The Magic of Concepts: A Book Talk with Author and NYU Professor Rebecca Karl

Join us for a book talk with author Rebecca E. Karl, Associate Professor of History at New York University, about her new book, The Magic of Concepts: History and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

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In The Magic of Concepts, Rebecca E. Karl interrogates “the economic” as concept and practice as it was construed historically in China in the 1930s and again in the 1980s and 1990s. Separated by the Chinese Revolution and Mao’s socialist experiments, each era witnessed urgent discussions about how to think about economic concepts derived from capitalism in modern China. Both eras were highly cosmopolitan and each faced its own global crisis in economic and historical philosophy: in the 1930s, capitalism’s failures suggested that socialism offered a plausible solution, while the abandonment of socialism five decades later provoked a rethinking of the relationship between history and the economic as social practice. Interweaving a critical historiography of modern China with the work of the Marxist-trained economist Wang Yanan, Karl shows how “magical concepts” based on dehistoricized Eurocentric and capitalist conceptions of historical activity that purport to exist outside lived experiences have erased much of the critical import of China’s twentieth-century history. In this volume, Karl retrieves the economic to argue for a more nuanced and critical account of twentieth-century Chinese and global historical practice.rebecca-photo

Rebecca E. Karl is Associate Professor of History at New York University. She is the author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History and Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, and co-translator (with Xueping Zhong) of Cai Xiang’s Revolution and Its Narratives: China’s Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966, all also published by Duke University Press. She co-translated and coedited (with Lydia H. Liu and Dorothy Ko) The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, the UC San Diego History Department, the UC San Diego Literature Department, the Japanese Studies Program, the UC-Fudan Center.

For questions or more information, please contact Jinn Moon at jinmoon@ucsd.edu.

Avoid the Check-Out Lines

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In a hurry? Line just too long? Head over to a Self-Check machine and you’ll be on the go in no time. Best part? Almost never a line!

Geisel Library offers five self-check stations (opposite the Front Desk on both the east and west sides)

Never done it before? It’s easy:

  1. Move your ID card under the red light with the barcode facing up.
  2. Doing one book at a time, slide the book’s barcode under the red light.
  3. Listen for the “clunk” sound.
  4. Press “Done” after your last book.
  5. Print [or don’t print] a receipt.

It’s that simple! So give it try the next time you visit us. You can also find Self-Check machines at the Biomedical Library.

Short Tales from the Mothership

If you enjoy creative writing or hearing original short stories, you won’t want to miss this Flash-Fantasy-Sci-Fiction open mic event. 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 for the campus and San Diego communities on:

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Writers should send fantasy or science fiction pieces of no more than 250 words to student leader Amber Gallant, at lib-adgallan@mail.ucsd.edu, prior to the live reading. Early entries are due by Tuesday, January 17. At the event you will have the opportunity to read your entry or have it read aloud for you. All are welcome to come listen to these short stories from beyond!

“Short Tales from the Mother Ship” is the first meeting of our micro-fiction project. We’ll identify further writing goals and look for future co-hosts that evening—but, mostly, we’ll be celebrating an elegant genre by listening to short tales from fellow futurists, time-travelers, inventors, artists and writers. This evening is inspired by the short postcard stories that magazine editor George Hay encouraged in the 1970’s. He dared such authors as Arthur C. Clarke to send sci-fi stories that easily fit onto a postcard.

Otherworldly libations from our refreshment laboratory will be served along with live theremin & synthesizer musical interludes.

This event, hosted by the UC San Diego Library in partnership with The Writing + Critical Expression Hub at the Teaching + Learning Commons, is free and open to the public. Questions and general inquiries can be directed to Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

Pedagogies of Access in Mutable Configurations of Space and Interaction

Join us for an opening reception and faculty talk.

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 Pedagogies of Access in Mutable Configurations of Space and Interaction
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
5:30 – 7:oo pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

 

A conversation about access and inclusion facilitated by Brian Goldfarb (UC San Diego), Suzanne Stolz (University of San Diego), and Louise Hickman (UC San Diego).

Understandings of disability and access are cast in relation to the built and social environment, and the terrains and atmospheres that convey disablement are mutable. We witness this as networked culture recasts capacities and disparities through redistributions of space and time, connection and vulnerability. Moving critical disability studies and activism forward entails attending to ways that disablement is enacted and reproduced in emergent environments that confound previous terms of sociality: intimacy and distance, inclusion and marginalization, security and vulnerability, autonomy and interdependence, public and private, lay and expert, etc. As such, pedagogies attentive to the complex, often divergent, effects produced in the weave of online and offline social life are needed for rethinking how (dis)ability is learned and ways we can unlearn ableism.

We will also celebrate the Access exhibit which includes projects by seven groups of students that participated in an undergraduate seminar in the Communication Department. Our aim was to further the discussion of access among the UC San Diego community by exploring physical, cultural, economic and other limits to participation. Together these projects ask: How accessible is UC San Diego? How accessible is Geisel?

