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LII New This Week
New This Week for January 31, 2008
This Week
Poetic presidents, the first global primary, presidential polls and a guide to understanding them, Indonesia, arranged marriages, water rights for sale in California's agricultural valleys, and The World Innovation Foundation's plan to save the world.

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Arts and Humanities

Inscribing Meaning: Writing + Graphic Systems in African Art
This exhibition "explores the relationships between African art and the communicative powers of language, graphic systems and the written word." Exhibit sections cover body art, sacred aspects of graphic inscription, political writing, artists' books, and related topics. Includes learning activities and suggested reading. Developed by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, in association with the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
URL: http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/inscribing/index2.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24236

Petals on a Wet Black Bough: American Modernist Writers and the Orient
Companion to an exhibit of books, manuscripts, and illustrations with "two major thematic divisions: American Nineteenth-Century representations of China and Japan, and Twentieth-Century writers' interpretations of those influences." The 20th-century modernist authors include Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and E.E Cummings. From the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
URL: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/orient/intro.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25298

Presidents as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents
This is "a guide to the poetic endeavors of U.S. presidents. Select a president from the list ... to learn about the context in which his poetry was written and to find samples of his poetry." Some of the presidents include George Washington, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, and president-elect Barack Obama. Includes a FAQ and links to other poetry guides. From Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress.
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/prespoetry/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24315

Business

AFSCME, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike
This 2008 feature uses historical and retrospective articles to recall the events starting on February 12, 1968, in which 1,300 sanitation workers (almost all African American) in Memphis, Tennessee, went on strike. During the strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis to support the striking workers, where he was assassinated, on April 4, 1968. From the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.
URL: http://www.afscme.org/about/1029.cfm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25315

Government

Gallup: Election 2008
Collection of polling results related to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, covering candidates, parties, issues, and voting. Survey results include charts and graphs, and an explanation of survey methods. Also provides video reports for selected polls. From Gallup.
URL: http://www.gallup.com/tag/Election%2b2008.aspx
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25309

GovGab
This U.S. government blog, started in fall 2007, covers a wide range of topics related to government agencies: elections and voting, finance and investing, consumer topics, holidays, health and safety, and more. Provides links to relevant sources for federal government and other websites. From the Office of Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration.
URL: http://blog.usa.gov/roller/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25289

VoteFromAbroad.org
"From February 5 to 12, 2008, Democrats Abroad will hold a Democratic Global Presidential Primary by Internet, fax, mail and in-person at Voting Centers in 34 countries around the globe. This will be the first global primary ever." Includes instructions for voting and a FAQ. In English and Spanish. From Democrats Abroad, "the official Democratic Party organization for the millions of Americans living outside the United States."
URL: http://www.votefromabroad.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25306

People

The Legacy of George Washington Carver
This presentation celebrates "the legacy of [Iowa State University's] first African American student and faculty member, George Washington Carver [who was] renowned for developing innovative uses for a variety of agricultural crops such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes." Features a biography, images, bibliography, select correspondence of Carver, peanut uses and recipes from a 1925 publication, and other material about Carver and his agricultural research. From the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.
URL: http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/gwc/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25317

Legends of Tuskegee: American Visionaries
This site highlights the achievements of individuals associated with the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington as the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers in the 1880s. Features biographical material, photos, and bibliographies for educator Booker T. Washington, educator and scientist George Washington Carver, and the Tuskegee Airmen, the World War II "Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft." From the National Park Service (NPS).
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/exhibits/tuskegee/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25327

Ready Reference & Quick Facts

Fundamentals of Polling
"This tutorial is intended to offer a simplified glimpse into some of the fundamentals of public opinion polling. Designed for the novice, [it] provides definitions, examples, and explanations that serve to introduce interested students to the field of public opinion research." Topics include sampling, total survey error, and reading tables. Provides a glossary of polling terminology. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut.
URL: http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/education/polling_fundamentals.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25311

Recreation

Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Material about the celebration of Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, which "officially starts at Twelfth Night, which occurs 12 days after Christmas on January 6th" and runs through the Tuesday before Lent. Includes a parade schedule, a list of Mardi Gras events, background about Mardi Gras krewes, details about history and traditions, a glossary, and related travel and tourism information. From the official tourism site of the city of New Orleans.
URL: http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25302

Regional: California

California State Water Resources Control Board, Water Rights: Water Transfers Program
California state government information regarding water transfers, "which involves the temporary and long-term exchange of water within the State of California." Provides notices of specific transfers (back to 2003), background documents, forms, and email list. "California Water Market Information" link not currently available. From the California State Water Resources Control Board, California Environmental Protection Agency.
URL: http://www.waterrights.ca.gov/watertransfer/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25336

