Monday, April 20, 2015

New Database: Films on Demand

Films on Demand (FOD) is a comprehensive collection of high-quality educational videos. The Sawyer Library has unlimited access to over 17,000 videos covering a wide range of topics. Featured producers include American Experience, BBC, Films for the Humanities and Science, Ken Burns, Frontline, PBS, NOVA, Meridian, Royal Opera House, TED, and much more.

Individual segments subdivide each video creating separate shorter units. Films may be searched by title or by keywords in segments. In addition, the user may browse titles alphabetically or browse or search within subject areas. Films on Demand offers closed captioning in many videos.

Users can create custom playlists of selected clips and share them or embed playlist URLs in Blackboard or syllabi. In addition, users can create personal accounts and save films or segments in folders for easy access and organization.

All films have public performance rights and no copyright infringement worries. Proper citation formats are provided with each video so that students can cite correctly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Online Resource:
Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is comprised of "over 5,000 A–Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines." Core content titles include:
  • The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics
  • The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World
  • The Oxford History of Islam
  • Two versions of the Qur'an:
    • M.A.S. Abdel Haleem's The Qur'an, a prose translation
    • The Koran Interpreted, a verse translation by A.J. Arberry
  • Hanna Kassis' Concordance of the Qur'an

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Have you heard about "Bitcoin"?
Are you curious about virtual currencies?
Are you looking for a paper topic relating to technology and society?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then have a look at this new book:

"Wildcat Currency: How the Virtual Money Revolution is Transforming the Economy," written by Edward Castronova, published by Yale University Press, [2014].

The publisher has provided this synopsis:

"Private currencies have always existed, from notes printed by individual banks to the S&H Green Stamps that consumers once redeemed for household items. Today's economy has seen an explosion of new forms of monetary exchange not created by the federal government. Credit card companies offer points that can be traded in for a variety of goods and services, from airline miles to online store credit. Online game creators have devised new mediums of electronic exchange that turn virtual money into real money. Meanwhile, real money is increasingly going digital, where it competes with private currencies like Bitcoin. The virtual and the real economic worlds are intermingling more than ever before, raising the possibility that this new money might eventually replace the government-run system of dollars, euros, and yen. Edward Castronova is the leading researcher in this field, a founder of scholarly online game studies and an expert on the economies of virtual worlds. In this dynamic and essential work, he explores the current phenomenon of virtual currencies and what it will mean legally, politically, and economically in the future. In doing so, he provides a fascinating, often surprising discourse on the meaning of money itself-what it is, what we think it is, and how we relate to it on an emotional level"

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Speaker Series Event! Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone

Speakers: Julianne Mehegan and David Mehegan

When: Tuesday, March 24th 2015; 1:00 pm

Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Poetry Center

Sawyer Library is proud to once again feature Suffolk University alumni at our next speaker event, happening Tuesday March 24 at 1pm! Julianne and David Mehegan, S.U. alums and editors of Record of a Soldier in the Late War: The Confederate Memoir of John Wesley Bone, will lead a book talk about this title.

John Wesley Bone's diary gives the reader the gritty essence of the Civil War. While it is one man's memory of a volunteer fighting for the Confederacy, it is also a portrait of what daily life was like for the common soldier on both sides of the conflict. In plain, straight-forward language, Bone describes the exploding confusion of battle, the fear, quiet courage, bloody marching feet, rampant sickness, bitter cold and fetid heat of that brutal time. The beautifully-designed diary, edited by Bone's great granddaughter, Julianne Mehegan and her husband, David, will resonate with readers on either side of the Mason-Dixon Line, be they Civil War memorabilia collectors or simply people who want a first-hand account of history.

The book talk will take place in the Poetry Center in the Sawyer Library. There will be light refreshments—Bring your bag lunch!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sawyer Library Book Display

Here is an alphabetical list of the titles currently up in the Sawyer Library Book display. The display features book covers from the Sawyer Library collection related to African American History and Women's History. Click the hyperlink to see if the book is available, or already checked-out. Please be assured that the books in the display case are not the actual books!

