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The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read

November 30th, 2015

Spirit Catches You book cover

“I have always felt the action most worth watching is not at the center of things but where edges meet. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places…”
From the introduction to The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

A new exhibit at Bailey Howe Library, inspired by UVM’s 2015 First Year Read, shares the stories and research of UVM faculty and staff who are working with local New American and immigrant communities and offers insight on how culture may come into play in professional practice. The exhibit runs from November 11th, 2015 through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” was curated by Emily Crist and Megan Allison, members of the Information and Instruction Services department at Bailey/Howe Library. Crist and Allison conducted in-depth interviews with a dozen UVM professors and affiliates about their work with refugee and immigrant populations. The exhibit provides interview excerpts and directs viewers to full videos, transcripts and accompanying resources online via QR codes.

All first year students, and many campus community members, have joined in the conversation about this year’s First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. The book tells the story of Lia Lee, a Hmong child, and her family, Lao refugees living in California. As a severe epileptic, Lia’s life becomes intertwined with the American medical community. The story explores the cultural collisions that arise and the devastating consequences of cultural misunderstandings.
Read interview quotes and get a sense of how themes from the book span disciplinary boundaries.

DIVE DEEPER into the subjects and disciplines that interest you.

LEARN MORE or GET HELP on related research with a Subject Guide devoted to the exhibit.

Pardon the Interruption

November 20th, 2015

Due to construction, the water will shut off and therefore, Bailey/Howe Library will be closed Monday, November 23rd. The library will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, November 24th at 8am.

Services interrupted:

–       Courier Service will not occur

–       Interlibrary loan requests submitted on Friday, November 20 will be processed on Tuesday, November 24th

The University Archives

October 31st, 2015

Maya Angelou (center) and other honorary degree recipients at UVM’s 1985 commencement. Governor Madeline Kunin and President Lattie Coor are on the right. Photo from the University Archives.

A UVM alumnus, class of 1985, recently inquired about the speech that writer and poet Maya Angelou delivered at convocation that year. We found the text of the speech, and a wonderful photograph of Angelou and other honorary degree recipients, in former President Lattie Coor’s papers in the University Archives. Over 200 years of UVM’s history are documented in the Archives, available to anyone seeking information about the university.

What is the University Archives?
The University Archives is a collection of official records (e. g., Board of Trustees meeting minutes) and information about the University of Vermont. Note: Most printed UVM publications (e.g., the Vermont Quarterly) are retained as part of the Vermont Research Collection, not the Archives.

Who is the University Archivist?
Chris Burns.

Who handles questions about the UVM Archives?
Staff at the reference desk in Special Collections. By phone, 656-2138; by email, uvmsc@uvm.edu.
Staff may refer patrons to archivist Chris Burns in some cases.

Are there records for UVM Archives materials in the library catalog?
At this time, mostly no, so patrons should contact the Special Collections reference desk. One exception is print theses and dissertations.

Are there any other inventories of UVM Archives collections?
Yes. A few collections have finding aids. Patrons can view them at  http://cdi.uvm.edu/findingaids/. More finding aids will be released soon, and eventually each collection will have a record in the library catalog.

Where is the University Archives?
The University Archives is not a publicly accessible location. Material is stored in the Library Research Annex (LRA) and in the Special Collections closed stacks.

How do patrons access UVM Archives material?
For theses and dissertations, look in the library catalog, request from the LRA, and use the item in Special Collections. For other items, contact a Special Collections librarian. When requested, materials will be transferred from the LRA for patron use in Special Collections.

What Archives collections are frequently used?
The building information reference files and building (and campus) photograph collection—both stored in the Special Collections closed stacks—are consulted often. And researchers come from distant places to use the Raul Hilberg papers.

More questions? Email them to uvmsc@uvm.edu.


Commons Hall, 1929. The dining hall, also known as the Hash House, stood where the Fleming Museum is located now. Photo from the University Archives.

The Wicker Man (1973 version)

October 21st, 2015

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The Wicker Man 1973 Version

By Peter Bushman

Religious horror has been a steady fixture of Western cinema since the 1970’s, with films like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Omen splashing new fears of demons and antichrists into the public imagination. However, as of late the genre has devolved into the low-budget exorcism flicks released each January, the graveyard of popular taste. In times such as these we should look back at possibly the greatest religious horror film of all time, freed from the Christocentric paradigm of mysterious priests and hellish young girls. This small British film from 1973 relies not on demonic boogeymen for cheap scares, but rather on the most frightening kernel of all: the incomprehensibility of the other.

