Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure

Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure – with Martin Haas
Wednesday, February 7 • 5:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

All HLHW events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Martin Haas

On Wednesday, February 7, the Holocaust Living History Workshop series will feature UC San Diego professor emeritus Martin Haas who will share the tragic history of his family’s death and his experience in court where he came face-to-face with the man who was involved in his family’s murder.

In 2009, Haas participated as a co-plaintiff in the Bavarian Superior Court case against the Ukrainian-born Ivan Demjanjuk, a U.S. citizen who had participated in the mass-extermination of European Jews during World War II. What does it mean to come face to face with a man who was involved in the murder of one’s family? Does a belated reckoning such as the Munich trial permit true closure?

In this talk, Haas relates the tragic history of his family and shares his experience in court. Born into a Dutch-Jewish family, Haas spent WWII in hiding with a Catholic family. In 1946 he was adopted by a distant relative and emigrated to Israel where he would earn a degree in electrical engineering and serve three years in the Israeli Army. He subsequently studied biophysics at UC Berkeley and obtained his Ph.D. in biology. In 1981 Haas joined the UC San Diego faculty as professor of biology and oncology.

 For more information, visit our website at library.ucsd.edu/hlhwFor information about accessible parking on campus, click hereMore information about parking on campus.

Let Loose in Seuss: Graduate Student Open House

Geisel Library Open House for Graduate Students
Friday, February 23 • 6-8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Heads up, graduate students! You’re invited to a special after-hours event in Geisel Library. Come check out our space without the crowds and explore some of the great resources and spaces available. Meet and socialize with librarian research specialists, enjoy free food, sample beer, and participate in a scavenger hunt (don’t forget to bring a valid ID). We look forward to meeting you!

Winter Writing Series Features Dream Delivery Poet, Tarot illustrator, and Russian Flash Fiction Writer

UC San Diego’s New Writing Series is excited to announce their upcoming  readings from Mathias Svalina, Cristy C. Road, and Linor Goralik. The writing series are free and open to the public!

Mathias Svalina – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 4:30 pm

Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the author of five books, including The Wine-Dark Sea, Wastoid, & Destruction Myth. His writing has been widely published & anthologized, & has received awards from The Pushcart Prize, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, & New Michigan Press, among others. In 2006 he co-founded the small press Octopus Books, for which he continues to be an editor. He started the Dream Delivery Service in 2014 & has traveled around the country delivering dreams every day to subscribers in various American cities including San Diego. The Dream Delivery Service has held residencies with MCA Denver, MOCA Tucson, Austin Modern, & The University of Arizona Poetry Center, & has been profiled on BBC World News, & NPR’s Morning EditionRead more…

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books

Pacific Standard Time: Latin American Artists’ Books
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Saturday, April 7, 2018
Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor, west wing

Southern California cultural institutions are currently celebrating Latin American and Latino/a art through Pacific Standard Time, a collaborative effort initiated by the Getty Foundation. From San Diego to Santa Barbara, museums, libraries, and galleries are mounting exhibitions about ancient or pre-modern worlds, others are hosting studies of individual artists in the modern and contemporary environments.

The UC San Diego Library has chosen to draw on one of its strengths and explore Latin American and Latino/a artists’ books published in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The artists hail from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, and the United States.  All of the works exhibited are drawn from Special Collections & Archives, which houses the Library’s extensive collection of artists’ books.

Artists’ books go beyond the traditional book format in their wide-ranging use of materials and methods of presentation. Artists’ books may be accordion, scroll, box, sculpture, painted, or any other form. They can be in a variety of media. The subject matter can be anything, and they may be unique or mass produced. Books selected for this exhibition provide examples of the richness of the artists’ books collection in the UC San Diego Library as well as acknowledge the significance of Latin American and Latino/a resources to the UC San Diego community.

“Celebrating Pacific Standard Time at UC San Diego Library”
Friday, January 5, 2018 – Monday, April 2, 2018 
Geisel Library, first floor

A complementary exhibit highlighting Latin American and Latino/a art from the Library’s Arts Collection is on view near the Media Desk on the 1st floor. The Library has pulled together publications from the Arts Collection including related exhibition catalogues, museum catalogues, monographs, and other print documentation. Enjoy!

Parking Impact for Library Events on January 17, 2018

Please be aware that due to several events across campus, parking at UC San Diego will be limited on Wednesday, January 17 for the Holocaust Living History Workshop lecture with William Lerach. The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations event starts at 5 p.m. Please allow 10-15 minutes to purchase a permit, park, and walk to Geisel Library.

We encourage all attendees to park in the Gilman Parking Structure. Please note an attendant will be on hand as you enter the structure to purchase a permit. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Upcoming Library Workshops – Research Databases & Managing References

The UC San Diego Library is offering a large selection of workshops this Winter for all UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. All workshops are free.

