Exhibits at the Library

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The Transformational History of Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham

Less than a mile from Duke’s campus, the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center is the oldest mosque in North Carolina. This exhibit explores some of the dynamic and living history of Muslim African Americans in Durham and the important roles Ar-Razzaq has played over the years in our community.

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From the initial unpopularity of cigarettes in the 1870s, to the relentless work of advertisers that lured in new smokers in the 1940s, to the rise of smoking bans across the country today, this exhibit discusses the American public’s perception of cigarette smoking over the past 120 years.

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Light in Four Acts: Between Science and Poetics

Light is central to photography. This exhibit of photographs from the Rubenstein Library’s Archive of Documentary Arts showcases the range of ways various photographers have used light, from experimenting with it to utilizing it as the subject.

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Good Vibrations! A Look at the Golden Era of Electrotherapy

This exhibit explores the shocking history of electrotherapy from the mid-1800s to the 1920s. Although often dismissed as quackery by many in the medical profession at the time, early electrical therapy devices attracted a large audience eager to consume all things electric.

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Highlights from the Rubenstein Library

Check out some of our newest acquisitions and initiatives. Items on display change throughout the year.

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Previous Library Exhibits

Check out some of our past library exhibits online.

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