A police sergeant is sent to a small isle in Scotland with simple instructions. A girl has been reported missing, and her safety must be confirmed. What should be a rote investigation is complicated by the island’s bizarre inhabitants- when they aren’t busy singing or free-loving they toy and mislead him. What bedevils him most of all, however, is their unusual neo-pagan worship practices. Naked pregnant women leap through flames. School children recite fertility rites. Beetles are nailed to school desks. Throughout his investigation Sergeant Howie suspects more and more that this missing girl is set to be slaughtered for a summer harvest festival led by the island’s aristocratic patriarch, played ominously by Christopher Lee.

The Wicker Man is not a spooky film. It never jumps out at you, nor does it smatter gore everywhere in a weak attempt to shock. The horror is experienced for the audience through the protagonist himself. These May Day rituals, animal masks, and nature worship are all so alien to Howie, the embodiment of western Christian order, that one can’t help but be similarly unnerved. He struggles on for the sake of the girl, but when the climax finally forces Howie to blaspheme “Oh my God! Oh Jesus Christ!” the viewer is washed with the same terror. To this day, The Wicker Man remains one of the most enduring examples of British horror. The 2006 Nicolas Cage remake, on the other hand, replaces everything memorable about this film with awfulness and misogyny, and probably should only be watched as a reminder of how not to produce a horror film.

Watch The Wicker Man on DVD.

Peter Bushman is a senior Film and Television Studies and Japanese major from the far-off metropolis of Kansas City. His passions are collecting VHS tapes (being too poor to afford Betamax) and watching the dregs of cinema. He believes that George of the Jungle and Josie and the Pussycats are the very pinnacle of film-making, and desperately, desperately hopes that one day Krull will get a sequel.

Open Access Week & ScholarWorks @ UVM

October 19th, 2015


The University of Vermont Libraries are proud to participate in Open Access Week (October 19 – 25) with an introduction to faculty self-submission features in ScholarWorks @ UVM, our new resource to preserve and provide access to UVM’s scholarly and creative work.

What is ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM serves as the institutional repository of the University and provides an open access venue for faculty and student research. Launched in October 2013, it has grown to include over twenty collections such as public health projects, historic botanical research, occasional papers on Vermont policy, student dissertations and theses and open access journal projects. With ScholarWorks, UVM joins most major research institutions in providing an institutional repository where faculty can deposit their work.

Why deposit research in ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM is a great place to share pre-prints, publications and “gray literature” such as grant reports, white papers, technical reports, conference presentations, posters and unpublished writings.

Participation can:

• increase discoverability of your scholarship
• provide you with additional metrics for use in the RPT process
• help you meet public access funding requirements
• bring scholarship to researchers and practitioners in lower-income institutions and countries

How do I submit research?

Visit our Author FAQ page and the Submit Research link. You can also contact Donna O’Malley or your library subject specialist for assistance.

What is Open Access?

Open access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the open access movement is gaining momentum as libraries, higher education institutions, research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. Learn more about Open Access Week.

The Legacy of H. Lawrence McCrorey

October 9th, 2015

Please join us at an event on Friday, October 23rd to honor the life and work of H. Lawrence McCrorey and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the gallery created in his honor with a panel discussion (2 p.m., Bailey/Howe Library) and jazz reception (5 p.m. Davis Center, Livak ballroom)

Larry McCrorey teaching

Professor H. Lawrence McCrorey, known to his friends and colleagues as Larry, had a distinguished career as Professor of Physiology, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the School of Allied Health during his tenure at UVM from 1966 to 1993. Dr. McCrorey contributed to research in muscle physiology and taught extensively with a special emphasis on renal physiology. He generated a new graduate course in medical biostatistics that he taught for twenty-eight years, winning many awards for outstanding teaching.

Larry McCrorey

He is widely remembered as a champion of social justice and an advocate for greater diversity at UVM. As one of only two African-American faculty members when he came to UVM in 1966, he fought tirelessly to promote greater diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. He lectured widely on racism, and was a founding member of the Vermont Human Rights Commission. Larry McCrorey was also a professional saxophonist and teacher of jazz history. His advocacy for diversity extended beyond numbers to include the appreciation of cultural expression in a variety of formats.

