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|Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - Wednesday, January 1, 2014||Closed|
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|Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014||Closed|
|Monday, January 13, 2014 (Classes resume)||8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
For American Indian Heritage Month, I decided to read the book Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. Alexie is a Native American writer that bases much of his work on his experiences growing up on a Spokane Indian Reservation. He has written a few best sellers and won many awards for his contribution to Native American literature.
Indian Killer is a novel about a Native American serial killer in Seattle who hunts down white men and scalps them- leaving behind feathers to indicate that a Native American has committed the crimes. These murders spark a surge of violence and racial hatred between whites and Native Americans. In the novel, the identity of the killer is shrouded in mystery. The main character is John Smith, an Indian kidnapped at birth and raised by white parents. Smith longs for the heritage he has lost- and with his developing mental illness becomes more confused and enraged as he seeks his true identity. He meets Marie, an Indian activist who is outraged by those pretending to know about Native American life and culture. When a radio personality encourages white people to take revenge against the Native Americans for the murders, chaos ensues, and characters like John and Marie struggle to relieve their feelings of hatred and anger. Who is the killer? How does the novel end? You will have to read the book to find out!
-- Taylor Flores
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, while campaigning for the 1964 presidential election in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm at all his stops in Texas prior to the tragedy in Dealey Plaza. For those who lived through this time, this shocking event changed the course of history for most Americans.
After being sworn in as the 35rd President of the United States, his inaugural address stirred the nation with hope and optimism as he proclaimed that “ the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” Acknowledging the tensions of the Cold War, he challenged young Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” Kennedy’s New Frontier energized citizens young and old to volunteer for the new Peace Corps to share their knowledge and talents with the peoples of struggling developing countries around the world. His Alliance for Progress invested $21 billion in loans to Latin America for humanitarian and infrastructure projects. He began the approach to Civil Rights with establishing the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and tapped Eleanor Roosevelt to lead the Commission on the Status of Women.
As a World War II veteran and military hero, he knew the reality and the human costs of war and walked a fine line in his foreign policy balancing diplomacy and a firm commitment to the nation’s best interests during the nuclear test ban negotiations, the Cuban missile crisis and the building of the Berlin Wall. Early in his presidency, he supported new Space programs to put a man on the moon; sent federal troops to support James Meredith’s attempt to enroll at an all- white University; started initiatives for the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled; began work on a Medicare bill for the elderly and supported equal pay for women.
As we reflect back on this tense Cold War period in our history, we remember the idealism, glamour, youth, and optimism of the 1000+ days of the Kennedy presidency and the inspiring rhetoric and contagious Irish humor of our 35rd U. S. President.
- To read more on Pres. John F. Kennedy check the book display in the Hultquist Library or search the JCC Libraries' online catalog.
- To see the myriad of new books published for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy click on the following link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/11/13/john-kennedy-assassination-books/3473915/
- To learn more on the Kennedy legacy visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: http://www.jfklibrary.org/
-- Eileen Widen
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