January 2018 Archives

January 29, 2018

Announcing the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize

To encourage undergraduates to collect books, build their own libraries, and read for pleasure and education, Adrian Van Sinderen, Class of 1910, established two prizes in 1957. The Senior Prize is now $1,000, the Sophomore Prize $700. Prizes for Honorable Mention are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The underlying purpose of the competition is to encourage students to build collections characterized by unity of field or subject. First consideration is given to discrimination and judgment in the selection of titles. Collections acquired solely for courses are not acceptable.

Collections may cover specific subject fields, such as history, biography, literature, philosophy, or the sciences; pertain to a particular interest within one of these fields; be formed for their bibliographical features (i.e., edition, illustrations, bindings, etc.); or represent an intelligently chosen nucleus of a general library.

Rare editions and fine bindings receive no extra consideration. Paperbacks are acceptable if there is evidence of worthwhile thought and purpose. Subjects of winning collections have included beekeeping, food writing, Virginia Woolf, African American literature, Buddhist scripture, the Esperanto language, architecture, Korea, poetry, Sherlock Holmes, and dance.

Application forms are available online or at a Head of College’s Office. In addition to the application form, please submit a list of books in the collection and a statement about the collection and how you acquired it. Please e-mail these documents to rebecca.martz@yale.edu by 5 pm on Monday, 12 February 2018.

Selected collections will be examined by appointment before spring vacation: please be prepared to show the judges the most significant portion of your collection.

Judges: William Reese (chair), Joseph Agostini, Elisabeth Fairman, Basie Gitlin, Rebecca MartzMiko McGinty, Stephen Parks, E.C. Schroeder, Claire Thompson ’19, and Sylvia Van Sinderen

Application deadline: 5 pm, 12 February 2018

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January 23, 2018

Li dai bie ji ku 歷代別集庫

A trial for a Chinese language database, Li dai bie ji ku 歷代別集庫, has been set up for Yale University users from now to February 21, 2018.

Li dai bie ji ku 歷代別集庫 is a newly available database from Erudition 愛如生. The two collections for the trial are Pre-Ming 明前 and Early Qing 清前期. Each collection consists of 2000 titles of poetry writings of individuals. Please follow the steps listed below to get access to this database:

1.            Access link: http://small.wenzibase.com

2.            Click “Ancient Classics” and then “Login”

3.            You have to select either “明前” or “清前期” in order to access individually

The function of downloading text has been disabled during the trial period. Only one user allows to access each session. Since the access is controlled by Yale IP ranges, you have to login Yale VPN first to get access from off-campus locations.

Please feel free to contact Michael Meng, Librarian for Chinese Studies, if you have any questions about the trial.

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January 22, 2018

picture of Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro from THE MARK OF ZORRO

The Yale Film Study celebrates the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Yale Collection of Classic Films, formerly the John Griggs Collection of Classic Films, with a special Treasures from the Yale Film Archive event. This collection of more than 200 prints was the nucleus of the University's nascent film archive, and it has supported and inspired generations of Yale film scholars in their teaching, learning, and research.

The night will feature 16mm selections from Yale's first motion picture collection, including THE MARK OF ZORRO with Douglas Fairbanks and THE BALLOONATIC with Buster Keaton, presented with live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

“Yale Collection of Classic Films: 50th Anniversary Screening” is the first of seven Treasures screenings in January and February, with additional events to be announced throughout 2018. The series, which features 35mm and 16mm prints from Yale’s collection, is presented by the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney with support from Paul L. Joskow ‘70 M.Phil., ‘72 Ph.D. All Treasures screenings are free and open to the public. library.yale.edu/film/treasures

The screenings will be augmented by a website highlighting the past, present, and future of film collecting at Yale, with new material added to the site throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events go to: library.yale.edu/film/50

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January 22, 2018

Cover of the book Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature by Marta Figlerowicz

Can other people notice our affects more easily than we do? In Spaces of Feeling, Marta Figlerowicz examines modernist novels and poems that treat this possibility as electrifying, but also deeply disturbing. Their characters and lyric speakers are undone, Figlerowicz posits, by the realization that they depend on others to solve their inward affective conundrums. Feelings once believed to be private turn out to be not so mysterious after all. Come hear Figlerowicz speak on February 5th at 4:30 - 5:30PM in the International Room at Sterling Memorial Library.

Praised as an “utterly original, riveting book,” Spaces of Feeling features close readings of works by Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, John Ashbery, Ralph Ellison, Marcel Proust, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, and Wallace Stevens. Figlerowicz points out that these poets and novelists often place their protagonists in domestic spaces—such as bedrooms, living rooms, and basements—in which their cognitive dependence on other characters inhabiting these spaces becomes clear. Figlerowicz highlights the diversity of aesthetic and sociopolitical contexts in which these affective dependencies become central to these authors’ representations of selfhood. By setting these novels and poems in conversation with the work of contemporary theorists, she illuminates pressing and unanswered questions about subjectivity.

