Academic Subjects

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

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/18

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.

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

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/13

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

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19

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

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/09

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.

Curator Abby Saunders Discusses Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland Jan. 26 at Santa Monica Public Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20

The USC Libraries' Abby Saunders, curator of the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, will discuss "The Wonderland of Lewis Carroll" on Monday, January 26, at the Santa Monica Public Library. The event celebrates the 183rd birthday of Charles Dodgson, the English logician and author better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. It begins at 7:00 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. in the city of Santa Monica. Admission is free. Selected materials from the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection will be on display in the main lobby.

USC Libraries Name Finalists for 27th-Annual Scripter Award

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/08

The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Theory of Everything, and Wild as finalists for the 27th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Scripter honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. Click through to learn more about the award and this year's nominees.

New Exhibition Asks: ‘What Makes a Monster?’

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/18

Monsters take many forms, from vampires to serial killers and from viruses to black holes. A new USC Libraries exhibition asks, What Makes a Monster?, through one central exhibition in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room and satellite exhibitions in four other library locations. After visiting the central exhibition in Doheny Library, explore the meaning of monsters across the academic disciplines at the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts, Norris Medical, Science and Engineering, and VKC libraries. What Makes a Monster? is on display through May 31, 2015.

Short Films Profile the ‘Monomaniacs’ of L.A. as Subject

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/28

What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films profiles four L.A. as Subject collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history. Produced by the USC Libraries with generous support from Cal Humanities, Monomania L.A. is directed by Joris Debeij and hosted by David Kipen, who also serves as humanities advisor. The first three films were introduced at the October 25 Archives Bazaar (the fourth is currently in production) and the entire series will air later this year on public television station KCET. In the meantime, you can watch the videos online on the L.A. as Subject website.

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