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."
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.