Holocaust Living History Workshop Speakers Explore the Connection Between History, Memory & Meaning of the Holocaust During 2018-19 Events

This fall, the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego once again launches its year-long series of educational events composed of eight seminars, a documentary film screening and a photography exhibition underscoring this year’s theme, “History, Memory & Meaning of the Holocaust.” The series, now in its tenth year of programming, is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.

This year’s seminars approach the history of the Holocaust in terms of layers of meaning that are constantly being written, erased and rewritten. Each workshop draws on the expertise and experience of distinguished scholars and survivors/witnesses of the Holocaust. Whether the topic is a photographer’s journey to the Lithuanian killing fields, individual acts of resistance against Nazi oppression in the Third Reich, or the experience replaced with memories of a Yugoslav child survivor, memory and meaning provide the signposts in their attempts to make sense of the past.

HLHW events aim to preserve the testimonies of victims and survivors of the Holocaust, allowing their firsthand stories to enlighten and inspire action against intolerance. All workshops are free and held in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

October 10 – Past is Prologue: A Journey of Discovery with Barbara Michelman
Our first event this fall features photographer Barbara Michelman who will share the story of her father who was born in the village of Paneriai, the site of one of the worst massacres of Jews during World War II. For Michelman, Paneriai is a landscape of loss and silence—a silence exemplified by her father who was born there. Though he escaped the slaughter, he was haunted by the tragedy. 

After a trip to Paneriai in present-day Lithuania, Michelman was so moved by the experience that she converted her feelings into art. In her solo exhibition, “Past is Prologue,” Michelman showcases a series of photo montages made with a mixture of words and images, portions of old letters, documents, names of people and towns, all echoing the voices of the vanished. In addition to Michelman’s lecture on October 10, part of her exhibit will be on display in Geisel Library’s West Wing on the 2nd (main) Floor from September 24 – December 13, 2018.

Michelman’s lecture on October 10 is preceded by a tribute to Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a prominent clinical psychologist, motivational speaker, and survivor of the Holocaust. Dr. Eger is the author of the award-winning memoir “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.” The tribute begins at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required for the pre-event and lecture. Register at hlhw-michelman.eventbrite.comNote: This event is sold out and walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available.  Read more…

Fall Writing Series Features Prison Abolitionist, Poet, Bilingual Author and Asian American Novelist

The UC San Diego Department of Literature’s New Writing Series is back this fall with a number of events taking place in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room! We are excited to announce their upcoming readings from Jackie Wang, Sesshu Foster, Manuel Paul López and Marilyn Chin. The events are free and open to the public.

Jackie Wang — Wednesday, October 10 — Visual Art Facilities, Performance Space 306 at 5 p.m.

Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster, and Ph.D. student at Harvard University. Her latest work, The Twitter Hive Mind Is Dreaming is forthcoming at Robocup Press. In Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e)/Intervention, 2018), Wang examines contemporary incarceration techniques and illustrates various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory and algorithmic policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and cybernetic governance.

 

Sesshu Foster — Wednesday, October 24 — Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5 p.m.

Winner of two American Book Awards, Foster is the author of four books of poetry, co-editor of Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry, and co-translator of Akrilica, by Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate of the United States. His latest book is City of the Future and his novel, Atomik Aztex, won a 2006 Believer Magazine Award. Since 1985, he has taught composition and literature in East Los Angeles, as well as creative writing at the University of Iowa, Pomona College, the California Institute of the Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and UC Santa Cruz.

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The True Cost Film Screening

True Cost Film

The True Cost Film Screening
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

 

This October kicks off Campus Sustainability Month! This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education. To celebrate and kickoff a new year of sustainability advancements, we are hosting a film screening of the documentary The True Cost.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The film screening is free and open to the public. The film is 90 minutes long, so feel comfortable to leave early or come late to accommodate your schedule. Feel free to bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be served!

Hosted by the Library Sustainability Committee.

A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain

Neuroscientist and zombie enthusiast Bradley Voytek applies his neuro-know-how to dissect the puzzle of what has happened to the zombie brain to make the undead act differently than their human prey.

Monday, October 22, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room 

Even if you’ve never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently memory-less existence, zombies are the walking nightmares of our deepest fears. What do these characteristic behaviors reveal about the inner workings of the zombie mind? Could we diagnose zombism as a neurological condition by studying their behavior?

Bradley Voytek is an associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, the Neurosciences Graduate Program, and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. He is both an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow and National Academies Kavli Fellow, as well as a founding faculty member of the UCSD Data Science program and Halicioglu Data Science Institute. He was formerly a Data Scientist at Uber. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in neuroscience and was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF. His research centers around the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. His research program combines large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research. He is also known for his zombie brain “research” with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen, with whom he has published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?, by Princeton University Press. He blogs at Oscillatory Thoughts and is active on twitter as @bradleyvoytek.

For event questions or concerns please contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu .

 

The Future of Learning: A Talk with Dan Russell, Search Quality Engineer at Google

Note: This event is sold out and walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. The event will be recorded and available for post-viewing via The Library Channel.

Join us in hearing Dan Russell’s experience in search quality and where the future of learning will take us. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Register here

What does it mean to be literate in the age of Google? At a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds, scan over trillions of online images, and look deeply into planet-wide maps, we need to rethink what it means to be literate and to be a learner. Although you might think that “literacy” is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. How will advancements in virtual- and augmented-realities affect the way we reason, understand, and think?

