September 2007 Archives

Game Night MOVES to Thursdays

Beginning this week Game Night moves to Thursdays at 7pm in the Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library. The featured Game of the Week this week will be "Last Night on Earth." Come and learn to play a new game, or enjoy playing old favorites. Bring your friends. Don't miss out!

For more information on Game Nights and to connect with the continually growing community of gamers, friend the Libraries' virtual gaming fiend, Joe Games, on Facebook.

New in CCDL: Illuminated Renaissance Manuscript

The Ella Strong Denison Library and Honnold/Mudd Special Collections are pleased to announce a new collection in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library. This new collection, Gradual from Maundy Thursday to the Vigil of Pentecost, can be seen at

The collection currently consists of an entire illuminated Renaissance manuscript, officially named "Denison Library, Perkins 4. Gradual. s. XVI," which is a choir book that contains Latin text and plainsong music sung by cantors and choir at the Roman Catholic mass. The book was created in northern France, probably Rouen, in the early 16th century. Many pages contain decorated initials, and nine pages have large historiated initials enclosed by floral borders. Annotations include full liturgical information, translation of rubrics, musical and liturgical comparisons with the Liber Usualis (abbreviated LU), and descriptions of each page, including descriptions of illuminations. Future additions to the collection will include audio/visual recordings of the music being performed, musical transcriptions, and possibly downloadable PDF files of all or portions of the manuscript. Be sure to check back for updates.

We wish to give many thanks to Charles W. Kamm, Scripps College, who made the annotations, translations, comparisons, and descriptions; John Sullivan, Huntington Library, who digitized the manuscript; and the CCDL staff for all their support and cooperation.

Upcoming Fall Workshops

The Libraries are offering several workshops that can help save you time with your research:

Finding the Articles You Need
Learn how to use library databases to find the full text of articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Using RefWorks
Learn how to use RefWorks to manage your citations and create bibliographies and notes online.

Sakai for Students
Learn how to use Sakai for your courses and how to create your own Sakai sites for group projects and more.

For more information go to

Parent Orientation Book Raffle Winners

The Libraries attended various parent and new student orientations in September and enjoyed meeting both students and their families. To acknowledge that it takes a village to raise a child and some adjustment may occur when a student starts college, we gave away the Parents' Guide to College Life to five lucky parents.

And the Parent Orientation book raffle winners are

  • Alicia and David Docter, parents of Emilie Docter, Scripps
  • Jill Warnock, parent of Philip Geurin, Pitzer
  • Maryann Newenhouse, parent of Eric Newenhouse, Pomona
  • Ralph Schmiedicke, parent of Katie Jane Schmiedicke, Harvey Mudd
  • Susan Grimm, parent of Andrew Grimm, Claremont McKenna

Claremont Discourse presents:
Robert Dawidoff (CGU Professor of History), Leo Flynn (Pomona Professor of Politics), Charles Lofgren (CMC Professor of History and Politics), Jean Schroedel (CGU Professor of Politics), Andrew Busch (CMC Professor of Politics), and Ken Miller (CMC Professor of Politics), moderator
Founders Room
Honnold/Mudd Library
Thursday, September 20th, 4:15 p.m

Snacks provided; discussion to follow.

Leonard Levy (1923-2006) was perhaps the most respected constitutional historian of his time -- respected even by many of those who chafed at his interpretations. With over 40 books to his name, he left his profound mark nationally, as well as in Claremont, where he was Professor of Humanities and Chairman of the Faculty in History at the Claremont Graduate School from 1971 to 1990. Most famous among the books he published are Origins of the Fifth Amendment (which garnered the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1969), The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment (1986), Original Intent and the Framers’ Constitution (1988), and, as editor-in-chief, the magisterial Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (1986). Displaying both a scholarly honesty and a life-long commitment to thinking about constitutional problems, he substantially revised the tenor of his arguments in his 1960 book Legacy of Suppression, reissuing it in 1985 as Emergence of a Free Press. Levy most famously wrote that the “framers had a genius for studied imprecision.” In honor of Levy’s spirit of probing and open inquiry, and as one of the events the Libraries are sponsoring in celebration of Constitution Day, this panel (which includes two panelists who were colleagues of Levy) will discuss how to teach the Constitution and instill the idea that the Constitution is a life-long teacher, a document with volumes to say about history and the present day.

Game Night Returns to Honnold/Mudd

This week, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Game Night returns to the Founders Room in Honnold/Mudd Library. Join students, faculty, and staff at 7:00pm to play old favorites, learn new games, and make new friends along the way.

For more information on Game Nights, and to connect with the continually growing community of friends, friend the Libraries' virtual gaming friend, Joe Games.

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