Every four years, American voters go to the polls to cast their ballot (or, increasingly, mail in their ballot) to elect the nation’s commander-in-chief. With less than six months away from this year’s presidential election, the UC San Diego Library’s Special Collections & Archives has mounted an exhibit of presidential papers that takes the long view, back to the nation’s first president, George Washington.
Hail to the Chief!— which is on display in Geisel Library until September—includes a wide range of materials from the manuscript and book collections of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. According to Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, although the presidency has never been an area of focus for the Library, a number of intriguing items have accumulated over the years. The Library’s holdings now include at least one item related to each of the nation’s 43 presidents, said Claassen, from a letter written in 1778 from Valley Forge by founding father George Washington, the first U.S. president, to a citation sent by President Barack Obama to UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.
One item featured in the exhibit was actually owned by America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson. A copy of C. F. Volney’s Les ruines, ou Meditation sur les revolutions des empires (1791), a book Jefferson reputedly loved and agreed to translate it into English. Anonymously, as Jefferson was mindful of both controversial issues in the book and the fact that a presidential election year was coming up. Read more…
It’s official. The “coloring craze” that was once viewed as an activity only for kids has been endorsed by mental health specialists as a stress-buster and brain booster, on a level with meditation. Join Art Therapist Erica Curtis on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in the Seuss Room for a hands-on coloring and drawing session that is sure to increase your wellbeing, relaxation, and happiness. (Please note: this event is sold out, but walk-ins will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis if space becomes available.)
Curtis, a board certified art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist, employs various creative coloring and drawing techniques in her work, and has witnessed numerous health benefits to her clients. She has a private practice in San Juan Capistrano, is an instructor at UCLArts and Healing, and was formerly a lecturer in Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University for nearly a decade. Curtis, whose new book, The Innovative Parent: Nurturing Connection, Emotional Health, and Academic Success through the Arts, will be released next year, has been featured as an expert in a wide range of media outlets, including PBS, Lifehacker, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, and Elle, among others. A former director for the American Art Therapy Association and past president of the Southern California Art Therapy Association, Curtis has been an invited speaker at numerous venues, from major universities and hospitals to local community groups and businesses. To learn more about Erica Curtis, click here.
The event is free and open to the public; art materials will be provided. For additional information, please contact Scott Paulson, UC San Diego Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-822-5758.
The unorthodox historian and journalist, Tom Segev, has been intrepid in exploring and illuminating the tortured history of Israel and the Holocaust, often exposing painful truths that many would rather not have to grapple with. Born in Jerusalem to parents who fled Nazi Germany, Segev is a leading figure among the so-called “New Historians” of Israel, who have continued to challenge many of the nation’s traditional narratives or “founding myths.”
A highly-acclaimed author with eight books published in 14 languages to his credit, Segev will make a presentation on Living with the Holocaust on Wednesday, June 1, at the University of California San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the university’s Jewish Studies Program. The event, sponsored by William and Michelle Lerach and Jeffrey and Marcy Krinsk with support from Hillel San Diego, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Atkinson Hall Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus, preceded by a public reception starting at 4:30 p.m. These events are free but seating is limited so reservations should be made in advance at http://HLHWTomSegev.eventbrite.com.
Unlike many writers who have accepted the official historical record as the foundation for their work, Segev’s books have questioned many of the leading assumptions of Israel’s official history. In his work, he has often drawn on untapped archives, personal diaries, and declassified documents to deconstruct and shed light on the complex and uneasy relationship between Israel and the Holocaust. As a result, Segev’s books are often packed with fresh and complex narratives, and feature rich, historical details. Read more…
Looking for creative and personal journaling inspiration? Visit our exhibit on the Art & Soul of Journaling in Geisel West (1st and 2nd floors) anytime during open building hours through June 30, 2016. The display features published diaries from the Library’s circulating collection, handmade leather journal covers from local artist Jon Peters, novelty journals from the UC San Diego Bookstore, decorative creative art journals from the esteemed Carin Wallace, and insights from Janet Larson, author of the self-help book My Diary Unlocked.
In conjunction with the exhibit, two hands-on events will be held in the Seuss Room on May 13 and May 16 from 12:00 – 1:00pm.
