Maker Open House

get excited make things

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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Clay Hills and Mud Pies

clay hills mud pies

Join us for a reading and discussion of Clay Hills and Mud Pies. The author will be joining us!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

In collaboration with the Colleges Rock Hunger food drive, we’re participating in the annual Tritons Rock Hunger food drive, and asking you to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank.

Refreshments will be served!

Clay Hills and Mud Pies is a collection of stories recounting a Mexican American family’s 100 year history in the United States. Three memoirs in one, this San Diego Book Awards Finalist is rich with Mexican folklore and Americana.

Annie Mary Perez was born in Los Angeles and earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Science at CSULA. She currently lives in a beachside community in Southern California and works as a professional writer and editor. She travels extensively and volunteers for Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in the Latino community.

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

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Also There: Unsung Voices from the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality

On display February 1 – April 15, 2013
Geisel Library West, main floor
Open to all

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race,
until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins,
emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

— Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963

150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation granting freedom to those enslaved. By 1963, 100 years later, that promise had yet to be realized. But its time had come. From grassroots protests to Supreme Court cases, activists demanded freedom and equality for all. Boycotts were organized. Speeches were made. Students occupied lunch counters and Freedom Riders rode interstate buses through the South, risking their lives to test new anti-segregation laws. But even as activists gathered to challenge institutionalized racism, some stood in the spotlight and others were relegated to the wings, where they struggled with a sudden recognition that discrimination reached far beyond the bounds of race.

Big Bessie’s feet hurt like nobody’s business,
but she stands- bigly – under the unruly scrutiny,
stands in the wild seed.
In the wild weed
she is a citizen,
and, in a moment of the highest quality, admirable.
It is lonesome, yes. For we are the last of the loud.
Nevertheless, live.
Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the
— Gwendolyn Brooks, from “The Second Sermon on the Warpland”

Visit the UC San Diego Library’s exhibit which celebrates the March on Washington and the stories of many of the organizers and participants in the Civil Rights Movement who aren’t always recognized in textbooks and the dominant narratives about those turbulent times. The exhibit also reaches back to offer a fresh take on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Highlighting the library’s rich resources, materials have been gathered from our print and online collections.

Speaker Series Event:
On Freedom’s Front Line: Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement Speak Out

February 22, 2013
Seuss Room, Geisel Library building

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Open to all. Refreshments will be served.
Please register for the event.

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library invites you to a stimulating discussion with three veterans of the Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Thurgood Marshall made the headlines, but the battle for civil rights was waged by ordinary Americans, made extraordinary by their steadfast convictions, courageous actions, and untiring dedication to the ideal of freedom and justice for all. Sometimes risking their lives, our panelists and countless others challenged the government to enact and truly enforce Civil Rights legislation. Jim Garrett, Bob Filner, and Carroll Waymon—who have stood on the front lines of freedom then and now–will share their own experiences and the stories of other organizers and activists who didn’t make it into the spotlight. This should prove to be an unforgettable afternoon.

UCSD History Professor Daniel Widener will moderate the discussion with the following panelists:

James Garrett, an early activist in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, directed the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) offices in Watts and Hollywood (1965).  As a student, he founded the first Black Student Union at San Francisco State University. A retired scholar and legal consultant who holds JD and PhD degrees, he continues to work in human rights organizing and advocacy.

Bob Filner, City of San Diego Mayor, was only an 18-year old student at Cornell University when he joined the Freedom Rides in Nashville. In 1963, he was arrested in Mississippi on a Freedom Ride, and spent several weeks in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1969, Filner moved to San Diego and embarked on a 20-year long teaching career at San Diego State University. Always the activist, he warned his students that their “grand” thoughts were futile unless they put them into action to help people and improve the world. Filner went on to serve in a variety of elected positions, including San Diego City Council, the U.S. Congress, and now Mayor of San Diego.

Dr. Carrol Waymon was the founder and first director of the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC), San Diego’s first human relations agency. When Waymon came to San Diego in 1964, conditions in the city were so intolerant that he branded it the “Mississippi of the West.” Among his committee’s achievements: the removal of restricted covenants so that African Americans and other people of color could live anywhere they wanted in San Diego; and writing the first Equal Opportunity ordinances for the city and county, opening up opportunities for employment. In 2013, Waymon was named a San Diego Civil Rights Hero honoree.

The Panel Discussion is generously co-sponsored by the LAUC-SD Committee on Diversity.

The Library is excited to feature the 2013 Opportunity Quilt created by the San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild. Raffle tickets will be available for $1. The raffle ticket will be drawn on March 2nd at the Guild 2013 Quilt Show.

SDPOC 2013 Opportunity Quilt (82.5″ x 83″)

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Reclaiming Their Voice

Reclaiming Their Voice:The Native American Vote in New Mexico & Beyond

This film examines the history of Native American voting rights in the United States and New Mexico. It follows narratives including the history of the Pueblo revolt, the evolution of Native voting rights, the Laguna Tribe’s 2004 voter registration drive, the passage of new legislation to support and protect Native American voting rights, and a battle to preserve sacred petroglyphs in Albuquerque.

Monday, October 15th, 12 – 1 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Open to all.
Refreshments Served.
No RSVP. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Hosted by: The LAUC San Diego Committee on Diversity



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The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:



Join us for a talk by Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University and the author of the book Bloodlands:  Europe between Hitler and Stalin.  Since its appearance in 2010 the best-selling book has created a sensation both in the US and abroad.  Snyder will discuss the implications of his unified approach to twentieth-century European history for our understanding of Nazism and Stalinism.  He will be introduced by Amelia Glaser, the Director of the Russian and Soviet Studies program at UC San Diego.

When:  Monday, March 12, 2012, 4 – 6 pm

Where: UCSD Geisel Library, Seuss Room

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

Cosponsored by the UCSD Judaic Studies program, the Holocaust Living History Workshpo and the Burke Lectureship.

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

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

A lot happened over the summer. . .

Current Periodicals, Newspapers & Microforms moved upstairs to the main floor near the Social Sciences & Humanities Library Research Assistance Desk. The Science & Engineering microform were moved over here as well.  We have microform readers, and machines where you can print or scan microform materials.  More information–

You can find a new Computer Commons, a huge bank of computers, downstairs on the first floor near the Geisel Tunnel Computer Lab.

IR/PS moved into the big house! You can find the majority of the IR/PS collections on the 8th floor in the Geisel Library building.  The IR/PS current  journals, 3 newspapers, and microforms have been integrated with the rest of the collections on the main floor. The librarians have moved into the Social Sciences & Humanities Library.  You can still get help with Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, and more at the Social Sciences & Humanities Library Research Assistance Desk on the main floor.  More information about the move–

Campus printing is no longer offered in the Geisel Library building.  You can print in color or black/white using your UCSD ID or IAccess copy card.  The Price Center is the closest campus computer lab to the Geisel Library building.

If you have questions, or need help finding anything please ask at any of our service desks.

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The Story of Rose & Max Schindler

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

The Story of Rose & Max Schindler:  Life During and After the Holocaust

Is it possible to overcome the bitterness of the past and to live a productive life after surviving the Holocaust? Find out from Rose and Max Schindler.  At 14 Rushka (Rose) Schwartz and Max Schindler were taken from their homes and deported to some of the worst Nazi concentration and death camps.  After the war they met in England.  They married and moved to San Diego where they founded a business and raised a family.  Come hear what made them survive and prosper! Lawrence Baron, Professor of History at SDSU, will provide some historical context.  Light refreshments will be served.  This event is open to the public.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 5 – 7 pm
Seuss Room in Geisel Library

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

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Meet Local Holocaust Survivors and Hear Their Stories

This winter quarter the Holocaust Living History Workshop once again offers students, faculty, staff, and the general public the opportunity to meet local Holocaust survivors.  At these events, students and local community members will hear survivor’s stories, ask questions, and learn how each speaker rebuilt their life after 1945.  This series is open to the public.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop is an educational outreach program sponsored by the UC San Diego Libraries and the Judaic Studies Program.  The mission of the Workshop is to preserve the memory of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.  Three local survivors and one second generation survivor will present their stories, including:

  • February 3– Dr. Edith Eger
  • February 17– Ms. Ruth Klampert
  • Febrary 24– Fred Schenk
  • March 3– Robert Frimtzis

At the presentations, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories and also learn about other survivors’ testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, which includes the personal stories of more than 50,000 survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust.  All presentations will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Seuss Room on the main floor of the Geisel Library Building.

