Long after they doff their robes and mortarboards, 65 members of USC’s class of 2015 will be able to return to Leavey Library and find their academic achievements inscribed on the Wall of Scholars. A May 14 ceremony inside the library’s Weingart Reading Room honored these exceptional graduates. Surrounded by the names of past honorees, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, and Skull and Dagger Society President Jerry Papazian ’77 joined hundreds of family members, friends, faculty, and staff in congratulating the students. Keep reading to learn more about the ceremony and this year's honorees.
The University of Southern California holds its 132nd annual commencement ceremony this Friday, May 15, and this week the USC Libraries host several events to celebrate the academic achievements of USC's students:
- Phi Kappa Phi initiates. Commencement season kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, with the Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) initiation ceremony at the Bing Theater. Provost Michael Quick will deliver the keynote address. The USC Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which makes its administrative home at the USC Libraries, is the university's oldest fully interdisciplinary honor society.
- Academy for Polymathic Study fellows. The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducts 35 new fellows—its largest class yet—on Thursday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony takes place in the academy's quarters in Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241.
- Wall of Scholars honorees. A ceremony inside Leavey Library at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, recognizes the USC graduates whose names will be etched onto the Wall of Scholars in the library's Weingart Reading Room. Created by the Skull and Dagger society in 1995, the Wall of Scholars honors students who have been awarded a national or international scholarship or have earned certain USC academic accolades.
- Master of Management in Library and Information Science graduates. The USC Libraries toast the first graduates of USC's Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program on Friday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. The reception features remarks from Valerie Sugar, who earned a master's in library science from USC and now serves on the USC Libraries Board of Councilors. The libraries partnered with the USC Marshall School of Business to launch the MMLIS program in 2013. USC Marshall will host a second reception for MMLIS graduates at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Marshall graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Galen Center.
In addition, later this month the libraries—in partnership with PKP, the USC School of Social Work, and the Undergraduate Writers Conference—are publishing USC's 2015 Outstanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) anthology. And as always, the historic Doheny Memorial Library provides the backdrop for the university's main commencement ceremony, which begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15, in Alumni Park.
A new exhibit on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library highlights the avant-garde movement futurism, founded by Italian artist and poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. In 1909 he published in the French newspaper Le Figaro the first manifesto articulating the goals of his crusade, which was nothing less than a “reconstruction of the universe,” where everything that was old was to be ridiculed and disposed of. Speed, technology, industry, and violence were the new buzzwords of this forward-looking movement. One of the objects on display is Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes (Futurist Words in Freedom), a key example of Marinetti’s use of unrestrained typography. His revolutionary aesthetic catalyzed an onslaught of literary and artistic experimentation. The exhibit was prepared by students Madeline Karabian, Zoe Kemp, Gabriella Koek, Michael Ramsey, and Emma Ross under the supervision of Professor Gian-Maria Annovi as part of the course "Modern and Postmodern Italian Literature."
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries recently completed Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archives Cataloging Project, an ambitious collaboration with San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society. Support from the Council on Library and Information Resources enabled archivists at ONE and GLBTHS to make available 111 previously hidden collections tracing LGBTQ history--and daily life--in California communities. Keep reading for more details and images of unique items uncovered through the Out West project.
Martzi Campos and Yuting Su took first prize in the eleventh-annual USC Libraries Wonderland Award competition for “Curiouser and Curiouser!” Judges chose the interactive book from an array of imaginative submissions by students from USC and other participating institutions around Southern California. Forty-five students in total participated in the competition.
Papers on the harrowing depiction of women in Russia in the early 20th century, the links between language and the formation of national borders in Europe, and the role of accounting in the works of Charles Dickens won prizes at this year’s second-annual USC Libraries Research Award. A reception honoring the three student winners took place in the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library, on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The Research Award recognizes exceptional student papers that utilize primary source materials held by the USC Libraries.
Taking first place honors in the graduate student category was Slavic languages and literatures major Natalia Dame for her submission “Russia in Distress, or the Tortured Virgins in the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905–1906.” Her work examines the (lesser-known) 1905 revolution, and how satirical journals responded to authorities’ draconian crackdowns on protesters and the press by portraying the country as a chaste woman tormented by demonic beasts. Born in Russia, Dame was delighted to discover the USC Libraries had a resource that she was hard pressed to find in her own homeland.
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 collection, Velocity 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.
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.
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.
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."