Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger and resentment after his horrific experiences during World War II. He had been left for dead in the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria when United States troops broke through the gates with a military tank. Soon after his liberation and recovery, Dunst made a conscious decision to turn the hate, violence and inhumanity that he had witnessed into feelings of peace, compassion and love.
Over the years, with prompting from his wife, Estelle, Dunst began sharing his story with others. By the time of his death in 2015, at the age of 89, the businessman and educator had spoken to thousands—from schoolchildren and community members to dignitaries and judges—sharing his philosophy of love and compassion to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happened again.
In honor of Dunst’s legacy of education and tolerance, Estelle Dunst has made a gift to the University of California San Diego, through the Lou Dunst Trust, in support of the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a joint program hosted by the UC San Diego Library and the campus’ Jewish Studies Program. The gift establishes the Lou Dunst Memorial Endowment, which will provide funding for the annual Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture. The Dunst Lecture will be held as part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop annual lecture series, in which Dunst had been a frequent participant. The workshop was established to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and to engage the community in thoughtful considerations of events surrounding the Holocaust and their continued relevance in the world today. Read more…
Founding faculty member Harold Cohen created AARON, the first computer program designed to produce art.
The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:
“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”
October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor
Program & Reception: November 4
● 3-5 pm
● Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art. Read more…
Photo Credit: Bob Ross Photography
Lynda Claassen, the UC San Diego Library’s longtime director of Special Collections & Archives, recently received the Excellence in Stewardship Award from the UC San Diego Foundation, in recognition of her long history of building and sustaining excellent relationships with donors to the Library.
During her more than 30-year tenure as director of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives, Lynda has become well-known for her collaborations—often over many years—with donors of gifts of rare and archival materials.
“There is no question that Lynda’s many efforts have raised the caliber of our distinctive collections and the reputation of the Library” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “But, more importantly, she has been committed to ensuring that the rare materials entrusted to us are properly cared for, in accordance with the desires of those donors who have given us their treasures for safekeeping and long-term preservation.” Read more…
More than 160 UC San Diego Library friends and supporters attended this year’s Dinner in the Library, September 9, featuring award-winning NPR journalist Ari Shapiro, who regaled guests with his personal insights and experiences covering the news of the moment, from the wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Obama White House and the U.S. justice system.
Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Ari Shapiro, and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender
This year’s Dinner in the Library, hosted by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, was a smashing success, breaking prior attendance and fundraising records, and featuring a number of new enhancements, including a popular champagne and dessert reception. The event raised $212,000, which will be used to support the Library’s collections, services, and learning spaces. One of the Library’s top priorities according to Brian Schottlaender is to raise funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, launched last year after the Library’s benefactor, Audrey Geisel, donated $3 million to help renovate and upgrade the learning and study spaces in the building, which was built in 1970. The renovation includes the 1st and 2nd floors which are the most heavily used, as well as the 8th (top) floor of the building, which boasts spectacular, panoramic views of La Jolla and beyond.
At the event, Chancellor Khosla announced his commitment to a $1 million matching grant for gifts made to Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, underscoring the significance of the Geisel renovation project to the campus. Read more…
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, October 17, at 9 a.m., to celebrate the opening of the Teaching + Learning Commons, now located on the 1st floor (lower level), West Wing of the Geisel Library building.
Interested members of the campus community are invited to attend the event, which will include remarks from Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, and T+LC faculty director Gabriele Wienhausen, as well as refreshments and tours of the new space. Click here to RSVP.
The Commons, which moved to Geisel Library to be more accessible to students and faculty and to provide collaborative services with the Library to enhance learning and teaching, occupies approximately 10,000 square feet in the northwest, lower level of Geisel. Given the role the Library plays in supporting and advancing faculty and student research as well as learning, The Commons and Library staff are anticipating a number of collaborations that will further strengthen services and programs for faculty, students, and scholars.
The Commons offers a robust network of resources for students—from workshops to strengthen communications and writing skills to services designed to support and increase the effectiveness of all instructors, including teaching consultations, workshops, training and educational innovation grants, as well as online courses and programs. Read more…
Sports journalist and University of California San Diego alumnus Mark Johnson will take guests inside the metaphorical locker room to share the real dope on doping in professional sports, the focus of his new book, published in July 2016. On Thursday, October 20, Johnson will discuss Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Geisel Library’s Seuss Room on the UC San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Library event, open to the public and free of charge, will include a reception and a book signing. Click here to RSVP.
During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Johnson was catapulted to the op-ed pages of the Washington Post and the airwaves of ESPN, where he shared his insights on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia for its doping record. At his October 20 talk, Johnson will opine on the recent Olympics, and shed light on the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture—the essence of which, he says, is not to play fair but to push the boundaries of human performance and broadcast “the potency of nation states.” Read more…
This event will begin at 5:00 pm with a film screening followed by remembrances from the original 1979 delegation, concluding with a look at the university’s recent collaborations with Chinese universities. A question and answer session and light refreshments to follow.
Paul Pickowicz is one of the country’s leading historians of modern China with 15 books to his credit. A true interdisciplinary scholar, his work has investigated the impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese peasants, the history of Chinese cinema, Cold War propaganda strategies, rural protest and Chinese soft-power initiatives. His book “Chinese Village, Socialist State” (co-authored with Edward Friedman and Mark Selden) was called “by far the best book on the impact of the Chinese Communist Party on peasant life” by The New York Review of Books. Read his full bio.
This event is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library, 21st Century China Center and UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information contact Sam Tsoi at email@example.com.
The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) at the University of California San Diego kicks off a year-long series of educational events with two compelling programs this fall, underscoring this year’s theme “Holocaust and the Burden of History.” The 2016-17 workshop events will approach the Holocaust from various angles to shed light on lesser-known aspects of the atrocities committed, such as the transgenerational transmission of trauma. The series, now in its ninth year of programming, is presented by the UC San Diego Library and the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program.
HLHW events are designed to broaden understanding of the past, foster tolerance, and preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Members of the public and campus community are invited to attend the events to hear from local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, relatives, and scholars as they share their personal stories and memories. All events are free and held on the UC San Diego campus in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room from 5 to 7 p.m., with some exceptions as noted.
October 5—The Power of One: The Holocaust in Bulgaria with Aaron Cohen
The Lou Dunst Memorial Lecture
The first event this fall will be held on Wednesday, October 5, featuring Aaron Cohen, a Jewish Holocaust survivor born in Bulgaria in 1929. Bulgaria officially joined the Axis powers on March 1, 1941 and the stage seemed set for the deportation of the local Jewish community. Thanks to the intervention of King Boris who refused to give in to the pressure of his German allies, thousands of Jews miraculously survived. Among them was Aaron Cohen. Read more…
The Engineering (formerly Knovel) Academic Challenge is back.
From October 10-November 13, join students at other universities in a competition to answer real-world engineering questions using the Knovel and Compendex databases. A new set of questions will go up each week, starting with the theme “Energy for the Sustainable Future” and ending with “The Future of Transport.” There will be weekly winners as well as some grand prize winners announced at the end of the five weeks.
To participate, first register at www.elsevier.com/eac, and when prompted select University of California as your academic institution. The first problem set will go live on Monday, October 10. You can check the leaderboard to view campus rankings.
New: Search Knovel within Compendex
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