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Created by Matika Wilbur, Project 562 is a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing over 562 federally recognized tribes in The United States resulting in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans.
Berry Library is proud to host the photography exhibit from March 15th until June 30th, 2019.

This term Dartmouth College Library is proud to promote an exhibit by our current Edward Connery Lathem '51 Special Collections Fellow, Jaime Eeg '18, titled "Let's Get Lunch: An Exhibit for the Discerning Palate." The exhibit highlights cookbooks from our rare book collections and will be on display at Rauner Special Collections Library in Webster Hall, upstairs in the Class of 1965 Galleries, from April 5th through June 7th, 2019.

We all need food. Without it, we cannot survive. Yet the human relationship with food is intricate, complex, and varies widely across individuals and cultures. Our relationship with food can be at once deeply personal and private while also serving as a bridge to connect with others, sometimes meaningfully and sometimes just superficially. We've all heard the old platitude, "let's get lunch sometime," a statement upon which potential connections can either flourish or wither. Given the opportunity, food has the power to draw us in and connect us with each other, just as cookbooks can connect us to the people and cultures who created them.
Food can also help us build communities. Shared experience helps create strong foundations between individuals and larger groups of people, and shared meals are a common avenue for those experiences. Just as food helps us build meaningful connections across groups, an understanding of the food from another culture or time helps foster deeper, meaningful understanding of those cultures and times. Cookbooks can offer a valuable way to access that potential for understanding.
And food can simply be fun! Cooking and cookbooks can be artistic or experimental, and cooking or eating together complements and strengthens existing relationships. Meals are an excellent excuse to spend quality time with people we care about. After all, we all need food.

If you're hungry for more about food and Dartmouth, come  take a look at the selected recipes at Special Collections. Also, stay connected on social media for updates about opportunities to sample some actual treats made from the recipes in the exhibit. If you can't make it over to the exhibit in person, you can read more about it online here.

Created for researchers, like you! Check out the experimental, pop-up Research Hub on the 2nd floor of Berry Library. Following on the Library's in-depth user study conducted in 2018, this prototype is designed to provide faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students a space for personal and group work as well as access to staff expertise in areas such as grant writing and funding, scholarly publishing, digital humanities, GIS, and data analysis and visualization. Learn more.

Librarians and patrons meet in the new research hub at Dartmouth Library

Individual Research or with Our Help!
The Hub provides a full suite of research services and expertise from planning and executing to publishing and preserving your research and scholarly works. Our experimental pop-up location integrates support throughout your full research lifecycle.

Three Spaces Available
Small group space: a semi-private meeting space in the back of the clerestory that seats up to 5; there are power outlets and a display screen. Available to book during the hours when the Jones Media Center is open.

Large Group Space: - a semi-private meeting space in the Evans Map Room that seats up to 15; tables and chairs are rearrangeable; there are power outlets and a display screen. Available to book during the hours when Evans is open.

Drop-in Space - an informal meeting space in the front of the clerestory that seats up to 10. Rearrangeable soft seating and fixed counters are perfect for casual conversations over a cup of coffee.

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- Outreach, Public Engagement, and Broader Impact Support 10:00am - 12:00pm

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Tarek El-Aris, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies ProfessorIn this week's edition, we hear from Tarek El-Ariss, associate professor and chair of Middle Eastern Studies.  Author of Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2019) and editor of The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda (The Modern Language Association of America, 2018), El-Ariss's varied research interests include contemporary Arabic culture, literature, and art; new media and cyber culture; digital humanities; Nahda literature, language, press, and literary theory; travel writing - among many other things.

What are your books about?

While "The Arab Renaissance" is about the project of Arab modernity in the 19th century, "Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals" is about the challenges to Arab modernity in the digital age.

Where did you get your ideas for this?

I'm a scholar of modernity and the enlightenment in Europe and the Middle East, and I'm particularly interested in examining how modernity and its fundamental constituents (nation state, subject, ethics, novel, public sphere) are evolving in different contexts and at different times. Transformations in digital communication combined with the political upheavals that gripped the Middle East since 2011 especially led me to examine the relation between politics and writing, public protests and cyber attacks, and the rational subject of the liberal nation state and the leaking and hacking subject online.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

I spend a lot of time in my office surrounded by my books; this makes me feel safe. My books are my companions as they inspire me and serve as references. When I do my research, I take a lot of notes, hundreds of pages, which I then distill into articles and chapters. I'm a compulsive editor; I go up to 10 or 15 drafts for every piece of writing. Good writing is editing.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

An interactive environment with touch screens that reveal books and point to where they are. The virtual and the material are not mutually exclusive. With new technology there is expediency and speed but also forms of intimacy that will give new meaning to our need to touch and hold.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Take intellectual risks, cross disciplinary boundaries, and edit edit edit!

And finally, what do you read for fun?

Graphic novels (from Maus to Persepolis), the Presocratics (Parmenides, Thales, Zeno), Alexandre Dumas, Diane de Selliers books, The Arabian Nights.

Next time you’re in line at the KAF, take a look at the Spring 2019 exhibit of new books by Dartmouth authors, on topics ranging from early colonial (US) history, to heterocyclic chemistry, to teaching leadership.  But wait, there's more! Check out “Holding Court,” a series of short interviews with the authors, published throughout the term.  And you won't want to miss the spring’s blockbuster book talk featuring Colin G. Calloway, author of The Indian World of George Washington (Oxford, 2018) in conversation with none other than our very own J. Wendel Cox, librarian for History, English, and historian of the North American West.

The Dartmouth Library has a copy of each one of Spring 2019 display books for check-out, or, look for them in a library or bookstore near you:

Colin G. Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Julio Ariza, El abandono: abismo amoroso y crisis social (Beatriz Viterbo, 2018)

Levi S. Gibbs, Song King: Connecting People, Places, and Past in Contemporary China (University of Hawaii Press, 2018)

Annabelle Cone, Empty Nesting (Waffle House Publishing, 2018)

Tarek El-Ariss, Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2019; The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda2018 (Modern Language Association of America)

Peter Jacobi, Introduction to Heterocyclic Chemistry(John Wiley and Sons, 2019)

Cecilia Gaposchkin, Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology (Cornell University Press, 2017); Liturgy and Devotion in the Crusader States (Routledge, 2019)

Michelle T. Clarke, Machiavelli's Florentine Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Sadhana Warty Hall, Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice (Edward Elgar Press, 2018)

Nicola Camerlenghi, St. Paul's outside the Walls : a Roman basilica, from antiquity to the modern era (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Laurence Hooper, assistant professor of ItalianIn this week's edition of Holding Court, we remember and honor Laurence Hooper, Assistant Professor of Italian, who passed away on January 25, 2019.  Laurence was a scholar of Dante and Petrarch, and co-editor of the important Realisms and idealisms in Italian culture, 1300–2017 with Brendan Hennessey and Charles L. Leavitt IV.  This volume offers a critical look at the so-called "real" versus the "ideal" Italy, and exemplifies Laurence's wide-ranging interests in exploring the complexity of Italian culture.  Laurence's life was far too short, but he left behind a legacy of joyful commitment to intellectual work that resonates not only here on campus, but among scholars around the world.  A voracious reader and library user, Laurence partnered with me from his first days at Dartmouth to build up the library's holdings, and it's a credit to him that our collections are as strong as they are in the study of Dante.  I miss him, and am grateful that he took the time, during the last few months of his life, to share his reflections in this interview.

What is this volume about?

It’s about Italian culture’s grittier, darker side — realism — and how it defines the national identity. This often escapes casual observers because they associate Italy with high art and beauty — idealism.

Where did you get your ideas for this?

Ever since I started visiting Italy and studying Italian culture, and my co-editors both report similar experiences, I’ve been intrigued by the discrepancy between the “real” Italy, where everyday life goes on but there is human misery and strife, and the ideal “Italy,” which is this blissful land of fine arts, great cuisine, and architectural splendor. What’s really interesting is that both the Italians themselves, and foreign observers truly believe in that idealized Italy of art and beauty. But, within Italy, there’s another pole: a failed, broken, degraded version of the ideal, characterized by political corruption, institutional dysfunction, and violence that’s largely ignored outside of the country. That’s an extreme too, of course, but I think it begins to explain Italians’ long history of fascination with realism, which dates back to Dante and Boccaccio, as an antidote to the notion that their country is effectively a museum of beautiful artifacts. By focusing on Italian realism, which is so often neglected, we hope to steer a middle road between idealized good and idealized bad, in order to build up a new and more accurate picture of Italian culture. My co-editors and I decided to pull together a team of people who could really give a sense of this Italian realism across time and in a variety of settings.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Research for me is mostly about reading. I read and read until ideas start to coalesce, then I read some more. And, as I’m going, I’m taking copious notes, both about the text I’m reading and, more importantly on what I think of it and how it fits with everything else I’m considering for this project. It’s these notes to self that form the basis for whatever I then come to write.  My iPad Pro 10.5” has become my indispensable reading companion. I’m especially enamored of the (1st generation) Apple Pencil. I take much better notes by hand and now that I can scribble on PDFs and input text from handwriting, I’m much happier than I was with a laptop.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope it will have a lot of its activities and holdings online and so be accessible worldwide. At the same time, the library building should always be at the heart of a university campus. Ideally, the library will be the logical place onsite for intellectual work, both collaborative and individual. So, as well as rendezvous points and coffee, it should have multiple quiet, comfortable zones where a student or faculty member can settle down and work on a problem or question for a number of hours.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Read everything but only within strict limits guided by your research.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

I love history: Reformed Protestantism, the history of colonies and empires, and any kind of US history are my favorite topics right now. A couple of titles I’d recommend would be Steven Hahn, A Nation without Borders  and Richard Rothstein, the Color of Law.

