As the Library’s film collection continues to grow we will be periodically highlighting works that illustrate the breadth of materials available to faculty and students. This time University Archivist and History Librarian Dario Villa discusses Hersonski’s 2010 documentary, A Film Unfinished.
The visual record of the Holocaust is extensive and well represented in both the photographic and filmic formats. Stored in a concrete vault for more than fifty years in East Germany, “Das Ghetto”, (various reels) is representative of the power of Nazi propaganda depicting the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. An additional reel of outtakes was discovered in 1968 showing scenes filmed repeatedly by the German film crew. In “A Film Unfinished”, Israeli director Yael Hersonski screens all reels of the silent film, “Das Ghetto”, interspersed with additional comments from survivors, from diaries discovered after the war and from one of the Nazi cinematographers. It is a moving and disturbing depiction of the horrible suffering of the victims trapped in the ghetto, the majority destined to be deported to the death camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz. The viewer is seeing human beings destined to be murdered. A number of the survivors, at the time children, were invited by Hersonski to bear witness to the film and to comment on what they experienced. The most poignant testimony though, is by the silent stares of those who are doomed to perish at the hands of their oppressors. It remains unclear whether “Das Ghetto” was ever used by the Propaganda Ministry, though Hersonski thinks that it was filmed for the purpose of “educating” future German generations. As Hersonski said in an interview, this is “an exploration of the testimonial value of the cinematic image and of footage that was shot during times of war”.
Dario Villa – University Archivist/History Bibliographer
A Film Unfinished is available for checkout from the Library in DVD format. Our entire browse-able collection of popular and educational films can be found on the Library’s 3rd floor.
The Main Library will be open for the following extended hours from April 15th through May 2nd:
- Monday-Thursday, 7 am to 11 pm
- Friday, 7 am to 6 pm
- Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
- Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
For the additional hours, reference and circulation services on the 1st floor will be available and the building will be open for study. Drinks and snacks will be available April 22-25 from 8:00 – 10:45 pm. The library’s full operating schedule can be found here.
The NEIU Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are proud to announce the Grand Opening of the new Multimedia Recording Studio on April 15, 2013, in Library 303 (next door to the CTL).
The Multimedia Recording Studio is small—just 9 feet by 5 feet—but it’s very POWERFUL! Record professional-quality video, audio, and interactive projects to support your courses, research, and service to the university. Here are just some of the tools available for you to use:
- 1080p High-Definition Video/Still Camera
- Professional Voice-Over Microphone
- Black, White, & Greenscreen Backdrops
- Microsoft Office 2010
- Lectora (Interactive Learning Objects)
- Camtasia Studio (Video Editing)
- SnagIt (Image Capture)
- Snap! (PowerPoint Interactivity)
- Audacity (Audio Editing)
- Jing (Screen Capture)
- GIMP (Image Editing)
- Prezi (3-D Presentations)
Studio Hours: The studio opens 30 minutes after the MLRC opens and 30 minutes before the MLRC closes.
Who Can Use the Studio: The studio is for the use of faculty, staff, and graduate students. It may be used by undergraduates with a letter from teaching faculty stating that the student will use the studio for a project.
For more information, contact the MLRC at MLRC@neiu.edu or call 773-442-4560.
NEIU is participating in the Chicago Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week 2013 during April of this year. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial literacy across all age groups. NEIU’s online calendar of Money Smart Week events can be found here.
New this year is the Money Smart Hunt! This is a FREE, nationwide, photojournalistic, scavenger hunt promoting financial literacy! Points are awarded for attending Money Smart Week 2013 @NEIU events. For more information and official rules about the hunt, please visit www.moneysmartweek.org/hunt.
Money Smart Week 2013 @NEIU is sponsored by:
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- The College of Business and Management
- The College of Education
- The College of Graduate Studies and Research
- The Office of Financial Aid
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- The Ronald Williams Library
- Trio Support Services
The Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an exciting new database, Black Studies in Video. This collection features award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. The wide range of topics covered includes African American history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures and gender relationships. More information can be found here.
This is just one of several recently purchased databases that we will be highlighting over the coming weeks. Stay tuned…
The College of Business and Management has scheduled three Super Sessions to discuss Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, the Spring 2013 One Book per Semester. If you haven’t read the book yet or just need a quick refresh, The Library has two copies on two-hour reserve at the Library’s first floor Circulation Desk listed under MNGT OBPS.
