News & Notes

By: micheljp on: February 11, 2016 1:40 pm | micheljp @jpmichel

Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Jerome Conley, Dean of University Libraries


The story of one man’s journey through blues music to spiritual redemption. 82-year-old Richard Trice was one of the last survivors of the heyday of the blues in Durham, North Carolina in the 1930s. Through his memory and the memory of others, a world of African American family, music and community emerges. The film is both a celebration of the Piedmont blues and an intimate document of Trice’s attempt to look back and give meaning to his life. - thegrooveproductions.com

 

The Believers: The First Transgender Gospel Choir

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Shevonne Nelson, Assistant Director, Office of Diversity Affairs, Coordinator of GLBTQ Services


Recipient of the Frameline30 Audience Award for Best Documentary and of a 2005 Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund grant, The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world's first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir's dilemma - how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one's gender goes against the word of God. 

Set against the story of the Transcendence Gospel Choir's founding, the documentary reveals the lives of its members, including Tom, once a radical lesbian feminist; Ashley, choir founder and professional sound engineer; and Bobby, a recovering drug addict and former sex worker. The film takes us from the Transcendence Gospel Choir's shaky beginnings - a heartwarmingly chaotic, cacophonous group unable to agree on much of anything, arguing over appropriate wardrobe and learning to sing with transitioning voices - through their transformation into the polished, award-winning choir and close-knit family they are today, garnering major performances and winning an Outmusic Award in 2004 for the album Whosoever Believes.

The intimate personal stories shed light on the complexity of balancing social change, family history, religion and identity. At the heart of their dilemma is a struggle for acceptance within two worlds historically at odds with one another. As one of the film's subjects eloquently says, "I'm living in a window. I get to see both sides."

The Believers is a unique story of determination and perseverance and an important look at the intricacy and diversity of spirituality and the LGBT community. - Frameline.org

 

Prom Night in Mississippi

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 | 4:30PM

320 King Library

Introduced by Ronald Scott, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity


In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Charleston High School had its first-ever integrated prom - in 2008. Until then, blacks and whites had had separate proms even though their classrooms have been integrated for decades. Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman follows students, teachers and parents in the lead-up to the big day. This seemingly inconsequential rite of passage suddenly becomes profound as the weight of history falls on teenage shoulders. We quickly learn that change does not come easily in this sleepy Delta town. Freeman's generosity fans the flames of racism - and racism in Charleston has a distinctly generational tinge. Some white parents forbid their children to attend the integrated prom and hold a separate white-only dance. "Billy Joe," an enlightened white senior, appears on camera in shadow, fearing his racist parents will disown him if they know his true feelings. PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white and a whole lot of taffeta. -David Courier, Sundance Film Festival

By: weavered on: February 09, 2016 2:59 pm | weavered

This week, Amos Music Library and Humanities Librarian Erin Vonnahme present a Spotify playlist that celebrates the rules and regulations of the language we all love (or love to hate). Some of these songs ponder whether or not a list really requires that last comma (we're Team Oxford), while others empathize with those who know the agony of a night spent with a blank Word document. Some tracks just celebrate the pure joy of language. Listen to it the next time you power through the last few pages of your paper.

Find the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Bxo8ypzZS2ZaIK1e0H3I8

Also, don't forget to vote in our 2015 Album poll. The voting form is here: http://goo.gl/forms/iAL7IZdSDI. Voting ends February 12th.

By: vonnahee on: February 05, 2016 1:16 pm | vonnahee

Zines! 
We're beginning a collection. We're hosting workshops to make them here in the Libraries. We're hoping you will join the fun. 
 
Spring 2016 Zine Tuesdays at 2
*First Tuesday of the month |  2 pm | Alumni Hall, Art/Arch Library
Search #ZineTuesdaysAt2 on twitter for regular updates & event info.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Tuesday, Mar. 1
Tuesday, Apr. 5
Tuesday, May 3
 
Supplies provided. Creativity welcome.  
 
What's a zine? Let Barnard Library's Zine FAQ tell you a bit. Then, stop by the Libraries to find materials on zines and DIY culture, and always, ask a librarian
 
 
 
Image: workshop participants collating a zine Image: four zines advertising Zine Tuesdays at 2
 
 
By: sullive4 on: February 04, 2016 10:02 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

We offer statistics help in the B.E.S.T. Library during the following times this semester: 

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2:30p - 4p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2:30p - 4p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

By: weavered on: January 28, 2016 12:39 pm | weavered

For the third year, Amos Music Library is sponsoring an Album of the Year Poll. Lorde's Pure Heroine won for 2013, and the 2014 recipient was Taylor Swift's 1989. As with those two albums, the winning album for 2015 will be added to the library's Spotlight collection of circulating popular music CDs.
 
This year's 11 nominees were chosen based on the consensus of music critics and year-end sales rankings. Our latest Spotify playlist highlights tracks from each of these releases: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/482pfTr3B30NGnkbPgRYsM
 
 
The poll closes February 12th.
By: sullive4 on: January 27, 2016 9:20 am | sullive4 @@muElibrarian

In a class that has you using some statistical software? Completely confused? Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! Beginning Monday, February 1, the desk will be staffed during the following hours this semester:

Mondays : 2:30p - 6p

Tuesdays : 2p - 3:30p

Wednesdays : 2:30p - 6p

Thursdays : 2p - 3:30p

No appointment necessary! Just drop-in!

