Winter 2019 Finals Week at AAC

Stay cool, DU! The end of winter quarter is upon us, and the Anderson Academic Commons has your back. Don’t miss our week 10 and finals week activities and updates.

Changing Library Hours

Starting on March 16, AAC will be open 24 hours to give you more time to study. The building will open on Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m., and remain open until the regular close of business on Friday, March 22 at 10 p.m. The library will be open during spring break with regular operating hours.

Stress Relief (RESCHEDULED – March 18)

On March 18, University Libraries and the Health and Counseling Center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons room 290 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, aromatherapy, crafts, snacks, and a pop-up clinic.

Midnight Coffee (March 18-19)

Get your caffeine buzz on March 18 and 19 from 8 p.m. to midnight at AAC. The Front Porch Cafe will serve free drip coffee during those times to keep your study sessions going.

Zero Waste Finals (March 18-22)

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC will be March 13-22, and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal? Stop by the main floor of AAC to play games and win prizes.

CANCELLED – Theremin Thursday (March 14)

The Theremin is an electronic instrument that you can play without touching anything. The Music Library will be hosting their weekly Theremin Thursday in AAC 212 on March 14 from 3-5 p.m. Take a study break and play with this magical instrument. Here are two videos of the Theremin being played, one by an expert and the other by a human.

Cat plays the Theremin.
Over the Rainbow played on a Theremin.


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Eating Animals documentary screening and panel discussion – February 26, 4 p.m.

Eating Animals poster, directed by Christopher Quinn, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Where do our eggs, dairy products, and meat come from and at what cost? Join the Center for Sustainability and University Libraries on February 26 at 4 p.m. in AAC 290 for Eating Animals, a documentary that examines this question, followed by a panel discussion with our community.

Through the intimate narratives of several farmers dedicated to bringing their trade – and the way we eat – back to its roots, the film explores how we might (or can) step away from the practices of the past 40 years that have polluted our environment, endangered our health, and caused us all to be complicit in the inhumane treatment of animals.


Panelists include:
Professor Sally Hamilton
Haily Jergenson
Sarah Bexell
Professor Justin Marceau
Gina Vega
Laynie Smith

Dinner from Watercourse and Corner Beet will be provided, RSVP here: https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1EOZqN4qqMhWtvf

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Colorado Open Scholars Summit – Openness in Tenure and Promotion on March 1

Join us at the 2019 Colorado Open Scholars Summit @ DU for a discussion on Openness in Tenure and Promotion!

The 2019 Summit is a forum for regional and international discussion on Open Access and Open Educational Resources as related to Tenure and Promotion. This year features two virtual panel discussions from scholars across the U.S. and Canada. Following the panels, nine university campus locations will host local discussion groups, with ideas from these discussions then shared across campuses. Online discussion will be available to virtual attendees.

Research Realities in Tenure & Promotion
A panel discussion on general challenges within the Tenure & Promotion process, with particular attention paid to the evaluation of scholarly and creative output, disincentives, multidisciplinary and nontraditional scholarship, and the current scholarly landscape.

Open Access & Equity in Tenure & Promotion
A panel discussion on Open Access publication and resources within Tenure & Promotion, with particular focus on the topics of equity, prestige, quality of scholarship, and the effect of Open Access on these areas of T&P evaluation.

Physical attendance at the Anderson Academic Commons is recommended to allow for participation in local group discussion with colleagues from different disciplines, departments, and colleges across campus. Limited virtual seats are available by registration.

Colorado Open Scholars is a group coordinated across nine university libraries throughout Colorado which aims to enhance collaborations among Colorado universities by addressing the challenges & opportunities that Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and Open Data present in higher education.

Date: March 1st, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location:
Anderson Academic Commons
Gregg Kvistad Special Events Room 290

Food:
Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Registration:
This event is free. RSVP at https://www.coloradoopenscholars.org/locations

For questions, contact

Jenelys Cox – Jenelys.Cox@du.edu
Meg Eastwood – Meg.Eastwood@du.edu

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The Bercu Sisters

Dorothy and Harryette Bercu were sisters and Vaudeville performers across the West during the 1920s and 1930s. An exhibit featuring several of their Vaudeville props is on display now!

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Harryette Bercu

Dorothy Bercu 

 

 

 

Their acts involved acrobatics, contortion, Mexican style dances, and tap dancing, and they often performed wearing extravagant costumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vaudeville was a popular form of variety entertainment show in the United States from the 1890s through the 1930s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performances were typically lighthearted, comedic, and included numerous unrelated acts. Many early well-known American Hollywood stars worked in vaudeville, including Judy Garland and Bob Hope, and a number of the early performers, including the Bercu Sisters, were Jewish.

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The vaudevillian uncle, Ima Mistachkin

 

 

To learn more about the Bercu Sisters and see some of their Vaudeville props, visit the Anderson Academic Commons Main Floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Quarter 2018 – Finals Week

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Keep your head up, DU! The fall quarter is almost finished and the library is here to support you during these stressful times. Check out some of the things we’re doing during Week 10 and Finals Week.

