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Books by Dartmouth Authors for the Summer display in KAFWhat are you reading this summer?  Need a suggestion? How about a portrait of Vietnam War soldiers, an exploration of fly-fishing and physics, or an account of labor conditions of low-wage workers worldwide?  A study of a 50-year research project in a New Hampshire forest, a history of the Hebrew language, or a guide to help conquer your migraines, once and for all?  The Summer 2018 display of New Books by Dartmouth Authors is now up in the King Arthur Flour Café, showcasing a fascinating array of research and scholarship from members of the Dartmouth community.

Want more?  Check out “Holding Court,” a series of short interviews with the authors, appearing Mondays throughout the term.  And I hope you can come to this summer’s book talk, on July 18 at 4:30 PM in the East Reading Room of Baker-Berry, with Marcelo Gleiser, professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth.  Author of The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher's Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything, Gleiser’s lyrical prose explores the physics – and bigger philosophical questions – pertaining to fly-fishing, a hobby he picked up after watching a class on the Dartmouth Green.

Next time you’re in line at the KAF (which, by the way, reopens on June 21), take a look at this summer’s selection.  The Dartmouth Library has a copy of each one of these books for check-out, or, look for them in a library or bookstore near you:


On Display in the Sherman art Library 6/12/18- 11/11/18

This beautiful work documents the remaining sixteenth-century village churches in and around Santiago de Guatemala. Original pen and ink drawings of the twenty-two churches were transferred to metal relief plates, printed and hand-colored by Grove Oholendt.  The prints are accompanied by letterpress books, in English and in Spanish, with text by Catherine Docter. The books include twenty-two tipped-in photographs by Mitchell Denburg, documenting the churches. Each volume is covered in traditional Mayan hand-woven petate paper weaving and the woodcut endpapers are printed by the Guatemalan artist Guillermo Maldonado.

Catherine Docter was inspired to document the beauty of the architectural facades of these village churches, which are falling into disuse and disrepair.  This beautifully crafted edition serves as a testament to the beauty of Guatemala’s colonial baroque architecture, surviving nearly 500 years.

Libros San Cristobal is a fine book press and atelier located in Antigua, Guatemala. This press produces limited edition fine books and portfolios on Central American subject matter.  Libros San Cristobal is one of the only fine press publishers making books about the region, in the region.

Original Etchings by American Artists was published at a time in American history when the country was trying to establish an artistic identity and visual presence that could rival Europe’s.  Sylvester Rosa Koehler, the first curator of prints at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and editor of this work, went on to be a curator of graphic arts at the Smithsonian and was also an editor and contributor to the American Art Review.  He commissioned all of the etchings included in the volume and he chose artists who were at the top the 19th century American art scene.  Through his publishing and scholarship, Koehler had a huge impact on the course of American art history and contributed to the renaissance of etching and engraving in American Art. In some ways this publication was meant to elevate the American taste for landscape and genre art put forth by the American Art Union, which had a more sentimental view of art and promoted artists that took fewer artistic risks. Many of these prints from this volume can be viewed individually in museums around the country, and it is rare to find a complete volume today. Dartmouth’s volume is in fact missing two prints, which have been generously provided in this collection by the Smith College Museum of Art.

Dartmouth's copy of Original Etchings by American Artists can be viewed in Sherman Art Library by asking for NE2186 .K7 in Art Special. The prints also be viewed in Artstor,  and via Shared Shelf Commons.

To learn more about the American Art Union and its impact on American Art in the 19th century, read Laura Graveline's, Dartmouth Art History Librarian, short blog post on the organization.

This work was curated by Monica Erives '14, the Edward Connery Lathem Digital Library Fellow.


On May 29, 2018, the Dartmouth College Library's Jones Media Center presented its 1st Annual JMC Excellence Awards for Digital Media. 2018 JMC Excellence Awards LogoThese awards recognize student achievements in academic multimedia. These works, produced by students during the current academic year, may take the form of videos, audio recordings, multimedia stories or travelogues, data visualizations, podcasts, websites, or other media content produced as part of academic research and coursework.

