Hutchins Library owns several books related to yesterday’s convocation by Theda Skocpol. If you are interested in learning more about Obama’s presidency, Tea Party Republicans, or the future of American politics, stop by the cafe display area and check out one of the following titles by Ms. Skocpol:
- The Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism ( call # 320.5209 S628t 2012)
- The Politics of social policy in the United States (call # 361.6109 P769)
- Social policy in the United States : future possibilities in historical perspective (call # 361.6109 S628s)
- The missing middle : working families and the future of American social policy (call # 361.6109 S628m)
- Protecting soldiers and mothers : the political origins of social policy in the United States ( call # 361.973 S628p)
- States and social revolutions : a comparative analysis of France, Russia, and China (call # 303.62 S628s)
- Civic engagement in American democracy (call # 323.042 C582)
Yesterday’s Convocation Speaker, Theda Skocpol
If you haven’t already, you owe it to yourself to stop by the library lobby to view various works of art on display by this week’s convocation speaker, and naturalist artist, John Agnew.
“To look at John Agnew’s work is to enter the mysterious and enchanting world of a forest floor, mountainous cliffs and crags, the heights of a rain forest or the surface of a hidden pond. Each painting draws you in to its unique environment” (from amazon.com).
select pieces by artist John Agnew, on display in the library lobby
The works on display are currently available for purchase. To learn more about Agnew or his art, visit his website: http://www.angelfire.com/id/wildscenes/
Agnew’s art inspired our display of books in the cafe area.There are a variety of titles and styles represented in the display, but all share a common focus: the beauty of the natural world.
This illustration is from the book ‘Art Forms in Nature’ by Ernst Haeckel
Did you enjoy last night’s convocation performers, Mojo & the Bayou Gypsies? If so, stop by our display near the cafe area and check out their cd Better Get Ready … Mojo‘s in Town, call # CD 781.6M715b 2005.
Want to learn more about the genre of music that inspires Mojo & the Bayou Gyspies? According to the Oxford Companion to Music, Zydeco is the traditional music of the Creole people, of mixed European and African descent, in the gulf region of the USA, particularly south-western Louisiana.
Check out these sources, also on display, for more information about this music genre, or to listen to another example of Zydeco at it’s finest:
- Ancelet, Barry J, and Elemore Morgan. The Makers of Cajun Music =: Musiciens Cadiens Et Créoles. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1984. Print. call # 781.6241 A538m 1984
- Brasseaux, Ryan A, and Kevin S. Fontenot. Accordions, Fiddles, Two Step & Swing: A Cajun Music Reader. Lafayette, LA: Center for Louisiana Studies, 2006. Print. call # 781.6241 A172 2006
- Brasseaux, Ryan A. Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-Made Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print. call # 781.6241 B823c 2009
- Dural, Buckwheat. Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection. N[ew] Y[ork], NY: Mango Records, 1993. Sound recording. call # CD 781.629 B926m 1993
- Wood, Charles R, and James Fraher. Texas Zydeco. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2006. Print. call # 781.6241 W874t 2006
Moondil Jahan is a secondary labor student working in the Reference Department of Hutchins Library. As a part of her job, she assists students with their research, whether through walk-up service at the Reference Desk or via scheduled one-on-ones.
Reference Student Assistant Moondil Jahan’s book pick of the month. Find it on the New Books shelf.
Moondil wrote the following recommendation for one of her all-time favorite books, Rashed, My Friend:
Rashed, My Friend is an English translation of a Bangla novel Amar Bondhu Rashed, written by a renowned Bangladeshi author Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Amar Bondhu Rashed is a story of a little boy during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. This book became so popular in Bangladesh that, Dr. Iqbal’s daughter, Yeshim Iqbal translated it in English so that the story can reach a wider audience.
I am an avid reader of Dr. Iqbal’s books as they are easy to read, and yet difficult to fathom the emotions one experiences as a reader. This book is no exception. Interestingly, although I have read almost all the books written by Dr. Iqbal, I cautiously avoided this book for a long time. I did not want to confront the emotions of frustration and despair while reading the tragic story of Rashed (name of the protagonist) during the liberation war of Bangladesh, a horrific time in the history of my homeland.
Dr. Iqbal has been asked many times in various interviews about the reason he wrote such a heart-breaking story. Although he writes primarily for children and a major portion of his books is based on humor, he wanted the young generation of Bangladesh to be familiar with the cruelty of war and genocide. In “Amar Bondhu Rashed,” it is the way Dr. Iqbal unfolds the story that mesmerizes the readers; a heart-wrenching story that introduces the readers to one example of countless sacrifices that Bangladeshis made while suffering through one of the most concentrated genocides of 20th century. Thanks to Yeshim Iqbal for translating the story in English. Rashed, My Friend will tell you a story of life, death, and beyond.
You can find Rashed, My Friend on the New Books shelf near Circulation.
How many of us manage to make it through an entire week without complaining about being tired at least once? School and work are demanding and sleep is often sacrificed in order to meet our obligations. What do we forfeit when we forego sleep? What are the consequences for our mental and physical health? This week’s convocation speaker, Dr. Roxanne Prichard, will awaken us to the risks associated with sleep loss.
After the convocation, stop by the display near vending to check out any of our books on the issues such as: sleep disorders, the consequences of sleep loss, or decoding those strange dreams that haunt you the next morning.