Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire

Join the Library for a discussion and book signing with Mark Hanna, Historian & Author of Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Faculty Club, The Lounge

Light refreshments will be served.

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire_LARGEMark Hanna is an associate professor of History at UC San Diego, and one of the nation’s top authorities on pirates. Hanna is the author of the new book, Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire (2015, University of North Carolina Press). In his book, he sheds a fresh light on pirates, traditionally depicted as fearless adventurers on the high seas. He examines the crucial role that pirates played on land by contributing to the commercial and economic development of port towns in early America and the British Empire. Hanna’s earlier work, The Pirate’s Nest: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charles Town, 1670-1740, challenged prevailing interpretations of piracy and also harnessed the phenomenon of piracy to illuminate the history of early America in the Atlantic world.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, contact Mariah Fellows at mfellows@ucsd.edu or 858-534-0533. For directions and parking information, click here.

Chair Massages for students

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The Zone’s Relaxation & Rescue Squad will again provide chair massages in Geisel Library each Monday evening in Winter term, except on February 1.  The massages will be offered in the Academic Partnership Cubicle in the East Commons, in addition to alternating between the West Commons, the Media Desk area, and the Brody Space, as noted below.

  • January 11:  West Commons (2nd Floor) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • January 25:  Brody Space  (1st Floor Southwest) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 8:  Media Desk area  (1st Floor West) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 22:  West Commons (2nd Floor) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • February 29:  Brody Space  (1st Floor Southwest) & East Commons (2nd Floor)
  • March 7:  Media Desk area (1st Floor West) & East Commons (2nd Floor)

 

Virtual Victoriana: Roots of 3-D

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A Holmes stereoscope from the 19th century.

Attendee of the 2015 Google I/O conference inspects Google Cardboard. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stereoscopic devices of the 1800’s were used for entertainment and educational purposes. Flat postcard images of exotic locales and architectural wonders were transformed into three-dimensional visits via elegant hand-held stereoscopes. These simple devices are not unlike the cardboard Google glasses that were recently distributed by the New York Times. Important 20th century tools such as 3-D arial maps are directly related to these Victorian diversions.

See these old and new tools at a small exhibit at the UC San Diego Library (Geisel West, 2nd floor) through March 2016.

The exhibit includes stereoscopic books of interest from the Library’s circulating collection, tracing current virtual surgery and modern 3-D motion pictures back to these earliest novelties. Devices on display are simple but effective: original and re-issued stereoscopes, Google glasses, old-school 3-D glasses, early Bakelite “view-masters” and, of course, many Victorian Era stereoscopic postcards.

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at 858-822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu.

What’s Climate Change To You?

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Events Room, Biomedical Library Building

Light refreshments will be served.

Join us as Dr. Bruce Bekkar, a UC San Diego alumnus and a member of Doctors for Climate Health with the American Lung Association, discusses how climate change is affecting human health, and what we can do to prevent a climate crisis.

Dr. Bekkar just recently left his San Diego medical practice to devote his time to local and global environmental issues. Last spring, he completed Climate Reality Leadership Training, which included instruction from Vice President Al Gore and some of the nation’s leading climate scientists.

“Having been a physician for nearly 30 years not only helps me to understand the risks that a destabilized climate poses to life on earth, but it also gives me the authority and access to the audiences that  need to hear this message,” said Bekkar. “Put another way, as an obstetrician, I worked to preserve human life and helped new ones get started. As a climate activist, I’m working to preserve human health and to preserve nature, which is necessary for our survival as well as our happiness.”  Read more…

Geisel Library Exhibit Sheds Light on Chinese Workers Who Built Transcontinental Railway

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Chinese work group for the Great Northern Railway, c. 1909. (Photo courtesy of Royal British Columbia Museum)

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University, is on display through February 29, 2016 in Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego campus. The exhibit tells the undocumented story of thousands of Chinese migrants, who played an instrumental role in the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railway in the 1860s.

In addition to the partnership with the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford, the Chinese American Library Association’s Task Force on Chinese Railroad Workers, which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation for the contributions of Chinese Americans, helped to bring the exhibit to the campus.

A reception will be held on Friday, January 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at the UC San Diego Library, the first institution to host the exhibit after its debut last summer at Stanford University and the Chinese Historical Society of America. The reception will include remarks from: Hilton Obenzinger, associate director of the Chinese Railroad Workers Project and a Lecturer in American Studies & English at Stanford University; Simeon Man, a scholar of Asian American Studies and an assistant professor in UC San Diego’s Department of History; and Murray Lee, Curator of Chinese American History for the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The event is free and open to the public. To make a reservation, please visit: http://lib.ucsd.edu/ironroadRead more…

Campus “Portraits” Now Deck the Walls of Geisel Library

IMG_1625The previously unadorned walls leading to the East Learning Commons in Geisel Library are now colorful and vibrant thanks to local artist, Paula McColl. McColl, who resides in La Jolla, recently painted some of the UC San Diego campus’ most distinctive buildings and settings, including Geisel Library, the Revelle College Fountain, and the Scripps bridge. While her campus paintings debuted at the Faculty Club this past summer, a selection of her oil paintings will continue to grace the walls of Geisel through winter quarter.

