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Steampunk Tea Draws Time-travelers, Explorers, and Victorians to Geisel Library

More than 100 time-travelers, explorers, and Victorians gathered at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library on Sunday, June 28, 2015 to revel in all things Steampunk. Guests–dressed in a wide range of Victorian-era-meets-modern-technology garb–sipped exotic teas, watched a Magic lantern show, and enjoyed chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

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Special guests at this year’s party included science writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination’s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, who read samplings of steampunk literature. Steampunkers also participated in a variety of hands-on activity booths, where they could curate a paper theatre display by selecting characters and scenery; assemble exotic take-home teabags; and design a ‘Cornell Box.’

The inventors among the group completed a patent application for their next Steampunk invention (hopefully some of which will come to fruition in time for next year’s gathering), while the brave and adventurous got a stamp in their passports so they could travel back in time via the magnificent Steampunk time machine. Steampunk first-timers were invited to stop by the milliner’s to have their heads measured for a traditional hat to be made in their honor, before visiting the ‘Mustard Bar’ where they taste-tested and submitted formal culinary reviews of the various curiosities.

Take a step back in time and view the photos from the event here. For more information about the Annual Steampunk Tea Party, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu.

 

Geisel Steampunk Tea Party Set for June 28

Join futurists, adventurers, and writers  for this lively event!

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Back by popular demand, the Library is once again hosting a Steampunk Tea Party and all are welcome to attend this free, wild and whimsical event. Join fellow futurists, explorers and adventurers on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 3 – 5 p.m. in Geisel Library West (1st floor) for light refreshments and lively chamber music performed on steampunk-inspired instruments.

Steampunk refers to a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Besides gazing at the creative props and costumes worn by fellow guests, there will be plenty of steampunk-friendly and Victoriana-chic curiosities on display. Guest speaker Anastasia Hunter, leader of Gaslight Gathering, will also highlight a sampling of steampunk literature.

Special guests include writers from the Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination‘s Clarion Writers’ Workshop, which is being held on the UC San Diego campus June 21 – August 20, 2015. Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

For more information about the 2015 Steampunk Tea event, contact spaulson@ucsd.edu.

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Carillon Chimes atop Geisel Library Make Telematic Debut at La Jolla Symphony Concerts

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On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will premiere The Moon in La Jolla, the 2015 winner of the prestigious Nee Commission Award. In addition to the classic orchestral ensemble, the UC San Diego Library’s carillon, which sits atop Geisel Library, will make its debut in the La Jolla Symphony performances via telematic technology.

This “tele-concerto” incorporates technology that allows musicians to play music together from different sites via the Internet. Thus, for the first time in the carillon’s 26-year history, the orchestra in Mandeville Auditorium will play in real-time with a carillon soloist from atop Geisel Library at the May 2 and 3 concerts.

Truly a 21st century work, the innovative musical piece was composed by UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate and Hong Kong composer, Yeung-ping Chen, and is based on a poem written by Hong Kong poet and UC San Diego alumnus, Leung Ping-Kwan, also known by the pen name Yasi. Ping-Kwan crafted the poem, The Moon in La Jolla, when he was studying at UC San Diego in the late 1970s.

Yeung-ping Chen, an award-winning composer, has been the recipient of numerous prizes and grants, including the prestigious Altius Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council. Chen, who is currently studying with UC San Diego Music Professor Lei Liang, is conducting research on telematics musical composition, performative strategies for electro-acoustic music, and a hyper-transcriptional compositional process which he calls “Sonic Engraving.”

The carillon in Geisel Library, is operated by musician Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus and Library employee. Paulson, who performs noon concerts and musical requests on the carillon, has been collaborating for many months with Chen, Library staff, and La Jolla Symphony musicians to bring the “tele-concerto” to fruition.

For more information about the concerts, or to purchase tickets, visit lajollasymphony.com.

A recent addition to the Library’s National Poetry Month project

April is National Poetry Month, a time when the Library honors the poetic spirit of our own community by providing a virtual space for people to share poetry. We honor and feature poets who are both published and unpublished, whose poems reflect all poetic styles. This is our second year in providing this virtual space for sharing poetry, and, like last year, we’ve already had another great response to this project. We want to thank all the poets who contributed video and audio clips of their work!

We will continue to post submissions throughout April, so if you are a poet or a poetry lover and want to contribute, please send us a video or an audio file (up to 10 minutes) of you either reading your own work, talking about your work, or reading the work of a poet who has inspired you. Send your submissions to the project’s creator, Christina Continelli at: ccontinelli@ucsd.edu.

