Election 2020 : Fairhaven Lecture Series, Fall 2020

The first Fall 2020 lecture in the Fairhaven Lecture Series will take place via Webex on Monday, September 21st, at 3 p.m.: Dr. Susan Johnson, associate professor, Political Science, and assistant dean, College of Letters and Sciences, will talk about “A Recap of the 2020 Presidential Nomination Process.” The Fall theme is Election 2020: Candidates, Campaigns, and Crises. View the entire schedule and mark your calendars!

You can search the ProQuest Global Newsstream database for news sources’ articles and op-eds published throughout the nomination process, such as “The Presidential primary process is broken. Here’s how we can fix it (The Washington Post (Online), May 01, 2019), “Washington’s [state] 2020 election changes: Presidential vote process requires the entire year (Spokesman Review, Sep 25, 2019), “Haphazard presidential nominating system begins with Democratic debate” (The Gazette [Colorado Springs, CO], Jun 15, 2019), How Minnesota’s switch to a presidential primary might impact the 2020 election(MinnPost.com, Apr 23, 2019), FairVote: Hawaii and Kansas to use ranked choice voting ballots in 2020 primaries (Targeted News Service, Oct 11, 2019), and many more. In addition, there have been many scholarly journal articles and books written about the process, e.g., Strategic decision-making in presidential nominations: When and why party elites decide to support a candidate (2014 ebook), and Reforming the presidential nomination process (2009 ebook).

For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

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T3: Embed Films on Demand in Canvas

If you would like to embed a video from Films on Demand into your Canvas course, you should ALWAYS use the Films on Demand integration from within Canvas itself. Embedding within Canvas using the embed code copied from Films on Demand no longer works.
Note: If you want to show a playlist, you must insert a LINK only, embedding a playlist won’t work.

Instructions:

  • Edit the Canvas module/page
  • Select the More External Tools button on the toolbar > Films on Demand
  • Search for a film or segment within Films on Demand
  • Click on Preview next to any film or segment you want to view
  • When you have made your selection, click the Embed menu next to the film or segment and select an option:Record URL will allow you to copy the record URL to insert
  • Embed SmallEmbed Medium, or Embed Large will insert the video window directly into your pageIf you chose an Embed option the film window displays on the Canvas page
  • Click the Save button when you are finished

    These instructions are also on the Films on Demand library guide.
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Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Cat Tale book cover

Nice kitty. While I’m quite fascinated by cats, I’m a little leery of the kind that lurk about in the wild. But the Florida panther is a panther/puma/cougar species (or sub-species) found only in Florida, so we needn’t worry about them way up here in Wisconsin.

Oops, we have our own panthers — and they’re bigger. Well, nevermind. You’ll be safe if you stay indoors — or if you have your mask on — or stay six feet away from them.

The author is a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times and has won lots of awards, mostly writing about his home state. He spins a good yarn that combines natural history, a detective story, and lots of drama. This is a cat’s tale of a nearly extinct species that’s staging a comeback of sorts, perhaps cashing in on one or more of its nine lives to defy the odds of quickly shrinking habitat, too many people, and too many cars.

If you’d like to learn more about the super sleek Florida Panthers, they rate for their own page on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service web site.

Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther
by Craig Pittman
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
QL737.C23 P58 2020

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – If It Bleeds: Rereading Stephen King

collage of book covers of titles written by Stephen King

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

I am a huge Stephen King fan!  I constantly marvel at King’s unique sensibility, saturated with a morbid, mortifying hysteria. When I was 14, I started reading Stephen King because I always loved mystery stories – and the scarier the better.  I later learned when I was a reading teacher that at the age of 14, I had the reading ability to comprehend some of what I was reading, but did not have the conceptual level. I later reread several of these novels so that I could get a better understanding through a more mature conceptual level. 

If you have not done a repeated reading of a book that you read when you were younger, then I encourage you to do so.  As your conceptual levels are enhanced, you find that a repeated reading will give you a more nuanced perspective.  Listed below is the catalog of Stephen King’s extensive work.  The books in bold print are those that I have read or reread.  Note that my voracity for King waned over the years and I missed some of his later novels. 

