Maker Open House

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Wednesday, January 15th
noon – 1:30 pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Free and open to the public.

Join us for a Maker Open House! To provide users an opportunity to test/play with a variety of different tools and crafts, the UC San Diego Library will be hosting a pop up makerspace workshop. At the event, Library staff will be on hand to help with the following:

Join us, discover the pleasure of making something, and network with fellow Makers on campus!

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Monsters in Our Midst

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Faculty Lecture:
Monsters in Our Midst: Being Human, True Blood and the New Outsider
Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig
Wednesday, October 23, 2-3pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Refreshments will be served.

What if our familiar world were actually inhabited by supernatural beings, who lived and loved amongst us without our even being aware of their difference?

In a lively talk, Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig shares some of her current work on depictions of vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings in popular culture. Focusing on the notion of the everyday uncanny, she discusses the way characters in Being Human and True Blood are depicted as hidden minorities, whose complex lives raise important questions about what it means to be human and who is entitled to claim a place as home.


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Monsters in Our Midst:  Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, & Zombies @ Geisel
Geisel Library, main floor, west wing
Fall 2013

There have always been monsters among us. Terrifying, tantalizing, and ever adaptable, these creatures mirror our deepest fears and most secret desires. Our monsters reveal us to ourselves, showing what it means to be human at a particular time, in a particular place.

Monster derives from the Latin word monstrum, which in turn derives from the root monere (to warn).  To be a monster is to be an omen.  Sometimes the monster is a display of God’s wrath, a portent of the future, a symbol of moral virtue or vice, or an accident of nature.  The monster is more than an odious creature of the imagination; it is a kind of cultural category, employed in domains as diverse as religion, biology, literature and politics.  Hand in hand with this idea that metaphors shape our thinking, communicating, and even feeling is the idea that imagination is more active in our picture of reality that we previously acknowledged. The monster, of course, is a product of and regular inhabitant of the imagination, but the imagination is a driving force behind our entire perception of the world.  If we find monsters in our world, it is sometimes because they are really there and sometimes because we have brought them with us.” (Stephen T. Asma, On Monsters: An Unnatural History of our Worst Fears)

The time is now; the place is Geisel Library:  come explore the changing aspects of the monsters in our midst.

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Amos Oz: Life & Letters

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Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most distinguished novelists and public intellectuals.  Oz, 73, is the author of 18 books and more than 400 articles and essays in Hebrew, with translations of his work into some 40 languages, including Arabic. The recipient of numerous awards for his literature and for his peace activism, Oz is also a professor of literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva. His autobiographical novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is an international bestseller and has been honored with 10 different prizes around the world. A film based on the novel is expected to begin production later this year. Most recently, he co-authored “Jews and Words” with his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger, in which they argue that what unites the Jewish people, more than blood or belief, are sacred and secular texts.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a clash of right and right,” Oz recently told the New York Times. “Tragedies are resolved in one of two ways: The Shakespearian way or the Anton Chekhov way. In a tragedy by Shakespeare, the stage at the end is littered with dead bodies. In a tragedy by Chekhov everyone is unhappy, bitter, disillusioned and melancholy but they are alive. My colleagues in the peace movement and I are working for a Chekhovian not a Shakespearian conclusion.”

Among his many awards and honors, Oz has received the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Prize, the French Prix Femina, the Frankfurt Peace Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Primo Levi prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, the Heinrich Heine Prize, and the Israel Prize.

The UC San Diego Library to excited to present an exhibit, “Amos Oz: Life and Letters,” from April 17 through June 10.  The exhibit, in the west wing of Geisel Library’s main floor, will take Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness” as a springing-off point to consider the author’s life and writings, Israeli literature, and Israeli/Palestinian history and politics. Specific exhibit areas include: Oz’s early life and family history; his literary influences and the writers he has influenced; and the development of modern Hebrew as a literary language.

The Library also created a guide to help locate his books in our collections, along with suggesting resources for those interested in more in-depth research:

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Anatomy of Malice

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Anatomy of Malice: Rorschach Results from Nuremberg War Criminals
Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D.
5:00pm, April 3rd, Seuss Room, Geisel Library


Forty years ago Joel Dimsdale started researching concentration camp survivors. Little did he know where his journey of discovery would lead him. After a visit of the Nuremberg executioner, he switched from studying victims to perpetrators. His latest research is based on an analysis of Rorschach inkblot tests administered at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Using extensive archival data, Dimsdale reviews what the Nuremberg Rorschachs can (and cannot) tell us about the Nazi mass murderers.

