Panel: Public Art, Identity, and Space

Panel Discussion: Public Art, Identity, and Space
Monday, October 3, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 12:15pm
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Please join us in the Library Founders Room for a panel with Tony Crowley (University of Leeds), Jessica McCoy (Pitzer College), Frances Pohl (Pomona College), and documentarian Tadashi Nakamura. This panel is the first in a weeklong series of events examining the Murals and the topic of public art, co-sponsored by Pitzer College and Pitzer College Art Galleries.

The Murals of Northern Ireland collection at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library (CCDL) forms an archive of images of murals in Northern Ireland painted from 1979 continuing through the present day. The images record the representation of history, the expression of political standpoints, the articulation of community concerns, the formations of memory, and modes of ideological address. The murals range from overtly political declarations, to graphic depictions of conflict, to comments on the peace process, to humor and irony. The Murals collection and project began as a collaboration with Dr. Tony Crowley, Professor of English Language at the University of Leeds, during his time at Scripps College. Dr. Crowley worked as a journalist in Northern Ireland earlier in his career and has written widely on both the murals and the politics of language in Ireland.

Jessica McCoy studied art at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she received an M.A. and MFA. She is currently Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Her work has been exhibited nationally, included in National Watercolor Society Exhibitions and California Watercolor Association National Exhibitions, and seen in the Amarillo Museum of Art and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Art. Her work is also included in the collections of the Woodbury Art Museum in Utah and the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and artist residencies, at Ox-Bow, through the Art Institute of Chicago, and Contemporary Yunnan in Kunming, China. She completed a contract with LA METRO to design murals for the Vermont and Exposition station in downtown Los Angeles and has since completed a poster design highlighting the city of Claremont for the Through the Eyes Of. . . project for LA METRO.

Frances K. Pohl holds the Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds '56 Professorship in the Humanities and is a Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art History Department at Pomona College. She received her B.A. and M.A. in art history from the University of British Columbia and her PhD in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of several books, including the textbook Framing America: A Social History of American Art. Her curatorial work includes retrospective exhibitions of the work of Baca and Bentivoglio. Her current research interests focus on the relationship between working class culture and the visual arts. She has lectured on American art in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has received grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science and Research Council of Canada, among others. She teaches courses on the social history of North American art (Canada, the U.S. and Mexico).

Tony Crowley is Chair of English at the University of Leeds, UK; he has published widely on the interrelations between culture and politics, including Wars of Words (Oxford, 2006) and Scouse: A Social and Cultural History (Liverpool, 2012); his collection of photographs from Northern Ireland 1979-2016 is held in the Murals of Northern Ireland archive in the CCDL.

Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN's "Young People Who Rock" for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the "30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30" by the popular website Angry Asian Man. The fourth-generation Japanese American recently completed Mele Murals, a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. His last film Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings was broadcasted nationally on PBS in May, 2013. The film went on to win the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Audience Award, beating out 12 Years a Slave and Fruitvale Station. Nakamura's trilogy of documentary films on the Japanese American experience, Yellow Brotherhood (2003), Pilgrimage (2007) and A Song for Ourselves (2009) have garnered over 20 awards at film festivals around the world. Nakamura has a M.A. in Social Documentation from UC Santa Cruz and a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lubas at

CCL Celebrates Banned Books Week

Between September 25 and October 1 the Claremont Colleges Library is celebrating Banned Books Week through a series of events. We are hosting two study breaks in the Collaborative Commons, and a "Read Out" on Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

Study breaks: Collaborative Commons. Open to anyone who wants a study break to do a word search and chat about banned books!
• Monday, September 26: 11 am - noon
• Wednesday, September 28: 4-5 pm

Read-Out: An event where volunteers read out sections from their favorite banned books. Includes food and prizes!
• Thursday, September 29: 6-8 pm

More information at:

Details about Banned Books Week:

What is it?
Banned Books Week is an annual event supported by libraries, publishers, journalists, teachers, and others to support the freedom to seek, publish, read, and express ideas. It was launched in 1982 as a response to an increase in the number of challenges to books in bookstores, schools, and libraries.

Why is it important?
BBW focuses on efforts in the United States to remove or restrict access to books, bringing attention to the harms of censorship and and celebrating the cases where those challenges have been overturned and the items remain available.

What books are challenged?
The American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of most frequently challenged books. This list is based on anecdotal data from media reports and voluntary reporting about book challenges in the united states. The OIF received reports of 5,099 challenges that occurred between 2000 and 2009, and maintains lists of top ten challenged books per year.

Challenges are defined as "documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries, thus restricting access to them by others" However, The ALA reports that up to 85% of book challenges go unreported in and have no media coverage. For more information, see:

The Claremont Colleges Library supports students, faculty, staff, and community members in their freedom to explore new ideas, both during Banned Books Week and beyond.

The Power of the Crowd: Collecting and Describing Images of Public Art

As part of the "Public Art, Identity, and Space" event series celebrating the CCDL's "Murals of Northern Ireland" collection, the Claremont Colleges Library is hosting an interactive workshop led by CCL librarians and special guests. The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 6, from 2-4pm in the library's new Collaborative Commons. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with images from the collection or capture images from around the Colleges using equipment from the Digital Tool Shed.

There will be an introduction by our guest speaker Tony Crowley, Professor of English Language at the University of Leeds, and Allegra Swift, CCL Scholarly Communication & Publishing Coordinator, for an understanding of digital collecting, the power of metadata, and the value-add of open access.

Participants can select a group for a hands-on Digital Humanities experience:

Northern Ireland Murals: Tony, Allegra, and Digital Scholarship Coordinator Ashley Sanders will guide the group to work directly with describing these images and sharing them in a project that will kick off at the workshop for ongoing crowdsourced metadata.

Pomona Walker Wall: Digital Scholarship Fellow Ramya Mukund will lead a group to the Walker Wall to work with new images and metadata capture.

Pitzer murals: GIS Specialist Warren Roberts will bring a group to the Pitzer murals and then back to the library so the group will gain hands-on experience with image capture, GIS data considerations, and other metadata issues.

Please RSVP on the library's website here or to

The Claremont Colleges Library Joins HathiTrust

The Claremont Colleges Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership with more than 100 partners. During the last six years, the partners have contributed more than 12 million volumes to the digital library from a number of sources, including Google, Internet Archive and in-house initiatives. More than 4.5 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository, it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in-copyright volumes. Specialized features facilitate access by persons with disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into collections that can be searched and browsed.

Kevin Mulroy, A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library, stated: "We are excited to bring the rich benefits of HathiTrust membership to our faculty and students. The Claremont Colleges Library looks forward to joining our new partners in ensuring the preservation and availability of a wealth of digital content from research institutions. We are committed to collaborating in developing strategies for shared print initiatives and creating tools for deeper engagement with the HathiTrust collections."

"We are delighted to have The Claremont Colleges join HathiTrust. Our partnership, which includes over 110 academic and research libraries, is only as strong as our members," said Mike Furlough, executive director of HathiTrust. "Our member-focused programs include support for text and data mining, and also the development of a distributed, shared print collection that mirrors our collections. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to continue to develop these programs and services available to the colleges' faculty and students."

For more information, visit the HathiTrust LibGuide on the library's website.

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