The exhibit is located in Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor, East and West wings.

Brian Goldfarb is professor in the UC San Diego Department of Communication.  His research and media production focuses on contemporary visual and digital culture, disability studies and education. His book, Visual Pedagogy: Media Cultures in and beyond the Classroom, considers how media technologies were used in the second half of the 20th century to advance models of pedagogy across the arts, education, and postcolonial politics in the United States and globally. His current projects include Global Tourette, a digital documentary and media exchange project that engages cultural and professional responses to Tourette Syndrome in the US, Argentina and other contexts internationally.  He was also curator of education at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC from 1994 – 1997 where he organized exhibitions and directed the education program. His media and art projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Suzanne Stolz, Ed.D. serves at the University of San Diego as Academic Coordinator of the Online M.Ed. and as faculty for the program’s Universal Design for Learning and Inclusive Education specialization. A former high school English teacher and school administrator, she is passionate about working with teachers to better understand the nuances of disability experience and create inclusive school communities. She is currently working on a manuscript titled, Disability Trajectories, that draws on her experiences as a disabled woman leading mentoring programs for disabled young people and conducting trainings for school districts on What Graduates with IEPs Wish Their Educators Addressed.

Louise Hickman is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the University of California San Diego. She completed her Bachelors degree with honors in American Studies at King’s College London, and the University of California, Berkeley. During her year at Berkeley, she served as Vice-President of the Disabled Student’s Union. Louise has served as an access consultant for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory and Technoscience, a peer-reviewed, open-source journal, advocating for a platform where access will remain an on-going, reflexive and collaborative project in digital and disability design. Her dissertation, titled Creating Accessible Infrastructure: Disability, Technology and Transcription, considers how persons with sensory disabilities access transcription, made possible through assistive technologies. Following this premise, her work has also included the installation of The Totem Project, which was shown as part of the exhibition “Senses of Care” in Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s Gallery Space) in Spring 2014.

Hosted by the UC San Diego Library and Department of Communication.

Accessing Reserves

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It’s the first week of the quarter and your professor told you there are items on reserve. What do you do next?

  1. Go to: reserves.ucsd.edu
  2. Enter your AD login – the same you use to access your campus email.
  3. Select your course.  All items on reserve from your professor will be listed.

Electronic items such as e-books, articles, and streaming media will have easy access. Just click.

Physical items are available at library service desks. Have your Student ID and the Call number ready. If a book is not available, you can be put on the waiting list.

For a quick video tutorial and FAQs, visit: library.ucsd.edu/resources/course-reserves/for-students.html.

All Library Buildings CLOSED Dec. 24 – Jan. 3

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From Saturday, December 24, 2016, to Tuesday, January 3, 2017, ALL UC San Diego Library buildings, including the Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library, will be CLOSED. Library buildings will reopen on their regular schedules on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Information about Library services available during the holiday closure can be found at: lib.ucsd.edu/library-holiday-closure.  Online resources such as electronic journals, electronic books, and databases will remain accessible during the closure. Faculty, staff, and students may access library-licensed resources via VPN (make sure to choose the group allthruucsd to be properly authenticate).

The UC San Diego Library wishes everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

Why yes! We have Wi-Fi

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If you are a student, faculty or staff, you can log onto our network using your UCSD email and password. You can find out more information here:

http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/computing/wireless.html

If you are a guest, just pull up your browser and the UCSD guest login should appear. Acknowledge your acceptance and you’re in!

Visit Geisel’s Stress-Free-Zone During Finals: December 5 – 7, 2016

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2016 Turkey Calling Show

Join the Library for its annual Turkey Calling Show in honor of America’s cherished Thanksgiving holiday. Investigate the American turkey’s surprising presence in European art and learn more about the bird through turkey calling techniques. This noisy show at Geisel Library has become a community tradition. Kids are welcome and will be encouraged to actively participate in the fun. Presented as an old-time radio hour, this celebration is filled with music, sound-effects and stories of interest.

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12:00 – 1:oo pm

Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Host and bandleader Scott Paulson, a UC San Diego alumnus and Exhibits & Events Coordinator at the UC San Diego Library, has been lauded by the Union-Tribune for his family-friendly shows. The Los Angeles times described his activities as follows: “Paulson’s brand of G-rated fun, a sort of modern day morphing of Captain Kangaroo and Spike Jones, is always lively and at times wonderfully chaotic.”

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For more info, contact Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5758.

3D CAVEkiosk Now Open in Geisel Library

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Travel to at-risk cultural heritage sites around the world and explore them in virtual reality at Geisel Library’s new 3D CAVEkiosk. The life-size kiosk, located in the East Commons on the main floor, is now open to the campus community and the public at large during Library open hours through November 2017. 3D glasses and a controller are available near the TV screens. Personnel at the nearby East Commons Desk and Digital Media Lab are available to assist with your interaction of the kiosk technology if needed. Click here to learn more about the one-of-a-kind, large-scale 3D immersive environment.

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