The submissions received were evaluated by a panel of judges, including Anthony Helm (Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies), Susan Simon (Media Learning Technologist), Helmut Baer (Learning Spaces Manager), Veronica Williamson (Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellow), and Colleen Goodhue (Media Communication and Student Engagement Manager in the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning).

Submitted works were evaluated based on evidence of research, academic content, and/or storytelling; overall organization; production quality; and audio and video editing (where applicable).

Awards were presented to a total of seven students in four categories based on the submissions we received: “Best Documentary or Non-fiction Prize,” “Best Creative or Fictional Prize,” “Best Multimedia or Animation Prize,” and a “Grand Prize” honoree. Judges also recognized one submission for Honorable Mention–“We’re All Meant To Shine” is a moving work by Dan LaFranier '17 and was an excellent kick-off to the presentation event.

The award for excellence in documentary or non-fictional work was presented to Crystal Clements ’18, Tiffany Dyson ’18, and Sofia Greimel-Garza ‘18 for their submission “Murales de Orozco,” an assignment for Spanish 80. Writing in Spanish, the students explain, "Through the murals of Orozco, we investigate the idea of hispanophobia and hispanofilia, specifically how the presence of the murals influences these feelings. We want to show how the murals, in the basement of Baker Berry's library, are simultaneously hyper-visible and invisible. The purpose of the visual essay is to convince our audience how this duality of the murals is an 'effect' of Orozco's positionality, as a Mexican muralist, in relation to American hegemonic powers and the content of the murals, which criticizes pedagogical institutions."

The award for excellence in creative or fictional work was presented to Ross Bower ’18, for his film submitted as a final project for Film 31. Ross writes, "This is a short film in which two men bear witness to the same relationship through different lenses. I wanted to make a commentary on how photos deceive and distort our memories and perceptions."

The award for excellence in multimedia or animation was presented to Jenny Hyun Ji Seong ’16/GR and Anne Muller ’18 for their “Informational Animation for LiGaze,” a project in the Dartmouth Networking and Ubiquitous Systems (DartNets) Laboratory.

And finally, after reviewing all of the submissions the judges agreed to award the Grand Prize to a single recipient for her collection of submitted works, as the three works taken together stand out as exemplars in each of the three categories. The Grand Prize was presented to Cecilia Torres ’18 for her works, “Es Bonito Verdad, Hija,” “Inmigracion,” and “Lengua.”

"Inmigracion" screen shot
Still from Cecilia Torres' animation "Inmigracion"

Congratulations to all of the award winners. Their entries may be viewed and listened to at:*

*Please note, some of the entries are in Spanish without subtitles.

This last Tuesday at the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase reception on Berry Main Street, Dartmouth College Library presented its Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award to two undergraduate scholars for the second year in a row. Eligibility for the award is open to any student who writes a senior thesis and is majoring in the humanities, social science, and interdisciplinary fields. This award is analogous to the Library Research Award in the Sciences which has been awarded at the Wetterhahn Symposium since 2015.

Winners of the award demonstrated exceptional ability to locate, select, evaluate, and synthesize library resources (including, but not limited to, printed resources, databases, collections, web resources, and all media) and to use them in the creation of a project. They also displayed evidence of significant personal learning and the development of a pattern of research and inquiry that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future.

This year, the winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award were Tyler Anderson and Kennedy Jensen, both members of the class of 2018.

Anderson's thesis was supervised by Ayo A Coly, Professor of Comparative Literature & African Studies. Titled, "#BlackLivesMatter, the Antithesis: #NoLivesMatter," Anderson's work applies an Afro-pessimist theoretical lens of analysis to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and concludes that, while the #BLM movement may be useful in actualizing the spiritual energy and social life of blackness, there needs to be an alternative hermeneutic for approaching revolution with a higher potential for change. The alternative Anderson posits is a new provocative lens coined #NoLivesMatter. #NoLivesMatter, as a lens, shifts priorities from constructing black power to deconstructing the power of anti-black privilege. It reorients the debate away from the language of black survivability and its negative impacts and towards the goal of throwing civil society into incoherence. This alternative does not discount the benefits of #BLM and black liberation strategies like it but rather gives attention to a more provocative analysis of black power, survivability, inter-, and intra- racial violence.

