The University and the Universe: A Black Feminist Archive of the Possible

Alexis Gumbs

The University and the Universe:
A Black Feminist Archive of the Possible
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
RSVP:  ucsd.libcal.com/event/3233074

Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs will offer an interactive training for students, staff and community members interested in connecting their global passions to their daily lives within the structure of the university.  Using writing, listening, and small and large group activities, we will explore self, space, power, and purpose.

Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble-maker and a black feminist love evangelist. She walks in the legacy of black lady school teachers in post slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free in exchange for the random necessities of life. As the first person to do archival research in the papers of Audre Lorde, June Jordan and Lucille Clifton while achieving her PhD in English, Africana Studies and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. She believes that in the time we live in, access to the intersectional holistic brilliance of the black feminist tradition is as crucial as learning how to read.

This free event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lia Friedman at lgfriedman@ucsd.edu.

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National Film Screening of “1984”

On April 4, 2017, more than 160 independent movie theaters in 148 cities across 42 states will collectively participate in a screening of the 80’s movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Join us at the UC San Diego Library in the Seuss Room from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for this special event.

The date of April 4th is significant to Orwell’s protagonist, Winston Smith, as it marks the beginning of his rebellion against Big Brother by writing in a forbidden diary. Smith (played by the late John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

To view a full list of participating cinemas, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

Breaking Habits: A Discussion with Professor Christina Gremel

Habits serve a purpose. We often establish habits, like a morning routine, to make life quicker and more efficient. But what happens in your brain when you switch from habit to deliberate action? And what happens when you are unable to make that switch? Join us as we explore these questions and more with Professor Christina Gremel:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Biomedical Library, Events Room

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego, Christina Gremel has been studying the mechanisms controlling how the brain “breaks habits” for 13 years. She will discuss her work on how habits are created, how people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction have a hard time “breaking habits,”and how to change the brain’s balance between habits and goal-directed actions.

This free event is open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Gears up for Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on March 2

At the University of California San Diego, plans are underway for one of the campus’s favorite traditions—the annual birthday party held on March 2 for beloved author, artist, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This year marks the author’s 113th birthday, a celebration that coincides with national Read Across America Day.

Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to attend the noontime celebration on Thursday, March 2, to be held in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will host the birthday festivities, which will include cake, as well as a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson.  In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view through March 24 in Geisel Library. Read more…

FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute to Launch at UC San Diego

FORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship) — a global community of researchers, students, librarians, publishers, funders and scholars interested in the future of scholarship — is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute, which will take place at the University of California, San Diego (FSCI@UCSD) from July 30 through Aug. 4, 2017.

FSCI@UCSD is a week-long program that offers participants training, networking and skills development in new modes of research communication.

The UC San Diego Library is hosting the event at the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego campus.

“The research community lacks a forum for coordinated access to training, skills development, and expert knowledge on new modes of research communication,” says Cameron Neylon, President of Force 11, “even as funders are mandating change and the wider world has embraced new forms of communication.” Read more…

Data & GIS Lab Open House

The UC San Diego community is invited to the Library’s newly upgraded Data & GIS Lab in Geisel Library.

Wednesday, March 1

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Geisel Library (Main Floor, West Wing)

Come see the newly upgraded Lab and find out how our experts can support your research. Light refreshments will be served!

The newly upgraded Lab offers:

  • A place to get help from consultants with expertise in GIS and data science
  • An interactive studio for supporting data intensive academic work
  • A flexible space for individual work or small group collaboration
  • A space with high powered computing resources that provide access to statistical and geospatial software, and much more!

The Open House will also include the following Data & GIS Research demonstrations from Library Experts:

2:00pm – 2:15pm  Bash deom by Reid Otsuji
2:20pm – 2:35pm  Markdown & Literate Programming demo by Tim Dennis
2:50pm – 3:05pm  GIS demo by Adi Ranganath
3:10pm – 3:25pm  Twitter Analysis demo by Soomin Lee

For more information, please contact data-consult@ucsd.edu or visit, lib.ucsd.edu/lab.

