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“Power, Honor and Authority,” Samson Occom and the Founding of Dartmouth College
Rauner Library, Class of 1965 Gallery, September 6-October 28, 2016
An Exhibit Currated by Laura Braunstein and Peter Carini
As Dartmouth approaches the 250th anniversary of its founding, many of us are reflecting on the institution’s history. The idea that Dartmouth was founded as an “Indian School” prevails today as a dominant narrative among many members of the public as well as those associated with the College.
The truth behind the College’s founding is far more complex. Eleazar Wheelock’s original stated intention was to open a school to convert Native Americans to Christianity. His reasons were primarily because he literally feared for their souls, but also because he thought this mission would address the conflicts between European Americans and Native Americans. He eventually abandoned this goal in a pragmatic pursuit of financial gain and prestige. Central to this story is the life of Samson Occom, the first Native American whom Wheelock trained into the ministry. This exhibit explores Occom’s role in the founding of Dartmouth College, and the documentary history of Wheelock’s changing intentions.
The latest issue of the Journal of e-Media Studies has just been published by the Dartmouth College Library’s Digital Publishing Program. Issue editors are Mark Williams, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College, and Doron Galili, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond research fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University.
Galili describes the scope of the issue in his Introduction “Early Television Historiographies,” defining the period covered as that before the establishment and codification of standardized practices in the television industry.
Kevin Warstadt, Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Digital Library Fellow at the Dartmouth College Library, muses on his experiences with television, inspired by articles in this issue, in his post Television in Our Lives: Insights from the Journal of E-Media Studies 2016
The issue includes topics from sensory theory of television in Luke Stadel’s “Radio/Television/Sound: Radio Aesthetics and Perceptual Technics in Early American Television,” to the development of the Israeli television industry in “Public Television: Beginnings and Endings, Elihu Katz in conversation with Doron Galili.” This diverse range of topics provides not just a “prehistory of [a] so-called perfected mass medium,” as Galili writes, but also establishes the time as “a fascinatingly complex period of the medium’s social, cultural, and material history…”
The Journal of e-Media Studies is a fully open access journal, so all of the materials in this issue are broadly accessible.
What is digital humanities?
It is a community of practice at the intersection of texts and technologies. Digital humanists seek both to understand human culture (literature, art, media) by using technology, and to understand technology through a humanist lens. Digital humanists use computational methods, build digital collections, design online games, create new media, analyze textual data, and think critically about the technological environment in which we carry out our daily lives. Digital humanities is a collaborative endeavor, involving faculty and scholars across the disciplines—including English, Anthropology, Computer Science, Film & Media Studies, and Classics, to name a few—and practitioners around the institution, including technologists, archivists and librarians, graphic designers, programmers, and students, who work together in cross-disciplinary, cross-functional teams that operate outside traditional academic hierarchies. Currently, Dartmouth has a thriving digital humanities community. This exhibit showcases many—but not all—of the projects happening now at Dartmouth; we invite you to explore our work and our community further at digitalhumanities.dartmouth.edu
Digital Humanities at Dartmouth: Portraits of a Community of Practice was curated by Laura Braunstein, Digital Humanities and English Librarian, and Scott Millspaugh, Instructional Designer. Design by Dennis Grady, Library Education & Outreach.
Baker-Berry Library, Baker Main Hall: August 10 - September 30, 2016
Emily B. Boyd, a Business, Economics and Engineering Librarian at Dartmouth, will be attending OpenCon2016, and will be sharing what she learns there with the Dartmouth community. The OpenCon travel scholarship program was started in 2014 to encourage and support early career academic professionals who have the potential to make significant contributions to advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. OpenCon 2016 will be held on November 12-14, 2016 in Washington DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.
We thank all of the applicants for their interest and efforts.
If you are interested in attending a future OpenCon, or would like to learn more about programs regarding Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education at Dartmouth, please contact members of the Open Dartmouth Working Group.
For the Open Dartmouth Working Group:
The Library has released a refreshed version of the eJournal/eBook Finder.
New features incude:
Dédié à l'élégance par l’Union nationale des intellectuels
[Dedicated to Elegance by The National Union of Intellectuals]
On Exhibit 7/14/16 - 11/25/16
HISTORY: The effects of World War II on France, along with most European countries, was devastating and left the country in a stage of stunned disbelief and social disarray. In August of 1944, France was liberated from its four-year German occupation. In the months following this event, a rally cry was sent to reunite and rebuild France. The organization L’Union nationale des intellectuels (The National Union of Intellectuals), or UNI, was federated in June of 1945 for this purpose (Sapiro, 442).
