February 2020 Archives

February 17, 2020

Join us for an evening of film and conversation with filmmaker and musician Willie Ruff '53 B.M., '54 M.M.A. Ruff’s short films Tony Williams in Africa (1973) and The Soul of St. Simons Island, Georgia (1981/2015) will precede the preservation premiere of The Beginnings of Bebop (1981), a documentary that takes us on a guided tour of significant locations in the history of bebop music. Led by legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Ruff and his musical partner Dwike Mitchell visit Minton's Playhouse, Carnegie Hall, the former site of the Savoy Ballroom, and even Miles Davis's home for an impromptu stop. 16mm prints and digital file from the Yale Film Archive.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

What is Treasures from the Yale Film Archive?
Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films curated by the Yale Film Study Center and screened at the Whitney Humanities Center.

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February 14, 2020

Join us for a free screening of Jacqueline Olive's Always in Season, a new documentary that examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today. The film explores how descendants of the victims and the perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history, while reminding us that lynching is not entirely confined to the past. Presented locally by CPTV, the Yale Film Study Center, and the Yale African American Affinity Group.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 102
63 High Street

You are encouraged to attend the panel conversation "The Legacy of Lynching: Artistic Confrontations of Racial Terror" at 5 p.m. in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, presented in conjunction with their exhibition Reckoning with "The Incident": John Wilson's Studies for a Lynching Mural.

What is Indie Lens Pop-Up?
Featuring upcoming documentaries from the Peabody Award-winning PBS series Independent LensIndie Lens Pop-Up brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Indie Lens Pop-Up is presented in Connecticut by the Yale Film Study Center, CPTV, and PBS's Independent Lens.


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February 11, 2020

Discover Yale Library poster with photo of Gilmore music Library

The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library will extend its opening hours to match the longer hours already in effect at Sterling Memorial Library. Beginning Monday, March 2, students will be able to work in the space until midnight—three hours later than before—on Sunday through Thursday during the semester. The change is part of a larger effort to simplify library hours in response to feedback from students.

The service desk inside the music library will maintain its existing evening and weekend hours, closing at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons needing in-person assistance outside of these service hours should go to the main services desk in Sterling’s Nave. 

Home to one of the largest music collections in the United States, Gilmore Library is enclosed within Sterling Library in a soaring space created in 1998 from what was originally an internal courtyard. 

Keeping the music library open later is part of a larger effort to simplify library hours. Effective March 2, Sterling Library and Bass Library will change their posted closing times to the nearest hour, rather than 15 minutes before the hour. For example, Bass will now close at 2 a.m. and Sterling at midnight Monday through Thursday. The Poorvu Center will also adopt the on-the-hour closing times, continuing to follow the Sterling Library schedule. In the same spirit, the Manuscripts and Archives department in Sterling Library will close at 5 p.m. on weekdays. The department will open at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

See all library hours here.

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February 7, 2020

whiteboard surface covered with handwritten book titles

A display at one entrance to Bass Library and a whiteboard covered with scribbled titles at the other are bookending the latest iteration of the library’s Reading Resilience program, presenting recommended reading from students and other members of the Yale community.

In 2015, during a wave of student activism aimed at making Yale more inclusive, the library partnered with student groups to find new ways of highlighting the voices of commonly underrepresented peoples in library collections. Students were invited to recommend books and other creative works “by and about people of color” – and the Reading Resilience project was born.

Since then, the library has continued to solicit suggestions from the Yale community and periodically has mounted displays of recommended books. Each book is accompanied by a card with a short synopsis or a quotation from the student who originally recommended it.

This year’s display, located just inside the entrance from Thain Café, has been so popular that staff have had to refill the shelves with additional titles and copies to replace those that have been checked out. 

At the opposite end of Bass, near the tunnel entrance, a whiteboard gives library patrons the option to suggest additional titles. This year, the board has been quickly covered with a rainbow of scribbled titles, and some patrons have been spotted snapping pictures for future reference.

“People are very thoughtful in their interactions with the whiteboard,”  said Emily Horning, the library’s director of undergraduate research, education and outreach. “I especially like the comments people are leaving on others’ contributions: Amazing book’ or I second that!’ Sometimes they just underline another person’s suggestion for emphasis, or draw a heart.”

The Reading Resilience book display will run through March 20. Members of the Yale community may also view the list and make recommendations online throughout the year.

Story and photos by Tricia Carey

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