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Poverty in Southeast Michigan

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Sandra Danziger (School of Social Work), Kristin Seefeldt (School of Social Work),  and Sarah Burgard (Sociology) discuss poverty in southeast Michigan in the wake of the Great Recession that ended in 2009.

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Date & Time
February 13, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Panel Discussion

Plainly Spoken: Remarks on the Book, the Binders, and the Bindings

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cover of Books Will Speak Plain

Julia Miller, author of Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings, delivers a lecture in conjunction with the exhibit Plainly Spoken, a traveling exhibit of book bindings sponsored by the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.

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Date & Time
February 11, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Lecture

History of Astronomy

Special Collections Library
Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 764-9377 (p)

A collection of materials on astronomy dating from the second century through the 'golden age' of celestial cartography

If you simply want to read a historical astronomy text, you may be able to find it online, digitized and translated into English. But to fully experience the physical splendor of the documents, you’ll need to make a visit to the library.

Peggy Daub, curator of the history of astronomy collection, says, “We are one of the few institutions in the world to have all the important early works in astronomy covered, including hundreds of pre-1800 publications.”

The Galileo Manuscript, written 1609-1610, is among the great treasures of the University of Michigan Library. One of the top ten items requested from Special Collections, it is also the most frequently reprinted, appearing in textbooks and on the web, including on the NASA website. The document, written in his own hand, describes and illustrates Galileo’s discovery of the four moons of Jupiter.

Daub says, “The Galileo manuscript is a rare and valuable holding and it gets students excited about the subject. I’m often invited to speak to beginning astronomy students, and the manuscript is part of the talk. Physics classes use it, too, and when Michigan Math and Science Scholars visit, it’s part of our show-and-tell.”

While the greatest strength of the history of astronomy collection is the depth and breadth of its material, the Galileo manuscript is one among its many sparkling gems.

The library owns all of the “big four” star atlases that came out of Europe’s golden age of celestial cartography: the Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed, the Uranometria of Johann Bayer (1603), the Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia of Johannes Hevelius (1690) and the Uranographia of Johann Elert Bode (1801) — two of which were fairly recent aquisitions made possible with the support of library endowments.

To look back even further, you can examine an Egyptian papyrus containing an astrological treatise, written in Greek around the second century C.E., that predicts the movement of Mars.

Daub points out that the astronomy collection has significant overlap with the History of Mathematics collection. For example, the library owns a rare first edition by Copernicus (1543) that puts forth his theory that the earth moves around the sun, a theory he supported with mathematics since it couldn’t be proven by observation.

The mathematics collection also includes more than 100 editions of The Elements of Euclid, spanning five centuries and many languages. An edition by Oliver Byrne published in 1847 is one of the first examples of the use of color to elucidate mathematical concepts.

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Last modified: 06/27/2014

The Collections of CMU's Clarke Historical Library

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Frank Boles

Former Bentley Historical Library archivist Frank Boles lectures on the special collections held at the Clarke Historical Library as well as his experience during the Clarke's 1999 expansion and renovation project. Boles is currently the director of Central Michigan University's Clarke Historical Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested via email or 734-647-0864.

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Date & Time
October 14, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location
Gallery, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Lecture

Exhibit Preview: Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle

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Nelson Mandela photographed by David Turnley

For Madiba with Love: Photographs of Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle: 1985 - 2013

This exhibit sponsored by the College of Engineering, Center for African Studies, Residential College, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Office of the Provost.

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Dates
January 6th through January 14th
Location
Gallery, Room 100
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Exhibit

Accessing the Public Domain

Join us for a conversation with copyright experts about the effort to determine the copyright status of works in the vast and growing collections of digitized library material.

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Date & Time
March 28, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Panel Discussion

Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil

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bookcover of Terms of Inclusion: Black Intellectuals in Twentieth-Century Brazil

Paulina L. Alberto, U-M associate professor of history, Spanish, and Portuguese, talks about her latest book — a history of black thought and racial activism in twentieth-century Brazil.

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Date & Time
January 29, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Discussion

Being Nuclear: A Conversation with Gabrielle Hecht and Elizabeth Roberts

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bookcover of Being Nuclear, by Gabrielle Hecht

Gabrielle Hecht, U-M professor of history, and Elizabeth Roberts, U-M associate professor of anthropology, discuss Hecht's latest book, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade.

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Date & Time
January 15, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Event Type
Discussion

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

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