Celebrated Author Ann Patchett to Speak at 2017 Dinner in the Library

Ann Patchett, the author of seven highly acclaimed novels as well as three books of nonfiction and numerous short stories and essays, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Dinner in the Library event, to be held on Friday, September 8, in Geisel Library.

A champion of literary culture as well as an award-winning author, Patchett is also a voracious reader who owns Parnassus Books, a bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender. She opened Parnassus Books in 2011 with her business partner Karen Hayes, declaring, after the last of Nashville’s bookstores closed, “I have no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.” Since then, she has become a strong advocate for independent booksellers, championing books and bookstores on NPR, The Colbert Report , Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, The Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show, among others. Along with James Patterson, she was the honorary chair of World Book Night. In 2012, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, for her efforts on behalf of the literary community. Read more…

Gender Equity & Health: A Discussion with Dr. Anita Raj

Gender inequities and gender based violence pose a major threat to the health and full social and economic development of women and girls across the globe. Join Dr. Anita Raj to discuss the issues being tackled by the UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Anita Raj, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and Founding Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Raj is a developmental psychologist and public health researcher with more than 20 years of experience conducting studies in the areas reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH), sexual and reproductive health (SRH) including HIV, gender-based violence, substance use, engaging men and boys in SRH and RMNCH interventions, and the health effects of child marriage and adolescent motherhood. Her research has focused on South Asia, the United States, Russia, and more recently, West and Central Africa. Read more…

Creativity and Purpose: The NIA Cultural Organization and Black Power in San Diego, 1967-1977

Creativity and Purpose: The NIA Cultural Organization and Black Power in San Diego, 1967-1977
With Mychal Odom
Monday, February 27, 2017
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Noon – 1:00 PM

Letters from the NIA Cultural Organization

[Letters from the NIA Cultural Organization, 1977-1980]. Herman Baca Papers. MSS 0649. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

 

NIA picket

[NIA picket, between 1964 and 2007]. Herman Baca Papers. MSS 0649. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

The very publicized shooting between the Black Panther Party and Us Organization at UC Los Angeles’ Campbell Hall in January 1969 has often been understood as the decline of the Black Power movement in Southern California specifically, and the United States more generally.  However, as Mychal Odom will explain, a study of the National Involvement Association (NIA) Cultural Organization intervenes into that reading of the Black Liberation Movement.  Founded by former advocates of the San Diego Us Organization in 1970, NIA “very likely saved the Black Power Movement in San Diego” as Mychal Odom argues in his doctoral research.  Drawing from oral histories he has conducted, private collection material, periodicals, and rare materials housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, Odom will explain the role NIA’s educational programming, cultural work, labor activism, and African liberation support continued the work of Black Power and laid the very important ground for anti-apartheid struggles in San Diego during the 1970s and 1980s.

Mychal Odom is a doctoral candidate in the UC San Diego History Department and a Hill Fellowship recipient.  A resident of San Diego since 1997, Odom has over ten years of teaching experience in Black Studies at the college and university level.  At UC San Diego, he has been active in the Black Graduate Student Association and the Black Studies Project.  He is also a member of Pillars of the Community San Diego, a community organization who fights for the rights of formerly incarcerated people and their families, among their many other projects.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served!

For questions or more information, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

Valentine’s Day Free Screening of the Movie “Loving”

The Library’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is proud to sponsor an exhibit located in Geisel West on the 1st floor to promote the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD)’s screening of the movie Loving.  The FREE screening will be held on:

Tuesday, February 14

Price Center Theatre

6:00 PM

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. The film has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for Joel Edgerton and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for Ruth Negga.

OPHD’s mission is to educate the UC San Diego community about issues of bias, harassment and discrimination, and to assist with the prevention and resolution of these issues in a fair and responsible manner. In 2002, OPHD started Sex in the Cinema, sponsoring free screenings that highlight themes of sex and gender in popular films. Now, they also select films that include themes about race, religion, disability or veteran’s status and other protected categories and they pose questions to the audience before the film starts to increase awareness of bias, harassment and discrimination issues. The films provide a compelling forum for OPHD to engage the campus community through cinematic depictions of gender, race and other stereotypes, harassment and discrimination, and to advertise resources available to students and campus affiliates. For more information visit, ophd.ucsd.edu/programs/sex-in-cinema.

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