October 2016 Archives

October 3, 2016

Every year, exhibits in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor highlight the research of exceptional Yale students. The selected students’ projects make use of library resources in remarkable and compelling ways.

Rebecca Straub, a graduate student in the Department of the History of Art, researches a less-familiar facet of a well-known Yale figure: Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), groundbreaking neurosurgeon, Yale professor, and a driving force behind the establishment of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.  Throughout his life, Cushing was an avid scrapbooker, often relying on scrapbooks to preserve and organize information.  Straub explores Cushing’s fastidious documentation of his personal and professional life and examines how his scrapbooks informed his published materials. 

María de las Mercedes Martínez (Trumbull College ‘16), an Archaeological Studies major, demonstrates how advances in virtual archaeology can create three-dimensional representations of ruined sites.  Her display in the Exhibition Corridor focuses on three major monuments in Palmyra, Syria, which were recently destroyed by the Islamic State.  Martinez seeks to explore how technology can help preserve cultural heritage by virtually replicating structures that have experienced deterioration or destruction as a result of conflicts and disasters, natural or otherwise. Throughout her research process, Martinez has made extensive use of  physical artifacts and archaeological books and periodicals available through the Yale Babylonian Collection.

Camille Owens, a graduate student in African American Studies, pieces together the biography of “Bright” Oscar Moore, a black child prodigy who toured and performed in the United States during the late 19th century.  After discovering a cabinet card photograph in the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection at the Beinecke Library, Owens sought to learn more about Moore’s life and career.  Her research has become a fascinating interdisciplinary project that addresses race, disability, prodigy, and memory.

The research of Helen Price (Davenport College ‘18) focuses on the early years of coeducation within Yale College.  Price developed her display from research conducted for Professor Jay Gitlin’s course Yale and America, taught through the Department of History.  Her research addresses the specific issues that arose in the areas of academics, housing, and athletics, and also highlights the achievements of several extraordinary female students who attended and graduated from Yale during the initial years of coeducation.

As in previous exhibitions, Student Research at Yale University Library emphasizes the extensiveness of the library’s resources, as well as the diversity and extraordinary creativity of Yale’s student researchers. Students regularly find ingenious and imaginative ways to use the library’s collections, and this exhibition series gives remarkable young researchers the opportunity to share excerpts of their research with the community.

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October 17, 2016

In support of international Open Access Week, Yale University Library is hosting a series of workshops and events from October 24-30 that will bring greater awareness of open access issues and trends to our community. Yale Library supports the wide dissemination of scholarly work produced by members of the Yale community and supports open access in a broad sense. The Library funds select open access publications and initiatives that increase the availability of scholarly research materials to the global community and encourage new cost models as alternatives to current subscription models that restrict access to scholarship. Learn more about what Yale University Library is doing in support of open access by reading our guide here.

Open Access Images for Arts & Humanities
Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 pm, Robert B. Haas Family Library.

Do you use images of art in your scholarship or artistic practice? This workshop will provide an overview of using open access images for Arts & Humanities and will also highlight different approaches taken by museums and cultural heritage institutions in making their images available. The speaker is Danielle Reay, Digital and Access Services Librarian, at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Open Access Publishing: Know Your Rights as an Author
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 pm, Bass Library LO1 A&B.

Do you think that by publishing open access you lose all rights and control over your work? Come to this short session and learn more about your licensing options! The talk will be given by Nathan Rupp, Head of Collection Development & Management, at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

Open Access Image Basics for Scientists and Social Scientists
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:15-12:45 pm, 17 Hillhouse Avenue Classroom 07.

As a scientist, you often need to use images. How can you identify which images are freely available for reuse? What should you look for? In this workshop, we will discuss where you can find open access images and how to determine rights. Talk will be given by Kayleigh Bohemier, Science Research Support Librarian. To register, email kayleigh.bohemier@yale.edu.

Choosing an Open Access Journal for Publication of Your Paper
Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00-12:30 pm, Center for Science and Social Science Information, C27.

In this workshop, Lori Bronars, Life Sciences Librarian and Carla Heister, Forestry and Environmental Studies Librarian, will review library resources (databases, directories, and websites) used when deciding where to submit a paper. This workshop focuses on resources for science and social science fields. To register, email Lori Bronars at lori.bronars@yale.edu or Carla Heister at carla.heister@yale.edu.

