Nerd Night #54: Back2School Backdoor Access

Nerd Night: Back2School Backdoor Access

Thursday, August 31, 2022 @ 6:00pm

How much of a museum or library do you really see when visiting its galleries/shelves? So much of the incredible work of bringing exhibits and research materials to the public happens behind the scenes. This month’s Nerd Night will take us on a journey to discover a huge range of incredible artifacts from history, art and nature and the hard work, care, and effort that goes into collecting, preserving, and storing them.
The event will be a combination of tours and talks through the incredible backdoors of UTEP’s various collections.

Tour Stops:
The UTEP Biodiversity Collections – comprises the university’s biological research collections and the Department of Biological Sciences teaching collections and is a resource for collections-related research in the biological sciences. The collection is a biological research collection with a focus on research and education. There are no permanent public displays however, the collections do cooperate with the UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens to develop and curate exhibitions related to the research being performed in the UTEP Biodiversity Collections as well as to provide specimens and information for community outreach.
The UTEP Library Special Collections – The C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department is located on the sixth floor of the library. The book collections include the Chicano Collection, the Judaica Collection, the S. L. A. Marshall Military History Collection, the Southwest and Border Studies Collection, as well as collections of art and rare books. In addition to printed sources, the department has manuscript and archival collections available. There is also an oral history collection documenting the region. The department is named after longtime English professor and historian C.L. Sonnichsen (1901 – 1991). Dr. Sonnichsen taught at UTEP for 41 years and wrote over 30 books – mainly histories of the southwestern United States.
Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – The Centennial Museum was constructed in 1936 to celebrate the anniversary of Texas’ independence, making it the oldest museum in El Paso. Permanent exhibits in the museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America. A variety of temporary exhibits address themes related to border life and culture, the Americas and the University’s history and current activities. The museum has approximately 73,000 items in its various collections that depict the cultural and natural history of the region.
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts – offers our geographically isolated region a direct experience with contemporary art of international recognition and importance. The Rubin Center serves as a learning site for students from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the surrounding community by creating opportunities for student involvement in the planning and execution of exhibitions and outreach, and through formal and informal educational opportunities for audiences of all ages.

August 31, 2022
Check in no later than 5:45pm
Tours start promptly at 6:00pm
Groups will rotate through the various collections

Check in at UTEP’s Centennial Museum
610 W. University Ave.
At the corner of University Ave. and Wiggins Rd.

Parking Info:
Parking passes will be emailed after registering for the event.

**All Nerd Night events follow current CDC guidelines. We encourage our Nerd Night guests to keep their distant from others that are not of your party. We appreciate your help in keeping our community safe and healthy.

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