September 2016 Archives

September 1, 2016

The summer/fall 2016 issue of Nota Bene: News from the Yale Library, is now available online. Nota Bene is published 3 times a year to highlight the innovative work being undertaken all across the Yale University Library system. Printed copies can be requested by emailing:

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September 8, 2016

In 1841 the Yale Corporation appointed alumnus Edward Elbridge Salisbury (class of 1832) as professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature, the first such position in the Americas. This exhibit marks the 175th anniversary of his appointment and explores his scholarly development, his career at Yale and after, his benefactions (including two endowed chairs), and the growth of Yale collections of Islamic manuscripts after Salisbury’s death in 1901. A discerning collector, Salisbury built up his library of Arabic and Sanskrit materials from auctions of the libraries of prominent European Orientalists and through personal contacts with American missionaries in Middle Eastern countries. He donated this “Oriental library”—one hundred manuscripts and hundreds of rare early printed European books in Arabic, Persian, and Sanskrit—to Yale in 1870, making it the largest American library for the study of these languages in its day.

In succeeding decades Yale librarians have continued to build the manuscript and printed book collection related to these areas of study, with the purchase of the Hartford Seminary’s Arabic manuscript collection in 2005 making Yale’s the third-largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the United States. Salisbury was among the earliest members of the American Oriental Society (founded 1842), and energetically supported both the organization and its journal. His most famous student, William Dwight Whitney, became a prominent linguist and would succeed Salisbury as professor of Sanskrit. After resigning his professorship in 1856, Salisbury continued to contribute to Yale through his involvement in both the Library Committee and the advisory board of the School of Fine Art. Materials on view come principally from Yale libraries (Manuscripts and Archives, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and the general collections). Additional items come from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Near East School of Theology (Beirut). Many objects are on display for the first time.

All are welcome to join us for an opening talk and reception marking the opening of the new exhibit on Wednesday, September 21 at 2:00 pm in the SML Memorabilia Room. The talk will be given by Roberta L. Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies at Yale University Library. All are welcome!

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September 8, 2016

Join us at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 15 in the Medical Historical Library (333 Cedar Street) for a Conversation with Sue Coe and colleague Eric Avery, M.D., presented as the Barwick Lecture, Program for the Humanities in Medicine, co-sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

The Conversation opens an exhibit introducing seven large drawings by Sue Coe based upon the patients and medical practice of pioneering art activist Dr. Eric Avery at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Acquired in 2015, the new drawings are exhibited with works from this and other series by Coe acquired over the past decade by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's Collection of Prints and Drawings.

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. A firm believer in the power of media to affect change, she has seen her graphic work published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and in the permanent collections of major museums such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

The exhibit "The AIDS Suite,” HIV Positive Women in Prison and Other Works by Artist/Activist Sue Coe invites discussion and is designed for teaching. To schedule a class session or tour of the exhibit, contact Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, at, or at 203 737-1063.

The exhibit is on view from September 15, 2016 - January 10, 2107.

Image: "Doctor Pollard Leads Ethics Rounds." Copyright 1993 Sue Coe.

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September 16, 2016

Join us for this Arts and Humanities Book Talk on Tuesday, September 20, at 4:30pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

From one election cycle to the next, a defining question continues to divide the country's political parties: Should the government play a major or a minor role in the lives of American citizens? The Declaration of Independence has long been invoked as a philosophical treatise in favor of limited government. Yet the bulk of the document is a discussion of policy, in which the Founders outlined the failures of the British imperial government. Above all, they declared, the British state since 1760 had done too little to promote the prosperity of its American subjects. Looking beyond the Declaration's frequently cited opening paragraphs, Steve Pincus reveals how the document is actually a blueprint for a government with extensive powers to promote and protect the people's welfare. By examining the Declaration in the context of British imperial debates, Pincus offers a nuanced portrait of the Founders' intentions with profound political implications for today.

Light refreshments will be served before the talk. All are welcome!

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September 21, 2016

In the course of the long eighteenth century—the Age of Caricature, and of The Rise of the Novel—the British reading public perfected the pastime of savoring characters. In a flourishing print culture, buying and selling likenesses of people and types became a business—and arguably an art. Real and imaginary characters—actual and fictional people—were put on paper by writers and graphic artists, and performed onstage and off. The exigencies of narrative, performance, and indeed of community conspired to inform views of other people—friend and foe, fat and thin—as tellingly, characters. “For what do we live,” Jane Austen’s Mr. Bennet would ask rhetorically in 1813, “but to make sport for our neighbours and laugh at them in our turn?”

This new exhibit opening on October 10 at the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT, will feature images by William Hogarth, James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Thomas Patch, Edward Francis Burney, Francis Grose, and G.M. Woodward, excerpts from novels by Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Henry Fielding, and Laurence Sterne, and examples of graphic collections published by Matthew and Mary Darly and Thomas Tegg that marketed caricature as entertainment.

