April 25th, 2013
We know it's the end of the semester, and you're busy. REALLY busy. But check out this prestigious award
that the library gives to the two best E&D research projects. It's easy to apply for the award, and you've already done the work! The deadline to apply is May 18.
Watzek Library is proud to announce the James J. Kopp First-year Research Awards. Two first-year students who submit research projects produced in the spring 2013 semester of E&D, which exemplify excellence in the discovery and use of library and scholarly resources, will win this award. We will also award an honorarium of $200 each to the winners.
Find out more about the award and apply right here
April 25th, 2013
Need some evening research assistance? Watzek librarians will be available at the Reference Desk, from 7 to 9 pm, April 28-May 1 and May 5-9.
For more information about getting help from our research experts, check out all the ways to contact a librarian for assistance right here
April 23rd, 2013
Don't let the stress of Reading Days get you down. Come to the library classroom for a spread of treats and diversions to help get you through the weekend: 8-10 pm, Saturday May 4 & Monday May 6.
- savory & sweet snacks and lots of caffeine
- coloring and games galore
- free 10 minute massages (sign up at 8 pm sharp-limited availability)
These events are organized by the Watzek Library Student Advisory Committee (SAC), and are made possible by the Student Initiatives Fund.
April 9th, 2013
William Stafford: An Annotated Bibliography
, by James W. Pirie & our own Special Collections staff, is the authoritative bibliography of Stafford's writings. It coincides with the centennial celebration of Stafford's birth in 2014.
William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of the most prolific and important American poets of the last half of the twentieth century. Among his many awards, Stafford served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, and received the National Book Award in 1963 for his poetry collection Traveling through the Dark. During his lifetime, Stafford wrote over sixty books of poetry that still resonate with a wide range of readers. Stafford's perspectives on peace, the environment, and education serve as some of the most articulate dialogues by a modern American writer.
James W. Pirie (1913-2002) was the author of Books for Junior College Libraries: A Selected List of Approximately 19,700 Titles (1969) and Typology of Institutions of Higher Education
(1974). As the well-respected Director of Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, from 1966 to 1982, Pirie worked closely with his friend and colleague William Stafford to maintain an accurate bibliographic record of Staffords numerous publications. Following James Piries death in 2002, the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections staff expanded and updated Pirie's bibliography for this volume, the only comprehensive bibliography of William Stafford's writings.
April 9th, 2013
April's Diversions features a selection of British spy novels and their film/television adaptations
from the twentieth century, selected by library director Mark Dahl. The genre is one that is simultaneously dark, entertaining and complex and often offers insights into the geopolitical zeitgeist.
John Buchan’s work provides an early example of the international espionage thriller from the pre-WW I era. The Thirty Nine Steps
was adapted to film three times, perhaps most famously in 1935 by Alfred Hitchcock. The works of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler appeared during and after World War II and added a new realism to the genre with an anti-imperialist outlook. Works of John le Carré, Len Deighton, and Joseph Hone from the sixties through the eighties center around anti-hero protagonists in Cold War settings. Le Carré, who’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
has been dramatized as a mini-series and a recent feature film, develops narrative tension through intrigue within the bureaucracy of the ‘service’ as opposed to the glamorous international exploits of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. The Sandbaggers
, an obscure, low-budget 1970s British television series about a under-resourced unit of the British SIS offers exceptionally taut plots and train crash endings set in the geopolitical hotspots of the time such as East Berlin, Cyprus, and Iran.
March 4th, 2013
This month check out Diversions in the library or online
for a selection of books that support the themes of L&C's 32nd Annual Gender Studies Symposium. This year's Gender Studies Symposium will bring together pressing issues of gender and religion: from recent evangelical Christian politics attacking reproductive health, to theological questions about women in ancient texts, to ongoing controversies over institutional hierarchy and authority. Join with scholars, students, community organizers, and religious leaders in exploring national and global gender issues related to faith, practice, and spirituality.
The full schedule of events for the Gender Studies Symposium, which runs March 13-15, can be viewed here
March 4th, 2013
Join us at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 6 in Miller 105 for a panel discussion on the values and disciplinary norms that structure academic writing.
Academic writing in most disciplines has changed drastically over the last century. Some changes may be for the better, others for the worse, but either way, these changes restructure our thinking, our writing, and our teaching. Why have thesis statements and “road maps” become a standard expectation in so many fields? Why do we emphasize clarity and efficiency more than beauty or profundity? Have we become more comprehensible to non-experts or less so? How did the scholarly essay turn into the research article, and at what price? When future ages look back on our work, what will they say?
To help answer these and related questions, the panelists have been asked to compare academic writing in their fields with that of earlier generations and explore the hidden cultural factors — social, political, and economic — that have influenced the way we work and teach.
- Lyell Asher, English Department, Lewis & Clark
- Jan Mieszkowski, German Department, Reed
- Liz Safran, Geological Science Department and Environmental Studies Program, Lewis & Clark
- Peter Steinberger, Political Science Department and former Dean of the College, Reed
- John Holzwarth, Director, Writing Center, Lewis & Clark
Co-sponsored by the Writing Center and the Office of the Dean of the College.
February 25th, 2013
In this last week of February, we invite you to browse our collection
of African-American writers, poets, and historians. This selection is devoted to the thematic focus of LC’s Black Heritage Month, "Frames of the Black Experience: A Retrospective Through Film, Photography and the Arts." The books are located on the Diversions bookshelf in the library atrium, and you can also find them on our Pinterest board
For more info about the full slate of events commemorating Black Heritage Month, visit the LC Multicultural Affairs web page
February 18th, 2013
Please join us for UC Berkeley professor, Leigh Raiford's lecture "Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies" at 4 pm on Monday, February 18 in the Library Classroom.
In Fall 2010, just as it was announced that a museum would open to celebrate the life and work of famed civil rights movement photographer, Ernest C. Withers, revelations surfaced that Withers had worked from at least 1968 to 1970 as a paid FBI informant. The debates that ensued among civil rights activists, historians, journalists, photography buffs, pundits, bloggers and everyday folk about Withers’ guilt or innocence revealed continuing anxieties about black heritage, the legacies and memory of the civil rights movement, and the darker side of a movement we have enfolded into our popular culture as the apex of America’s efforts to better itself. It also brought to the surface concerns about artistic intent and aesthetic value. This talk explores what role photography–as document, as art, and as surveillance–played in the modern civil rights movement and how the medium continues to shape our memories of the “Second Reconstruction.”
Dr. Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. She also serves as affiliate faculty in American Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies. Dr. Leigh Raiford received her BA from Wesleyan University, her PhD from Yale University, and was the Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies.