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“Fruitvale Station”, A Film Review by Phil Cheney

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Fruitvale Station DVD 9902

 

Fruitvale Station is the true day-in-the-life story of Oscar Grant, a young struggling father who was shot to death by a police officer in Oakland, California on New Year’s Day of 2009. Most film review writers would find a witty sentence to convey how moving the film is, I will state most simply that it is nothing short of heartbreaking. The whole film builds to create a character that is kind, compassionate, and under a lot of stress from responsibility. While the character wins the audience over with charm, there is a building anticipation of dread and doom leading up to a devastating finale of loss and regret. All of which is beautifully shot with mostly natural lighting and very simple yet intricate compositions.

Besides being the emotionally driven and politically oriented film it is; Fruitvale Station is also one of the best film debuts from a writer/director that I have ever seen. The talented individual who brought this film to life is 27 year old Ryan Coogler, a graduate student from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Growing up in the East Bay area north of Oakland, CA, Coogler was part of the community that was emotionally shocked by the murder of Oscar Grant by a police officer, which inspired him to write this screenplay about injustice and prejudice. Despite all of the sadness and melancholy of the film there is just as much love, tenderness and sense of community which is what makes the well-structured script so impactful. In an interview on the film Coogler stated that the scene where Oscar Grant is shot was filmed on location at the real station and the crew noticed that the bullet hole from the actual murder was still in the ground.

Aside from the fantastic direction and writing, the performances are also superb. Rising star Michael B. Jordan carries out the martyr-like role with sensitivity, compassion and anger. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer carries out her heart-wrenching role of Oscar’s mother with a competence equal to her award winning status; besides playing this key role she was also a major supporter in producing the film.

In our current period of cinema, where bland superhero movies or romantic comedies seem to be pumped out like a mindless conveyer belt; it is refreshing to see a beautiful film whose content is directed towards extreme social importance and humanist emphasis.

Persistent Link

Seeking Will Thomas’s The Seeking

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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March 13, 5:30 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Mark Madigan of Nazareth College will talk about his research on writer Will Thomas for a new edition of Thomas’s book The Seeking, published by Northeastern University Press in 2013 as part of the Northeastern Library of Black Literature.

After  Will Thomas abandoned a plan to move to Haiti to escape racial prejudice in the United States, he made the improbable decision to relocate his family to Westford, Vermont in 1946. The Seeking offers not only a remarkable account of the Thomases’ experience as the only non-white members of their rural community, but also gives insight into race relations in New England in the first half of the twentieth century. Well-received upon publication in 1953, the book soon faded into obscurity, as did its writer, whose other work includes a novel and a substantial body of journalism for African-American newspapers and pulp magazines.

To write his introduction to the new edition, Madigan consulted letters in the papers of Irene Allen, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and Bradford Smith in Special Collections. Dan Gediman, the executive director of This I Believe, Inc. contributed the afterword. His interest in Thomas was prompted by an essay that Thomas read on Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, This I Believe, in 1953.

Madigan received his B.A. from St. Michael’s College, an M.A. from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the editor of Youth and the Bright Medusa in the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, Seasoned Timber by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (UP New England, 1996), The Bedquilt and Other Stories by Fisher, and Keeping Fires Night and Day: Selected Letters of Dorothy Canfield Fisher. He is currently  writing an essay on Charles Chesnutt’s short story “The Passing of Grandison” and co-directing “Cather and Europe/Europe and Cather”, a symposium being held in Rome in June 2014.

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

Free Film screening event! A DEMON IN MY VIEW

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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A Demon In My View

UVM Media Resources student assistant and Junior Environmental Science student Matt Lipke is premiering his horror/thriller feature-length film here at UVM this Friday, February 7th at Billings Ira Allen Lecture Hall. The doors open at 6:45pm and the film will begin at 7:00pm. The event is FREE!!

Inspired by the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, A DEMON IN MY VIEW is a horror/thriller film about a young college student struggling with her tragic past.

Produced and filmed in Syracuse, New York, the film took 21 months to produce and had a budget of about $6,000.

A DEMON IN MY VIEW has just been picked up by Tugg, a theatrical and non-theatrical distribution partner!

Join us to see a student’s work on the big screen!

Refreshments will be provided by the UVM Film Club!

New Exhibit: Cartoon Studies

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Art of the Center for Cartoon Studies

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Bailey/Howe Library is currently hosting an exhibit which features work by students, faculty, alumni and fellows of the Center for Cartoon Studies. The Center is a college located in the village of White River Junction, Vermont where students and teachers crank out comics. The Center’s two-year Masters of Fine Arts Program has turned White River Junction into a bona fide international comics nexus. The curriculum of art, graphic design, and literature reflect the wide array of skills needed to create comics and graphic novels. The CCS Production Lab is a constant buzz of printing, silk-screening, and book-binding. Jon Chad, a center faculty member, curated the exhibit of original art and completed publications for the UVM Libraries.

“The Art of the Center for Cartoon Studies” runs through April 12, 2014.

Multimedia Workshops For All in February

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Are you creating a multimedia class project, or curious about the operating cameras and other media equipment?

On Friday, February 7, 2014, 11:30 – 12:30, student Multimedia Lab Assistants Elley and Ben will offer a workshop on our media equipment collection.  The workshop is hands-on to provide attendees with experience using equipment and computers in the Multimedia Lab.