Dr. Joel E. Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California, San Diego, who has authored and edited over 500 publications including Survivors, Victims, and Perpetrators: Essays on the Nazi Holocaust. At this talk he will be introduced by Seth Lerer, the UCSD Dean of Arts and Humanities.

All are welcome! Refreshments Provided!

For driving and parking directions please visit or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and UC San Diego Judaic Studies Department.

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Winter 2012 Holocaust Living History Speaker Series


The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

He Walked Through Walls: A Reading & Discussion of Survival Ethics
5:00pm, January 9th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
He Walked Through Walls tells the story of a man caught up in the major tragedies of the twentieth century. Born in Poland in 1901, Henyek Miedzianagora survived three European wars including World War II and the Holocaust. Written by his daughter Myriam Miedzian, the book reads like a memoir and raises important questions about the ethics of survival. Dr. Miedzian is a professor of philosophy and the author of numerous books, articles, blogs, and op-eds on social, cultural, and political issues.


We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust
7:00 pm, January 30th, JCC Astor Judaica Library

Speaker Ellen Cassedy, a scholar of Yiddish and a playwright, researches and writes about Lithuania’s genocidal past, the Soviet era, and Lithuanian hopes for the future. Her new book We Are Here is a testimony of her decade-long study of an unparalleled tragedy. This event is jointly sponsored by Miriam and Jerome Katzin, and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. For ticket information please contact Marcia Tatz Woellner at or 858-362-1174.

Jackie Gmach and the Sephardic Experience: Between Two Worlds
5:00pm, February 20th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Speaker Jackie-Gmach-Nataf was a little girl when the Germans occupied her native Tunisia.  After spending several years in Israel and then in France, she moved to the US where she became active in Jewish education.  She is currently at work on her memoirs.  This event is sponsored by Joan and Irwin Jacobs.


From Shtetl to Shetl: A Journey Across 3 Continents
5:00pm, March 13th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Speaker Dr. Franklin Gaylis, a San Diego physician who grew up in South Africa, has traveled three continents in search of his family’s past in Lithuania and Latvia.


All are welcome! Refreshments Provided!

For driving and parking directions please visit or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and UC San Diego Judaic Studies Department.

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Fair Trade, Holiday Idea, and Gift Giving Guide

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Go green this holiday season!


The holidays can be a frenzied time as we all look for just the right gift for the special people in our lives. This year consider purchasing a few locally made and/or sustainable gifts. Many retailers are offering unique products made from recycled and sustainable materials.

According to Independent We Stand, small businesses account for 75% of all new jobs. When a person spends just $100.00 locally, $68.00 stays in the community,whereas if you spend it at a local chain the amount drops to $43.00.  Shopping locally is not only good for the locally economy it is good for the environment.

Check out this ESG Fair Trade and Holiday Idea and Gift Giving Guide put together by the UC San Diego Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group.

Suggestions? Share them in the comments!

Careers in Economics

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What can you do with an economics degree? Come learn more! Kathleen DeBoer, Deputy Head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development’s Washington Center, will speak about career and internship opportunities at OECD and other organizations, and highlight the OECD’s publications (quick link: and the current economic outlook for employment. OECD is is a non-governmental organization based in Paris with a mission to promote ‘polices that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.’

Adele Barsh, the UCSD Economics & Business Librarian, will cover what resources are available about economics careers and job hunting.

Monday, October 29
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Open to all. No RSVP.

This event is sponsored by The Library, Associated Students Office of Academic Affairs and OECD. For more information, contact UCSD’s OECD Student Ambassador, Irene Chang (

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Political Scientist Sam Popkin to Speak November 1st on the Race to Win the White House

Sam Popkin 2012Timely behind-the-scenes insights into the current presidential campaign and those of past challengers will be offered by Samuel Popkin, noted political scientist and author, during a free lecture at noon, Nov. 1, in the Geisel Library at UC San Diego.

Popkin, a professor of political science at UC San Diego, is the author of the newly-published book The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House.The New York Times hailed his book as a “management bible for the business of presidential campaigning” in which Popkin argues that “polling, strategy and even a candidate’s platform are less important than organization.”

The Washington Post called Popkin’s campaign book a “compelling history” and The Financial Times called it “a fix for political junkies” while George Stephanopoulos praised it for the “surprising secrets” unveiled by Popkin’s unique ability to connect the minds of voters with the machinery of political campaigns.

