Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere

The Main Library Learning Commons invites you to attend the faculty workshop Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm

Take advantage of the second annual Theme Semester Just Living in Spring 2016 to infuse your assignments with social justice issues that will resonate with your students. Give students the opportunity to engage in dialogue about social justice in public using your curriculum as their voice. Faculty can use assignments and projects to encourage students to engage with social justice issues and to learn what it means to participate in a public conversation.

This workshop will provide instructors the opportunity to reimagine how they can incorporate social justice into their curriculum and learn about opportunities for their students to showcase their work in public spaces. Participants will:

  • Discover opportunities and resources available for showcasing student work connected to the spring 2016 theme semester Just Living.
  • Learn how faculty and campus partners have promoted student work in public using the Learning Commons.
  • Revamp a current or previous assignment into something that can be displayed or performed in public.
  • Infuse social justice themes into a current or previous assignment.
  • Learn how to use the Just Living website to market courses related to social justice.

Experienced guest instructors will share their insights and experiences in using the Learning Commons to promote their students’ work and will demonstrate future opportunities on campus to showcase student work publicly. Participants will leave with a variety of project ideas for classroom use and will have the opportunity to return for an optional, drop in working session the following week where colleagues from the University Libraries, Learning Commons, and Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology will be available for one-on-one consultation.

The workshop will be held in Group Rooms 1103/1105 in the Main Library Learning Commons on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm with an optional, drop-in work session on Friday, September 25 from 1:30-4:30pm. The institute is open to all faculty and instructors. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration to the institute is required. Please register here.

Tonight Only! The Brinton Silent Film Project

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Tonight Only!  The Brinton Silent Film Project

Friends of the UI Libraries Annual Event
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Join Mike Zahs and Red Cedar Chamber Music for an evening of motion pictures and music from the earliest days of film.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Brinton Entertainment Co. of Washington, Iowa, would travel throughout the Midwest bringing films, magic lantern slides, and other forms of entertainment to populations who, in many cases, had never before seen such sights.

Now, the Brinton Collection is being preserved by the UI Libraries, and Zahs, partnering with Red Cedar Chamber Music, will show the silent films with a newly-commissioned score.  The filmmakers from Northland Films, who have been documenting the Brinton Collection project, will discuss their film and show a special preview.

Following the program, a reception will be offered in Special Collections, with the opportunity to interact with Zahs, the musicians, and the filmmakers and the chance to view some of the artifacts.

Program at 5:30 PM
Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library

Reception at 6:30 PM
Special Collections Reading Room, Main Library
cash bar, light refreshments

The event is free, but reservations ARE appreciated.  RSVP by Thursday, April 30th, 2015, by calling 319-335-6093 or e-mail lib-friends@uiowa.edu

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact The University Libraries in advance at 319-335-6093.

Announcing Edible Book Festival Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who created the delectable entries that made this year’s Edible Book Festival a success!

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors who provided this year’s prizes: Beadology, Blick Art Materials, UI Libraries’ Conservation Lab, High Ground Cafe, and New Pioneer Co-op. Thank you to the Friends of the UI Libraries, whose support helped us organize and cater the event.

And we extend a hearty thanks to our judges who had to make some difficult decisions in choosing the winners: Executive Chef of the Iowa Memorial Union Barry Greenberg, Special Collections’ Outreach & Instruction Librarian Colleen Theisen, and Conservator Giselle Simon.

Ella and Jameson Sherlock created a wonderful edible version of Tom Riddle’s diary from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, complete with a basilisk fang and quill ink. Their entry won in three categories: Best Book Structure, Judge’s Favorite, and Audience Favorite, and their prizes included a tour of the UI Libraries’ Conservation Lab and two gift cards to New Pioneer Co-op.

The Best Literary Allusion category went to Lindsay Vella’s entry based on Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, titled “Geryon’s Dream Macaron.” Her prize was a handful of free coffee coins from High Ground Cafe.

And lastly, the Best Tasting Category went to Connie Sherman’s beautiful and delicious Accordion Book of Kolache, which came with the prize of a gift from Beadology.

Other entries were “A Confederacy of Apricots” king cake by Clare Jones based on A Confederacy of Dunces, a cake by Ferguson Ward (assisted by Connie Sherman) based on the webcomic xkcd, an I Want My Hat Back cake by Willow Fuchs, a penguin cake based off of And Tango Makes Three made by Andrea Rost, “Pig Out!” a pie by Kaikobad Irani based on the book Piggie Pie, and The Invisible Boy cookies made by Mary Wallis Gutmann.

Thanks again to all who participated, organized, judged, and ate these incredible edible books!