Text, Image, and Experience in Techialoyan Manuscripts: Bancroft Roundtable, April 21

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Evidencing Boundaries: Text, Image, and Experience in Techialoyan Manuscripts will be the topic of the Bancroft Roundtable on Thursday, April 21st at noon in The Faculty Club.

Jessica Stair, Bancroft Library Summer Award recipient and doctoral candidate in history of art, UC Berkeley, will present.

The textual-pictorial land titles known as the Techialoyans were created by indigenous authors during the later colonial period in Central Mexico in order to provide documentation to viceregal authorities of community land holdings. Written in Nahuatl and painted with depictions of figures and places, the Techialoyans are a subgenre of primordial titles that relies on images at a time when most manuscripts depended on alphabetic text.

Surpassing mere illustrations, images play a crucial role in establishing authority in autochthonous claims to land. Stair examines multivalent roles of text and image, including their

  • toponymic purposes,
  • deictic functions, and
  • references to lived experiences.

She argues that the Techialoyans combine

  • alphabetical text,
  • images, and
  • vestiges of indigenous oral traditions

in order to embody the physical place of the land, as though one were walking through it.

Linguistic features work with images to create a textual-pictorial-experiential nexus for establishing proof and shaping history.

We hope to see you there.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time: Noon

Place: Lewis-Latimer Room, The Faculty Club

Free and open to the public.

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Crystal Miles, Public Services Assistant, The Bancroft Library

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Access Scopus database for research in a variety of fields

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Find more results and uncover trends in your field through Scopus, a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

The UC Berkeley Library is now providing access to this tool covering fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts & humanities. More than half the content originates outside North America and the content includes journals, conferences, trade publications, and book series.

The database provides various ways to link to the full text of documents, including via UC-eLinks. Scopus offers several features including tools to track, analyze, and visualize your research.  Download references into a number of reference managers.

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Galen Cranz discusses "Ethnography for Designers" April 19

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Galen Cranz will discuss her book, Ethnography for Designers (Routledge, 2016), on April 19th in the Environmental Design Library Atrium.

Cranz teaches social and cultural approaches to architecture and urban design. Emphasizing ethnography as a research method, she brings users' and creators' perspectives to our understanding of built environments. Ethnography for Designers teaches architects and designers how to listen actively to the knowledge people have about their own culture. This approach gives structure to values and qualities. By responding to underlying cognitive patterns, the architect can both respond to the user and interpret creatively.

This book is a practical guide for those teaching social factors and social research methods to designers and for those using these methods in practice.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Environmental Design Library Atrium, 210 Wurster Hall

Free and open to the public.

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Alexandra Lutnick discusses "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains" - April 19

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Alexandra Lutnick - Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare, PhD 2013 - will discuss her new book, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains, in the Social Research Library on April 19th.

Dr. Lutnick adopts a holistic approach, exploring young people's experiences, their treatment, and outside efforts to combat sex trafficking. In addition to her research findings, Lutnik will discuss the process of having her dissertation published as a book by a major academic publisher.

"Alexandra Lutnick's Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the most comprehensive and sophisticated book on this topic on the market.  It is a major contribution to our understanding of this world." - Ronald Weitzer, George Washington University

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Time: 4:10 pm to ­5:30 pm

Place: Social Research Library, 227 Haviland Hall

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Crop diversity and food security talk: FSM Cafe, April 20

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Crop diversity is essential to ensuring a sustainable food source.

Marie Haga will talk about food security at the Free Speech Movement Cafe on April 20th.

Haga is the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust,  an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Library's Free Speech Movement (FSM) Cafe Programs Committee.

It is free, open to the public, and all are invited to participate.

For more information, contact

Date: April 20

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Place: Free Speech Movement Cafe, Moffitt Library

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