Around the Quad
Talking in the Library for Ten Years
The “no talking” rule in Mann Library has some notable, and officially sanctioned, exceptions. Since the inaugural lecture of the Chats in the Stacks series in November 2001, when horticulture professor David Wolfe discussed Tales from the Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life (Perseus Press), Mann’s Chats in the Stacks program has featured a wide-ranging series of faculty speakers from CALS and the College of Human Ecology. The talks highlight the rich diversity of work—from new discoveries in wastewater management to bee behavior—represented around the Ag Quad.
Over the years, four to five events each semester have consistently drawn a lively audience of faculty, alumni, students, and members of the Ithaca community.
The series is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library. Established by nutrition Professor Emerita Mary Morrison in 2000, the endowment enables Mann to undertake new outreach services that realize the library’s evolving role as a dynamic community center for learning, communication, and the dissemination of knowledge.