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February 2, 2010

American Letters: Mark Twain to Walt Whitman

Now available in iTunes and on our website, a new podcast series featuring staff of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library reading letters and manuscripts from its American literary collections.

Episode One: Mark Twain to Walt Whitman, Hartford, Connecticut, 1889 (3:51)

Listen online or via Yale University in iTunes.

February 3, 2010

February 3: Pericles Lewis on "The Burial of the Dead"

"The Burial of the Dead in Modern Fiction"
Pericles Lewis
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall St.
Light refreshments to follow

Pericles Lewis is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University. His previous publications explore the development of modern literary forms in a period of political and social instability and include Modernism, Nationalism and the Novel (Cambridge, 2000) and The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism (Cambridge, 2007). His most recent book is Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel, which is being published by Cambridge this month. He has degrees from McGill and Stanford Universities.

February 10, 2010

Eli Express Deliveries on Feb. 10

Due to increasingly inclement weather, the Library will not be running the regular Eli Express delivery service this afternoon. Eli Express special collections deliveries, however, will take place as usual.

Please send any questions about today's changes in Eli Express service to Mike DiMassa.

February 18: Hazel V. Carby: "Bristol Dreams Jamaica"

Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public | Refreshments to follow

For more than twenty years Hazel V. Carby has been redefining African American studies. Born in Britain of Jamaican and Welsh parents, she has broadened the range of African American scholarship by situating it in the larger context of the international black diaspora. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at Yale, has also introduced to the field her own distinctive style of Marxist feminism. Focused as much on social conditions and material realities as on literature, her work not only gives voice and prominence to previously overlooked women writers, but also examines political activists, artists, popular musicians and other African American cultural figures. When Carby's attention turns to contemporary society, she deftly exposes the contradictions between fashionable forms of racial inclusion and less visible but more insidious structures of ethnic exclusion that operate in today's global economy.

Hazel Carby's books include Reconstructing Womanhood (Oxford, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999). Her current book in progress is Child of Empire. At Yale she teaches courses on issues of race, gender and sexuality through the culture and literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora; through transnational and postcolonial literature and theory; through representations of the black female body; and through the genres of science fiction.

In 2007 Columbia University's Institute for Research on Women & Gender organized "Reconstructing Womanhood--A Future Beyond Empire," a symposium to honor Professor Carby and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Reconstructing Womanhood.

Additional Black History Month at Yale events can be found here: http://bit.ly/b6C8q6.

February 19, 2010

February 23: Google Earth & ARTstor

11:00 - 12:00
Bass Library L01 (lower level of the library)

Google Earth has many uses within the classroom, but can be especially powerful when coupled with institutional collections and resources. Mia Genoni, Mellon Special Collection Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in the History of Art, will present on using Google Earth with ARTstor, a digital library of images licensed by the Yale Library for the course Monuments of Naples: City and Self. Google Earth and ARTstor together enhance teaching across a range of subjects including architecture, urbanism, painting, and even sculpture. She will be joined by one of her students, Rachel Cooke, who will discuss the impact of Google Earth and ARTstor on her learning in the course.