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The H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery was founded in 1995 after Larry McCrorey’s retirement with donations from hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni and friends and honors his “endurance in following his heart and conscience in the fight against racism” (McCrorey Gallery brochure, 1995). Located in the Bailey/Howe’s Library’s popular first floor study area, the gallery contains a rotating selection of multi-media artworks by contemporary artists of color. Additional donations to the H. Lawrence McCrorey Multicultural Fund marked the sad occasion of McCrorey’s death in 2009. To learn more about contributing to the fund, please contact Selene Colburn.

Celebrating the McCrorey Gallery’s 20th Anniversary

October 9th, 2015


Please join the UVM Libraries and numerous campus partners at a special event marking the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Bailey/Howe Library’s H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery of Multicultural Art.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Legacy of an Educator: how an art gallery in a university library can address race relations, social justice and celebrate the richness of our diverse community in the 21st century
Panel discussion with Clarence Page, Rebecca Martin, Amani Whitfield and Emily Bernard
2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Bailey/Howe Library, H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery

Jazz reception
With Dave Grippo, Andrew Moroz, Aaron Hersey and Zach Harmon
Poetry by Mary Jane Dickerson and Major Jackson
5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Davis Center Livak Ballroom

The H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery was founded in 1995 to honor Professor McCrorey’s exceptional commitments to diversity and social justice and features a rotating collection of works by contemporary artists of color.

Learn more about the H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery and Professor McCrorey’s life and work.


A Ravine Runs Through It

October 8th, 2015


A Ravine Runs Through It: Topography and Function in 19th Century Burlington
November 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM

One of the most notable features of Burlington’s landscape in the nineteenth century was a deep ravine that ran from the Old North End across downtown and into Lake Champlain.  Although much of the ravine was filled in by the beginning of the twentieth century, parts of it are still clearly visible today.  Special Collections director Jeffrey D. Marshall will discuss the significance of the ravine in Burlington’s development as a city, using photographs from the department’s extensive collection.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Good Roads and Good Sidepaths

September 30th, 2015


Presentation by Robert McCullough
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Robert McCullough’s new book, Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land,  explores the “golden age of American bicycle touring” at the end of the nineteenth century. In conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, Cycling through the News, Professor McCullough will talk about the bicyclists who shaped and reshaped American culture from 1880 to 1900. These cyclists introduced an independent and dependable means of overland travel, propelled a campaign to improve the nation’s pitiful network of roads, swayed park planners, and even set into motion the modern engineering technology essential to the development of automobiles and airplanes.  They constructed a far-flung network of bicycle paths to satisfy their exploratory impulses.  Wheelmen and wheel women also assembled a substantial body of geographical literature, illustration, and photography. Their vivid descriptions of American places made them some of the country’s keenest observers of suburban and rural landscapes.

Robert L. McCullough is Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at UVM. He is the author of The Landscape of Community: A History of Communal Forests in New England and Crossings: History of New England Bridges.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.

Five books you won’t believe were banned!

September 28th, 2015

Librarians and book lovers around the world celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2015 (September 27th – October 3rd). Here are five books you may be surprised to learn have been challenged and even banned from library collections and school assignments.


1. A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel was published in 1951 and in 1960 an Oklahoma teacher was fired for assigning it to an eleventh-grade English class. Since then it’s been the subject of numerous curricular and library challenges and outright bans all the way to the 21st century on grounds of profanity and sexual content.


2. Harry Potter [series] by J.K. Rowling

The exploits of “the boy who lived” have been challenged hundreds of times in schools and libraries, by critics concerned that the series presents violence, witchcraft, occult and Satanic themes, and that it undermines family values.


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winner is considered a modern classic and an unflinching indictment of slavery, as seen through the eyes of its protagonist Sethe. It’s been challenged on numerous high school reading lists and was pulled from the curriculum of a senior AP English class in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner remains one of the most challenged books of all time. Objections have been wide-ranging and include concerns about profanity and racial slurs used in the novel, as well as events depicted including racism, white supremacy, rape and incest.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel depicts her coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. Originally published in French, it was released in English in 2003 and lauded by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year. In 2013, Chicago public school administrators pulled it from classrooms. Further challenges objected to graphic language and images, scenes of torture and Islamic literature.

To learn more about the hundreds of books that have banned and challenged in schools and libraries around the nation, visit the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom Banned & Challenged Books site.