“Abruzzo” Donation Complements Libraries’ Italian Collection

Italian Books Post

Sandro Sticca, Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Caryl Ward, Head of Acquisitions and Subject Librarian for Comparative Literature, LACAS and Romance Languages; and Susannah Gal, Interim Dean of the Libraries (seated).

Professor of French and Comparative Literature Sandro Sticcca  has continued a custom of many decades through his recent donation of two books to the Libraries’ Special Collections. “Gabriele D’Annunzio,” a richly illustrated book highlighting places in the Abruzzo region of Italy, rendered famous by its most famous modern poet; and “Pescara,” a lush pictorial description of the poet’s own native city.

The books were generously sent to Sticca following his receipt of  a complimentary issue of Abruzzo’s leading magazine “Tesori d’Abruzzo” — (Abruzzo’s Treasures), which was sent in recognition of his long dedication to the region. In a subsequent gesture of appreciation, a subscription to the magazine was gifted by the publishing house to Binghamton University Libraries.

Sticca has written widely on the Abruzzo region, with his most recent book entitled “From Prehistory to History. Abruzzo’s Cultural Heritage.” In addition to having been born in Abruzzo, the Professor has also taught at the University of L’Aquila, located in Abruzzo’s capital.

Currently, Sticca and Stefano de Pamphilis, another native of Abruzzo and one of the magazine’s most prominent writers, are collaborating on a book about instructor in painting, Torquato Di Felice.

Special Collections is thrilled with this generous gift!

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T.H. Tsien, 105, Dies; Scholar of Chinese Books

The New York Times

T.H. Tsien, 105, Dies; Scholar of Chinese Books Rescued 30,000 of Them

By  APRIL 19, 2015

 T. H. Tsien was one of the world’s renowned scholars of Chinese bibliography and paleography, the study of ancient writing.  [Credit University of Chicago]

T. H. Tsien, a scholar of Chinese books and printing who in 1941 risked his life to smuggle tens of thousands of rare volumes to safety amid the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, died on April 9 at his home in Chicago. He was 105.

His death was announced by the University of Chicago, with which he had been associated since the late 1940s. At his death, he was an emeritus professor of East Asian languages and civilizations there and an emeritus curator of the university’s East Asian library.

One of the world’s most renowned scholars of Chinese bibliography and paleography — the study of ancient writing — Professor Tsien (pronounced chee-AHN) was the author of scores of books and articles, many in English, about the august history of the written word in China. As he was fond of reminding people, movable type originated in China centuries before Gutenberg.

Professor Tsien, who was born in China in the twilight of the reign of its last emperor, was a young librarian there during the Japanese occupation, which lasted from 1931 until the end of World War II. Working in secret, he was charged with keeping a trove of precious volumes, some dating to the first millennium B.C., from falling into the occupiers’ hands.

The Library of Congress in Washington agreed to take some 30,000 volumes, but the difficulty lay in getting them out of Shanghai. By 1941, the city’s harbor and customs office were under the control of the Japanese, who would have seized the books and very likely destroyed them. Had Professor Tsien’s work been uncovered, he would almost certainly have been executed.

Determined to get the books out of China at all costs, Professor Tsien could not have done so, he later wrote, had it not been for a turn of fate.

Read more here

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The impact of gender on Civil War suicides/everyday life of a Civil War soldier

Visit the Libraries from noon-1 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 15, for the latest installment of Special Collections’ Occasional Lecture Series. Diane Miller Sommerville, associate professor of history, and Yvonne Deligato, University archivist, will present the “Civil War Experience and Artifact: North and South and the Aftermath of April 15, 1861.”

Sommerville will focus on her current project, a study of suicide among Southerners during and after the Civil War that explores how gender shaped decisions about suicide in the wake of the physical and emotional devastation wrought by war. Using the personal diaries and letters from the University Libraries’ Civil War Collections, Deligato will share details from the everyday life of the soldiers who were there.

The event takes place in Special Collections, on the second floor of Bartle Library.

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Image, Imitation, Imagination: Woodcut Illustrations in Adriano Banchieri’s Music Books

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Paul Schleuse, associate professor of musicology, will present “Image, Imitation, Imagination: Woodcut Illustrations in Adriano Banchieri’s Music Books” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in LN-1106, IASH Conference Room.

Illustrations in prints of renaissance music are extremely rare, beyond generic elements like initial letters, decorative borders on title pages and printer’s marks. When they do appear they can tell us much about a book’s function: as unusual and expensive additions they could not have been used haphazardly; as images not visible to a separate audience they strongly suggest that the music was intended for the enjoyment of the singers themselves. A handful of Venetian prints from the years around 1600 use images of theatrical performances in precisely this wayI will show that most of Banchieri’s images were recycled from a set of at least 31 generic theatrical woodcuts that first appeared in prints of Venetian comedies in 1591 and 1592. These illustrations will shed new light on Banchieri’s purpose in repeatedly re-inventing his theatrically themed canzonettas on the recreational function of these books and on his shifting views of performance practice for these works at a time that also saw the emergence of opera.

