Columbia College Chicago

September 29, 2009

Hugo Tillman: Film Stills of the Mind - Reception and Artist Lectures

Feng Zhenjie by Hugo TillmanAs a part of the Focus: China gallery walk, a reception for photographer Hugo Tillman will be held on the 3rd floor of the library on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This reception is open to the public.
The exhibition, Hugo Tillman: Film Stills of the Mind, runs through October 30th, and is featured on the first three floors of the library. Additional Information about this exhibit can be found in earlier posts.

Zeng Fanzhi by Hugo TillmanIn addition to the reception, Hugo Tillman will be holding two lectures on Friday, October 2nd, 2009 - at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the library. These lectures are open to the public as well.

Lui Wei by Hugo TillmanMore information about the Focus: China events can be found on the Columbia College Website.
Focus China: Columbia College Chicago

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

Photo: Carmelo Esterrich

2009-2010 Series:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
4:00 pm

3rd Floor of the Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.

Dr. Paul Booth
Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology, College of Communication, DePaul University

"Participatory Culture: Beyond the Economic Binary"

Paul Booth is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology at DePaul University in Chicago. He writes about the implications of the intersection of traditional and interactive media. His research interests also include participatory audiences, fans, popular culture, science fiction, television, narrative, games, technology, and meditation. He can be reached.

Pre-Reading Article
Booth, Paul, "Rereading Fandom: MySpace Character Personas and Narrative Identification." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Dec 2008, Vol 25 Issue 5, p514-536

See the WEBSITE for more information on this series.

September 25, 2009

ALA Banned Books Read-Out on Saturday, 9/26 noon-3pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom would like to cordially invite you and your families to attend the annual Banned Books Read-Out! this Saturday afternoon, September 26th, 2009. The event will be held at Bughouse Square, just up the street from ALA headquarters at the corner of Walton Street and Dearborn Street in Chicago. It begins at noon, and is scheduled to be over by 3PM.

We have a great group of authors scheduled to speak and read; best of all, they will have (limited) copies of their books to give away and sign.

The line-up is:

  • Chris Crutcher, author of Athletic Shorts, Whale Talk, Chinese Handcuffs and many more. Chris will be our MC.
  • Sarah S. Brannen, author of Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, number eight of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2008.
  • Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl series and Jen’s personal hero, number seven on the Top Ten list.
  • Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, number six on the Top Ten list.
  • Lauren Myracle, author of TTYL, TTFN, and L8R G8R, number three on the Top Ten list.
  • Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, authors of And Tango Makes Three, number one on the Top Ten list for three years.

After these authors read, we’ll be holding an open mic for any audience member to read from their favorite challenged book.

Additional goody from ALA
To kick off Banned Books Week 2009, ALA published a new Banned Books Week PSA featuring the puppets from “Crash Pad.”

September 24, 2009

Banned Books Week

photo courtesy of DML East Branch on Flickr

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2009 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 26 through October 3.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

The 10 most challenged titles in 2008 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint,
and unsuited to age group

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint,
sexually explicit, and violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age

Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

September 21, 2009

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Art in the Library Opening & ReceptionJoin us - Thursday, September 24th, 2009 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Fall 2009 Exhibition in our new 3rd floor space.

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor (in the new Library wing)
624 S. Michigan Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.

Art in the Library Opening & ReceptionVision. Sound. Movement.

The Art in the Library program at Columbia College Chicago provides an open, supportive and inviting setting to showcase the talent and creativity of our own community of artists. Since its inception in 2002, Art in the Library has offered library visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity and progressive attitudes which thrive in the Columbia environment.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

Art in the Library Opening & ReceptionThe Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

September 15, 2009

Music Online - Listening & Reference Database

The library added a great new music database this year.

Music Online DatabasePromoted as "the most comprehensive database in streaming audio, video, reference, and scores on the web," Music Online Database is the best resource for students interested in researching or listening to music.

Included in Music Online are the following resources - all searchable individually or as one (BIG) database.