Janet Larson, author of “My Diary Unlocked”
On Friday, May 13, author Janet Larson will lead an hour-long journaling session using the principles in her award-winning book, My Diary Unlocked, to help “unlock barriers to a more mindfully aware, more personally fulfilling and peaceful way of life.” Click here to RSVP for this event.
Then on Monday, May 16, Carin Wallace of the UC San Diego Bookstore will lead an art journaling activity in which guests will make collages and write in a 4×4 art journal specially bound by Carin herself. The 4×4 journal fits easily in your pocket or bag “allowing ample opportunity to express your feelings.” The small journal encourages you to create a little space to relax and this class will get you started on that journey. Click here to RSVP for this event.
Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited to 40 attendees per event. Materials will be provided by the Library. For questions or more information, contact Scott Paulson at email@example.com or 858-822-5758.
Sponsored by Laurayne Ratner
**Please note that the day of this event has been changed**
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Film screening of Chava Rosenfarb: That Bubble of Being
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Discussion with Goldie Morgentaler
Goldie Morgentaler, a professor of English literature at the University of Lethbridge, discusses the work and life of her mother, Chava Rosenfarb, one of the greatest Yiddish writers of the mid-20th century. Born in Lodz, Poland in 1923, Chava began writing poetry in the ghetto. After barely surviving internments in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, she was homeless and stateless for several years before immigrating to Canada, where she married the abortion rights activist and physician Heniek (Henry) Morgentaler. The talk is preceded by a free screening of the film Chava Rosenfarb: That Bubble of Being (2015, Yiddish with English subtitles).
The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program supported by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. For more information please contact the project manager Susanne Hillman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-534-7661.
After World War II came to an end in 1945, the mass killing and sheer devastation wrought by the Nazis off the battlefield began to emerge in shocking detail. Some 11 million civilians—both Jews and non-Jews, including about 1.5 million children—were killed during the Holocaust. When the Allies convened the international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, American psychiatrist Douglas Kelley and psychologist Gustave Gilbert conducted extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests, in an attempt to grasp and shed light on the psychological profiles of the Third Reich leadership.
University of California San Diego Psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, equipped with the tools of modern psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience, takes a fresh look at the unsettling findings in his new book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals (Yale University Press, May 2016). Dimsdale, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry will discuss and sign copies of his book on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at a talk sponsored by the UC San Diego Library. The event is open to the public and will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on the UC San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Bookstore will provide copies of the book for purchase. The event is free of charge but reservations are suggested and can be made at: AnatomyOfMaliceDimsdale.eventbrite.com. Read more…
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.
Eugenia, a little-known gem of utopian/dystopian fiction published in Mexico in the early 20th century takes place in a eugenically engineered society of the future. Long before dystopian classics by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell emerged, Eugenia tackled some of the most important challenges of modern society, such as population growth, reproductive behavior and technologies, experimentation with gender roles, and changes in family dynamics. Nearly a century later–in February 2016–an English translation of Eugenia has been published, translated and edited by Sarah Buck Kachaluba, the UC San Diego Library’s Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages and Literatures Librarian, and Aaron Dziubinskyj, Associate Professor of Spanish, DePauw University. Buck Kachaluba will discuss and sign copies of the new book.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Mariah Fellows at email@example.com.
3:00 – 4:00pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Reading in Shuar Language and Spanish
Maria Clara Sharupi Jua has written and published poetry in Shuar and Spanish, she has also read her work in venues around Latin America and the United States. Sharupi has co-authored three books and is currently working on a new book of short stories entitled Tarimiat. She also served on a team of professional Shuar translators that edited the official translation of the Ecuadorian constitution from Spanish into Shuar Chicham. Sharupi Jua was born and raised in the Amazon rain forest and her work mixes imagery from nature and the traditions of her indigenous culture. Such imagery and traditions are central to the folklore and artistic expressions of Amazonian peoples.
The Shuar nation includes more than 110,000 peoples settled primarily within the nation-state of Ecuador, in various upper and basin river areas, including those of the Amazon.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Buck-Kachaluba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Open Access Publishing right for you?
Expand the reach of your scholarly work
Workshop for Postdocs and Graduate Students
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Horizon Room, Career Services Center
Register at https://libraryopenaccess2016.eventbrite.com