Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All My Sons

 Image credit: Paul Sihvonen-Binder

This month the University of Redlands Theatre department performs Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at Glenn Wallichs Theatre on November 11-13 and 18-20.

All My Sons is Miller’s first play to receive widespread critical acclaim. It is the story of the Keller family: Joe Keller, a successful factory owner who has built his business on selling defective parts to the military during World War II, his older son Larry, a pilot missing in action, and his younger son Chris, who joined the family business despite suspicions about his father’s unethical actions.

Miller frequently drew from real-life experiences and people for his plays. He was the younger of two brothers, and his father ran the family business, a coat and suit factory, in a well-to-do part of Manhattan. When Miller was a teenager, the business failed, and his father moved the family into smaller quarters in Brooklyn, just as the Great Depression began. Miller lacked the money to go to college and worked odd jobs for years to save for his education, building experiences (such as encounters with anti-Semitism while working an auto parts warehouse) that would recur throughout his later plays.

An English major at University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Miller studied expressionist playwrights like Henrik Ibsen and social protest plays by Clifford Odets. He received university awards for his earliest plays and further honed his craft after graduation by producing half hour works broadcast over the radio. However, his first play produced on Broadway was a critical failure. The story of a garage mechanic who cannot understand why he is successful while his brother is not, The Man Who Had All the Luck closed after just four performances. Discouraged, Miller decided to try writing one more play before giving up on playwriting for good. That play would become All My Sons.

After the play premiered at the Coronet Theatre in January 1947, William Hawkins wrote, “All My Sons is a play of high voltage, charged with things to say. No civilian, past or present, will find himself immune from its comment.”

Buy tickets to attend a University of Redlands performance of All My Sons here.

Further Reading

Hawkins, William. “‘All My Sons’ a Tense Drama.” New York World-Telegram, January 30, 1947. Reprinted in New York Theatre Critics Reviews, Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 475.

Marino, Stephen. “Arthur Miller.” Twentieth-Century American Dramatists: Fourth Series. Ed. Christopher J. Wheatley. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 266. Detroit: Gale, 2003. From Literature Resource Center.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Faith, Sexuality, & Gender Identity

On November 8, 2016, America's attention will be on the election. A few days later, this stressful and unpredictable election will be followed by a move from a "historic campus ministry that has accomplished an incalculable amount of good in its many years of operation" to become more homogeneous by pushing out voices of its more progressive employees. Whether we're talking politics or doctrine, whether we understand or agree with one another, we must take and create opportunities to come together to listen, learn from, and engage with each other. Doing so asks that we brave uncomfortable, controversial, and threatening ideas. Doing so asks that we question the foundations of our beliefs. Doing so challenges the idea that perhaps defining what and who are 'right' and 'wrong' may be less important than coming together to find common ground.

Below are some of the wonderful resources Armacost Library has to stimulate conversations on faith, sexuality, and gender identity. We can use these to outline or strengthen our stances, but we can also use these to redefine the ways we understand and experience difference, ignorance, appreciation, justice, dogmas, respect, and dignity.

Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian, Web Experiences Librarian, and Alumni of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Redlands

 Homosexuality and religion : an encyclopedia Queer inclusion in the United Methodist Church  Torah queeries : weekly commentaries on the Hebrew Bible   Living out Islam : voices of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims  Queer religion  Taking a chance on God : liberating theology for gays, lesbians, and their lovers, families, and friends ; with a new preface  Straight & narrow? : compassion & clarity in the homosexuality debate More Than Welcome Homophobia in the Black Church   Queer and Catholic   Sex and the Church: Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics  Hate is the sin : putting faces on the debate over human sexuality  Catholic figures, queer narratives

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Women's Health: More Than Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month in the United States. While it is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, breast cancer isn't the extent of women-specific health issues. As we think about women's health this month, it seems like a good time to think more broadly about women's health and women's rights in relation to their health and well-being.

This week the University of Redlands hosted a screening of No Más Bebés and discussion with the filmmaker, Renee Tajima-Peña. Women's health includes reproductive justice.

Tajima-Peña's film resurfaces a forgotten and not well know story of a small group of Latinas who sued county doctors, the state of California, and the federal government over coerced sterilization at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in the 1960 and 1970s.