Music Online Listening

Music Online Reference Some additional features worth noting...
  • Browse - so many ways to browse either the listening or reference collection. Just to name a few: Albums, Composers, Cultural Groups, Genres, Instruments, Scores, Song Titles, etc...
  • Playlists -create your own playlist of music by simply creating an account in Music Online. You can create playlists containing whole works, segments, and/or other items such as links to any URL. Playlists can be annotated, edited, copied, shared, and all playlists contain their own unique static URL. Playlists can be used as lists of personal favorites, class viewing/listening assignments, or as a teaching resource for in-class use.
  • Discography - for those artists you can't get enough of;
  • Chronology - timeline of music from 1900 to present;
  • Biography - for the life's story of your favorite musicians and performers;
  • Images/Cover Art - to see the variations for different pressings of the same album;
  • Liner Notes - for reading all of the fascinating details about your favorite recording...
  • and so much more!

September 10, 2009

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

Photo: Carmelo Esterrich2009-2010 Series - First Event

Thursday September 17th, 2009
4:00 pm
3rd Floor of the Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.

Dr. Abdelkder Sabil
Professor of English & Cultural Studies, Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Chouaib Doukkali, Eljadida, Morocco

"Cross-Cultural Discourse or the Discourse of Otherness in the Writings of Clifford Geertz, Paul Rabinow and Paul Bowles"

Abdelkader Sabil is Professeur de l'enseignement supérieur in the department of English, Faculty of Letters, University Chouaib Doukkali, Elijadida, Morocco. He completed a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University Chouaib Doukkali, as well as degrees from the Universities of Essex (UK) and Casablanca. He participates in Cultural Studies programs in the Universities of BenMsik, Casablanca and Elijadida. He is a member of the African Studies Network, Ferguson Centre of African and Asian Studies, Open University, UK. and a member of Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Conflicts Research Group, UK. His main research interests are social movements, North African and Middle Eastern Studies.

Pre-Reading Articles
James Clifford, "The Translation of Cultures" in Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies. Eds. Robert Con Davis & Ronald Schleifer. New York: Longman, 1986.

Edward Said, "Representing the Colonized: Anthropology's Interlocutors" in Critical Inquiry. 15 (Winter 1989); 213-214. (excerpt)

See the WEBSITE for more information on this series.

World Music Festival Chicago 2009

Chicago showcases the best of international music at the 11th Annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2009, Friday, September 18 through Thursday, September 24, 2009. The multi-venue, one-week festival, which attracts an average of 45,000 visitors each year, showcases both traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures across the world. The 2009 festival line-up will feature 55 events at 21 venues. Many events are family friendly. Events include live radio broadcasts and a mix of free and ticketed concerts presented in museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, music stores, clubs and other venues throughout Chicago.

For a complete schedule of events visit the World Music Festival Website.

World Music Festival Chicago 2009

Columbia College Chicago will be hosting one of the events:

Marta Gomez Quartet
Tuesday, September 22 - 7pm
Columbia College Marta Gomez, World Music Festival Chicago 2009Conaway Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602

Marta Gomez The 11th annual World Music Festival: Chicago 2009 presents Marta Gómez Quartet (Colombia/NYC/Boston) performing original compositions based on a vast amount of rhythms from Latin America at Columbia College Conaway Center.

Marta Gómez and her group perform a repertoire of original compositions based on a vast amount of rhythms from Latin America. Marta mixes the joy of the Caribbean with the nostalgia of the Andes adding jazz and pop elements, taking the authenticity of South American indigenous folk music into a hip new realm.

September 2, 2009


Wednesday, September 2 - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The library is your gateway to a universe of information!

library open house - weeks of welcome
From books and videos to electronic books, journals, databases, and more, we have what you need to help you succeed in all your work. If you already have your Campus Card, you can check out books right away. Come visit the library and discover our remarkable resources, learn about the services available to you, and meet our helpful staff whom are available to answer any of your questions.
(624 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 1)

We will have four tours throughout the day at 10am, NOON, 2pm and 4pm.

There will also be two information sessions in the 2nd floor Library Instruction Room at 11am and 1:00pm.

Free balloons and water bottles will be available on the first floor and at the reference desk for visitors to take with them.