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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.

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

Bailey/Howe Winter Break Hours

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Bailey/Howe Library has switched to winter break hours. Beginning December 15, 2014 through January 9, 2015, the Library will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. During that period the Bailey/Howe Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Keep reading for the exceptions.


Exceptions:
Wednesday-Friday, December 25-26, 2014 — CLOSED
Monday-Friday, December 29, 2014-January 2, 2015 — CLOSED

Also, check the Libraries’ calendar for any changes. Happy Holidays!

Fundamentals of Trademarks

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9:30-11
Media Projection Room, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM

Craig Morris, managing attorney for trademark educational outreach in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will talk about the fundamentals of trademarks. Participants will learn how trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, and business name regulations differ; why it’s important for a new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable; what can happen if a another trademark owner believes it has a stronger rights in a mark and issues a cease-and-desist letter; information on the USPTO federal registration process and how to avoid scam registration fees.

For more information, contact Scott Schaffer, scott.schaffer@uvm.edu, 802-656-2503.

Jurassic Park (1993) DVD 2180

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park (1993) is known as a classic of its era, and like most true classics, at least in my opinion, this movie has aged like bourbon. Rather than being the slick and new film it was in 1993, Jurassic Park is now a fine example of a smoky yet smooth experience for any evening.
As a quick summary, the film is about a team of scientists being brought of their own free will to a wildlife preserve off the coast of Costa Rica. The island has had its fauna reworked to include an entire ecosystem of, you guessed it, dinosaurs. From Triceratops to Velociraptors, the island’s purpose is to be a zoo with a view into the past. However, first it needs to be cleared by a team of scientists to legitimize the safety of the park. The cast stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L. Jackson.
The main draw nowadays with Jurassic Park is how beautifully filmed it is. It can even stand today with the best of any recent film, often even surpassing them. The dinosaurs look amazing for 1993, so there’s no need to worry about 1963 Godzilla-esque puppeteer work, these dinos still have bite. The score was beautifully crafted by none other than John Williams and the main theme brings a bubbling sense of adventure inside any viewer. In addition, the film is also extremely memorable for all of the right reasons, including its ability to be so easily empathized with. Who couldn’t forget the T-Rex scene feeding the Brontosaurus, or even how real Jeff Goldblum looks?
Jurassic Park stands out from your typical fantasy story due to the fact that the film isn’t seated in the presence of dinosaurs, but rather in the reactions of the people who are genuinely surprised to be seeing them. Unlike its so-so subsequent sequels, the original Jurassic Park nails the ‘giant monster’ subgenre (not that the dinosaurs are typical ‘monsters’) by keeping the spotlight on the very fearful actors. The name might be Jurassic Park, but the film focuses on the human element, and is a huge recommendation for anyone who is looking for the perfect film and a bowl of popcorn to pair it with.

 

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