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Civil War talk to be held in Special Collections

Civil War Lecture

On Wednesday April 15, 12-1 p.m., Diane Miller Sommerville, Associate Professor of History and Yvonne Deligato, University Archivist will be giving a presentation as part of the Special Collections Occasional Lecture Series.  The talk is titled “Civil War Experience and Artifact: North & South and the Aftermath of April 15, 1861”.  Diane Sommerville’s talk focuses on her current project, a study of suicide among Southerners during and after the Civil War that explores how gender shaped decisions about suicide in the wake of war’s physical and emotional devastation.   Yvonne Deligato’s discussion, using the personal diaries and letters from the University Libraries’ Civil War Collections, will describe the everyday life of soldiers during the war.

Location: Huppe Reading Room, Special Collections, Bartle Library

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Doctor Zhivago: The Screenplay is Special Collections Featured Book for April

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Binghamton University Special Collections Featured Book for April is Robert Bolt’s screenplay for Doctor Zhivago: The Screenplay from the John McLaughlin Collection based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.

British playwright, Robert Bolt (1924-1995), and a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter, known for writing the screenplays for Lawrence of ArabiaDoctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons, the latter two of which won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his author’s note, he writes: “It ought not to need saying but in case it does had better be said at once: This book is not intended to be any kind of substitute for Pasternak’s novel. It is intended for people interested in film and is an account of the film, which we drew from the novel-the fullest possible account, being in effect the filmscript.”

Doctor Zhivago was a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is interesting to note that the Pasternak novel was banned in the Soviet Union at the time and, for that reason, the film could not be made there and was instead filmed mostly in Spain.

The film follows the life of a Russian physician and poet, Yuri Zhivago, who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist’s wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.  Zhivago is torn between fidelity to his wife, an upper-class girl who is devoted to him,  and passion for the women who would become his muse. Sympathetic with the revolution but shaken by the wars and purges, he struggles to retain his individualism as a humanist amid the spirit of collectivism.

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Doctor Zhivago: The Screenplay contains color images of scenes from the movie and is signed by Rod Steiger, who played Victor Komarovsky in the film.

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To view this book, we welcome you to come to Special Collections. We are located on the second floor of the Bartle Library, off of the North Reading Room.

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Cool Connections, Hot Alumni Speaker Series: Natalie Elisha ’09

Natalie Elisha ’09, partner at Rubenstein & Elisha, PLLC, will speak to students at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in UU-133A.

After graduating from Binghamton two years early, majoring in both PPL and philosophy, Elisha received a full scholarship to earn her law degree from St. John’s University. In 2014, at only 25, she co-founded her own law firm, Rubinstein & Elisha, PLLC. Her practice focuses on family and asset protection and already has three offices in the New York Metropolitan area with plans to continue expanding internationally. She will provide valuable insight into what a career in law entails, as well as advice on how to successfully prepare and transition into the world of work.

“Cool Connections, Hot Alumni” programs are for students to learn more about different careers and to create potential contacts with industry professionals who also happen to be Binghamton alumni. The series is a collaboration between the Alumni Association and the Fleishman Center. Faculty and staff who know of students who might be interested in these programs are encouraged to pass along the event information.

For more information, contact Francis Borrego via e-mail.

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Exhibitions at the Binghamton University Art Museum feature Special Collections materials

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The Multi-Modernist Tilly Losch: Dancer, Actress & Artist exhibit at the Binghamton University Art Museum. Photograph by Beth Turcy Kilmarx.

Two student-curated exhibits at the Binghamton University Art Museum feature materials from the Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections.

The exhibits are:

The Civil War: Images of Ruin, curated by graduate students from the Departments of History and Art History, which includes several issues of Harper’s Weekly held by Special Collections from the years 1862, 1863 & 1865. These issues include images taken by Mathew B. Brady an American photographer best known for his scenes of the Civil War. Brady’s use of a mobile studio and darkroom enabled vivid battlefield photographs that brought home the reality of war to the public.

The Multi-Modernist Tilly Losch: Dancer, Actress & Artist, Curated by Kara Lynn Nandin ’15, which features several portrait photographs of Tilly Losch that are held in Special Collections, including one by American visual artist, Man Ray, and a photograph  taken by the noted Austrian-born American photographer, Trude Fleischmann.

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Saeedpour Kurdish Exhibit to be open Thursday 5-7

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Join us in the Libraries for a special viewing of the

Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library and Museum Collection

Thursday, March 26, from 5-7pm

The collection is the largest of its kind in North America and contains artifacts including jewelry, musical instruments, clothing and textiles, maps, photographs and art and other unique Kurdish cultural material from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Event location: LS-2502, second floor of Bartle Library

Contact: Aynur de Rouen at 607-777-3944

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Cool Connections, Hot Alumni Speaker Series: Kelli Ann (Walther) Burriesci ‘97

Kelli Ann (Walther) Burriesci ’97, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will talk about her career path and share advice with students at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in UU-133A, the Fleishman Center.

For the last 18 years, Burriesci has worked in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. In her current position, she coordinates the department’s screening and credentialing policies to facilitate legitimate travel and trade and deter, detect and deny access to or withhold benefits from individuals who may pose a threat to the United States. Burriesci majored in both political science and philosophy, politics and law at Binghamton and worked part-time for the Telefund.

“Cool Connections, Hot Alumni” programs allow students to learn more about careers and to create potential contacts with an industry professional and Binghamton alumni. The speaker series is a collaboration between the Alumni Association and the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend. Students planning to attend should register in hireBING through the calendar feature.

For more information, contact Francis Borrego in the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development at 607-777-2400.

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