 

Our most recent submission is from Tendai R. Mwanaka:

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(Tendai R. Mwanaka reads two poems–“Ode to Grief” and “I am the Only Needle“)

Tendai. R. Mwanaka is a multidisciplinary artist from Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. His oeuvre of works touches on literary disciplines (non-fictions, poetry, plays, fictions), music and sound art disciplines, visual art disciplines (photography, drawings, paintings, video,collage…) inter-genres and inter-disciplines etc… Voices from Exile, a poetry collection on Zimbabwe’s political situation and exile in South Africa came out from Lapwing Publications, Northern Ireland, 2010, Keys in the River, a novel of interlinked short fictions came out from Savant Books and Publications, 2012, Zimbabwe: The Blame Game, a book of creative non fictions on Zimbabwe came out from Langaa RPCIG, 2013. Forthcoming books include; Zimbabwe: The Urgency of Now (creative non-fictions) from Langaa RPCIG, A Dark Energy (full length novel) from Aignos Publishing Inc, Finding a Way Home (short fictions) from Savant. Work has been published in over 300 journals, anthologies and magazines in over 27 countries. Nominated, shortlisted and won some prizes and work has been translated into French and Spanish.
 

 

 

 

La Jolla Symphony Premiere to Include Telematic Approach Featuring Geisel Library Chimes

On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, UC San Diego’s La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will premiere The Moon in La Jolla, the 2015 winner of the prestigious Nee Commission Award. Composed by UC San Diego Ph.D. candidate and Hong Kong composer Yeung-ping Chen, this orchestral piece features telematic technology which allows musicians to play music together from different sites via the internet. At the May concerts, the audience in UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium will experience the Geisel Library chimes (rooftop clock/carillon) as they interact with La Jolla Symphony through this telematic approach.Composer Yeung-ping Chen

Yeung-ping Chen’s innovative musical piece is based on a poem, The Moon in La Jolla, written by Hong Kong poet and UC San Diego alumnus Leung Ping-Kwan, also known by the pen name Yasi. Leung Ping-Kwan crafted the poem when he was studying at UC San Diego in the late 1970s.

Since this orchestral work is tailor-made for the Geisel Library chimes and because April is National Poetry Month, the Library is hosting a special exhibition and reading to celebrate this intersection of poetry and music. All are welcome to gather outside on the Forum Level of the Library at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, where special guest Suyin Mak, Hong Kong music theorist and poet (CUHK Professor and currently a scholar-in-residence at UCLA), read the Yasi poem. UC San Diego carillonneur, Scott Paulson, will perform chiming musical passages of Yeung-ping Chen’s composition in response to the imaginative poem.

Immediately after the reading, the audience is invited into a Library exhibition area (Geisel West, 1st floor) for refreshments. The composer, carillonneur, and Visual Arts student Kim Garcia– collabora  tors of The Moon in La Jolla exhibit — will be on hand to discuss and explain the displayed items, some of which have been donated by Yasi’s widow for this event. They will also share the experience of collaboration, emphasizing Yasi’s works and his memories of life at UC San Diego, showing a parallel view of composer Yeung-ping Chen, and examining the special fellowship between poet Yasi, composer “Ping” and their various mentors.

Attorney Who Recovered Klimt’s Famous “Golden Lady” Painting to Speak May 6

MARIA&R2 Attorney E. Randol Schoenberg was able to accomplish what few thought was possible—He recovered Gustav Klimt’s famous “Golden Lady” painting, which was stolen by the Nazis in 1938. Schoenberg’s experiences are the subject of a newly released movie, Woman in Gold, which he will discuss at the May 6 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) event. His talk, “Whatever Happened to Klimt’s Golden Lady,” is sponsored by Phyllis and Daniel Epstein. HLWH is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program.

Schoenberg, a top litigator and the grandson of composer Arnold Schoenberg, succeeded in getting back the “Golden Lady” painting and other works of art after a seven-year struggle against the Austrian government. Woman in Gold—starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Katie Holmes— is the true story of Schoenberg’s decision to take on a seemingly hopeless case for a close family friend, Maria Altmann, who was trying to recover six Klimt paintings stolen from her family home in Austria in 1938. The famous painting, officially called “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” depicts Altmann’s aunt, swathed in a glittering mosaic of gold.

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Woman in Gold is based on Schoenberg and Altmann’s experiences, which are also the subject of the Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Blauer, the 2012 book by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

The May 6 talk will take place at 5 p.m. at the Copley International Conference Center on the UC San Diego campus. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., with light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. To reserve seats, and for more information: https://hlhw-klimt.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661 or visit: http://library.ucsd.edu/hlhw.

 

April is National Poetry Month: Read, Share, & Honor Poetry & Poets

April is National Poetry Month, a time when the Library honors the poetic spirit of our own community by providing a virtual space for people to share poetry. We honor and feature poets who are both published and unpublished, whose poems reflect all poetic styles. This is our second year in providing this virtual space for sharing poetry, and, like last year, we’ve already had another great response to this project. We want to thank all the poets who contributed video and audio clips of their work!