Photo of Robert St. Clair, assistant professor of FrenchIn this week's edition, we speak with Robert St. Clair, assistant professor in the Department of French and Italian.  Rob is a scholar of 19th century French literature, who finds the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud an inexhaustible source of inspiration and inquiry.  The author of Poetry, Politics, and the Body in Rimbaud: Lyrical Material (Oxford University Press, 2018), Rob is also co-editor in chief of the Rimbaud-focused journal Parade Sauvage. How does Rob manage to get work done?  With post-it notes.  Lots of them.

What is your book about?

Poetry, Politics, and the Body in Rimbaud is about the social materiality of poetry in Second Empire France (1851-1870)—that is to say, the intersections of the aesthetic and the historical, of art with its social situation. It takes as an emblematic case of this materiality the role played by representations of the body in the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891): the enfant terrible of French letters whose work transformed the literary landscape of French modernity before he ostensibly gave up on poetry altogether at the age of 20.

Where did you get your ideas for this book?

From years of reading Rimbaud's poetry and being productively puzzled.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

If I were to settle on one allegorical image of what research looks like for me, it would be this: post-it notes. An absolute maelstrom of post-it notes littered across piles of books. I have always found that reading is the sneakiest, most productive form of writing there is. So, in a word, the research element I couldn't live without is: books. Library books. None of my research could have been done without library books!

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

My sincere and real hope is that the library of the future persists and thrives in its material form: that is, as a real place, with real librarians, with real books among real stacks that one can wander around in - perhaps for the sheer pleasure of picking up a book out of curiosity, perhaps in only apparent aimlessness. If I did not regularly lose entire mornings leafing through the stacks in Baker-Berry - coming on occasion across invaluable texts and studies that I hadn't been looking for - I shudder to think of the state some of my work would be in.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

Don't stop reading.

And finally, what do you read for fun?

It's not always easy to find time for this, but I find it's crucial. In the past week I've been reading a book by the art historian T.J. Clark called Heaven on Earth. It's a study of the idea and political problem of the utopian in Western art from the late middle ages to the contemporary period. There's a chapter in there on Bruegel's Land of Cockaigne (Shlaraffenland, Le Pays de cocagne, or something like the more recent "Big Rock Candy Mountain") for which every page was breathtaking, poignant, humorous, a little on the despondent side. Similarly in the vein of picking things up for no reason, I got through a very short novel by Georges Perec the other day, Quel petit vélo à guidon chromé au fond de la cour? It's a deeply funny, playfully complex little story about a group of friends trying to come up with a way of getting one of their pals - whose name the narrator can never quite recall or get consistently right - out of the draft during the Algerian War of Independence (like any good "joke," in other words, its implicit cultural and historical backdrop is anything but a laughing matter).



Katie Harding and Shaun Akhtar presenting at the Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley's symposium.


The Dartmouth Club of the Upper Valley hosted a seminar on Saturday February 23rd, 2019  to learn about planning for one aspect of this year’s sestercentennial celebration. We learned even more than we expected.

The Club holds monthly receptions and talks to allow members to meet new senior staff of the College and learn about new programs. Like other Dartmouth Clubs around the country, we hold a day-long seminar once a year to lure our members back into the classroom and extend our Dartmouth Experience beyond our memories into new areas of learning.

This year we were treated to a seminar created by the Dartmouth libraries staff to teach us about how they create the special exhibits that appear periodically in the main corridor of Baker Library we remember for its former card catalogs and in the “main street” corridor into the newer Berry building.

Sue Mehrer welcomed the “class” and introduced the staff of librarians, curators, and designers who engaged our minds and answered our questions for the next five hours.

Laura Barrett presented overviews of about a dozen exhibits created by staff and undergraduate students over the past few years. I was impressed by the wide variety of topics that are addressed, from collected papers of author Mario Puzo, jewelry design, Chinese graphic novels, student-created bookplates, and protests at Dartmouth that all draw on — and draw student attention to — Library resources.We were treated to glimpses of upcoming exhibits on images of Native Americans, food culture, George Ticknor and an alumnus some of us knew, graphic designer John Scotford.

But the main theme was the four special exhibits this year that focus on the themes the College has chosen to frame our 250-year history: Sense of Place, Liberal Arts, Fellowship, Adventuresome Spirit.

The first exhibit “On Solid Ground" was described by Jay Satterfield and Peter Carini. It became clear how each subject has a flattering perspective and some images, artifacts and texts that show a side that may be viewed from a more modern perspective with less pride or comfort. Yet, that is our history to be embraced and understood.

