“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Spiritualist writer Thomas Merton coined this phrase, and it perfectly encapsulates the feeling I get whenever I visit the John C. Favalora Archive & #Museum located within the St. Thomas University Library. I found a plethora of eye-catching pieces on one of my recent visits:
A rapier that was held by one of the knights serving under Pope Gregory XVI in 1831
A monstrance collected from the Church of the Resurrection
A woven banner depicting the Lady of Guadalupe
The ceremonial headdress worn by Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll
Different museums feature pieces of art and history, but I like to believe that the two go hand-in-hand. The St. Gregory Knights rapier is intricately sculpted with attention to the stylized shapes seen in regal crown designs, and the cover of St. Anthony Church’s missal dazzles with its gold-plated hieroglyph aesthetic.
Displays in the Museum are presented in cubic UV glass cases that protect the more valuable exhibits. Specialized lighting is used for banners and statues, and ventilation is controlled in order to prevent artifact oxidation. Museum staff makes layout alterations every four to five months. There are also two sub-galleries used for exhibits that alternate at a much higher frequency. Among the excellent staff members who keep the Archive & Museum in check are the Assistant Archivist, Julia Ricks, and the Museum/Library Acquisitions Coordinator and Budget Assistant, Isabel Medina.
The Archive & Museum is steadily developing an expanded cache of photos and information on its five social media sites, so check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. The Archive & Museum also has a blog. If you like what you see from my coverage, they’re definitely worth checking out.
This post was authored by Jonluc Borno, a Communications Major and Social Media Intern at St. Thomas University Library who works with the Outreach Librarian, Nina Rose.
On display at St. Thomas University Library until May 14, 2016, Earth from Space is a poster exhibit that features images and text from the popular Smithsonian Institution exhibition of the same name. Earth from Space was developed by the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum and was curated by geographer Andrew Johnston. The poster exhibit is made possible by a partnership between The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.
About the Posters
The 20 posters present large images of the Earth shown from space, color reproductions of images that are captured by satellites that circle the globe recording the conditions and events that occur on the planet’s surface. The rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and Florida’s favorite, hurricanes, are accompanied by text that explains how satellite imagery is gathered and used to explore the Earth.
The imagery of the Earth captured in this poster exhibit touches on geography, environmental studies, ecology, oceanography, and meteorology. There are many educational resources and activities available on the “Earth from Space” website, such as lesson plans that will be engaging and helpful in the classroom. The lesson plans range from grades 5 to 12. The Earth Exploration Toolbook contains a chapter called “Annotating Change in Satellite Images” that walks readers through a technique for documenting change detected in before-and-after sets of satellite images. Each lesson plan includes classroom materials tied to National Science Standards. Other related resources include an Earth from Space video produced by NASA and another video of the same title produced by NOVA.
Feel free to stop by the Library to view the images of Earth from Space.
This blog post was authored by Yva Audate, a St. Thomas University undergraduate student who works as an assistant to Librarian Nina Rose.
To commemorate Women’s History Month we have put together a book display in the Library Atrium on Women Who Lead. The selection includes historical books on women’s suffrage in the United States, memoirs by political leaders, chronicles of women’s contributions in science, books about women as agents of peace and social change, and recent titles on gender and leadership in the workplace and beyond. We also have a photographic display of notable women leaders. We are asking the STU community, what women leaders have influenced you? Leave your top picks and inspirational notes on this post.
It’s Banned Books Week at St. Thomas University Library and at libraries, bookstores, universities, comic book stores, and everywhere there’s a book to be challenged or defended across the nation.
Take your pick and take a pic!
Stop by the Information Table in the Library Atrium on September 22, 2014, to have your picture taken with your favorite banned book! We’ll have a cartload full of challenged books to choose from. We would like you to post your photo on social media with the hashtags #HaveYouSeenUs and #STULibrary or Tweet it @STULibrary with #HaveYouSeenUs. We’re giving away free Banned Books Week buttons to the first five who post! Claim your button at the Information Table.
