UC San Diego Library’s 2015 Library Research Award Honors Four Scholars

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Nelish Ardeshna, Nhat-Dang Do, Tiffany Lee, and Shayla Wilson.

Four undergraduate students at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 Undergraduate Library Research Prize in recognition of their superior research skills. The annual award, sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and the UCSD Alumni Association, recognizes students who have demonstrated exemplary research skills in mining the Library’s rich and diverse information resources and services. Awards are given in two categories: Social Sciences/Arts/Humanities, and Life and Physical Sciences. The awards also include a cash prize of $1,000 and $500 for first and second place, respectively.

“The purpose of this prize is to encourage and recognize excellent research skills among our undergraduates, which includes the ability to exploit a wide range of digital and physical library resources,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “The Library—with our partners in Student Affairs and Alumni Affairs—is honored to recognize these talented students, who’ve learned that solid academic research doesn’t happen without careful and strategic library research.”

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October 27-28: Software Carpentry Workshop

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Join the UC San Diego Library’s  Research & Reference Advisory Services (Data Services) and the Research Data Curation programs for a two-day, intensive Software Carpentry workshop. Software Carpentry’s mission is to give scientists and engineers the tools they need to be more productive and efficient by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design in python, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Event Location: Biomedical Library Building, BLB Events Room

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

There will be a $30 fee associated with this event. Participants must sign up for both days.

Register Here:  www.regonline.com/scarpentry

 

Holocaust Living History Workshop Kicks off 2015-16 Series with “Holocaust Journeys”

For the eighth consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) will host a series of educational events to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Co-sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW will present two fall lectures in its 2015-16 “Holocaust Journeys” series.

Interested members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events where they will hear from and meet with local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars as they share their personal stories and memories. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest compilation of Holocaust video testimony. All events, which are free and open to the public, are held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions (as noted). Refreshments will be served.

October 14The Mitzvah Project with Roger Grunwald 2015-16_HLHW1

The first event in the fall series will be held on Wednesday, October 14, featuring Roger Grunwald, a graduate of UC Berkeley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. The Mitzvah (“The Good Deed”) is a one-person play that dramatically explores the experience of the many thousands of “Mischlinge” (German men with one or two Jewish grandparents) who served in the Wehrmacht during WWII. A creation of Roger Grunwald and co-author Annie McGreevey, it is followed by a history lesson and a conversation with the audience in one engaging performance. Grunwald has been a professional performing artist for over thirty years. The Mitzvah Project is an homage to his mother who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

November 4The Holocaust in Comparative Perspective with Norman Naimark

The Wednesday, November 4 workshop will feature American historian and author, naimark_normanNorman Naimark, who provides a comparative perspective on the Shoah and examines a question that has engaged historians for decades: Was the Holocaust unique, or was it a catastrophe comparable to other genocides? Naimark, of Jewish-Galician descent, specializes in modern Eastern European history, and has studied and written about the history of ethnic cleansing and genocide. His publications include The Russians in Germany: The History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation; Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in 20th Century Europe; and Stalin’s Genocides. He has been awarded the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany, and he is the recipient of the Alex Springer Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. This event will be held at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library Building in the Events Room. (Due to limited space, please RSVP to hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661 if you are interested in attending this event.) Read more…

Oct 10: Opening Reception – Paul Espinosa Film Series

This event has sold out. To attend one of the other events in the series, click here.

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Click the links below to RSVP for the corresponding event:

October 10 – Opening Reception [SOLD OUT]

October 23 – The Lemon Grove Incident Film Screening  [SOLD OUT]

November 4 – The Hunt for Pancho Villa Film Screening [SOLD OUT]

November 10 – …and the earth did not swallow him Film Screening

For questions, please contact the event coordinator, Mariah Fellows, via email at mfellows@ucsd.edu.

 

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.

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