March 2018 Archives

March 1, 2018

Whiteboard with favorite African American Artists listed for Black History Month

A Bass Library initiative to amplify underrepresented voices has generated a crowd-sourced reading list of books “by and about people of color”. Now, students and librarians are looking for ways to keep that list growing.

“We see a real community conversation unfolding, and we want to support that,” said Emily Horning, director of undergraduate programs at Bass Library.

The Reading Resilience Project invites members of the Yale community to suggest creative works via a book recommendation webform. In February, in honor of Black History Month, recommendations were also solicited via a whiteboard in Bass.

“The response was amazing,” Horning said.  “Within a few days, the board was covered with suggestions. Some students have offered just one title they feel passionately about; others have e-mailed entire bibliographies.”

Whiteboard of patron's favorite African-American Artists to honor Black History MonthAs of late February, the list had grown to 93 titles, from more than 100 recommenders—about half of whom are students.  (The full list is below.)

Some students added notes explaining the reasons for their recommendations. 

“This book is critical for understanding how Black girls and women navigate hostile territory and make a self,” one senior wrote about Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship by Aimee Meredith Cox.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, another senior wrote, is “beautiful, just beautiful.”

The Reading Resilience Project was sparked by conversations between Horning and two students, Katherine Wyatt ’16 and Peter Huang ’16, in late 2015 during a wave of student activism aimed at making Yale more inclusive. The project went quietly in 2017 before being revived this year.

Now, Horning wants to make sure the conversation continues. The submission form will remain open and now can be used to recommend poetry, art objects, films, and other creative works by or about people of color.

Students and other Yale affiliates may add their own suggestions to the list and then check out recommended books from the project, which are displayed near the Bass circulation desk.  Suggestions for other Bass Library initiatives may be emailed to

Reading Resilience Project Booklist

A Chinese Life by Li Kunwu

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

A Toast in the House of Friends by Akilah Oliver

African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000 by Quintard Taylor and Shirley Ann Wilson Moore

Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire by Adria Imada

Aloha Betrayed by Noenoe K. Silva

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis

Another Country by James Baldwin

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua

Cane by Jean Toomer

Circle K Cycles by Karen Tei Yamashita

Code of the Street by Elijah Anderson

Cosmopolitan Canopy by Elijah Anderson

Cruising by Gerald Walker

Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Fight or Flight (Shifting Tides Book 1)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaiʻi by Haunani Kay Trask

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Go Tell it On the Mountain by James Baldwin

Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez

In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison

Jazz by Toni Morrison 

Like One of the Family; Conversations from a Domestic Life, by Alice Childress

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

Ms. Marvel (Volumes 1-11) by G. Willow Wilson

Murgu by Artan Fuga

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Of Love and Dust by Ernest J. Gaines

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Oreo by Fran Ross

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Passing by Nella Larsen

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Pimp by Iceberg Slim

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance by Leonard Peltier

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Race Matters by Cornel West

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in America by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Searching for Zion by Emily Raboteau

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih

Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship by Aimee Meredith Cox

She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel by Quan Barry

So Far from God by Ana Castillo

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Swingtime by Zadie Smith

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Muhammad

The Essential Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This Bridge Called My Back by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, editors

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Zaatar Diva by Suheir Hammad

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde


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March 5, 2018

Join us on March 8, 2018, 2-3 PM in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, for a Yale Day of Data Spring Series talk by linguist Stephanie Fielding. Fielding's algorithmic work allows for the reconstruction of a language with a slim set of words. 

When Stephanie Fielding started her study of the Mohegan language, she found that the primary sources for the language were diaries written in Mohegan by the aunt of her grandfather's grandfather, Fidelia Fielding. The language was simple and sparse. What was there gave her a basis to work from, but the vocabulary was impossible to use for conversations. Luckily, the Mohegans' cousins to the north, the Wampanoag, have a huge corpus of work which includes The Holy Bible, translated by John Eliot and his informants. 

During Fielding's time at MIT under the tutelage of Norvin Richards, she learned how to make an algorithm to turn a Wampanoag word into an authentic Mohegan word. More recently, she found notes written by Mohegan Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon in Delaware using an orthography invented by anthropologist Frank Speck, whom Gladys worked with for many years. These pages have many names of plants and their medicinal uses in this Delaware script. Fielding's latest task is to make an algorithm that will turn these Delaware words into authentic Mohegan words.