Perhaps you'd like to explore the Armacost Library's collections for more information on women's health and reproductive health issues.

Breast Cancer


Women's Health, General


Reproductive Justice


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Library Whiteboard

So far this year, the questions have been light-hearted. 
  • Where did you come from?
  • Draw a self-portrait.
  • What organizations might you join?
  • Right now, what are you feeling?
But they won't always be. The prompts are meant to provide you a space to be silly, but also to stimulate discussion.

In the past, prompts have included:
  • Draw a picture of your pet(s)
  • Is feminism relevant today? Why/why not?
  • What inspires you?
  • Power is...
  • How have you changed since high school?
  • Syrian refugees:  What should we do?
  • What meal from home do you miss most?
  • Why are fewer Americans believing God, praying daily, and attending religious services?

Responses have been thoughtful, offended, offending, encouraging, insensitive, creative, and humorous. Forums like this, where you can respond with casualness and some guarantee of anonymity can be freeing and I hope you'll respond with candor, grace, and a willingness to learn from the experiences of others on campus.

If you've ever entered the 2nd floor entrance to the library, you've seen this board in front of the east stairway. If you've ever wanted to post a question--or if your student organization has ever wanted to post a prompt--please know that we in the library encourage you to send your ideas to Paige [underscore] Mann [at] redlands [dot] edu or add them to the board when asked. I'll soon use the board to ask for suggestions.

Paige Mann
Physical Sciences Librarian

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Banned Books Week

September 25 - October 1 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read! This year Banned Books Week focuses on diversity, and thus challenged literature focusing on "diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities" (WNDB, 2016). Events planned over the next several days include a a lunch time Read-Out, a screening of a banned Star Trek episode, and a discussion on Sherman Alexie's work led by the Anti-Racist Book Club.

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, and Armacost Library.

Banned Books Read Out
When: Monday, September 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the Irvine Commons
Brave members of the community will read from their favorite banned or challenged book. Stop and listen for a spell, or join in the freedom to read. Banned and challenged books will be available for perusal.

Star Trek Screening
When: Tuesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Library computer lab, #104
Why was "Plato's Stepchildren" banned? Food will be provided during the screening. After, discuss anything Star Trek with expert Iyan Sandri.

Anti-Racist Book Club
When: Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Holt Lobby
Join the Anti-Racist Book Club for a discussion on works by Sherman Alexie!

Banned Books Display
When: All week
Where: Library entrance, 2nd floor
The Armacost Library will highlight banned and challenged literature.

We Need Diverse Books [WNDB]. (2016). The we need diverse books YA short story contest. Retrieved from

Monday, September 05, 2016

Welcome (back)! The Armacost Library is here to support you.

Of course you expect to be able to borrow books from the library, both e-books and in print. But we also have many DVDs--feature films, television shows, and excellent documentary films. More interested in music? We have music available on CDs, streaming, and on vinyl.

Searching for articles (scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers)? The library purchases access to 123 multi-disciplinary and subject-specific databases. Your librarians have created guides to the core databases in each of the major/minor disciplinary programs available at University of Redlands.

Business research guide:

If you can't find what you need at Armacost Library, we can get it for you from another library easily (usually)! We can get most books through our Link+ service, and it takes only a day or two for books to arrive. Look for the Link+ button in the library catalog. Articles can be requested through Interlibrary Loan: When you see the Find Full Text button next to an article in one of our databases, click through to Interlibrary Loan if we don't have the article. Most articles will arrive within days; we'll email to let you know it's available online. We can get almost anything in the world for you; all you have to do is ask.

The Armacost Library offers a variety of study spaces: individual study carrels, large group study tables, soft comfortable seating, and two group study rooms.

Computers and printers are available both in the Library and in the Fletcher Jones Computing Center (computer lab and several smaller collaborative learning spaces) on the first floor of the building.

Your librarians are here to help you with research projects and other assignments. Research assistance is available M-Th 9am-9pm, F 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, and Sun. 1-9pm. Ask at the main desk for the librarian on-call. You can also call, chat, email, and make an appointment with your subject librarians. After hours, these subject research guides my help you out.

If you're having trouble finding your way, these floor maps of Armacost Library may help.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, let us know what you need. We're only a few steps, a phone call, a chat window, and an email away.

Good luck with the first week of classes!