Can a Plantation Be Fair? Fair Trade and Darjeeling Tea Production

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Bookcover of The Darjeeling Distinction

Sarah Besky, author of The Darjeeling Distinction, explores the frictions between fair trade and the plantation system and highlights how, in India, fair trade undermines existing state welfare structures.

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Date & Time
January 23, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Lecture

Evolutionary Biology in a Big and Open Data World

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Stephen A. Smith

Stephen Smith, U-M assistant professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, talks about how Big Data can be used to address questions in evolutionary biology and how Open culture in data sharing and software sharing contribute to these endeavors.

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Date & Time
January 27, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Lab (Room 100, up the ramp and to the right)
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Event Type
Lecture

People of the River Opening Reception

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Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

Join us for the exhibit opening of People of the River, which captures in photographs and video the life of so-called ribeirinhos (river people) that inhabit the Pantanal region in Brazil.

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Date & Time
January 8, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Gallery, Duderstadt Center, North Campus
Event Type
Exhibit Opening

People of the River

photo of a river in Brazil
Photo by Marcin Szczepanski

Through photography and video, Marcin Szczepanski, senior multimedia producer in the College of Engineering, captures the life of so-called ribeirinhos (river people) that inhabit the Pantanal region in Brazil. Pantanal, located roughly in the center of South America, is one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a wonderfully diverse ecosystem.

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Dates
January 8th through January 25th
Location
Gallery, Duderstadt Center, North Campus
Event Type
Exhibit

Engraved in Wood: The Work of John DePol

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Self-portrait of John DePol on a wood engraved block, ca. 1990

This exhibit serves as an introduction to the incredible wood engravings of the American master John DePol (1913–2004), one of America’s most prolific book illustrators. His dramatic images often feature bold, dominant black backgrounds from which the image appears in white.

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Dates
March 3rd through June 5th
Next Opening
April 21st from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, 7th floor, Special Collections Library
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Event Type
Exhibit

Translation for Vulnerable Times: Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid

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Bookcovers: Iliad & Aeneid

Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at Kansas University, reads from his translation of Homer's Iliad (1997), and Sarah Ruden, poet and translator, reads from her translation of Virgil's Aeneid (Yale 2008). They discuss the creative process of translating classical epic poems from ancient Greek and Latin into English for modern readers.

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Date & Time
January 13, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Panel Discussion

Michigan’s Story: The History of Race at U-M

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George Jewett, the first African American to play varsity football at Michigan, appears in this 1890-91 football team photo. Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

This student-researched exhibit chronicles many “firsts” at the University of Michigan, including the first African American, Japanese, Puerto Rican and Chinese students.

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Dates
January 20th through February 28th
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Exhibit

Papyrology Collection

Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 807
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9369 (p)

Hours this week:

SundayClosed
Monday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed

A world-renowned collection of ancient texts and documents dating from about 1,000 BCE to 1,000 CE

The University of Michigan Library is home to the largest collection of ancient papyri in North America. The documents in the Papyrology Collection, which span roughly 2,000 years, contain not only important religious texts — including 60 pages of the oldest known copy of the Epistles of Paul — but also personal letters, school primers, sales contracts and other records that paint a unique portrait of everyday life. Of the 18,000 pieces in the collection, about 5,000 have never been studied and translated, and continue to attract scholars from across the country and around the world.

The collection also continues to draw hundreds of visitors each year, including K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, and religious groups interested in the early artifacts of their faith.

“Reading Plato is great, but here you can see and touch pieces of the ancient world,” says collection manager Monica Tsuneishi. Along with texts written on papyrus, the collection also includes documents written on wood and wax tablets.

The roots of the collection go back almost a century to Francis Willey Kelsey, a professor of Latin at U-M, who believed students would benefit from studying historical objects directly. Kelsey traveled through Europe and Middle East purchasing items for the university and later organized excavations in Egypt and elsewhere.

Unlike most antiquarians of his day, Kelsey insisted on the recording of the precise locations where artifacts and documents were found inside each building, especially in Karanis — an ancient town in Egypt excavated by U-M between 1924 and 1935. As a result, many items in the U-M collection include additional clues about the context in which they were used.

The collection presents a wealth of possibilities for original research by both students and scholars, says Arthur Verhoogt, acting archivist of the Papyrology Collection and Professor of Papyrology and Greek.

For example, seemingly boring account records may offer new insights on the demographics of the era, lifespan, marriage patterns or the productivity of ancient farmers.

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Last modified: 04/10/2014

More Dogs in the Library

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Golden Retrievers in the library, 2013

Shake off end-of-semester stress while relaxing with a furry friend. Therapy dogs await your attention, courtesy of Therapaws of Michigan.

Join us at the Browsing Collection on the first floor of the Shapiro Library:

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Date & Time
April 24, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location
Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Browsing Collection, First Floor
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Event Type
Open House

Used Book Sale 2013

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Book image courtesy of See-ming Lee

The University Library is selling several thousand gently used books, including duplicate or superseded titles and other books not needed for the collection. Other miscellaneous items may also be available, such as CDs, DVDs, and maps.

There's something for everyone at low, low prices.

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Date & Time
December 9, 2013 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Open House

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