In his talk, Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.

You’re Invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Oct. 9

Digital Media Lab Open House
Tuesday, October 9  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Geisel Library, East Commons (2nd Floor)

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting, high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor). Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you.

The Digital Media Lab offers:

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment, including:
    • 2 HTC Vive headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift headsets
  • 3D scanning (photogrammetry and IR)
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

Contact the Digital Media Lab to learn more about the space or to set up a consultation.

Celebrating the Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: An Evening of Eerie Prose & Poetry

Celebrating the Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:
An Evening of Eerie Prose & Poetry
Wednesday, October 31
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join the UC San Diego Library as we celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Published in 1818, the classic novel is considered by many to be the first piece of science fiction and greatly influenced the horror and sci-fi genres. To commemorate 200 years since its publication, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a spoken/written word event on Wednesday, October 31 in the Seuss Room.

Submit works of either prose or poetry (or perhaps a letter, as correspondence was a major literary device in Frankenstein) that are no more than 200 words. We encourage you to explore horror or sci-fi themes related to the novel, including (but not limited to): maleficent medicine, unsupervised science, abandoned creations, problematic Prometheus, etc.

You’ll have the opportunity to read your work or have someone read it aloud for you! Email your entry to spaulson@ucsd.edu by or before October 29.

Enjoy experimental libations at our refreshment laboratory and eerie music from our haunting house band! This event is free and open to the public.

There will also be an exhibit in Geisel’s 1st Floor (West Wing) that will highlight Frankenstein’s scientific and medical background, as well as a paper theater featuring the main characters of the book. This exhibit will be on display until November 4.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read!

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org

 

What do To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, and Thirteen Reasons Why have in common? Believe it or not, they were among the most banned books in the United States in 2017! To celebrate the freedom to read and highlight the value of free and open access to information, the UC San Diego Library is proud to participate in the nationally recognized Banned Books Week from September 23 to 29. Every year, Banned Books Week serves as a reminder that the censorship not only infringes on the fundamental right to read, but also silences important and influential stories.

Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event organized by an international alliance of diverse organizations to support the expression of ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” emphasizes that everyone has a responsibility to speak out against the rising tide of censorship.

The Library created two exhibits dedicated to celebrating our freedom to read. A physical exhibit can be found on display in Geisel West, 1st floor (near Media Desk stairs) and a digital exhibit can be found in the lounge area in Audrey’s Café.

Geisel Library Welcome Week Tours for New Students

Welcome Week Geisel Library Tours

 

Welcome New Tritons! Learn about the UC San Diego Library’s services and resources by attending a tour.

Welcome Week Geisel Library Tours for New Students

Tour space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis

Monday, September 24th: 10 a.m.

Monday, September 24th: 1 p.m.

Wednesday. September 26th: 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 26th: 1 p.m.

These tours showcase the wide variety of study spaces, library collections, technologies, equipment, and amenities offered within Geisel Library, and offer an introduction to the many services its staff provides. Services and spaces offered in the nearby Biomedical Library Building are also mentioned. Tours are approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Library visitors are asked to respect the needs of the campus community by minimizing interference, not blocking traffic, and keeping visits short. Tour groups are restricted to the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Floors 4 – 6 are designated for quiet study, and floor 7 is for silent study.  Floor 8 is closed.

 

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record Exhibit

the US White House light up from the outside with different color lights

Image: Ted Eytan

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record Exhibit
September 17 – November 2, 2018
Geisel Library, Main Floor, East Wing

 

The United States government provides a wealth of primary sources that can be used to document our nation’s stance on many social movements.  What does the public record say about LGBTQ life?

Kelly Smith, Librarian for U.S. and San Diego Government Information, and Urban Studies & Planning, and Environmental Planning at UC San Diego, and Jesse Silva, Librarian for Federal and State Government Information, Political Science, Public Policy and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley, decided to delve into the public record to research this topic. This exhibit showcases selected documents pertaining to LGBTQ history and highlights aspects of LGBTQ life that have been impacted by actions of federal, state, and local governments. History shows that acceptance of LGBTQ people swings back and forth, and LGBTQ communities have responded by working to push the government to be inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations. Like many social movements, the struggle is ongoing.

Members of the LGBTQ community hold diverse viewpoints on, and continue to discuss, many of the subjects covered in this exhibit. For instance, while recognition of same-sex marriage is seen as a victory by many, others see this decision as problematic because they view marriage as assimilation into heteronormative culture.

Check out the accompanying guide, which highlights a number of primary sources documenting the U.S. federal government’s stance on issues related to the LGBTQ movement from the 1800s to the present day. These documents illustrate that our government’s policies toward LGBTQ people have evolved greatly over the years and continue to change – though not always for the better. This guide lists a number of related government documents, including links to those that are freely available online. The authors envision this as a living guide and intend to update it as new relevant resources become available.

Taken as a whole, many of the materials in the exhibit shed light on the larger context of LGBTQ community through time — highlighting that the fight for equal treatment has not taken a linear path, marked by continuous progress.

Special thanks to the UC Berkeley Library LGBTQ History Exhibit Committee for sharing their resources.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact Kelly Smith, k5smith@ucsd.edu.

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