When people think of holidays in November, the first that comes to mind is Thanksgiving. The First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 after a successful harvest of crops. However, what is often dismissed at this time of year, where we celebrate the harvest that allowed the Pilgrims to continue to grow, is that there were people here before the Mayflower arrived. November is Native American Heritage Month. Indigenous people have inhabited North America for thousands of years. Just as Columbus Day is now widely known as Indigenous People’s Day, November should serve as a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people in addition to the Thanksgiving holiday. I also urge you to remember that the land we walk on, where we study, and where we go to sleep wasn’t always ours, and it wasn’t peacefully gifted over. The city of Orange, where Chapman University resides, was historically inhabited by the Tongva people. This land was theirs.
The Leatherby Libraries is pleased to reinstate access to the Oxford English Dictionary after receiving many requests and a lot of feedback from passionate Chapman faculty and students. Unlike many other dictionaries, which only provide current definitions of words, the Oxford English Dictionary is an important tool for tracing the origin and history of words
The Leatherby Libraries Hall of Art, on the first floor of the library, has a brand-new exhibit up showcasing an interesting part of Chapman’s history – the architecture. Read exhibit curators Annie Tang and John Encarnacion’s write-up of the exhibit below, and come on by to check it out! Allison & Allison – Architectural Firm