November 2013 Archives

Digital Scholarship: Debunking the Myths - PFF workshop

PFF-banner.jpgCGU's Preparing Future Faculty presents:
Digital Scholarship: Debunking the Myths

Wednesday, Nov. 20th
Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room

Light refreshments will be served

What is digital scholarship? This workshop addresses the key myths surrounding access to digital scholarship. How can digital scholarship help you to be known for your work? How does digital scholarship affect publishing and copyright?

Edward S. Curtis & "The Vanishing Race"

Moveable-type-E.C.-banner.jpgEdward S. Curtis & "The Vanishing Race": Ethnography, Photography, and Absence in The North American Indian
On exhibit until 12.01.13- Honnold 2nd floor
Curated by Ken Gonzales-Day,
Professor of Art and Humanities, Chair, Art Department, Scripps College

When Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) began The North American Indian he was one of the most successful portrait photographers in Seattle. Between 1895 and 1930, Curtis took over 40,000 photographs of Native Americans, made over 10,000 audio recordings of their songs and speech, created a motion picture with an all-native cast, and authored the twenty-volume publication The North American Indian. According to the Smithsonian Institution, Curtis' project "represented an attempt to capture images of American Indians as they lived before contact with Anglo cultures." Curtis' project may be seen as both a response to the historical violence against Native Americans, and as representational violence in its furtherance of the myth of the "vanishing race."

Since the 1970s, interest in Curtis has re-emerged and his images have been widely exhibited and circulated. They have also been critically reconsidered by scholars and Native communities not only for what they depict, but also for what is missing, absent, or untrue. The exhibition at The Claremont Colleges Library draws from Special Collections, which holds one of only 300 known complete sets of The North American Indian.

The exhibition will provide viewers an opportunity to experience first-hand nearly one hundred images culled from the twenty portfolios of The North American Indian. Accompanying texts serve to reframe of a number of the debates which have surrounded the project from its beginning over a century ago.

Performing Archive
Professor Jacqueline Wernimont, Scripps College

Friday, November 22nd - Honnold 2nd floor
Starts at noon- Pizza & drinks will be served

In conjunction with an exhibition of Edward S. Curtis prints currently on display in the library, Professor Wernimont will discuss and demonstrate "Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis & 'The Vanishing Race'". "Performing Archive" is a Mellon-funded Digital Humanities Project, produced using the Scalar platform. In addition to aggregating nearly 2,500 items related to Curtis and his ethnographic and photographic work with western American and Canadian tribes, the "archive" also brings together a number of new scholarly works designed to facilitate teaching with Curtis' work.

Claremont Discourse Lecture: "From Trafficking to Terror"

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Please join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room at 4:15 PM on Wednesday, November 13th, for another Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library.

From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem
Pardis Mahdavi, Anthropology Department, Pomona College

The year 2011 marked the 10th anniversary not only of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center - arguably resulting in the beginning of the U.S. "war on terror"- but also the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Trafficking in Persons report (TIP), demarcating the re-emergence of the global "war on trafficking. The "war on terror" and the "war on trafficking," two seemingly separate initiatives, have become interwoven in recent years and conspire to castigate Muslim majority countries as sites of depravity, difference and danger, fueling Islamophobic rhetoric about what Samuel Huntington has termed the "clash of civilizations." Pardis Mahdavi, Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College, and author of From Trafficking to Terror will discuss the current rhetorical discourses about trafficking and terror and how they are resulting in policies and militarized response that hurt vulnerable populations.

Open Access to Undergraduate and Graduate Theses and Dissertations

openaccess.jpgJoin the conversation on Tuesday, November 5, in the Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library, at 4:00 p.m.

In a short video, Harvard University faculty Gary King, professor of quantitative social science, and Stuart Shieber, professor of computer science and head of the Harvard library's office for scholarly communications, talk about open access, publishing and the dissertation. Following the video, Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College, will talk about open access, digital publishing, and the undergraduate thesis.

Discussion will follow the talks. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Allegra Swift.

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