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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Conversations of Reflection: We Remember

Hanna Marx and Gerhard Maschowsky will share the stories of their experiences in the Holocaust. At this presentation, members of the campus community and the public will have the opportunity to meet the survivors and hear their stories, as well as learn about other survivors’ testimony from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, which includes the personal stories of more than 50,000 survivors of the Holocaust.

Mrs. Marx was born in Hamm, Germany and survived the Riga Ghetto and Stutthof and Riga-Kaiserwald concentration camps. Mr. Maschowsky was born in Elbing, Germany and survived Mühldorf, Nuendorf, Auschwitz, Auschwitz III-Monowitz, Uberwüstegiersdorf, and Gelsenkirchen concentration camps.

Jackie Gmach will then present a 20-minute video, “Behind the Scenes of the Making of DAVKA”, a traveling exhibit of photographs, videos, and professionally recorded oral histories that illuminate the lives and personal trajectories of San Diegans (and their families) who survived the Holocaust. Mrs Gmach, who recently retired as Program Director and Library Director at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, created the DAVKA exhibit in 2006.

After her talk, the group will walk across the Social Science & Humanities Library lobby to view the DAVKA exhibit, which will is returning to Geisel from May 10-May 24. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 12th, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, 5 – 7 pm

For more information see the flyer or contact Marina Triner (, Program Coordinator, Holocaust Living History Workshop.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive

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

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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Errors in the 6th edition, First Printing of the Publication Manual of the APA

Errors in the 6th edition, First Printing of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The UCSD Social Sciences & Humanities Library was recently informed that the First Printing of the Publication Manual of the APA contains numerous errors. The copies of the First Printing edition housed in SSHL have been labeled to inform our patrons about this. We have also RUSH ordered copies of the Second Printing, which does not contain the errors.

We realize there are many students, faculty and staff on campus who use the APA publication manual, hence this notice. Should you own copies of the First Printing and/or are requiring your students to use the APA publication manual during the next few weeks of the quarter, please inform your students. The Libraries have also notified the UCSD Bookstore of the errors contained in the First Printing.

For a listing of the errors, please refer to the APA’s list of “Corrections to First Printing (July 2009)”
There is also a listing of the Sample Papers, and the Supplemental Materials.

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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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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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All about Green!

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) honors Earth Week-

Got water?
After three years of a California drought, with mandatory water rationing anticipated for this summer, thinking globally and acting locally has never been more important—or easier. Simple changes in everyday habits can conserve gallons of water a day.

Come to the SSHL Reference Area to check out a display on California’s water sponsored by UCSD’s Social Science & Humanities Library and the San Diego County Water Authority. Explore the colorful history of water in California and learn what you can do today to conserve this precious resource.

While you’re in the Reference Area, check out our display on books about environmental issues, along with a model solar house, on loan as part of UCSD’s Sustainability Initiative, and the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project.

And don’t forget to leave your mark! SSHL wants to know your thoughts on Earth Week, the environment, and our campus wide sustainability initiative. Use the materials provided to make your mark on our Earth Week Graffiti Wall.


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