The unorthodox historian and journalist, Tom Segev, has been intrepid in exploring and illuminating the tortured history of Israel and the Holocaust, often exposing painful truths that many would rather not have to grapple with. Born in Jerusalem to parents who fled Nazi Germany, Segev is a leading figure among the so-called “New Historians” of Israel, who have continued to challenge many of the nation’s traditional narratives or “founding myths.”
A highly-acclaimed author with eight books published in 14 languages to his credit, Segev will make a presentation on Living with the Holocaust on Wednesday, June 1, at the University of California San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the university’s Jewish Studies Program. The event, sponsored by William and Michelle Lerach and Jeffrey and Marcy Krinsk with support from Hillel San Diego, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Atkinson Hall Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus, preceded by a public reception starting at 4:30 p.m. These events are free but seating is limited so reservations should be made in advance at http://HLHWTomSegev.eventbrite.com.
Unlike many writers who have accepted the official historical record as the foundation for their work, Segev’s books have questioned many of the leading assumptions of Israel’s official history. In his work, he has often drawn on untapped archives, personal diaries, and declassified documents to deconstruct and shed light on the complex and uneasy relationship between Israel and the Holocaust. As a result, Segev’s books are often packed with fresh and complex narratives, and feature rich, historical details. Read more…
Come to the De-Stress Fest on May 12 from 2 pm-5pm in the Geisel East Commons. This is the second spring quarter event in our Take-A-Break Series for UCSD students. We will have a free photo booth for the students to use, free snacks, and a free de-stressing craft activity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how sleep impacts academic performance from the Student Health Advocates.
Research help will be available (searching for that forgotten citation can be a source of stress) as well as information on how the career center can help with career readiness, job search strategies or resume reviews. Remember: Study*Relax*Sleep*Repeat
Looking for creative and personal journaling inspiration? Visit our exhibit on the Art & Soul of Journaling in Geisel West (1st and 2nd floors) anytime during open building hours through June 30, 2016. The display features published diaries from the Library’s circulating collection, handmade leather journal covers from local artist Jon Peters, novelty journals from the UC San Diego Bookstore, decorative creative art journals from the esteemed Carin Wallace, and insights from Janet Larson, author of the self-help book My Diary Unlocked.
In conjunction with the exhibit, two hands-on events will be held in the Seuss Room on May 13 and May 16 from 12:00 – 1:00pm.
Janet Larson, author of “My Diary Unlocked”
On Friday, May 13, author Janet Larson will lead an hour-long journaling session using the principles in her award-winning book, My Diary Unlocked, to help “unlock barriers to a more mindfully aware, more personally fulfilling and peaceful way of life.” Click here to RSVP for this event.
Then on Monday, May 16, Carin Wallace of the UC San Diego Bookstore will lead an art journaling activity in which guests will make collages and write in a 4×4 art journal specially bound by Carin herself. The 4×4 journal fits easily in your pocket or bag “allowing ample opportunity to express your feelings.” The small journal encourages you to create a little space to relax and this class will get you started on that journey. Click here to RSVP for this event.
Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited to 40 attendees per event. Materials will be provided by the Library. For questions or more information, contact Scott Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-822-5758.
The Zone’s Relaxation & Rescue Squad will again provide chair massages in Geisel Library each Monday evening in Winter term, except on February 1. The massages will be offered in the Academic Partnership Cubicle in the East Commons, in addition to alternating between the West Commons, the Media Desk area, and the Brody Space, as noted below.
May 9: Media Desk area (1st Fl. West) & East Commons (2nd Fl.)
May 16: West & East Commons (both on 2nd Fl.)
May 23: Brody Space (1st Fl. Southwest) & East Commons (2nd Fl.)
June 6: Media Desk area (1st Fl. West) & East Commons (2nd Fl.)
Sponsored by Laurayne Ratner
**Please note that the day of this event has been changed**
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Film screening of Chava Rosenfarb: That Bubble of Being
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Discussion with Goldie Morgentaler
Goldie Morgentaler, a professor of English literature at the University of Lethbridge, discusses the work and life of her mother, Chava Rosenfarb, one of the greatest Yiddish writers of the mid-20th century. Born in Lodz, Poland in 1923, Chava began writing poetry in the ghetto. After barely surviving internments in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, she was homeless and stateless for several years before immigrating to Canada, where she married the abortion rights activist and physician Heniek (Henry) Morgentaler. The talk is preceded by a free screening of the film Chava Rosenfarb: That Bubble of Being (2015, Yiddish with English subtitles).
