2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshop Series Launches with Focus on “The Possibility of Renewal”

Posted On: October 5, 2017

The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego once again launches a year-long series of educational events that will focus on the theme, The Possibility of Renewal: The Shoah Between Past, Present, and Future. This year’s programming, presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, will unearth how renewal is possible in the wake of genocide, shed light on what it means for a defeated people to resurrect its past, and explore the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal.

HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Each month, members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. In accordance with this year’s theme, many of the 2017-18 speakers will remind us that while the massive destruction wrought by the Holocaust cannot be diminished, the attempt to move beyond catastrophe and rebuild life and culture deserves recognition as well. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

October 11—Like Shadows Walking: Liberating Treblinka with the Red Army with Jacob Sandbrand

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO ILLNESS. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Jacob Sandbrand

 The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 11, featuring Jacob Sandbrand who was barley 16 years old when he was forced to enlist in the Red Army. Sandbrand grew up in Kolomyia, a town formerly located in Eastern Poland considered to be in the “bloodlands”— the part of Eastern Europe that suffered the worst socio-political turmoil in the late 1930s and 40s. In September 1939, Kolomyia succumbed to Soviet invasion and its people—many of whom were Jewish—quickly became Soviet citizens, including Jacob. During his time in the Red Army, Sandbrand took part in the push westward and in the summer of 1944 he helped liberate Treblinka, a name that has come to epitomize the horrors of the Holocaust. Sandbrand will share his experience serving in the Red Army and how it felt to liberate a Nazi extermination camp.  Read more…

Poetry Reading: A Celebration of Jerome Rothenberg

Posted On: October 3, 2017

A half-century after its initial publication, poet Jerome Rothenberg’s brilliant anthology, Technicians of the Sacred, has been revised and expanded, and newly issued by the University of California Press.

The UC San Diego Library will host a celebration of Technicians of the Sacred on Thursday, October 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room with a reception to follow. Rothenberg and five other poets—Rae Armantrout, Ben Doller, Sandra Doller, John Bloomberg-Rissman, and Wai-lim Yip—will read from the volume.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the hundred most recommended American books of the late 20th century, Technicians of the Sacred has exposed generations of readers to the multiple possibilities of poetry throughout the world. This new edition provides readers with a wealth of newly gathered and translated texts from recently reinvigorated indigenous cultures, bringing the volume into the present and further extending the range and depth of what we recognize and read as poetry.

An emeritus professor of visual arts and literature at UC San Diego, Rothenberg has published more than 80 books, spanning poetry, translation, and assemblage. His extensive personal and professional archive is held in Special Collections & Archives at the UC San Diego Library.

Celebrate Armenian Culture with Library’s One Book, One San Diego Pop-Up Exhibit

Posted On: September 29, 2017

The UC San Diego Library has joined the San Diego County Library, the San Diego Public Library, KPBS and other partners in celebrating the 11th year of the popular One Book, One San Diego community reading program. 

A pop-up exhibit in Geisel reveals the nomination process of One Book, One San Diego and features this year’s selection, The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. The display located in Geisel West, Floor 2 also includes the titles selected for this year’s One Book companion programs: One Book Sin Fronteras selection (La Bastarda de Estambul by Elif Shafakin), One Book for Teens (I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached), and One Book for Kids (My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo).

The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding story of love and war where a young American volunteer, Elizabeth, travels to Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during WWI. There she meets a young Armenian engineer, Armen, who has lost his wife and daughter, and the two fall in love.

The goal of the One BookOne San Diego program is to encourage residents across the region to join in the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book while examining how themes presented in the book relate to our daily lives and local communities.

Other events including book discussions, film festivals, and cooking classes will be presented throughout the county to celebrate this year’s One Book, One San Diego selection. For a calendar of events and information about the program, click here.

Opening Reception — The Photography of Norman Spencer

Posted On: September 28, 2017

Join us in celebrating the addition of Norman Spencer photography and films to the UC San Diego Library collection. The Library will be hosting an opening reception on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Geisel’s Seuss Room.  The exhibit runs October 3 through November 1, 2017.

