More than 200 people gathered at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago on October 27th to honor one of the School’s founders and his late wife by renaming the School’s library—one of the world’s largest holdings of Adlerian psychology materials—the Harold and Birdie Mosak Library.
The library’s dedication coincided with a celebration of Harold Mosak’s 90th birthday and the School’s announcement of the Campaign for the Harold and Birdie Mosak Library, a five-year initiative to raise $1 million for the library. Its holdings include one of the world’s finest archives of Adlerian psychology materials, surpassed only by Harold Mosak’s personal collection.
Joining Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman to pay tribute to the Mosaks was another School founder, Bernard Shulman. In 1952, Shulman, Harold Mosak and psychiatrist Rudolf Dreikurs co-founded the Institute of Adlerian Psychology in Chicago, today the Adler School. Shulman and Mosak serve on the School’s Board of Trustees; Mosak also continues teaching at the School.
Mosak established the library in the school’s early years—acquiring one by one the scarce works of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler, the founder of Adlerian psychology. As Crossman and Mosak described at the dedication ceremony, Mosak also recruited students to help obtain books for the fledgling library
Crossman also described Birdie Mosak’s legendary generosity to the school’s early students and endeavors, He called the Adler School library the perfect opportunity to recognize the Mosaks—as a repository of knowledge and as the concrete embodiment of their work.
Harold Mosak told the audience of two quotes by which he has lived his life. The first is architect Daniel Burnham’s famous words “Make no little plans.” The second is by the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl: “If you will it, it is no dream.”
Referring to the School’s founding and motioning to the library and school around him, Mosak said, “In 1952, three people got together and we willed it. Today, it is no dream…. Tonight, I pass this legacy on to you.”
Also paying tribute to Mosak during the dedication ceremony were Cook County Treasurer and Adler School alumna Maria Pappas, and Sarah Hudson, a doctoral student and adjunct instructor at the Adler School.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests gathered in the library to celebrate Mosak’s birthday and view a new wall unveiled by the School to recognize donors to the Campaign for the Harold and Birdie Mosak Library. To learn more about the campaign, contact the Adler School Office for Institutional Advancement at 312-662-4032 or visit adler.edu/giving.
Spanning more than 4,400 square feet and run by a staff of professional librarians and student assistants, the Harold and Birdie Mosak Library at the Adler School provides the community full use of modern academic resources for research and teaching, as well as its books, journals, electronic resources and audiovisuals complemented by an online catalog.
The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a Scholar/Practitioner model for more than 50 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers 13 graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.
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