In celebration of Black History Month, St. Thomas University has organized some great events in the University Library. We have also curated a selection of books and films—“The Black Experience in American History”—on display now in the Library Atrium. Here’s what to look for in February:
“The Black Miami”
The Black Miami: Film Screening and Panel Discussion will take place on February 17, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library, the Center for Community Engagement and the Department of Student Affairs, the event will include a screening of The Black Miami documentary, produced by Carlton Smith, Michael Williams, and Dr. Marvin Dunn, based on the 1997 book Black Miami in the Twentieth Century by Dr. Dunn. The documentary features interviews with Dr. Dunn as its chronicles the importance and significance that Blacks have played in the history of Miami.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion led by moderator Lutze B. Segu, Program Director for MCCJ, an organization whose mission is to advance understanding and respect among all cultures, religions, and races. The featured panelists are Dr. Marvin Dunn, Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., and Lashura Batten. Dr. Dunn is a renowned historian, author, documentary film producer, and lecturer. Prof. Arthur Holmes, Sr., is an instructor in the School of Professional Studies at St. Thomas University and program coordinator and director for the Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program. Lashura Batten is Program Coordinator of Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful in the Public Works Department of the City of Miami Gardens, and a St. Thomas University alumnus. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Light refreshments will be served.
History of African American Sports Series
The next event will be The History of African American Sports, a two-day event series. The first event will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., titled Althea Gibson: Trailblazer and Tennis Legend and a PBS Film Screening, with an Introduction by Coach Bruce Carrington. On the very next day, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a discussion on The History & Significance of African Americans in Sports, featuring St. Thomas University’s Head Tennis Coach Bruce Carrington, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Patrick Gayle, and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Albrey Grimsley. Hosted by St. Thomas University Library and the Department of Student Affairs, these events will be held in the Library Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.
Books and Films
Feel free to check out our Black History Month book display in the Library Atrium filled with awesome historic books, including books authored by Dr. Dunn and a shelf on African Americans in sports. Of course there’s not enough room for all of them so don’t forget to check out our full collection of Black History Month books and films. Also, follow us on Pinterest and scroll through our Black History Month pin board for interesting facts, posts, and activities.
For information contact Nina Rose, Assistant Library Administrator and Outreach Librarian, 305-628-6665, email@example.com
Our Lady of Charity is a symbol of Cuban nationality and Catholic adoration. This year, we celebrate the centennial year that Our Lady of Charity of Cobre (La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre) was declared the patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916.
Virgen of Charity Sighting
The story behind Cuba’s patroness dates back to approximately 1608, when two brothers, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, and a ten-year-old slave boy named Juan Moreno—known as the “Three Juanes”—were travelling by boat in search of salt to preserve meat for the copper miners. After a terrible storm, they saw a statue of Our Lady floating on the Bay of Nipe on a small board in front of them. The board read “I am the Virgin of Charity.” Shortly after, a shrine was built in El Cobre, Cuba, and it became a pilgrimage destination.
Our Lady as Patroness of Cuba
On September 14, 1915, veterans of Cuba’s War of Independence requested that Pope Benedict XV name the Virgin of Charity of Cobre as the patroness of Cuba. The pope proclaimed her as Cuba’s patroness on May 10, 1916. As seen on popular statues, Our Lady of Charity represents the Cuban flag with her white robe and blue cloak as she holds a child wearing red.
Our Lady of Charity Photograph Exhibit
The University Library curated an exhibit of photographs related to the devotion of Our Lady of Charity in Miami from The Voice/La Voz Newspaper Editorial Photograph Collection. The exhibit, La Virgen de la Caridad: Images from the Diaspora, is currently on display in the Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive and Museum in the University Library. In May 2016, this exhibit will travel to La Ermita de la Caridad in Miami, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, which sits across the sea from the shrine in El Cobre, Cuba.
Our Lady of Charity Panel Event
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 1:00pm – 4:30pm in Convocation Hall, St. Thomas University Library and the Florida International University Cuban Research Institute are hosting a panel discussion on the history and popular devotion surrounding Our Lady of Charity. The event is titled “La Virgen de la Caridad: Historia y Devoción Popular.” Panelists are Father Jorge Catasus, noted musician and authority on music associated with Our Lady of Charity, from Bayamo, Cuba Emilio Cueto, author of La Virgen de la Caridad en el alma del pueblo Cubano; and Dr. Olga Portuondo Zuiga, Professor of History in Santiago, Cuba, and author of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. The event will be conducted in both English and Spanish.
This blog post was authored by Yva Audate, a St. Thomas University undergraduate student who works as an assistant to Librarian Nina Rose.
Silky Tofu (Silky tofu is extremely delicate, so handle with care)
Panko Bread Crumbs
Dry Fish Flakes (Omit if you are a vegetarian)
Sesame Seed Oil
Pinch of Sugar
Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil
Cut the whole scallion, except the roots, into tiny pieces
Peel the daikon; grate it using ginger grater and toss excessive juice
Mix 2 parts ponzu sauce with 1 part tempura sauce in a bowl
Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and a pinch of sugar into the ponzu/tempura sauce mixture
Whisk the egg in a separate bowl
Get the tofu out of the box, pat it with paper towel to get rid of the extra water, and cut it into small rectangular pieces, about 1 inch X 1.5 inches
Pour the bread crumbs onto a large plate
Drench the tofu with the egg batter (you need the egg batter to help the bread crumbs stick to the tofu. Replace bread crumbs and egg batter with corn starch if you are a vegetarian)
Heat the vegetable oil or canola oil in a non-stick pan and make sure you have enough oil to submerge the tofu. If you see smoke coming up from the oil that means the oil is too hot, and you should lower the temperature. Fry the tofu until it’s golden, scoop it out, and set it on some paper towels to drain the unwanted oil.
Get a pair of scissors, and cut the roasted seaweed paper into thin strips
Put a few pieces of the fried tofu on a plate. Add 1 teaspoon of the grated daikon on top of it, layer on some strips of roasted seaweed and dry fish flakes, sprinkle some scallions and sesame seeds, and pour a tablespoon of the sauce mixture onto it. Serve!
You can always add or reduce the condiments according to your preference
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.