Perspectives on Open Access at Yale
Thursday, October 27, 2016 3:30-5:00 pm, Sterling Memorial Library International Room

Join us for a discussion on open access initiatives at Yale with a panel of speakers which include: Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Collections & Scholarly Communication; Matthew Hargraves, Yale Center for British Art’s Chief Curator of Art Collections & Head of Collections Information; Thomas Raich, Director of Information Technology, Yale University Art Gallery; and Michael Lotstein, Head of University Archives. The panel will be moderated by Joan Emmet, Yale’s License and Copyright Librarian.

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October 20, 2016

All are welcome to join us for the following book talk in the Sterling Memorial Library International Room on Wednesday, November 2, at 4:00 pm.

Professor Seth Jacobowitz, Assistant Professor Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at Yale, will discuss his recent publication, Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture. The book boldly rethinks the origins of modern Japanese language, literature, and visual culture from the perspective of media history. Drawing upon methodological insights by Friedrich Kittler and extensive archival research, it investigates a range of epistemic transformations in the Meiji era (1868-1912) from the rise of communication networks such as telegraph and post to debates over national language and script reform. It documents the changing discursive practices and conceptual constellations that reshaped the verbal, visual and literary regimes from the Tokugawa era. This culminates in the discovery of a new vernacular literary style from the shorthand transcriptions of theatrical storytelling (rakugo) that was subsequently championed by major writers such as Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Sōseki as the basis for a new mode of transparently objective, “transcriptive” realism. The birth of modern Japanese literature is thus located not only in shorthand alone, but within the emergent, multi-media channels that were arriving from the West.

This book represents the first systematic study of the ways in which media and inscriptive technologies available in Japan at its threshold of modernization in the late 19th to early 20th century shaped and brought into being modern Japanese literature.

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October 20, 2016

This semester, the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor showcases the research of four exceptional Yale students. Camille Owens, a graduate student in African American and American Studies, is displaying excerpts from her research of “Bright” Oscar Moore, a black child prodigy who toured and performed in the United States during the late 19th century. Owens’ display examines Moore’s background, abilities, and repertoire.  

After discovering a cabinet card photograph in the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection at the Beinecke Library, Owens sought to learn more about Moore’s extraordinary life as a performing prodigy. Assembling a biography has proved to be tricky, however; Moore’s character, largely obscured by showmanship and white managers, remains elusive. Owens has created a fragmentary portrait of Moore by gathering pieces of ephemera from his career. The process has opened up many questions concerning race, disability, prodigy, and performance, and Owens’ research is ongoing as she continues to explore these broader issues.

With a grant from the Beinecke Library, Owens spent this past summer continuing her research by studying the James Weldon Johnson collection – coincidentally the subject of a current exhibit at the Beinecke – a collection containing works of many African American writers and artists. Other collections, online databases, and book holdings at the Yale Library have also proved invaluable, allowing Owens to examine her project from multiple perspectives. To learn more about Owens’ research about “Bright” Oscar Moore, stop by her display in the Sterling Memorial Library Exhibits Corridor!

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October 20, 2016

The annual Van Sinderen lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 25 at 4:30 pm in the Beinecke Library, rooms 38 & 39. All are welcome to attend.

With its striking ocher and black hand-painted illustrations of Greek vases, Pierre-François Hugues d’Hancarville’s Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton in four large folio volumes (Naples, 1766–67) is a monumental textual artifact. This lecture examines the book in its contemporary contexts and considers how its representation of ancient artifacts occasioned a series of subsequent material representations—with remarkable cultural consequence. How does the material book, itself a collectible artifact, both depict and distort the historical object? What versions of antiquity ensue in print and replica, and how do their embodiments shape the activities of both museum and marketplace? We will consider how Hamilton’s Cabinet gave rise to a fashion for collecting in France, Italy, and England. With the rise of antiquaries and the presentation of their collections in books as well as exhibitions, how are the library and the museum united in the accumulation and display of artifacts—and in the knowledge that comes from reading historical collections with the book in hand?

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., is University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and was recently nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities. His 2015 series of Lyell Lectures in Bibliography at the University of Oxford will be published by Oxford University Press next year.

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October 27, 2016

Join us for a book talk on Tuesday, November 1 at 4:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library's International Room.  Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies and Director of the Yale Program in Iranian Studies will present research done with his co-author, Fereydun Vahman, in their newly published book, "From Tehran to Akka: Babis & Baha’is in the Official Records of Qajar Iran" (Ashkaar Publishers, 2016).

This research is based largely upon documents held in the Ghassem Ghani Collection at Yale (MS 235, Manuscripts and Archives). This important collection of rare documents provides exciting documents on the history of Iran and the neighboring lands in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among other topics, it throws a new light on the less-explored story of the Babi movement in exile in the Ottoman Empire and at home between 1854 and 1872. The Collection also contains material by such celebrated statesmen as Amir Kabir and Mohammad Mosaddeq and related to activists such as Jamal al-Din Afghani.

