During Black History Month, the library has shown Eyes on the Prize, which is one of the most ground breaking documentaries ever made. Using great news footage and interviews, this documentary follows the Civil Rights movement. This PBS interview with narrator Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Recalls Work on Civil Rights Documentary, discusses the 20 year anniversary of Eyes on the Prize. If you are interested in watching this documentary, visit this link in the library catalog, Eyes on the Prize for call number and availability.
As President Bush is visiting Africa, I thought that this NPR story might be worth sending along, The Challenge of Africa. Yesterday, Mr. Bush visited a memorial to the genocide in Rwanda, and he and Secretary of State Rice have commented on the genocide in Darfur. This NPR story is a sort of review of some of the key issues rising out of Africa.
The library was happy to welcome human rights activist Simon Deng this past week who spoke about the crisis in Sudan. You can listen to the podcast of this event by clicking here. Here are a few resources that provide a larger context for Mr. Deng’s lecture.
The News Hour on PBS broadcast this update on the crisis in Sudan, U.N. Envoy: Darfur Faces New Dangers Amid Chad Unrest.
For a good summary and perspective, take a look at this CQ Researcher Report, Stopping Genocide: Should the UN or US take action in the Sudan? (MVCC ID and password required)
Merriam Webster has announced it’s 2007 Word of the Year: w00t. They define it as:
expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word “yay”
Yesterday marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Three resources to send along are
- “Harold” by Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life,
- the book Harold Washington and the neighborhoods: progressive city government in Chicago, 1983-1987 edited by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel (available in the MVCC Library).
- the special November 23rd episode of Chicago Public Radio’s 484
Harold Washinton’s story is especially timely with the current discussions taking place around the library and bookstore’s One Book, One College program on Malcolm X.
Collection of features, views, and analysis about the political situation in Pakistan, which included General Musharraf’s declaration of emergency rule in November 2007. Includes a timeline about Pakistani politics back to 1988 when Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister, background about individuals involved (such as Musharraf, Bhutto, and former prime minister Nawaz Sarif), the militant threat, and the diplomatic options. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [from LII.org]
The National Archives: Veterans and Their Families
Compilation of resources for locating archival material about U.S. military veterans. Provides brochures, FAQs, and other information about military service records and official military personnel files, covering enlistment, duty stations, awards and medals, separation, and other administrative details. Also includes material about obtaining medical records, what information is not available from the National Archives, information available from other agencies and organization concerned with veterans, and more. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). [citation from Lii.org]
We’ve been hearing a great deal of the California Wildfires in thew news. Several students have been writing papers about them, so here are some useful resources. The library has an interesting book called Jumping fire : a smokejumper’s memoir of fighting wildfire by Murry Taylor. Academic Search Premier also has a number of useful articles. These Web sites look good too.
Material from the California Office of the Governor about wildfires in
Collection of news stories and related material about the October 2007 wildfires in
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