The Handmaid's Tale: an exhibit at Moffitt Library

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 5 – December 31, 2018 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd Floor near Elevators


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is simultaneously a classic and THE novel of our current times, as well as being the inspiration for one of the most talked-about must-watch television shows of the moment. This makes the book the perfect choice for the 2018 campus common reading program, On the Same Page. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

The new exhibit on the 3rd floor of Moffitt Library explores the books’ themes and antecedents. On exhibit are library materials and quotes that demonstrate that not only were we wrong to say “it can’t happen here” - it has already happened, all over the world. Atwood drew on her experiences living in Berlin (while the Berlin Wall was still in place), and her knowledge of the Argentinian “children of the disappeared,” Puritan oppression, the Underground Railroad, book burnings and enforced illiteracy, Nazi racial purity programs, and “the use of religion as a front for tyranny.” Clips from the hit show based on the novel are also on display, to better populate your dystopian nightmares. And remember: Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum!

 Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 UC Berkeley ID required for entrance to Moffitt Library.