.

Libraries team up to support Raider Food Pantry March Madness

According to the Raider Food Pantry, 48% of the students at Wright State University experience food scarcity. We can help our students by participating in their March Madness competitive food drive, which runs from March 1st – 31st.

library staff with food donation box
University Libraries staff with food for the Raider Food Pantry

Teams composed of WSU organizations and departments will compete each week to bring in the most donated food items. The University Libraries is one of those teams!

We are offering incentives to all who bring in donated items during the competition. Bring in food items for a chance to play Dunbar Plinko. The more food you bring, the more chances you have to play! Prizes include candy, fine reductions, and raffle entries to win an 8-hour reservation in 328A, our most popular quiet study room!

Bring in non-perishable food items and drop them in the collection box in the lobby of the Dunbar Library during the March Madness event. If you’d like to play Dunbar Plinko, stop by the circulation desk first and show our staff your donations.


Each week, the focus will be on a different food item:

  • Week #1 March 1-4: Breakfast foods (ex: cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, etc.)
  • Week #2 March 7-11: Microwavable/Dorm ready meals (ex: Cup of Noodles, mac n’ cheese cups)
  • Week #3 March 14-18: Pantry Essentials (cooking oil, condiments, seasonings, NO COOKWEAR)
  • Week #4 March 21-25: Pasta & Rice (plain pastas, white rice, brown rice, etc.)
  • Week #5 March 28-31: Peanut Butter, Jelly & Nutella 

Please remember, expiration dates are important – the Raider Food Pantry is unable to accept food past its expiration date.