Workshop attendees will learn:

  • How to select the best equipment for a particular project
  • How to use equipment such as digital cameras and digital camcorders
  • How to upload media  from equipment to a computer
  • How to upload and digitize media from formats such as VHS and DVD
  • How to use the importing hardware located in the Multimedia Lab

The workshops are open to the entire UVM community: staff, faculty and students alike.

Where: Bailey/Howe Library – ground level, 001B Media Classroom
When: 2/7/14 at 11:30 am  – 12:30 pm

The Multimedia Resources Department
Bailey Howe Library
Phone: 656-1947

 

Learn More About MLK Speaker Julian Bond

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Want to learn more about the inspirational life and work of Julian Bond, UVM’s keynote MLK celebration speaker? Check out these library books and movies. Bond was an activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

In his own words

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Julian Bond: reflections from the civil rights movement written and directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

This documentary in the Bailey/Howe Library’s media collection features a detailed interview with Bond about his reflections on the civil rights movement, his election to the Georgia state legislature, and his presidential nomination at the age of 28.

Bond the legislator

Two works published in the early 1970’s reflect on Bond’s preliminary work in the Georgia state legislature, after his 1965 election was made possible by the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. In 1966 Georgia legislators voted to unseat Bond for his opposition to the Vietnam War, a decision that was overturned by the United States Supreme Court. He went on to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six in the state’s Senate.

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Julian Bond: Black rebel by John Neary

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A time to speak, a time to act; the movement in politics by Julian Bond

Telling the story

Bond remains critically active in the movement for social justice. He has lent his voice to many important works in the Bailey/Howe Library that document the Civil Rights movement. Search CATQuest to find more examples.

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I must resist : Bayard Rustin’s life in letters introduced and edited by Michael G. Long ; foreword by Julian Bond

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Freedom’s sword : the NAACP and the struggle against racism in America, 1909-1969 by Gilbert Jonas ; with a foreword by Julian Bond

Lift Every Voice and Sing cover

Lift every voice and sing : a celebration of the Negro national anthem : 100 years, 100 voices; Julian Bond and Sondra Kathryn Wilson, editors

 

Intercoms Installed in Group Study Rooms

Friday, January 17th, 2014

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Intercoms were installed in B/H Group Study Rooms during Winter Break as a way to troubleshoot technology questions with patrons and as a way to remind them when their room-use is ending. All ten study rooms have an intercom that is linked to a base unit at the Circulation desk.

New Books: Quiet Heroism

Friday, January 10th, 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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Courage has no color: the true story of the Triple Nickles: America’s first Black paratroopers
, by Tanya Lee Stone

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

 

 

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Stranger in my own country : a Jewish family in modern Germany,
by Yascha Mounk

A moving and unsettling exploration of a young man’s formative years in a country still struggling with its past As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned that he is Jewish, some made anti-Semitic jokes or talked about the superiority of the Aryan race. Others, sincerely hoping to atone for the country’s past, fawned over him with a forced friendliness he found just as alienating.

 

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Slavery’s exiles : the story of the American Maroons, by Sylviane A. Diouf

Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered.

 

Bailey/Howe Winter Break Hours

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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Bailey/Howe has switched to winter break hours.  From December 14, 2013 to January 12, 2014, the Library will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The library will be open Saturdays from Noon to 5 p.m. and will be closed on Sundays. Keep reading for the exceptions.


Exceptions:
Saturday, December 21 — CLOSED
Monday-Friday, December 23-27 — University Holidays — CLOSED
Saturday, December 28 — CLOSED
Monday-Wednesday, December 30-31 (2013) – January 1 (2014) — University Holidays — CLOSED

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

Announcing ScholarWorks @ UVM

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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In celebration of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21st – 27th, 2013), the UVM Libraries are proud to announce ScholarWorks @ UVM, a new digital repository that provides for the organization, dissemination, and management of digital materials created by UVM faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. Our goal is to increase access to the scholarly and creative output of the university and to preserve these works in digital form.

We invite you to look at the first collections created. You’ll find recent theses from environmental studies students, family medicine articles, library science presentations, and specimen notebooks and drawings from the Pringle Herbarium.

Most importantly, we’re hoping you’ll consider contributions of your own. ScholarWorks @ UVM can help make your increase the discoverabilty of your scholarship on the Internet.

Though the publisher’s PDF of your published article may be behind a paywall, you can make the preprint or postprint available through ScholarWorks, increasing access to your scholarship. Many leading publishers now allow the deposit of journal article preprints and postprints into the author’s institutional repository (see the Sherpa/Romeo database for a summary of publishers’ permissions. http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/).

Grant reports, white papers, posters, presentations, newsletters, annual reports, and other publications of enduring value can be published in ScholarWorks @ UVM. Student work, such as College Honors Theses, may also be deposited. ScholarWorks accepts materials in multiple formats, including audio and video. ScholarWorks @ UVM offers customizable web sites for conference proceedings, both to accept papers for an upcoming conference, and to display the proceedings after the event is over. Publications in ScholarWorks @ UVM are indexed by Google and Google Scholar.

For more information:

See ScholarWorks @ UVM Policies and Guidelines http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/about.html

Contact your library liaison at Bailey/Howe
http://library.uvm.edu/specialists/
or Dana Medical Library
http://library.uvm.edu/dana/about/staff/specialist.php

Contact Associate Library Professor Donna O’Malley
donna.omalley@uvm.edu, (802) 656-4415