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Law Library Scholarship Salon with Samantha Barbas

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Law Library Scholarship Salon with Samantha BarbasPlease join the Law Library on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., for its first Scholarship Salon. This flagship event will feature SUNY Buffalo Law Associate Professor Samantha Barbas who will be discussing her upcoming book, The Laws of Image. This free event will take place in the 2nd Floor Reading Room of the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo (North Campus) and is open to all.

From the publisher, Stanford University Press:

Americans have long been obsessed with their images—their looks, public personas, and the impressions they make. This preoccupation has left its mark on the law. The twentieth century saw the creation of laws that protect your right to control your public image, to defend your image, and to feel good about your image and public presentation of self. These include the legal actions for invasion of privacy, libel, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. With these laws came the phenomenon of “personal image litigation”—individuals suing to vindicate their image rights.

The Laws of Image tells the story of how Americans came to use the law to protect and manage their images, feelings, and reputations. In this social, cultural, and legal history, Samantha Barbas ties the development of personal image law to the self-consciousness and image-consciousness that has become endemic in our media-saturated culture of celebrity and consumerism, where people see their identities as intertwined with their public images. The laws of image are the expression of a people who have become so publicity-conscious and self-focused that they believe they have a right to control their images, to manage and spin them like actors, politicians, and rock stars.

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Student Life Research

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“These records should not only preserve the story of growth… They should also capture something of the color of the changing human procession that winds its way down through the endless reach of time…”

— Samuel P. Capen, Foreword to the IRIS yearbook, 1927


The core mission of University Archives is to collect and maintain historical records of the university.  Documents regarding student life are some of the richest and most insightful resources in the University Archives’ holdings.  Some of our records regarding student activities, events, clubs, and publications are listed below:

Finding and using materials in the Archives is different from the general library collections.  Helpful research tips:

**DONATIONS WANTED!  The University Archives is always looking for additional material to add to our collection.  To donate materials (scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, memorabilia, etc.) relating to student life at UB, contact the Archives at or (716) 645-2916.


Open Mic: What Am I Doing in Your Classroom?

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DC-AprilPlan to join us on Wednesday, April 1 for Open Mic: What Am I Doing in Your Classroom? Students Tell Their Tech Stories, a look at how students are integrating their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices into their educational lives. This event is part of the Digital Challenges Series, sponsored by the UB Libraries and UB Information Technology, and co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Innovation and Student Life.

The program will take place in 145 Student Union from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. UB associate professor Valerie Nesset will set the tone with a keynote address focusing on the ways in which students are adopting and adapting technology to address their learning and research needs.  During the open mic session, students will share their personal tech stories in brief, informal presentations that will focus on using mobile technologies to improve the classroom experience.

To learn more and view the full schedule, please visit

While not required, registration through the website is recommended.

Hope to see you there!

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Congratulations to all the 2015 Oscar Contest Winners

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The UB Libraries would like to thank all the participants in the 2015 Oscar Prediction Contest. After tallying up all the categories, we were surprised to find that no one predicted all eight correctly so no prizes were awarded. Just kidding! The 4 participants who got seven correct and the 2 participants (out of 18) who got six correct and won the drawing received the prizes ($25 AMC Theatres Gift Card).

The category that stumped people the most was the Best Animated Feature. Most people predicted How to Train Your Dragon 2 would be the winner instead of Big Hero 6 (the actual winner), both were great films and it probably could have gone either way.

The winners of the 2015 Oscar Prediction Contest:
Clarissa Toner – Pharmacy
John Morano – Communication
Grace Azzolino – Library Science
Connor Hannan – Psychology
Margaret Cerere – Communication

Once again, thank you to everyone who entered the contest and we hope to see you again next year!

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