By: vonnahee on: January 11, 2016 9:20 am | vonnahee

Don't forget, David Bowie was an actor, too. Check out some of his select work and look beyond the Labyrinth codpiece.  He was Tesla. He played a space-time-traumatized FBI agent for David Lynch. He lent his voice to Spongebob Squarepants (season 5, ep. "Atlantis Squarepantis"). Because of course. He's David Bowie. He can do whatever he wants.  

Start here, but don't stop here. Watch the weird and wonderful career of an artist who wasn't bound by medium (only fabulous costume design and makeup).

RIP David.

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Image: David Bowie 1980 Cross Leg Clown
image via davidbowie.com

 

By: vonnahee on: December 10, 2015 1:43 pm | vonnahee

This week, the Dept. of Film Studies held its First Annual Research Seminar Conference in Williams Hall. Five students presented their work, all of which required diverse research strategies and demonstrated deep critical and analytical thinking (and made me, their subject librarian, really, really proud). PLUS. Did I mention? MOVIES. All the movies. Chilean movies! Polish cinema! Silent films! Die Hard! Ben Affleck's punchable face! 

Below is a list of the films these researchers studied & shared, including access links via Miami U Libraries, OhioLINK, and, in a few cases, WorldCat and the open web.

First Annual Film Studies Research Seminar Conference Viewing List

 

Silent Film, But Not (Always) Silent Women

  • The Wind, Dir. Victor Sjöström (available WorldCat, closest location? U of Cincinnati  Main Campus)

  • The Mysterious Lady, Dir. Fred Niblo (available WorldCat, closest location? Indianapolis Public Library)

Leone’s Contemporary Hollywood

Love is Horrific? Love is Horrific.

  • Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) Dir. Tomas Alfredson (available OhioLINK)

  • It Follows, Dir. David Robert Mitchell (available OhioLink)

  • Gone Girl, Dir. David Fincher (available Miami U Libraries, King)

A Magical, Mystical Chilean Adventure

all above films dir. by Alejandro Jodorowsky

The Shadow Knows

  • Ugetsu, Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi (available Kanopy streaming video)

  • Rashomon, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Kanopy streaming video)

  • Cruel Story of Youth, Dir. Nagisa Oshima (available OhioLINK)

  • Ran, Dir. Akira Kurosawa (available Miami U Libraries, King)

 

Stay tuned for more Recommended Viewing titles.  For now, form an orderly queue, and get watching!

By: laddmm on: December 08, 2015 9:53 am | laddmm

Pages 4 and 5 of the prayer book, with an illumination of Jesus Christ on the left and the first page of text on the right

About a month ago, I put scans of our Ethiopian prayer book online as a new digital collection(you can read all about it below). But now I am excited to announce that we have also added every page of the book to our Flickr account, so if Flickr's your thing be sure to have a look!

Also, I'm still searching for a scholar of the Ge'ez language who can tell me what is actually written in the book, so if you know someone...

The following was originally part of a blog post on the Walter Havighurst Special Collections website:

In 1987, the assistant to the head of Special Collections & Archives, Frances McClure, came back from Kenya with a prayer book she had purchased. She was told it was originally owned by Woldge Georgis, son of Tewoderas who briefly ruled over Ethiopia 1413-1414. It is handwritten and illustrated on animal skin, bound in a wood cover, and was originally kept in a leather satchel. The language it is written in, Ge'ez, is a Semitic language that is no longer spoken but is still used in the liturgy of some Ethiopian churches.

Beyond this, there is little we can say about it, other than that it is a beautifully constructed book, with some amazing artwork. And now we are happy to announce that it is viewable online in its entirety! The entire prayer book may be viewed here, and I encourage you all to take some time to explore the book - I doubt you've seen anything like it before!

The prayer book closed, and the leather satchel it was stored in.

By: weavered on: December 07, 2015 4:35 pm | weavered

Over the past few weeks, we've attempted to present an "objective" take on the best new popular music of 2015 by averaging scores from the criticism aggregation site metacritic.com and the user-run database rateyourmusic.com. For our third and final list, your editor (hello!) has compiled a Spotify playlist from some of his personal favorite albums that didn't appear on the first two lists. This list makes for a total of 70 featured albums, and we're still only scratching the surface of great new music.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5qB03w6SbqO4wpWkJvOTvr

​As a special "bonus" list, here's our sneak peek at some of the albums coming out in 2016: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2srb3GVw1GVl0MiRqYLlgs

​For finals week, we say (as they do in Italy): "in bocca al lupo!" Have an excellent break and January term.

Here are all of our lists from this semester:

Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Ps8ugP6Q8WglxuWiFzQ1o
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7: ==Fall break==
 
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3rU5YxBTcSqYlZqwyuk4Uw
 
 
 
Week 11: Electric Moogaloo: Songs featuring Moog synthesizers https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3Eaqz3obOiILJUDpVIdAnx
Week 13: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 1: Consensus https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6CQQO9UZFI08CpjU9GkxeG
Week 14: ==Thanksgiving==
 
Week 15: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 2: Esoteric https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/04urMLcI5TBENsdf9416bj