Event and Exhibit | Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts


UnicornFound-poster_webOn Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 4 – 5:30 p.m., the John Hay Library will host a faculty colloquium entitled Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts. Part of the larger Unicorns in Residence: Providence initiative, the colloquium will feature a panel discussion with Brown professors from different disciplines engaging in scholarly inquiry into the unicorn legend. The colloquium also launches the opening of an exhibit of the same name. A reception will follow the colloquium. This event is free and open to the public.

Brown professors participating in the colloquium:

  • Johanna Hanink, Robert Gale Noyes Assistant Professor of Humanities, Classics Department
  • Any Remensnyder, History Department
  • Felipe Rojas Silva, Assistant Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World, Assistant Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

The Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts exhibit will be on display in the lobby cases and Willis Reading Room cases of the John Hay Library from March 11 – July 31, 2015. The exhibit will feature unicorn-related artifacts, objects, images, and text from the specialized collections of the Brown University Library, the Fleet Library at RISD, the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, the Providence Public Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.

A fun and educational exploration of the unicorn from ancient to modern times, the Unicorn Found exhibit traces the history of how unicorns have been represented, exploring the myth and manifestation of the mysterious creature within different historical and cultural contexts. Exhibit artifacts depict the transforming imagery of the unicorn, from initial investigations into its existence, to modern design motifs.

Members of the public can visit the exhibit at the Hay during the library’s open hours, found here.

Unicorns In Residence: Providence

Unicorn Found: Science, Literature, and the Arts colloquium and exhibit are part of a larger community building project happing throughout the city of Providence. For more information on this exciting initiative, please visit the website at http://www.unicornsinresidence.com/


Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m., reception immediately following
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence


Date: March 11 – July 31, 2015
Time: John Hay Library open hours
Location: Lobby and Willis Reading Room Cases, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence