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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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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Commemorating Kristallnacht

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Commemorating Kristallnacht

Photo: Archive: DPA (–7567881.html)

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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Escaping to Palestine

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Escaping to Palestine

On September 1, 1939, German tanks rolled up into Poland.  World War II had begun.  At the time, Stephen Victor Kraus was 10 years old and lived in Warsaw.  His family decided to escape.  After an arduous journey through Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia they arrived in Palestine and safety.  At this event, Kraus will share his memories of a time of turmoil and survival and how he has come to terms with the past.

Map of Polish Collapse

Map of Polish Collapse

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Where: UC San Diego 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.

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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Library Cost Analysis Study

The UC San Diego Library is conducting a cost analysis of library use which may benefit the library’s budget.  Responses are anonymous and the  survey only runs 2 hours once per month from July 2012 through June 2013.

The web survey may pop up as users try to access online resources like databases, journals, e-books, etc.  The survey needs to be filled out before access to the resource is granted.

Troubleshooting tips:

For any technical problem (user trapped endlessly in survey, user completed survey but can’t access resource, user seeing survey after survey period, etc.) with the web survey, users can:

  • try a different machine or a different browser on the same computer
  • come to library and use one of our computers
  • try again after the survey period has ended

If the user would like to report a problem, please send the following information to ›

  • Ask how user reached survey (which requested resource used).
  • ›Ask if completed required fields (classification & purpose of use).
  • ›Determine user location (in library, on-campus but not in library, off-campus).
  • ›If off-campus, ask if using proxy or VPN.
  • ›Ask for user’s operating system name & version
  • Ask for name & version of browser being used
  • Ask if user has enabled cookies


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From the library suggestion box. . .

Some recent suggestions/comments from the library suggestion box:

Suggestion Box

Stay open 24 hrs everyday (at least week days) not just for finals week. We are an internationally known top-notch university for christ’s sake.

Thanks for your emphatic suggestion.  Having Geisel ( or some part of it) staying open 24 hours during the week during the regular academic year is something we are currently investigating, but it does come down to funding.  And our funding has been cut significantly in the last few years, so starting a new service like this may be difficult.  But we do have a group looking into this – specifically 24/5 (Sunday – Thursday) and if we are able to move on the idea, you will hear about it.

 The policy of no “smelly” food in the library doesn’t work especially if there is no one to enforce it.  If that policy is to remain effect, you should have the library staff get out behind the counter and randomly patrol the area. What good is the policy if no one is going to enforce? This a problem in Geisel and Biomed. The smelly food is a nuisance to other patrons at the library.

Yes, we know it doesn’t work very well.  And due to reductions in staffing due to budget cuts and to our service priorities, we’ve decided that patrolling an 8-story building (in the case of Geisel) for “smelly” food violations is not something on which we want to spend our limited resources.  Our hope is that library users note the policy and then those who care about their fellow library users don’t violate it.  Our other option is to just remove this part of our policy and allow just about anything in, but we’re not ready to go there yet.  But if you have suggestions about how we could help with this problem without having to use staff to patrol or to police the front entrances for food policy violations, I would be happy to hear them.   Just submit them through either the regular Suggestion Box, or through our online suggestion form.  One idea that has been shared is to have students volunteer at the beginning of the Fall quarter to stand in the Geisel entrance and politely share the Libraries’ food/drink policy with new and returning library users.  Sounds like a good idea, but I’m not sure if many would volunteer for this duty.

To whom it may concern: I would like to suggest that your check-out counter librarians be given access to the logon for your computers for guest. While visiting the library this evening, the reference desk was closed, and I was told by the attendants at the Circulation Desk that the Reference Desk attendants had the guest logon for the computers, but the Circulation Desk attendants do not. It would seem reasonable that someone might want to use the computers in the evening, and therefore it would behoove your Circulation Desk librarians to have access to the logon.

Thank you for your suggestion.  It will be taken under advisement.

To whom it may concern: I visited the library today and utilizing your online catalog I searched for my topic of interest: Obama and Cuba. Result there were a # of hits but 2 of particular interest. Though the online catalogs listed them as available there were not there.  In fact the catalog sequence for either of those #’s (once you got to the 8th Floor) was showing me China as a subject. So not only were those books not there but the subject relation appeared off as well. Please help organize.

  • “Shifting the balance – Obama and the Americas” JZ 1480.A53.S55 2011 8th FL
    When searched at July 5 at 12:30pm the ROGER catalog location listed this title location as IR/PS 8th FL.  A shelf-check revealed that the book was in its correct call number order on the shelf.
  • “Obama & the Empire” E183.8.C9.C3167 8thFL
    When searched on July 5 at 12:30pm the ROGER catalog location listed this title (2011 & 2012 editions) as located on the 6th FL.  A shelf check revealed that the 2012 edition was in its correct call number order on the shelf on the 6thFL.  The 2011 edition was not found on the shelf.

Please buy more hardcopy books.  It’s difficult to read a 250 page book online/on screen if you are allowed to save only 39 pages of it.  Thanks.

Thanks for your suggestion.  We know that sometimes reading an entire book online can be difficult.  But unfortunately our licensing agreements with some publishers do restrict the amount you can download at any one time.  This is something we keep on top of all the time and is an area where we keep pressing publishers to be more flexible.  As for buying more hardcopy books, if you find there is a book that we only have in e-format and it doesn’t meet your needs, please request that we buy the hardcopy via our Purchase Recommendation form:  We will seriously consider your requests, but may not always be able to act on them.  This form is also found within Roger.

