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Boating and Healing at Dana Medical Library

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


An exhibit featuring Dragonheart Vermont is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization whose focus is on survivorship, wellness, teamwork, hope and community. The exhibit highlights the organization’s mission, the Dragonheart teams, and the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Also highlighted is Survivorship NOW, a cancer wellness center established by Dragonheart Vermont in 2011 to meet the need for ongoing help and support for all cancer survivors in our community after their clinical treatment ends. This exhibit will be on view through the end of May 2013.

In addition to the Dragonheart exhibit, the Library is hosting A Voyage to Health, a traveling exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawaii to their island homes. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the Hawaiian people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. This traveling exhibit will be on display at the Library from January 28 – March 9, 2013. Please visit the exhibit online.

Visit the Library to view both exhibits, and to browse through Dana’s print resources on cancer and wellness.

Basquiat: Learn more!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


The Bailey/Howe Library hosts the exhibit Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait January – March of 2013. Check out our new research guide to learn more.


Basquiat was a prolific painter who rose to stardom in the 1980’s, out of the New York graffiti and downtown music scenes. He created over a thousand artworks before his death at the age of 27 in 1988. His often colorful works incorporated symbols, text, portraiture and images from popular culture. He once claimed to have used words, “like brush strokes.” Artnet describes Basquiat as “one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world.”

Sarah Paige, of the Libraries’ Information and Instruction Department, has created a research guide with tips about how to find resources about Basquiat, in the Libraries and beyond. From there you can locate books, movies, websites, and music about Basquiat and his contemporaries.

Music and Basquiat: Gray at the Mudd Club

Monday, January 28th, 2013


Music was an important force in the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. He was an active participant in the hip hop/graffiti movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and in the intersecting downtown New York art rock scene that made its headquarters at the Mudd Club.

Basquiat was a founding member of the band Gray, with Nicholas Taylor, the photographer who created the exhibit Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait [on display at the Bailey/Howe Library, January – March 2013].

We’ve created a Spotify playlist to highlight some relevant music.

Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force

Afrika Bambaataa grew up in the South Bronx and was instrumental in the development of New York hip hop in the early 1980’s.

Rapture by Blondie

Jean Michel Basquiat appears as a DJ in the video for Blondie’s Rapture, a song that also gives a shout out to hip hop artist Fab 5 Freddy.

Bird Feathers by Charlie Parker

Basquiat referenced Charlie Parker and a number of jazz legends in his painting, often bestowing them with one of his signature symbols — a crown.

Change the Beat by Fab 5 Freddy

Graffiti artist and hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy intersected in numerous ways with Basquiat. Freddy co-curated the seminal Beyond Words show at the Mudd Club, featuring graffiti artists such as Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Keith Haring.

Fab 5 Freddy with Basquiat

Fab 5 Freddy with Basquiat

Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

In Jean Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait, Nicholas Taylor describes dancing with Basquiat to protopunk Iggy Pop’s Bowie-produced 1977 solo release.

Where Were You by the Lounge Lizards

This jazz/no wave/punk combo formed by brothers Evan and John Lurie (the latter also appearing as an actor in Jim Jarmusch films) featured a rotating cast of musicians that included Arto Lindsay and Marc Ribot.

Blue in Green by Miles Davis

“I never know how to describe my work. It’s not always the same thing. It’s like asking Miles, ‘How does your horn sound?’” – Jean Michel Basquiat

Rammellzee and Shockdell at the Ampitheater from the Wild Style soundtrack

Rammellzee was a visual/graffiti/performance artist, sculptor, and early hip hop musician with an eccentric style all his own. “Beat Bop,” Rammellzee’s influential 1983 single (with K-Rob) was produced by Basquiat, who also created the cover art.

Rammellzee and Basquiat

Rammellzee and Basquiat

Life During Wartime by Talking Heads

This early Talking Heads hit proclaims, “This ain’t no party; this ain’t no disco…this ain’t no Mudd Club, or CBGB,” referencing the iconic New York music venues frequented by the band.

