Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Seeing Unseen": Privacy, Surveillance and the Hamlet Project

This Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm, the University of Redlands Theatre department invites you to attend a free, open rehearsal of "The Hamlet Project" developed by Chris Beach and Doug Hammett at the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

Beach and Hammett's adaptation sets Shakespeare's tragedy in a dystopian world where people speak Shakespearean English while employing modern-day social networking and surveillance technologies.

This juxtaposition makes thematic sense given that the plot of Hamlet revolves around several crucial mysteries: has King Hamlet's ghost risen from the grave? How did the king really die? Why has Hamlet started to behave strangely? Shakespeare's characters seek eyewitness evidence to answer these questions, devising elaborate strategems to ensure that they can see without themselves being seen.

Surveillance has become a heightened concern in modern-day societies, with the introduction of digital technologies that expand the scope of what can be recorded, analyzed and inferred. Incorporating cameras, mobile devices and social networking into a production of Hamlet raises necessary questions about the value of privacy and the way in which societies throughout history have balanced security and liberty.

If you're interested in reading further, try searching the Armacost Library catalog for more information on electronic surveillance, privacy and digital technologies. Here are a few possibilities:

American Privacy: The 400 Year History of Our Most Contested Right
Frederick S. Lane
KF 1262.L36 2009

Attorney Frederick Lane reviews the role of privacy in American history, from the efforts to keep postal mail safe during Colonial times through the signing of the PATRIOT Act in October 2001.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family
Theresa M. Payton & Theodore Claypoole
KF 1262.P39 2014

Payton is a former White House Chief Information Officer and CEO of a fraud and risk consulting company. Claypoole is a technology attorney who heads the Privacy and Data Management team for a major law firm. They explain in plain English how popular consumer technologies can be used to gather data in unwanted ways, and what you can do about it.

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Bruce Schneier
HM846.S362 2015

Security analyst Schneier describes how corporations and governments have created a "surveillance society" at the cost of economic, civic and moral harms.

Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?
Anita L. Allen
JC596.A44 2011

Is privacy always good? Should we have laws enforcing privacy, or should it be a matter of individual choice? Philosopher and laywer Anita Allen looks beyond the most popular and well-liked privacies, to ask whether unpopular - even coercive - privacies are also worthwhile, even if they require government regulation.

Sanjeet Mann
Arts & Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Redlands

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Lure of the Desert

“Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear-the earth remains, slightly modified. The earth remains, and the heartbreaking beauty where there are no hearts to break. [...] I sometimes choose to think, no doubt perversely, that man is a dream, thought an illusion, and only rock is real. Rock and sun.”
~Edward Abbey (1990), Desert Solitaire, p. 194

In Southern California, we are surrounded by deserts. Specifically, the Colorado and Mohave Deserts, within which rests Mojave National Preserve, Joshua Tree National Park, the Salton Sea, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. These unique ecosystems, and long stretches of sky, have influenced and shaped the words of many writers.

For a broad view of literature of "The West", which would involve in some cases, deserts, A Literary History of the American West, located in the Reference Collection in Armacost Library is a useful volume to introduce oneself to the history and development of literature on this side of the continent. The book is sponsored by the Western Literature Association, and begins with the oral traditions of Native Americans and early travel narratives, followed by the bulk of the book, which covers authors in different areas of the West (including Southwest, Midwest, Rocky Mountains, etc.).

Edward Abbey (quoted above) is an essential author to read if you are fascinated with the desert landscape. His most well known work, Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, documents his time spent as a park ranger at Arches National Monument, in which he reflects on his love of nature, and warns of the continuing desecration of our wild lands. This theme of desecration is continued in his novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which follows a group of ecological anarchists intent on demolishing tractors, trains, and bridges to protect the environment. Good News is one of his novels which tends to fly under the radar. It may be best described as a desert dystopia, which warns readers of the consuming march of civilization.

After you've explored Edward Abbey a bit, you may be ready to move on to the following books, which explore our local desert landscapes:










Monday, April 25, 2016

Congratulations Bulldogs!

Congratulations Bulldogs!  Happy Graduation to those who participated in festivities this past weekend! It’s that time of year when students and faculty begin wrapping up shop, preparing for holidays, planning for the future! But wait, did you forget to turn something in??

While you are cleaning out your dorm room or office, you may stumble across that thesis you were supposed to send somewhere. Was it InSPIRe? Yes! There is still time for graduates to submit an honors thesis to InSPIRe.