Jensen's thesis, titled "Running a Blurry Line Lived Experiences of Disordered Eating Among Female Distance Runners," pulls on macroscopic themes of American culture to expand the current models of disordered eating as constructed by existing academic approaches, specifically within the context of female distance runners. It seeks a point of entry for change by exploring the multitude of influences on these unhealthy behaviors, attempting to map the foundation upon which such pernicious attitudes are built in order to identify potential disruptive solutions to a self-perpetuating issue. As a ethnopsychological phenomenon, a complete understanding is necessarily predicated on an anthropological exploration of both the macro- and micro-contexts these behaviors are situated within. Rather than treating these illnesses as an anomaly among the very few, Jensen states that we must seek to understand the events, perceptions and pressures in athletes’ lives and subcultures that logically lead to these outcomes. After burying deep into the experiences of a small subset of individuals, her thesis reorients its view outward, using the psychopathology of a few to reflect on the western culture we ourselves are situated within — our assumptions, values, idols — a larger psychocultural patterning that, regardless of our awareness, guides our decisions and priorities. In this way, the behaviors we once recognized as deviant become a lens with which to more clearly view ourselves.

We congratulate Tyler and Kennedy for their excellent accomplishment and look forward to collaborating again with the Senior Honors Thesis Showcase to honor students who demonstrate exceptional research skills and a high level of intellectual inquiry with regard to their theses.

Winners of the Undergraduate Thesis Library Research Award


Tyler Anderson '18
Kennedy Jensen '18


Emily Burack '17
Megan Ong '17

On May 23rd, Dartmouth College Library presented its fourth Library Research Award in the Sciences. The Award for Library Research in the Sciences is held in conjunction with the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium and presented in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Advising (UGAR).    All students who present a poster at Wetterhahn are eligible, and submissions are evaluated by a panel of librarians from Kresge Physical Sciences and Dana Biomedical Libraries.

This award, sponsored by the Friends of Dartmouth College Library, strives to recognize students that demonstrate an exceptional ability to conduct research in the literature of their field, and who have developed an outstanding pattern of research and inquiry.

In reflecting on their research process, the winners have displayed evidence of significant personal learning and a pattern of research that shows the likelihood of persisting in the future. Winners of the Library Research Award, as well as the winners of the Wetterhahn/Sigma Xi science poster competition, will have their certificates or posters displayed in Kresge Library for the coming year and will also be featured in brief video interviews where they will talk about their research experience.

We received several outstanding submissions this year, and are pleased to announce that the winners of the Library Research Award in the Sciences are Hannah Margolis, '20 and Saemi Han, '18.

Hannah is a Sophomore Research Scholar, and  does research in the Michael Ragusa (Chemistry) lab.  Her Wetterhahn poster title is Biochemical investigation of mitochondria autophagy initiation in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.  Hannah’s submission was notable for her connection of her literature review to the scientific process and its extensive bibliography reflecting diverse sources.

Saemi is presenting her senior honors thesis work from Professor Patricia Pioli’s (Geisel) lab.  Her poster is title CDDO-Me attenuates inflammation in healthy and Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) macrophages.  Saemi’s submission was notable for her sophisticated research strategies and techniques.

Winners of the Library Research Award in the Sciences


Hannah Margolis, '20

Saemi Han, '18


James Howe VI, ‘17

Jessica Kobsa, ‘20


Alexandra Sclafani, ‘18

Yixuan He, ‘18


Annie Fagan, ‘15

Mallory Rutigliano, ‘17




Please join us for:
Territory (Territorio) an exhibition by Ragko (Julio Muñoz) in Berry 183

Open-Air Painting
Tues 5/22: 2-6pm Baker Main Hall
Gallery Talk + Reception
Fri 5/25: 6-8pm Berry 183

For Ragko, the language of art expresses the most profound connections of being in a territory. He creates new visual expressions to evoke historical memory and project emergent identity formation, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the recuperation of the Mapuche Pueblo. “Territory” explores these new identity formations within rapidly shifting climates. His exhibition at Dartmouth projects landscapes from perspectives of tangible spaces – like flora and fauna endemic to Mapuche-Williche territory – towards the intangible, with a cultural presence beyond the recognizable.