  1. Ad women : how they impact what we need, want, and buy / Juliann Sivulka
  2. Alice Paul : claiming power / J. D. Zahniser & Amelia R. Fry
  3. Articulating rights : nineteenth-century American women on race, reform, and the state / Alison M. Parker
  4. Brilliant women : 18th-century bluestockings / Elizabeth Eger and Lucy Peltz
  5. Climbin' Jacob's ladder : the Black freedom movement writings of Jack O'Dell / edited and introduced by Nikhil Pal Singh
  6. Colored people : a memoir / Henry Louis Gates, Jr
  7. Coming through : voices of a South Carolina Gullah community from WPA oral histories / collected by Genevieve W. Chandler ; edited by Kincaid Mills, Genevieve C. Peterkin, and Aaron McCollough ; foreword by Charles W. Joyner
  8. Contagious representation : women's political representation in democracies around the world / Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams
  9. The counter-revolution of 1776 : slave resistance and the origins of the United States of America / Gerald Horne
  10. Different daughters : a history of the Daughters of Bilitis and the rise of the lesbian rights movement / Marcia M. Gallo
  11. Enlightened sexism : the seductive message that feminism's work is done / Susan J. Douglas
  12. Fierce angels : the strong black woman in American life and culture / Sheri Parks
  13. Freedom for women : forging the Women's Liberation Movement, 1953-1970 / Carol Giardina
  14. Great women of the Bible in art and literature / preface Herbert Haag ; commentary Dorothée Sölle ; literary development Joe H. Kirchberger ; art history Anne-Marie Schnieper-Müller ; English translation Joe H. Kirchberger ; project editor Emil Bührer
  15. Growth-oriented women entrepreneurs and their businesses : a global research perspective / edited by Candida G. Brush ... [et al.]
  16. Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War : the undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American quest for equality / Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow, Jr
  17. The Harlem renaissance in black and white / George Hutchinson
  18. A home elsewhere : reading African American classics in the age of Obama / Robert B. Stepto
  19. I am your sister : collected and unpublished writings of Audre Lorde / edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall
  20. In her own image : women's self-representation in twentieth-century art / Danielle Knafo
  21. I've known rivers : lives of loss and liberation / Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
  22. Let us fight as free men : black soldiers and civil rights / Christine Knauer
  23. Life notes : personal writings by contemporary Black women / [edited by] Patricia Bell-Scott
  24. Mammographies : the cultural discourses of breast cancer narratives / Mary K. DeShazer
  25. Margaret Fuller, wandering pilgrim / Meg McGavran Murray
  26. Mom & me & mom / Maya Angelou
  27. A museum of their own : National Museum of Women in the Arts / Wilhelmina Cole Holladay ; text contributions by Philip Kopper
  28. My soul looks back, 'less I forget : a collection of quotations by people of color / Dorothy Winbush Riley, editor
  29. The myth of Seneca Falls : memory and the women's suffrage movement, 1848-1898 / Lisa Tetrault
  30. Our bodies, our crimes : the policing of women's reproduction in America / Jeanne Flavin
  31. The paradox of gender equality : how American women's groups gained and lost their public voice / Kristin A. Goss
  32. Phillis Wheatley's poetics of liberation : backgrounds and contexts / John C. Shields
  33. The political thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton : women's rights and the American political traditions / Sue Davis
  34. Pretty/funny : women comedians and body politics / by Linda Mizejewski
  35. The richer, the poorer : stories, sketches, and reminiscences / Dorothy West
  36. Rocking the babies / Linda Raymond
  37. Seneca Falls and the origins of the women's rights movement / by Sally McMillen
  38. Singin' and swingin' and gettin' merry like Christmas / Maya Angelou
  39. Tell it with pride : the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Shaw Memorial / Sarah Greenough and Nancy K. Anderson ; with Lindsay Harris and Renée Ater ; foreword by Richard J. Powell
  40. That the blood stay pure : African Americans, Native Americans, and the predicament of race and identity in Virginia / Arica L. Coleman
  41. Thirteen ways of looking at a Black man / Henry Louis Gates, Jr
  42. Those good Gertrudes : a social history of women teachers in America / Geraldine J. Clifford
  43. What is veiling? / Sahar Amer
  44. "When I can read my title clear" : literacy, slavery, and religion in the antebellum South / Janet Duitsman Cornelius
  45. Wild embers / by Anita Richmond Bunkley
  46. Women and authorship in revolutionary America / Angela Vietto
  47. Women, feminism and religion in early Enlightenment England / Sarah Apetrei
  48. Women in American history since 1880 : a documentary reader / [edited by] Nancy J. Rosenbloom
  49. Women street hustlers : who they are and how they survive / Barbara A. Rockell
  50. Working the land : the stories of ranch and farm women in the modern American West / Sandra K. Schackel


