January 2016 Archives

January 28, 2016

All are welcome to join us at CSSSI for a talk on Thursday, February 4 at 3:30 pm, by Dr. Gerald Friedland on the global epidemics of Tuberculosis and HIV, with a focus on the etiology and efforts to combat the disastrous convergence of HIV, TB, and drug resistant TB in South Africa. Dr. Friedland is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. He has been directly involved in clinical and epidemiologic research and care of people living with HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis since 1981.

This talk is hosted in coordination with the opening of "The Africa Initiative at Yale: Research in the Sciences and Social Sciences" – the new media exhibition which will be on view at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI, 219 Prospect Street) from February-October 2016. Refreshments will be served after the talk.

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February 16, 2016

The Gilmore Music Library is pleased to announce that the papers of influential French composer and Paris Conservatoire professor Betsy Jolas, renowned choral conductor Robert Shaw (1916-1999), music editor Kurt Stone (1911-1989), who edited works by Elliott Carter and Paul Hindemith, and Connecticut jazz journalist Walter Rockwell "Rocky" Clark (1907-1990) have been now been processed. For more details about each of these collections and links to their finding aids, see below. For information about doing archival research at the Gilmore Music Library, see our special collections LibGuide as well as the Yale Finding Aid Database.

Betsy Jolas Papers
68 boxes
Finding aid
Betsy Jolas (b. 1926) ranks among the most distinguished and influential modern French composers. Born in Paris to American parents, she was educated at Bennington College and the Paris Conservatoire; she succeeded her teacher Olivier Messiaen as professor of analysis and composition at the Conservatoire. She has also taught at several American universities. Jolas has composed numerous instrumental and vocal works in a wide variety of combinations. Her papers include music, correspondence, writings, teaching materials, sound recordings, and other materials. Jolas’s parents were the editors of an important literary magazine; their papers are housed at the Beinecke Library at Yale.

Robert Shaw Papers
414 boxes
Finding aid
Robert Shaw (1916-1999) was the most renowned choral conductor of the 20th century, and a major orchestral conductor as well. He led the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale, served as George Szell’s assistant conductor at the Cleveland Orchestra, and was music director of the Atlanta Symphony. His papers contain annotated musical scores, correspondence, office files pertaining to a variety of topics, photographs, sound recordings, and other materials. The scores make up nearly half of the Shaw Papers; most works in the standard repertoire are represented by multiple copies, marked up by Shaw at different points in his career.
Robert Shaw would have turned 100 on April 30, 2016. That milestone will be celebrated with a variety of events, including an exhibit at the Gilmore Music Library as well as a PBS documentary that draws heavily on the Shaw Papers.

Kurt Stone Papers
6 boxes
Finding aid
Born in Germany, Kurt Stone (1911-1989) moved to Denmark in 1933 and to the United States in 1938. He spent most of his career in music publishing, working for G. Schirmer, Associated Music Publishers, Alexander Broude, and Joseph Boonin. He edited works by many prominent composers, some of whom became close friends. He wrote Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook (Norton: 1980), and with his wife Else he edited The Writings of Elliott Carter (Indiana University Press, 1977). Stone’s papers are particularly notable for his extensive correspondence with Paul Hindemith and Elliott Carter.

Rocky Clark Papers
5 boxes
Finding aid
Walter Rockwell “Rocky” Clark, Jr. (1907-1990) was a newspaper and TV journalist who covered the jazz scene in Southern Connecticut. Clark was the first president of the Dixieland Society of Southern Connecticut, and his papers document the activities of this organization. They also contain materials from the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival at Quinnipiac College, and a large number of jazz-related photographs. 

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January 27, 2016

A "blook"- an everyday object designed to look like a book

As part of Bibliography Week in New York City, a new exhibition at the Grolier Club looks at everyday objects that are designed to look like books. The exhibition is curated by Mindell Dubansky, head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, from her personal collection. A New York Times article and her blog shed light on Dubansky's collecting history.

