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November 8, 2011

Yale archivist receives inaugural Bouchet Award


Judith Schiff, chief research archivist, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award, named after the first African-American graduate of Yale College. The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society established the award to recognize stalwart contributors to the growth and expansion of the Bouchet Society, which has co-founding chapters at Yale and Howard. Read more at: http://news.yale.edu/2011/11/08/yale-archivist-receives-inaugural-bouchet-award

November 16, 2011

Artspace Library Science Exhibit comes to the Yale Library

Two locations in the Yale Library – Sterling Memorial Library and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library - are hosting art installations from November to January as part of Artspace’s Library Science, an exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Senior Curator at Exit Art, New York. Bringing together a selection of work by 17 international artists, Library Science contemplates the personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as a venerable institution - and the information it contains - and how it is being radically transformed by the digital era. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems: from public stacks to private collections, from unique architectural spaces to the people who populate them, from traditional card catalogues to that ever-growing “cyber-library,” the World Wide Web.

Artspace is New Haven’s largest independent visual arts venue, showcasing a mix of local and national artists in a downtown corner storefront in the historic Ninth Square district. While the bulk of the exhibit is on view at Artspace, several institutions around town are hosting installations. Sterling Memorial Library features Augmented/Obstructed by artists Carol Padberg and Andy Deck. Using barcode patterns installed in the old card catalog drawers, that are incomprehensible to the human gaze, but perceptible with the assistance of software, their work invites viewers to consider the consequences of the cultural journey from Sumerian tablets and the printing press, to digital tablets and the Internet. The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library is hosting an installation by Tyler Starr called “Burning Wants”. Other locations hosting installations include the New Haven Free Public Library, The Institute Library and The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum. The exhibit will be on view from November 12-January 28. For more information: www.artspacenh.org

November 17, 2011

On view in the Music Library "Franz Liszt : Transcending the Virtuosic"

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks Liszt’s 200th birthday with an exhibit entitled Franz Liszt: Transcending the Virtuosic. The most dazzling pianist of the 19th century, a strikingly innovative composer, an important conductor, teacher, and author, and a charismatic personality, Liszt was as one of the most talented, colorful, and influential figures in the history of music. Our exhibit features five musical manuscripts wholly or partly in Liszt’s hand, four of his letters (including ones to to his daughter Cosima and his friend Robert Schumann), three early printed editions of his music, two books about Liszt (a biography published during his lifetime and a novel by an alumna of Yale’s Ph.D. program in musicology), three images (depicting Liszt in boyhood, middle age, and old age), a medallion that was owned at various times by Liszt, Toscanini, and Horowitz, and even a rose that he is said to have kissed.

November 28, 2011

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today

Film Screening followed by discussion with Sandra Schulberg, Restoration Producer

Wednesday, November 30, 6:10 p.m.
Yale Law School, room 127

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, Nuremberg shows how the international prosecutors built their case against the top Nazi war criminals using the Nazis’ own films and records. The trial established the “Nuremberg principles” – the foundation for all subsequent trials for crimes against the peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Though shown in Germany as part of the Allies’ de-Nazification campaign, US officials decided not to release Nuremberg in America for political reasons, nor was it shown in any other country. Over the years, the picture negative and sound elements were lost or destroyed. Sandra Schulberg & Josh Waletzky’s restoration faithfully reproduced the original film in its entirety; and original audio from the trial allows audiences to hear the defendants’ and prosecutors’ voices for the first time. The film ends with Justice Robert H. Jackson’s stirring words – “Let Nuremberg stand as a warning to all who plan and wage aggressive war” – words that leap the decades and make Nuremberg startlingly contemporary.

Sponsored by the European Studies Council, Film Studies Program, Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Genocide Studies Program, Lillian Goldman Law Library and Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Fall 2011 Issue of Nota Bene now available online

Nota Bene is published during the academic year to acquaint the Yale community and others interested with the resources of the Yale Library.

Read the latest Fall 2011 issue here
http://www.library.yale.edu/notabene/

Center for Science & Social Science Information to Open in January

When students and faculty return to campus in January after winter break, they will discover a new place atop Science Hill where they can do research, study, and hang out. The new Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) is scheduled to open on January 3rd. A collaboration between the Yale University Library and ITS, the center will incorporate the services and facilities of the Science Library, the Social Science Library, and the ITS StatLab. To read more:

http://news.yale.edu/2011/11/28/center-science-and-social-science-information-open-science-hill

November 29, 2011

Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The following exhibit is now on view at Yale's Lewis Walpole Library at 154 Main Street, Farmington, CT

Sacred Satire: Lampooning Religious Belief in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Curated by Misty Anderson, Associate Professor of English, University of Tennessee
and Cynthia Roman, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Paintings, the Lewis Walpole Library
September 22, 2011 - March 2, 2012

Religious beliefs and practices provided ample subject matter for the irreverent printmakers producing graphic satire in eighteenth-century Britain. While clerical satire is an ancient mode, eighteenth-century British artists seized on it with fresh vigor. Satirists appropriated centuries-old themes like corruption, hypocrisy, and greed, but updated them with contemporary concerns about the role of religion in the age of enlightenments. The visual rhetoric of these prints illustrates some of the ways in which eighteenth-century Britons were renegotiating their relationship to religious practice and belief.

The prints in this exhibition reflect a tension between a vision of religion as part of traditional life and the emergence of modern Christianity as a collection of new movements, practices, and ideas about belief. The eighteenth-century images on display preserve for us a moment in an ongoing conversation about the relationship of religion, representation, and modernity.
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The Lewis Walpole Library draws from its own collection of prints, drawings, and paintings along with manuscripts, books, and other printed texts, to mount several rotating exhibitions in Farmington each year. The exhibitions are free and open to the public during gallery hours: Wednesdays, 2 - 4:30 p.m. These exhibitions may also be viewed during tours of the Library by appointment. Please call 860-677-2140 for more information.