“What the F” – A Book Talk with Professor Benjamin Bergen

Nearly everyone swears—whether it’s over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet, we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we’ll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

Benjamin Bergen explores these behaviors in his book, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. As a Professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, Bergen studies language and cognition in the laboratory and in the wild. Read more…

Need a space to meet with students?

The library provides a space in both its Geisel East Commons (2nd Floor) and the Biomedical Library Building (Room 201) for teaching assistants (TAs), instructors and Instructional Assistants to meet with individual students or small groups of students. The Geisel TA / Instructor Consultation Area currently offers a round table & 4 chairs in a semi-private area. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can be used, as needed. While no computer is available, wireless internet and power outlets are available. Because it’s fully enclosed, BLB Room 201 is also an ideal site for TAs and instructors to host makeup exams with individuals or small groups, or exams for individuals requiring additional testing time or accommodations.  Detailed information is available at http://libraries.ucsd.edu/spaces/instructor-ta-consults.html.

Library Sets Bold Campaign Goals to Advance Learning, Research, & Innovation

On March 25, UC San Diego officially launched the Campaign for UC San Diego, a $2 billion comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience and the campus, with worldwide impacts. The public launch of the Campaign was celebrated at a technology-rich event at the campus’ RIMAC arena, where guests were awed by a dynamic multimedia experience, showcasing innovation and experimentation, and underscoring the university’s unconventional history.

The Campaign for UC San Diego will help fund three key priorities: enhancing the student experience; enriching our campus community; and sparking research and innovation. With the support of UC San Diego friends, alumni, and parents, the university aims to boost investments in these areas to fuel innovative treatments and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Given the essential role the UC San Diego Library plays in sparking research and innovation at the university, the Library’s campaign priorities are well-aligned with those of the campus. A top priority for the Library and the campus is to raise additional funds to support the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI). Because of the significance of the initiative for student learning and the campus overall, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla has agreed to match gifts raised up to $1 million, doubling the impact of other contributions. Donations to the GLRI are designated to support renovation or maintenance activities.

“We are seeking support for a multi-million dollar initiative to transform the first, second, and eighth floors in Geisel Library into modern, collaborative, technology-rich spaces that advance the learning and research efforts of our talented students and researchers,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. Read more…

Schottlaender’s Gifts to Advance Geisel Revitalization & Poetry Archive

With his retirement on the horizon, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender has pledged two generous gifts to the UC San Diego Library, one to advance the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) and another to support the Archive for New Poetry in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Between now and the end of the academic year, Schottlaender, who recently announced his plans to retire in June 2017, said he will focus his energies on raising funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a top priority for the Library and the campus. In addition, he has made a planned gift for the GLRI Maintenance Endowment.

“I can’t think of a higher priority for the campus and for our students, especially, than raising the funds we need to revitalize the major interior spaces of this architecturally stunning landmark building,” said Schottlaender. “Our students are among the most academically competitive in the nation. They spend an awful lot of time here, and deserve the most advanced, technology-equipped spaces we can offer, to accelerate their learning and discovery. This is why I made this gift to support the GLRI and why I would encourage others to consider supporting it.”

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Artist of the Pines: Tsuyoshi Matsumoto

Special Collections & Archives Exhibition

April 10, 2017 – May 26, 2017    Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Exhibition Reception

Tuesday, April 18, 2017    5 – 7 PM  ● Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Countless artists have been inspired over the last century by the distinctive beauty of the magnificent Torrey pines—the world’s rarest pine tree—at the 1,500 acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, San Diego’s most treasured coastal park. Of the many plein air artists to capture images of the trees and the park, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto—known as Mat—stands out, not just for the particular beauty of his sketches, but also for the devotion and attention he gave to his subject matter.

In a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the artist’s daughter, La Jolla resident Helen Kagan, a selection of Mat’s drawings and sketch books is now on display in Geisel Library’s West Wing. A self-taught artist, Mat began drawing pine trees in the late 1960’s. After visiting La Jolla and the Reserve when he was looking for a place to retire, the trees and the park made an indelible impression on him, and in 1973, he moved his family to La Jolla. Over the next decade and in the years preceding his death in 1982, Mat was a frequent visitor to the Reserve, producing some 800 drawings of Torrey pines, trees that he clearly worshipped and had a special affinity with. The pine tree has a favored status in Japanese culture, symbolizing good luck and longevity—and, furthermore, “Matsumoto” means “root of the pine.”

Visit the Library on Triton Day!

Campus visitors and current students can tour the Geisel Building and learn about the many academic services and student support initiatives the UC San Diego Library has to offer to incoming and continuing students. Tour times are 1:30 and 2:30. Two identical and simultaneous tours of 25 will be offered at each time. Register on the Triton Day page.

De-Stress at the 2017 Geisel Library “Block Party”

For more information, visit library.ucsd.edu/spaces/de-stress/index or email LearningSpaces@ucsd.edu.

Alumna Joyce Cutler-Shaw Honored for Major Contributions to the Library

Joyce Cutler Shaw pictured “In the Garden of Wild Birds and Grasses,” Walk-In Book, San Diego Central Library, 2015.

Internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, a member of the University of California San Diego’s inaugural M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) class of 1972, has received the UC San Diego Library’s Geisel Citation award for Library Philanthropy. Cutler-Shaw is the first alumna to receive the Library’s annual Geisel Citation, which is presented to active and stalwart supporters, who have made significant contributions to the growth and success of the Library. The award will be presented to the artist at a private event later this spring.

“Over the years, Joyce Cutler-Shaw has been an avid supporter and an active participant in the life of the UC San Diego Library,” said Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UC San Diego. “Many of her amazing and distinctive works of art are housed in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, and they have appeared in numerous Library exhibitions and artistic collaborations. Most recently, Joyce made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Cutler-Shaw Archives Program Fund at the UC San Diego Library. We are pleased to award this citation to Joyce in honor of her legacy of support and as an inspiration to others in the pursuit of knowledge, creativity, and transformational discovery.”

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National Film Screening of “1984”

On April 4, 2017, more than 160 independent movie theaters in 148 cities across 42 states will collectively participate in a screening of the 80’s movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Join us at the UC San Diego Library in the Seuss Room from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for this special event.

The date of April 4th is significant to Orwell’s protagonist, Winston Smith, as it marks the beginning of his rebellion against Big Brother by writing in a forbidden diary. Smith (played by the late John Hurt) is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia (Suzanna Hamilton) provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.

To view a full list of participating cinemas, click here.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego Gears up for Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on March 2

At the University of California San Diego, plans are underway for one of the campus’s favorite traditions—the annual birthday party held on March 2 for beloved author, artist, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This year marks the author’s 113th birthday, a celebration that coincides with national Read Across America Day.

Dr. Seuss fans near and far are invited to attend the noontime celebration on Thursday, March 2, to be held in front of Geisel Library, the campus’s flagship building named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995. University Librarian Brian Schottlaender will host the birthday festivities, which will include cake, as well as a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat and Seussian musical entertainment by The Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, directed by the Library’s Scott Paulson.  In addition to the birthday party, an exhibit of materials from the Dr. Seuss Collection will be on view through March 24 in Geisel Library. Read more…

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