April 2017 Archives

April 7, 2017

Look at birth on a cosmic scale through the research of two Yale Astronomy labs, from simulations of the young universe to the formation of stars in our galaxy. Shedding Light on the Dark Universe, the new media exhibit at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), explores how numerical simulations and high performance computing can help illuminate the structure of the universe. The exhibit runs through October 6 in the CSSSI 24-hour space on the concourse level of the Kline Biology Tower (219 Prospect Street).

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April 7, 2017

Photographs have had a home in the book format since the earliest days of photography. However, the interest in and study of the ‘photobook’ as a form is a more recent phenomenon. The definition of a photobook is still fluid in critical discussions, and perhaps it is this lack of rigid characteristics that makes the art form so interesting to collect and study. This new exhibition, opening on April 10 at the Haas Family Arts Library, highlights the work of the Arts and Beinecke Libraries to collect photobooks in a wide variety of formats and explores how the collecting practices of these two libraries intersect and complement each other. Together, these two collections offer a broad historical context in which to examine and critically engage with this emergent form.

The Arts Library has been collecting books by photographers for decades as part of its mission to document trends in the art world to support teaching and research at Yale. Furthermore, the Arts of the Book Collection actively collects the book arts in all formats, including books that use photography. The Beinecke Library has a long history of collecting original photography, particularly related to the American West. More recent acquisitions expand the scope of Beinecke’s photography collections to focus on women photographers in the Peter Palmquist Collection and contemporary photobooks in the Indie Photobook Library/Larissa Leclair Collection.

The exhibit will be on view until May 26.

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April 7, 2017

All are welcome to join us for the latest in our Sterling Memorial Book Talk Series on Wednesday April 19 at 4:30pm, where Douglas Rogers, Yale Associate Professor of Anthropoloy, will speak about his book, The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture After Socialism. The talk will take place in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

Russia is among the world's leading oil producers, sitting atop the planet's eighth largest reserves. Like other oil-producing nations, it has been profoundly transformed by the oil industry. In The Depths of Russia, Rogers offers a nuanced and multifaceted analysis of oil's place in Soviet and Russian life, based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in the Perm region of the Urals. Moving beyond models of oil calibrated to capitalist centers and postcolonial "petrostates," he traces the distinctive contours of the socialist—and then postsocialist—oil complex, showing how oil has figured in the making and remaking of space and time, state and corporation, exchange and money, and past and present. He pays special attention to the material properties and transformations of oil (from depth in subsoil deposits to toxicity in refining) and to the ways oil has echoed through a range of cultural registers.

The Depths of Russia challenges the common focus on high politics and Kremlin intrigue by considering the role of oil in barter exchanges and surrogate currencies, industry-sponsored social and cultural development initiatives, and the city of Perm's campaign to become a European Capital of Culture. Rogers also situates Soviet and post-Soviet oil in global contexts, showing that many of the forms of state and corporate power that emerged in Russia after socialism are not outliers but very much part of a global family of state-corporate alliances gathered at the intersection of corporate social responsibility, cultural sponsorship, and the energy and extractive industries.

All are welcome!

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April 7, 2017

The East Asia Library at Yale is delighted to announce a collection of ephemera (brochures, flyers, advertisements, pamphlets) material related to LGBTQ communities in Japan. The finding aid can be found here.

The collection consists of fliers, newsletters, brochures, and other educational material published and distributed by Japanese lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations, primarily from the Tokyo area. Materials focus on gay and bisexual men's health, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and testing, and community activities for HIV positive individuals. The collection includes publications documenting bars and clubs, community spaces and support services, art and cultural events, and political activism, as well as newsletters from over thirty LGBTQ organizations located in Tokyo and other regions of Japan. Materials date from 1993 to 2016.

The collection was prepared in collaboration with Yoshie Yanagihara of Tokyo Denki University and Tetsuyuki Shida of Waseda University, with assistance from Mary Caldera of Yale Manuscripts and Archives, and Caitlin Casiello.

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April 10, 2017

On view until April 28, an exhibit at Sterling Memorial Library highlights the research of four exceptional Yale students. The research of Helen Price (Davenport College ‘18) examines the early years of coeducation within Yale College. Price developed her display from research she conducted for Professor Jay Gitlin’s course Yale and America, taught through the Department of History. 

By 1965, seventy-five percent of U.S. colleges were coeducational. Recognizing that Yale was arriving late to a national trend, the school announced that women would be admitted to Yale as undergraduates starting in the the fall of 1969.  In many ways, however, the university was largely underprepared for the inclusion of women. The first class of female undergraduates had to overcome obstacles in academics, athletics, and housing, and Price examines each of these issues and describes how the women reacted and sought change. “Archival research showed me that...the first female undergraduates were pioneers rather than victims,” says Price.  “[These women] showed tremendous ingenuity and resourcefulness in paving a way for themselves.” Her display also highlights the notable contributions of several extraordinary female students who attended and graduated from Yale College during the initial years of coeducation.

Throughout her research, Price relied on various materials held by Yale Library’s Manuscripts and Archives, including student questionnaires, letters and memos from the university administration, local news articles, and photographs. Price also acknowledges librarian Bill Landis (Manuscripts & Archives) as particularly helpful and supportive throughout her process. To learn more about Price’s research, stop by her display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor!

By Hilary Purrington

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April 26, 2017

Join us for an event on 5/4 from 9:30-11:00 am in Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Avenue) that explores the increasing necessity of capturing and preserving the documentation of cultural heritage, scientific data, and activist movements.

In this time of heightened social activism and mounting environmental uncertainty, many librarians and archivists have extended their practices beyond standard institutional procedures, taking on more forward-thinking approaches in order to capture and preserve documentation of cultural heritage, scientific data, and activist movements. Threats include loss of ephemeral materials, “silences” in historical documentation created by gaps in collecting, and the erasure of information through either lack of foresight, purposeful deletion, or accidental destruction. As more librarians and archivists take measures to protect information that is at risk--including the histories and data of underrepresented groups from across the ideological spectrum--this event will give voice to information professionals who are working to navigate the complexities inherent in their collecting and descriptive decisions. Panelists will be given time to share their personal experiences, visions for the future, and concerns about preserving data in a time where threats of climate change, encroaching governmental policies, and professional accountability affect the memory work being done both by individuals and institutions.

Panelists: Jarrett Drake, Digital Archivist, Princeton University; Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati; Bethany Wiggin, Director, Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities

Breakout sessions with panelists:
2:00-3:00 p.m. Room C122, 344 Winchester, Beinecke Library, co-sponsored by the Yale Archival Reading Group
2:00-3:00 p.m. Rooms 38/39, 121 Wall Street, Beinecke Library, co-sponsored by the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness

Coffee to follow breakout sessions.

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