Bancroft Rountable Discussion: Whiskerology

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Sarah Gold McBride, doctoral candidate in history, will lead a roundtable discussion titled, Whiskerology: The Meaning of Hair in Nineteenth-Century America on Thursday, September 17th at Noon in the O'Neill Room of The Faculty Club.

In 1846, a New Orleans Picayune reporter proposed a new branch of natural science that, he argued, could provide scientists with reliable evidence of a person's genuine identity.

He called this new field "whiskerology," the scientific study of facial hair. Though this idea may never have moved beyond the level of suggestion, the Picayune reporter represented a common belief among nineteenth-century Americans: that hair could expose the truth about the person from whose body it grew.

Using evidence drawn from across American life - including scientific findings, legal practice, slavery, popular art, immigration debates, and agitation for women's rights - this talk will explore how nineteenth-century Americans understood the meaning of hair. It was not just a means of creative self-expression, as it would come to function in the twentieth century.

Instead, it was understood to be a trustworthy method to quickly classify a stranger - to know if someone was trustworthy, or courageous, or criminally inclined. Studying hair in historical context allows us to better understand how nineteenth-century Americans made sense of the increasingly modern society in which they lived.

When: September 17, 2015, Noon - 1:00 pm

Where: O'Neill Room, The Faculty Club

Free and open to the public.


Post contributed by

Kathryn M. Neal

Associate University Archivist

University Archives

The Bancroft Library

Sep 11, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Maps & More: The Moon

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Moon maps will be the topic of the next Maps & More event, a series of monthly pop-up exhibits featuring items from the Earth Sciences & Map Library.

Using maps and other materials from the library's collection, Heidi Fuqua, an Earth and Planetary Sciences graduate student, will

  • explain how our knowledge of the moon has grown and changed over time
  • highlight different methods for obtaining information on the Moon (telescopes, satellites, Apollo missions, lunar meteorites)
  • offer insight into current hot topics in lunar research

When: September 18th, 11:00 am - Noon

Where: Earth Sciences & Map Library, 50 McCone Hall

Maps & More events are open to the Berkeley community as well as the public.


Post contributed by

Samantha Teplitzky, Earth & Physical Sciences Librarian

Sep 11, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Browzine: A Mobile App for Scholarly Journals

Ever wanted to catch up on research while waiting for a bus or standing in line at the grocery store? Try out the BrowZine app, available on Android and iOS mobile devices.

Stay informed about the latest developments in your discipline without having to carry around paper journals or track publications individually online.

Download Browzine from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store,  install, and choose UC Berkeley as your library.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse and read journals: Browse journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles
  • Create your own bookshelf: Add journals to your personal bookshelf and be notified when new articles are published
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more

For more information see the Library guide on BrowZine.

Note: The free Cisco AnyConnect VPN app is also required to access journal content in BrowZine from off-campus.

Sep 11, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Exceptional Expositions Lecture at College of Environmental Design

You're invited to a reception, lecture, book signing, and silent auction on September 17th in conjunction with the opening of Exceptional Expositions at the Environmental Design Library (on view September 8 through December 16, 2015).

This year marks the the Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and the publication of a new book on the architecture and planning of the Golden Gate International Exposition.

The event will feature presentations by Architectural Historian, Dan Gregory and College of Environmental Design Associate Professor, Andrew Shanken.

  • Gregory will give a talk titled "Fire Up the Scintillator!: Architecture, Allusion, and Re-Affirmation at the PPIE," concerning the hyperbolic architectural character of the exposition -- from the 435 foot-tall Tower of Jewels covered in 100,000 cut glass "Novagems" to the Oregon State Pavilion treated as a redwood tree-replica of the Parthenon.
  • Shanken, author of Into the Void Pacific, will give a talk titled "Very Empty, But Not False: the Architecture of the 1939 San Francisco World's Fair"addressing the ways the architects of the GGIE felt Californian, thought regionally, and aspired to a "Pacific Architecture" just as modernism was radically changing the aesthetic of design.

A book signing of Shanken's monograph on the Golden Gate International Exposition will follow the event. Books will be available for purchase.

Original drawings donated by designers, prints of material held by the Archives, and photographs by Jason Miler will be available for bidding.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where:Wurster Hall Gallery, 110 Wurster Hall

Students: Free with UCB ID

All others: $100.00 cash, at door or purchase online

Post contributed by

Chris Marino, Reference and Outreach Archivist

Environmental Design Archives

Sep 10, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Cuban Poster Art on Display at FSM Cafe

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Stop by the Free Speech Movement Cafe and enjoy the inspiring posters in the four exhibit cases.  These posters highlight the cultural and artistic aspects of life in Cuba and are part of the library's collection of Cuban posters that are to be cataloged and digitized.

The exhibit is sponsored by the FSM Educational Program.

Post contributed by

Shayee Khanaka, Librarian for Near/Middle East Collections, Africana (interim) & Scandinavian (interim) Studies

Carlos Delgado, Librarian for Latin American Collection

Aisha Hamilton, Exhibits and Environmental Graphics Coordinator


Sep 09, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

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