Library to Host National Traveling
Exhibition: 'Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend'

Lehman College's Leonard Lief Library will host the traveling exhibition 'Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend'(August 23 to October 6), which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Lehman was the only New York State venue chosen to host this exhibition, which has visited close to 40 public and academic libraries nation-wide. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Based on a 2003 exhibition at the Newberry Library of Chicago, 'Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend'features photo reproductions of items such as Elizabeth's Great Seal, a 40 foot drawing of her funeral procession, letters and speeches in Elizabeth's own hand, a 1587 drawing of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, and more than 100 books, manuscripts, maps, letters, paintings and artifacts. Numerous portraits dating from Elizabeth's early reign to her last days on the throne will also be featured.

"We felt that the exhibition would stimulate interest in the legacy of Queen Elizabeth I and the historical and cultural forces shaping her times," says Professor Janet Munch, Special Collections librarian. "We also hope the program will generate discussion on leadership and power, especially as reflected in Elizabeth I's 45-year reign (1558-1603)."

The Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies organized this national traveling exhibition, in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities, the Vance Family Fund and the University of Illinois at Chicago also provided major support.

Gallery Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 noon-6 p.m. A schedule of events follows. For directions, please visit

Thursday, September 7
Opening reception: Library Cyber Caf? 3-4 p.m.
East Dining Room, Music Building 4-5:30 p.m.
lecture sponsored by the English Department
Professor Richard McCoy, CUNY Graduate Center
"Elizabeth I's Afterlife and the Rights of Memory"

Thursday, September 14
Library Atrium 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
lecture sponsored by Department of African & African-American Studies
Professor Kim Hall, Fordham University
"Representations of Africans in Early Modern England"

Monday, September 18
Black Box Theatre 11 a. m.-12:30 p.m.
lecture & demonstration sponsored by the Journalism, Communications and Theatre Department
Professor Susan Soetaert, Lehman College, CUNY
"Looking at Elizabethan Fashion and Costumes"

Tuesday, September 19
East Dining Room 6-8:30 p.m.
panel discussion sponsored by Women's Studies Program
"Women's Political Leadership: Then and Now"
Professor Jean Howard, Columbia University,
"Elizabeth and the Political Problems of Female Rule"

Wednesday, September 27
Library Atrium 7-9 p.m.
lecture sponsored by the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies
Professor Clare Carroll, Queens College, CUNY
"Brothers and Mothers: The Irish as England's Most Intimate and Threatening Others"

Thursday, September 28
Black Box Theatre 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
music & lecture sponsored by the City & Humanities Program
New York Polyphony, "Elizabeth's Triumphs"

Friday, October 6
Music Recital Hall, 3rd Floor, Music Building
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
performance & lecture sponsored by the Music Department
Musicians In Ordinary, "Elizabethan Song and Poetry"