 

Changing Library Hours

Starting on November 12, AAC will be open 24 hours to give you more time to study. The building will open on November 12 at 7 a.m., and remain open until the regular close of business on November 19 (technically, 2:00 a.m. on November 20).

Stress Relief (November 14)

On November 14, University Libraries and the Health and Counseling Center are hosting a Stress Relief Event in the Anderson Academic Commons room 290 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have therapy dogs, massage therapists, aromatherapy, crafts, and snacks.

Midnight Coffee (November 15-16)

Get your caffeine buzz on November 15 and 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight at AAC. The Front Porch Cafe will serve free drip coffee during those times to keep your study sessions going.

Zero Waste Finals (November 12-16)

Zero Waste Finals at the AAC will be November 12-16, and we’re aiming to achieve a high diversion rate!  What does that mean?  It means that the library is hoping to divert as much as possible of the building’s compostable and recyclable waste from the landfill.  Will you help us achieve our goal? The Zero Waste Finals table will be open on November 12, 14, and 16 from 11am-12pm, and on November 13 and 15 from 2-3pm.

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DU Art Professor adds to Beck Collections

University of Denver Associate Professor of Studio Art – Painting, Deborah Howard, recently donated her “Portrait Project: Child Survivors of the Holocaust” to the permanent collection of the Ira M. and Peryl Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives.  The project involved drawing 25 survivors of the Holocaust.  Four of the drawings are housed in the collection at Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Israel.  The remaining 21 drawings as well as study materials, photographs, and other associated artworks are now part of the Beck Archives.  The collection is significant not only for preserving the work of a DU faculty member and Jewish artist, but also as an educational tool. University courses studying the Holocaust and World War II, immigration, and sociology can all benefit from this collection.  The collection is slated for exhibit in the Anderson Academic Commons for April 1-June 30, 2019 and will coincide with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on May 2, 2019.

To view the collection record and finding aid please visit Deborah Howard’s Holocaust Portraits and Papers.

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Yakov Neyman was a Holocaust survivor and a beloved member of the DU community. He owned and operated a hot dog cart on the DU campus from 2001 until his death in 2012.

 

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Open Access Week at AAC – October 22-28, 2018

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Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on raising awareness about the costs and limitations of the current publishing environment, and teaching instructors, students, and academics about education resource alternatives. Anderson Academic Commons will be hosting four events during Open Access Week to inform the DU community and start the conversation here. Read below for a schedule of events open to students, staff, faculty, instructors, researchers, alumni, and the DU community at large. Visit openaccessweek.org for more information about the international movement.

Please click here to register for these events. Food will be served.

Monday October 22, 6-8pm: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship film screening and panel discussion; Special Events Room AAC 290

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship explores the current publishing model and need for open access to research and science. Academic publishing has become a $25.2 billion industry where academic publishers are reaping the rewards and the profit. This film will be followed by a panel discussion of faculty and interested parties to connect the film’s goal with how we do research here at DU and in Colorado. Dinner will be provided.

Tuesday October 23, 4-6pm: OER Basics Workshop; The Loft AAC 340

Open educational resources: Not just “free, as in food,” but also “freedom, as in academic.”

Open educational resources [OER] are textbooks, worksheets, test banks, etc., released under a license which allows free distribution and modification.  Here “free” means not only “zero cost” — as in “free food” — but also “not subject to the control of others” — as in “academic freedom.”  OER can thus have real consequences for social justice, as we use them to shield students from today’s insanely overpriced commercial textbooks, while also enhancing faculty members’ academic freedom in the classroom and enabling [encouraging!] innovative pedagogy.  All of this freedom would be rather useless unless there were a large and thriving ecosystem of OER and tools to work with them — which there is, as we shall discuss.

The first half of this workshop will be led by Jonathan Poritz, Associate Professor of Mathematics at CSU Pueblo and the Chair of the Colorado OER Council. The second half of the workshop will be led by Meg Eastwood, focusing on finding OER in your subject area and gauging their quality.

Thursday, October 25, 3-4pm: Creative Commons Workshop; The Loft AAC 340

Creative Commons is a set of open licenses that allow creators to share their works legally and freely. “Creative Commons began in response to an outdated global copyright legal system. CC licenses are built on copyright and are designed to give more options to creators who want to share. Over time, the role and value of Creative Commons has expanded” (Creative Commons). Learn more about CC including how to earn the CC Certificate.

Thursday October 25, 4-5pm: Assignment Remix; The Loft AAC 340

Get rid of the “disposable” assignment and create something new with your students. Open pedagogy encourages remixing and revising assignments that can be used to help current students as well as future students This workshop will explore what open pedagogy can look like in your classroom. Instructors are encouraged to bring an assignment they would like to remix and revise to make it open.

Register here. Contact Elia Trucks, elia.trucks@du.edu, with any questions or concerns.

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