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Sugar on Snow, April 26, 11-2:30

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Maple syrup, pickles, donuts and coffee will be served at UVM’s annual maple celebration in front of Bailey/Howe.

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Public Monuments: The Politics and Processes of Commemoration

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

 

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Public Monuments: The Politics and Processes of Commemoration
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:30 pm
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

Bill Lipke and Bill Mares, authors of the recently published Grafting Memory, will present an illustrated lecture summarizing the research which they undertook for their book on commemorative monuments from the American Revolutionary War to the present. In their essays, Lipke and Mares explore the evolving practices that allow memories of soldiers and wars to pass through generations. From monuments to cemeteries, paintings and living memorials, they present diverse examples, including many close to home, like Burlington’s Battery Park and Memorial Auditorium, and those farther away, like Canada’s War Memorial project and national cemeteries in France.

Bill Lipke is UVM professor emeritus in Art History and a former director of the Fleming Museum. He has written about landscape painting and modern architecture. Bill Mares has been a journalist and high school teacher, and has fifteen books to his credit on subjects ranging from beer and coffee to Vermont politics.

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

Visitor parking information.

Panel discussion on UVM faculty work with immigrant and refugee communities

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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Please join us for a panel discussion with University of Vermont faculty members on their work with New American and refugee communities. The panel discussion will take place on February 18th at 4:30 p.m. in the John Dewey Lounge (Old Mill 325). The event is organized in conjunction with the library’s current exhibit, and was inspired by the 2015 First Year Read, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Both the event and the exhibit are 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.

Featured faculty members and panelists include:

• Linda Berlin, Ph.D., is the Director of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her current work includes building better understandings about the food security situation of refugees.
• Pablo Bose, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Interim Director of the Global & Regional Studies program. His work focuses on government and non-profit organizations placing refugees in non-traditional resettlement sites (like Burlington, Vermont) and the implications of these placements for refugees and communities.
• Susan Comerford, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work who spent many years working in refugee camps on the Thai Cambodian Border and later went on to advocate for refugees in the United States.
• Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychological Science and the Director of New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) and Connecting Cultures. NESTT takes a holistic approach to helping New Americans and offers psychological services, legal services, and physical therapy.
• Dr. Andrea Green, M.D., a pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric New American Clinic at UVM. Her team educates themselves on both disease and the political, social, and religious environments of the New Americans they work with.
• Others to be announced.

“The Spirit Catches You: Conversations Inspired by the First Year Read” exhibit runs through March 6th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.

A detailed online resource accompanying the exhibit is available at: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/firstyearread

In and Out of Print

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Steve Kostell: In and Out of Print

Public Lecture, Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont

On March 1 at 5:30, Special Collections will host UVM art professor Steven Kostell for a discussion of his work investigating forms of mediation, production and collaboration through explorations in art, design and the artist book.

Steven Kostell is an intermedia artist and designer whose work explores the convergence of traditional and experimental techniques in print and digital media, resulting in hybrid forms. His work is grounded in material-based production and image processing, involving papermaking, printmaking, artist books, and multi-channel audio/video installations.

Kostell’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Center for Book and Paper at Columbia College, Chicago; the Qijiang International Printmaking Festival, Chongqing, China; Ozu Washi Gallery and the Oji Paper Museum, Tokyo, Japan; New Forms Festival, Vancouver, BC and the Laura Haber Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his BFA from Indiana State and his MFA from Arizona State University. Before coming to Vermont, Kostell taught at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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

Visitor parking information.

 

Burlington’s Ravine

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

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The current exhibit in Special Collections looks at the great ravine that once cut dramatically across downtown Burlington. The ravine served as the first railroad route into Burlington during the 1850s, and subsequently as the location for the city’s main sewer line. The maps and photographs in the exhibit depict the ravine at numerous points in the nineteenth century, before most of it was filled in or modified to facilitate urban development.

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

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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“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

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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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 Wicker Man (1973 version)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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The Wicker Man 1973 Version
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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

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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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

Friday, 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)

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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.

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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.