From the Desk of Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

Book cover image of The Source of Self-Regard

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations – Toni Morrison

Review contributed by Chancellor Dwight C. Watson

I started this book this summer and was savoring every chapter as I read one chapter per day.  On the day the Toni Morrison passed away I was reading her commentary about her book, SulaMs. Morrison characterized Sula as “a New World Black and a New World Woman extracting choices from choicelessness, responding inventively to found things, modern, out-of-the-house, outlawed, unpolicing, uncontained, and uncontainable. And dangerously female; this is a special kind of Black woman – one with choices” (188). I marveled at the language and the powerful capturing of Sula and it was obvious to me that this should be the epitaph for Ms. Morrison.  She was unflinching is her pursuit of clarity, her uncensored exploration of race, and her enduring impact as she described her lived experiences and the historical cadence of American history.  Prior to the most recent presidential election, Ms. Morrison (2015) stated: “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is not time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language, that is how civilizations heal.” The Source of Self-Regard was a healing tome for me.  It was the right book, at the right time, and I read it in the right place as I transitioned to UW-Whitewater.  What a wonderful way to start a magnificent journey with a handbook, a captured testament, from one of America’s most profound sages.  

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Sharing strength through stories

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“Exquisitely acted, with a gorgeous, expressionistic Terence Blanchard score, this is one of Mr. Lee’s most enduring films. Long before it opened, a lot of the discussion surrounding “Malcolm X” involved the personalities and legacies of both its subject and its director, but in the end this is a film that should be seen for what it is: great cinema” (Manohla Dargis).

Directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, the film “Malcolm X” (1992) lands at #26 on The New York Times “28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month” list published this month.  

Through enormous charisma and passion, Mr. Washington exemplified the power and transformation of the street hustler, Malcolm Little, who became a profound religious and political leader we know today as Malcom X.

After refusal for additional funding, when “Malcom X” went over its $28 million budget, Spike Lee sought the help of outside allies including Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan, Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, Janet Jackson, Prince, and more. Receiving more than enough help, “Malcom X” was finished with an integrity to share truth on a story that needed to be told.

“These are black folks with some money who came to the rescue of the movie,” said Lee at a conference in Harlem. “As a result, this film will be my version. Not the bond company’s version, not Warner Brothers’s.

As an honorable initiative, The New York Times recently published a list of essential movies like “Malcom X” from the 20th century films, chosen by chief film critics, that convey the larger history of black Americans.

This month, Andersen Library will join The New York Times initiative through our Black History Month display of ‘Stories Have Power’. This display, arranged on the second floor, will feature 21 out of those 28 critically acclaimed films seen on The New York Times list.  

These stories will have power in this space. We here at Andersen Library hope that the UW-Whitewater community will share these stories and spread their power outside of Andersen’s walls.

Especially during this month, take a look at these films and consider the power that rests in each and every one of those stories.

For the full list of essential films to watch during this Black History Month, visit https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/01/movies/28-essential-films-black-history-month.html.

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Is your resumé ready?

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With the spring career fair having come quickly this week, what better way to prepare than revisiting and revamping your resumé?

That’s what students did last week here at Andersen Library’s ‘Resume Doctor’ event. On February 4th through the 6th from 12:00-4:00 pm, students were able to walk right in and get their resumés and portfolios looked over by the CLD experts. The best part is that these extensive “check-ups” were free of charge!

If you were unable to make during these times, don’t worry! You can always make an appointment with a staff member at the Career and Leadership Development office to get your resumé reviewed.

To make an appointment just call (262)-472-1471 or visit UC 146.

Good luck Warhawks. Show those potential employers what you got!

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Plat Maps (New Stuff Tuesday)

Title Book Cover

Plat Maps have long been a great resource for individuals researching information on property. A plat map is a scaled drawing of a piece of land with marked divisions showing acreage and, often, property owners. Genealogists find these types of maps particularly interesting as a way to track family ownership of property.

Recently, the Archives & Area Research Center added to it’s collection of historical plat maps for Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock Counties. The maps date from the 1950s through 2009.

New Plat Maps for Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock Counties
Archives & Area Research Center, 1st Floor

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American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels: 1960-1966 (New Stuff Tuesday)

American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels: 1960-1966 Book Cover

The editor of this series, Gary K Wolfe, has experience with science fiction, having written several other works on the scifi genre and having co-hosted the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast. He previously wrote two partner-volumes of this series covering the 1950s. Here he chose to write two volumes covering the 1960s, because that decade was a time of upheaval for science fiction writing. The decade said “bye-bye” to the pulp fiction of previous decades and “hello” to more literary and cross-genre novels that raised science fiction to new levels and with expanded readership.

Wolfe has selected these classics for this volume of American Science Fiction:

  • The High Crusade by Poul Anderson
  • Way Station by Clifford D Simak
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniele Keyes
  • …And Call me Conrad (aka This Immortal by Roger Zelazny)

In spite of being a huge scifi buff, when I did a quick scan of the novels included in this volume I found that I’d only read one, Flowers for Algernon. It is a really amazing and moving novel about ethical and moral issues related to medical advances. A search for other titles in the volume brought up award finalists and winners and high accolades by reviewers. Seeing as in all four volumes I’d only read a few more of the novels, I’ve now got a much longer reading list. I think you might too. The American Science Fiction volumes would be a convenient place to start and we have them in the Andersen Library available to check o ut.

The books in the series are:

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First Spring 2020 Book Sale Includes Binders

The first book (and binder) sale of spring 2020 runs through February 28, 2020.

Books

From the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day through February 24th, all books and vintage binders in the Andersen Library sale will be $1. From February 25-28, the price will be reduced to 25¢ each.

