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New This Week for August 7, 2008
This Week
Lots of travel sites this week, plus Solzhenitsyn, ventriloquism, the ocean, and locating ladybugs. Bon appetit from librarians Charlotte, Wendy, Maria, and Jennifer.

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Arts and Humanities

American Journeys: Columbus to Kerouac
This exhibit presents a "selection of treasured manuscripts, books, and artifacts, which trace some of the remarkable journeys that brought us from 1492 to the mid-twentieth-century era of social protest." Maps, drawings, photos, and other digitized material are accompanied by brief essays on topics such as travels by indentured labor, runaway slaves, the Harlem Renaissance, and John Steinbeck and Dust Bowl travelers. From the University of Virginia Library.
URL: http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/journeys/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26602

The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978
Companion to a 2007 exhibit that "traces the evolution of snapshots in America from 1888, when George Eastman introduced the first Kodak camera, to 1978." Flip through an online book to view snapshots, "photographs usually made by amateurs and intended to document personal history. ... Their casual, loose style has influenced fine are photographers as well as other artists." From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
URL: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2007/snapshot/index.shtm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25253

Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism
This companion to a 2000 book on ventriloquism "makes available the Dumbstruck Archive of texts and images relating to the history of ventriloquism." Includes the first chapter of the book, selected articles and text of presentations, and links to historical material on topics such as divination, scientists and ventriloquism, popular explanations (from the 18th and 19th centuries), performers, and talking machines. From a British author and professor.
URL: http://www.stevenconnor.com/dumbstruck/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26572

Enlarging the Prospects of Happiness: European Travel Writing Through the Ages
This exhibition "displays a selection of actual itineraries alongside invented accounts in order to discover what readers seek in their mental travels." Explore exhibit themes such as circumnavigation, philosophy of travel, the picturesque, women travelers, and the great cities of Italy. From the University of Otago Library, New Zealand.
URL: http://www.library.otago.ac.nz/exhibitions/grand_tour/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26603

Radical Rebels: An Exhibition of Radical Children's Literature
"The selection of titles for this exhibition features biographies of radical activists, as well as the Young World Books series issued by International Publishers, an organ of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Also included are children's books with feminist, labor, multicultural, pacifist, and racial themes." Includes many digitized images of book covers. From the Special Collections Research Center of the Syracuse University Library.
URL: http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/r/RadicalChildLit/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26441

Business

Community Farms in the 21st Century: Poised for Another Wave of Growth?
Two-part history (from 2004) "exploring the birth of the [Community Supported Agriculture] CSA movement in the United States as well as the potentials for this growing and successful model of community agriculture." Includes photos, profiles of community supported farms, and discussion of the potential for growth of CSA in the future. From the Rodale Institute.
URL: http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/0104/csa-history/part1.sht...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26520

Community Supported Agriculture
"This [2006] publication reports on the history of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the U.S. and discusses the various models that have emerged. Recent trends in the CSA movement are presented and demographic information provided about the distribution of CSA farms in the U.S. Several CSA cases are profiled and a survey of recent research is presented. References and resources follow the narrative." From the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
URL: http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/csa.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26522

Consumer Reports: Blogs
Blogs from this Consumer Reports website cover cars, electronics, home and garden, safety, money and shopping, health, and babies and kids. Includes an option to subscribe to all or specific blogs. From the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine.
URL: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/our-blogs/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25678

Computers

Web 2.0 Travel Tools
"This [occasional] blog is devoted to creating a list of web 2.0 websites and webtools that are, in some way, related to Travel and Tourism." Covers news sites and comments on more established sites, such as the top seven sites for planning your vacation, a site that maps tourist attractions in the U.S., and a comparison of new Chinese travel sites. Archives go back to 2006. From a professor at Northern Arizona University.
URL: http://web20travel.blogspot.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26478

People

2007 Fisher Forum: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Myth-maker & Public Figure
Collection of material from a 2007 academic forum about Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who won the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature. Features a webcast of the keynote address and text of some of the papers presented at the conference, such as "Monsters and Mummies, Bulls and Bulldogs: Representations of the Body in 'The First Circle.'" Synopses available for most other presentations. From the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
URL: http://www.reec.illinois.edu/events/FisherForum/ff07/program.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24990

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture
Compilation of links to material about "Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch [who] delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that moved an overflow crowd at the university -- and went on to move audiences around the globe." Includes biographical details about Pausch, who died in July 2008 due to complications from pancreatic cancer, information about his achievements and projects in the computer science field, and a link to the 2007 lecture. From Carnegie Mellon University.
URL: http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26631

Research Guide to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Annotated bibliography of research material about Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who "was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970 'for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature,' an honor which he refused to travel to Stockholm to accept for fear that the Soviet Union would not allow him to return to his home." Includes biographies, bibliographies, primary sources, and more. From the Indiana University (Bloomington) Libraries.
URL: http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=5370
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/24989

Recreation

Summer Vacationing in New England
Exhibition of images that "illustrate the most popular and most beautiful New England destinations for summertime visitors." Exhibit topics include resorts and hotels, guidebooks and maps, White Mountains scenery, and summertime beach communities such as Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Bar Harbor, Maine. From the American Antiquarian Society.
URL: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Vacationing/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26605