I do, however, love short stories or novellas.  Stephen King has written two previous compilations of his short stories.  If It Bleeds is King’s third volume of short stories.  I read the first set of short stories, Night Shift, when I was in 11th grade.  Several of the stories listed below in the book Night Shift have become featured films.

Night Shift -1978 – The book was published on the heels of The Shining (1977 Doubleday) and was King’s fifth published book (including Rage, which was published under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman). Nine of the twenty short stories in the book had first appeared in various issues of Cavalier Magazine from 1970–1975; others were originally published in PenthouseCosmopolitanGalleryUbris, and Maine Magazine. The stories “Jerusalem’s Lot,” “Quitters Inc.,” “The Last Rung on the Ladder,” and “The Woman in the Room” appeared for the first time in this collection (Wikipedia, 2020).

TitleOriginally published in
Jerusalem’s LotPreviously unpublished
Graveyard ShiftOctober 1970 issue of Cavalier
Night SurfSpring 1969 issue of Ubris
I Am the DoorwayMarch 1971 issue of Cavalier
The ManglerDecember 1972 issue of Cavalier
The BoogeymanMarch 1973 issue of Cavalier
Gray MatterOctober 1973 issue of Cavalier
BattlegroundSeptember 1972 issue of Cavalier
TrucksJune 1973 issue of Cavalier
Sometimes They Come BackMarch 1974 issue of Cavalier
Strawberry SpringFall 1968 issue of Ubris
The LedgeJuly 1976 issue of Penthouse
The Lawnmower ManMay 1975 issue of Cavalier
Quitters, Inc.Previously unpublished
I Know What You NeedSeptember 1976 issue of Cosmopolitan
Children of the CornMarch 1977 issue of Penthouse
The Last Rung on the LadderPreviously unpublished
The Man Who Loved FlowersAugust 1977 issue of Gallery
One for the RoadMarch/April 1977 issue of Maine
The Woman in the RoomPreviously unpublished

Different Seasons (1982) – This is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more dramatic bent, rather than the horror fiction for which King is famous. The four novellas are tied together via subtitles that relate to each of the four seasons.

NameSubtitleFilm adaptation
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank RedemptionHope Springs EternalThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Apt PupilSummer of CorruptionApt Pupil (1998)
The BodyFall From InnocenceStand by Me (1986)
The Breathing MethodA Winter’s TaleThe Breathing Method (TBA)

At the ending of the book, there is also a brief afterword, which King wrote on January 4, 1982. In it, he explains why he had not previously submitted the novellas (each written at a different time) for publication. Early in his career, his agents and editors expressed concern that he would be “written off” as someone who only wrote horror. However, his horror novels turned out to be quite popular and made him much in demand as a novelist. Conversely, the novellas, which did not deal (primarily) with the supernatural, were very difficult to publish as there was not a mass market for “straight” fiction stories in the 25,000- to 35,000-word format. Thus, King and his editor conceived the idea of publishing the novellas together as “something different,” hence the title of the book. Note that this volume contains two classic movies, Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption.

If It Bleeds is a collection of four previously unpublished novellas by Stephen King. The stories in the collection are titled “If It Bleeds,” “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “The Life of Chuck,” and “Rat.” It was released on April 28, 2020. Some say that this is King’s best work in recent years, showcasing his talent once again when it comes to the novella. In each of these novellas, King reflects upon death in some way, and he handles death with depth, courage, and inevitability – people die and others survive to die another day.  Why read such a treatise in the middle of pandemic?  Sometimes by concentrating on the fantastical, I can better absorb the real. 

Summaries

“If It Bleeds”The premise of the title story is based on a journalism adage that if it bleeds, it leads! This means that stories that witness the gruesome death of others are often the lead stories on the nightly news in which the viewers “eat the pain of survivors and bereaved the deaths.” The protagonist of the title story, Holly Gibney, is by King’s own admission one of his most beloved characters, a “quirky walk-on” who quickly found herself at the center of some very unpleasant adventures in End of WatchMr. Mercedes, and The Outsider. Holly seems to always stumble upon those where the dead are not really dead, but somehow becomes something else.  In this particular case, the something else a shape-shifting TV journalist that follows the leads to the “bleeds.” An on-the-ground reporters who turn up at very ugly disasters. Holly has a sort of a shining for the paranormal. “Only a coincidence, Holly thinks, but a chill shivers through her just the same and once again she thinks of how there may be forces in this world moving people as they will, like men (and women) on a chessboard.” This title story kept my sensibilities gasping as viscerally felt exposed to Holly’s every move.  I was afraid for her and terrified of what might happen to her in the end.

