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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.

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She’s All That

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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She’s All That might not be the best teen romantic comedy out there. It might not even be the best one released in 1999 (especially compared to the likes of the crowd-pleaser 10 Things I Hate About You). But of all the films about social transformation and prom queens and 25-year-olds playing 17-year-olds, She’s All That is certainly the one nearest and dearest to my heart. Starring Rachel Leigh Cook, who has sadly since been relegated to Video-on-Demand releases ever since the disastrous release of the criminally underrated Josie and the Pussycats, and Freddie Prinze Jr., whose last theatrical release set the record for lowest grossing film of all time, She’s All That seemed to have unwittingly set a lingering curse on the careers of its cast and crew. Did I mention that this film was written by M. Night Shyamalan?
In the second paragraph I would normally explain the premise of the film, but will I have to? This film’s take on stage classic Pygmalion has been digested, recycled, and spoofed in so many other films that it has almost become a genre unto itself. After pretty boy Zack (Prinze) gets dumped for an MTV star (wow, it really does feel like 1999!) he accepts a bet from his friend (the late Paul Walker) that he can turn *any* girl at their school into the next prom queen. That girl winds up being none other than Laney (Cook), whose sins against high school popularity seem to be little more than nerdy trivialities like wearing glasses or enjoying art. You can easily surmise the rest of the film: They get close, she finds out his deception and rejects him, but they manage to reunite at the big dance- and everything hinges around Hart’s Cinderella-like transformation.
It’s pretty amusing to consider the gravity the film awards to Laney’s make-over sequence. The camera draws up her body as she descends the stairs, like debutante at a ball. Freddie Prinze Jr. is flabbergasted. She took her glasses off! She’s wearing a tight red dress! She wears make-up now, though the actress was clearly doing so already! Honestly, it’s a pretty patriarchal notion to think that a slight change of attire can redefine a woman’s entire image, but that hasn’t prevented the same trope from being repeated every year by newer teen movies- such as last year’s The DUFF. I believe (more like hope, really) that the “ugly duckling transformation” is supposed to be subversive indictment of the cluelessness of the male leads, with true happiness only being reached once they realize that, you know, inner verve is what’s important. Regardless, the cast is positively magnetic, and their on-screen presence is a welcome one. She’s All That is a perfect watch anytime you want to bathe in brightly colored nineties melodrama, and I would never bet against that.

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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.

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