Ragko (Julio Muñoz) holds degrees in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, and in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Chile. Ragko has practiced visual arts through a variety of expressions: drawing, wood sculpting, metallurgy, oil painting, graphic design, and video and photography. Parallel to his artistic work, he works professionally in both industrial and graphic design. He teaches art to children and youth in communities that are socioculturally marginalized in Chilean society to help shape their artistic expression. He assumes the conditional identity that influences all his art, namely his belonging, since childhood, to the alto txen txen, a site of cultural signification for Mapuche-Williche people in the sector of Rawe, Osorno. His cosmovision manifests from this belonging – this being – rooted in the physical and temporal dimensions, as well as the traditions and dreamscapes of this territory.

The name Ragko derives from the mixture of water and clay. Rawe, the place where he was born and lives, roughly translates to the place of clay.

Ragko articulates his work in collections. This form produces expressive, methodological, and aesthetic possibilities linked to the life processes and ancestral identity of being Mapuche-Williche. This ‘doing-with’ corresponds with the rhythms of life itself and finds expression within the visual display of his work as a collection. His work navigates diverse conceptual and physical territories, and resides in harbors that connect to other places of internal or external importance, old or new. Within this residence, his art consolidates the definitive patterns.

This visit is sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, Native American Studies, Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies, Dept. of Studio Art, Dept. of Geography, and classroom visits made possible by the Rockefeller Center Classroom.

For the past eight years Jones Media Center has shown appreciation for its graduating student assistants with a send-off poster expressing its thanks. Or, as this year’s poster exclaims—Superthanks!

2018 "Project Thanks" Poster

The 2018 “Project Thanks” poster embodies a superhero theme, with each of the graduating JMC students posing as a well known superpower. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Superman. Black Panther. Wonder Woman. Captain America. Of course the students aren’t really clinging to the side of a building or flying through the air, as they are depicted in the actual poster. Instead, the special effects were all created thanks to JMC’s green screen technology and other super software that brings media magic to upstairs Baker-Berry.

Jones Media Center "Project Thanks" poster - Class of 2014
"Project Thanks" - Class of 2016

While the poster is a fun way to say thank you to JMC’s graduating student employees, it also serves as a valuable teaching project for the media center's student tech assistants. To create the final product not only requires experience using green screen effects, it also hones skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and graphic design. In addition, this year’s poster advertises the thriving equipment loan program at JMC, given that the student superheroes are wielding a boom pole, reflector, shotgun mic, tripod, LumeCube, or other piece of media production technology. Just imagine if Superman brought along a Canon 6D DSLR camera when he came to save the day!


Rachel Hand '18 as Iron (Wo)man

"It was fun posing like Iron Man and seeing our equipment being put to use,” says Rachel Hand '18, a senior who has worked at Jones as a student assistant since her sophomore summer. To mimic the Marvel Comics character's iconic stance, Rachel posed in JMC’s Innovation Studio, kneeling on a green backdrop. Her character was then “cut out” in post-production using chroma key compositing, and arranged on the poster’s colorful background.


Jun Ho Lee '18 in his Spidey stance








Senior Jun Ho Lee '18 opted to portray Spider-Man in the poster. “It wasn’t an easy pose to hold, even on the floor,” Jun Ho admitted with a smile. "It definitely felt like a week’s worth of workouts.”


Jack Anderson '18 in "flying" pose

Be sure to stop by Jones Media Center to see the super poster in super size, displayed directly behind the media services desk. And don’t forget to check out (literally) a piece of equipment to make your own media magic.

Photo of Hina HirayamaHina Hirayama is one of Rauner Special Collections Library’s New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Hirayama is an historian of art and culture of nineteenth-century New England. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, she received her B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University.

After serving as a curator at the Boston Athenaeum for over two decades, she is now working on a biography of the American scientist Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925), which will pay particular attention to the American context of his life and career. She is the author of "With Eclat": The Boston Athenaeum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013).

Next Thursday, May 24th,  from 1:15-2:15, Hirayama will give a brief talk about her work on the Morse biography, which will be partially based upon research conducted at Rauner. The talk will be held in the Bryant Room at Rauner Library in Webster Hall and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.


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