We will continue to post submissions throughout April, so if you are a poet or a poetry lover and want to contribute, please send us a video or an audio file (up to 10 minutes) of you either reading your own work, talking about your work, or reading the work of a poet who has inspired you. Send your submissions to the project’s creator, Christina Continelli at: ccontinelli@ucsd.edu.

 

Ndaba Sibanda

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(click on the photo to hear the poem)

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe`s second largest city. In 2005 he authored an epic, Love O’clock. He has since contributed to more than twelve published books including such international anthologies as Poems For Haiti, A South African anthology, Snippets, Voices Of Peace, Black Communion, Ripples of Love, Lost Coast Review, Summer 2014: Vol. 5, No. 3, On the Rusk Issue Three (Volume 3), Emanations: Foray into Forever, World Healing ~ World Peace Volume I: a poetry anthology (World Healing ~ World Peace 2014) (Volume 1), Metaphor: Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Volume 1), East Coast Literary Review: Spring Edition 2014 and Eccentric Press Poetry Anthology (Volume I): Omni Diuersitas.
Ndaba’s poems, essays and short stories have appeared in many and different journals and magazines like: The Piker Press, Bricolage, The Dying Goose, Lost Coast Review, Magazine ,Whispering Prairie Press, Saraba Magazine,allAfrica.com, Jungle Jim, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine ,The Metric, Unlikely Stories, Santa Fe Writers Project – SFWP Journal, Elohi Gadugi – Elohi Gadugi Journal,The Subterranean Quarterly,Miracle ,The Joker, Florida Flash, Fjords Review, storySouth, Annapurna Magazine, Festival Of Language, quiet Shorts, The African Street Writer, Poetry Potion.com, Books Live , Whispers, and Poetrysoup. His latest anthology, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published in March 2013. Sibanda`s debut novel, Timebomb has been accepted for publication in the UK.
He believes “it is right to write, and that writing is his life and second wife”.  Currently he lives in Saudi Arabia.

 

Rachel Winchester

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(click on the photo to hear the poems)

Rachel Winchester is a San Diego native and a long time performance artist in the mediums of dance, theatre, and poetry. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Idaho, where she strives to create interdisciplinary performance experiences for her students. Rachel Winchester reads two poems: “Onset/First Love” and “Meditation Study”

 

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi

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(Professor Dwivedi reads two of his poems: Death and Ecstasy)

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is university faculty and assistant professor of linguistics at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India; and author of two books on lesser known Indian languages: A Grammar of Hadoti and A Grammar of Bhadarwahi. As a poet, he has published around fifty poems in different anthologies, journals, and magazines worldwide. Until recently, his poem “Mother” has included as a prologue to Motherhood and War: International Perspectives (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan Press. 2014.

 

Lois Roma-Deeley

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Lois Roma-Deeley, winner of the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize, is the author of three collections of poetry, Rules of Hunger, northSight and High Notes. Her third collection, High Notes, was chosen as a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. She has published in many national anthologies, including Villanelles (Pocket Poets Series). Further, her work has been featured in numerous literary journals including, Spillway, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Hamilton Stone Review, Bellingham Review, 5 AM, Artful Dodge, Water~Stone, and many others. She was named a 2012-2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and CASE.
www.loisroma-deeley.com

 

Alex Bosworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex Bosworth was born in San Diego in 1965. He began writing artistically in elementary school and has kept at it for forty years. His work has been influenced by Kurt Vonnegut and Edward Lear. Bosworth reads his work at coffeehouses and bookstores all over his hometown. He has been asked twice to read on behalf of San Diego Writers Ink at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. A collection of his work, “Chip Chip Chaw” is available on Amazon.  The audio portion of the video on this link was recorded in The Loft at UCSD La Jolla in 2011.

 

Youssef Alaoui-Fdili

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(Youssef Alaoui-Fdili reads part of his book-length poem The Blue Demon, and another poem called The Eternal City of Mud )

Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is a Moroccan-American Latino. Most of his work can be understood as Magic Realism or Fabulist, due to prevailing themes of fantastical events taking place in ordinary circumstances. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. He is also well versed in the most dour and macabre literature of the 19th Century. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Poems Niederngasse, Stark Raving Normal, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Dusie Press, Rivet Magazine, and nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow. Youssef is an original creator of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.” youssefalaoui.tumblr.com

 

Jessica Goodfellow

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Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (Mayapple Press, 2015), The Insomniac’s Weather Report (Three Candles Press First Book Prize winner, reissued by Isobar Press, 2014), and the chapbook A Pilgrim’s Guide to Chaos in the Heartland (Concrete Wolf, 2006). Her work has been featured in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac, and is forthcoming at Motionpoems. She has received the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Japan. www.jessicagoodfellow.com/

 

Gloria Frym

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(click photo to hear poem, and interview with Gloria Frym)

Gloria Frym is a poet and fiction writer. Her most recent book is Mind Over Matter (BlazeVOX books, 2011) and prior to that she published the chapbook Any Time Soon (Little Red Leaves, 2010). Other works by Frym include The Lost Poems of Sappho (Effing Press, 2007) and Solution Simulacra(United Artists Books, 2006). A previous book of poems, Homeless at Home, won an American Book Award.