SERVIR LA GRANDEUR ET LES INTÉRÊTS SUPÉRIEURS DE LA FRANCE, C'EST ORGANISER L'EXPORTATION DE L'INTELLIGENCE Á UNE ÉPOQUE OÙ IL S'IMPOSE DE NE NÉGLIGER AUCUNE DES RESSOURCES DE LA NATION.
MANIFESTE DE L'UNION NATIONALE DES INTELLECTUELS, AVRIL 1945
TO SERVE THE GREATNESS AND SUPERIOR INTERESTS OF FRANCE, IS TO ORGANIZE THE EXPORT OF INTELLIGENCE IN AN ERA WHERE IT IS NECESSARY NOT TO NEGLECT ANY OF THE NATION'S RESOURCES.
The subject matter of Dédié à l'élégance (Dedicated to Elegance) was the midinette (seamstress/working girl). Prior to WWII these women were the iconic figure of a thriving capitalistic culture that bustled with consumer goods and haute couture (Tilburg, 282). Included with this publication were shop advertisements, a gallery brochure titled: Quelques toiles sur l'élégance féminine dans la peinture (Several Paintings on the Elegance of Women in Painting), and a brochure for a fashion show titled Les Robes blanches (The White Dresses), which included the work of leading fashion designers, such as Balenciaga, Bruyère, Carven, Mad Carpentier, Maggy Rouff, Nina Ricci, Raphael, Schiaparelli, Vera Borea, and Worth. The proceeds from the publication and its contributors went to La Mansion de la Midinette.
ARTISTS: The art work included in the publication was produced by renowned and emerging artists. This list includes Christian Berard, Jean Effel, André Fougeron, Valentine Hugo, Marie Laurencin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Louis Touchagues.
AUTHORS: The literary ideas espoused in this publication include an expansive range of intellects such as Jean Cassou, Lisa Deharme, Paul Eluard, Boris Kochno, Galerie Maratier, Armand Salacrou, Andre Ulmann, and Jean Wiener.
Tilburg, Patricia. (2015). “'Sa Coquetterie tue la faim': Garment Workers, Lunch Reform, and the Parisian Midinette, 1896-1933.” French Historical Society, 38(2), 281-309. DOI: 10.1215/00161071-2842578.
Sapiro, Gisèle. (2014). The French Writer’s War 1940-1953. (V. D. Anderson & D. Cohn, Trans.). London, UK: Duke University Press. (Original work published in 1999). DOI: 10.1215/9780822395126.
Curated by Sarah M. Decker, M.A.L.S. '16
We asked members of the Dartmouth community to suggest unforgettable first pages. Twelve responses are included in this Berry Main Street exhibit.
First Pages selected by:
Stephen Angell, Baker-Berry User Services Technology Coordinator;
John DeSantis, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian;
Dennis Grady, Baker-Berry Exhibits Designer;
Deborah Howe, Collections Conservator;
Elizabeth Kirk, Associate Librarian for Information Services;
Richard Miller, Baker-Berry Access Services Student Supervisor;
Gregory Phillips, Senior IT Support Analyst;
Eileen Potts, Library Information Access Assistant;
Jane Quigley, Head of Kresge Physical Sciences Library;
Ross Virginia, Director, Institute of Arctic Studies and Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science;
Christian Wolff, composer;
Nien Lin Xie, Librarian for East Asian Studies.
Exhibit curated and designed by Dennis Grady, Library Education and Outreach.
Baker-Berry Library, Berry Main Street: July 1 - September 30, 2016
The Book Arts Prize is a juried award given every year in recognition of excellence in the creation of a hand printed and bound book made in the Book Arts Studio by a Dartmouth College undergraduate, graduate, or community member. The cash prizes are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Library. The winners are:
Grand Prize (shared)
Kassie Amann, ‘16
This Must Be The Place
Grand Prize (shared)
Marie Schwalbe, ’16
Mountains of Vermont
Hyun Ji ( Jenny) Seong,‘16
Memoriscapes – The Book
First Prize in Hand Bookbinding
Amalia Siegel, ‘16
Waste / Land
First Prize in Letterpress Printing
Matteo Visconti di Oleggio Castello, Grad
Honorable Mention in Letterpress Printing
Josh Kauderer, ‘19
Dulce Et Decorum Est
All the winning entries are on display in the Treasure Room cases in Baker Library beginning Saturday, June 11.
Congratulations to all the contestants!
Head, Preservation Services & The Book Arts Workshop