Have you seen us?
Why “Have You Seen Us?” Banned books are challenged for removal from bookshelves, curricula, and classrooms across the nation and could go missing if libraries, schools, students, or anyone who cares about the freedom to read doesn’t defend them. Raise awareness of this issue by telling (and showing) your friends that you read banned books! To see a list of banned or challenged books (and movie adaptations of them) that are in the Library’s collection, we’ve created a WorldCat list for you. If you have the 3M Cloud Library app downloaded to your mobile device, we’ve created a bookshelf of banned ebooks that you can check out and read on the go!
To learn more about book banning, check out the literature at our Information Table on September 22, 2014. You can also search the Library catalog for the keyword “censorship” and check out the videos on our YouTube Banned Books Week playlist.
Graphic novels and comics
For 2014, the Banned Books Week celebration will spotlight graphic novels and comics, both frequently challenged genres. Our Outreach Librarian has put together a book display of challenged graphic novels, with QR Codes that link to case studies prepared by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund describing why the particular book has been challenged. Books in our display are also featured on our Banned Books Week 2014 Pinterest board, along with some other great pins. We’ve also hand-picked a graphic memoir that has been made into an animated film to show you during Banned Books Week—Persepolis!
Persepolis film screening & intro with Law Prof. Lenora Ledwon
We’re going to have a special screening of Persepolis in the Library Atrium on Tues., Sept. 23, at 11am. We’ve also asked STU Law Professor Lenora Ledwon, who teaches Law & Literature, to discuss the legal and historical context of Persepolis before we show the film.
Persepolis is a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi about growing up in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s. A young girl when the Shah was defeated in the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Marjane becomes dangerously outspoken as an adolescent when she witnesses injustices meted out under the repressive Islamic fundamentalist rule. For her safety she is sent by her parents to a school in Vienna, but through a series of conflicts and losses she becomes depressed and homeless. She returns to Iran, her rebellious spirit rattling the repressive and sexist chains of an Iran she must again flee.
The book was widely lauded by Time Magazine and the New York Times when it was translated into English in 2003. It was made into an animated film in 2007, was the Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature that year, and won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize, among other awards.
The graphic memoir went unchallenged until last year, when Chicago Public Schools administrators pulled the book from 7th grade classrooms and temporarily suspended it from use in grades 8 to 10. The purported reason: its depiction of Islamic torture techniques.
Looking forward to seeing you in the Library Atrium this week!
We have some great events coming up for Hispanic Heritage Month this Fall, including a trio of speaking events and two exhibits related to historic US-Mexico labor and immigration issues and the current unaccompanied minors crisis. The Library has created a list of resources to help you learn more about issues that will be chronicled and discussed as part of these events:
Border Studies Photo & Map Exhibit, Produced by Texas Humanities. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Poster Exhibit, Produced by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and organized by the National Museum of American History in partnership with SITES, with support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Now on display in the UniversityLibrary Atrium
Law Prof. Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez: Who were the Braceros? What was Operation: Wetback? How Mid-Twentieth-Century Immigration and Labor Law and Policy Shape Today’s Child Refugee Crisis. September 16, 2014, 11 am, University Library Atrium
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program Film Screening and Discussion with Law Prof. Lauren Gilbert. September 24, 2014, 11am, University Library Atrium
Children Crossing: A Panel Discussion on the Child Refugee Crisis. September 29, 2014, 11 am, Convocation Hall
On the Library’s catalog on WorldCat, we created a list of Hispanic Heritage Month items in the Library’s collection. Many of those resources are listed below, along with several others resources freely available on the Web. We also have a book display in the University Library Atrium with many of the titles below. Resources are arranged by subject.
Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title search for the keywords Mexican border.
Fregoso, Rosa Linda. MeXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands. University of California Press, 2003. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.
Hernández, Kelly Lytle. Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010.
Olivas, Michael A., ed. In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Intellectuals. Arte Público Press, 2012.
Rosales, F. Arturo. Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Arte Público Press, 1997.