A native of Zanesville, Ohio, McColl graduated with a BA in Art History/Studio Art from Hunter College in New York City. After college, she exhibited her work at the Edward Throp Gallery in New York before moving to Brazil, where Sao Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art held an exhibition of her paintings,  Duas Cidades, Sao Paulo e Nova York. The one-woman show included paintings of the cityscapes of these two major cities.  Read more…

Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Continues with “Holocaust Journeys”

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Work by German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon who died at Auschwitz in 1943.

The 2015-16 Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series continues this January with six compelling authors, films, and other events highlighting the diverse “Holocaust Journeys” of survivors and others recounting their personal stories. Co-sponsored by the University of California, San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW lecture series invites local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars to share their personal stories and memories with students and interested members of the public. The goal of the program is to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

All events are free and open to the public, and are held on Wednesdays on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions (as noted below).

January 13Think Only of Today: A Documentary Film about the Life of Holocaust Survivor, Max Garcia (With Alberto Lau and Robert Schneider)

Think Only of Today traces the life of Max Garcia from his childhood in Amsterdam, through the Holocaust, and finally to his immigration and life in the United States. Born in 1924, Max was interned in Westerbork before being deported to Auschwitz and later Mauthausen. The documentary, which follows Max’s ordeal through war and incarceration, also explores the effect of the Holocaust on succeeding generations. Interviews with Max’s children and grandchildren reveal the different ways individuals from each generation have grappled with the burden of such a searing experience.

February 10Exile in Ecuador (With Moselio Schaechter)

Moselio Schaechter spent his childhood in Mussolini’s Italy. Thanks to a transit visa for Portugal and the United States, the Schaechters made it to Quito, Ecuador in January 1941. Over the next nine years, Moselio struggled to accommodate his Jewish identity with a nascent South American self. In this talk he shares memories of his youth, his experience in the Ecuadorian Jewish refugee community, his life in the U.S., and his subsequent visit to his old “home.” Schaechter is a distinguished professor emeritus at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in microbiology at SDSU and UC San Diego. Read more…

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental

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Join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit,

The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental.

Friday, January 22, 2016

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to RSVP

The Chinese and the Iron Road exhibit on display at Geisel Library in the Seuss Room foyer from January 4 thru February 29, 2016 pays tribute to the Chinese workers who helped build the nation’s first Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago.

The exhibit, produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University (CRRW), comprises stand-alone graphic panels featuring historical and contemporary photos, along with illustrations and text chronicling the building the Transcontinental Railroad.

The CRRW project seeks to re-discover the history of Chinese railroad workers constructing America’s first Transcontinental Railroad during the period of 1865 -1869 and “give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West. The Project coordinates research in North America and Asia in order to create an online digital archive available to all, along with books, digital visualizations, conferences and public events.” (CRRW)

Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) plays a leading role in coordinating this traveling exhibit.

For more information, contact Serafin Raya at seraya@ucsd.edu.

 

150lb Steel Bridge on Display in Geisel Library through December

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Every year, students from the UC San Diego Society of Civil and Structural Engineers (SCSE) design, fabricate, and construct a scaled model steel bridge for the purpose of competing in the American Society of Civil Engineers annual Pacific Southwest Conference. Last year’s challenge was no different. A small group of students came together in the fall of 2014 to apply the knowledge learned in class to design a bridge that would be competitive in the following categories: aesthetics, weight, timed construction, as well as other criteria.

Supervised by four faculty advisors, three of whom are structural engineering professors and staff from the Campus Research Machine Shop (CRMS), the team of students gathered in a classroom setting last fall to model and analyze the steel bridge through an iterative process until an optimal design was achieved. To have the optimal design, a bridge has to be sufficiently light, while being stiff enough to pass the vertical and lateral load tests. The bridge must also be fast and easy to construct. Read more…

Recharge and Relax in the Geisel East Commons

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While Stress-Free Zone snacks will be served only in the evening, de-stressing activities are available all day in the East Commons.  Available items include the WalkStations, Chess, Quoridor, Scrabble, and foam rollers to stretch muscles and help release tension.  Coloring and activity sheets are always available for students, with colored pencils available at the East Commons service desk.

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