New Exhibition, Visions & Voices Event Investigate Art and Science of Pitching

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A major league fastball can be described in numbers—a 5¼-ounce baseball; 60 feet, six inches from the mound to home plate; a 0.4-second flight. But pitching can't be reduced to simple physics. It's also art, as well as a medical subject. Pitchers manipulate the flight of the ball by adjusting their grip, and the human bodies that propel the ball are subject to biological vulnerabilities. 

A new USC Libraries exhibition opening March 31, 2015, on the ground floor of Doheny Memorial Library explores the science and art of pitching. Inspired by the USC Libraries' Biomechanics of Motion collectionVelocity and Vulnerability features materials from the libraries' collections, baseball memorabilia, and rare items from the USC Athletics archive.

Also on March 31, a related Visions & Voices event beginning at 6:00 p.m. on USC's Dedeaux Field explores baseball's biological limitations in depth. Organized by the USC Libraries and USC Athletics, the event features a conversation among USC Keck orthopedic surgeon Seth Gamradt, USC alumnus and baseball legend Tom House, USC Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering professor Jill McNitt-Gray, and World Series champion pitcher Robb Nen. Complimentary stadium-style food will be available, and after the discussion students and other attendees will have a chance to test their fastballs against a radar gun. RSVP online.

Student Workers Reflect: The Jacobsohn Collection on Germany Between the Wars

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Students working in the USC Libraries' Special Collections department routinely come into close contact with amazing archival materials. Here on Libwire, we're sharing occasional dispatches from these students about the collections they work with. Click through for USC undergraduate Emily Hodgkins's description of the Jacobsohn Collection on Germany Between the Wars, which she recently helped process.

Wonderland XI Call for Entries

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The USC Libraries are now accepting submissions for the Eleventh-Annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 1, and the winners will be announced at an award reception on Friday, April 24. The first place prize is $2,500 and second place $1,500. Keep reading to learn more about the interdisciplinary competition, or visit the Wonderland Award page for complete rules and guidelines guidelines.

‘Monomania L.A.’ Airs March 17 on KCET

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What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? In an ongoing partnership among KCETLink, USC Libraries and the libraries’ LA as Subject partners, KCETLink’s Emmy Award-winning arts and culture series Artbound presents “Monomania L.A.” The one-hour episode profiles five LA as Subject collectors and their monomaniacal obsession with a particular aspect of Los Angeles history. It premieres at 8 p.m. March 17 on KCET in Southern California and at 8 p.m. March 23 on Link TV nationally. Keep reading to learn more about "Monomania L.A."

225 ONE Archives Collections Cataloged through NHPRC Grant

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/04

Archivists at the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries recently completed an ambitious 2-year cataloging project. Thanks to generous support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), they processed 225 archival collections on many facets of U.S. LGBTQ life from the 1940s to the present. The collections document the work of early activists and visual artists as well as the daily lives of ordinary people who broke new ground for LGBTQ communities throughout the U.S. Keep reading for more details about the project and photos from the newly processed collections.

2015 Kambun Workshop to Investigate Late-Heian Period Courtier Journal

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The 2015 Summer Kambun Workshop, held in the USC East Asian Library from June 15 to July 10, 2015, will focus on the later Heian-period courtier journal, Chuyuki, by Fujiwara no Munetada (1062-1141). This year's workshop will be led by Professor Sanae Yoshida from the University of Tokyo’s renowned Historiographical Institute and Professor Joan Piggott of USC Dornsife College. Keep reading for more on this year's workshop and video of Professor Hideo Yamaguchi of the Historiographical Insitute at the 2014 workshop.

Images from California Historical Society Collection Featured in PBS Film

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How did Southern California's sunshine and fresh air attract people suffering from tuberculosis in the late 19th century? Images from the California Historical Society Collection at the USC Libraries illustrate the story of "health seekers"—and their role in the region's population boom—in The Forgotten Plague, a new documentary film from PBS and WGBH's American Experience series. The film premieres nationally on PBS on Tuesday, February 10, at 9:00 p.m.

Media Coverage of 27th-Annual Scripter Ceremony

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Several major entertainment news publications covered the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honored screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges for their contributions to The Imitation Game. The event was featured in articles by the Los Angeles TimesVariety, The Hollywood ReporterDeadline HollywoodThe Wrap, and Hitfix. Daniel Gavidia also covered the Scripter ceremony for the Daily Trojan. Previously, several publications covered the initial announcement of the five finalist films.

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‘The Imitation Game’ Outplays Competition to Win USC Libraries Scripter Award

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Screenwriter Graham Moore and author Andrew Hodges received the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for The Imitation Game. Selection committee chair Howard Rodman announced the winners at the black-tie event on Saturday, Jan. 31, at USC’s historic Doheny Memorial Library. Keep reading to learn more about Scripter.

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New Interactive Tutorials on Academic Integrity

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Two new interactive tutorials on the USC Libraries website help USC faculty teach their students how to avoid plagiarism and correctly cite sources. Librarians Elizabeth Galoozis, Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, and Rebecca Halpern partnered with the USC Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards office to produce the updated tutorials. Both include printable certificates of completion.