Courtesy of Norman Spencer

“Professor Spencer’s photographs captured the intimate moments of key players in Chinese alternative culture, especially queer cinema. The newly acquired collection of his photographs enhances the UC San Diego Library’s world-renowned reputation as the best place to study underground and independent Chinese cinema,” said Yingjin Zhang, Distinguished Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at UC San Diego.

Professor Zhang will give introductory remarks at the opening reception on October 10. Read more…

Germs Are Your Friends: Top UC San Diego Scientist Shares the Dirt

Posted On: September 27, 2017

Work of Renowned Multimedia Artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw Featured in “Library Duet” Exhibitions

Original drawings for The Alphabet of Bones, 1987.

Posted On: September 19, 2017

The UC San Diego Library and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla are teaming up to celebrate the work of internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The joint exhibition, “Library Duet,” highlights the many stages of a distinguished and prolific artist’s career. The Athenaeum exhibit, opening September 23, will display a retrospective of Cutler-Shaw’s artist’s books from its permanent collection, while the UC San Diego Library will exhibit Cutler-Shaw’s archival materials, including its permanent display—Alphabet of Bones—and Cutler-Shaw’s current work, Brain Project. An opening reception will be held in Geisel Library on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 5 – 7 pm in the Seuss Room.

“Library Duet” comes 14 years after “Library Quartet,” an exhibition of Cutler-Shaw’s works that was concurrently held in four libraries throughout the city, including: the UC San Diego Library, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, and two San Diego Public Library branches—the Earl & Birdie Taylor Branch and the Mission Valley Branch. Such a collaboration was the first of its kind in the region.

An artist who works across media, Cutler-Shaw’s work include drawings, artist’s books, installations, and public commissions. Brain Project is a current work that follows Cutler-Shaw’s recent diagnosis of corticobasal syndrome and degeneration with brain scans in various forms, tunnel books with videos, and handwriting and drawing samples. Works from this collection will be one of many items on display on the main floor in Geisel Library (2nd floor, West Wing) from October 5 through October 27, 2017. Read more…

Geek Out with Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival

Posted On: September 18, 2017

Submissions needed for Short Tales from the Mothership! Taken from the sci-fi aesthetics of UC San Diego’s iconic Geisel Library  building, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a written/spoken word event on Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Seuss Room.  

Writers should send fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words to spaulson@ucsd.edu by Friday, October 13. Participants will be entered into a raffle to win items from UC San Diego’s Science Nonfiction “I Believe” campaign including t-shirts, posters, and other freebies. At the event you will have the opportunity to read your entry or have it read aloud for you. Everyone is welcome to come listen to these short stories from the beyond! For more details, click here

 

Are You a Techie? Join Us for the Digital Media Lab Open House!

Posted On: September 14, 2017

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!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 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
    • 360 Video Cameras
  • Augmented reality projects in Unity and Vuforia
  • Research consultations for simple part production and 3D visualizations
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

For more information about the Digital Media Lab, click here. For questions or concerns, contact Scott McAvoy at smcavoy@ucsd.edu.

 

Geisel Library Closing Early September 8, 2017

Posted On: August 31, 2017

On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser will take place in the Geisel Library building.

To allow for preparation for this event, the 1st Floor West of the Geisel Library Lower Level will close to Library users at 12:00 pm. This includes access to the Media Desk and Teaching + Learning Commons. All users must be out of the 1st Floor West of Geisel Library building by 12:00pm.

The rest of Geisel Library building except for the East Commons and the Front Desk will close at 4:00 pm. The East Commons and the Front Desk will remain open to provide services to Library users during Summer Session II Finals.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this early closing may cause.

The Biomedical Library Building will remain open for its regular Friday hours.

Geisel will reopen on Saturday, September 9.

Student Focused De-Stressing Activities

Posted On: August 16, 2017

The Brody Commons, Geisel Floor 1, West Wing display cases are showcasing some of the engaging projects created by students last year while participating in de-stressing activities. It also features the calendar of pending library activities so students will again have the opportunity to engage in some creative play during the academic year. Many of these activities will take place in the student focused East Commons on Geisel floor 2, a very popular study space with students.

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