Popkin’s previous book, The Reasoning Voter was described as a classic by Joe Klein in Time Popkin Candidate book covermagazine, and has been widely cited in Washington as well as in academia.

Popkin is an active participant as well as an academic analyst of presidential elections. He has consulted on polling, targeting and strategy in the presidential campaigns of Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George McGovern, and played Ronald Reagan for Carter in the practice debates held before the 1980 Carter-Reagan debate.

Thursday, November 1st, Noon-1pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library 

Open to all!
Refreshments served.

Cultivated Tastes


Cultivated Tastes: A Culinary and Cultural Exploration of Coffee
Social Sciences & Humanities Library, Geisel Library West, main floor
October – December 2012

Cup of Joe, Java Juice, Lifeblood– coffee seems to go by many names whether you reach for it blindly as your caffeine source or savor every sip!

As coffee was introduced to geographic areas across the globe, it often had a profound effect on the culture and economy.  This exhibit explores various aspects of coffee on the world: the role of the coffee houses in expanding political thought, the unfortunate connection between the popularity of coffee and slavery, the cultivation of the coffee plant, and coffee in the culinary world.  Along the way we highlight historical ads for coffee, the various methods of brewing a cup, and explore the ethical side of the coffee industry.

Everyone has their favorite coffee spot on campus! Visit the exhibit in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library, Geisel Library West, main floor (near the reference section)  to let us know your favorite campus coffee spot, why you like it, or your favorite drink!

October is also Fair Trade Month.  Cafe Moto began in 1990 as a division of its parent company Pannikin coffee and Tea, serving San Diego communities since 1968. Remaining family and community focused, second-generation owners Torrey and Kim Lee incorporated Cafe Moto in 1998.  On October 18, 2012 from 1 -2 pm, Torrey Lee, master roaster and owner of Café Moto, will speak about fair trade practices of the coffee industry.  He will share his insights and talk about his experiences working with small farmers like the women in the coffee collective, The Society of Small Producers for Coffee Export (SOPPEXCCA) .  And Café Moto will provide coffee roasted in a variety of methods, for a coffee tasting.

Please RSVP for the event–

Many thanks for the generous support and artifacts from Torrey Lee and Café Moto.

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Commemorating Kristallnacht

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Commemorating Kristallnacht

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To commemorate the pogrom that started the Nazi assault on Jewish life (November 9/10, 1938) the Holocaust Workshop offers 3 special events in November:

Legalism and Memory: The Post-WWII Identity of Jewish Survivors in Budapest
5:00pm, November 5th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Professor Andrea Peto’s talk will focus on the identity of Jewish Holocaust survivors in post-WWII Budapest.  Examining the legal language of the people’s courts, she explores its effects on postwar memory and identify.  She argues that the experiences of Jews in the post-WWII lustration process- a neglected feature of post-WWII political justice- decisively contributed to the formation of a reactive and negative Jewish identify.  Her findings are part of a research project that examines the records of the Hungarian people’s courts.  Peto is an associate professor in the department of Gender Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and has published widely on the Holocaust.  She is the recipient of the Officer’s Cross Order of the Merit of the Republic of Hungary, awarded by the President of Hungary, and the Bolyai Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Growing up in the Shadow of the Holocaust
5:00pm, November 14th, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Memories and music by Trudie Richman who is a La Jolla resident, originally from Vienna.

San Diego resident Trudie Richman-Wilder was born in Vienna in 1923 and managed to escape to the US during World War II. Her memoir Escape from Vienna details reminiscences of her childhood and her bid for freedom. An accomplished singer and guitarist who has recorded folksongs for the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways label, Richman will conclude her presentation with some Yiddish songs.

An Evening with Madame F.
5:00pm, November 26th, Mandeville Recital Hall (the Recital Hall is located in Mandeville Center)

Performance artist and playwright Claudia Stevens whose parents fled flee Europe uses music to explore the Holocaust. An Evening with Madame F. focuses on the real-life experience of Fania Fenelon, a member of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz who was forced to perform to an audience of concentration camp guards. Fenelon’s story raises profound ethical questions which Stevens addresses in an original, interactive way. Stevens has been a creative and performing artist for many years. Her numerous honors include residencies at the Gitameit Art Center in Rangoon, Burma; RS9 Studio Theatre in Budapest; and  Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. She regularly performs her solo plays at leading universities and arts centers in the United States.

All are welcome! Refreshments Provided!

For driving and parking directions please visit or contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an outreach and education program sponsored by the UCSD Library and UCSD Judaic Studies Department.

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