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2-3 PM Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to attend. 

This event is part of the Yale Day of Data Spring Series, sponsored by the Yale University Library.

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March 5, 2018

Book by Samuel Moyn, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

The age of human rights has been kindest to the rich. Even as state violations of political rights garnered unprecedented attention due to human rights campaigns, a commitment to material equality disappeared. In its place, market fundamentalism has emerged as the dominant force in national and global economies. In Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Professor Moyn analyzes how and why we chose to make human rights our highest ideals while simultaneously neglecting the demands of a broader social and economic justice.

In a pioneering history of rights stretching back to the Bible, Not Enough charts how twentieth-century welfare states, concerned about both abject poverty and soaring wealth, resolved to fulfill their citizens’ most basic needs without forgetting to contain how much the rich could tower over the rest. In the wake of two world wars and the collapse of empires, new states tried to take welfare beyond its original European and American homelands and went so far as to challenge inequality on a global scale. But their plans were foiled as a neoliberal faith in markets triumphed instead.

Moyn places the career of the human rights movement in relation to this disturbing shift from the egalitarian politics of yesterday to the neoliberal globalization of today. Exploring why the rise of human rights has occurred alongside enduring and exploding inequality, and why activists came to seek remedies for indigence without challenging wealth, Not Enough calls for more ambitious ideals and movements to achieve a humane and equitable world.

The Book Talk takes place on March 27th in the Lecture Hall at Sterling Memorial Library at 4:30pm. Coffee and cookies will be provided before the talk at 4:00pm.

Read more about the Professor Moyn's new book:

Professor Moyn's New Book on Human Rights in an Unequal World

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March 9, 2018

Woman playing the lute

The Gilmore Music Library holds many remarkable scores, books, and images of guitar and lute music. Our online exhibit, Treasures of Guitar and Lute Music from the Gilmore Music Library, spans more than 400 years. It includes two remarkable lute works from the late 16th and early 17th centuries: a treatise by Vincenzo Galilei (the father of the scientist Galileo Galilei) and a rare print of John Dowland’s Lachrimae. 

The guitar makes its appearance with a late 17th-century treatise by Gaspar Sanz. From the 19th-century, we have a letter from the composer and guitarist Mauro Giuliani. The 20th-century is represented by a guitar arrangement by Andrés Segovia, the most celebrated classical guitarist of his era, a study by the renowned Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, and a composition by Jack Vees, the director of Yale’s Center for Studies in Music Technology. Finally, we have selected three striking images from the library’s large collection of guitar iconography.

This exhibit was planned in conjunction with the 2018 Yale Guitar Extravaganza, sponsored by the Yale School of Music, but unfortunately, that had to be canceled. The next Guitar Extravaganza is now planned for the 2019-2020 concert season. 

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March 19, 2018

Beatrix Farrand walking in the gardens she landscaped at Yale

Please join us on Thursday, March 29 at 3 pm in the CSSSI 24-Hour Space for a celebration of the life and legacy of Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959). Farrand, the only founding woman member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, designed gardens for the White House and the New York Botanical Garden; for many private estates, among them Dumbarton Oaks; and for a number of college campuses. As Yale’s landscape architect for 23 years, Farrand designed the landscapes for at least 16 buildings and locations around campus, including the Marsh Botanical Garden.

We will screen a short documentary about Farrand’s contributions to Yale’s landscape, followed by a panel conversation. Speakers include:
Karyl Evans (six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker; director and producer of The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand; Fellow of Yale University)

Kate Bolick (contributing editor at The Atlantic, author of the bestselling book Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, and host of "Touchstones at The Mount," an annual literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate in Lenox, MA)

Catherine Phillips (horticulturalist who has worked in the UK and botanical gardens in the US, most recently at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, Pasadena, CA, and author of ‘Connecticut motive’: Beatrix Farrand and the Marsh Botanic Garden of Yale University 1922-1939)

Beka Sturges (landscape architect at Reed Hilderbrand, New Haven; her recent work includes the campus of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and the allée project at Storm King.

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