November 2008 Archives

18 November 2008 to 31 January 2009
Honnold/Mudd - Second Floor, Honnold

Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, succeeded his father, James VI of Scotland (subsequently James I of England, 1566-1625) to the throne in 1625. By the 1640s, sorely discontented with Charles's rule, various members of the English Parliament embarked on a series of devastating religious wars against the King, involving forces fighting on both political and religious grounds. These wars led to the King's trial and eventually to the "unthinkable" - Charles's execution in 1649. Due to widespread chaos caused by the wars, official structures of press censorship broke down, producing an unprecedented flurry of authorship, publishing, and printing of pamphlets from all political, religious, and military points of view.

The Special Collections Library at Honnold/Mudd owns a significant number of these 17th century pamphlets, primary sources that are invaluable for scholarship and that form the highlight of this show. Using these pamphlets as documentary evidence, graduate students of Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell's course, Britain's Wars of Religion, 1642-1649, examine various aspects of Charles's life leading up to, and beyond, his execution. Categories considered are Charles as Exile, Charles as Traitor, Charles as Criminal, Charles as Absolute King, and finally, Charles as Saint.

The pamphlets on view are from Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.

For more information, contact Special Collections at (909) 607-3977, or spcoll@libraries.claremont.edu.

Faculty Forum on GIS, Nov. 19, 4:00pm

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GIS has enhanced coursework in many different disciplines at The Claremont Colleges. Discover how your colleagues have used GIS in their courses or their research, and consider ways that you might use it yourself. Join the conversation on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4:00 p.m., in the Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library.

Faculty Forum Presenters:
Brian Hilton, Information Science (CGU)
Don McFarlance, Biology (Joint Science)
Richard Hazlett, Environmental Studies and Geology (Pomona College)
Milton Machuca, Spanish (Pitzer College)
Jill Grigsby, Sociology (Pomona College)
Eric Grosfils, Planetary Geology (Pomona College)

For more information on the GIS Day celebration, visit Claremont's GIS Day at the Libraries.

Celebrate GIS Day at Honnold/Mudd Library

Join the celebration and participate in a faculty forum on GIS on Wednesday, November 19, at 4:00pm, in the Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library.

Held each year on Wednesday of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week (November 17-21 in 2008), GIS Day is a global event that celebrates geographic information system (GIS) technology, the innovative technology that uses geography to bring countless benefits to the world. GIS Day provides an opportunity for those curious about GIS to see its applications in action. GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about a location, such as streets, buildings, water features, and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about their communities.

Although you may not be aware of it, GIS touches our lives daily. It is used throughout the world to solve problems related to the environment, health care, land use, business efficiency, education, and public safety. The power supply directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road all function more efficiently because of GIS. This technology can also help businesses place ATMs and restaurants at more convenient locations, allow people to pull maps off the Internet, and help farmers grow more crops with fewer chemicals.

Most recently we have seen how GIS technology can be used to aid Homeland Security initiatives, map the debris field following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, and monitor the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The applications of GIS technology are endless, limited only by the imagination of its users. From border patrol agents to doctors, and from federal agency employees to local city planners, people in nearly every profession all over the world are reaping the benefits of this extraordinary technology.

GIS Day serves to make people aware of GIS technology and the important contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities. It is a grassroots event and a reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment of individual GIS users everywhere.

This year marks GIS Day's tenth year, so be sure to join the celebration and become a part of this annual tradition.

For more information, visit the GIS Day web site, or contact Sheree Fu, Data Services Librarian.

The Great Southern California ShakeOut

On Thursday, November 13th, 2008, The Claremont Colleges will participate in "The Great Southern California ShakeOut." This is an earthquake simulation for Southern California cities to practice for the event of a 7.8 earthquake and its possible aftermath.

Everyone--staff, students, faculty, visitors--in the any of the libraries will participate in the event, including evacuation of the buildings following the "duck, cover, and hold" practice which will begin the event. So expect to hear alarm bells to signal that it's time to evacuate.

You may visit the official Great California ShakeOut web site to explore and discover additional information about the Southern California drill.

Thurs., Nov. 6 - 4:15 PM - Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Moderator: Mark Masters, Director, American Jazz Institute, Mark Masters Orchestra and Ensemble, CMC faculty

Panelists:
Bobby Bradford, LA Scene cornetist and trumpeter, Ornette Coleman alumnus, Pomona faculty
Bob Keller, musician, teacher of improvisation, HMC faculty
Ntongela Masilela, English and World Literature, Pitzer faculty
Wendy Martin, Transdisciplinary Studies, Vice Provost, CGU

Jazz had its earliest scholars, historians, and musicologists outside the academy -- fans who knew their favorite music not only to be a personal enjoyment and pastime, but a serious art worthy of scholarship. This world wide community of enthusiasts assembled early fanzines, sent out dispatches on performances, and painstakingly wrote the first discographies. And although they might not have fit comfortably in modernist circles or elite notions of European classicism, the early jazz musicians themselves -- Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday among them -- knew very well they were creating a new form of art. Acceptance by the academy grew as street popularity waned and complexity and artistic awareness waxed -- sometimes the paradoxical fate of art. What is the proper place and purpose of jazz in higher education? How does one study and hold up an art form and at the same time preserve creativity's protean liveliness? In honor of Ron Teeples, the late CMC economics professor who had a love of the music and an indefatigable dedication to spreading its gospel, we've invited three musicians/music educators and two cultural critics from The Claremont Colleges scene to explain and discuss their approaches to a higher education of jazz.

For more information, please contact Adam Rosenkranz.

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