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September 21, 2016

Since 1968, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale has advanced interdisciplinary research, shaped public policy, and informed democratic deliberation. Through its study centers, fellowships, support for research and publication, and other major initiatives, ISPS brings together scholars and students from many Yale departments and professional schools. This media exhibit at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) explores the past, present, and future of ISPS and highlights the exceptional contributions of its faculty and student fellows to our understanding of social and political life. The exhibit opens on Friday, October 7, in the 24 hour space in CSSSI, 219 Prospect Street. All are welcome!

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September 21, 2016

This annual exhibit opening Monday, October 3 in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor, highlights four Yale students' exceptional research at the Yale University Library. The subjects represented are as diverse as the Yale Library collections and convey a combination of both complete and ongoing research. Students share key library resources important to their research ranging from online databases to favorite study spaces. The curators are: María de las Mercedes Martínez-Milantchí ’16, Trumbull College, Archaelogical Studies; Camille Owens, Graduate Student, Deptartment of African American Studies; Helen Price ’18, Davenport College; Rebecca Straub, Graduate Student, Deptartment of the History of Art.

All are welcome to visit!

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September 21, 2016

The book format has long been used as a vehicle for artistic expression. This exhibition opening on September 26 in the Haas Family Arts Library, focuses on the presentation of theatrical texts and documentation of performance in the book arts. The objects on display showcase the space of the page in fine printing and modern typographical renditions of dramatic works. Additionally, examples of puppetry, portable stage sets, and tunnel books reveal the space of the book itself as a place for performance.

Image: Tora Bora by Art Hazelwood. Image used with permission.

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September 21, 2016

Chana Kronfeld, author of "The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai" (Stanford, 2016) will speak on Thursday, October 13 at 4:00 pm in the SML Lecture Hall about Yehuda Amichai (1924–2000) – one of the most important and well-known Hebrew poets of the twentieth century, and an internationally influential literary figure whose poetry has been translated into some 40 languages.

Amichai's archive is in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Professor Kronfeld, an Israeli who has been teaching at UC Berkeley for many years and has been following Amichai’s poetry both as a friend and as a scholar, sets out in her book to explore some of the puzzles of his poetry and its reception. Amichai’s verse often sets itself against nationalistic narratives but he is also well-known for his beautiful love poetry. As a translator of Amichai’s poetry, Kronfeld will speak about the tension between the 'personal' and the 'national' in his work. In the course of writing her book, she did research on the poet in the Amichai Archive in the Beinecke Library.

The talk is being sponsored by the Yale University Library and the Yale Program in Judaic Studies. A reception will follow the presentation and all are welcome to attend!

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September 21, 2016

All are welcome to join us for the latest talk in our Arts and Humanities Book Talk series on Monday, October 10 at 4:30 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Refreshments will be served before the lecture in the Memorabilia Room.

In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City's elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York's museums. Cahan focuses on high-profile and wildly contested exhibitions that attempted to integrate African American culture and art into museums, each of which ignited debate, dissension, and protest. In addressing the racial politics of New York's art world, Cahan shows how aesthetic ideas reflected the underlying structural racism and inequalities that African American artists faced. These inequalities are still felt in America's museums, as many fundamental racial hierarchies remain intact: art by people of color is still often shown in marginal spaces; one-person exhibitions are the preferred method of showing the work of minority artists, as they provide curators a way to avoid engaging with the problems of complicated, interlocking histories; and whiteness is still often viewed as the norm. The ongoing process of integrating museums, Cahan demonstrates, is far broader than overcoming past exclusions.

Susan E. Cahan is Associate Dean and Dean of the Arts in Yale College, the editor of I Remember Heaven: Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol, and the coeditor of Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. She has directed programs at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Peter Norton Family Foundation.

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September 21, 2016

Join us for the annual Lewis Walpole Library lecture "Mr. Boswell goes to Corsica: Charismatic Authority in the Age of Democratic Revolutions", which examines how new ways of imagining political leadership emerged during the enlightenment, across the Atlantic world, using as a case study the way the Corsican independence leader Pasquale Paoli become an unexpected hero in Britain and its American colonies. He then speculates on how these ways of imagining political leadership helped shape the character of the great Atlantic revolutions of the century’s end.

The lecture will take place in the lecture hall of the Yale Center for British Art on Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 pm. It is free and open to the public and a reception will follow.

David A. Bell, the speaker, is a historian of early modern France with a particular interest in the political culture of the Old Regime and the French Revolution. He earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1991. Prior to joining Princeton's faculty in 2010, he taught at Yale University (1990-96) and at Johns Hopkins University, where he held the Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Humanities and served as dean of faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Bell is the author of five books including, most recently, Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past and Present (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is currently working on a comparative and transnational history provisionally entitled "Men on Horseback: Charismatic Authority in the Age of Democratic Revolutions." He is also a frequent contributor to general-interest publications on a variety of subjects ranging from modern warfare to the impact of digital technology on learning and scholarship.

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September 21, 2016

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a special event on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Medical Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street. Stop by "The Medical Library at 75" exhibit, view videos and stories about the library collected this year, and take a selfie with Harvey Cushing. We hope you can join us!

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