I am proud of our libraries collection of graphic literature but I would like to make a request to increase this collection of comics.  I would like to see more anthologies as well as more mainstream comics. Ps. I miss the popular reading library very much :)

Thanks for the kind words, and yes, we know that many miss the popular reading collection.  As for your request, we are trying to make good choices about the graphic literature we purchase.  If there are items you would like to see added to our collection, please make your requests via our Purchase Recommendation form: and we will seriously consider them.  This form is also found within Roger.

Accident waiting to happen. It boggles my mind how the library has the audacity to turn out the lights on the stairway upon closure around 11:45pm. Will the school be paying the potential medical bills for injuries as a result? Don’t set yourselves up!

During the Geisel Library closing procedures, a portion of the main interior lights are turned off ten minutes before closing as a visual reminder that everyone must leave the building.  All safety lighting remains on, though, so the lights in the stairways shouldn’t go out when that happens.  It’s possible that a bulb has burned out or the lights aren’t behaving properly in a particular location.  Please send more details about which stairway you mean – interior, exterior, tower, wing, etc. – so we can get it fixed.  You can submit another suggestion card, notify any Library staff person, or contact the Library Safety & Security director at – thanks!

And thank you for the kind words as well. . .
Awesome work!
Thank you so much for the plastic bags. I truly appreciate it.

You can submit comments in the Suggestion Box in the Geisel Library building (between the Information and Reference Desks) or online at 

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Summertime and the reading is easy

You can walk down library walk without almost getting hit by a bike. You can get lunch at the Price Center without having to wait in line. You can find a seat on the shuttle. It’s officially summertime at UC San Diego! And while we miss the hustle and bustle of students and the Farmer’s Market, hopefully things have slowed down in your neck of the woods, so you have a little extra time for some fun reading!

The UC San Diego Library collects fiction/memoir/travel/etc books, but they’re kept in call number order by subject.  This post will help you find the “fun” literature in our collections!

If you like browsing/scanning shelves, you have a few options:

  • New Books shelves
    Look for these shelves near service desks in many of our libraries.  They have the most recent books added to our collections. Ask at the Information Desk if you need help finding them.
  • Wander around the 7th Floor in Geisel, pick a row, close your eyes, reach out a select a book! Most literature/fiction is shelved in the P call numbers. If you want to hedge your bets, head to PS659 .B472  before closing your eyes and selecting a book!


The other way to find “fun” books is to review reading lists/websites, and then look up a specific book or author in the catalog (  The catalog will tell you if we have the book, its location and status (available or checked out).


If we don’t have the book or if it’s checked out, you can request a copy through:



Here are some webpages to help you find your next book!

If you need help at any time, Ask a Librarian!

How do you find your next book to read? If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments! :)

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Sam Horowitz: Hiding from the Nazis

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Sam Horowitz: Hiding from the Nazis

ghetto of lublin

Nazi Soldiers Discovering Jews Hiding in a Cellar

Sam Horowitz was born in Lopatyn, Poland, today Ukraine. When the Nazis came, he was among the many Jews herded into ghettos. About to be deported to a concentration camp, the family managed to escape. In the dead of night, they trekked back to their village where a Ukrainian farmer took them in. They remained in hiding until the end of the war. After several years in Vienna and Munich, Horowitz immigrated to the US.

Horowitz will share the story of his incredible escape. He will be introduced by UCSD history professor Deborah Hertz, a specialist in modern Jewish and German history.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 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.

Melanesian Anthropology: Archival Perspectives

Join us for


a Symposium celebrating the renaming of the Melanesian Archive

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 1-4 pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UC San Diego

Refreshments will be served.

Donald Tuzin with Arapesh people of Ilahita Village during his first fieldwork in Papua New Guinea in the early 1970s.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary and renaming of the Melanesian Archive:

The Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology

Panelists include:

Polly Wiessner (University of Utah)

Integrating Tradition and Transition: The Enga Take Anda, Papua New Guinea


Nancy Lutkehaus (University of Southern California)

“Anthropology in the Archives”:  Past, Present, Future


David Akin (Comparative Studies in Society and History)

Kwaio Piracy as Moral Instruction: Lessons from Archival and Oral History.


Related Exhibit In Geisel Library, May 1 – June 30

Island Arts: Images from the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology

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Sky of Red Poppies

Sky of Red Poppies

by Zohreh Gharemani

Join us for an author talk

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Refreshments will be served!

One of the 2012 One Book, One San Diego selections, this book is set against the backdrop of a politically divided 1960’s Iran under rule of the Shah.  Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be and, in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.

Dr. Zohreh Ghahremani is a lifelong writer. She grew up in Iran, the daughter of a tribal man from Khorasan, Rafi Khan Khazai. She came to the United States with her husband, Gary Ghahremani, settling in Chicago. Ghahremani had a successful career in children’s dentistry and also taught at Northwestern University. Ghahremani, her husband and three children moved to San Diego when she decided to pursue her lifelong passion of writing. She publishes widely on the topics of bicultural identity, immigrant life, and modern parenthood. Ghahremani serves on the board of San Diego Writers Ink and is a member of the Association of Iranian-American Writers (AIAW). Sky of Red Poppies, based on a true story, is her first novel.

In a recent interview, One Book’s Linda Salem asked Zoe Ghahremani to talk about her characters and about her thoughts on poetry and writing. Via KPBS

One Book, One San Diego Discussion Guide

Sponsored by the Librarians Association of UCSD’s Committee on Diversity


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