“Rat” – What if you could have what you want, but you have to sacrifice something in return?  This something in return was going to happen anyway so what difference would it make.  You get yours, the something happens and all is good, but is it.  This is the premise of the short story “Rat.” An author abandons his family and goes to a remote cabin to write his novel.  He tried writing a novel before, but lost his way and almost his sanity. But this time, he is cooking with gas and the novel is coming together word-by-word and page-by-page until he lost his edge after a life-threatening winter storm.  So how does he get back on track? Of course, he makes a deal with a rat. In the careful-what-you-wish-for department, there are the usual hallucinatory doings, a destiny-altering proposal, and of course a writer protagonist who makes a deal for success that he thinks will outsmart the fates.

“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” – A teenager finds that a dead friend’s cell phone that was buried with the body still communicates from beyond the grave. Craig gets a job working for the retired Mr. Harrigan when he’s just nine years old, watering plants and reading to the old man, who has retired to the small town of Harlow, Maine, after a successful business career. As the years go on, Craig buys an iPhone for him as a thank you gift after a scratch-off lotto ticket that Harrigan had gifted the boy pays off. The old man is reluctant to accept the phone at first, but comes to enjoy it. When Mr. Harrigan dies, Craig places the phone in his pocket to be buried with him. One night, missing his friend, he leaves a voice message. To his shock, he gets a text in return. Craig will learn that not everything dead is gone.

“The Life of Chuck” – As the world around him crumbles into oblivion, a man realizes that he contains multitudes. A story told in reverse, starting with the end of Chuck Krantz’s life, and moving back in time to show how he’d lived that life. “The Life of Chuck” started a bit strange, with Act III to be precise. At first I thought it might be something futuristic. But then you’ll learn who Chuck Krantz really was. The whole story is a kind of chronology of death foretold. The Life of Chuck is the story of a man’s life told in reverse and it works so beautifully. This is the type of King story I love most of all because he just sucker punches when you least expect with a story-within-a-story that tugs at your heart and emotions. I was so caught up in the dance sequence, the drumming, and the colliding stories, that I actually shed a tear.

Stephen King’s Chronology

1. Carrie (1974)2. ‘Salem’s Lot (1975)3. The Shining (1977)
4. Rage (1977)5. The Stand (1978)6. The Long Walk (1979)
7. The Dead Zone (1979)8. Firestarter (1980)9. Roadwork (1981)
10. Cujo (1981)11. The Running Man (1982)12. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982)
13. Christine (1983)14. Pet Sematary (1983)15. Cycle of the Werewolf (1983)
16. The Talisman (1984)17. Thinner (1984)18. It (1986)
19. The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)20. The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)21. Misery (1987)
22. The Tommyknockers (1987)23. The Dark Half (1989)24. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991)
25. Needful Things (1991)26. Gerald’s Game (1992)27. Dolores Claiborne (1992)
28. Insomnia (1994)29. Rose Madder (1995)30. The Green Mile (1996)
31. Desperation (1996)32. The Regulators (1996)33. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997)
34. Bag of Bones (1998)35. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)36. Dreamcatcher (2001)
37. Black House (2001)38. From a Buick 8 (2002)39. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003)
40. The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004)41. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004)42. The Colorado Kid (2005)
43. Cell (2006)44. Lisey’s Story (2006)45. Blaze (2007)
46. Duma Key (2008)47. Under the Dome (2009)48. 11/22/63 (2011)
49. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)50. Joyland (2013)51. Doctor Sleep (2013)
52. Mr. Mercedes (2014)53. Revival (2014)54. Finders Keepers (2015)
55. End of Watch (2016)56. Gwendy’s Button Box (2017)57. Sleeping Beauties (2017)
58. The Outsider (2018)59. Elevation (2018)60. The Institute (2019)
Titles in my reading history are in bold.
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Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon:” The Folk in the City (New Stuff Tuesday)

Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore

I was surprised to see this book the other day, because I’d just had a conversation with my brother about a woman in Baltimore who trademarked the word “hon.” I simply didn’t believe that it was possible to trademark a term I’ve heard people utter hundreds of times, so had to look into it. According to UpCounsel.com*, the law allows trademarking of goods and services, but not trademarking “generic terms, phrases, or the like.” Hon would seem to fit that and yet the woman was able to trademark it. In my world, the term comes mostly, but not exclusively, from the mouths of southerners and people in service industries. I always thought it was just a nicety, little did I know hearing the word hon is the next best thing to being in Baltimore.

Baltimoreans/Baltimoreons (take your pick) have a long standing reputation for including “hon” in their greetings. Although it has been in use much longer, over the last 30 years or so the “hon” in local Baltimore dialect has been the focal point of a local controversy. There have been protests and boycotts over the word and even legislative action. The to-do encompases Denise Whiting’s trademark of the term in 1992, through citywide efforts to construct local tradition, and on to the future. Here you will find the story of local Baltimore culture, but also see how it reflects on local culture around the United States.

Lest you think “hon” is innocuous, it symbolizes divisions of race, class, gender, and belonging, all of which are discussed in this book. According to this NPR 4-minute listen, “the Hon” is also a person, “that beehived, cat’s-eye-glasses-wearing, working-class woman of the late 1950s and early ’60s.” You can probably just imagine, but if not, check out this image from Honfest 2018.

Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon:” The Folk in the City
by David J. Puglia
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
F189.B15 P84 2018

*What Can Be Trademarked: Everything You Need to Know

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Andersen Library welcomes Warhawks! Safely, of course.

photo of libraryWelcome (back) to UW-Whitewater and Andersen Library!

Andersen Library is open Monday-Tuesday, August 31-September 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fall Semester hours start on Wednesday, September 2:

  • Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m.-midnight
  • Fri.: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sat.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sun.: 1 p.m.-midnight

Exception: Labor Day, Monday Sept. 7: Closed

Please note that measures are in place to help us all be as safe as possible. These measures include the wearing of face masks by everyone in the library; cleaning supply stations on each floor (please use wipes for keyboards and mice); shields at service desks; and spacing of tables, seating and computers to maintain social distancing, including reduced capacity in study rooms. Please use the signs on tables and computers to indicate that you have used them, because this alerts staff that they need sanitizing. There will be regular cleaning of these spaces by staff, but you may use materials from cleaning stations to clean a space for yourself. We also urge you to wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer. There is additional information on the Library’s COVID-19 Updates page and the campus Warhawks Return page.

We are looking forward to helping you succeed this year!

Please ask a librarian (email, chat, phone 262.472.1032, or visit the Reference Desk) for assistance.

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Celebrate the 19th Amendment

August 26, 2020, is Women’s Equality Day. This year is the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the constitutional right to vote. People are encouraged to celebrate at noon on Wed., Aug. 26, with the ringing of bells, blowing of whistles, and honking of horns, as was done in 1920 (reported in the Madison Capital Times on August 27, 1920).

It is important to remember that the path to equality for all women was uneven. Despite a historical connection between abolition and suffrage, discrimination within the suffragist movement forced the creation of separate organizations. And even after the 1920 victory, African American women continued to face barriers to exercising their right to vote such as literacy tests. You can read more about it and see a timeline of key events for Black suffragists online.

It is shocking sometimes how little we know about our own history! To test your knowledge about suffrage, and to learn more, you can visit the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative website and take the quizzes there!

For assistance with finding additional resources, such as articles or books, please ask a librarian (visit or contact staff at the Reference Desk, email, chat, or make an appointment).

