The University and the Universe: A Black Feminist Archive of the Possible

Alexis Gumbs

The University and the Universe:
A Black Feminist Archive of the Possible
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
RSVP:  ucsd.libcal.com/event/3233074

Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs will offer an interactive training for students, staff and community members interested in connecting their global passions to their daily lives within the structure of the university.  Using writing, listening, and small and large group activities, we will explore self, space, power, and purpose.

Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble-maker and a black feminist love evangelist. She walks in the legacy of black lady school teachers in post slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free in exchange for the random necessities of life. As the first person to do archival research in the papers of Audre Lorde, June Jordan and Lucille Clifton while achieving her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. She believes that in the time we live in, access to the intersectional holistic brilliance of the black feminist tradition is as crucial as learning how to read.

This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lia Friedman at lgfriedman@ucsd.edu.

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National Film Screening of “1984”

On April 4, 2017, more than 160 independent movie theaters in 148 cities across 42 states will collectively participate in a screening of the 80’s movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Join us at the UC San Diego Library in the Seuss Room from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for this special event.

The date of April 4th is significant to Orwell’s protagonist, Winston Smith, as it marks the beginning of his rebellion against Big Brother by writing in a forbidden diary. Smith (played by the late John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

To view a full list of participating cinemas, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

Firefly Smart Mirror – Student Startup Supported by DML

A few months back we lent our 3D printers and expertise to a group of students working on a smart mirror design. It’s just now hit Kickstarter and looks pretty cool.

If you’re a UCSD student and have a startup idea, check out the Digital  Media Lab. We can help you create prototypes and media free of charge.

Contact us at dmltech@ucsd.edu for questions

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Breaking Habits: A Discussion with Professor Christina Gremel

Habits serve a purpose. We often establish habits, like a morning routine, to make life quicker and more efficient. But what happens in your brain when you switch from habit to deliberate action? And what happens when you are unable to make that switch? Join us as we explore these questions and more with Professor Christina Gremel:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Biomedical Library, Events Room

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego, Christina Gremel has been studying the mechanisms controlling how the brain “breaks habits” for 13 years. She will discuss her work on how habits are created, how people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction have a hard time “breaking habits,”and how to change the brain’s balance between habits and goal-directed actions.

This free event is open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Gears up for Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on March 2

At the University of California San Diego, plans are underway for one of the campus’s favorite traditions—the annual birthday party held on March 2 for beloved author, artist, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This year marks the author’s 113th birthday, a celebration that coincides with national Read Across America Day.

Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to attend the noontime celebration on Thursday, March 2, to be held in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will host the birthday festivities, which will include cake, as well as a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson.  In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view through March 24 in Geisel Library. Read more…

FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute to Launch at UC San Diego

FORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship) — a global community of researchers, students, librarians, publishers, funders and scholars interested in the future of scholarship — is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute, which will take place at the University of California, San Diego (FSCI@UCSD) from July 30 through Aug. 4, 2017.

FSCI@UCSD is a week-long program that offers participants training, networking and skills development in new modes of research communication.

The UC San Diego Library is hosting the event at the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego campus.

“The research community lacks a forum for coordinated access to training, skills development, and expert knowledge on new modes of research communication,” says Cameron Neylon, President of Force 11, “even as funders are mandating change and the wider world has embraced new forms of communication.” Read more…

Data & GIS Lab Open House

The UC San Diego community is invited to the Library’s newly upgraded Data & GIS Lab in Geisel Library.

Wednesday, March 1

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Geisel Library (Main Floor, West Wing)

Come see the newly upgraded Lab and find out how our experts can support your research. Light refreshments will be served!

The newly upgraded Lab offers:

  • A place to get help from consultants with expertise in GIS and data science
  • An interactive studio for supporting data intensive academic work
  • A flexible space for individual work or small group collaboration
  • A space with high powered computing resources that provide access to statistical and geospatial software, and much more!

