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China's iGeneration

Assistant Professor of History Matthew Johnson’s new book China’s iGeneration: Cinema and Moving Image Culture for the Twenty-First Century, co-edited by Luke Vulpiani, Keith B. Wagner, and Kiki Tianqi Yu, has been released as an open access (OA) publication with support from the Grinnell College Libraries and 300 other libraries around the world. Published by Bloomsbury Academic, China’s iGeneration is available both in print and as an OA title, freely accessible and downloadable for anyone with an Internet connection.

China’s iGeneration is one of the 28 inaugural titles available through Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with academic libraries to share the cost of making scholarly books freely available online. The Grinnell College Libraries are a founding member of this project. “We see KU as one model for supporting open access to scholarly books, for the benefit of readers and authors alike” says Richard Fyffe, Samuel R. & Marie-Louise Rosenthal Librarian of the College. In Iowa, Drake University and the University of Iowa are also participating.

“When the publisher suggested the KU option, we thought it would be a great opportunity to reach broader readership and contribute to OA efforts,” Johnson says. However, Johnson’s interest in open access precedes the publication of China’s iGeneration.

As a member of the editorial body of The PRC [People's Republic of China] History Group and its open access publication PRC History Review that focuses on the history of the People’s Republic of China, Johnson had already found one outlet for his interests in digital literacy and digital scholarship. His previous book, Visualizing China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present, co-edited with James A. Cook, Joshua Goldstein, and Sigrid Schmalzer and published by Lexington Books in September 2014, is intended for classroom use and has a companion website that provides images not available in the print edition .

With his experience and interest in open access, Johnson plans to keep exploring new pedagogical approaches to the history of China in the context of digital literacy and digital scholarship. Peter Aldrich ’15, who met with Johnson as a student reporter and is one of the students in Johnson’s seminar this fall, says that the meeting taught him about both open access initiatives and what it means to learn and to practice scholarship in the digital age.

“We made our decision to support Knowledge Unlatched before the first 28 OA titles were finalized, and we were extremely pleased to find that China’s iGeneration was included in the  collection," Fyffe says. "Matt Johnson’s interest in open access scholarly publishing and the libraries' commitment to support broad dissemination of Grinnell faculty scholarship nicely dovetail with Grinnell College’s open access resolution.”

Team Tolstoy

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Laura “Lola” Baltzell ’83 and Christiane Carney Johnson ’83 will discuss the collaborative process they used to create the War and Peace Project exhibited through Dec. 7 in Burling Gallery. Their gallery talk is free and open to the public, and will start at 4:15 p.m. in Burling Library Lounge.

During their talk, Baltzell and Johnson will describe the collaborative fusion of literature and art that led to the creation of collages that cover all 747 pages of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. Each 5 x 7 inch collage incorporates one page from the Russian text, combined with bits of maps, dried flowers, ink, wax, graphite, thread, letters, and other printed material.

Baltzell, who majored in Russian and economics, and Johnson, who majored in Russian and political science, developed the project with a group of artists who dubbed themselves Team Tolstoy. They both were inspired by their experiences in the late Professor John Mohan’s renowned course about the Russian writer.

The team included four additional Grinnell alumni — Otto Mayr ’82, Lucy Zahner Montgomery ’83, Elizabeth Jorganson Sherman ’83, and Lynn Waskelis ’83. Artists Emma Rhodes and Adrienne Wetmore also served on the team.   

In addition to giving the gallery talk on Wednesday, Baltzell and Johnson will help Grinnell students create their own collages during a study break from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

While on campus, Baltzell and Johnson will work with students enrolled in a tutorial on War and Peace taught by Associate Professor of Russian Kelly Herold, visit Russian language and literature classes, and attend a reception hosted by Professor of Russian Todd Armstrong.

The Faulconer Gallery brought the War and Peace Project to Grinnell’s campus in cooperation with the Russian Department and the Center for the Humanities. The project has been shown in Boston, New York and Russia. The Grinnell exhibit is the first in which the project has been exhibited in its entirety in the United States.

 

Culling the Masses

David Cook-MartínPlease join us for a book celebration for David Cook-Martín, associate professor of sociology, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in Burling Library Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Cook-Martín will read from his new book Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press 2014), co-authored with David Scott FitzGerald. He will discuss democracy and its history with racism in the context of immigration policies of the Americas. Associate Professor Karla Erickson, sociology, and Assistant Professor Rebecca Hamlin, political science, will join the conversation with the author.

Culling the Masses book cover

Today, the idea of choosing individuals based on perceived race is repugnant to our ideals of equality and fairness. Generations of scholars have argued that racism was an aberration that democracies eventually worked out of their laws. Culling the Masses challenges this assumption by showing how governments in the Americas have deliberately chosen their populations by ethnically selective immigration and nationality laws. In fact, the governments that were most inclusive, whether democratic or populist, were most likely to select by race. The biggest exemplar of liberal democracy was the United States, which had the longest period of uninterrupted racial exclusions (between 1790 and 1965).

Cook-Martín was recently interviewed by Salon. You can read more about Culling the Masses in HEPPAS Books and Scholars Strategy Network.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, dean's office, sociology department, and Grinnell College Libraries.

Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 Privacy Statement

Recently Grinnell College Libraries has learned of a privacy issue with the latest desktop version of Adobe Digital Editions 4.0. ADE is used by ebrary for downloading certain ebooks owned by the Libraries. The latest version of ADE collects user information, including information about ebooks in ePub or PDF formats that are not managed by ADE, and transmits this information to Adobe unencrypted. The Grinnell College Libraries is committed to user privacy and recommends that users take the following actions:

  • Uninstall ADE 4.0 and reinstall an earlier version of ADE. Earlier versions do not have this privacy issue.
  • Use the online ebrary reader for ebooks, or another reading app other than ADE 4.0.

Adobe is currently working to resolve the privacy issue and will release a patch update soon. The Libraries will continue to monitor the situation and will share any updates we receive about this issue.

S&B From the Beginning

The Grinnell College Libraries are excited to announce the release of the new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper. This online archive provides free access to the College's archive of the Scarlet & Black newspaper from the first issue in 1894 through May 2010.

The archive is accessible to all Web users both on and off campus. Individual articles are searchable through the archive, but are not searchable or findable directly through Google or other search engines.

In addition to being a valuable source for research, this archive provides a fun way to browse through the College’s history. One hundred years ago Oct. 3, 1914, social life at Grinnell became a little more egalitarian when the ladies’ societies unanimously voted to abolish “rushing” and open all of their meetings to all of the women on campus.  At the same time, the students celebrated the start of the new football season with a massive pep rally featuring the cheer, “We’ll give a yell for old Grinnell!” 

Whether you are researching such College notables as George HerronRobert Noyce ’49, or Hallie Flanagan Davis 1911, or reminiscing about your own college days, the text search feature helps you find articles on specific topics efficiently. The browse feature lets you review articles published in specific decades, years, months, or days.

Since its first publication on September 12, 1894, the Scarlet & Black has served as a vital source of up-to-date news on campus, an important record of our institution, and a rich historical resource.

We hope that you enjoy being able to explore the College’s history in the new Scarlet & Black online archive!

Lunch Discussion with the Grinnell Prize Winners

Lunch: Noon – 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, Burling Library Lounge

Students who are interested in health and health professions are invited to a lunch discussion Friday, Oct. 10, with the Grinnell Prize winners of 2014.

Along with the Grinnell Prize winners, healthcare professionals from the Grinnell community will participate in the discussion.

Box lunches will be served. No RSVP required.

This event is part of Grinnell Prize Symposium and co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program.

The Grinnell College Libraries also invite you to enjoy a book display on the winners and their causes in the Burling Library Lounge. 

Explore Grinnell College’s history through digital archive of Scarlet & Black

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Contact: Lisa Lacher, Director of Media Relations, 641-269-4659, 515-343-9030 (mobile), lacherl@grinnell.edu

Grinnell, Iowa - Embargoed until Oct. 3, 2014

A new digital archive of the Scarlet & Black student newspaper at Grinnell College will be accessible to the public for the first time on Friday, Oct. 3, the Grinnell College Libraries announced today.

This online archive provides free access to the College's archive of the Scarlet & Black from the first issue in 1894 to the last issue of May 2010. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and researchers can explore the archive at http://usiagrc.arcasearch.com/Research.aspx.

The archive is accessible to all Web users both on and off Grinnell’s campus. It can be searched by anyone with a Web connection, but individual articles are not searchable or findable directly through Google or other search engines.

In addition to being a valuable source for research, this archive provides a fun way to peruse the College’s history. One hundred years ago today (Oct. 3), for example, social life at Grinnell became a little more egalitarian when the ladies’ societies unanimously voted to abolish “rushing” and open all of their meetings to all of the women on campus. Additionally, students celebrated the start of the new football season with a massive pep rally featuring the cheer, “We’ll give a yell for old Grinnell!”

Whether learning about Grinnell notables — such as George Herron, Robert Noyce ’49 or Hallie Flanagan Davis, class of 1911 — or just checking out college days gone by, researchers can use the text search feature to find articles on specific topics. The browse feature makes it easy to review articles published in specific decades, years, months or days.

Since its first publication on Sept. 12, 1894, the Scarlet & Black has served as a vital source of up-to-date news on campus, an important record of Grinnell College and a rich historical resource.

“The Grinnell College Libraries are pleased to provide this powerful new way to explore the College’s history using the Scarlet & Black online archive,” said Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Librarian of the College Richard Fyffe.

About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

Book Talk: Feminism Unfinished

Astrid HenryThursday, Oct. 9 4:15 p.m., Burling Library Lounge

Please join us in the Burling Library Lounge for a book talk with Astrid Henry, Louise R. Noun Professor in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies. Henry will read from her new book Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements (W.W. Norton, 2014), co-authored with historians Dorothy Sue Cobble and Linda Gordon.

Feminism Unfinished provides a concise yet broad history of American women’s movements over the nearly one hundred years since women gained the right to vote, challenging many popular understandings of and myths about the women’s movement. In her chapter of Feminism Unfinished, “From a Mindset to a Movement: Feminism since 1990,” Henry examines the generation of feminist activists who grew up taking for granted the opportunities newly opened for women. Using new technologies, like social media, to advance a decentralized and wired feminism, they responded to the United States’ increasingly diverse population, widening economic inequality, and women’s activism around the globe.

An excerpt from Henry’s chapter was recently published on Salon.

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

NY Times and Chronicle of Higher Ed Access

Grinnell students, faculty, and staff can now access The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education on and off campus via a subscription paid by the Grinnell College Libraries!

To register for access to these useful, popular resources, see our guides:

Contact Kevin Engel if you have questions.