The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program supported by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. For more information please contact the project manager Susanne Hillman at email@example.com or 858-534-7661.
After World War II came to an end in 1945, the mass killing and sheer devastation wrought by the Nazis off the battlefield began to emerge in shocking detail. Some 11 million civilians—both Jews and non-Jews, including about 1.5 million children—were killed during the Holocaust. When the Allies convened the international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, American psychiatrist Douglas Kelley and psychologist Gustave Gilbert conducted extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests, in an attempt to grasp and shed light on the psychological profiles of the Third Reich leadership.
University of California San Diego Psychiatrist Joel Dimsdale, equipped with the tools of modern psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience, takes a fresh look at the unsettling findings in his new book, Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals (Yale University Press, May 2016). Dimsdale, a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry will discuss and sign copies of his book on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at a talk sponsored by the UC San Diego Library. The event is open to the public and will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Geisel Library in the Seuss Room on the UC San Diego campus. The UC San Diego Bookstore will provide copies of the book for purchase. The event is free of charge but reservations are suggested and can be made at: AnatomyOfMaliceDimsdale.eventbrite.com. Read more…
Eugenia, a little-known gem of utopian/dystopian fiction published in Mexico in the early 20th century takes place in a eugenically engineered society of the future. Long before dystopian classics by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell emerged, Eugenia tackled some of the most important challenges of modern society, such as population growth, reproductive behavior and technologies, experimentation with gender roles, and changes in family dynamics. Nearly a century later–in February 2016–an English translation of Eugenia has been published, translated and edited by Sarah Buck Kachaluba, the UC San Diego Library’s Latin American Studies and Iberian Languages and Literatures Librarian, and Aaron Dziubinskyj, Associate Professor of Spanish, DePauw University. Buck Kachaluba will discuss and sign copies of the new book.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Mariah Fellows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring has clearly sprung on the UC San Diego campus, and at Geisel Library, everything is coming up daisies! On Tuesday, May 3, daisies, as well as coffee and other treats, will be plentiful at the Library’s new café—Audrey’s—named for Audrey Geisel, the Library’s long-time friend and generous benefactor.
The campus celebration will begin at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the café, located on the main (2nd) floor in the East Wing of the Geisel Library building. After a brief ceremony featuring a Seuss-inspired “ribbon cutting” event with Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, and other campus leaders, guests will have the opportunity to sample and purchase certified organic, fair trade coffee brews supplied by award-winning independent roaster Café Virtuoso. The grand opening will also feature a special celebratory cookie baked by the café’s pastry purveyor—Bread & Cie—as well as Audrey’s Almond Croissant, for the grand opening.
Festivities will include music from the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra, a photo booth, cupping stations, and other social media activities—which will continue until 2 p.m. After the “ribbon cutting” ceremony, guests will be able to order food and beverage items from the café’s regular menu. Read more…
The UC San Diego Library’s popular Dinner in the Library (DiL) gala will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016, in the iconic Geisel Library. While the event is now in its 13th year, this year’s “DiL” promises to be anything but unlucky, given the fabulous speaker we’ve attracted this year: NPR’s Ari Shapiro! Ari wears a variety of journalistic hats, but he’s known primarily as the co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered radio program. We are also ushering in a new tradition with this year’s event, with a new Honorary Committee, chaired by prominent local author and longtime Dinner in the Library supporter, Jeanne Jones.
The Dinner in the Library Honorary Committee includes a stellar round-up of San Diegans who share a commitment to the university and the Library. Members include: Rita L. and Richard C. Atkinson; Mary Ann Beyster; Linden and Ronne Blue; Joye D. Blount and Jessie J. Knight, Jr.; Donald Breitenberg; Jessica Cline; Phyllis and Daniel J. Epstein; Theresa and Standish Fleming; Alison and George Gildred; Jane and Edgar Gillenwaters; Jeanne and Gary Herberger; Reena and Sam Horowitz; Margret and Nevins McBride; Sandra Redman and Jeff Mueller; Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein; and Dixie and Ken Unruh. Read more…