The Special Collections Research Center offers a variety of public programs, including exhibition receptions, lectures, mini-seminars, and workshops that aim to engage contemporary audiences with its historical collections. The Critical Connections series invites preeminent scholars to special collections for a public lecture and mini-seminar that draw upon collection materials and inspire conversation with SU students and faculty. The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Conservation combines a public lecture with a hands-on workshop. Supported by William J. (65, G' 68) and Joan (67, G' 68) Brodsky of Chicago, Illinois, the series offers programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region.