The Open House will also include the following Data & GIS Research demonstrations from Library Experts:

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Bash deom by Reid Otsuji
2:20pm – 2:35pm  Markdown & Literate Programming demo by Tim Dennis
2:50pm – 3:05pm  GIS demo by Adi Ranganath
3:10pm – 3:25pm  Twitter Analysis demo by Soomin Lee

For more information, please contact data-consult@ucsd.edu or visit, lib.ucsd.edu/lab.

Celebrated Author Ann Patchett to Speak at 2017 Dinner in the Library

Ann Patchett, the author of seven highly acclaimed novels as well as three books of nonfiction and numerous short stories and essays, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Dinner in the Library event, to be held on Friday, September 8, in Geisel Library.

A champion of literary culture as well as an award-winning author, Patchett is also a voracious reader who owns Parnassus Books, a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender. She opened Parnassus Books in 2011 with her business partner Karen Hayes, declaring, after the last of Nashville’s bookstores closed, “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” Since then, she has become a strong advocate for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores on NPR, The Colbert Report , Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, The Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show, among others. Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, for her efforts on behalf of the literary community. Read more…

University Librarian Helps Guide Efforts to Preserve Digitized Buddhist Art in China’s Mogao Caves

Last fall, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender co-chaired an international meeting of librarians and other preservation specialists to advise the Dunhuang Research Academy on preserving thousands of still and moving images of Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves, in Dunhuang in the Gansu province in northwest China.

Neville Agnew_MogaoCavesEntrance

The nine-story temple (Cave 96) houses a colossal Tang dynasty Buddha statue (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

 

The Mogao Caves, which are located at a strategic point along the Silk Route, were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The caves comprise 492 temples, featuring some of the finest examples of Buddhist art, spanning some 1,000 years.

Detail of a wall painting at the Mogao Grottoes (photo credit: Francesca Piqué)

Schottlaender and colleagues from the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, National Taiwan University, and other prominent institutions, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy to the two-day meeting, to begin consulting on a monumental project called Digital Dunhuang.

The Digital Dunhuang initiative was formed with the long-term goal of digitizing the images of the 492 caves and their cultural resources, including 3-D imaging of murals and sculptures, and the development of long-term strategies for managing and preserving these digital resources. Committee members received a three-year appointment from Wang Xudong, director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, and have prepared and submitted a set of recommendations for future activities in three key areas: digital ass et management, digital resource integration, and digital preservation.

Conservators at work in Cave 85 of the Mogao caves (photo credit: Neville Agnew)

Schottlaender’s co-chair at the International Consultative Committee is Professor Pan Yunhe, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In addition to the aforementioned participants, other members of the 40-member visiting team include representatives the University of Hong Kong, Microsoft Research Asia, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Peking University, Jawaharlal Nehru University Library, the National Museum in New Delhi, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University, and the University of Science and Technology of China.

Library Supporters Give Boost to Geisel Revitalization Efforts

Jeanne Jones

Jeanne Jones

The Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), aimed at renovating and updating the interior spaces of the university’s most iconic building, recently received a generous boost from Library supporters Jeanne Jones and Margaret “Maggie” Seeley.

Launched in 2015 with a lead gift from Audrey Geisel, the GLRI will transform and revitalize significant areas of Geisel Library’s most used floors—the 1st and 2nd and 8th floors. Plans are underway to transform these areas into modern, technology-rich spaces that support and advance research, teaching, and learning activities, and philanthropic funding is needed to help make them a reality. Because of the significance of the initiative to the campus, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has provided a generous $1 million matching challenge grant to encourage participation.

“We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from stalwart supporters like Jeanne Jones and Maggie Seeley,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “Jeanne has been a longtime supporter of the university and the Library, and will be the Library’s representative on the International Leadership Committee for the upcoming Campaign for UC San Diego. Maggie is an alumna and has been a great supporter of our collections over the years. We thank them for their gifts, and hope their gifts encourage others to come forward to support the campus’ flagship building and the students and scholars who depend on us.” Read more…

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