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January 22, 2018

Picture of an afro-american family during World War 1

When the United States entered World War I, the call of mass mobilization permeated every aspect of American life. Americans answered this call—for service and sacrifice, money and time, life and loyalty—with deep ambivalence; an ambivalence reflecting the divisive and singular nature of the conflict, but reflecting too the conflicting interests of emerging populations in a rapidly changing nation. 

The war raised new issues and exacerbated old ones already cleaving the country, adding strain to the question of national ideals and national identity—of what it meant to be an American. Military and civilian campaigns alike relied on oppressive and exclusionary tactics to uphold these urgent patriotic projects. As President Woodrow Wilson vowed to make the world safe for democracy, home-front battles for basic rights and liberties belied the integrity of that pledge. 

An American and Nothing Else: The Great War and the Battle for National Belonging explores this moment of paradox at its centennial, as reflected in speeches, pamphlets, photographs, posters, popular songs, and other examples of propaganda and protest from the period. “100% Americanism” marginalized innumerable civilians and soldiers, even while soliciting their uncritical support. Their manifold response of dedication and dissent cast criticism on American hypocrisy and energized debates about belonging and inclusion. This intense period of cohesion and tension fundamentally shaped American society in the century that followed. 

Tuesday, February 13, 4–6 pm 
Opening reception and discussion with exhibition curator Anna Duensing, Graduate Student.

Thursday, February, 15, 4–6 pm 
Keynote address by historian 
Adriane Lentz-Smith, reception to follow

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March 21, 2017

Join us for a 35mm screening of M, Fritz Lang's first sound film, starring Peter Lorre in his greatest performance. Post-screening discussion with DEEP FOCUS host Tom Breen. 7:00pm Wednesday, January 31, in the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street in New Haven. "Treasures from the Yale Film Archive" screenings are always free and open to everyone. Learn more.

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January 11, 2018

WebGL Meeup: Call for Interest

Spring semester

The Digital Humanities Lab invites expressions of interest in a Web Graphics Library (WebGL) meetup this semester. WebGL is an increasingly popular JavaScript API for building 3D environments. If you work with WebGL or have a strong interest in using it and are looking for others on campus you can informally build or talk with, email the DHLab by Friday, January 26. We will coordinate a February meetup in the lab. 

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January 9, 2018

Picture of Diana Stuart Sinton, speaker for GIS lecture

Concepts such as location, scale, and representation play particularly important roles in knowledge-building, and this contributes to the appeal of GIS as a tool to enhance learning. How institutions provide training, professional development, and academic support varies considerably. In this presentation, we will consider decisions that lead to opportunities and challenges for GIS in higher education. 

About the Speaker:

Diana Stuart Sinton is a geographer interested in spatial literacy, teaching and learning GIS, and applying the tools of spatial thinking to address issues and ideas around the world. Check out her book, The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking. Since 2013, Diana has been the Executive Director of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). She also teaches GIS at Cornell University and writes about geospatial education and research topics for Directions Magazine.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evolving-roles-for-gis-in-higher-education-...

Sponsored by Women in Tech @Yale

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January 9, 2018

I am a Man campaign material from Martin Luther King

January 15th at the Beinecke a Temporary Display "Dr. King and the Long Civil Rights Movement" has been created from 12 NOON - 4 PM. Select highlights of the Beinecke Library’s collections related to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to the African American freedom movement across the 20th century will be on view in a temporary display for the holiday.

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January 9, 2018

Making Gay History — The Podcast

Join Eric Marcus and Sara Burningham on January 22, at 2:00 - 3:30 PM in the International Room in Sterling Memorial Library. They will guide you through their award-winning podcast, Making Gay History, bringing the voices of LGBTQ history to life. Together they will explain how they came to mine Eric’s decades-old audio archive of rare interviews to find emotionally powerful and revelatory conversations, and take you behind the scenes for how they've transformed those archival interviews into engaging personal portraits of known and unknown champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. Along the way, they'll share excerpts from their favorite episodes, which have been downloaded 1.5 million times in 206 countries and territories around the world.

Eric Marcus is the creator and host of Making Gay History. Eric is also the author of a dozen books, including Making Gay History, Is It A Choice?, Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Sara Burningham is co-creator and executive producer of Making Gay History. Sara is an independent audio producer who has donned headphones in just about every job in radio in the past fifteen years, including talk radio producer, foreign correspondent, news editor, and public radio reporter.

Event sponsored by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies/Department of Manuscripts and Archives

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