The third part of the seminar focused on Dartmouth’s engagement, over the centuries, with the Liberal Arts.  Wendel Cox and Daniel Abosso showed, read and sang how the picture has changed from a 16th C. woodcut of a tower to the newer tower that is Baker. We will look forward to their exhibit when it goes on display.

After lunch, and a walk-through to view the first of the four exhibits already on display, Dennis Grady described the tools he uses and the spatial limitations and other challenges he faces to create the physical exhibits in six unevenly-spaced windows behind tables, chairs and student commotion. Next, Laura Braunstein presented the goals of the “digital” librarian. The “Dartmouth 250” exhibits will be available on-line to share with the world.

Shaun Akhtar and Katie Harding reflected on how they wrestled with the historical notions of fellowship and community, inclusivity and exclusion, over the years at Dartmouth. We alumni see ourselves and our long years of experience as a continuation of that fellowship.

Finally, Amy Witzel discussed the fourth theme, "Adventuresome Spirit”, and sought discussion and input into what concepts, people and artifacts might best represent this important aspect of Dartmouth history.

We are grateful to the library staff for sharing their time, expertise, and insights into what has made our College tick — and tock — over its first 250 years.

Written by Charles Sherman, '66.

A portrait of Julie Hruby, a professor of classics.
A portrait of Julie Hruby, a professor of classics.

In this week's edition, we speak with Julie Hruby, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies.  Hruby is an archaeologist, specializing in cooking and cooking implements, and her latest research involves incorporating advanced forensic techniques and computational methods in the study of fingerprints on clay vessels and other artifacts.

What is your book about?

This volume explores what their cooking pots say about prehistoric Greeks, including how their cuisine interacted with others' and how food constructed socioeconomic class.

Where did you get your ideas for this book?

I had been writing about prehistoric cuisine for more than a decade when a colleague suggested that we put together a panel on the topic of Late Bronze Age Aegean cooking pots for an annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. We both knew that this field had huge gaps in it. One of the session attendees was a reporter for LiveScience who wrote an article about my paper; a student and I had made replicas of Mycenaean cooking pots and tested a few hypotheses about how they had been used. The topic was picked up by a wide range of international media, including NPR's "The Splendid Table." That, in combination with the fact that the papers in the session formed a varied but coherent set of truly novel approaches, suggested that publication would be useful.

What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?

Most of my research takes place in Greece, because I work exclusively on excavated archaeological material. I have worked on excavations, field surveys, in the work rooms in museums, and in labs. Measuring things seems to be a constant, although which tools I use are dictated by the questions I ask; they range from very simple (rulers, calipers, diameter charts) to fairly elaborate (a high-resolution 3D scanner). The other tool I use constantly is a camera.

What do you think the library of the future will look like?

I hope that the library of the future will include both analog and digital resources, with materials in whatever format makes the most sense for the type of publication. For example, excavation publications are rarely read from start to finish; they are more often searched for material relevant to topic-oriented studies, and the searchable nature of digital publications makes digital formats preferable. However, topically oriented studies within archaeology and many other fields are more often read, and there is excellent evidence that things read in hard copy are remembered better than things read digitally. As a result, while article length studies can be digitized and printed when needed, anything that is book-length should probably be maintained in hard copy.

What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?

The only way to think and write well is to know how to identify an interesting question to think and write about. The challenge is that what "interesting" means varies from year to year, from person to person, and from culture to culture. Ideally, you want to do one of two things: find a question that many other people have asked but have not managed to answer, then find a newer approach to answering it, or find a question that other people have not yet asked but that has some bearing on larger questions that they have asked. Also, read, constantly, and leave yourself a little time every day to mull new ideas or new approaches to old ones (in the shower and before falling asleep work well for me).

And finally, what do you read for fun?

Science fiction has been my favorite genre since I was a reading-obsessed child who tripped over her father's extensive collection of books by Isaac Asimov. More recently, I have enjoyed Lois McMaster Bujold's work, especially the Vorkosigan saga, and Ann Leckie's novels.

Every year, three Dartmouth College Library Fellowships provide opportunities for recent graduates to explore different types of careers in libraries and to gain practical experience.

The  Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or current graduate student of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning and contributing to aspects of digital library production, delivery, assessment and preservation. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the developing Digital Library Program.

The Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning digital media technology as applied to the academic curriculum and careers in librarianship. The fellowship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the Jones Media Center.

The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Special Collections Fellowship offers recent Dartmouth graduates an opportunity to work in Rauner Special Collections Library and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. The fellow will work on a major project tailored to his or her skills and interests while gaining a general overview of special collections librarianship.

All three fellowships are one year, full-time paid positions with benefits. First consideration of applications will begin on March 27, 2019. To learn how to apply, visit the homepage of the fellowship(s) of interest.