For more information and to register please go to:

***Search Series – Library Databases and Search Tools***

PubMed: The Basics
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

PubMed: Beyond the Essentials
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am

***Information Management Series***

Citations – Which Tool to Use?
Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am  Read more…

Geisel Library’s 8th Floor and Tower Restroom Renovations Continue to Move Forward in Winter 2018

The long-awaited and much-needed renovation of the interior spaces of Geisel Library continues to move forward as Winter Quarter kicks off. Geisel’s 8th floor will remain closed through Winter Quarter 2018 in order to create an updated, modern space for individual study. Construction work is ongoing and the 8th floor  is expected to reopen in Spring Quarter 2018. Simultaneously, the restrooms on Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 continue to undergo renovation with the addition of new ADA-accessible and gender-neutral restrooms on each floor.

Throughout the course of the restroom renovations, Geisel’s floors 4 – 7 will remain open, and there will be restroom access on each floor at all times. Restroom renovations on floors 4 – 7 are expected to be completed in late Spring Quarter 2018. Generally, construction will occur in one shift, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptions may occur and Library staff will notify users in advance when possible.

With the continuing need to provide quiet study space, Geisel’s 7th floor continues to serve as the temporary silent study floor during the closure of the 8th floor, and the Biomedical Library Building has been declared a Quiet Building indefinitely. The collection of oversized materials that was on Geisel’s 8th floor has been moved to the 6th floor. The Roger catalog can be used to find the current locations of any books.

The renovation of the 8th floor marks the next phase of the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI), which began in 2015 with the construction of Audrey’s Café. Responding to student, faculty, and staff feedback, the renovation sets out to transform the interior public spaces of Geisel Library by dramatically enhancing the user experience through modern, technology-rich spaces that advance research and learning.

For the latest updates, visit lib.ucsd.edu/construction or follow our social media channels as the project moves along.

2018 Holocaust Living History Workshops Highlight Law, Justice, and Accountability after the Holocaust

Reconstructed painted ceiling of an 18th-century synagogue that once stood in Gwoździec, an exhibition centerpiece at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.


The 2017-18 Holocaust Living History Workshops (HLHW) continue this January at the University of California San Diego with six profound lectures focusing on the roles of memory and justice in the process of renewal following the persecution of countless individuals during the Holocaust. The 2018 speakers will remind us that these concepts constitute the threads that run through the tapestry of a history that is tragic yet also inspiring.

Co-hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program, the HLHW lecture series invites members of the public and campus community to attend the events to hear personal stories and memories from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars. The goal of the program is to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust while emphasizing their continued relevance in the world today.

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., with some exceptions (as noted below).

January 17—The Holocaust Litigations: Defining Guilt, Extracting Reparations —With William Lerach

Sponsored by Philip and Gayle Tauber

William Lerach

The first event this winter will be held on Wednesday, January 17 featuring William Lerach who was part of a small group of American lawyers who, decades later, exposed the widespread complicity of major Swiss banks and multi-national German corporations in the Holocaust. Lerach will discuss the litigations that recovered stolen property worth several billion dollars. He’s also a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and is the recipient of the prestigious Legacy Laureate Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick Patterson, a professor of history at UC San Diego, will provide an introduction and comments.

February 7—Face to Face with Demjanjuk: The Elusive Quest for Closure—With Martin Haas

On Wednesday, February 7, the HLHW series will feature UC San Diego professor emeritus Martin Haas who will share the tragic history of his family’s death and his experience in court where he came face-to-face with the man who was involved in his family’s murder. Haas was born into a Dutch-Jewish family and spent World War II in hiding with a Catholic family. In 1946, he was adopted by a distant relative and emigrated to Israel. Years later he moved to California to pursue a Ph.D.

February 28—East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes against Humanity”—With Award-Winning Author, Philippe Sands

Sponsored by Michelle and William Lerach

Philippe Sands

An extraordinary tale about human rights and their adversaries sits at the heart of Philippe Sands’ book, East West Street. A professor of law and director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently about international law for leading newspapers. He was prominently featured in My Nazi Legacy, a documentary released in 2015. This event will be held in the Hojel Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. with a reception and book signing to follow. Copies of East West Street will be available for purchase at the event from Warwick’s. RSVP is required at hlhw_sands_eventbrite.com Read more…

China Through the Lens of Friendship Delegations in the 1970s

China Through the Lens of Friendship Delegations in the 1970s

A dialog and reception to launch the digital collection of photographs taken by the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations


The UC San Diego Library is pleased to launch a new digital collection of images of early 1970s China contributed by members of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars (CCAS) Friendship Delegations.

You are cordially invited to a dialog and reception with CCAS delegates and contributors to the collection on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 4-6pm in Geisel’s Seuss Room. RSVP here.

The event features Paul Pickowicz, distinguished professor of history and Chinese studies at UC San Diego, and William Joseph, professor of political science at Wellesley College, sharing their experiences while traveling in mainland China followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Light refreshments will be served.  Read more…

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