When by Vincent Gallo

Like Jean Michel Basquiat and many of their contemporaries, Vincent Gallo (a sometime member of Basquiat’s band Gray) has produced creative work across a wide array of disciplines, as an actor, painter, director, model, and musician.

Burning Up by Madonna

Before Madonna became one of the world’s most successful recording artists, she was a Mudd Club provocateur, who once dated Basquiat.

Madonna & Basquiat

Madonna & Basquiat

Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

On exhibit, January-March 2013, in the lobby of Bailey/Howe Library, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: An Intimate Portrait,” offers a portal into the life of an artist on the threshold of taking the art world by storm. As photographed by Nicholas Taylor, these images of a 19-year-old Basquiat capture his emotions and personality, which, in turn, reflect his struggle for fame and respect. The accompanying text panels, written by Taylor, document the friendship the two shared and also serve to contextualize the historical significance of Basquiat in the early eighties.

This exhibition is on loan from the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, and was curated by Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum.

New Books: Summer Reading Suggestions

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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.


animal grief


How Animals Grieve, by Barbara J. King

From the time of our earliest childhood encounters with animals, we casually ascribe familiar emotions to them. But scientists have long cautioned against such anthropomorphizing, arguing that it limits our ability to truly comprehend the lives of other creatures. Recently, however, things have begun to shift in the other direction, and anthropologist Barbara J. King is at the forefront of that movement, arguing strenuously that we can—and should—attend to animal emotions. With How Animals Grieve, she draws our attention to the specific case of grief, and relates story after story—from fieldsites, farms, homes, and more—of animals mourning lost companions, mates, or friends.




enlarged heart

An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History, by Cynthia Zarin

A New York City writer shares episodes from her life that reflect the cyclical nature of the past and her relationships with a range of people and places, from an energetic tailor and a twice-married mom to literary co-workers and the patrons of vanished restaurants.




The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, by Manuel Gonzales

In slightly fantastical settings, Gonzales illustrates very real guilt over small and large marital missteps, the intense desire for the reinvention of self, and the powerful urges we feel to defend and provide for the people we love. With wit and insight, these stories subvert our expectations and challenge us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes. Brilliantly conceived, strikingly original, and told with the narrative instinct of a born storyteller, The Miniature Wife is an unforgettable debut.




brain in a jar cover

Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory, by Nancy Stearns Bercaw


In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Nancy Stearns Bercaw (a staff member with UVM Libraries) recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw,  who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer’s. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author’s own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives.

Get Organized! Zotero & Endnote Workshops for Spring 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Come 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 and Daniel DeSanto

  • January 25 (Friday) 2-3pm
  • January 30 (Wednesday) 4-5pm
  • February 6 (Wednesday) 4-5pm
  • February 8 (Friday) 2:30-3:30pm
  • February 12 (Tuesday) 4-5pm
  • February 20 (Wednesday) 3-4pm
  • March 15 (Friday) 2:30-3:30pm
  • March 22 (Friday) 2:30-3:30pm


Advanced Zotero

Come and build on your existing Zotero knowledge.  Learn how to use shared folders for collaboration and more.

Location:  Bailey/Howe Library Classroom (Room 123)

Facilitator:  Daisy Benson

  • March 11 (Wednesday) 4-5pm
  • March 22 (Friday) 3:30-4:30pm

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 and Jake Barickman

  • January 23 (Wednesday) 3-4pm
  • January 29 (Tuesday) 4-5pm
  • February 5 (Tuesday) 4-5pm
  • February 14 (Thursday) 4-5pm
  • February 22 (Friday) 3-4pm
  • February 26 (Tuesday) 4-5pm
  • March 13 (Wednesday) 3-4pm
  • March 19 (Tuesday) 4-5pm
  • March 29 (Friday) 3-4pm
  • April 3 (Wednesday) 3-4pm
  • April 18 (Thursday) 4-5pm

Additional EndNote workshops can be scheduled upon request.  Send requests to: laurie.kutner@uvm.edu