“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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More Titles at Your Fingertips: New Taylor & Francis e-books

The UCSD Library has added access to over 4000 recent electronic books from Routledge, Earthscan, Focal Press, Ashgate, Psychology Press, and related imprints; thousands of additional titles will arrive during 2016 and 2017.  Titles span the social sciences, humanities, education, health and social care, engineering and technology, urban planning, environmental management, law, and other topics.

Taylor & Francis platform works feature unlimited simultaneous user access, easy online viewing and printing, durable item links, and downloadable full-book PDF content, making them very suitable as targets for syllabi references.

This link offers a current snapshot of our active Taylor & Francis eBooks titles: http://www.tandfebooks.com/action/doSearch?EpubDate=[20150101+TO+20160831]&access=user&content=books&target=default&startPage=0&pageSize=20     [please allow 20 seconds or so for the large list to render]

Click here for the book titles cataloged in Roger thus far.

Hail to the Chief! Exhibit Showcases Library’s Presidential Papers

79_HailToTheChiefEvery 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 August 31—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…

The Adult Coloring Phenomenon: More Than a Guilty Pleasure

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,Erica,photo.jpgCurtis, 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 spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

Leading Israeli Historian & Journalist Tom Segev to Speak at UC San Diego

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Tom Segev

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…

The Art & Soul of Journaling

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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.

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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 spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

“The Tree of Life: An Epic about Life in the Lodz Ghetto” with Goldie Morgentaler

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

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Chava Rosenfarb

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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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