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DUQ Reads 2017: When the Emperor Was Divine: DUQ Reads Events

Welcome to our Events page for Gumberg's DUQ Reads program!

The library planned a number of events throughout the Spring 2017 semester to celebrate the campus-wide reading of When the Emperor was Divine, the library's selected book for the program. 

Brown Bag Lunch Haiku Workshop February 15, 
12 - 1:30 PM
Curriculum Center, 5th Floor Gumberg Duquesne faculty Drs. Linda Kinnahan and Faith Barrett will lead a workshop on how to effectively write a haiku, a short form of Japanese poetry. Please bring your lunch to this event. Refreshments will be provided.
Dorothea Lange Art Installation February 15 - April 15 Popular Reading Area, 4th Floor Gumberg

Lange extensively photographed the events throughout the internment of Japanese American citizens. An art installation of her photos will be on display in the library.

Brown Bag Lunch Origami Workshop February 21,
12 - 1:30 PM
Curriculum Center, 5th Floor Gumberg Sue Neff from the Origami Club of Pittsburgh will lead a demonstration on how to fold origami peace cranes. Please bring your lunch to this event. Refreshments will be provided.
Study Break:

Japanese Tea Ceremony
February 28,
2 - 3:00 PM
Popular Reading Area, 4th Floor Gumberg Join us for a study break as DUQ Reads holds a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration with Yoko Motoyama of the Pittsburgh Sakura Project
Catholic Artistic Imagination Series Book Discussion March 14,
4 - 5:30 PM
Phenomenology Center, 1st Floor Gumberg DUQ faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to participate in a book discussion over wine and cheese. This program is sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture and Gumberg Library. Please RSVP for this event to Terra Merkey via email,, or by calling ext. 1542.

Taiko Drumming
March 16,
4:30 - 6 PM
Genesius Theatre, Duquesne Campus The Big Read officially kicks-off with live musical performances of Japanese drumming by Pittsburgh Taiko and Japanese Folk Songs by adjunct Prof. Keiko Rushlander.  Free copies of Julie Otsuka's novel and authentic Japanese onigiri (rice balls) will be available.
Movie Night
March 22, 
5:30 - 7:30 PM
NiteSpot, 1st Floor Student Union Free screening of the 1976 film Farewell to Manzanar, a story based on the memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family during their imprisonment at the Manzanar concentration camp. Pizza and beverages will be provided.
Carnegie Public Library Event:

Japanese Tea Ceremony
March 25,
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Carnegie Library Main (Oakland) Learn the history and philosophy of the Japanese Tea Ceremony while tasting Japanese tea and sweets.

Julie Otsuka in PGH

March 30, 
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Student Union, 
Duquesne Campus
The author of When the Emperor was Divine, Julie Otsuka, will discuss her book and the cultural impact. Join us for discussion, Q&A, and a book signing.
Panel Presentation:

Spiritan Campus Ministry

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
April 4, 
4 - 5:30 PM
Phenomenology Center, 1st Floor Gumberg

Panelists Dr. Emad Mirmotahari, Dr. Leswin Laubscher, and Linda Donovan will discuss When the Emperor was Divine from psychological, sociological, and spiritual perspectives.

Each member of the panel will speak 15-20 minutes, followed by a Q&A. A moderator will be present to facilitate the Q&A segment.