Today we honor the anniversary of the heartfelt, sincere and humble words of President Abraham Lincoln, as he witnessed the carnage of the battlefield and the loss of human life incurred at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His eloquent words reflect his and the nation’s gratitude for the bravery of wounded soldiers and those who gave their last measure of devotion to preserve the Union. Let us never forget the courage shown by the soldiers and their Commander in Chief during the epic struggle of America’s Civil War.
Here follows the text of the Gettysburg Address with the insightful commentary of Charles Sumner:
On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler. The text above is from the so-called "Bliss Copy," one of several versions which Lincoln wrote, and believed to be the final version. For additional versions, you may search The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln through the courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Association.
-- Eileen Widen
|Wednesday - Sunday, November 27 - December 1, 2013||Closed|
|Wednesday - Sunday, November 27 - December 1, 2013||Closed|
On an almost daily basis, I see people confused by what can be recycled and what cannot at JCC. The “no-sort” recycling bins can be intimidating if you don’t know what is really ok to put in them. I know each of you reading this wants to do the right thing, plus November 15th is America Recycles Day, so here’s a primer:
Paper: All paper that is clean (no food or grease). This includes glossy magazines, newsprint, computer paper, junk mail, card board etc. You do NOT have to take out staples! Pizza boxes are ok if there isn’t cheese or a lot of grease. If just the top is clean, tear it off to recycle and throw the bottom in the trash.
Plastic: You can recycle any plastic that is stamped with a recycling logo and number between 1-7 as shown. Please make sure the plastic has been rinsed of any food residue. Plastic silver ware is the one exception. All silver ware must be put into a trash can.
Glass: Clean bottles and jars of any color are acceptable in the recycling bins.
Metal: Aluminum, steel, and tin cans can be recycled. Clean aluminum or tin foil should be recycled as well.
BATTERIES and PRINT CARTRIDGES:
NEVER throw a battery or printer cartridge into the trash can! In Jamestown, here is a recycling station for these items in the COCE building by the book store. IT and maintenance staff will also dispose of these items properly.
What should be put in the trash?
Food waste, plastic cutlery, Styrofoam, and plastic bags should be placed in a trash can(although there is a separate collection box in the COCE building for bags.)
For more information about recycling and other green practices occurring, visit the Sustainability @ JCC web page.
-- Cynthia Horton McKane
If you're looking for an edge that will make you a more successful student now and a better teacher later, we have the class for you!
LIB7002: Information Resources for Education (2 credits)
WHO is this course for? - This course is appropriate for individuals entering the fields of education or library science.
WHAT is this course about? - Students will learn how to find and use basic information resources in the field of education (for professional development and in-classroom use). The use of print and online resources is stressed.
WHERE is this course available? – This is an online course, which will be accessible through Angel.
WHEN is this course available? – Spring 2014. It is a late-start course, beginning February 19th. It runs for 10 weeks, ending on May 12th.
WHY should I take this course? – Information Literacy is a crucial component for teacher education, not only for professional development but also for teaching future students how to use information wisely. For more information, please visit: http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/ilstandards_te.pdff
HOW can I sign up for this course? – First off, make sure that you take the prerequisite course (LIB1600). LIB1600 is a 5-week, online course. It is available in the Spring 2014 semester starting January 13th. Meet with your advisor to discuss registering for both of these classes.
-- Jenn Knisley
November is Native American Heritage month (http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/index.html), so what better time to talk about the author Sherman Alexie?
Sherman Alexie was born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State, a registered Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian. He is known for poetry, short stories, novels, essays and commentaries. He also wrote the screenplay and soundtrack lyrics for the movie Smoke Signals (1998), based on his short stories. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The work familiar to most students is probably The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a semi-autobiographical young-adult novel frequently present on the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Book list. After reading a criticism about the violence and “depravity” in young-adult fiction, he offered a rebuttal (http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/06/09/why-the-best-kids-books-are-written-in-blood/) including the following quote:
I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that. I write to give them weapons–in the form of words and ideas-that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed. (Alexie 2011).
I have just finished reading Alexie’s 2012 short story collection Blasphemy on my Kindle, downloaded from the JCC Libraries’ Magic Wall (http://sunyjcc.axis360.baker-taylor.com/#). Blasphemy contains some new stories, along with some previously published well-known short fiction. Alexie uses his dark sense of humor and irony to focus on familiar themes of reservation life, murder, alcoholism, survival, despair, and poverty; other stories depart from the reservation theme to confront issues of marital infidelity, relationships and love. An interesting side note – Alexie swore that his books would not be available in digital form when he appeared on the Colbert Report in 2009. (http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/257719/december-01-2009/sherman-alexie) I’m glad that he has relented!
In addition to Blasphemy, you can find other books by Sherman Alexie and a great interview in the JCC Libraries' collection
Look in the libraries' literature databases for articles and biographies: Salem Literature, Literature Resource Center, Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Poets.org has a page devoted to Sherman Alexie at http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/395
Visit Sherman Alexie’s official website at http://www.fallsapart.com/
Alexie, Sherman. “Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood.” Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones. 9 June 2011. Web. 14 Nov. 2012.
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012)
This story is set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota in 1988, where the Ojibwe and whites live uneasily together. The story is told in first-person narrative by the main character, Joe, looking back at when he was 13-years old and revealing a dark time in his life when he had to face the horror and aftermath of his mother being raped.
