3D CAVEkiosk Now Open in Geisel Library

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Travel to at-risk cultural heritage sites around the world and explore them in virtual reality at Geisel Library’s new 3D CAVEkiosk. The life-size kiosk, located in the East Commons on the main floor, is now open to the campus community and the public at large during Library open hours through November 2017. 3-D glasses and a controller are available near the TV screens. Personnel at the nearby East Commons Desk and Digital Media Lab are available to assist with your interaction of the kiosk technology if needed. Click here to learn more about the one-of-a-kind, large-scale 3-D immersive environment.

New 3-D CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego Brings Cyber-Archaeology to Geisel

The University of California San Diego’s iconic, futuristic spaceship of a building, Geisel Library, will unveil its first virtual-reality 3-D display system during a public reception on Monday, November 7 from 10 am to noon. The life-size CAVEkiosk will be open to the campus community and the public at large, but it will also allow researchers to analyze and visualize 3-D data from at-risk archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, Greece, Morocco and Cyprus. Ongoing hours of operation can be found here.

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An ancient cultural heritage site in the Egyptian city of Luxor as seen on the CAVEkiosk virtual-reality system.

The Geisel Library kiosk is one of four kiosks planned for University of California campuses at San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Merced. All are partners in a UC collaboration led by UC San Diego archaeologist Thomas E. Levy, a professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Qualcomm Institute’s Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS).

The At-Risk Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities project, funded by a UC President’s Research Catalyst Award, leverages a 10-100 Gigabits-per-second network—the National Science Foundation-funded Pacific Research Platform (PRP)—to harness and preserve “big data” to ensure that endangered cultural heritage resources are preserved and safeguarded.

“We have just completed the first year of our Catalyst grant,” said Levy. “The installation of the 3-D CAVEkiosk in UC San Diego’s Geisel Library marks the completion of a major research goal of the project, so our team is very excited about that. In addition to catalyzing cyber-archaeology work and providing virtual reality-equipped network bandwidth with which UC scholars can collaborate, share, store and visualize at-risk cultural heritage data, members of the campus communities and visitors to the kiosks can “travel” to cultural heritage sites and explore them as if they were there.” Read more…

Rare Film from UC San Diego’s First Visit to China to be Screened Nov. 1

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Chancellor William McElroy (left) during UC San Diego’s inaugural trip to China in 1979.

In the fall of 1979, just a few months after the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, the Chinese Ministry of Education invited the UC San Diego leadership for an official visit to hash out an agreement to enable the exchange of scholars and students between UC San Diego and Chinese universities.

The UC San Diego delegation, led by then Chancellor William McElroy, included a number of internationally prominent scientists, as well as Paul Pickowicz, an assistant professor of History and director of the university’s fledgling Chinese Studies Program. By all accounts, the visit was a clear success, laying the groundwork for many years of successive partnerships and exchanges between UC San Diego and Chinese universities and cultural institutions.

Earlier this year, and some 37 years later, Pickowicz—now a professor of History in the Division of Arts & Humanities and one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on modern Chinese history—discovered a rare and all but forgotten 23-minute, 16 mm film documenting that inaugural visit, hidden away in his research archives. The choppy but fascinating film, was salvaged and restored—with color and sound—and transferred to a user-friendly DVD format by UC San Diego Library staff. The film was made by the Huazhong Institute of Technology in Wuhan, China, and was given to the university delegation as a gift.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the UC San Diego Library and the School of Global Policy and Strategy’s 21st Century China Center, will sponsor a public event featuring Pickowicz and the historic film screening. In addition, a panel discussion will be held with several faculty members who attended the 1979 China trip, including: Gay Lin, Lily Lin, Manuel Rotenberg, and David Wong. The 1979 film screening will be followed by a short film touching on the highlights of UC San Diego’s many collaborations with Chinese universities and cultural institutions over the last few decades. Read more…

Gift to Library Honors Legacy of Late Holocaust Survivor, Lou Dunst

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Lou Dunst

Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger and resentment after his horrific experiences during World War II.  He had been left for dead in the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria when United States troops broke through the gates with a military tank. Soon after his liberation and recovery, Dunst made a conscious decision to turn the hate, violence and inhumanity that he had witnessed into feelings of peace, compassion and love.

Over the years, with prompting from his wife, Estelle, Dunst began sharing his story with others. By the time of his death in 2015, at the age of 89, the businessman and educator had spoken to thousands—from schoolchildren and community members to dignitaries and judges—sharing his philosophy of love and compassion to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happened again.