The subjects of the books are quite varied this time around. They include biography and memoir, geography, literature, philosophy, performing arts, visual arts, and travel.

The sale cart is right by the cafe. Come peruse and purchase. Oh, and welcome back to campus!

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Kanopy changes to come!

The Library has offered Kanopy streaming films for several years now; however, their pricing model is unsustainable for us, especially in a year of cost-cutting. The Kanopy pricing model is a per-film license model, costing $150 for each one-year one-film subscription period. We pay for every film that is accessed at least four times during a calendar year for 30 seconds or more. Since there are no previews/trailers, licenses are triggered very quickly – even from casual browsing.

Kanopy Mediated Model

Starting Monday, February 17, we will implement a mediated (i.e. reviewed) model for selecting Kanopy films. Any film that is not yet licensed can be searched for in Kanopy and requested through the form that Kanopy provides. Librarians will review your request and reply to you with a license decision. Faculty who are using the film for a class will be given first priority, but there is no guarantee of approval. Film access will typically be available within two business days after a decision is made. Any film which is already licensed will still be available on-demand as usual. Records for all current film licenses will appear in Research@UWW with the current license dates.

Kanopy UWW form

Alternatives to Kanopy

The Library also provides several other streaming video collections that operate on an all-you-can-eat pricing model; one set prepaid price for an entire year. One of these collections might offer something that suits your need.

  • Films on Demand: Over 38,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects. Content includes documentaries, lectures, instructional/curricular videos, and historical primary source videos.
  • FedFlix: Featuring the best movies from the United States Government, all these videos are available for reuse without any restrictions.
  • LGBT Studies in Video: A cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community.
  • PBS Video Collection: This collection of almost 800 titles provides video documentaries and series from PBS on topics that range from science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more.
  • Psychotherapy.net (UWW selected): Curated by our Counselor Ed and Social Work faculty, this Psychotherapy.net collection offers streaming videos which show actual psychotherapy sessions, and experts discuss their thoughts behind their interventions.
  • Psychotherapy.net (Alexander Street): Includes more than 150 in-depth training videos from one of the counseling professions’ most respected video providers.
  • Nursing and Mental Health in Video: Nursing and Mental Health in Video features over 240 videos of the most common mental health disorders nurses may encounter – whether in a primary care setting, emergency room, medical, psychiatric or other.

It is unfortunate that we have to make this change, but after thorough analysis and discussion with the vendor, we feel the Kanopy Mediated Model is the only way in which we can continue to provide this resource. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your liaison librarian.

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The 25th Year of Honor

January 20th was the celebration of an everlasting leader. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the day of service put in place to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.

As an activist, Dr. King fought for a world where every individual would be treated equally and respectfully regardless of their race or nationality. As an advocate for peace and justice, Dr. King delivered over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime all of which demonstrated the necessity for access to public services for all. Remembered as one of the most important human beings of all time, Dr. King’s teachings and ideas still inspire people to rise above even their own greatness for the better of humanity. Dr. King’s words were always a call to action and a reminder that anyone can make a difference no matter the color of your skin or placement in society.

To learn more about Martin Luther King Jr., you can check out our resources here in Andersen Library. If you need assistance with finding additional resources, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian by calling at 262-472-1032 or visiting the reference desk on the second floor.

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The Giver, 25th anniversary edition (New Stuff Tuesdays)

The giver book cover

The classic novel, which many remember from required reading in middle school grades, is just as relevant today, and perhaps even more compelling to read with an adult’s eyes rather than a pre-teen’s. Browsing through the pages still made me gasp at moments at Lois Lowry’s sensitive and powerful writing. In her simple story of a world without inequality, suffering, real love, or choice, she certainly addresses plenty of deep adult themes related to what it means to be human and live life fully. Such themes are ones we can appreciate all our lives, and that the lessons come in such a beautifully-written story makes it even more enjoyable.

There are several great additions to this 25th anniversary edition (the original was published in 1993). One is the Newbery Medal acceptance speech that she gave in 1994. This is the second book for which Lowry received the highest honor for children’s literature, and it’s worth picking up this book just to page through the speech for her insight into the eternal question posed to authors, “where did you get the idea for this book?” Whether you’re an aspiring author or just admire them, this little peek inside one author’s writing process was rewarding!

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
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The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator (New Stuff Tuesday)

The Mosquito Book Cover

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
by Timothy C. Winegard
New Arrivals Island, 2nd Floor
QL536 .W56 2019

Slap! Smack! Ouch! Once the snow melts those darn mosquitoes are everywhere.

When I first moved to Wisconsin, a student joked with me that Wisconsin has only two seasons: winter and road repair. But you could just as easily substitute mosquitoes for road repair. Last summer I noticed that the mosquitoes in Wyoming were smaller, slower, and dumber than the ones in Wisconsin. But they were there — and as annoying as ever. And according to this book, it’s hard to get away from them, though it is possible. If Antarctica is not your cup of tea, perhaps Iceland or the Seychelles would be more comfortable places to hole up away from the hungry hordes?

This book outlines all the many ways that mosquitoes make life miserable for just about everyone else on the planet. Did you know that mosquitoes kill more humans than any other creatures (sadly, humans are #2 on this list)? Mosquitoes are armed with weaponry that would make any warlord envious. Their chemical arsenals eclipse that of Monsanto. Their ability to deliver vector-borne diseases is unsurpassed by any other species.

When I noticed that the author wrote military history, it all made sense. This book is a natural history of the deadliest species of killing machines the earth has ever known.

If you’d like to hear what all the buzz is about, you can watch the author’s lecture on this book.

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