Alumna Joyce Cutler-Shaw Honored for Major Contributions to the Library

Joyce Cutler Shaw pictured “In the Garden of Wild Birds and Grasses,” Walk-In Book, San Diego Central Library, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, a member of the University of California San Diego’s inaugural MFA (Master of Fine Arts) class of 1972, has received the UC San Diego Library’s Geisel Citation award for Library Philanthropy. Cutler-Shaw is the first alumna to receive the Library’s annual Geisel Citation, which is presented to active and stalwart supporters, who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of the Library.

“Over the years, Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been an avid supporter and an active participant in the life of the UC San Diego Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Her amazing and distinctive works of art have appeared in numerous Library exhibitions and artistic collaborations. Most recently, Joyce made a generous gift to the Library to establish the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archive in our Special Collections & Archives. We are pleased to award this citation to Joyce in honor of her legacy of support and as an inspiration to others in the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and transformational discovery.” Read more…

2017 Earth Month DIY Maker Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Open to the public!

The Library and the Environmental Sustainability Group is hosting a DIY Maker Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials.

Maker stations include:

  • make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • make your own button using recycled book covers
  • make your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • plant a succulent
  • watch a demonstration of a 3D Printer (wood filaments and vegetable-based plastic!)
  • Learn how to upcycle clothing like sweatshirts into projects like pet beds
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis!

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

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Film Screening: Chicano Park

Film Screening: Chicano Park
Monday, May 1, 2017
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Noon – 1:00 PM

historical picture of chicano park murals

[Chicano Park Murals, between 1964 and 2007]. Herman Baca Papers. MSS 0649. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

The theme for this year’s Cesar Chavez Celebration is United, Resistant & Unafraid!  Join us for a screening of the documentary Chicano Park. From the book Mediating History, “This documentary traces the history of the San Diego Chicano community of Logan Heights, or Barrio Logan. This is a story of artists and community organizers who resisted the encroachment of freeways and urban development which divided their community. In the 1920s, Barrio Logan was the second largest Mexican-American community on the West Coast; but the community was uprooted during the Depression, when large numbers of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were deported under US government policies intended to protect jobs for Anglos.

In the 1960s, Chicano community activists fought to build a park on a parcel of land under the freeway. Civic and cultural pride came together in an historical vision of the Southwest that traced its origins to the mythical Aztec homeland of Aztlan, located in what is now the US Southwest, and continues the settlement of the barrio in 1900. Community residents, artists and activists discuss the long process of creating Chicano Park, which was finally opened in 1970 on a freeway underpass. The park became the site for community events and expressions from cultural performances to murals.

This is a look at a community which set out to reclaim its cultural roots, land, and heritage.”

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

For questions or more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

Abrash, B., & Egan, C. (1992). Mediating history: The MAP guide to independent video by and about African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American people. New York: New York University Press.

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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.

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.

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