A new exhibit in Doheny Library explores the story of the half-million Jewish soldiers who fought for the Soviet military against Nazi Germany during World War II. Presented in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation and curated by the Blavatnik Archive Foundation, Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army During World War II opens this Thursday, April 24, on Doheny Library's first floor. A panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. in the Friends Lecture Hall (DML 240) will precede the opening reception at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby of Doheny Library. RSVP to Kia Hays at email@example.com.
On Thursday, April 17, the facade of USC's Doheny Memorial Library will be transformed for Wonderland Unbound, a special Visions & Voices event commemorating the tenth anniversary of the USC Libraries Wonderland Award. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Hunting of the Snark, and rare materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections will come alive through the magic of projection mapping and digital animation. Watch this brief preview (no sound), and then RVSP online. The event begins at 8:00 p.m. in front of Doheny Library.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, graduate students from North American universities will receive financial support to attend the USC Summer Kambun Workshop in the USC East Asian Library from July 14-August 8, 2014. Keep reading for more details about this year's workshop.
On Tuesday, the Visions & Voices event Unperformable honored the legacy of dance pioneer Rudy Perez with a special performance and an exhibit of rare items from the USC Libraries' Rudy Perez Archive. Now, those items are on display inside the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, located on the second floor of Doheny Library. Stop by before noon on Monday, March 10, to see the exhibit.
On Sunday, the world heard orchestral music derived from film scores in the USC Libraries' collections. The 2014 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia, opened with twelve minutes of music by Russian-born composer Dimitri Tiomkin, who scored such films as High Noon, The Alamo, and It's A Wonderful Life. Tiomkin's music manuscripts—along with handwritten sketches and other rare materials—are housed in USC's Cinematic Arts Library, and orchestrator Patrick Russ consulted Tiomkin's original scores prior to arranging the music for the Sochi show.
On Friday, February 28, the USC Libraries present Subversive Works/Sustainable Art—a workshop, panel discussion, and exhibition exploring the artistry and social vision of Latin America's book-making traditions. Keep reading to learn more about the Visions & Voices event.
Several major entertainment news publications covered the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honored author Solomon Northup and screenwriter John Ridley for their contributions to 12 Years a Slave. The event was featured in articles by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, The Wrap, and Hitfix. The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg later offered his analysis of 12 Years a Slave's win, and Jinny Choi also covered the Scripter ceremony for the Daily Trojan, noting that the event's proceeds benefit renovations to Leavey Library.
Librarian Ruth Wallach discusses the history and architecture of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district—the subject of Wallach's new book—in a new series of videos produced by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. The three-part series features Wallach, head of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, in conversation with Greg Goldin, the noted architecture critic who recently co-curated Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum. Click through to watch the videos.
Opening Friday, January 24, in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, a new exhibition showcases creative ways to visualize and conceptualize the heavens. Collecting the Cosmos features several unique and innovative creations, along with rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. RSVP for the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on January 24 at 5:30 p.m., or keep reading to learn more about the exhibition.
USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California. Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.