She is the author of several other volumes of poetry and two critically acclaimed short story collections: Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press). She is twice a recipient of The Fund for Poetry Award, the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund Grant, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award, and several California Arts Council grants to teach poetry writing to jail inmates.

She has published numerous articles on literature, visual arts, and music. Her research and academic interests include international poetries; 19th century and modernist international fiction; Walt Whitman; Emily Dickinson; the short story; the poem in prose; and ungenrefied writing.

 

Rex Butters

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Since 1976, longtime SoCal resident Rex Butters has published journalistic writings on sites and in magazines including BAM, Rapport, All About Jazz, Folk Works, the LA Free Press, and the Free Venice Beachhead. His poetry has appeared for over 25 years in such diverse journals as Caffeine, Brain Vomit, interbang, sic Vice and Verse, The Journal of Interdimensional Poetry, Yogi Times, Bad Haircut Quarterly, the Mas Tequila Review, and the Muse International Journal of poetry. His anthology credits include Cost of Freedom, The Revolutionary Poets Brigade, and forthcoming Writer’s Round Talk Show anthology. He writes and performs with the improvised music/funk/spoken word ensembles, Black Shoe Polish, and Rag & Bone, and sings and reads with various projects.

 

Tiffany Vakilian

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Tiffany Vakilian has been writing since she was a small child. Her poetry has been published in multiple independent anthologies and journals, as well as www.timobe.com, her blog. Having earned her Masters in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, Tiffany continues her quest to use word-art as a facilitator of social commentary and change. In her first poetry book, Ugly Drawers, Pretty Panties Tiffany shares her verbal vignettes of dreams, experiences, perspectives and people. She s the quintessential Renaissance Gal- a member of ASCAP, The National Forensics League, and Transformative Language Arts Network.

 

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents: “Archival Footprints, in Search of the Grishavers”

Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images, and scraps of paper. Robert Nichols, a child refugee from Nazi Germany, will introduce Hermann Grishaver.

This event will take place Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Seuss Room of the Geisel Library from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

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Holocaust Living History Workshop Events/Winter 2015

All Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) Events will be held in the UC San Diego Library’s Seuss Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public. For more information about the HLHW, which is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Judaic Studies Program, please contact Susanne Hillman, Program Coordinator, at HLHW@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Jan. 21: After Auschwitz: Choosing Life – with Edith Eger

Most accounts of the Holocaust end with liberation and neglect the survivors’ postwar experience. How does one deal with the wreckage of one’s life in the aftermath of catastrophe? As a young girl Edith Eger of Kosice, Hungary, was deported to Auschwitz where both of her parents were murdered. At war’s end, she moved to the United States and became a clinical psychologist with her own practice in La Jolla. While she could have chosen to remain a permanent victim, she realized early on that true freedom can only be found by forgiving, letting go, and moving on. A prolific motivational speaker, Dr. Eger has appeared on Oprah and on Dutch national television.

Feb. 25: Judith Hughes, and the title is: Bearing Witness: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer

Twenty years ago the publication of the diaries of Victor Klemperer, a little known German-Jewish literary scholar who lived through the Nazi period, was an immediate literary sensation. Published in English as I will bear Witness, the diaries offer an intimate account of everyday life in a totalitarian society. They document trivial events and emotions as much as rumors and news of atrocities. Judith Hughes,  a specialist in the history of psychoanalysis, uses the diaries as a starting point to probe the difficult question of the perpetrators’ motive. Her discussion is part of a broader argument about historians’ revival of concern with actors’ meanings, intentions, and purposes.  Judith Hughes is a professor of history and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego. She is also on the faculty of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and has a small psychoanalytic practice. She has published seven books including From Freud’s Consulting Room: The Unconscious in a Scientific Age; From Obstacle to Ally: The Evolution of Psychoanalytic Practice; Guilt and Its Vicissitudes: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Morality; and most recently, The Holocaust and the Revival of Psychological History.

March 11: Archival Footprints: In Search of the Grishavers – with Herman GrishaverHLHWAuschwitz women

Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images, and scraps of paper.

The talks are part of the HLHW’s ongoing efforts to broaden understanding of the past and to foster tolerance. At the events, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and others, and to learn about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest database of Holocaust testimony. The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, founded by film maker Steven Spielberg to document the stories of Holocaust survivors for his movie, “Schindler’s List.”

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