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 (http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/)

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, www.timbrookesinc.com.”

Humanities II at Walden Pond

Want to spend a few weeks this summer walking in Thoreau’s footsteps, studying and discussing great ideas like he did?  Want to get those HUMN credits under your belt before the fall semester starts?  Then apply for Humanities 221 at Walden Pond, a 4-week course taking place in Concord, MA (minutes from Boston) June 19 – July 16, 2011.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 23.

To learn a little more about this unique course offering, stop by Milne Library and check out the display in the lobby.  Just look for the poster of Mr. Thoreau.  Or contact the course instructors, Profs. Ed Gillin and Mary Gillin, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  But hurry!  There’ll be plenty of time to smell the roses in Concord, for as Thoreau himself wrote, “Nature will bear the closest inspection.”

Milne display memorializes architect Edgar Tafel

Edgar Tafel (2nd from right) with Wright and other Taliesin Fellows

Edgar Tafel, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentices and an original member of Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, died on January 18, 2011 at the age of 98.  Tafel is perhaps best known in the Geneseo community as the architect both of  the College’s 1964 Facilities Master Plan, the blueprint from which the campus’ 1960s-era construction boom flowed, and of several buildings constructed here from 1967-71 — most notably, Brodie Fine Arts Building.  At Geneseo’s 2001 Commencement ceremony, Tafel received an honary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York in recognition of his excellent work for SUNY.

To commemorate Tafel’s passing as well his contributions to the architectural landscape of SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library has assembled some relevant materials from the College Archives and elsewhere and placed them on display in a table case in the lobby.  The mini-exhibit will run until February 23.

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 tlc@geneseo.edu

Exhibit on College History continues through September

 

Geneseo's "Old Main" in the 1870s

Whether you’re new to the campus or just returning after a summer’s absence, get yourself into Milne Library and experience the exhibit “From Normal to Extraordinary: Geneseo’s Proud Tradition of Educating Educators” before it leaves at the end of September. The Milne Gallery is lined with framed photographs, maps and other visual gems from the College Archives and elsewhere, chronicling highlights of SUNY Geneseo’s evolution from normal school to state teachers college to premier public liberal arts college.

The exhibit extends to the Milne Lobby display cases, where various artifacts relating to the history of the College are on view, including early yearbooks, flyers, more photographs and a gown worn by a graduate at the 1903 Geneseo Normal School commencement.

As in previous years, the timing of the College history exhibit is intended to coincide with the summer class reunions, but this year Milne has extended its run so that students and faculty have an opportunity to view and place themselves in this unique historical context.

“From Normal to Extraordinary” Exhibit Seeks Contributions

Milne Library will be hosting the exhibit, “From Normal to Extraordinary,” a retrospective on Geneseo’s proud tradition of educating educators, during the College’s Summer Reunion, to be held July 9-11, 2010,. The exhibit will feature artifacts, ephemera and photographs that span College’s 139-year history, from its beginnings as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School through the SUNY years.

Alumni and other interested persons are invited to loan exhibit items such as mementos, keepsakes or photographs that will help to tell Geneseo’s story, particularly as it relates to teacher and librarian education. Contact Liz Argentieri, Special Collections Librarian, at argente@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5194.

Recreate the Galaxy Winners

On Wednesday, November 28th, Milne Library hosted Recreate the Galaxy, an event featuring poetry readings and dance performances showcasing the creative and artistic talents of Geneseo students from all different academic disciplines. Dr. Leah Garland (SOTA) was the Master of Ceremonies and Jeanette Molina (Director of Dual-Degree Programs), Dr. Cristina Rowley (Foreign Languages) and Rich Dreifuss (Milne Library) presided as judges. Recreate the Galaxy was an event sponsored in conjunction with the heavens above: photographs of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope special exhibit. Winners of the competition were students Nathan Lauffenburger (Physics), Charles Shickley (Mathematics) and Garrett Jones (Computer Science). The trio’s entry was The dark in my heart: 51 haikus, a series of haiku poems read by the students. Congratulations Nathan, Charles and Garrett! For more information, visit the Heavens Above website.

An exerpt from The dark in my heart: 51 haikus:

The dark in my heart
Opens up memories, dust
Closure of my space

A hohmann transfer
To the orbit from beyond
Into tandem thus

Heavens Above podcasts available

Missed any of the lectures or events surrounding Milne Library’s heavens above: photographs of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope exhibit? No need to worry! The “Heavens Above: Lectures” podcast is available via the Heavens Above website and features all of the exciting programming from this special exhibit. Go to http://heavensabove.geneseo.edu and click on the podcast link to subscribe.

Saturn and its moons

In this video clip, the leader of the Imaging Team on the Cassini mission to Saturn, Carolyn Porco interprets and shares the pictures coming back from this fascinating planet, its rings and its moons. And it might even include liquid water…

Habitat for Humanity 2005 Gulf Coast photo exhibit

Geneseo Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring an exhibit that shows dramatic photos of the heartache and devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the hope and renewal offered by volunteers in the Gulf Coast. “Operation Home Delivery: Habitat for Humanity Responds to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes” will be on display for viewing from March19 – April 6, 2007 in the Milne Gallery.

“As other issues capture our attention, it is easy to forget that people affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still struggling to recover,” said Geneseo student and chapter representative Catherine Urban. “This exhibit is a vivid and compelling reminder — not only of the terrible loss, but of the amazing resilience of those affected and the incredible work of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to rebuild.”

Immediately after Hurricane Katrina and then after Hurricane Rita, Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Home Delivery program began putting plans in place to help low-income families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama affected by the storms build homes as part of the region’s long-term reconstruction. Nearly 15,000 volunteers from around the United States and Canada have been traveling to the Gulf Coast to help Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts. To date, nearly 400 homes have been built or are under construction in the Gulf Coast thanks to the efforts of Habitat volunteers.

The organization has raised more than $121 million to date for Gulf Coast reconstruction, much of it from local individuals and community groups. By mid-summer of 2007, the organization expects to have built 1,000 hurricane-recovery houses along the Gulf.