Film Screening & Food Drive: A Place at the Table

Film Screening: A Place at the Table
Monday, November 20, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

A recent study found “that levels of food insecurity among households with students in four-year colleges and vocational education were 11.2 and 13.5 percent, respectively, in 2015—rates that are largely similar to national levels.” In addition, 50 million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table is a 2012 documentary film directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, with appearances by Jeff Bridges, Raj Patel, and chef Tom Colicchio. The film tells the powerful stories of three Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat, and examines how you think about the hungry.

Open to the public. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
Feel free to bring your lunch and leave early or come late to accommodate your schedule.

Food Drive

If you can, please bring non-perishable food donations for the UC San Diego Triton Food Pantry.  They are especially looking for: canned meats (like chicken, tuna), cereal, peanut butter, and top ramen. See video on the Triton Food Pantry facebook page.

For information about accessible parking on campus, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu.

This event is hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

The Chinese Typewriter & the Future of It

You’re invited for a fascinating discussion with Stanford historian Tom Mullaney about the history of the Chinese Typewriter on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Geisel’s Seuss Room from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

In his new book, The Chinese Typewriter: A HistoryMullaney tells the story of a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter.

The book examines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing. This project has received three major awards and fellowships, including the 2013 Usher Prize, a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship. Today, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology — transforming global communications and technology.

To register for the event, click here. For information about accessible parking on campus, click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Samuel Tsoi at stsoi@ucsd.edu.  This event is free and open to the public.

Geisel After Dark 2017

Don’t miss the 4th annual Geisel After Dark Library Student Success & Safety Information Fair on Thursday, November 2 from 8-10 p.m. in Geisel’s Seuss Room.

Enjoy free snacks, games, and activities while learning how different campus and Library departments, units, and programs can help you succeed at UCSD! The event’s focus is on student support, resources, services, and safety. Highlights include a R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) demonstration. Stop by for a chance to win one of several $20 TritonCash gift cards!

Lecture by Vikram Chandra, author of The Geek Sublime, Thursday, October 26

Vikram Chandra  (UC Berkeley English Department) and author of “The Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty”  will lecture Thursday October 26th followed by a round table discussion with Lilly Irani, (Communication Dept), Shayan Mookherjea (Electrical & Computer Engineering Department), and Sanjay Nigam (School of Medicine).  This is co-sponsored with Science Studies, the Warren College Writing Program, and the Marshall College Dimensions of Culture Program, with support of the Indira Foundation.   Join us in the Seuss Room, Geisel Library, from 4-6 pm.

From the description of his book:
Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary book he returns to his early days as a writer, when he was beginning Red Earth and Pouring Rain, and looks at the connections between these two worlds of art and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style just as writers are but do the words mean the same thing to both? And is it a coincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways of thinking? To answer his questions, Chandra delves into the writings of Abhinavagupta, the tenth- and eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker, and creates an idiosyncratic history of coding.

It’s International Open Access Week, Oct. 23-29!

Today kicks off  International Open Access Week! The UC San Diego Library is joining the conversation about the importance of openly available scholarship by sharing Open Access tools, news, and advocacy opportunities in order to actively support the full scholarly communication lifecycle.

Open In Order to Reuse!

We are kicking off #OAWeek with opportunities to learn more about Open Access, tools to facilitate and share your research as widely as possible, and actions to take to influence policy to safeguard public access to research and scholarship. 

What is Open Access?  Read more…

Take-a-Break Midterm De-stressors

Join your friends, make new ones, or come alone to Geisel’s East Commons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during Weeks 4, 5, and 6 for our Midterms Take-A-Break activities. Take a break from studying and tests to build, color, create, and play. See details below. Events run from 4-6pm daily.

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

A noted scholar and a world-leader in microbiome research, Rob Knight, Ph.D. will take guests inside the human body and share the dirt on the microbiome, the focus of his new book, published in June 2017. On Tuesday, October 24, Knight will discuss Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room. The UC San Diego Library talk is free to attend and open to the public. A reception and a book signing with Dr. Knight will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event from the UC San Diego Bookstore. Click here to RSVP.

Until recently, the human microbiome was virtually unheard of, but now it’s drawn all kinds of attention and has become the latest buzz word in medicine. Knight, director of the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (part of the White House’s National Microbiome Initiative), has found with the help of other researchers that the bacteria living in and on our bodies are critical contributors to human and environmental health. At his October 24 talk, Knight will discuss how those microbes are far from the freeloaders they were once thought to be. On the contrary, they help us digest, process nutrients, and are constantly interacting with—and helping shape—our immune systems.  Read more…

2017 Dinner in the Library Gala Raises Significant Support for Smart Learning Spaces

Interim University Librarian Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Author Ann Patchett, Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego’s 14th annual Dinner in the Library lived up to its reputation as the premier campus event for lovers of libraries and books. Hosted by Interim University Librarian, Tammy Nickelson Dearie, the yearly tradition transformed the first floor of Geisel Library into an elegant cocktail and dining area amidst book collections and study spaces.

Drawing a crowd of more than 160 library friends and supporters, the gala raised $205,000 to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which will  transform the 1st, 2nd, and 8th floors of Geisel Library to benefit student learning and research. Dearie gave special thanks to all those who generously supported this year’s Dinner, especially lead sponsor Audrey Geisel, and Jeanne Jones, who chaired the Dinner’s honorary committee for the second consecutive year.

This year’s keynote speaker, international best-selling author Ann Patchett mesmerized the audience as she described her evolving relationship with books and how she became a champion for independent bookstores. In 2011, Patchett opened her own bookstore—Parnassus Books in Nashville—at a time when bookstores were closing all over America. Very few people thought she would make it in an era of superstores and mass merchandisers such as Amazon, but she prevailed. The store has doubled in size and now there’s a second outpost of Parnassus Books at the Nashville airport. Read more…

Gift to UC San Diego Library Enhances Its Distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection

Ted Schwartz and Paliau Maloat, founder of the Paliau Movement, in Central Park, New York, 1970.

The UC San Diego Library recently received a generous gift to create the Schwartz Library Collection Endowment for Melanesian/Anthropology Studies, in honor of UC San Diego Professor Emeritus Theodore (Ted) Schwartz, a prominent figure in psychological anthropology. The fund will support in perpetuity the Library’s distinguished Melanesian and Anthropology Studies Collection. In addition to the endowed fund, Schwartz’s personal papers have been donated to the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, where they will be available for use by scholars, researchers, and educators.

“We are delighted to make this gift to honor the work of my uncle, Theodore Schwartz, in Melanesian Studies and support the excellence of the Library’s collections in this area of distinction for UC San Diego,” said Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz. “This endowed fund will ensure that Ted’s research and the Library’s collections in Melanesian and Anthropology Studies are preserved and accessible to scholars at UC San Diego and around the world.”

Photo album.

More than 80 boxes of Schwartz’s personal papers were donated to the Library, which include correspondence with notable anthropologists, expedition notebooks, lecture notes, and photographs from expeditions. Significant amounts of film and audio clips have also been donated, including footage of his early work with the well-known cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. The collection provides insights to Schwartz’s work, which consisted of extensive documentation capturing indigenous languages, interviews, genealogies, and reflects his methodical approach and comprehensive data analysis. Read more…

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

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…

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