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The Babadook

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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The Babadook is a 2014 horror film directed by Jennifer Kent. The film revolves around a mother and her son and the difficulties surrounding their lives. The mother, Amelia, is forced to raise her son, Samuel, on her own after a devastating accident takes the life of her husband. The film depicts the struggles of raising a child on your own as well as the physical and mental repercussions that it many times has. It also details the overwhelming impact that the death of a parent may have on a young child.

From the beginning, the film shows the struggles that Amelia faces on a day to day basis. She works a dead end job while taking care of Samuel who is very troubled. Samuel is consistently acting out in school and getting himself in trouble. One night, Amelia decides to read Samuel a bed time story. The book that Samuel picks is called The Babadook. Amelia does not recognize this book but decides to read it to him anyway. The book turns out to be a disturbing tale of an entity that you cannot get rid of. “If it’s in a word, or if it’s in a look you can’t get rid of the Babadook.”

As the film progresses, the presence of the Babadook becomes more apparent. What starts seemingly as Samuel’s paranoia eventually manifests itself into visual and auditory encounters with the entity. Unexplained knocks, sounds, and sightings of the apparition add to the feeling of dread that this film brings about. Even more disturbing is the radical transformation that takes place within Amelia. The presence of the Babadook changes the once patient mother to a mean and aggressive shell of the parent she once was.

The Babadook is a testament to the power that horror cinema can hold. Many times, horror films are not taken seriously because of the many films that have not worked. However, The Babadook does work. It works because it exposes the trauma that can be inflicted through a death within the family. The Babadook is a representation of anguish, sorrow, anger, and all the other emotions that attach themselves to those involved in such a tragedy. The Babadook, just like these negative emotions, starts to take a stronger hold on everything around you when it is not dealt with. The abundance of metaphors and the overwhelming sense of dread add to the effectiveness of this film. This film is one of my favorite films because of its ability to draw emotion from the viewer. It is also a substantial achievement because it is Jennifer Kent’s debut film. A debut film receiving substantial praise is not common in the horror industry. It is even more uncommon for a female director who is producing a film in an industry that is mainly male driven. I highly recommend this movie to anybody who is a fan of the genre or who wants to see one of the top films that the genre has to offer.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Poetry in the Archives: An Open Mic

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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Poetry in the Archives: An Open Mic
A National Poetry Month Event
April 23, 2015, 5 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Students will read original poetry, and they will also read selections by poets featured in Special Collections, including Hayden Carruth, David Budbill, Galway Kinnell, Adrienne Rich and many others.  If you are a student and would like to read, please contact chris.burns@uvm.edu or major.jackson@uvm.edu.

Free and open to the public.

 

Green Screen Workshop

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Learn the Magic of the Green Screen

When: March 17, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Bailey Howe Multimedia Dept > Classroom 001B
Instructor: Matt Lipke
Workshop is available to UVM Faculty, Student and Staff

A green screen is a tool used in photography to create a new background. Come to the Multimedia’s workshop and learn the details of using a green screen.
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Green Screen Workshop

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Learn the Magic of the Green Screen

When: March 17, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Bailey Howe Multimedia Dept > Classroom 001B
Instructor: Matt Lipke
Workshop is available to UVM Faculty, Student and Staff

A green screen is a tool used in photography to create a new background. Come to the Multimedia’s workshop and learn the details of using a green screen.
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The New World Networks: Books of Renaissance Voyage and Encounter

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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Presentation by Janet Whatley
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

How did news of the Americas reach Europe, and how was it received? How did Europeans try to understand peoples and societies that they had never encountered before?

Professor Whatley will talk about rare sixteenth-century editions of important books that informed and shaped the European imagination that are held by UVM Special Collections. These include works of the natural history and ethnography of Brazil and the diverse and conflicting narratives of the Spanish Conquest. Through these books, one can learn how Renaissance writers of various temperaments and religious allegiances recounted their experiences and interpreted the significance of the New World discoveries. Some of the books will be on display.

