If you've ever wondered about U.C. Berkeley's library system, take a look at this informative article from the Daily Californian . The article briefly covers our rich history, renowned collections, national standing and more. Not only do we have in possession ancient texts, but we also house various sorts of film, photographs, maps and other forms of media. Reading it makes you want to visit our libraries--all 32 of them! Learn more about the great resources offered by our library system and channel that bear pride.
U.C. Berkeley is hosting its first 24-hour online fundraising campaign, Big Give, on Thursday, November 20, right in time for the season of giving! Big Give is a chance to support your favorite schools and programs, so you can choose to contribute to the "University Library" and help us continue to meet students' evolving research needs.
The fundraiser will last from 9 p.m. PST on November 19th to 9 p.m. PST on November 20th, 2014. And don't worry, if you miss Big Give you can always support the University Library as part of the University's ongoing Give campaign.
Nothing to do for your lunch hour? Come visit the Morrison Library (located in the Doe Library) for its aptly named poetry series Lunch Poems. Lunch Poems is a recurring event that takes place on the first Thursday of the month from 12:10-12:50pm. Under the direction of Professor Robert Hass, Lunch Poems is a chance for the U.C. Berkeley community to listen to quality poetry as well as learn a thing or two about writing poetry.
The next event is on December 4th, 2014 featuring Gillian Conoley. From the Lunch Poems site:
Gillian Conoley was born in Austin Texas, where, on its rural outskirts, her father and mother owned and operated a radio station. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Peace (Omnidawn, 2014), The Plot Genie (2014), Profane Halo (2005), Lovers in the Used World (2001), and Tall Stranger (1991), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Conoley's work is widely anthologized, most recently in W. W. Norton's Postmodern American Poetry. Her translations of Henri Michaux's A Thousand Times Broken: Three Books are appearing in English for the first time and will be published by City Lights in Fall 2014. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she is Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.
The Bancroft Library Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, California Captured on Canvas, featuring a selection from its collection of over 300 oil paintings. These 43 paintings representing the California landscape, its inhabitants and key historical events are on display, several of which have never been exhibited before. Enjoy an entirely different take on the way land is viewed--as not just geography and location but also as a living and animate entity full of natural wonders.
Some special highlights include paintings from the Robert B. Honeyman, Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material, which include scenes of Yosemite and the Gold Rush. Renowned California artists represented are William Keith, Charles Grant and Thomas Hill.
View California history through the lenses of artists! The exhibition will be available until March 6, 2015 at the Bancroft Library Gallery. Hours are 10am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
When was the last time you were read to? Second grade? Well now you have an opportunity to enjoy the comforting cadences of various authors reading their own works by attending Story Hour at the Morrison Library. Story Hour is a monthly reading series featuring prominent local prose writers hosted by English department faculty Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams.
Come see Tom Barbash, the author of the new book of stories Stay Up With Me on December 4th, 2014 in the Morrison Library from 5-6pm. His previous books include the award-winning novels The Last Good Chance and On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have also been published and performed on National Public Radio.