Image credit: Mindell Dubansky


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January 26, 2016

The library's subscription to medici.tv, an online database of classical, world music, and jazz music videos, is now active.  medici.tv boasts a collection of 1500 classical music videos of ballets, concerts, operas,  documentaries, artist profiles and educational programs making it the largest online classical music video library in the world.  Each year, several hundred new programs are added to the catalog.  From films about the current music scene to archival footage from the 1950s, medici.tv offers a wide-ranging film and performance experience.

medici.tv presents annually more than 100 live broadcasts of concerts, festivals, and competitions from around the world.  Recent streams have included concerts from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Mexico City, Paris, and Shanghai. Recent festivals and competitions have showcased the Salzburg Festival and the Verbier Festival in the Swiss Alps, as well as the Tchaikovsky Competition from Moscow and St. Petersburg, and the Chopin Competition from Warsaw (which is not yet out on DVD).

Artists include past greats such as Maria Callas, Leonard Bernstein, and Vladimir Horowitz, to present: Gustavo Dudamel, Joyce Di Donato, and Evgeny Kissin.  Educational programs such as lectures or masterclasses are presented by Anner Bylsma, Yvonne Loriod, Alfred Brendel, Boris Berman, Bernard Haitink, Simon Carrington, Pierre Boulez, and Nicholas Harnoncourt.  There’s even a masterclass from Yale with Dawn Upshaw.

The catalog can be browsed by composer, performer, director, type of performance, or musical period, or searched by work or composer.  medici.tv is compatible with Mac or PC, is available in high definition, and through mobile or tablet apps.  

Login from on campus by going directly to the link above.  From off-campus, first login to VPN, then go to the database.  For more information see http://web.library.yale.edu/help/off-campus-access-vpn.  

Questions or difficulties? Contact Suzanne.Lovejoy@yale.edu, 203-432-0497, Music Library ML112.

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January 25, 2016

Every hurricane of the past 150 years: Metrocosm

YaleMakes and Yale Data Science are pleased to announce that Max Galka will lead a hands-on workshop covering the essentials of GIS (geographic information systems). He will walk through the process of obtaining and using public data to create thematic maps. The workshop will take place on Saturday, January 30 from 1:30-2:30pm in BassL70.

Galka's data-driven graphics have been featured in The Washington Post, Time, The Guardian, and Huffington Post. He publishes data visualizations with the aim of provoking thought, and he enjoys teaching people how to do the same.

No programming experience is required, but it is recommended that you bring a laptop.

Advanced registration is required. RSVPs should be sent to makes@yale.edu

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March 7, 2016

The Digital Humanities Lab sponsored two events with Scott Weingart, the Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University.

Workshop, 3/7: "Concepts and Practice of Network Analysis for Humanities Applications"

Bass Library L06, 1:00-5:00pm

Networks are simple formal representations for how the world intermingles with itself. The humanities can make good use of this formalization to study anything from social interactions, to similarities between literary genres, to the trade routes between ancient cities. This workshop will cover the conceptual foundations of network analysis, and the steps to prepare data for, analyze, and visualize humanities networks. Participants will learn on Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine, NodeXL, and Gephi using computers provided by the lab. No background in programming or mathematics is needed.

Photos from the workshop:




    Talk, 3/8: "Distributed Scholarship in Early Modern Europe"

Bass Library L01, 2:00-3:30pm

Historians argue that correspondence networks played a vital role in laying the foundation of early modern scholarship, but only recently have the data and technology been available to critically engage those claims on a large scale. I will discuss how network structure scaffolded the history of science via the analysis of hundreds of thousands of exchanges in the Republic of Letters, and how scholars constructed social webs to strengthen their research. Over three centuries, the web they wove took on its own life, continuing to function without requiring the guiding hand of central figures. This is one story of the institutionalization of early modern scholarship, as told through network analysis.

Photos from the talk:



Scott B. Weingart is a historian of science and Carnegie Mellon University's Digital Humanities Specialist. He is a a Fortier Prize Winner in Digital Humanities, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and an Executive Council Member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Weingart's instructional material appears in the scottbot irregular and The Historian's Macroscope (Imperial College Press, 2015), and his research has been published in journals spanning history, philosophy, folklore, archaeology, library science, and informatics.

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January 20, 2016

Yale President, Peter Salovey announced today the reappointment of Edwin (E.C.) Schroeder, director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and associate university librarian, to a second term through June 30, 2021.

