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Wed 4/25: Claremont Discourse with Brent Armendinger

"Epistolary Poetry and Politics"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Faculty Presenter: Brent Armendinger (English and World Literature/Creative Writing, Pitzer College)

In this talk, Professor Brent Armendinger will discuss the political potential in contemporary poems that take the form of letters. Is there something political about correspondence itself, about its emphasis on relation and exchange, and what happens when poetry enters into this? What difference does it make when the addressee is a person or a group of people, alive or dead, real or fictional, human or not human? To approach these questions, Professor Armendinger will discuss the work of selected contemporary poets and reflect on his own writing practice.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Adam Rosenkranz at (909) 607-3986 or adam.rosenkranz@claremont.edu.

Join us for the next installment in The Claremont Colleges Discourse 20th Anniversary Series: Engaging Collections at the Claremont Colleges Library.

Media Matters: Video Game Technology and the Interpretation of Ancient Places
Presented by Daniel Michon (Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 4:15 p.m. | Keck Classroom, Claremont Colleges Library

Archaeological sites are characteristically imbued with a multiplicity of meanings contingent on the speciļ¬cities of the society, time, space, and affordances of the representational medium through which these places are perceived. Using the ancient settlement of Sirkap as a case study, Professor Michon will try to demonstrate that thinking about theories of space and place encourages us to experiment with various representational media. This experimentation can result in alternative interpretations of archaeological records as represented in John Hubert Marshall's Taxila: An Illustrated Account of Archaeological Excavations Carried Out at Taxila under the Orders of the Government of India between the Years 1913 and 1934.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | (909) 607-3986 | adam.rosenkranz@claremont.edu

New Book Display: Counternarratives

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A new book display is now available on Mudd 2, near the main Services Desk. This display is a joint effort of jill moniz, The Pomona College Museum of Art's curator of Alexandra Bell's Counternarratives public art project, and several librarians from The Claremont Colleges Library.

Bell's artwork highlights the hidden language codes, picture choices, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Bell "radically reedits" New York Times articles by adding racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates.

All of these books are available for you to check out!

For more information about the Counternarratives art installation and to see a list of these books as well as e-books and streaming videos that the library makes available, go to: libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/counternarratives

Library selected as one of 3 sites for COUNTERNARRATIVES art installation

The Pomona College Museum of Art is pleased to welcome New York artist activist Alexandra Bell to the Claremont campuses. Bell will mount three works from her public art project Counternarrative. Bell's work explores how language perpetuates racist narratives; she highlights the hidden language codes, picture choice, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Using articles from The New York Times, the paper of record presumed to be a liberal voice, Bell "radically reedits" the articles. She reads, redacts and erases the loaded text and images, revising the stories with racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates. Her work underscores the importance of examining the veracity and demanding improvements in our news publications.

Throughout the day on Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, Bell, with the assistance of student volunteers, will mount three Counternarratives at selected locations. Look for "A Teenager
with Promise," on the north wall of the Claremont Colleges Library building. The other two Counternarratives, "Olympic Threat" and "Charlottesville," will be displayed at other sites throughout The Claremont Colleges. The works will be on view through May 13, 2018.

Simultaneously, The Claremont Colleges Library will host a curator-created book display and will document and archive the installation and reception of the works. The library will provide opportunities for viewers to give reactions to the artwork and the books.

For more information, see the full press release from the Pomona College Museum of Art.

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