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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Nest of Pirates

Nest of Pirates: Piracy and the Formalization of the First British Empire

On October 20 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Professor Mark G. Hanna will speak about “Nest of Pirates:  Pirates and the Formalization of the First British empire” in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library building.

Pirates are described in both popular culture and historical scholarship as inherently removed from civilized society–in rebellion with social norms and hierarchies.  Lawyers of the seventeenth century certainly promoted this impression by defining pirates as hostis humani generis, enemies of mankind.  This talk will describe how pirates during most of the early modern period were actually actively welcomed and supported on the peripheries of what would become the first British Empire.  Contrary to our common perceptions, many pirates bought land, married local women, and even became members of the ruling elite in North American colonial communities.

Mark G. Hanna is an assistant professor of history at the University of California in San Diego.  He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture from the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2010.  Professor Hanna received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 2006. He received outside graduate fellowships from the Center for New World Comparative Studies at the John Carter Brown Library, the W. M. Keck Foundation at the Huntington Library, and postdoctoral fellowships from the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund from the Harvard University Law School, a William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History, and an Arthur H. Cole Grant from the Economic History Association. Dr. Hanna’s dissertation, “The Pirate Nests: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charles Town, 1670-1730,” not only challenges prevailing interpretations of piracy; it also uses the phenomenon of piracy to illuminate the history of early America in the Atlantic World. His research is quintessentially multidisciplinary, with a legal historical base grounded in the Navigation Acts, early trials from the Admiralty courts, and shipping records; an interdisciplinary historical analysis of the economic underpinnings, social networks, and political support of pirate activity on land and sea; and the cultural nuance of print culture, both the literary world of historical fiction and the more ephemeral rough-and-tumble of early newspapers.

No RSVP.  Refreshments will be served!

Swing by at 12:00 pm on October 20th, to hear Scott Paulson from the Arts Library play pirate tunes on the carillon!

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Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

The Holocaust Living Workshop presents:

Memories of Kristallnacht and Beyond: Five Years Forced Labor

When the Nazis unleashed the pogrom that came to be known as Kristallnacht (Crystal Night), Gerhard Maschkowski was barely fourteen years old.  The son of a WW I veteran blinded in combat, Gerhard grew up in West Prussian Elbing where he experienced prejudice and persecution firsthand. In the wake of Kristallnacht, he spent several stints in the forced labor camps of Jessenmühle and Neuendorf. From here he was deported to Auschwitz-Monowitz where he worked variously in a cement and an electricians’ detachment. After barely surviving a grueling death march, he ended up in a hospital in Breslau, which the Russians liberated in early May 1945. In commemoration of the horrifying event that started it all (Nov. 9, 1938), Maschkowski will share the impact these events have had on his life.

Professor Richard Biernacki offers some introductory remarks from the perspective of the sociologist.

When: Wednesday Nov. 9, 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.

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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Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream in the University of Life

Jameelah X. Medina
Jameelah X. Medina, M. Ed., contributor to I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, will talk about her experiences as a third-generation African American Muslim in mainstream society and in the Muslim community, before and post-9/11, with the focus on the shift that has taken place after 9/11. She will also discuss her experiences with post-9/11 airport culture and the politics of the headscarf in that space.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building
UC San Diego

I Speak for Myself

Book signing after the event.
Copies available for $15
Cash preferred

Refreshments will be served.

sponsored by: The Librarians Association of UCSD Committee on Diversity

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