As the Beinecke’s director, E.C. holds responsibility for using the library’s resources and collections to introduce faculty, students, and the broader Yale and New Haven communities to many of the university’s unique treasures. There is no doubt that in his first five years in the post E.C. has excelled in this charge. Early on, he made it his goal to have every undergraduate visit the Beinecke during his or her four years at Yale, and in the past five years the number of classes held there has risen from 200 to more than 500 annually. The establishment of the Windham Campbell Literature Prizes has, under E.C.’s stewardship, contributed to Yale’s standing as an internationally recognized showcase for emerging literary achievement. E.C. has opened wide the Beinecke’s doors to wider audiences from our region and beyond, hosting tours during New Haven’s Festival of Arts & Ideas and offering the building’s exterior as a canvas for the arts in an exhibit, “Lux: Ideas Through Light,” held last April. And he has taken the Beinecke’s renovation—a project he inherited from his predecessor that is now under way—as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink nearly every aspect of the library and its work, including the expansion of teaching spaces as one of his principal goals.
In the time since his initial appointment, E.C. has overseen the Beinecke’s acquisition of a number of truly outstanding collections: the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, one of the largest private collections of 19th-century American photography devoted to Lincoln and the Civil War; the Anthony J. Taussig Collection, widely considered the world’s most important private collection of rare materials relating to English law; the Toshiyuki Takamiya Collection, the most comprehensive privately-owned collection of Middle English texts; archives of the renowned playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel; and the papers of award-winning children’s author Mo Willems.


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March 28, 2016

Richard Jean So, Yale Digital Humanities Lab

The English Department's Theory and Media Studies Colloquium and the Digital Humanities Lab are excited to announce Richard Jean So's upcoming talk, "Dark Data: Modeling Racial Discourse and Inequality in the US Novel." The talk will take place in LC 319 at 5:30pm on March 28th. All are welcome to attend!

Richard Jean So is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago. He works on critical and computational approaches to modern American culture. His most recent essay, "Literary Pattern Recognition" (co-authored with Hoyt Long), appears in Critical Inquiry, and his book, Transpacific Community, is forthcoming at Columbia University Press.

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January 20, 2016

Know before You Go: Researching East Asia in U.S.

The East Asia Library is delighted to announce a NEW workshop series, entitled “Know before You Go: Researching East Asia in U.S.” that will be held at the Sterling Memorial Library (SML) in March and April. Librarians and directors from major East Asian collections in the U.S. will be invited to introduce and show off their rare and unique resources, recent acquisitions, digitization projects, travel grants, access policies, etc. at the workshops. You will have the rare opportunity to meet and connect with them before visiting their libraries to conduct your own research during the summer or in the near future.

All of the workshops will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in SML 218. Light lunches are provided, thanks to the generous support from the Council on East Asian Studies. Please see below for a detailed schedule and mark your calendar! Title and a brief description for each presentation at the workshop series will be announced when the dates are closer. Please stay tuned!

March 3 (Thursday)

Harvard-Yenching Library

Speakers: Mr. Xiao-he Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection

                Ms. Kuniko Yamada McVey, Librarian for the Japanese Collection

March 10 (Thursday)

East Asian Library, Columbia University

Speakers: Dr. Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian

                Dr. Sachie Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian

April 8 (Friday)

East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:  Ms. Jianye He, Librarian for the Chinese Collection

                 Ms. Toshie Marra, Librarian for the Japanese Collection

April 15 (Friday)

East Asia Library, Stanford University

Speaker: Dr. Jidong Yang, Director

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January 19, 2016

Black Pulp Exhibition Poster

“Black Pulp!” opens this week at the Yale School of Art’s gallery at 32 Edgewood Avenue. The exhibition will be on view January 19–March 11, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Using printed material such as books, magazines, cartoons, and comics, the exhibition explores the black popular imagination and experiences of the Black Diaspora. It is curated by artist and Yale School of Art Lecturer William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, M.F.A. ’13.

Explore related sources at the Arts Library in Quicksearch. In addition to numerous exhibition catalogs and scholarly volumes, the Arts Library also has several annotated bibliographies that provide a view into publishing about African American artists.

Admission is free and the gallery is open 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Read more about the exhibition over at Yale News.

Image credit: Black Pulp! Exhibition poster, retrieved January 15, 2016 from http://art.yale.edu/image_columns/0009/5926/black_pulp_poster_semi.png

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