Monday, March 31, 2014

Featured ebook of the week

"Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop"

If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop’s revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC’s wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.
Examining rap history’s most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America’s least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

(From amazon.com)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Retelling/Redrawing: Book Arts Discussion TODAY!



Mark your calendars for March 31 at 4:15 in the Clemens Library. An exciting panel featuring Asst. Prof. Rachel Melis talking about her artwork which intersects with the poetry of Susan Sink of the Liturgical Press and two students who are also interacting with Susan's poetry and Rachel's work. Panel members include Rachel Melis, Susan Sink, Samantha Muldoon and Marissa Deml.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

New Movie Titles!



CSB
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Inside Llewyn Davis
Frozen
Terms and Conditions May Apply
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr. Banks
VEEP: The Complete Second Season
Geography Club
Home


SJU
Out of the Furnace
Wadjda
Cathedral Mystery
American Hustle
Kill Your Darlings
The Great Beauty
Let the Fire Burn
The Wolf of Wall Street
Broadcast Blues

Database Spotlight: Reader's Guide Retrospective


Readers’ Guide Retrospective covers some of the most important events in history, from Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon and the Mars Viking landing, to the end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain and Papal elections—making it an ideal resource for students, journalists, educators, historians and many others. This database offers access to 100 years of the original paper volumes—providing information about history, culture, science and seminal developments.

Coverage Includes:
From Google Image
  • Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, and the Mars Viking landing
  • Leonard Bernstein’s farewell performance at the New York Philharmonic
  • The impeachment and resignation of Richard M. Nixon
  • The end of the Vietnam War
  • The Irish potato famine of the 19th century
  • The Three Mile Island nuclear plant disaster
  • The break-up of the Beatles
  • Movie phenomena—Star Wars and The Godfather
  • Early attempts to combat global warming; Earth Day
  • Voting rights for 18-year-olds
  • Riots at Attica Prison
  • The end of Franco’s dictatorship in Spain
  • Papal elections—John Paul I and John Paul II
  • Panama Canal treaties



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Featured ebook of the week

"Wake Up: Hip Hop Christianity and the Black Church"

 First an expression of black urban youth, Hip Hop music continues to expand as a cultural expression of youth and, now, young adults more generally. As a cultural phenomenon, it has even become integral to the worship experience of a growing number of churches who are reaching out to these groups. This includes not just African American churches but churches of all ethnic groups. Once seen as advocating violence, Hip Hop can be the Church’s agent of salvation and praise to transform society and reach youth and young adults in greater numbers.

After looking at Hip Hop’s socio-historical context including its African roots, Wake Up shows how Hip Hop has come to embody the worldview of growing numbers of youth and young adults in today’s church. The authors make the case that Hip Hop represents the angst and hope of many youth and young adults and that by examining the inherent religious themes embedded in the music, the church can help shape the culture of hip-hop by changing its own forms of preaching and worship so that it can more effectively offer a message of repentance and liberation.

(From amazon.com)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Retelling/Redrawing: Book Arts Discussion - March 31!



Mark your calendars for March 31 at 4:15 in the Clemens Library. An exciting panel featuring Asst. Prof. Rachel Melis talking about her artwork which intersects with the poetry of Susan Sink of the Liturgical Press and two students who are also interacting with Susan's poetry and Rachel's work. Panel members include Rachel Melis, Susan Sink, Samantha Muldoon and Marissa Deml.