In Search of Gold Mountain

February 4, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building

Join us for a lecture and book signing by Murray K. Lee, author of recently published book, In Search of Gold Mountain, A History of the Chinese in San Diego, California. No one knows San Diego’s Chinese community like Curator of Chinese American History Murray K. Lee. His new book provides a comprehensive look at the history of the Chinese in San Diego: It begins with the earliest fishermen to settle on San Diego Bay, covers the emergence of Chinatown amidst the brothels and saloons of downtown’s Stingaree district, explores the sacrifices and contributions made during World War II, examines the decline of Chinatown after the war, and discusses the persistence of community organizations and holiday celebrations that still unite a dispersed community. Historic photographs and original research fill this 352-page tome that carefully traces the untold story of how one community of Chinese immigrants became Chinese Americans.It answers the question of how the Chinese eventually found Gold Mountain after so many years of search and struggle.

Murray K. Lee Murray K. Lee is the Curator of Chinese American History at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. He has made presentations to local schools, colleges, and organizations and given papers at national conferences. He is the coordinator of the San Diego Chinese American Oral History Project. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in Geography at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has extensive professional experience in the supervision of geographic and cartographic research, and graphics design in the production of maps, atlases, publications, visual presentation, and exhibits.

The author will sign books after the event. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Event is open to all.
Refreshments will be served.

Event sponsored by the Librarians Association of UC San Diego’s Committee on Diversity



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Fleeing Fascism: Andrew Viterbi Remembers

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Fleeing Fascism: Andrew Viterbi Remembers

Mussolini in Italy



Happy New Year! The series kicks off with a presentation by Andrew J. Viterbi. Viterbi was born in the Italian town of Bergamo in 1935. When life became more and more difficult for Jews in Mussolini’s Italy, his family decided to emigrate to the United States. Starting out as a virtually penniless refugee who could hardly speak English, Viterbi later rose to prominence as an electrical engineer, the inventor of the Viterbi algorithm, and the co-founder of Qualcomm. By way of providing a contrast to his own stunning life-story, Viterbi will also talk about the wartime experience of his cousin by marriage, the world-famous writer and survivor of Auschwitz Primo Levi. UCSD professor Deborah Hertz provides a brief historical introduction to these remarkably varied stories.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

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Stitching Memories





Film Screening Event:
Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12 – 1 pm, Seuss Room, Geisel Library
Refreshments will be served.

This film tells the inspiring story of contemporary African-American artist Faith Ringgold. Now world-renowned, particularly for her story quilts which focus on African American themes, Ringgold tells how she chose her particular medium, and recounts how she first became an artist and the adversities which she overcame to pursue her career.

On display February 1 – March 31, 2012
Geisel Library, 2nd Floor, Social Sciences & Humanities Reference Area (west wing)
Open to all.

For generations African American women have expressed their lives and artistry through quilting.  Even before emancipation, quilts provided much more than warmth:

Denied the opportunity to read or write, slave women quilted their diaries,
creating permanent but unwritten records of events large and small,
of pains and loss, of triumph and tragedy in their lives.
—Gladys-Marie Fry, Stitched from the Soul

Today quilts continue to be a vital expression of African American life:

Quiltmaking is, for certain African American communities, more than just one of the most
popular art forms today. It is a connection with their history and an affirmation of creative
identity; a way to record history and a means to forge the future.
—Ena G. Heller, Threads of Faith

This exhibit moves from the past to the present, exploring the creation and significance of quilts for generations of Americans. Quilts and the idea of quilting have also threaded their way as metaphors through poetry and literature and even into the political arena. And today, many children’s books have been inspired by quilts and quilting.

We are particularly proud to showcase quilts created by local African American quilters from the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild. Like women before them, these quilters have created vibrant beautiful quilts from new, re-used, reclaimed, and found materials. Their remarkable work encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles.

Visit the exhibit in the Geisel Library building to view quilts, learn about quilting techniques, historically significant quilts and quilters, controversies surrounding so-called quilt codes, and more.

Quilt Show, Reception, & Panel Discussion
February 15, 2012
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building
11:oo am Reception
12:oo pm Panel Discussion
Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Like women before them, these quilters have created vibrant, beautiful quilts from new, re-used, reclaimed, and found materials. Their remarkable work encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles. Through their work and a panel discussion, they, too, have a story to tell.   Join us for a Quilt Show, Welcome Reception and Panel Discussion by members of the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild. The stunning works of the quilters from the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild challenge the commonly held misconception that African American Quilts comprise only strip quilts, patchworks, or rustic creations that reflect what many scholars claim to be an African aesthetic.   African American quilts and quilting traditions defy simple categorization. The additional quilts that will be displayed at the Quilt Show include examples of “Quilted Photography,” a technique pioneered by African American quilter, Tammie Bowser,that turns fabric into intricate pictures, as well as dazzling art quilts, traditional quilts, and much-loved family treasures. All of these quilts document our lived experience, patching together tradition and innovation in a vibrant and vital art form.  Guild members will also be present to answer questions about the Guild and visitors will have the chance to purchase raffle tickets to win the Opportunity Quilt 2012.  The panelists will discuss quilts they have made, and the variety of techniques they have used.


D’Andrea Mitchell, Local Expert in Quilted Photography
Constance Robinson, Quilting Instructor
Sheila Williams, President, San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

Professor Boatema Boateng, from the UCSD Communication Department, will moderate.