Imperial Irrigation District (IID)
This "community-owned utility provides irrigation water and electric power to the lower southeastern portion of California's desert." The site provides a history of this organization founded in 1911, and details about its current management and operations, including the All-American Canal. Millions of acre-feet of Colorado River water "[are] delivered annually through the All-American Canal to nine cities and 500,000 acres of agricultural lands throughout the Imperial Valley." Includes a map and images.
URL: http://www.iid.com
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/20948

Leo Politi Centennial
Website for the 2008 centennial celebration of the birth of California artist Leo Politi, known for writing and illustrating books about children in Southern California and Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Chinatown and around Olvera Street. His "Song of the Swallows" (about the swallows of San Juan Capistrano) won a Caldecott Medal in 1950. The site features a list of events with links to related sites.
URL: http://www.leopoliti2008centennial.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25088

Regions of the World

African Nova Scotians in the Age of Slavery and Abolition
"This virtual exhibit celebrates the lives of Barbary (Barbara) Cuffy, Rose Fortune, Lydia Jackson, Richard Preston, Gabriel Hall, and the many other [of the 10,000] African Nova Scotians who arrived" between 1749 and 1816. Features illustrated essays (covering 1749-1834) and a searchable database of names of about 5000 early African Nova Scotians. In English and French. From Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Province of Nova Scotia, Canada.
URL: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/africanns/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25313

Human Rights Watch: Indonesia
Human rights news about Indonesia where "continuing areas of concern ... include impunity for past human rights violations, the slow pace of military reform, conditions in Papua, [and] imposition of the death penalty." Features an overview of human rights issues, documents on East Timor, an article about how Suharto's 2008 death may provide "an opportunity to commemorate the many victims of his oppressive regime," and related material. From Human Rights Watch.
URL: http://www.hrw.org/doc?t=asia&c=indone
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25337

Indonesia '98: A Year of Living Dangerously
Collection of news articles about the political situation in Indonesia following the ouster of military and political leader Suharto, who ruled the country from 1967 to 1998. Features material about the 1999 general election, with information about candidates and topics such as the battle for Indonesia's Islamic vote, and economic conditions. From the British Broadcasting Service (BBC). Note: Video clip is not available.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/events/indonesia/special_report/244390.stm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25334

Shadow Play
Site covers Indonesia's modern struggle to become and remain a democracy. Provides an overview of contemporary Indonesia, historical information about General Suharto's 1965 coup and subsequent dictatorship, information about the current status of democratic politics, the role of western governments, and resources for learning more. Companion site to a 2002 PBS documentary of the same name.
URL: http://www.thirteen.org/shadowplay/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13306

Science

The World Innovation Foundation (WIF)
Website for this mysterious British think tank that fosters scientific collaboration to address issues arising from population growth, climate change, pandemics, energy access and usage, poverty, water resources, and environmental concerns. Features newsletters back to 1997 (the most recent as of January 2008 is the March 2007 issue), and of list of Nobel Prize-winning members.
URL: http://www.thewif.org.uk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25335

Society & Social Science

"Big Chiefs" Continue Mardi Gras Indian Tradition
Audio of a 2006 radio story and associated photos about how "in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, black men don Indian costumes they worked on all year -- suits they carefully stitch and bead by hand" to wear in Mardi Gras parades. Features discussion of the history of this tradition. Includes links to related stories. From National Public Radio (NPR).
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5237773
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25303

Arranged Marriage?
Brief answer to the question, "Is it true that traditionally, Jewish marriages were arranged marriages?" Discusses the use of a "shadchan" (matchmaker) who introduces the individuals, and how arranged Jewish marriages were not coerced. Includes links to related material about finding your soul mate, the Jewish wedding, and married life. From Chabad.org.
URL: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/69429/jewish/Arranged-Ma...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25077

Arranged Marriages
Transcript from a television news segment that considers arranged marriages among U.S. Orthodox Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu couples. Includes a discussion of a "rabbi's widow who has made matchmaking her life's work," and consideration of the divorce rate for arranged marriages. From Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week242/cover.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25078

Is Arranged Marriage Really Any Worse Than Craigslist?
This 2005 anecdotal article compares the system of arranged marriage in India with attempting to meet a potential spouse over the Internet. Topics discussed include current Indian online-dating websites, and the Western idea that a long period of dating before marriage is necessary. From New York Magazine. Note: Generates pop-ups.
URL: http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/culture/features/11621/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25080

Tying the Knot: The Changing Face of Marriage in Japan
This article from the late 1990s describes how "omiai," the "traditional Japanese arranged marriage, seems to be falling rapidly out of use." Includes data back to the 1930s and related analysis about individuals picking their own partners and arranged marriages. Also includes discussion of age at time of marriage. From Trends in Japan, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
URL: http://web-japan.org/trends98/honbun/ntj980729.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25079


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