In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 20th, we highlight our Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection and two U.B. events in particular.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Buffalo, New York on November 9, 1967. His visit and speech, entitled “The Future of Integration” was sponsored by the U.B. Student Association and Graduate Student Association and held at Kleinhans Music Hall. The collection includes audio of the speech, photographs, and coverage from the UB Spectrum student newspaper.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy attended the Buffalo Model City Conference held in the Buffalo City Hall on January 20, 1967. After the conference, Senator Kennedy met with University at Buffalo President Martin M. Meyerson in the President’s Hayes Hall Office to discuss the role of the University in education and urban affairs, the problems of the poor, and student involvement in community action programs.
The Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection chronicles many of the politicians, authors, musicians, and activists that visited Buffalo as well as the University of Buffalo. Documentation from the University Archives includes photographs, coverage of events from the UB Spectrum student newspaper, and related ephemera. Additional visitors and content are regularly added to the collection.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all units of the University Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20th.
This day honoring Dr. King is also a day of service, with many local opportunities. This year, SUNY has partnered with the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the Office of General Services, and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service to “help facilitate and deepen community engagement and volunteerism for SUNY students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees across New York.” Visit the SUNY website for more information and opportunities.
The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for January 2014:
January’s book selection is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and this month’s film is the classic Grapes of Wrath directed by John Ford. We encourage you to explore and enjoy the 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films lists to their fullest by using them as they were designed – to read and watch one film a month for your four year college career.
Things Fall Apart is available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection, 5th Floor (Call Number: PR9387.9 .A3 T5 1992b); it’s also available from the Libraries as aKindle e-book
First published in 1958, Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The novel carefully re-creates tribal life before the arrival of Europeans in Africa, and then details the changes brought on by the advent of colonialism and Christianity. (Goodreads)
The Grapes of Wrath, directed by John Ford, is available in the Silverman Multimedia Collection, 1st Floor, Capen Hall (Call Number: DVD 2701: PN1995.9 .F4 G6 2004).
Based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this film tells the story of Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) and his Oklahoma family who, after losing their farm in the Great Depression, are forced to become migrant workers. As they travel west along Highway 66 towards California, the family faces many forms of discrimination and exploitation as well as life-threatening challenges in the migrant labor camps. Moved by his experiences in the camps, Tom devotes his life to fighting for social reform.
The Open SUNY Textbooks program is seeking authors interested in writing an open textbook. We invite you to consider submitting a brief proposal by January 31, 2014 to publish your textbook. If selected, you will receive an award of $3,000 upon the completion of all work.
The program offers copy editing, and some graphic and instructional design support at no cost. All Open SUNY Textbooks are published online and made freely available at the Open SUNY Textbooks website. Authors are also eligible to earn royalties on the sales of an optional print-on-demand edition of their textbook (some support for print-on-demand publishing is available, upon request).