The Panel Discussion is generously sponsored by:
LAUC-SD Committee on Diversity
The UCSD Department of Communication
UCSD African & African American Research Center
The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild

Intersession, Holiday Hours and Closure

December 12-17:  The Geisel Library building is open regular hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – midnight
  • Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: noon – midnight

December 18-23: Intersession, the Geisel Library building will have shortened hours

  • Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

December 24 – January 2: Holiday closure, all libraries will be closed.

For information about services during the closure please see


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Accidental Anarchist – Event

News Release

January 18, 2012
Geisel Library – Seuss Room

By the time he was twenty-five years old, Jacob Marateck had been a Jewish officer in the notoriously anti-Semitic Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War, a revolutionary who sought to overthrow the Czar, and sentenced to death three times. After avoiding the firing squad for the final, unlikely time, he escaped from a Siberian forced labor camp with Warsaw’s colorful “King of Thieves.” Together, the two struggled to survive and obtain false papers to travel home while avoiding the Secret Police. Throughout all the hardships he endured, he never lost his optimism, which was key to his survival.

Join us for a fascinating presentation by Marateck’s granddaughter, Bryna Kranzler, recounting the remarkable, true story of an ordinary man made extraordinary by participating in the history-making events of the 1900s in Russia and Poland.

The author will sign books after the event. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Event is open to all.
Light refreshments will be served.

More info about the author and the book are available at:

Accidental Anarchist book coverBryna Kranzler photo

Paradise Plundered event recording now available online!

The Paradise Plundered event on November 3rd with Professor Steven Erie and Vladimir Kogan was recorded by UCSD-TV. The online streaming and TV schedule for this program is available at

This program and other videos are available online on UCSD-TV’s web site

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International Education Week 2011

International Education Week 2011

Visit the UC San Diego Libraries’ International Education Week display in the Geisel Library building. International Education Week is from November 14 through the 18th. In addition to interesting facts and statistics, UC San Diego students and visiting international students share their study abroad experiences. The display also highlights materials (both print and online) that can help you explore international education opportunities and learn about other countries and cultures–

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across the UC San Diego campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders. For more events on campus—

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Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Musical Journeys: Shtetl, Ghetto, Israel

Our last fall event features San Diego singer and educator Elisheva Edelson. Edelson learned her first Yiddish songs from her father, a Holocaust survivor. Later on, she studied at “Der Yiddisher Shule” in Mexico where she became involved in Holocaust memorialization. Besides teaching and performing songs in Yiddish, Ladino, and Hebrew, Edelson will provide some background information on the significance of music to the modern Jewish experience. Local Holocaust survivors are invited to attend the event and to share memories of their life before the war.

Check out songs performed by Elisheva Edelson!

When: Tuesday Nov. 22, 2011, 5-7 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Who: Free and Open to the Public – Refreshments Provided!

For more information contact the Program Coordinator Susanne Hillman at or 858-534-7661.

Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego

Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego

On November 2nd from Noon-1pm, join authors and political scientists Steven Erie and Vladimir Kogan as they discuss their new book “Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego” in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library building.

News release for the event

The 21st century has not been kind to California’s reputation for good government. But the Golden State’s governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current malaise.

Until recently, San Diego—America’s 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1980s proclaiming itself “America’s Finest City,” but in a few short years had become known as “Enron-by-the-Sea.” In an eye-opening presentation, the authors will mix policy analysis, political theory, and history to explore and explain the unintended but largely predictable failures of governance in San Diego. Benchmarking San Diego with other leading California cities, Paradise Plundered examines critical dimensions of San Diego’s governance failure, including intractable pension and budget deficits, poorly crafted public-private partnerships, and much more. This tale of civic woe offers valuable lessons for urban scholars, practitioners, and general readers concerned about the future of their own cities.

Steven P. Erie is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies and Planning Program, UC, San Diego. Vladimir Kogan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC, San Diego.

The authors will be signing copies of their book after the presentation.

The event is sponsored by the Social Sciences & Humanities Library, the Urban Studies & Planning Program, the Urban Studies Program Student Club, and the Center for Community Well-Being.

No RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.

Paradise Plundered Book Cover

Unburying Treasure

Unburying Treasure: Pyrates at Geisel

Simply put, pirates are thieves; yet they played an important role in history and have captivated our imaginations as they appear in popular culture throughout the ages. The Social Sciences & Humanities Library is pleased to present a new exhibit on piracy. Using books, images and artifacts from our collections, “Unburying Treasure: Pyrates at Geisel” reveals stories of real pirates who sailed the seas during the age of maritime trade. Located in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library (in the Geisel Library building) on the Main Floor through the end of December, be sure to swing by to:

  • learn about famous pirates, modern day piracy, and pirates in popular culture, including books, film, and songs
  • uncover the myths behind the pirate caricature
  • check out the Rogue Gallery to see if you can sort legends from real pirates
  • discover how pirates were involved with map making
  • take your picture with a pirate!

In conjuction with our exhibit, Professor Mark Hanna from the UCSD History Department, will be giving a lecture on Thursday, October 20th, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the Seuss Room (in the Geisel Library building) on Nest of Pirates: Piracy and the Formalization of the First British Empire.  Professor Hanna will teach The Golden Age of Piracy in Winter 2012.

At noon on October 20th, Scott Paulson from the Arts Library, will play pirate tunes on the Geisel Library building carillon!

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