InSPIRe @ Redlands is the University of Redlands's institutional repository. That's just to say that it's a collection of intellectual and creative artifacts created by the University of Redlands community.  If you are still not sure what InSPIRe is, check it out here: InSPIRe@redlands While it is better to complete this task before you depart this beautiful campus, the library can still assist you over the summer. The Armacost Library is always here to help and we are open year-round!

The final approved copy of a thesis can be sent to the InSPIRe mailbox at InSPIRe@redlands.edu and the signed permission slip can be sent to the Library Director, Gabriela Sonntag via email Gabriela_Sonntag@redlands.edu Don’t forget there is always snail-mail: University of Redlands, Armacost Library, 1249 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands, CA 92374 ATTN: InSPIRe

Share your knowledge with future generations. Leave a legacy of scholarship, generate new ideas and contribute to new knowledge. Inspire others! You may become famous!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Santa Anas

It’s a little hot and windy lately, eh!?  (No - not that last lecture.)  The Santa Anas have kicked up.  Here are some Armacost Library sources about Southern California’s own devil winds.  Don’t let them get to you - come on in, find a comfy spot, and read in the cool comfort of the Armacost Library!

Baron, R. A., Russell, G. W., and Arms, R. L. 1985. “Negative Ions and Behavior: Impact on Mood, Memory, and Aggression among Type A and Type B Persons.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 48(3): 746-754.

Brown, James. 2002. “Fire.” New England Review 23 (1): 45–51.

Carle, David. 2006. “Santa Ana and Diablo Winds.” In Introduction to Air in California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Chandler, Raymond. 1995. “Red Wind.” In Stories and Early Novels. New York: Library of America.

Cody, M. L., and H. A. Mooney. 1978. “Convergence Versus Nonconvergence in Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems.” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 9: 265–321.

Davis, Mike. 1995. “The Case for Letting Malibu Burn.” Environmental History Review 19 (2): 1–36.

Didion, Joan. 2008. “Los Angeles Notebook.” In Slouching towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Langford, A. O., R. B. Pierce, and P. J. Schultz. 2015. “Stratospheric Intrusions, the Santa Ana Winds, and Wildland Fires in Southern California.” Geophysical Research Letters 42(14): 6091–6097.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Celebrate the 2016 ALURA Winners!

The 2016 Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award winners are ....

STEM category
Sarah Grimley whose research is titled The Need for a Neutral Speaking Period in the Trier Social Stress Test with faculty support from Dr. Lisa Olson, Biology.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category
Ellen Holt whose research is titled The American (Birth): A Valuable Pain with faculty support from Dr. Jennifer Nelson, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Ellen impressed the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Selection Committee with her reflection essay where she described the inspiration for her research, discussed her research methodology, and demonstrated an ability to adjust her search process when encountering challenges while gathering primary source data.

The STEM Selection Committee was struck by Sarah's tenacious search for information and use of multiple information tools. Her reflective essay and references demonstrated flexibility thinking in her searches, line of research, and integration of sources outside her discipline.

To view their research projects, check back shortly with the University's Institutional Scholarly Publication and Information Repository (InSPIRe). In the near future we'll upload their research projects to the ALURA series.

On behalf of both ALURA Selection Committees, we congratulate Sarah Grimley and Ellen Holt, two outstanding students at the University of Redlands! Please join us in the Library Conference Room (3rd floor) on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-5pm to celebrate their achievements.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Selection Committee
Nathaniel Cline, Economics
Lua Gregory, Library (Chair)
Tim Seiber, Johnston Center
Gabriela Sonntag, Library

STEM Selection Committee
Ben Aronson, Biology
Les Canterbury, Library
Eric Hill, Physics
Hillary Jenkins, Environmental Studies
Paige Mann, Library (Chair)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tolkien Reading Day

According to The Tolkien Society, Friday, March 25, is Tolkien Reading Day, an international celebration of J. R. R. Tolkien's literary works.

Participants (or Tolkien enthusiasts) are encouraged to read their favorite passages. Here are a few books from the Armacost Library to get you started:

http://books.redlands.edu/record=b1181513~S0  http://books.redlands.edu/record=b1273203~S0  http://books.redlands.edu/record=b1311167~S0

And feel free to search our Library for more books by J. R. R. Tolkien

After you've read and reflected on your chosen words, I invite you to listen to Tolkien read to his friend, George Sayer. In August of 1952, while Tolkien visited George Sayer in Worcestershire, they recorded the following reading from The Hobbit, featuring Tolkien's voice acting for Gollum:


Saturday, March 05, 2016