October 2016 Archives

November 17, 2016

Yale GIS Day 2016

November 17 from 8:30am-6:00pm, Kroon Hall and CSSSI

Celebrate mapping innovations with the Yale GIS community. This day-long celebration — part of the international GIS Day, which showcases applications of geographic information systems (GIS) technology worldwide — will include a GIS Colloquium, a Map Exhibition, training and networking opportunities, and a GIS Day Cake Celebration. Learn what is happening and how you can get involved in the geospatial world at Yale.

To register to attend all or part of the day, please go to: https://yalegisday.eventbrite.com

Do you have a map you'd like to showcase at the event? Submit your map for display in the digital map exhibition by Tuesday, November 15. Your map can be anything from a homework assignment to a research project. Maps will be displayed throughout the day on large computer monitors on the top floor of Kroon Hall and in CSSSI. Awards will be presented to the maps with the most votes!

Schedule of Events:

*The digital Map Exhibition will be on display in The Knob throughout the day*

8:30am – 9:00am         Light Breakfast
9:00am – 11:30am       Yale GIS Colloquium: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow in GIS

Invited speakers include:

Theodore R. Holford, Susan Dwight Bliss, Professor of Biostatistics and Professor of Statistics

William Rankin, Assistant Professor of the History of Science

Meredith Reba, Lab Manager, Seto Lab

Larry Bonneau, Manager, Yale Center for Earth Observation and Research Associate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics

C. Dana Tomlin, Ph.D., Professor (Adjunct) of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

11:30am – 12:30pm      Lunch (provided in The Knob in Kroon Hall for registered participants)

12:30pm – 2:30pm       Workshop: Web-mapping with CARTO (registration is required - please see above for link)

2:30pm – 4:00pm         People's Choice Map Prize & GIS Day Cake Celebration
4:00pm – 5:00pm         MapChat Social with the Spatial Collective

Yale GIS Day 2016 is sponsored by the Center for Science and Social Science Information, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Digital Humanities Lab, and The Spatial Collective.


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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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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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