World Book Night 2013 Photo

Here are some photos from this year’s World Book Night.  We hope those who received a copy of the book Glaciers enjoy reading it, and will pass it along to someone else after they’re finished reading it.  Let us know what you thought of this book, and what you thought of World Book Night by commenting on this blog post or Facebook!

Two prospective students receive copies of Glaciers while touring Willamette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in the sun and World Book Night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the Mill Stream on World Book Night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We posted a code word on Facebook to receive the book Glaciers, and within minutes someone someone came up to claim their “prize.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two friends agreed to take turns and share the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really excited to get a copy of Glaciers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just coming from class and I got a book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students receive copies of Glaciers from librarian John Repplinger on World Book Night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the right place and time by Goudy to get a copy of the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students by the Mill Stream listen to Glaciers being read to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A student in the Quad receives his copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cat Cavern was one place we stopped to drop of a book. Most people were outside by the Mill Stream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last copy of Glaciers finds its way home.

 

 

 

 


Ancestral Voices: From Slaves to Matriarchs

Please join us for a presentation by Andries Fourie (Dept. of Arts) this Friday, April 12th at 3:00 pm in the Library Hatfield Room. The title of his talk is: “Ancestral Voices: From Slaves to Matriarchs”

In 1652 the Dutch East India Company (VOC) established a colony at the Cape of Good Hope. The VOC almost immediately began importing slaves, about half of which came from South and South East Asia (primarily Sri-Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bengal, the Coromandel Coast and Malabar Coast of India). Male colonists vastly outnumbered women in the early part of the colony’s history. Consequently male, white colonists frequently purchased, manumitted and married Asian slave women (the average Afrikaner today has about 8% Asian ancestry). In this way several slave women became the matriarchs of today’s Afrikaner families, and played an important role in shaping Afrikaner culture.

In this talk Andries Fourie will discuss his research on this subject and his recent installation and performance that explore the role of South and Southeast Asian slave women in shaping Afrikaans language, culture and foodways.


Coming Soon… World Book Night 2013

World Book Night, April 23, 2013

The second annual World Book Night (WBN) will be April 23rd, 2013.  On this night, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread the joy and love of reading by giving out free WBN paperbacks courtesy of the World Book Night organization.

This is our second year to participate in this event, and we have selected “Glaciers” by Portland author Alexis M. Smith to distribute to 20 students, faculty and staff somewhere on campus.  Last year we handed out ten books at noon by the Mill Stream because it was such a nice day and everyone was outside.  We handed out ten more books in the evening in the Cat Cavern.  If you’re curious where we’ll hand out the books this year, check our Facebook page on April 22 & 23rd for hints of times and places.

Glaciers is in the Hatfield Library’s General Book Collection, and it can also be borrowed from other regional libraries.  If you don’t receive a free copy of Glaciers, we still encourage you to join in the celebration by reading a book of your choice.  The library has lots to choose from if you need inspiration.

Visit the World Book Night organization web site for more details: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org


Topology, Homology, and Applications to Data

Please join us for a presentation by Inga Johnson (Dept. of Mathematics) this Friday, April 5th at 3:00 pm in the Library Hatfield Room. The title of her talk is: Topology, Homology, and Applications to Data

Abstract: Topology is the subfield of mathematics that is concerned with the study of shape. Mathematicians have studied topological questions for the past 250 years. However, in just the past 15 years topology has been found to have many different applications to real world problems. One of these is to use a topological tool called persistence homology to understand and analyze high dimensional and complex data sets.

This talk will be an introduction to topology and the concept of homology. We will then use homology to a look at examples of how topological ideas can be used to give new and surprising insight towards understanding data. This talk will emphasize examples and concepts. Prerequisites will be minimal.

As always, light refreshments will be provided.


National Poetry Month 2013

If you didn’t know, April is National Poetry Month.  Created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April throughout the United States to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

For fun and inspirational ways to get involved, here’s a link to 30 ways of celebrating poetry.  For more information about National Poetry Month check out Poets.org.

Below is a sampling of recent poetry books that can be found in the Hatfield Library (posted during April on the WU Reads web page):

Call Number: PS3569.A4536 A95 2012

 

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By herself – Greger, Debora

Call Number: PS3557.R42 B9 2012

 

 

 

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The football corporations: poems – Heyen, William

Call Number: PS3558.E85 F66 2012