Andersen Library is a federal depository library with federal government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson – Becoming, by Michelle Obama

cover image for the book entitled Becoming by Michelle Obama

One in a series of reviews contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Becoming – Michelle Obama

Due to the racial and social unrest that took place in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, my mind and heart was in a shamble.  The unrest was multiplied by the fact that I was marinating in the self-isolation of COVID-19 and my spirit was aching for invigoration, inspiration, and connectivity.  I have been fascinated with the Obamas and had the book Becoming sitting on my coffee table as a conversation piece. I had not taken the time to read it, but I made a pact with my sister who lives in Oklahoma that we would read and discuss it together as a way to navigate the boredom of COVID-19 and the disdain over the death of George Floyd.  As we were reading the book, another seminal event took place which was the death of John Lewis. John Lewis was one of the leading figures of the 1960’s WOKE Culture. He led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, walked with Dr. Martin Luther King across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama and became a lifelong freedom fighter in Congress. He was a dear friend and inspiration to Barack and Michelle Obama.  Without John Lewis and his rousing call for freedom, there would not be a Barak Obama, a Michelle Obama, or a Dwight Watson as the first Black Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 

As reported in the August 10, 2020, Time Magazine tribute issue to John Lewis, he was known as the conscience of Congress, and his beginning of the dream started with the March on Washington in 1963.  “The march on Washington was a triumph.  But after everybody agreed on that, the question was why: Why?  Hardly in terms of immediate results, since there were none.  The battle cry of the march was “Now!” Seas of placards demanded Negro equality – Now! Speakers demanded action – Now! Cried John Lewis…We want freedom and we want it NOW! But Now remained a long way off. It would not come today, tomorrow, next month, or next year. (Reprinted from Time Magazine, September 6, 1963: Full text – UWW access)

As an inspiration, I started the book Becoming, but I finished the book as a tribute to John Lewis who inspired many including the First Lady of the United State.  Michelle Obama’s triumphs are indeed a testament to the March on Washington which was the beginning of the dream and her becoming is a dream fulfilled. She spoke of her becoming as a beholding.  She said, “I carried history with me, and it was not that of presidents or First Ladies.  I never related to the story of John Quincy Adams the way I did to Sojourner Truth, or been moved by Woodrow Wilson the way I was by Harriet Tubman,  The struggles of Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King was more familiar to me than those of Eleanor Roosevelt or Mamie Eisenhower.  I carried their histories, along with my mother and grandmothers.  None of these women could ever imagine the life like the one I now had, but they had trusted that their perseverance would yield someone like me.  I wanted to show up in the world in a way that honored who they were (pp. 364-365).”

Michelle Obama’s book is filled with many amazing insights into what it was like to grow up on the South Side of Chicago as she shares the joys of her childhood as well as some of the tough things. She was a feisty child, driven to do well in school. Her story begins: “I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving.” She speaks lovingly of her roots in this working class family – her parents and her brother and grandparents and how their values shaped the adult she would become.  

The book is divide into three sections – Becoming Me in which Michelle discusses her origin story, Becoming Us which is an account of her first encounter with Barak until he was elected President of the United States, and Becoming More which depicts her life and adventures of becoming the first Black First Lady of the United States.  Michelle shares her love for her husband and daughters. She speaks about the discrimination against the men in her family, about being Black at Princeton, about the attacks on her husband’s citizenship. We discover who she is in the times she is undergoing a self-discovery, as she questions her aspirations, as she juggles work and motherhood as Barack’s involvement and aspirations in politics grow. The book is an intimate portrait of the personal struggles that she faced.

What I enjoyed most about the book was its candor. Michelle Obama was speaking to me as intimate friend and I understood her struggles and her triumphs as she wove her life story.  This story was full of many self-doubts in which she asked herself, “Am I good enough?”  Coming from meager means and becoming the First Lady was no mere incidental happenstance.  This happened because of Barack Obama’s ability to cause a swerve in Michelle’s dogged persistence of making lists, checking off accomplishments, and striving to the next level which was to attend Princeton, then Harvard Law School, then attain a job in a major law firm, then to make partner.  Barack’s first campaign was to win the hand of Michelle Robinson and the rest became a history of firsts.

“As the only African American First Lady to set foot in the White House, I was “other” almost by default. If there was a presumed grace assigned to my White predecessors, I knew it was unlikely to be the same for me.  I’d learned through the stumbles that I had to be better, faster, smarter, and stronger than ever. My grace would need to be earned. I worried that many Americans wouldn’t see themselves reflected in me, settling in my new role slowly without being judged. And when it came to judgment, I was as vulnerable as ever to the unfounded fears and racial stereotypes that lay just beneath the surface of the public consciousness, ready to be stirred up by rumor and innuendo (p. 284).”