Martínez, Elizabeth “Betita.” 500 Years of Chicana Women’s History | Años de la Mujer Chicana bilingual ed. Rutgers UP, 2010.
McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico: The Spanish-Speaking People of the United States. Greenwood, 1990.
Tywoniak, Frances Esquibel, and Mario T. Garcia. Migrant Daughter: Coming of Age as a Mexican-American Woman. University of California Press, 2000. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.
The Bracero Program
Calavita, Kitty. Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the I.N.S. Routledge, 2010.
Center for History and New Media. Bracero History Archive. 2014. Available at http://braceroarchive.org/about. Note that this online archive was developed to accompany the Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program poster exhibit currently on display in the University Library Atrium.
Cohen, Debra. Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in the Postwar United States and Mexico. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Galarza, Ernesto. Merchants of Labor: The Mexican Bracero Story. Rosicrucian Press, 1964.
Chávez, César, Richard J. Jensen, and John C. Hammerback. The Words of César Chávez. Texas A & M UP, 2002. Available from EBSCOhost eBook Collection.
Luna, Diego, Lawrence Meli, and Keir Pearson. César Chávez. Lions Gate Films, 2014. DVD.
Works Progress Administration. Migrant Workers Harvest Vegetables ca. 1960s (Parts 1 and 2). Available on Films on Demand.
Bacon, David. Communities without Borders: Images and Voices from the World of Migration. Cornell UP, 2006.
Bender, Steven W. Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings. New York UP, 2012.
Films on Demand. St. Thomas University Library A-Z e-Resources. Several films can be found by running a title or segment search for the keyword immigration.
Gilbert, Lauren. “Deportation Cases and Legislation.” Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law & Social Movements (February 17, 2012). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2007306
Kandel, William A., Andorra Bruno, Peter J. Meyer, Clare Ribando Seelke, Maureen Taft-Morales, and Ruth Ellen Wasem. Unaccompanied Alien Children: Potential Factors Contributing to Recent Immigration. Congressional Research Service (July 3, 2014). Available at http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R43628.pdf
National Immigration Forum. August Policy Update (August 25, 2014). Available at http://immigrationforum.org/blog/display/http-immigrationforum.org-images-uploads-2014-Policy_Update_August.pdf
National Immigration Law Center. “Groups Sue U.S. Government Over Life-Threatening Deportation Process Used Against Mothers and Children Escaping Extreme Violence in Central America” [Press release] (August 22, 2014). Available at http://www.nilc.org/nr082214.html
White House Office of the Press Secretary. Presidential Memorandum — FY 2015 Refugee Admissions (September 15, 2014). Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/30/presidential-memorandum-fy-2015-refugee-admissions
Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum Protection
Anker, Deborah, Lauren Gilbert, and Nancy Kelly. “Women Whose Governments are Unable or Unwilling to Provide Reasonable Protection from Domestic Violence May Qualify as Refugees Under United States Asylum Law.” Georgetown Immigration Law Review 11, no. 709 (1997). Available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1446937
Join the University Library for National Gaming Day on Monday, November 18th from 11am – 4pm in the Convocation Hall, or take a Bagel Break with us on Monday, November 25th at 10am in the Library Atrium.
And don’t forget to browse through our new library displays. We’ve got brand new New York Times bestsellers, Bobcat Read classics, and works by current and previous Nobel Prize winners in Literature on display and waiting to be checked out.
We’re getting ready for another great series of Bobcat Read Events. This Fall’s Bobcat Read selection is William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher.
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language-and William Shakespeare-here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.
Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations–William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.
The books represented during Banned Books Week include a range of materials, from fiction to non-fiction, scripture, poetry, and more. These books have been challenged by everyday citizens across the country and represent a wide-range of ideas and subjects. While some of the ideas expressed in these books may be offensive or disagreeable to some, they are still protected by the First Amendment and cannot be censored.
Take up the challenge and celebrate your freedom to read by checking out one of the books on display at our library, or checking out one of the books featured on the ALA’s list of Frequently Challenged Books.