December 3rd, 2013
Watzek Library congratulates Mary Szybist, Associate Professor of English, for winning the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry for her latest collection, Incarnadine.
In celebration of this extraordinary achievement, Watzek Library presents a selection of past National Book Award winners in Poetry on display in the Library Atrium.
November 11th, 2013
This month, check out Diversions
for a selection of books that support the themes of L&C's 10th Annual Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium. Pick up a book from our display, and read up on pressing issues of civil rights and justice, racial ideologies, and the contours of the carceral state.
The full schedule of events for the Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, which runs November 13-15, can be viewed here
. Our selection of supporting materials can be found on the Diversions bookshelf, located in the Watzek Library Mac Lab, and also on Pinterest
October 14th, 2013
This month, check out Diversions
for a selection of books that support the themes of L&C's 16th Annual Symposium on Environmental Affairs, The Nature of the Unnatural. Pick up a book from our display, and read up on modifications of our biophysical surroundings that are considered “unnatural.” Or browse the collection of titles on Pinterest
The full schedule of events for the Environmental Affairs Symposium, which runs October 14-17, can be viewed here
May 30th, 2013
Remember reading for fun? School's out, and we've chosen a slew of books
for your summer reading pleasure. Check out the Diversions bookshelf or our online display
for a selection of recent fiction, graphic novels, and Northwest trail guides to get you through the summer.
Image of Miss Piggy and Kermit reading from Awesome People Reading
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
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 12th, 2013
Don't have any plans for Valentine's Day yet? Make a date with a book! Can you guess what you'll be getting? Stop by the display in the Watzek atrium to see if your guesses are correct, to see other books on display, or to pick up a hot date.
February 6th, 2013
To celebrate the state of Oregon's 154th birthday, we've assembled a collection of books
all about the wonders and quirks of Oregon history. Browse our selection on the Diversions bookshelf or on Pinterest
. On February 14, 1859, President James Buchanan signed a bill that officially admitted Oregon to the United States of America. Happy 154th, Oregon!
January 24th, 2013
This month, diversions is all about music. We've assembled an awesome selection
of books to complement the 9th annual Watzek Rocks. Check out these reads on the diversions bookshelf at Watzek or online on Pinterest
Image: Kathleen Hanna reads. (via Awesome People Reading