Janet Whatley taught French at the University of Vermont from 1973 to 2010. Her research interests include the literature of the Renaissance, New World exploration, and eighteenth-century women writers. She has written extensively about early European accounts of the New World, and in 1990 published an annotated translation of Jean de Lery’s History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil, a first-hand account of a 1556 Protestant mission to the New World. Whatley is also the author of There are No Letters like Yours: the Correspondence of Isabelle de Charrière and Constant d’Hermenches.

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

Rare Book Purchased in Memory of Birdie MacLennan

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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Jeffrey Marshall, the Director of Special Collections, recently announced that Special Collections has purchased a 1568 copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy in memory of Birdie MacLennan.

After esteemed colleague Birdie MacLennan passed away unexpectedly last March, Special Collections staff gave a lot of thought to how they might best honor her memory. Birdie, who was hired in 1990 as a serials cataloger and appointed Director of Resource Description Services in 2008, loved old books and was very fond of the Romance languages. She was a member of the local chapter of Alliance Française and the Italian Club of Vermont. Birdie earned a master’s degree in French in 2005 and was learning Italian when she died. She also attended Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.  The department agreed that an addition to the Rare Book collection of an important book in French or Italian would be an appropriate memorial.

“As it happened,” Marshall says, “We had no early editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a defining work of the Renaissance and one that maintained its popularity through the transition from manuscript to printed books. In fact, we had no editions of the Divine Comedy printed before the mid-eighteenth century. An early printing of this work seemed the ideal choice to honor Birdie.” He contacted a highly regarded book seller to inquire whether a fine copy could be located.

Within a couple of months, Marshall received a beautiful copy of the Divine Comedy printed in Venice in 1568. Bound in green morocco in the eighteenth century, with marbled endpapers from the same era, the book is in remarkably good condition. This edition contains the commentary of Bernardino Daniello da Lucca (1500-1565) and was printed by Pietro da Fino, an obscure Venetian printer whose ten known books span the years 1555 to 1576.

Daniello’s Dante includes full-page engravings at the beginning of each book—Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso—as well as printer’s devices on the title page and last page.

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The title page device shows a rooster perched on a globe (which rests on a book), with the motto “tota nocte excubo” (I keep watch throughout the night). The device on the last page features a similar rooster on a globe against a more elaborate background, with the motto “excubo ac vigilo” (I keep watch and remain awake).

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Early printed books are valuable for many reasons. Early printers were usually highly conscious of the relationship between book design and text, producing books that are esthetically pleasing. Often, scholarly works featured the author’s text in a block surrounded by the editor’s annotations, and other printing conventions that demonstrate the detailed, exhaustive analysis Renaissance scholars applied to great works. This form of commentary had largely disappeared by the eighteenth century, often replaced by extensive introductions and footnotes. The physical aspects of the book, as well, suggest much about the status of the work, its intended audience, and the cultural context of its creation at the time of printing.

Birdie MacLennan had a large and lasting impact on the University libraries. Special Collections is pleased to add an important sixteenth-century book to the Rare Book collection in her memory.

EndNote & Zotero Workshops for Spring

Monday, January 26th, 2015

workshoppictureCome learn about tools that can help you to keep track of research materials, collaborate with classmates and colleagues, take notes, format citations, and create bibliographies for papers in a variety of styles.  All workshops are free and open to UVM students, faculty, and staff.  No registration is required.

Introduction to Zotero

Learn how to keep track of research materials, organize note-taking, and format citations and bibliographies using this easy-to-master, open-source solution.

Location:  Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators:  Daisy Benson, Emily Crist, Daniel DeSanto, & Graham Sherriff

  • January 28  (Wednesday) noon-1:00pm
  • February 5  (Thursday) 1:00-2:00pm
  • February 13  (Friday) 3:00-4:00pm
  • March 11  (Wednesday) 4:00-5:00pm
  • March 18  (Wednesday) 2:00-3:00pm
  • March 25  (Wednesday) 4:00-5:00pm
  • March 27 (Friday) 2:00-3:00pm
  • April 2  (Thursday) 3:00-4:00pm

Contact Daisy Benson (daisy.benson@uvm.edu) to arrange for a customized workshop on Zotero for your class, lab, or other group.

EndNote workshops

Learn how to use EndNote (a software program) to keep track of research information, organize notes, and insert citations into your papers.

Location:  Bailey/Howe Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitators:  Laurie Kutner

  • February 19  (Thursday) 4:00-5:00pm
  • March 17  (Tuesdayday) 4:00-5:00pm
  • April 8  (Wednesday) 4:00-5:00pm

Additional EndNote workshops can be scheduled upon request.  Send requests to Laurie Kutner (laurie.kutner@uvm.edu).

 

In Their Own Words

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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In Their Own Words: Stories from Refugees Settled in Vermont
Jan. 11-May 20, 2015
Bailey/Howe Library Lobby

Pairing photographs and interview excerpts, the spring semester exhibit in the Bailey/Howe Library lobby profiles the experience of families and individuals whose lives have been disrupted by warfare, political violence, or discrimination and who came to Vermont as refugees. They hail from places as diverse as Somalia, Bosnia, Burundi, Rwanda, Vietnam, Sudan, and Uzbekistan, and they share the common challenge of starting new lives in a very different cultural setting.

The exhibit consists of ten groups of images, each featuring a different family or individual. The focal point of each set is a photographic portrait which is accompanied by interview text presenting an important aspect of this person’s experience. Two additional photographs—the joint creation of photographer and subject—add another layer of visual information to the story.

The project began when photographer Ned Castle met two brothers from Rwanda. As Ned’s friendship with these young men deepened, he was drawn into their stories and created a pairing of image and text to honor them. Working with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, Ned’s network of connections expanded, and the project grew from there.

In 2007, Ned compiled a series of photographs as well as stories that were recorded, then transcribed and edited with the help of the contributors. The narratives offer a glimpse into the remarkable diversity of life experiences that refugees bring to our community. The photos and the full stories are  available in an online book.

In Their Own Voices is a project of the Vision and Voice Documentary Workspace at the Vermont Folklife Center. The center, through its research and educational outreach programs, seeks to open a window into the social and cultural fabric of Vermont.

The project was funded with support from The Bay and Paul Foundations, the Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

New Books for a New Year

Friday, December 19th, 2014

These works can be found on our New Book shelf in Bailey/Howe, an ever-rotating sampling of things we’re adding to our collection. You can also review all our newest books online, and subscribe via RSS to receive alerts about acquisitions, by discipline.

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Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man by Marcus Baram

“Best known for his ingenious, cutting, and satiric 1970 song, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ Scott-Heron (1949–2011) never received full recognition for his brilliant writing across many genres, including poetry and fiction, and his canny weaving of black history into his volatile moment. In this straightforward, honest book, journalist Baram draws a poignant portrait, if somewhat fawning, of the artist as a black man struggling to make sense of his culture from the 1960s to his death.” –Publishers Weekly

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Behold the Proverbs of a People: Proverbial Wisdon in Culture, Literature and Politics by Wolfgang Mieder

“Noted scholar Wolfgang Mieder shows that proverbs matter in culture, literature, and politics. Proverbs remain part and parcel of oral and written communication, and, he demonstrates, they deserve to be studied from a range of viewpoints… Wolfgang Mieder, Williston, Vermont, is University Distinguished Professor of German and Folklore at the University of Vermont. He has published well over one hundred books and is the leading expert on proverbs in the world.” –Publisher’s information

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A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery and Magic by Peter Turchi

“Turchi follows up Maps of the Imagination, which connected writing and cartography, by exploring the links between artistic creation and puzzle making and solving. While presenting different kinds of puzzles–from disappearing magic tricks to elaborate labyrinths–Turchi shows how writer and magician alike use self-presentation and withheld information to transport us to a ‘state of wonder’ and ‘invite us to think about something…worthy of extended consideration.’” –Publishers Weekly

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Ghosts: A Natural History: 500 Years of Searching for Proof by Roger Clarke

“Close to the end of Roger Clarke’s Ghosts: A Natural History, the author mentions ‘silent phone calls from people who have been buried with their phone in their coffin.’ Who are these people? He doesn’t say, but he claims there’s a whole genre of ‘apparently true’ mobile phone ghost stories, including ‘texts from the dead.’ There are even haunted spell-checks. When the name ‘Prudentia’ was highlighted on a document during a 1998 investigation in Britain, the alternative spellings that reportedly came up were ‘dead,’ ‘buried’ and ‘cellar.’” – New York Times