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Archive for September, 2009

New Ask Photographs

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Student model #1

The Libraries photographed over fifty new models (including members of the budding UVM Quidditch team) for our Ask campaign at the Activities Fest on 9/9/09. We had a great time basking in the sun, eating hot dogs, and meeting new models, as well as catching up with some old friends.

Student model #2

We’ve posted the new photos to Flickr and uploaded copies of some advertisements previews to our Facebook group. Go ahead and tag your friends.

Student model #3

We’ll be doing more photo shoots later in the semester and will have details about those soon. Info can be found here or on the UVM Libraries fan site on Facebook.

Student models #5 & #5

As always, feel free to ASK us anything!

What We’re Reading

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Asst. Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources Group Peter Blackmer shares some of his recent favorite readings from the Bailey/Howe Library collection. Peter is pursuing his third advanced degree at UVM, in history.

Local People book cover

Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by John Dittmer
Dittmer challenges the persistently popular notions that the struggle for civil rights happened at a national level. This book refocuses on unfamiliar Mississippi towns and counties, and the everyday citizens as agents of social change. Portraits of common folks resisting commonplace bigotry and finding ways to build networks of common goals bring this history to life. Amidst the horrors of the last days of legalized segregation there are incredibly hopeful people. This book makes me want to go to Mississippi and eat roadside barbecue.

The Marketplace of Revolution book cover

The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence by T. H. Breen
Breen’s argument is that commercial networks between England and the American Colonies, established prior to 1776, became a means of politicizing rebellion. The Commercial Revolution of the 18th century created and relied upon a vast network of exchange whereby English goods – china, fabrics, and manufactured goods – were distributed to the 13 American colonies. The network gave a common experience to otherwise independent northern and southern economies. After the French and Indian Wars, when the English crown imposed new taxation on colonists, this commercial network of exchange was readymade distribution for a new political resistance. Boycotts of English goods galvanized colonists across geography and social standing. Breen’s book helps flesh out a picture of American independence, beyond the compelling political arguments to the necessary mechanisms of social cohesion and identity.

A is for American book cover

A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States by Jill Lepore
Lepore’s book is a set of fascinating portraits of Americans of the Early Republic, who argued for, and attempted to create a democratized language for the new United States. Noah Webster’s Americanization of English spelling – “shoppe” versus “shop”, “colour” versus “color” – created new a kind of accessibility of literacy that the “the King’s English” never attempted or even concerned itself with. The chapters on the Native American known as Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet, and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, an early educator of the deaf and a pioneer of American Sign Language are other examples of what Lepore argues as the ways in which language, letters, and symbols created a new American culture. This book is particularly meaningful to me because the school founded by Gallaudet, The American School for the Deaf, is where my 14 year old niece is an eighth grade student.

Artists’ Books: A Discussion with Mildred Beltré and Jane Kent

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

September 22, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Printmakers, book artists, and University of Vermont art professors Mildred Beltré and Jane Kent will talk about their work and share their perspectives on creating artists’ books.

Mildred Beltré was born and raised in New  York City. As a child she spent a significant amount of time in the  Dominican Republic. She received her BA in  Studio Art and Anthropology/Sociology from Carleton College and her MA and MFA from the  University of Iowa.  She is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant  as well as a   Residency Fellowship at the Lower East Side Printshop. Her work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Walker Art Center, and the Jersey City Museum, among others.

Jane Kent teaches drawing, silkscreen and etching at UVM. She received her B.F.A. from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She has taught at Princeton, Brown, Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Bennington College, Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art, and Hunter College, CUNY. Her work has been shown widely and is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library.  Special Collections holds her books Privacy (1999) and The Orchid Thief Reimagined (2003).  Kent received a Faculty Research Support Award for her current project, Skating, with text by Richard Ford and etchings by Kent, to be published in 2010 by Grenfell Press.

Free and open to the public. Parking is available at the visitor parking lot on College St.  For more information, call 656-2138 or e-mail  uvmsc@uvm.edu.

Jane Kent's Orchid Thief Reimagined
From The Orchid Thief Reimagined