Regional: California

California Oceans Resources Management Program
The California Ocean Resources Management Program was created to "coordinate the policies of state departments with jurisdiction over ocean and coastal resources, coordinate state agency management of ocean resources with local government, and ensure effective participation in federal planning and management." Website features introduction and links to material about Governor Schwarzenegger's Ocean Action Plan, Marine Life Protection Act, the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health, and related projects. From the California Resources Agency.
URL: http://www.resources.ca.gov/ocean/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26636

Forestiere Underground Gardens
Material about the Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, California. Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere (1879-1946) was a self-taught artist and builder who "patterned his underground world after the ancient catacombs of his native land. ... This network of rooms, grottos, and passageways once honeycombed almost 10 acres, and numbered nearly 100." Includes background about Forestiere and images of the gardens.
URL: http://www.forestiere-historicalcenter.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23980

Fresno Historical Society: Kearney Historic Site
Presentation on M. Theo Kearney (1842-1906), an immigrant to California who made his wealth in the raisin vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley and who was described by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1895 as "the Prince of Fresno." Features illustrated essays and timeline covering Kearney's role as a rancher and benefactor (he bequeathed his estate to the University of California). Also includes material about visiting the Fresno park that bears his name.
URL: http://www.valleyhistory.org/kearneyhistory.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23981

The Great Southern California ShakeOut
"The Great Southern California ShakeOut is a week [November 12-16, 2008] of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, organized to inspire Southern Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes." Includes a calendar of events, link to the earthquake scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude quake along the San Andreas fault as developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, and more. From the Southern California Earthquake Center.
URL: http://www.shakeout.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26366

West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA)
"On September 18, 2006 the Governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health. The Agreement launched a new, proactive regional collaboration to protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources along the entire West Coast." Website features the July 2008 final action plan, information about "four immediate action" topics (offshore oil, nonpoint source pollution, regional research, and federal support), policy documents, and details about meetings.
URL: http://westcoastoceans.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26634

Regions of the World

Capitol of Punk
Ten documentary videos that focus on Washington, D.C.'s "status as an epicenter of [an] essential American musical movement, ... the hardcore [punk] scene that emerged in the late 70s." Includes an accompanying downloadable map. From Yellow Arrow, a project that allows users to create interactive travel information about cities.
URL: http://yellowarrow.net/capitolofpunk/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26470

City Guides
Downloadable audio guide for selected European cities. Includes a Paris 1968 walking tour, a tour of Glasgow with the music group Franz Ferdinand, summer tours of Stockholm and Lisbon, Ian Rankin's tour of London, and guides to Rome, Athens, and Valencia. Also includes a guide to business travel for New York City. From the website of the British newspaper The Guardian.
URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/series/cityguides
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26473

The Grand Tour: The Frugal Traveler Does Europe on a Budget
"This summer [2008], the Frugal Traveler is embarking on the Grand Tour, reimagining the classic European journey as a budget-minded, modern-day jaunt. Over 12 weeks and on less than 100 euros a day, Matt Gross will circle the continent in search of cool hotels, memorable meals and contemporary culture. New columns and videos will be posted every Thursday, with updates and frugal tips throughout the week." From The New York Times.
URL: http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26624

Snowy River Passage: Fort Stanton Cave
"In recent years, caver explorers have discovered miles of new cave within the Fort Stanton Cave in Lincoln County, New Mexico. This new discovery is the biggest new American cave discovery in decades." This site describes how the cave was found, and provides a photo gallery of the cave, the bottom of which is covered with "bright white" calcite coatings. From the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
URL: http://www.nm.blm.gov/misc/snowy_river/snowy_river.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26590

SoundAboutPhilly
A "series of free, customizable sound-seeing tours told by 'real' Philadelphians. The stories are accompanied by dynamic mapping, audio, text and vivid photography that provide a more intimate illustration of Philadelphia." Tours include "Philly Noir" (African American culture), "Philadelphia Flavorhoods" (international cuisine), and "Once Upon a Nation" (quirky events). Also includes user-created tours such as the "Literary Philly." A project of the Pew Charitable trusts created by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.
URL: http://www.gophila.com/soundabout/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26469

Science

The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project
This research project is devoted to discovering the functioning of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator. It "is a geared device consisting of 30 gears in a highly complex arrangement." The site provides a FAQ about the device and astronomy, and updates about research activities, such as the 2008 discovery of a back dial "dedicated to the four-year Olympiad Cycle."
URL: http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/22993

How Ventriloquists Trick the Brain: Sight, Sound Processed Together and Earlier Than Previously Thought
This 2007 article describes findings in brain research that suggest that "[t]he area of the brain that processes sounds entering the ears also appears to process stimulus entering the eyes, providing a novel explanation for why many viewers believe that ventriloquists have thrown their voices to the mouths of their dummies." Includes links to articles on perception, neuroscience, and related topics. From ScienceDaily.
URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071029172919.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26570

Society & Social Science

Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Address
Text of "A World Split Apart," the famous commencement address given by Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Harvard University on June 8, 1978. Provided by the Augustine Club, a student organization at Columbia University "dedicated to the study of the Christian intellectual tradition and its approach to the modern world."
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/solzhenitsyn/harvard1978.htm...
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26632


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