January 2013 Archives

Prof. Robert Gaines, Geology Department, Pomona College
Wednesday, February 6th, 4:15 PM, Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

More than half a billion years ago, Earth experienced a series of radical changes that permanently transformed the planet. These events, driven by evolutionary innovations, were of sufficient magnitude that geologists divide Earth's entire 4.6 billion year history into two fundamental parts, the Precambrian and Phanerozoic Eons. The "Cambrian Explosion" of life that defines this transition is marked by the origin and rapid expansion of complex life, the shift from an entirely microbial world to one dominated by multicellular organisms, the origin of animals, and the advent of predation and complex ecosystems. Our best record of this event comes from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia and a handful of similar geologic formations that preserve extraordinary fossil assemblages. Whereas the fossil record is almost exclusively comprised of mineralized "hard parts", primarily shells, teeth, and bones, the Burgess Shale and other deposits like it also preserve the "soft", labile tissues of the earliest animals, including guts, gills, musculature and eyes, and provide the most valuable paleontological record of the sudden rise of the animals. Pomona Geology professor Robert Gaines will provide an introduction to the Cambrian Explosion and to his ongoing field research with international teams in British Columbia, China, Morocco and elsewhere that have offered new insight into the causes of this long-enigmatic and singular transition in the history of life on Earth.

FMI: adam_rosenkranz@cuc.claremont.edu

Illustrated talk by Michael Dawson, Los Angeles rare book dealer and gallery owner
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library
January 31, 2013 4:15-5:30

Michael Dawson's presentation traces the development of Southern California from the 1860s through the 1980s with a specific focus on the destruction of communities in Chavez Ravine and Bunker Hill. William Reagh and other photographers including Max Yavno, Don Normark, Arnold Hylen, and Theodore Hall sensed what was going to happen and made a visual record of neighborhoods before they were demolished. Dawson argues that these photographers created "an unarguably identifiable tradition of urban documentary photography that worked to contest the erasure of portions of the urban core of Los Angeles, in that they substantially helped develop a collective memory of urban communities that had been made to disappear." The photographs of William Reagh and the other photographers discussed in Dawson's lecture are critically important to understanding what happened to Los Angeles and particular groups of people as the city was redeveloped.

This talk is being held in conjunction with the newest exhibition at Honnold/Mudd Library: "Pressing Forward: The Book Club of California at 100," an exhibition of finely printed books published by the Book Club in celebration of its centennial. Book Club of California books show a special interest in Pacific Coast history, literature, and fine printing. In this exhibition are fine press limited editions of exceptional quality that are also considered notable works of scholarship.

Michael Dawson is a private dealer and appraiser specializing in rare books and fine art photography including historical photographs of California and the Southwest. Michael has written widely on photography and has owned and operated his own gallery as well as the celebrated Dawson's Book Shop in Los Angeles - a business established by his grandfather in 1905. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, (ILAB) and the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). Michael is known as an expert in the history of Southern California photography. His writing on the subject is included in LA's Early Moderns: Art/Architecture/Photography published by Balcony Press in 2003 and Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Los Angeles published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. Michael has also contributed an essay for the newest publication from the Book Club of California titled William Reagh. A Long Walk Downtown: Photographs of Los Angeles & Southern California, 1936-1991.

FMI, contact Special Collections 909 - 607-3977 or spcoll@cuc.claremont.edu

The Library Has Your Course Readings

Check the Library catalog (Blais) to find your required or recommended course readings for Spring 2013. Books will either be on 2-hour reserve at the Services Desk or on the regular shelves for a 7-day checkout. If we're missing one of your required books, email LibraryCollections@cuc.claremont.edu

FMI: libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/cab

The Claremont Colleges Digital Library is pleased to announce a new collection from Scripps College and the Ella Strong Denison Library.The Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection is now live at the CCDL -

More about this collection here.

For more details about the Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights Collection at the Ella Strong Denison Library, email Denison@scrippscollege.edu, or consult the OAC Guide.

We hope you take a look at these and other collections in the CCDL.

Please contact the Center for Digital Initiatives staff if you have questions about these or any of the CCDL collections.

FIVE - 5Cs Journal: Submit Your Best Paper!

Claremont Colleges undergraduate students are invited to submit academic papers produced while enrolled at The Claremont Colleges for publication in FIVE, an online journal in Scholarship@Claremont, which features outstanding undergraduate academic writing from the 5Cs. The first issue of this journal was published in Spring 2012.

Papers submitted should, at minimum,
• Present an argument with a clearly articulated claim
• Support the argument with effective and appropriate evidence
• Be well written, employing lucid and sophisticated prose
• Be readable by a general audience

Submissions must be received by Monday, February 25, 2013.

Students may submit only one paper per semester. All submissions will have identifying information removed and will then be reviewed by a Board of Reviewers and an Editorial Board, both comprised of students, faculty, and librarians from across The Claremont Colleges.

How do you submit your paper? Go to Five Submission Guidelines.
Have questions? Contact the Coordinator of your campus Writing Center or email FIVE Staff.

Library Closed for MLK Day

We will be closed on Mon, Jan. 21 and be back to our regular hours starting at 8 a.m. on Tues., Jan 22.

Active Shooter Drill Jan 16-18

There will be a large-scale active-shooter drill happening on campus near the Library in the mornings of Jan 16-18. Parking around the Library will be affected.

FMI on the event and to download maps showing restricted parking

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