March 2007 Archives

Claremont Discourse presents:

Rudi Volti, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Pitzer College
Thursday, April 5th, 4:15 PM, 2007
Founders Room

Honnold/Mudd Library

Snacks provided; discussion to follow.

In the popular mind, Southern California, with Los Angeles as its epicenter, is the region of the US most associated with the automobile, both its joys and its discontents. From the Beach Boys paean to "fun, fun, fun until her daddy takes the T-Bird away" to smog and freeways choked with gas guzzling SUV's, LA and its surrounds have been the very embodiment of car culture, a model for the rest of the country to either emulate or avoid. And yet Southern California originally had a thriving public transportation system of trolleys and trains, whose imprint can still be seen in the general urban/suburban shape of the region. According to legend, a giant cartel of General Motors, Firestone Tire and Rubber, and Standard Oil worked to destroy the system (a legend simplified and retold in the novel and movie Who Killed Roger Rabbit?). In his talk, Rudi Volti, Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Pitzer College and author of Cars and Culture: The Life Story of a Technology (Westport , Connecticut : Greenwood , 2004) will discuss the truths and falsehoods behind the Southland's love and hate for - and dependence on - cars and freeways, as well as recent efforts to make Southern California less automobile-dependent.

Where Gold Will Never Rust: A Projection by Andres Janacua

March 29 at 8 pm on the south exterior wall of Honnold/Mudd Library.

The cinematic and mythical event of being lost at sea is reflected in a
situation familiar to just about everyone. Rather than the ocean, the
viewer finds a man drifting in a domestic swimming pool. The title
"Where gold will never rust," comes from the last line of an old sea
shanty called "The Dying Californian."

Two library book sales; mark your calendars!

Both Honnold/Mudd Library and Denison Library will be holding book sales in the coming month(s). The dates for both are as follows:

Honnold/Mudd Library's Spring Book Sale will be Wednesday, March 28 from 9 am - 4 pm (first hour is limited to library card holders of The Claremont Colleges). Prices for paperbacks $.50; Hardcover $1.00. Specially priced books as marked.

Denison Library's Spring Book Sale will be Tuesday, April 10, 9 am - 4 pm and Wednesday, April 11, 9 am- 3 pm (first hour tuesday is limited to library card holders of The Claremont Colleges). Prices for Paperback $1.00; Hardcover $2.00.

There will be a wide variety of books for inclusion into your collection. Why not see what gems you can find?

Blog Content Now in Lexis Nexis Academic!

Blog posts are now starting to appear in the library database Lexis Nexis Academic News results!

We all know that blog content has become as important and useful as news from traditional outlets, and this is a welcome addition.

Blogs add a unique and timely layer of comment on current situations. A recent San Francisco Chronicle article talking about bloggers in the war zone said "Writing as Iraqis on the inside of war, or as Iraqis observing their homeland from a safe distance, they describe every imaginable aspect of war, but it's the personal details that seem to connect most with readers." (Baghdad Blogging January 14, 2007) Of course you can access this article using Lexis Nexis Academic!

The blogs are provided through Newstex service, the Content on Demand company. Newstex makes available full-text blog content from major weblogs in a wide variety of categories: art, career, economics, environment, finance, food, health, law, marketing, medical, technology and more.

To view results from specific blogs: click on Lexis Nexis Academic in the libraries' database list; next click on Sources in the top right bar; and then key blog in the search box. The results will display the names of seventeen blogs with links to searching or information about each blog. Two sample blog titles are: Blogcritics.org for books, politics, culture and more; and BlogginWallStreet ("What really moves the markets").

Games at the Libraries Picking Up Steam

In just a little over a month, the Libraries has seen some solid support for game nights on Wednesdays at 7pm. Students, faculty and staff congregate in the Founders room for strategy and snacks each week, learning new games and meeting new friends along the way.

Games featured so far include Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Ingenious and Pinochle.

For more info on game nights, and to connect with our continually growing community of friends, friend our virtual gaming fiend, Joe Games. As we look forward to continued fun and merrymaking, keep an eye out for special gaming events such as a Settlers of Catan tournament, DDR events and more.

Claremont Discourse presents:

Tammi Schneider, Professor of Religion, CGU
Wednesday, March 7th, 4:15 PM, 2007
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

Snacks provided; discussion to follow.

Eve or Lot's wife, Sarah or Hagar, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel - many of the women characters in the book of Genesis are used as archetypes for women until this day. Yet how well do these images, disseminated about these women from everything from the New Testament to modern movies, reflect what the Hebrew Bible portrays? In this talk, Professor Schneider, a scholar of ancient near east language, religion and literature, and author of Sarah: Mother of Nations (published in 2004 by Continuum) will review many of the major female characters from the Book of Genesis using a method she has named "verbing the character" where each character is evaluated based upon their description, places where they appear as the subject of a verb, and where they are the object either of a verb or a prepositional phrase. This method reveals some very different characters from what the average person met in Sunday School.

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