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Book and Film of the Month for May

The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for May:

BOOK: The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Published in 1978, this non-fiction travelogue takes the reader along on Matthiessen’s journey to Nepal. Peter Matthiessen and George Schaller traveled to the Dolpo region mainly to research Himalayan sheep, but they also hoped to visit a Buddhist monastery. However, their biggest hope was to spot a snow leopard. Matthiessen details their journey along with all that they see and experience. Overall, he takes a Buddhist, spiritual approach toward their experiences. Full of philosophical ruminations, this book explores Nepal, spirituality, and Matthiessen’s own psyche.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/002300689

 

 

FILM: March of the Penguins

This 2005 documentary tracks Antarctic Emperor penguins as they leave the ocean, head to their breeding grounds, and care for their young. It follows all of the many problems that the penguins face in trying to keep their young alive. Their remarkable march was documented over the course of about a year by a crew that dealt with inhospitable temperatures and weather. Directed by Luc Jacquet, it was originally created in French, but the film was released in English among many other languages. In 2005, the film wound up winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Rated G, it is a great film for the whole family.

The DVD is in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003318434

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

 

Book and Film of the Month for April

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for April:

FarmHandsBOOK: Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons from Western New York Fields by Tom Rivers

Migrant workers of varied immigration status have long been a hot debate topic. However, Rivers writes a book that takes a personal look at the farm hands who handle the difficult work that no one else wants to do. He goes to 13 different farms in Western New York and does the same tasks that the other farm hands are assigned. He finds the work incredibly difficult and sees the farm hands for the skilled, hard workers that they are. Originally written as a series for the Batavia Daily News in 2008, this book was published in 2010 and received numerous awards.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003245002

 

food-incFILM: Food, Inc.

Directed by Robert Kenner, this 2008 documentary examines U.S. agribusiness and exposes just how unhealthy it is. Kenner explores the meat, grain, and vegetable mass-production practices and the manner in which food is labelled. Besides the damage that these practices are doing to the environment, there is also the damage that is being done to the public that is consuming this food. An illuminating look at the industry of food production, this film won a few awards, such as the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary. This documentary just might change the way you look at food.

The DVD is available on reserve in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003218946

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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

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Book and Film of the Month for March

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Book and Film of the Month for March

The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for March:

mrfeynmanBOOK: Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

Published in 1985, Richard Feynman draws the reader in with stories from his life. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and lived a dynamic life. The book covers all different aspects of his life, such as the culmination of his graduate studies where he lectured to Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli. Feynman delves into his experiences helping with the Manhattan Project and he also discusses his musical endeavors. Feynman is full of stories that will captivate and entertain the reader. Best of all, this book gives insight into the human side of an incredibly accomplished academic.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/000675570

 

2001_a_space_odysseyFILM: 2001: A Space Odyssey

A classic 1968 sci-fi film directed by Stanley Kubrick, this epic deals with space exploration. It is considered a masterpiece, and in 1969 Kubrick won an Academy Award for best visual effects. Aside from the award winning visual effects, sound, and cinematography, the film also boasts a compelling story. There is trouble on a space expedition to Jupiter between the two astronauts and their artificially intelligent computer HAL 9000. As they journey to Jupiter, the reliability and veracity of artificial intelligence is called into question. This film focuses on the relationships between humans, machines, and space. Masterfully written, this movie has many equally valid interpretations, and many of them will leave the viewer with questions.

The DVD is available on reserve in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003424754

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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This is the last week to enter the UB Libraries’ Oscar Prediction Contest

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Enter the UB Libraries’ Oscar Prediction Contest for a chance to win one of six $25 AMC Theatres Gift Cards!

Contest is open to all UB Students.  Participants predicting the highest number of categories correctly will be entered into the drawing for the prizes.

The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest – http://library.buffalo.edu/multimedia/oscar2015.php

Contest ends on February 20, 2015

 

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The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest for UB Students

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Are you psychic? From the future? Just have plain old insider information on who will win this year’s Academy Awards? It doesn’t matter, you are still welcome to join the 3rd Annual University Libraries Oscar Contest!

Contest is open to all UB Students.  Participants predicting the highest number of categories correctly will be entered into the drawing for prizes. Six lucky winners from the drawing will each receive a $25 AMC Theatres Gift Card.

The 2015 University Libraries Oscar Contest – http://library.buffalo.edu/multimedia/oscar2015.php

Contest ends on February 20, 2015

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Book and Film of the Month for February

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for February:

aint-no-makin-itBOOK: Ain’t No Makin’ It by Jay MacLeod

Jay MacLeod’s book examines two groups of men and the sociological conditions that mold their lives. Delving into the topics of class, poverty, and race, the men that MacLeod follows illustrate the realities of social inequality. With each new edition, MacLeod checks back in with the men to see how they are each doing. Still read in sociology classrooms today, this book shines a light on social inequality.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/001681009

 

 

 

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FILM: Startup.com

This aptly named documentary follows the Internet business craze in 2000. It trails two best friends, Kaleil and Tom, as they try to create a business with a simple idea- paying parking tickets online. They run into various problems, and this documentary takes a look at the highs and lows of creating, running, and selling an Internet business. Winner of numerous awards, this film gives a face to the people who tried to become millionaires during the Internet Bubble.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003451452

 

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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Order your streaming videos today!

Need a video for your class?  There is still time to order streaming videos from Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy Streaming Video for your Spring courses.  Swank Digital Campus offers a wide selection of feature films that can be embedded into your UBLearns courses.  Kanopy Streaming Video are more focused on documentary and educational films.  To request a film from Swank Digital Campus, please follow the “Requesting Swank Videos” link on the webpage.  Kanopy films may be used directly from their website.  Please contact the Multimedia Collections & Services department with any question or for more information.

Book and Film of the Month for January

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for January:

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BOOK: A Dog’s Purpose

Taking an unexpected look at the human-pet relationship, this book details one dog’s lives. Throughout the book, one dog is reincarnated as a different dog usually of a different breed, gender, and circumstances. During each of these lives, the dog tries to find his purpose. A New York Times Best Seller, this moving book illuminates a new perspective on life.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003315516

 

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FILM: The Cave of the Yellow Dog

This Mongolian-German film tells a familiar story – a young girl, Nansal, who finds a cute dog and takes him home. However, since Nansal’s family has recently had trouble with wolves attacking their sheep, her father does not want her to keep the dog. Set in the picturesque Mongolia, this film features many shots of the beautiful landscape. An award winner at the Cannes Film Festival, this film is enjoyable for people of all ages.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection:

http://catalog.lib.buffalo.edu/vufind/Record/003451450

 

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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48 Good Books and Good Films Selections for December

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for December:

 

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FILM:  Begone Dull Care

This is a short (8-minute), experimental, “visual music” animated film from 1949. Directors McLaren and Lambart used a drawn-on-film technique, painting colored shapes and scratching directly on the film stock to make a visual representation of the rhythms and variations of its jazz soundtrack, played by the great Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson. The film is preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.

The DVD is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection, First Floor, Capen:

 

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BOOK:  Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995  by Margaret Atwood

An omnibus edition of three collections of poems by Margaret Atwood: Poems 1965-1975, Poems 1976-1986, and Morning in the Burned House. Through bus trips and postcards, wilderness and trivia, she reflects the passion and energy of a writer intensely engaged with her craft and the world.

Copies are available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions. All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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