Friday, February 13, 2015

Frank Wedekind and his play "Spring's Awakening"

In coordination with this year's Pioneer Performance Series production of Spring Awakening, the musical, (based on a 19th century German play by Frank Wedekind), and Professor Jay Rosellini's presentation about the original work and Wedekind’s legacy in drama history, the Sawyer Library is highlighting items in the Library's collection related to the play and its German author.

The contemporary production:
The English translation of Wedekind's play: The original play:

Biography and criticism of Frank Wedekind (1864-1918):
German literature and culture:

Reviews of performances, and articles about the play, from
the New York Times, spanning from 1908 to 2008.

All are available online to Suffolk University students and staff, via
the Historic New York Times database.
  • Isherwood, Charles. "Injecting Real Youth into a Youthful show." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Sep 15 2008. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • BELLAFANTE, GINIA. "Sex, Repressed and Unleashed." New York Times (1923-Current file): 2. Feb 09 2007. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • Isherwood, Charles. "THEATER REVIEW: A Rock 'n' Roll Heartbeat for German Schoolboys of the 19th Century." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Jun 16 2006. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • SISARIO, BEN. "Duncan Sheik." New York Times (1923-Current file): 1. Feb 26 2006. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • Gussow, MEL. "Stage: Juilliard Players do 'Spring Awakening'." New York Times (1923-Current file): 40. Dec 19 1977. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • Funke, LEWIS. "Theater: Wedekind's 'the Awakening of Spring': Sex-Education Sermon at Pocket Theater 1891 Play Conveys Air of a Museum Piece." New York Times (1923-Current file): 50. May 13 1964. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • Gelb, ARTHUR. "Theatre: Dated Sermon: 'Spring's Awakening'Is an Essay on Sex." New York Times (1923-Current file): 30. Oct 10 1955. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • "COURT BARS SEX PLAY: Justice Erlanger Finds "The Awakening of Spring" Unfit for Public." New York Times (1857-1922): 13. May 03 1917. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • "THE AWAKENING OF SPRING": A Tragedy of Childhood by the German Playwright, Frank Wedekind." New York Times (1857-1922): 1. Oct 01 1910. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

  • Special Cable to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. "CHILD ACTORS SEEN IN GERMAN SEX PLAY." New York Times (1857-1922): 9. Oct 29 1908. ProQuest. Web. 8 Jan. 2015.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Speaker Series Event! Spring's Awakening - Wedekind's Awakening

Sponsored by Mildred F. Sawyer Library and the Performing Arts Office

When: Thursday February 12th, 2015; 1pm-2:15pm
Where: 73 Tremont St, Sawyer Library Poetry Center

Sawyer Library is thrilled to support Suffolk’s Performing Arts Office with a speaker event and hallway display focused on the upcoming 2015 spring musical, Spring Awakening. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik updated a late nineteenth century German play by Frank Wedekind, Fruhlings Erwachen (Spring’s Awakening), to resonate with a twenty-first century audience, but Wedekind’s main themes of adolescent sexual and emotional exploration remain at the core of the play. Professor Jay Rosellini will delve deeper into the play’s history at the Poetry Center event on Thursday Februrary 12th from 1pm to 2:15pm. Refreshments will be provided!

Spring Awakening’s opening performance is Thursday, February 19th at 7:30pm. Spring Awakening runs on the 19th, 20th and 21st of February 2015 at Suffolk’s C. Walsh Theatre. Get free tickets from the Performing Arts Office, located on the 4th floor of Donahue building.

Next week keep your eyes peeled for a Sawyer Library Blog entry detailing Spring Awakening related resources available here at Mildred F. Sawyer library!