As a former First Lady, Obama states that she has encountered hypocritical and shallow people but many wonderful others, such as military spouses and teachers with outstanding spirits and fortitude. She recalls meeting children across the globe who filled her with joy and enabled her to forget her title, at least for a brief time.  Throughout the book, the theme of becoming was evident –Becoming Me, Becoming Us, Becoming More.  In the end, Michelle Obama recognized that confidence needed to be called from within as she asked and answered her continuous refrain.  “Am I good enough? Yes, I am.”

I started this book at the beginning of the George Floyd revolution as a way to calm my person and to re-engineer my heart, my mind and my soul. Through the reading of the book, I reflected on my own becoming as the first African American Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as I celebrated my first year at the helm during turbulent times.  I ended the book with the death of John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian (they both died on the same day, July 17, 2020), two pioneers in the fight for freedom and justice.  This review has come to an end with the plaintive words of John Lewis, a beloved friend of Michelle and Barak Obama.

“While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.” (July 30, 2020. New York Times. Note: Mr. Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.)

I hope the readers of this blog find wisdom in the words of Congressman Lewis. To pay tribute to John Lewis, Reverend C.T. Vivian, Black Lives Matter, and the need for restorative perseverance during these turbulent times, read Becoming by Michelle Obama to experience the confluence (the grand intersections) and the influence (the glorious inspiration).

Notes from the Librarian:

For additional readings written by and about John Lewis, try this Research@UWW search. You will find Lewis’ biography, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, as well as books for younger readers, such as Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement. Note especially the graphic novel format series of March, written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell, which is a first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.

The Library provides access to Reverend C. T. Vivian New York Times obituary, works such as Black Power and the American Myth, and archival materials such as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee papers. Listen to C. T. Vivian’s responses during panel discussions with the 1961 Freedom Riders, and a 2007 interview, and see him frequently featured throughout PBS’s acclaimed documentary “Eyes On The Prize” [1987 & 2006]. Visit the C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute online to witness his legacy.

For a few readings around WOKE culture, try

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Type and Color: How to Design and Use Multicolored Typefaces (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Type and Color book cover

Are you my type? Did you ever watch the TV show, The Middle? The super-quirky, but adorable Brick started the Font Club at his school. So I immediately thought of him when I saw this book, though it’s hard to say if it would actually resonate with him as it’s a bit flamboyant for his tastes.

Nevertheless, the book is a fun, flashy splash of design, color, and unusual typefaces. Marshall McLuhan’s famous line, “the medium is the message” might well be said to be the theme of this book. Type and color can convey as much meaning as the text itself.

The author is a graphic designer in the Netherlands and according to the publisher’s web site, his favorite color is full color. It shows!

Type and Color: How to Design and Use Multicolored Typefaces
by Mark van Wageningen
New Arrivals, 2nd Floor
Z250.7 .W3413 2020

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (New Stuff Tuesdays)

Book cover for Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

I’ll come clean, this is not a new book. However, it is one that will serve you immensely for the rest of your life.

We have the original edition (2002) online and the 2nd edition (2012) in print. I’ve read the 2nd edition and it has deeply influenced me. Whether you’re talking issues of discrimination, harassment, finances, religion, vacation destinations, or almost any other topic where there is heartfelt disagreement, this book will serve you well. It is filled with interpersonal communication strategies for improving discussions and relations with others, so that everyone can leave feeling like they’ve been heard and understood. The book flows through parts of conversations and gives you tips for dealing with different situations that might arise. To summarize the chapter titles, in a conversation you should focus on what you really want; identify when safety is at risk; make it a safe space; stay in dialogue when you’re angry, scared, or hurt; speak persuasively, not abrasively; listen carefully, and finally move to action and results. It sounds like a lot, but Patterson packs it all in there in an easily accessible format. The book includes links to useful videos (2nd edition only, first hand accounts, and case studies. I wholeheartedly recommend that you read it.

Crucial Conversations:
Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

by Kerry Patterson
Online
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
Main Collection
BF637.C45 C78 2012

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