March 2017 Archives

March 1, 2017

On Thursday, March 2 at 4:00pm in Bass Library LO1 A&B, Mick Hunter, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literature, and Tina Lu, Chair & Professor of East Asian Languages & Literature at Yale, will introduce the Ten Thousand Rooms Project, a collaborative workspace for the study of pre-modern Chinese texts that is supported by Yale University and the Mellon Foundation. Through the platform, users can upload images of the materials they wish to work on, define scholarly projects around those materials, invite others to join their projects, and collaboratively produce transcriptions, translations, and commentaries. As a shared workspace, a publication venue for core philological work, a textual repository, and a pedagogical tool, the Ten Thousand Rooms platform has any number of uses for students, teachers, researchers, and librarians. All are welcome!

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March 3, 2017

Yale University Library recently resumed access to its map collections, following work over the last six months on a major digitization project that will eventually create digital (or raster) images of the approximately 20,000 rare sheet maps that have been transferred from Sterling Memorial Library to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Maps digitized to date can be viewed here. The government sponsored survey maps, and most maps printed after 1920, have been transferred to the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI).  Overall, the project moved more than 100,000 maps, atlases, globes, and other geographical related collections to new homes on campus.   
Rare maps
Rare maps (defined as non-survey maps printed before 1921) are now available at the Beinecke Library, along with historic globes, manuscript maps, and urban insurance maps (often referred to as Sanborn maps). This material can be requested to view in the Beinecke's Reading Room or for use in classes at the Beinecke Library. For more information about requesting materials, click here. For more information about teaching at the Beinecke Library click here.
Non-rare maps
Government sponsored survey maps (e.g. topographic, geologic, and forest surveys), as well as most sheet maps issued after 1920, were moved to the CSSSI or the Library Shelving Facility (to be used at CSSSI).    
If you have any questions regarding the map collections at Yale, please contact Questions regarding GIS services should be directed to

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March 13, 2017

On March 29 at 4:00 pm, Sten H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, Dean of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine, will present the 69th Annual Lecture of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. The talk will take place in the Medical Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street.

Dr. Vermund will present a 37 year history of the HIV epidemic, starting with his experiences in New York City in the early 1980s; the AIDS Division of the National Institutes of Health (1988-1994); 23 years in Alabama and Zambia; and then time in Tennessee, Mozambique, and Nigeria. In Africa, HIV has rivaled the bubonic plague of 15th Century Europe in its societal devastation, until the advent of the U.S.-led response beginning in 2003. With this historic view of the American and African HIV epidemics, he will highlight the specific urgent challenges and threats to effective response to one of the world’s worst pandemics, highlighting policy, prevention, and health care challenges to the present day. All are welcome!

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March 13, 2017

All are welcome to join us on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:30 pm in the SML Lecture Hall for the latest talk in the Sterling Memorial Library Humanities Book Talk Series, Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood by Joanna Radin, Assistant Professor of History and Medicine and History at Yale University.

After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from indigenous communities around the world. These samples were believed to embody potentially invaluable biological information about genetic ancestry, evolution, microbes, and much more. Today, they persist in freezers as part of a global tissue-based infrastructure. In Life on Ice, Joanna Radin examines how and why these frozen blood samples shaped the practice known as biobanking.

The Cold War projects Radin tracks were meant to form an enduring total archive of indigenous blood before it was altered by the polluting forces of modernity. Freezing allowed that blood to act as a time-traveling resource. Radin explores the unique cultural and technical circumstances that created and gave momentum to the phenomenon of life on ice and shows how these preserved blood samples served as the building blocks for biomedicine at the dawn of the genomic age. In an era of vigorous ethical, legal, and cultural debates about genetic privacy and identity, Life on Ice reveals the larger picture—how we got here and the promises and problems involved with finding new uses for cold human blood samples

Coffee and cookies will be available before the talk.

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March 13, 2017

Based on the National Weather Service forecast for blizzard conditions, the university has announced it will be closed on Tuesday, March 14 from 7:00 am through Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00am for non-critical employees. Consequently, all the Yale libraries will be closed during those times. Check the Yale Emergency Management website for details

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March 17, 2017

Come to the Medical Historical Library (333 Cedar Street) on Friday, April 7 at 12 noon, for a live musical revue of selections from the current exhibit Yale Medicine Goes to War, 1917. Bring your lunch and enjoy the medically themed ballads and marches inspired by the nation’s entrance into World War I. Songs will be performed by library and development staff members, and doctors from the Medical School. Join us!

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March 17, 2017

All are welcome to join us on April 3 at 4:30 pm in the SML Lecture Hall for the latest talk in our Sterling Memorial Library book talk series, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder, the Richard Levin Professor of History at Yale University.

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, but our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

In just a matter of weeks, the United States has seen unprecedented changes to the fabric of its national and global identity. In On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder offers today’s reader a guide to identifying and understanding the parallels that exist between our current reality and the reality faced by Europeans of the twentieth century. Through the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, democracies across Europe would yield to fascism, Nazism, and communism. Americans have always held tight to the belief that such regime change can’t happen here—but that is a dangerous illusion. Having spent his career examining the tragedies and atrocities of the twentieth century, Snyder has studied the ways in which shifts and changes, both large and small, have led to the failure of democratic principles and ideals. As he writes, “history does not repeat, but it does instruct”—and we must heed its warnings. But Snyder goes further, using history to show us how to effectively resist and bring about change.

On Tyranny offers invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come through a series of twenty lessons.

Coffee and cookies will be offered at 4:00 pm before the presentation.

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March 17, 2017

All are invited to a talk and reception on Friday, April 7 at 2:15 pm in the SML Lecture Hall about Justice at Dachau – a two-hour presentation that explores the largest yet least known war crimes trials in history.

Told through the eyes of William Denson, chief prosecutor, it explores his attempts to achieve justice for the victims of the Holocaust and the procedural and psychic obstacles he faced during the more than two years he worked on the trials. Special investigators working in the field of international law today recognize Denson as a pioneer of universal human rights, for which he received a Presidential citation shortly before his death in 1998.

The presentation, by Joshua M. Greene, is based on his critically acclaimed book, Justice at Dachau: The Trials of an American Prosecutor. Mr. Greene is a former adjunct instructor of religious studies at Hofstra University. His book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust, also critically acclaimed, was adapted for broadcast by PBS. In addition to being an author, Mr. Greene is a documentarian whose credits include Hitler’s Courts: Betrayal of the Rule of Law in Nazi Germany and, most recently, Memory After Belsen: The Future of Holocaust Memory.

A reception will follow the talk. All are welcome.

Sponsored by the Yale University Library, Manuscripts and Archives and Fortunoff Video Archives, and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at the Yale Law School.

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