The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
by Cyprian Broodbank DE 86 .B76 2013 New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
We received this lovely — and hefty — volume from the UW-Stevens Point Library. Although the title makes it sound like a book about the body of water itself, it offers equal parts of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history of the Mediterranean region.
At first I was disappointed that the book offered more history than science. But upon a closer inspection, I realized this was a better approach to the subject. The Mediterranean region is oozing with archaeological sites — above and below the water level — that paint a complex and multi-layered picture of its past. So it gives us a wonderful window into the early human history of this part of the world, which is at least as fascinating as the geological forces that have shaped the sea itself. The book is full of glossy plates, maps, charts and diagrams. Eleven-Twelve-Dig-and-Delve: Have fun with this deep dig and dive into the history of the “Middle Sea.”
If you’d like to learn more, here’s a lecture about the book by the author, Prof. Cyprian Broodbank of the University of Cambridge Archaeology Dept.
The Story of Electronic Music from Stockhausen to Skrillex
by David Stubbs ML1380 .S78 2018 New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor
David Stubbs work is a deep dive into the evolution of electronic music. Starting well before the early days of the post-war era synthesizers, Stubbs story begins with the tinkering of experimental European composers using machines in the late nineteenth century. Stubbs work really gets going when talking about the 1970s and 1980s era where electronic music begins to creep into the common culture. The history concludes by exploring DJ/producers like Skrillex who really took EDM into a new level of mainstream in the early 2010s. Effects of which are still going strong and felt in 2019. And as any good. With his journalism background, Stubbs explores a fun and interesting world filled with creative artists pushing the boundaries of music.
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color
by Tim Jackson PN6725 .J285 2016 New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor
This fascinating book was born out of Chicago‐based syndicated cartoonist and illustrator Tim Jackson’s website, “A Salute to the Pioneering Cartoonists of Color,” where for many years he cataloged biographies of African‐American cartoonists and illustrators. In this volume, he gathers together 20 years of his work on the history of African American cartoon artists. He concentrates on the mid-1880s through 1968, the latter being the point at which he believes African American cartoonists and illustrators were accepted into the mainstream. This was as a consequence of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson’s focused research led him to uncover a more inclusive history that reveals positive contributions of African American cartoonists and that includes positive representations of African‐Americans in illustrations, editorial cartoons, and comic strips.
The book is organized by era and around pivotal moments, such as the Great Migration, race riots, and the Great Depression. Each section has short entries for over 70 comic strips, and there are images various works on almost every page. A short bibliography provides brief information about each cartoonist.
If you’re a fan of comics and cartoons I highly recommend checking out this book. It’s an interesting way to learn about the history of African American cartoon artists and the works they created.
Starting on Monday, January 25th, Andersen Library will host the Lands We Share exhibit. Lands We Share is a collaborative project between faculty, staff, and students from UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. The lead effort behind the exhibit is led by UW-Whitewater’s own James Levy (Associate Professor, History Department). Over the past few months, the exhibit has traveled throughout the state of Wisconsin. The exhibit grew out of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History project that James Levy started when he took over UW-Whitewater’s public history program in 2012. The Oral History project has interviewed over 300 individuals to talk about farmers and farming. Lands We Share will highlight some of this work. The exhibit features cultural artifacts, images, and recordings of interviews with farmers from five farms that are located in Wisconsin. By exploring the exhibit, people will engage with the intersection of farming, land, ethnic culture, and history in Wisconsin.
The exhibit can be found near the Food For Thought Cafe on the second floor of Andersen Library. It will be up until February 10th and is available for viewing at any time the library is open. For more information about this exhibit, check out the website.
The Spring 2019 Fairhaven Lecture Series will focus on “A World at War: Taking a Closer Look at WWII.” All lectures are free and take place on Mondays at 3pm in Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services (435 West Starin Road, Whitewater), starting on January 28th. Here’s the schedule of lectures, recordings of which may be posted to the lecture series website:
Jan 28: “Making the Movies Safe for War: The WWII Combat Film” by John McGuigan, Professor, Languages and Literatures
Feb 4: “Hidden Pasts and Desires: Gay and Lesbian Lives During WWII” by Ashley Barnes-Gilbert, Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies
Feb 11: “Why American Literature Mattered in the 1940s” by John Pruitt, Associate Professor, English
Feb 18: “The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb, Part 1” by David McKay, Senior Lecturer, History
Feb 25: “The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb, Part 2” by Dave Carlson, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
Mar 4: “American Politics in the Shadow of World War II: Re-examining the Presidential Elections of 1940 and 1944” by Louis Fucilla, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Mar 11: “American Hegemony: The World the Greatest Generation Built” by F. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor, Political Science
Mar 18: “Women of the Air: American Women Pilots in World War II” by Elizabeth Jozwiak, Associate Professor, History
Mar 25: “Understanding the Soviet Experience in World War II” by Elizabeth Hachten, Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Sciences
Apr 1: “WWII and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” by Molly Patterson, Associate Professor, History
Apr 8: “The German-American Community and World War II: A Cautionary Tale” by Tim Holian, Senior Lecturer, Languages and Literatures
Apr 15: “Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival” by Ronald Berger, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology
Apr 22: “Humanity, Hospitals, or Historical Monuments? Protecting Italian Cities from Aerial Bombardment During World War II” by Margo Kleinfeld, Associate Professor, Geography, Geology and Environmental Science
Apr 22: “The West Is the Best / The Beast in the East: World War II Ends and the Cold War Begins” by Karl Brown, Assistant Professor, History
Nothing like a timely check-up this time of the year! Bring in your resume and portfolio pieces Jan. 29, 30, and 31 (12-4 PM) to get them looked over by Career Leadership & Development’s (CLD) experts. There will be walk-in appointments available in the library throughout the 4-hour sessions. Oh, and remember, health is wealth!
For any immediate questions or concerns, contact Sarell Martin at MartinSD27@uww.edu.
The 31st annual exhibition of scholarly & creative works by UWW faculty & staff will celebrate accomplishments of the past year across a range of disciplines.
A sampling of the articles, artwork, gallery exhibitions, books, book reviews, and conference presentations produced by UWW’s staff and faculty during the period July 2017-June 2018 will be displayed in the Crossman Gallery (Greenhill Center of the Arts) on Tues. and Wed., Jan. 29-30, from 10am-5pm and 6pm-8pm, and on Thurs. Jan. 31 from 10am-noon. A reception will be held on Tues. Jan. 29 from 3pm-4:30pm, with welcoming remarks by Interim Chancellor Cheryl Green. Refreshments will be available during the reception and the Chancellor’s String Quartet will perform. The listing of accomplishments being recognized is online.