Storytelling in Milne on Nov. 29, 2011

On Tuesday, November 29th, Milne Library will host a Storytelling Event for children and their caregivers! This event is open to SUNY Geneseo faculty, staff and students as well as the Geneseo community.

Come listen to stories about chipmunks, Native Americans and the Oregon Trail performed by School of Education students — and be entertained by songs and read-alouds performed by members of the Young Children’s Council.

Storytelling will last from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, with refreshments provided. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

Languages in Peril Roundtable Discussion

Milne Library and the Anthropology Club present:

Earth Boy

Languages in Peril Photo Credit: Duncan Walker Photography

Languages in Peril: A Roundtable Discussion on the Loss of Language

Wednesday, November 16th
2:30-3:30 PM
Milne 208

There are 6,000 languages spoken on our planet and 2,500 of those are
endangered. Come hear firsthand accounts from three speakers of
endangered languages.  These languages are no longer being taught so
there is the chance they will not exist in the next hundred years.
This is a great chance to learn the challenges speakers of a dying
language face.  It’s an open forum discussion so come with questions!
Speakers: Priya Patel, Ariunzayza Damdindorj, Maria Abaya.

Endangered Alphabets Exhibit

The  Departments of Anthropology and Languages & Literatures and Milne Library present:Endangered Alphabets Exhibit Opening
Endangered Alphabets Mandic Board

Endangered Alphabets Mandic Board

With artist and author, Tim Brookes**, Director of Professional Writing at Champlain College

Milne 105
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
2:30 PM

Wood Shavings - A Work In Progress

Wood Shavings - A Work In Progress

Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that the 6,000-7,000 languages of the world are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered—no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters.

The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of fourteen carvings and a book, is the first-ever attempt to bring attention to this issue. The text is the same for each, namely, Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

All are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Anthropology Student Group.

For more information about the display, see The Endangered Alphabets Project (

Tim Brookes, Artist & Author

Tim Brookes, Artist & Author

**Tim Brookes has this to say about himself:

“I was born in a small house in London, of parents who were poor, honest and liked going for very long walks. My education consisted of being forced to take written exams every five or six weeks, and eat school lunches of liver and onions-until I got to Oxford, where we had written exams every eight weeks and had lunches of pickled onions and
Guinness.This was quite enough to make me flee the country and seek gainful employment in Vermont, where I have lived for 24 years, writing a great deal and trying to grow good raspberries. Only one of my books has been translated into another language; it appeared in Dutch as “Geen plek om een koe kwijt te raken.” My favorite color is russet. If I had my life all over again, I would take more risks, like smuggling the liver out of the dining hall wrapped in my handkerchief.Read more about Tim on his blog,”

Halloween Storytime this Friday at 6 pm!

On Friday, October 28th, Milne Library will host a Halloween Storytime Celebration for children and their caregivers! Any age is welcome, though these mildly scary stories are geared toward ages 10 and under.

Storytime (performed by Milne Library’s Mark Sullivan) will last from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, with refreshments provided. The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library. Costumes are optional.

Take time to read, and discuss, a good book

Dear student, is your overworked brain screaming for a break?  Do you miss reading just for yourself, just for pleasure?  Maybe you have a list a mile long of all the great books you’re going to read when you “get the chance”?  Well, now’s your chance! Geneseo’s Book Club invites you to a discussion of their first book of the semester, Walter Moers’s The City of Dreaming Books, on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning this Sunday (Oct. 23) in Milne 104.  A copy or two may still be available in the stacks at PT2673.O293 S73 2008.

Publisher’s Weekly calls The City of Dreaming Books “a delightfully imaginative melange of Shel Silverstein zaniness and oddball anthropomorphism a la Terry Pratchett’s Discworld … a wonderfully whimsical story that will appeal to readers of all ages.”

City of Dreaming Books

Geneseo's Book Club's first pick of the semester

Student organizer Chelsea Pullano and Milne Library have partnered to sponsor the book club, intended to give students the opportunity to round out their lives a bit with regular, lively discussions of good books in a friendly and relaxed setting.  The Club plans to spend a few weeks on Moers’s book, and then decide on what to read next.  Milne Library will purchase copies of the books to loan, but it’s first come, first served – so join the group this Sunday and claim your spot around the table!  Refreshments will be provided.  Contact Chelsea at for more information.

Celebrate a New Faculty and Student Publication

Milne Library invites the Campus community to a reception to celebrate Professor Emilye Crosby’s new book, Civil Rights History From the Ground Up.

