2014 Exhibits

And there’s the humor of it: Shakespeare and the four humors

November 24, 2014 to January 2, 2015
3rd floor Gallery, Health Sciences Library
Explore the exhibit online

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age -- that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humors -- blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm. These four humors were understood to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personality, as well.

The language of the four humors pervades Shakespeare's plays and their influence is felt above all in a belief that emotional states are physically determined. Carried by the bloodstream, the four humors bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies. Curator Gail Kern Paster explains “The four humors were an early typology for human personality. Shakespeare uses them, even as he transcends them, to create the vivid characters whose emotions continue to fascinate and delight us.”

In addition to the panels from the National Library of Medicine, the Health Sciences Library will also be displaying the following in the Gallery:

  • Artifacts related to bleeding – In the Elizabethan world, blood was seen as having great power.  Bleeding was used to treat inflammation, fever, and all sorts of diseases and injuries.  View lancets and other  artifacts related to bleeding.
  • Browse some of Shakespeare’s works – Copies of The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and The Taming of the Shrew will be available.  Take a quick break from studying to read some Shakespeare!
  • Take a selfie – With Shakespeare or with a Shakespeare quote.  Be sure to use our hashtags – #CUHSLFourHumors #CUHSLibrary

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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. This exhibition presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. Listen to them and consider the ever-changing relationship between science and society.


On Exhibit

August 4 to September 13, 2014
Gallery, 3rd floor
Health Sciences Library

Opening Event

August 7, 2014, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Documentary screening: How to Survive a Plague
Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities

Surviving & Thriving

Explore the Exhibition and See the Digital Gallery

Explore the Exhibition and See the Digital Gallery


Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine is a six-banner traveling exhibition that looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

Opening Event

Presentation by Terri L. S. Gentry, Volunteer Docent at the Black American West Museum
12:00 noon on June 13, 2014
Reading Room, 3rd floor, Health Sciences Library

On Exhibit

June 9 to July 19, 2014
Gallery, 3rd floor, Health Sciences Library

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries


This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with research assistance from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Explore the exhibition on the National Library of Medicine's website
View educational resources provided by the National Library of Medicine



Holding Mother Earth Sacred

On exhibit: April 1 to June 8, 2014 in the Third Floor Gallery

A photojournalism exhibit about North American tribal communities developing energy resources while maintaining their traditions

Developing Energy Resources, Creating Sustainable Jobs, Honoring Indigenous Beliefs
This collaborative effort between Earl Dotter, Cindy Becnel, and four tribal communities illustrates the valuable contributions made by these sovereign nations in energy resource development (conventional, renewable, alternative), job creation and worker safety. It also honors tribal beliefs and initiatives that guide those communities towards tribal sustainability while "Holding Mother Earth Sacred." The exhibit concept and Interviews were created by Cindy A. Becnel.

Organized by the Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health

Earl Dotter, Photojournalist

Holding Mother Earth Sacred - Earl Dotter, Photojournalist



Honoring the Memory of Ludlow: 100 Years Later

On April 20, 1914, at Ludlow, Colorado, members of the Colorado National Guard  and representatives of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company opened machine gun fire on a camp of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families. Between 19 and 25 people died in the fighting. The Ludlow Massacre remains one of the most significant events in US Labor History.

Organized by the Center for Worker Health and Environment, Colorado School of Public Health

Honoring the Memory of Ludlow: 100 Years Later 



Corky Lee Exhibit - Eyewitness to Asian American Activism


On Exhibit 

March 5 - 27, 2014
Gallery, Third Floor, Health Sciences Library
CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Interactive Lecture

Thursday, March 6, 2014
11:00am - 12:15pm 
Tivoli Multicultural Lounge, CU Denver

Presentation and Gallery Reception

Friday, March 7, 2014
4:00 - 6:00pm 
Reading Room and Gallery, Third Floor
Health Sciences Library, CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Open to the public

Questions, contact Soyon Bueno
Program Director, CU Denver Asian American Student Services
soyon.bueno@ucdenver.edu or 303-556-6209


Not on the Menu: Corky Lee's Life and Work from Junru Huang on Vimeo  

Corky Lee Exhibit



Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

February 3-28, 2014  |  Reading Room, Third Floor

Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

Come relive the mythical carefree days of childhood through Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Mark Twain’s classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyerand The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, kindly donated to the University of Colorado by Dr. and Mrs. David R. Gillingham (M.D. – 1963) in memory of Dr. Robert W. Hendee (M.D. – 1961). 

Poignant Humorists: Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell
Lecture by Dr. Pamela Laird, Chair of CU Denver's History Department: 

To celebrate this generous gift, the Health Sciences Library hosted a lecture on February 13th with Dr. Pamela Laird, wherein she examined these two geniuses.

What a great combination! Norman Rockwell illustrating Mark Twain’s boy legends—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fun, mischief, danger, and good intentions that sometimes go awry. . . .

Flipagram slideshow - Poignant Humorists

Yet, the countless pleasures and insights that these two American humorists have brought us for generations belie the tensions that too often lay behind their pictures and words. Both Twain and Rockwell struggled with defining their personal goals and professional identities in ways that their art sometimes
reveals and sometimes hides.

Dr. Pamela Laird, Professor and Chair of CU Denver’s History Department, will explore both the pleasure and the poignancy that this wonderful print collection brings to us from two of America’s most beloved storytellers.

Blog post

Flipagram slideshow

For more information about the exhibit or programming, please contact Brittany Heer (brittany.heer@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2148).  

Pinterest board

Pinterest - Poignant Humorists