All are welcome!

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October 27, 2016

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall for Sondheim: for the Record – the second lecture in a series sponsored by the Richard Warren Jr. (B.A. 1959) Fund for the Preservation and Promotion of Music. Light refreshments will follow in the Memorabilia Room.

The speaker, Thomas Z. Shepard, is a twelve-time Grammy Award winner, recording executive and album producer of Classical and Broadway projects, including a number of Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. He also produced the original cast recordings of 1776, La Cage aux Folles, 42nd Street, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Raisin. Equally at home with the world of classical music, Mr. Shepard has produced hundreds of classical recordings, working with Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Vladimir Horowitz, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo and many others.

After attending Yale's Graduate School of Music for a year, Mr. Shepard began working as a trainee for Columbia Records (now Sony) and later became co-director of CBS Masterworks. He later held executive positions as Division Vice President of RCA Red Seal and MCA’s division for Broadway and Classical music. Since 1989, Mr. Shepard has continued to work as an independent recording and concert producer, arranger, expert legal witness, educator, pianist, and a sought-after speaker on both musical theater and classical music.

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October 27, 2016

Graduate Students! Interested in benefiting from the rich resources of the libraries at Yale? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the options? Join us on Wednesday, November 2 at 4:15pm in the Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 119B for the first session of a series on the Fundamentals of Scholarly Writing. Come hear about how to navigate the libraries and archives at Yale so you can make the most of what's available.

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October 27, 2016

Join us for a talk on Aging and Romance by Dr. Carole Goldberg, Director of SHARE and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, on Thursday, November 10 at 1:00pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall.

Connection, closeness, companionship and touch are lifelong needs that do not get old, even when we do. We may be graying but the benefits of shared, close relationships are essential at all ages, maybe even more so as we age. Welcoming new people into our lives may seem daunting. Maybe we’ve forgotten how or there is some hesitation around seeking new companions or opening our hearts to new relationships. Talking about it may be a useful place to start.

Dr. Goldberg is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono. She has a master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internships were at Yale Psychiatric Institute and Yale University. She joined the staff of Yale’s department of Mental Health and Counseling in 1997. Carole is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, and the Inaugural Director of SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education) since 2006. She is a certified sex therapist with AASECT [American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists] and a psychoanalyst, trained at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.

This talk is co-sponsored by Yale University Library and Yale Health.

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October 27, 2016

All are welcome to join us on Monday, October 31 at 12:30 pm in the East Asia Library (2nd Floor of SML) for this talk by Wei Su (East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale), Charles Lu (Yale School of Medicine) and Ping Zhang (Yale School of Medicine), to mark the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in China.

One of major events during the Cultural Revolution was a nationwide “Up to the Mountains and Down to the Countryside" movement (1968-1980), which “sent down” 17 million educated youth to live and work in rural villages and frontier settlements. In this talk, the three Yale speakers, who were also members of the educated youth generation – Wei Su, Charles Lu, and Ping Zhang – will share with the audience their “sent-down” experiences and reflections on the movement and Cultural Revolution. The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the East Asia Library, From Propaganda Mobilization to Youth Demobilization: Selected Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) Sources in the Yale University Library.

A light lunch will be provided.

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October 27, 2016

Join us on Friday, October 28 at 12:00 pm for a talk in the East Asia Library (2nd floor of SML) in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. 

During this year’s fiftieth anniversary of China’s Cultural Revolution, many have invoked the writer Ba Jin’s call for a Cultural Revolution Museum. Why has there been so little commemoration—state and otherwise—of one of the most important periods of China’s twentieth century?

This talk by Professor Denise Ho of Yale’s History Department, explores the history of the Rent Collection Courtyard, an exhibition that was displayed before and during the Cultural Revolution and which became one of the Mao period’s most iconic “model works." To this day, the Rent Collection Courtyard is on display in China, even though it is presented as art rather than propaganda. Professor Ho will examine the practice of exhibiting class in the 1960s, the role of display in the Cultural Revolution, and the legacy of the Rent Collection Courtyard in contemporary China.

Professor Ho is an historian of modern China, with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of China during the Mao period (1949-1976). Her research on the museums and exhibitions of the Mao era—taking Shanghai as a case study—examines the relationship between exhibitionary culture and political campaigns. Her first book, Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao’s China, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the East Asia Library, From Propaganda Mobilization to Youth Demobilization: Selected Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) Sources in the Yale University Library.

All are welcome. A light lunch will be provided.

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