Charm School

Ill-Mannered Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor

betty boop image This exhibition takes the reader on a quirky tour of the world of etiquette in our “civilized society.” In an age when politicians and pundits freely express their vulgar behavior in public, is bad behavior just something the rest of us are forced to endure? Or can we really maintain a civil society by curbing rudeness and employing a civil demeanor? It is refreshing to note that the demise of a well-behaved society has been the subject of discourse and predictions for well over 600 years. Society has suffered through more ups and downs in mangled manners and frightened horses, but just when we think we’re all headed to hell in a handbasket, a new etiquette book arrives to save us from ourselves. The books and materials on display demonstrate the height of incivility and a mirror reflecting the need for a little etiquette training, but are mainly a showcase of amusing selections drawn from the Schmulowitz Collection.

Exhibition: From April 1 through June 5, 2008, Main Library, Sixth Floor, Skylight Gallery

Related Exhibitions: When in Rome…Travel Etiquette - An exhibition of a droll selection of books from the world of travel and manners. From April 1 through May 31, 2008, Main Library, Third Floor, General Collections and Humanities Center;
It’s a Spoon, Not a Shovel- Features a humorous look at manners and etiquette for children. From April 1 through May 31, 2008, Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center
Children's Reading List
Related Program: Crooked Correspondence: A Beginner’s Primer, Wednesday, April 23, 2008, Main Library, Lower Level, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 6–7:30 p.m., 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

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