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."