Friday, March 9, 2012

UniverCity Videos Collection Documents Prominent Ball State University Guests

The Ball State University Libraries are pleased to announce the creation of the UniverCity Videos digital collection now available in the Ball State Digital Media Repository.
Cornel West at Ball State, 2002

Inspired by the Chautauqua adult education movement, UniverCity refers to a series of multi-day cultural programs planned by Ball State University for the benefit of the Ball State and Muncie communities that began in 1988 and occurred again in 1990, 1992, 2000, and 2002. Events included talks and lectures given by scholars, artists, advocates, and other speakers as well as artistic performances, cultural demonstrations, and panel discussions. Themes for the five UniverCity celebrations were "An Agenda for a Living Planet," "Uncommon Ground," "Touching Home," "Time to Time," and "Celebrate Community" respectively.

This online collection contains digitized versions of video recordings held in Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Elie Wiesel at Ball State, 2000

Prominent guests whose appearances at Ball State's UniverCity are documented in this collection include Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, author and civil rights activist Cornel West, journalist Linda Ellerbee, chemist and Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann, astronaut Sally Ride, and former United States poets laureate Robert Pinsky and Billy Collins. Click here for a complete list of videos in the collection.

For more information about this collection, Ball State's UniverCity, and other archival collections, contact Ball State University Archives and Special collections at