Join Us March 2 for Dr. Seuss’s 111th Birthday Party!

20120223-SeusspartyJoin us Monday, March 2, when the UC San Diego campus once again celebrates the birthday of our favorite author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. The party will kick off at noon in front of Geisel Library, and will include musical entertainment by Scott Paulson and The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, playing tunes from The Cat in the Hat Songbook.

University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out cake and greet attendees, along with other University representatives.  Also, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, an exhibit of unique, historic hats from Ted Geisel’s personal collection, is now on display through March 22 in the public area of Geisel Library’s Special Collections & Archives. The hats are exhibited in a turn-of-the-century steamer trunk, also described as the “Hat Closet” and can be viewed during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on other weekdays.

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Second annual VIP Study Room Contest!

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Submit an original photo of the Library (interior or exterior, Geisel or BLB) to LearningSpaces.ucsd.eduusing the subject line “VIP Study Room.”  You will be entered into a random drawing to win exclusive, 24-hour “VIP” use of a study room in the Geisel East Learning Commons (Room 2) from 10 am on Monday, March 16 until 10 am on March 17.  The winner will also receive eight guest passes to invite friends to bask in your VIP treatment and share the VIP gift basket of finals-themed necessities and study treats.

Fine Print

Those submitting photos must be current UCSD students.

  1. Include your full name in the email when submitting your photo.
  2. You may submit up to 10 separate photos (in a single or multiple emails).
  3. All submissions will become property of the UCSD Library and may be displayed, at the Library’s discretion, within the Library or on its website.
  4. Submissions must have been taken by the person submitting them for the contest.
  5. Photos should not include any identifiable persons who have not expressly provided their permission to be photographed for this purpose.

Photos will be accepted through noon on Tuesday, March 10.  The winner will be selected at random from all entries and notified on March 11.  Do not let this opportunity to be a Library celeb for a day pass you by.

#blacklivesmatter : a century of resistance to state-sanctioned violence

Exhibit:
On display February 2 – March 31, 2015
Geisel Library West, main floor
Open to all

Recently, the tragic deaths and failures of justice in the cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner have captured headlines and sparked protests around the country. But for every widely publicized incident of racially motivated violence, hundreds go unreported or under-reported. The work of the Civil Rights movement, while far-reaching, remains incomplete.

To this day, territories of de facto segregation, practices such as stop and frisk, unreported police brutality, and other forms of racial oppression persist. Rather than “Judge Lynch” terrorizing black, poor, and minority populations, sources of violence are often state-legitimated, perpetuated by increasingly militarized police departments, practices such as racial profiling, brutal acts that go unchecked, and a court system that fails to mete out equal justice.

From the get-go, America’s promise of liberty and justice wasn’t really for all. But it’s an ideal we cling to. Throughout this country’s history, alongside incidents of racially motivated violence, injustice, and brutality, are the stories of those who resisted oppression, sometimes risking all by taking to the streets, the courts, and the legislatures to forward a vision of a fair and just society. Today we stand alongside those activists, continuing the work begun long ago, as we affirm that black lives matter.

Highlighting the library’s rich resources, materials have been gathered from our print and online collections to shed light on these issues.

 

Speaker Series Event:

Activism, Policing, and Black Lives Matter

12:00 – 1:30 pm, February 25, 2015
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building

Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Join us for a conversation with four faculty: Zeinabu Davis (UCSD Communication), Dayo Gore (UCSD Ethnic Studies), Cesar Rodriguez  (CSUSM Sociology) and Daniel Widener (UCSD History).  This panel discussion raises questions, examines the roots of injustice, and offers avenues of exploration and information that might help to galvanize the outrage of recent protests into a sustained movement.

Another piece of the puzzle…

Have you taken the opportunity to work on the fun puzzles in the Library? If not, visit the East Learning Commons or the Reference area puzzle. Take time to enter the contest by completing a comment slip.

Completed Puzzle

National Kazoo Day

National Kazoo Day
  
Join us in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library at noon on Wednesday, January 28th for a signature study break: National Kazoo Day.

Dizzy’s jazz club proprietor and kazoo afficionado Chuck Perrin will perform, and reveal his family ties to kazoo history. A new chamber work for kazoo from UCSD Alumna Linda Kernohan will be premiered, along with other new works for kazoo. And don’t miss a special “unplugged” (kazoos only) appearance by the UC San Diego Pep Band.

Free event. Free kazoo.

The kazoo is more than an annoying party favor. The instrument has serious roots in African ceremonies, masking the voice in a somber effect.

This event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. In the educational component of this show, we’ll use Library online tools to view detailed patent information about the kazoo. We’ll also reveal some surprising kazoo appearances in classical and pop music literature.

And yes, January 28th really is National Kazoo Day.

Questions? Contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858)822-5758.

Categories: Events & Exhibits

The Kansas City Style: A Marriage of Blues & Jazz

International jazz legend Jeannie Cheatham presents a treatise on Kansas City Blues, featuring live music, engaging storytelling, and recently rediscovered video. Jeannie will perform on piano with a jazz trio, underscoring the readings of special guests.

Jeannie’s autobiography Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On, reveals a life and career with all the great musicians of the past sixty years, from the Big Bands of Cab Calloway (“Minnie the Moocher”), Grover Mitchell (Count Basie band leader), Bill Tole (“New York, New York”), Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”) to George Lewis (MacArthur “Genius” award winner). Jeannie Cheatham played piano for them all. She was trained in both the classical tradition and in the famous Kansas City jazz tradition by some of its greatest musicians: Pete Johnson, Jay McShann and Count Basie. Jeannie and her husband Jimmy Cheatham revived the Kansas City style and, with their Sweet Baby Blues Band, toured the world. Join Jeannie and surprise guests at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in the Seuss Room of Geisel Library.

This free Black History Month event is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the African & African-American Studies Resource Center and the UC San Diego Department of Music.

Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On is available through online retailers.
During the month of February, an exhibit about the Kansas City style will be on view at Geisel West, 1st floor. Jimmy Cheatham’s trombone will be on display, accompanied by an essay relaying the significance of the instrument, written by Jeannie Cheatham.
Contact: Scott Paulson, spaulson@ucsd.edu or 858-822-5758.

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.”

Crowd Sourced Collage

Have a cool photo you’d like to be shown in Geisel Library?  Send it to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu by 5 pm on Monday, January 19 and we’ll consider it for a collage we’re making for a large study room.  We welcome primarily photos about the library (interior, exterior, anything), campus (places and activities), UCSD students (studying, relaxing, playing, working, and more), and La Jolla/Southern California (scenery, city-scapes, activities, and more), but might consider others as well if you have a particular favorite.

 

Submitting photos indicates your willingness for the library to post them in a public area of the library.  You may (and are encouraged to) send photos of yourself, but please do not send photos of other identifiable people without their permission.  Please send your full name and email along with the photo(s).  Submit as many as you like.  The library will select the final photos to be displayed.

 

Direct any questions to LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.

Geisel After Dark

Take a break from studying on December 3rd from 8-9pm and 12:30am-1:30am December 4th and enjoy late-night refreshments and giveaways in the Overnight Study Commons at Geisel Library!

Geisel After Dark features a Student Safety & Academic Success Information Fair to encourage use of Library and campus resources and to increase student awareness of personal safety while using the Library after dark.

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The Furniture Demo Lounge has new samples!

The viewing and testing period has been extended for a short time. A new group study piece has been added. Come over to the Geisel Two East Learning Commons (G2E) and test them for yourself.

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We want your opinion so use the feedback forms posted around the room to share your thoughts with us. In addition, feedback is always welcome at learningspaces.ucsd.edu

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