Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. A new Bancroft Library exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark with photographs, letters, architectural drawings, illustrations, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and other holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library manuscript and pictorial collections.
The exhibit includes a timeline of the tower's construction and history, documenting the repairs, improvements and additions to the Campanile as well as important events. Background information about the benefactors, Peder and Jane Sather, the master architect John Galen Howard, and the carillon are also on display.
When: February 16 - November 2, 2015; Open for viewing during regular Doe Library hours.
Where: Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between Doe and Bancroft
The Ethnic Studies Library continues its series of events featuring the work of Chicano and Latino writers, Tertulia de la Palabra, on March 3rd in the Multicultural Community Center. The event will feature authors, Viola Canales and Stephen D. Gutierrez. The tertulia gives writers and community a chance to exchange ideas and viewpoints.
Viola Canales teaches a course, Writing Workshop: Law and Creativity, in the Stanford University Law School. Her work includes a children's novel in English and Spanish, The Tequila Worm (Random House, 2005) and El Gusano de Tequila (KingCake Press, 2012), as well as a bilingual book of poems, The Little Devil & The Rose / El Diabilito y La Rosa, (Arte Publico 2014) based on the traditional Mexican game, la loteria.
Stephen D. Gutierrez is a professor of English at California State University East Bay. His latest book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard, completes a trilogy composed of autobiographical and varied short stories and personal essays. The previous two books Elements and Live from Fresno y Los won the Nilon Award from Fiction Collective II and an American Book Award, respectively.
Date: March 3, 2015
Place: Multicultural Community Center on the UC Berkeley Campus
Stop by the new Moffitt Library exhibit, Cataloging is Beautiful, to take a peek into the working lives of library catalogers, and to learn more about how they've organized and classified over 10 million volumes in the UC Berkeley Library system.
Currently on display on the third floor of Moffitt Library across from the elevators, the exhibit offers images, quotes, and informative text about the past, present, and future of cataloging. The exhibit features a How to Make Sense of a Call Number graphic (call numbers are the combination of letters and numbers that typically appear on the spine of the book to act as an "address" for finding the book's location on the library shelves). There's also a Library of Congress (LC) Classification chart explaining the system used to organize the book collections in the Library of Congress and in most academic libraries, including UC Berkeley. LC is different than the more well-known Dewey Decimal system, which is commonly used to classify books in public libraries.
Please note: The Moffitt Library, including the exhibit, is only open to UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff.
Harmony Holiday will be reading poetry in the Morrison Library on March 5, 2015 from 12:10pm to 12:50pm.
Holiday is a poet, dancer, archivist, and author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever, forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2015.
Holiday was the winner of the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship and curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare recordings of poetry from the African Diaspora, housed at Columbia University's music library and available digitally as a Tumblr site.
The March 5th edition of Movies @ Moffitt will feature Melvin & Jean: An American Story. The film documents Melvin and Jean McNair's lives after hijacking a plane in 1972 to protest racism and the Vietnam War. Forty years after the hijacking, they are model citizens in France, but are still coming to terms with their crime and its lifelong consequences: if they return to the U.S., they could spend the rest of their lives in prison.