In honor of Dunst’s legacy of education and tolerance, Estelle Dunst has made a gift to the University of California San Diego, through the Lou Dunst Trust, in support of the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint program hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the campus’ Jewish Studies Program. The gift establishes the Lou Dunst Memorial Endowment, which will provide funding for the annual Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture.  The Dunst Lecture will be held as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop annual lecture series, in which Dunst had been a frequent participant. The workshop was established to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and to engage the community in thoughtful considerations of events surrounding the Holocaust and their continued relevance in the world today. Read more…

The UC San Diego Library Pays Tribute to Visual Arts @ 50

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Founding faculty member Harold Cohen created AARON, the first computer program designed to produce art.

The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:

“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”

October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Program & Reception: November 4 3-5 pm Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art. Read more…

UC San Diego China Partnerships: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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This event will begin at 5:00 pm with a film screening followed by remembrances from the original 1979 delegation, concluding with a look at the university’s recent collaborations with Chinese universities. A question and answer session and light refreshments to follow.

Paul Pickowicz is one of the country’s leading historians of modern China with 15 books to his credit. A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives. His book “Chinese Village, Socialist State” (co-authored with Edward Friedman and Mark Selden) was called “by far the best book on the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on peasant life” by The New York Review of Books. Read his full bio.

This event is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, 21st Century China Center and UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information contact Sam Tsoi at stsoi@ucsd.edu.

“Holocaust and the Burden of History” is Focus of 2016-17 HLHW Series

burden-of-history The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego kicks off a year-long series of educational events with two compelling programs this fall, underscoring this year’s theme “Holocaust and the Burden of History.” The 2016-17 workshop events will approach the Holocaust from various angles to shed light on lesser-known aspects of the atrocities committed, such as the transgenerational transmission of trauma. The series, now in its ninth year of programming, is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear from local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars as they share their personal stories and memories. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions as noted.

October 5—The Power of One: The Holocaust in Bulgaria with Aaron Cohen
The Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture
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The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 5, featuring Aaron Cohen, a Jewish Holocaust survivor born in Bulgaria in 1929. Bulgaria officially joined the Axis powers on March 1, 1941 and the stage seemed set for the deportation of the local Jewish community. Thanks to the intervention of King Boris who refused to give in to the pressure of his German allies, thousands of Jews miraculously survived. Among them was Aaron Cohen. Read more…

Springer & Nature access restored Sunday

Update: Springer and Nature sites are back online as of 10 am Sunday. (Outage was since 6:30 am PDT Saturday). Apologies for the inconvenience if you wanted to read an e-book or e-journal on Saturday.  If you experience any problems, please contact us at Ask a Librarian (email, phone, or in person) http://libraries.ucsd.edu/help/ask-a-librarian/ and we’ll assist you.

 

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Professor Sarah Schneewind Presents: The Dark World of the Dead in the Founding of the Ming Dynasty

zhong-kui-talismanPlease join us for a presentation by UC San Diego history professor Sarah Schneewind

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to RSVP

The Ming dynasty was founded in 1368 and called “Bright.” The emperor was called “The Son of Heaven,” meaning that as long as he governed rightly he would enjoy the support of Heaven and Earth, high and benevolent gods who were the parents of all the people. But the Ming dynasty also relied on some very dark spiritual forces, as this talk will show.

Professor Sarah Schneewind earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1999. She has been teaching at UC San Diego since 2005 and previously served as the President of the Society for Ming Studies. Her publications include Community Schools and the State in Ming China and A Tale of Two Melons: Emperor and Subject in Ming China, a study of a curious incident in the early Ming. Click here to learn more about Professor Schneewind.

Alongside the lecture, an exhibit of tomb objects from Ming Dynasty representing daily life and spiritual beliefs are available for viewing. These items are on loan for one day only from the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.

For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Mariah Fellows, via email at mfellows@ucsd.edu. Click here for parking information.

BrowZine – Stay Current with Your Favorite Scholarly Journals

UC San Diego faculty, staff and students now have access to BrowZine. It’s a service that allows you to browse, organize, read and keep up with your favorite scholarly journals licensed by UC San Diego, either on your desktop/laptop via their website, or through an app on your mobile device. BrowZine covers arts, humanities, social science, engineering and science journals from hundreds of commercial, society, and university press publishers. We have licensed it through June 2018, at which point we will decide whether or not to continue licensing, based on usage, available funding, and user feedback.

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