Super Session I:
Tuesday, March 26, 9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. LWH 1002
Hosting Faculty: Professors Shabnam Zanjani, Sundaram Dorai, Step Tokic and Shubin(Kevin) Xu.
Super Session II:
Wednesday, March 27, 7:05 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. LWH 1001
Hosting Faculty: Professors Michael Gerber, Andy Chen and Hossein Birjandi
Super Session III:
Thursday, March 28, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. LWH 1002
Hosting Faculty: Professors Roger Reinsch and Marie-Elene Roberge
Please join us for a reception honoring recent Northeastern Illinois University faculty authors. The event will be held Monday, March 11, 2013, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Golden Eagles Room.
Faculty publishing works in 2012 include:
- John Bliss
- Olivia Cronk
- Bill Kondellas
- Lawrence N. Berlin
- Brett C. Stockdill
- John Ross, Jr.
- Brian Schultz
- Erica R. Meiners
- Brian Torosian
- Philip Sorenson
- Lawrence O. Dean
The NEIU Faculty Authors reception was started 8 years ago by Provost Lawrence Frank and Dean Brad Baker and is intended to honor faculty who have published books in the previous calendar year. For additional information please contact Bonnie Pfeiffelman, Library Administration, x4470
On Wednesday, March 13th, The Library will be holding an Innovation Roundtable. The event is open to the NEIU community.
13 March 2013
9:30am – 12:00pm
Library Lower Level Classroom (LIB 022)
Continental breakfast will be served.
Envisioning a New Ronald Williams Library : Future Library Spaces for Student Engagement
The Ronald Williams Library Innovation Roundtable is intended to generate a conversation among a diverse group of campus stakeholders concerning the Library’s potential as envisioned in a master space plan for the building scheduled to begin in early spring. Through a series of prompts, participants will exercise their imaginations to envision future library spaces and services. They will actively generate their own ideas about how the Library can create a welcoming culture and improve student retention, two focus areas for NEIU. This roundtable will serve, in part, to kick off the master space plan for the future development of the Ronald Williams Library.
To help us facilitate our discussion, the Library has invited Dr. Kara Malenfant, Ph.D., Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Ms. Malenfant is the lead coordinator for numerous ACRL initiatives, including government relations advocacy, scholarly communications and the ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative. Her expertise in leadership, organizational change, futuring and scenario development in academic libraries makes her an ideal choice to assist us in envisioning the future of the Library as “the intellectual and cultural oasis for the campus with programming and services to support engagement of the mind and spirit.”
Please join us on March 13 in what we believe will be a meaningful and important discussion for the entire campus.
For additional information please contact Bonnie Pfeiffelman, Library Administration, x4470
Need to watch a video on your laptop or one of the computers on the 1st or 2nd floor of the Library?
Headphones may now be borrowed from the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC) for use in the library. To borrow headphones, head to the 3rd floor MLRC desk in the Library with your current and valid NEIU ID card.
While you’re there, check out our growing collection of DVDs and CDs!
Headphones may be borrowed by current students, faculty, and staff for a 3 hour period.
Questions? Contact Kimberly Shotick, MLRC Coordinator at email@example.com
The exhibit “Seminal texts in the history and development of evolutionary theory and the biological sciences” will be on display on the first floor of the Library throughout the month of February.
Here is the full write-up:
These works highlight the discursive spirit of the scientific method, and show how the testing, transmission, and sharing of ideas and theory from multiple disciplines can affect great change in scientific paradigms. Moreover, this collection of texts shows how work ostensibly distinct from evolutionary biology can both affect and be influenced by biology. This multi-disciplinary influence underlines a main theme in the challenges to and shifts between scientific theory and scientific paradigms represented here in evolutionary biology.
While Charles Darwin is typically in the foreground of this field—and an early Darwin biography is included in this exhibit—these works provide a view of evolutionary biology as the field and its theories emerged in their modern variations and mark Darwin’s contributions as key to the shifting paradigm that informs much more than the development of organisms. Importantly, some of these works seek to transmit evolutionary biological theory to popular audiences and demonstrate applications of non-biological theory to biology.
These items are courtesy of Noble International University (niuniversity.org) and Noble Institution for Environmental Peace (niep.ca).