Thursday, April 21
 Milne Library, Room 105
 4-6 pm

This edited collection grew out of a March 2006 Geneseo Conversations in the Disciplines Conference on Civil Rights Movement Historiography which brought together nearly 200 people – students, activists, teachers from K-12 to university professors and scholarly specialists.

For more than a decade, Geneseo students have been actively engaged in studying Civil Rights Movement history. They were central to the conference, have met with movement activists and historians, and are quoted in the book. Join alumni and current students in this ongoing conversation about the significance of movement history to today’s society.

View the official invitation here.

County Bells Toll to Mark 150th Anniversary of Civil War

On Tuesday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m., churches, schools and individuals in every corner of Livingston County will be ringing bells for two minutes to mark the solemn anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The campus bell in Sturges tower will join in the commemoration. All are encouraged to to stop, listen and reflect as the bells sound throughout the county.

Image design by George Lucas

No one could have predicted the horror and desolation the Civil War would bring.  More than 3000 soldiers left Livingston County to serve the Union, placing a tremendous burden upon the shoulders of the men, women and children on the home front. Livingston County citizens worked tirelessly throughout the four year ordeal to support relief efforts while laboring to keep farms and local industries alive.

Over the next four years, the County Historian’s Office will honor the memory of county residents who endured the many sacrifices demanded by the Civil War.   A series of special events and projects is being planned to raise awareness of the significance of this era and its impact on the home front.

Make a Paper Crane, Help Japanese Victims

The Japanese Culture Club and friends are raising money to help victims of the  earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Stop by the Milne Library this Tuesday through Friday (March 29 – April 1) between 4:30 – 8 p.m., donate $1, and learn how to make a paper crane.  The JCC has teamed up with an organization that will donate $2 for every crane made. It’s a great way to help people who have been affected by these tragic events.

What’s up with Ghana and Geneseo?

Ghana Exhibit informationWhen: Wednesday, January 26th, 2:30pm

Where: Milne 105

What: Dr. Jennifer Rogalsky, Geography, will discuss her recent Fulbright experience in Ghana with a talk titled “Fulbright Research & Teaching Experience in Kumasi, Ghana: Urban, Gender, and African Geographies.” the first of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Colloquium Series for the semester, this series is jointly sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the TLC.

While the official opening will be in February, when you’re in the Library, be sure to check out an early peek (it’s still a work in progress!) of the Milne Gallery’s latest exhibit,”Grassroots Diplomacy: A Dance of Collaboration, Engagement & Learning.” Highlighting the wide variety of community and Geneseo faculty and student partnerships with Ghana, it includes photos and information on Dr. Rogalsky’s work.

All are welcome.  The  intention of the talks are for faculty and staff members
in all departments to have a chance to engage colleagues across campus and to learn about each others research.

Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to

Celebrate Open Access Week at Geneseo

Most scholars would like to have their work read by as many people as possible.  Open Access initiatives can allow this to happen by making the results of scholarly research available to everyone, from community colleges to top-tier research institutions, regardless of the readers’ ability to pay.

To both inform and engage SUNY Geneseo’s scholars through discussions regarding Open Access, as well as celebrate Open Access Week, October 18-24, the staff at Milne Library has organized two events.

1. Faculty Discussion Panel on Open Access.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 4pm, Wadsworth 21

Following a brief introduction to the concept of open access by librarian Bonnie Swoger, faculty panelists will discuss their experiences publishing in open access journals, making copies of their publications freely available, and encouraging others to publish in open access journals by editing or reviewing for these publications.

  • Jenny Apple (Biology)
  • Savi Iyer (Physics)
  • Brian Morgan (School of Education)
  • Susan Bandoni Muench (Biology)
  • Linda Spencer (Communicative Disorders and Sciences)

Please join us for the discussion about how Open Access is shaping scholarship across the disciplines, how faculty at Geneseo are participating in Open Access, and what this may mean for local questions about tenure and promotion, as well as global questions about the future of scholarship in general.

2.   “Open Access and the Scholarly Landscape”

A talk by Charles Lyons, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University at Buffalo.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:30pm, Milne 213

“At first glance, open access, which entails giving academic journal articles away for free instead of charging for them, looks like a scholarly chemistry experiment with explosions guaranteed.  So far, however, the open access movement’s efforts to reshape the landscape of scholarly publishing by promoting the free communication of knowledge have resulted in changes that are far from tectonic.  Are we on the verge of major shocks to a system that some describe as closed, costly, and cumbersome?  This presentation will highlight major achievements and assess the impact open access is having on the way academic research is disseminated and accessed.”

Both events are sponsored by Milne Library and are open to everyone.  Please RSVP by emailing Sonja Landes.