Joe and his father try to heal his traumatized mother, who is slipping further into depression and refuses to fully reveal what happened to her. As a tribal judge, Joe’s father is determined to find out who committed the crime and he enlists Joe in helping him with the investigation. With the help of his friends, Joe’s quest takes them to the Round House, a sacred place of worship for the Ojibwe. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning as Joe learns hard lessons about the adult world and the justice system, while still trying to live out his youth.
The Round House is a raw and engaging novel, authentically reflecting the injustice that happens in our world today and gives us a glimpse of the harsh realities that are present in contemporary reservation life.
In the Afterward of the book, Erdrich refers to the “Maze of Injustice,” a 2009 report by Amnesty International that states that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime and 86% of rapes/sexual assaults upon Native women are perpetuated by non-Native men; few are prosecuted. Erdrich goes on to explain that this novel is loosely based on several such cases, reports, and stories.
The Round House is a New York Times Bestseller, 2013 Winner of the Alex Awards (YALSA), and National Book Award Winner. It is available at both Hultquist and Cattaraugus Campus Libraries (PS3555.R42 R68 2012).
For more information about Native American Literature, visit the JCC Libraries' Multicultural LibGuide -
November is Native American Heritage Month.
-- Jenn Knisley
During the week of October 21st, YALSA will announce the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten winners. Here is a review of one of last year’s winners:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (2011)
The Scorpio Races are held every November. It is a violent competition where many are injured or killed. Competitors capture and train the dangerous capaill uisce (water horses) to race along the treacherous coastline of the Island of Thisby. The story is told in alternating first-person between the two main characters.
Kate “Puck” Connolly has lost both of her parents to the capaill uisce and is about to lose her older brother, Gabe, who has decided to leave the island in search of a better life on the mainland. Puck decides to enter the race in the hopes of earning the winner’s pot in order to save the family farm and keep her broken, impoverished family intact.
Sean Kendrick works for the callous owner of the largest horse yard on the island and is the returning champion of the Scorpio Races. He hopes to win one more race in order to achieve a life of his own.
Sean is reluctant but ultimately supports Puck’s decision to join the races, even though most everyone else objects to a girl entering the races, as Puck is the first and only female to ever try. Sean and Puck develop a close relationship as Sean teaches Puck about capaill uisce and the Scorpio Races, but they must ultimately work against each other, because only one can win the race.
This book is available in print at the Hultquist Library (PZ7.S855625 Sc 2011). It is also available as an ebook from the JCC Libraries’ Axis360 Magic Wall.
The Scorpio Races was selected as a 2012 Teens’ Top Ten winner. It is also a 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults.
-- Jenn Knisley
What is LGBT Life with Full-Text?
LGBT Life with Full Text is the leading full-text database for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender literature and research material. The database includes more than 130 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as more than 170 full-text monographs/books including Classics in Lesbian Studies, Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research, Handbook of Research with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Populations, Queer Theory & Social Change, etc. This database was made available to the JCC Libraries through SUNYConnect.
Where do I find LGBT Life with Full-Text?
LGBT Life with Full Text is available from the JCC Libraries’ homepage (www.sunyjcc.edu/library). Select either Databases by Title or Databases by Subject under Search Collections. Browse alphabetically by title or find the database by subject under Social Sciences.
When/Why should I use LGBT Life with Full-Text?
This is your go-to database for information specifically about LGBT life, including civil liberties, culture, employment, family, history, politics, psychology, religion, sociology, etc.
How do I use LGBT Life with Full-Text?
This database is easily searched, just like any of our other EBSCO databases. To conduct your search, simply type your keywords into the search bar and select any of the available search options to narrow the number of results.
Go to the LGBT Life with Full Text database and try finding the answer to this question: What are some attitudes toward Lesbian and Gay parenting? [Hint: You should see an article title that will obviously answer this question. The article is from a 2009 issue of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health]
-- Jenn Knisley
I first became aware of the Dominican author Junot Diaz while listening to NPR last October. If you’re interested, the interview I heard is available here: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=162379322&m=162382121. This interview is from 2007 when Diaz received a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It was being replayed because he had just been named a McArthur Fellow – the so-called “Genius” award. His own story is intriguing and I was eager to read his work, but it took me a year to finally get to it!
I have just finished reading This is How you Lose Her, a book described as “a collection of stories that explore the power of love in all its forms.” Make no mistake, this is not a book about romance! These stories are gritty, peppered with profanity and Dominican slang, a device the author uses for a reason:
I wanted everybody at one moment to kind of feel like an immigrant …. there'd be one language chain that you might not get. And that it was OK. ... [T]he experience that most of us have in the world is that we tend to live in a world where a good portion of what we hear, see and experience is unintelligible to us. And that to me feels more real than if everything was transparent for every reader. (“Junot Dias”)
Most of the stories follow Yunior (who also appears in Oscar Wao) and his life as a new immigrant, his interactions with his strict former military officer father, his lothario brother Rafa, and his stoic mother. There are no happily-ever-after stories in this collection, but it is a great read!
We have several of Diaz’s books at the JCC libraries:
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – PS3554.I259 B75 2007 (Hultquist Library and Cattaraugus County Campus Library)
This is How You Lose Her – PS3554.I259 T48 2012 (Hultquist Library )
His short stories can also be found in several volumes of The Best American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000) - PZ1.B446235 (Hultquist Library)
Find biographical and other information about Junot Diaz in the Library Databases by Subject (Select Language and Literature)
"Junot Diaz." Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 258. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Oct. 2013.
-- Maggie McElrath