The February 3rd presentation will focus on the experiences of Dr. Edith Eger, a survivor of the Auschwitz, Gunskirchen, and Mauthausen concentration camps. Eger, who came to the U.S. with her husband and daughter in 1949, earned her PhD in psychology and now has her own psychotherapy practice and an appointment at UC San Diego. Eger is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul and travels worldwide to share her story with others, in addition to counseling patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

On February 17th Ms. Ruth Klampert will share her story.  Ruth came escaped from Vienna to the United States in 1940 with her mother.  Her story provides a unique perspective of those children who knew little about their own families’ past and how they dealt with this absence.

On February 24th Mr. Fred Schenk will discuss the experiences of his father, Sydney Schenk, who grew up in Peregrul-Mare, in what was then Austria-Hungary.  Sydney Schenk was liberated in Yugoslavia at the end of the war and later moved to Los Angeles, where is raised a family.  Fred Schenk will also discuss what it was like being the child of a Holocaust survivor.

On March 3rd Dr. Robert Frimtzis will present his experiences in the Holocaust and his life after as a flight an aerospace engineer for NASA, Hughes Aircraft Company, and TRW.  His book From Tajikistan to the Moon discusses his experiences escaping from the Nazis and his postwar career.

The UC San Diego Libraries are one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg to document the stories of Holocaust survivors for his movie, Shindler’s List. In 1994, Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, a non-profit organization, to collect and preserve more than 50,000 firsthand accounts of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. In January 2006, the Foundation became the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

The archive of 52,000 digital oral histories recorded by Holocaust survivors and other witnesses is the foundation for the Holocaust Living History Workshop, a program that has brought together UC San Diego students, San Diego holocaust survivors, and their children. The Workshop, directed by Professor Deborah Hertz, Herman Wouk Chair of Modern Jewish Studies, was established to expand the usefulness and the impact of the archive and has proven to be a powerful tool for discovering family history and preserving memories for survivors, their families, and members of the community.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop, launched last year, aims to teach the history of the Holocaust through two methods of face-to- face contact, both with Holocaust survivors and their children and through the Visual History Archive. Student volunteers have received special training on how to search through the testimonies in the massive archive, and then teach survivors and their families—from multiple generations—how to use the database. These families can then use the archive to conduct their own searches in order to learn about other people, and in some cases relatives, who had similar Holocaust experiences.

The Visual History Archive includes the testimonies of Holocaust survivors from 40,000 specific geographic locations in languages ranging from Bulgarian and Greek to Japanese and Spanish, and can be accessed by members of the public from any computer on the UC San Diego campus.

Members of the campus community and the public are welcome to attend one of the weekly Visual History Archive training open house sessions held on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. For more information about the training and UC San Diego’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, please contact Amy Edwards at or 858.534.7661.

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Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop

clarion The 2010 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop will take place June 27 through August 7, 2010 at University of California, San Diego.

The instructors will be Delia Sherman, George R.R. Martin, Dale Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Jeff VanderMeer, and Ann VanderMeer.

The application period for the 2010 workshop is December 1 – March 1. Applicants must submit two short stories with their application. For information and applications, check the Web at or email

Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction. Many graduates have become well-known writers, and a large number have won major awards. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today.

Clarion has been known as the “boot camp” for writers of speculative fiction. Each year 18 students, ranging in age from late teens to those in mid-career, are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers. Students are expected to write several new short stories during the six-week workshop, and to give and receive constructive criticism. Instructors and students reside together in campus apartments throughout the intensive six-week program.

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Discovering History: Holocaust Survivors in San Diego

On four special evenings you can meet local Holocaust survivors, hear their personal stories, and ask them your questions. These events will be held on Wednesdays, 5pm to 7pm, in Geisel Library’s Seuss Room.

Mr. Lou Dunst, October 14th

Mr. Benjamin Midler, October 28th

Mr. Max Schindler, November 4th

Ms Gussie Zaks, November 18th

Later this year, archaeologist Richard Freund will be giving a special lecture on his work recovering traces of the Nazi Death Camp Sobibor.

For more information on the Holocaust Living History Workshop survivor presentations or instruction sessions on how to use the Visual History Archive, please contact Marina Triner, 858-534-7661, or the Judaic Studies Office, 858-534-4551.

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