Tal Golan: The Politics of Memory

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Tal Golan:  The Politics of Memory

Tal Golan is a professor of history and son of a Holocaust survivor from Poland.  Yuzhek Goldberg (later Joseph Golan) grew up in the Polish town of Nowe Miastro and spent time in the Warsaw ghetto before going into hiding and later joining the partisans.  At war’s end, he immigrated to Palestine.  Goldberg was one of many Holocaust survivors who kept silent about their ordeal until late in life when he decided to commit his memories to paper.  In this talk, Tal Golan reflects on the politics of memory and the struggle common to many survivors to build a new, Israeli identity.

When: Wednesday, May 23, 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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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Michael Bart: The Partisans of Vilna

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Michael Bart: The Partisans of Vilna

Until Our Last Breath

To honor this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha-Shoah), Michael Bart shares the incredible story of his parents Zenia Lewinson and Leizer Bart who were both members of the Lithuanian partisan group “The Avengers.” Under the leadership of the Zionist Abba Kovner, they vowed to resist the Nazis “until our last breath” – the title of Bart’s award-winning book about the Vilna partisans. At this special event Bart relates the struggle of his parents and talks about his own ten-year-long journey to recover their history.

When: Wednesday, April 18, 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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

Cesar Chavez 2012

Los Peregrinos: A photography exhibit

Photographer Ricardo Garcia-Trejo describes his exhibit:

On March 31st, 1994, approximately 85 United Farm Workers and their supporters gathered together at a site known as “Forty Acres,” just two miles west of Delano, CA. They christened themselves “Peregrinos” and donned wooden crosses with black ribbons around their necks. Then they began an arduous 330 mile pilgrimage over a twenty four day period, recreating the historic 1966 UFW march from Delano to Sacramento inaugurated by their recently deceased leader Cesar Chavez.

April 2 – 30
Geisel Library, 1st Floor, West Wing,  Collaborative Study Space (map)

For a recommended list of films related to Cesar Chavez, see libraries.ucsd.edu/locations/sshl/_files/pdf/chavez film list.pdf.

For more 2012 César E. Chávez events: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/chavez
Additional photographs on display at the Cross-cultural Center Art Gallery (2nd Floor, Price Center East)

Sponsors: UCSD Chicano/Latino Staff Association, César E. Chávez Planning Committee, and the Librarians’ Association of UCSD Committee on Diversity

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Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and the Ghosts of Nuremberg

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund and the Ghosts of Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Legacy

San Diego Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund is a witness to history in two senses. After graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism, Ehrenfreund joined the U.S. Army and took part in the Allied reconquest of Western Europe under General Patton. After the war, he covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials as a reporter for Stars and Stripes, the army newspaper. His experiences in Nuremberg ultimately resulted in Ehrenfreund’s extraordinary 2007 book, The Nuremberg Legacy, written from his dual perspectives as an eyewitness to history and a Superior Court judge. Ehrenfreund will be introduced by UC San Diego historian Patrick Patterson, who teaches a course on international law, war crimes, and genocide.

When:  Wednesday, March 7, 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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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Bloodlands

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

Bloodlands

Bloodlands

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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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German Tragedies

The Holocaust Living History Workshop presents:

German Tragedies: Robert Nichols Remembers

Gustav Landauer and Hedwig Lachmann

Gustav Landauer and Hedwig Lachmann


Robert Nicols, M.D., MPH, is the grandson of the German-Jewish anarchist leader Gustav Landauer who was murdered by Bavarian counter-revolutionaries in 1919 and of the poet and translator Hedwig Lachmann who died of influenza towards the end of the Great War.  In 1939 he and his family fled Nazi Germany.  At this special event, Nichols talks about the difficulties starting a new life on another continent and shares stories and pictures of his famous family.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 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 hlhw@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.

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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

Mussolini

 

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 hlhw@ucsd.edu 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.

Exhibit:
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.

Panelists:

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 http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about/winter2011.html

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