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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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

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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Better Policies, Better Lives: OECD's 50th Anniversary Exhibit

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been measuring progress around the globe for over 50 years.  The OECD is a non-governmental organization based in Paris with a mission to promote “polices that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.” In collaboration with the OECD, the Social Sciences & Humanities Library has launched an exhibit celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit includes some of their award winning publications that can be used for research and study, as well as information on upcoming events and opportunities such as going on an all paid expense trip to Paris to attend and International Forum!

OECD has been one of the world’s most reliable sources of comparable statistics and economic and social data.  A guide to OECD resources at the UC San Diego Libraries– http://ucsd.libguides.com/oecd

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, the OECD Washington Office chose 11 Student Ambassadors from across the United States.   UC San Diego student Lauren Klibingat is in the inaugural class. She created and organized the events, exhibit and outreach efforts.

February 1-28, main floor, Social Sciences & Humanities Library

Investing In New Countries: South Africa and Africa after the World Cup
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 4:30 pm, Price Center East Ballroom
OECD Speaker, Andreas Woergoetter, will present and discuss the OECD Economic Survey of South Africa. Topics will include South Africa’s macroeconomic framework, the labor utilization gap, global crisis, and economic development before and after the world cup 2010.
Co-hosted with the Undergraduate Economics Society and Undergraduate Accounting Society

OECD 50th Anniversary Humor Session: A Spirited Look at Climate Change and Green Growth
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:30 pm, Price Center East Ballroom
Stand-up economist and Professor at the University of Washington, Yoram Bauman, will be coming to UCSD to present a monologue on the OECD’s 50th anniversary and on the topics of climate change and green growth. Dr. Famulari, Chair of the Economics Department at UCSD, will be introducing Bauman.
Co-hosted with the Undergraduate Economics Society and Undergraduate Accounting Society

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Guilty Pleasures Exhibit

Do you hide your graphic novel inside of your scholarly journal?  Is the latest Dean Koontz paperback in the bottom drawer of your desk stashed between your files?  Is the newest Nora Roberts novel on your laptop – just a click away from those annual reports?  These are examples of some guilty pleasures of the reading variety.

This summer the Social Sciences & Humanities Library is celebrating the cheap thrills and quick reads that bring us so much pleasure!  Our Guilty Pleasures exhibit highlights books and facts from popular genres like romance, mystery, science fiction and horror.

Visit the exhibit, located in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library reference area (Geisel Library, main floor) to:

  • Participate in the Guilty Pleasures Book Exchange (bring a book, take a book, repeat all summer long!)
  • Enter to win 1 of 3 ALA READ posters
  • Use one of the self checkout machines, located in Geisel Library lobby area, to enter to win 1 of 3 $15 Amazon gift cards

Join us in celebrating the guilty pleasure of reading! Find the “fun” books in our collections. Share your favorites with other readers. Explore new genres and discover new favorite authors.  Here’s a guide to get you started–  http://ucsd.libguides.com/guiltypleasures

Participate in our book exchange

Enter to win one of these posters

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Catalan, a language of Europe (El català, llengua d’Europa)

Millions of Europeans use the Catalan language every day, both in their private lives and in the more formal contexts of life in society. Catalan is therefore a language suited to the needs of a modern, open society, rooted in its geography and its traditions, but it is also a communication tool of a society that wants to become even better known in Europe and the rest of the world.

The exhibition Catalan, a language of Europe (El català, llengua d’Europa) seeks to take visitors on a tour of the different theoretical and practical aspects of this Romance language, offering an overview of the area where it is spoken, how many speakers it has and its literary output, while highlighting the role which, as a language of integration and cohesion, it plays in Catalonia’s education system, including higher education.

Finally, the exhibition also provides information on the .cat domain, which was obtained as a result of the work done by Fundació “puntCAT”, and which represents the first domain in the world that identifies a language and a culture in Internet.

The exhibit is on display in the UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library (in the Geisel Library building) now through May 31st.

For more information on learning Catalan @ UCSD.

Map showing the Catalan speaking regions in Europe

Map showing the Catalan speaking regions in Europe

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Food for Thought exhibit

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly
stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
-Luciano Pavarotti

But what do we eat? Where does it come from? How do we prepare it?  FOOD FOR THOUGHT, the Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s latest exhibit, offers some answers to these questions.  The exhibit explores the intersections surrounding food and health, gardening, farming, politics, sustainability and more.  Visit the exhibit to learn interesting food facts, explore kitchen curiosities, watch videos on related topics, and learn about the history and future of urban farms.

One goal of the Food for Thought display is to help make the UC San Diego Library community aware of the resources that are available on these topics. A Resource Guide, highlighting books, journals, and videos from our collections is available online at http://ucsd.libguides.com/food

Culinary curiosities abound in our exhibit! Name the unidentified tools in the Kitchen Curiosities cabinet and tell us what they’re used for.  Correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Su Mei Yu’s Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living. Identify the 3 mystery foods and you can enter to win another copy of the book!

The exhibit is located in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library’s Reference Area (enter the Geisel Library building, go all the way to your left).  We hope the display catches your eye, whets your appetite, and sparks your imagination. Bon appétit!

Do you want your own copy of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Micahel Pollan? Enter for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies at the 2 self checkout machines in Geisel Library! 3 entries will be drawn on Friday, April 23.  Winners will be notified by email.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

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Geisel Goes Graphic

The Geisel Goes Graphic exhibit has been extended for Fall Quarter.

No matter what term is applied, ‘Graphic Novel’, ‘Comic Book’, ’Picture Novella’, these stories have captured our imagination across generations. The Social Sciences & Humanities Library is showcasing the graphic novel in all its glory this fall.

Run, fly, or swing by the Social Sciences & Humanities Library and take in the origins of the graphic novel, how women characters in graphic novels have changed over time, the evolution of a few of our favorite characters, vote for your favorite graphic novel to big screen adaptation, and spot some popular graphic novels in other countries. While you’re there be sure to flip through some of the novels in the UCSD Libraries’ collections, or get a recommendation on a graphic novel from past Summer Reading participants. Whether you are looking for superheroes, romance, or realism, you can find it all in the graphic novel genre.

If you need a bigger graphic novel fix take your own picture with Batman and others. And for the chance to score some free stuff, let us know which one is your favorite graphic novel!

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Academic Integrity Exhibit

Academic Integrity is an important issue on college campuses today. Some say the Internet has made it easier to plagiarize. Stop by the Social Sciences and Humanities Library Reference Area to see our latest exhibit on academic integrity. Learn tips and tricks to avoid plagiarism, browse books on this important and timely topic, and see who in the news has committed plagiarism. Our exhibit also allows you to check your knowledge on academic integrity.

This exhibit will be on display in the Social Sciences & Humanities Library Reference Area for the next 2 months. SSHL is committed to helping prevent plagiarism at UCSD and will shortly be debuting an online plagiarism tutorial.

Declare Yourself!

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) presents a comprehensive and historical look at elections past and present.

Swing by the exhibit, located in the SSHL Reference Area, to view a political timeline, political advertisements, and polls on the issues. Make sure you take the time to cast your vote in SSHL’s mini elections’ contest, and get the chance to win a 1 GB flashdrive!

If you want to know more about this upcoming election check out the books we’ve included on the display. And if you can’t get to the library, or you want to learn more, check out the Libraries’ Worldwide Elections Guide which collects election information from both around the block to around the world. The collection includes various web and print resources in presidential, federal, state, local and world elections.

And remember, don’t forget to vote on November 4th!

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