Attendance was called. Chuck Klosterman X? Churchill and Orwell? Ernest Hemingway? Kennedy and King? Lincoln and the Abolitionists? Hannibal? Putin? All were present except Jane Austen at Home and Caesar’s Last Breath. They are all part of the We Have No Idea Group that is trying to figure out the path of the world’s great nations in the coming decade.
This group debates The Anatomy of Terror and if we are Destined for War. They look at why Everybody Lies and why we are On the Edge but also are we on Two Paths and whether This Fight is Our Fight. Is there a Call to Rise to fix A Crack in Creation or to put Democracy in Chains? These debates are unending but an answer is never found.
As you can tell, we have new books in the Adult Rotating Collection. Come see what your colleagues have selected.
The Age of the Horse by Susanna Forrest
American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron
The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough
Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State by Ali H. Soufan
Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West by William Hogeland
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell
Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford
Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
Called to Rise by David O. Brown
Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton
Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Definitely Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
Coming of Age: The Sexual Awaking of Margaret Mead by Deborah Blum
A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna and Samuel H. Sternberg
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean
Destined for War: America, China, and Thucydides’s Trap by Graham Allison
Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System by Jack Gilbert and Rob Knight
DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates
The End of Advertising: Why it Had to Die, and the Creative Resurrection to Come by Andrew Essex
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen
Ernest Hemingway: A Biography by Mary V. Dearborn
Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Reveals About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man’s Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida
Hannibal by Patrick Hunt
Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Kurt Newman
A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay
Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen
Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston
Knots: Stories by Gunnhild Oyehaug
Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
Love Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival by Jeffrey Gettleman
Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt
The New Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan’s Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America’s New Public Enemy No. 1 by Cyrus Bozorgmehr
One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination For Four Centuries by James Ledbetter
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment edited by Angela Davis
Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash by Richard Lourie
Return to Glory: The Story of Ford’s Revival and Victory in the Toughest Race in the World by Matthew DeBord
The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides by Mariano Sigman
The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, From Shark’s Teeth to Frog’s Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From by Edward Dolnick
This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren
Trajectory: Stories by Richard Russo
Two Paths: America Divided or United by John Kasich
The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-Of-Age Crisis-and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Aleksievich
The Way We Die Now: The View from Medicine’s Front Line by Seamus O’Mahony
We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures by Jennifer Romolini
The Wellness Project: How I Learned to do Right By My Body Without Giving Up My Life by Phoebe Lapine
Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals by Jeremy McCarter
The LLC provides a subscription to The New York Times to all students, faculty, and staff. When students sign up, they select their graduation year. Faculty and staff subscriptions last for 364 days, so they need to be renewed each year. If you receive an error notice or a warning that you only have a few articles left this month, it’s probably time to renew.
To renew your subscription for another year:
- Go to http://www.accessnyt.com
- Type Chadron in the Find school box
- Follow the instructions on the next page
If you have any questions, please contact Christine Fullerton at email@example.com or 308-432-7058
One of the articles in the October 2016 blog introduced the upcoming Textbook Reserve Program – an initiative intended to reduce the burden of the rising textbook costs encumbered by our student population (Map Priority 3 and Map Priority 6). The Textbook Reserve Program was launched in early January 2017 (the beginning of the Spring semester); and, according to the usage statistics, it was well received by our students.
The Textbook Reserve Program does not replace the Faculty Reserve Collection. The primary difference between the two is the location and the type of material. The books that are added to the Textbook Reserve Program are owned by the Library. The books that are added to the Faculty Reserve Collection are books/materials that are personally owned by the faculty. Both collections are:
- Available for check-out at the circulation desk
- Available for a two hour loan period
- Available for in-house use only
Due to budget restraints the textbooks that we purchased for the Textbook Reserve Program were those that are required for the Essential Studies Program. Currently we have about one third of these titles and we are adding to the collection as funds or donations are received. In addition to the titles that were purchased for the Essential Studies Program, we received donations from faculty that were also added to the collection. If you are interested in participating in either program and/or if you have a textbook that is required for your course(s) that you would like to add to the Textbook Reserve Program or Faculty Reserve Collection, please feel free to call Shawn Hartman at 308.430.7059 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Own Words were used against me. In a Nutshell, my nieces were expecting me to show them How to Make a Spaceship. It was all Mad Enchantment but did I have the Courage to Walk Away and forget what I promised them?
See it all started Beyond Earth in the Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. You know the place—right by the Black Square. My nieces and I were having ice cream with the Island People (who were telling us about this Most Improbable Journey) when the Other Einstein comes up and starts telling my nieces about the Spaceman, Time Travel, StarTalk and how she visualizes the Earth as part of a great Glass Universe. She was Killing It as far as keeping their attention and I was getting jealous. Between Breaths I butted in telling everyone about a new book we had gotten in at the library about making spaceships. The Other Einstein commented that she had read that book and that the instructions were so simple that even an adult could make it without a child’s help.
I started pouting, the girls started planning, and she went on to talk about the Hidden Life of Trees, Nations Without Borders, and that Utopia is Creepy. Anyone have a wrench?
Here is a list of new titles added to the Rotating Collection in April—
America the Anxious: How our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks / by Ruth Whippman
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant / by Ronald C. White
Are Numbers Real?: The Uncanny Relationship of Mathematics and the Physical World / by Brian Clegg
Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing / by Dave Grossman
The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present / by John Pomfret
The Best American Short Stories, 2016
Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction / by Elizabeth Vargas
Beyond Earth: Out Path to a New Home in the Planets / by Charles Wohlforth
Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine / by Sophie Pinkham
Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery / by Caren Cooper
City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York / by Tyler Anbinder
Collected Non-Fiction: Selections from the Memoirs and Travel Writings / by Mark Twain
Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Service / by Clayton M. Christensen
Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to Attack / by Steve Twomey
The Courage to Walk Away / by Jonathan Martin
Crosstalk / by Connie Willis
Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State / by Barton Gellman
Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons From Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World / by Joann S. Lublin
Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future / by David Grinspoon
The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West / by Peter Cozzens
Einstein’s Greatest Mistake / by David Bodanis
Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? / by Mark Thompson
A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age / by Daniel J. Levitin
The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny / by Ian Davidson
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars / by Dava Sobel
Gone ‘til November: A Journal of Rikers Island / by Lil Wayne
Hemingway at War: Ernest Hemingway’s Adventures as a World War II Correspondent / by Terry Mort
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race / by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries From a Secret World / by Peter Wohlleben
How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight / by Julian Guthrie
If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body / by Camilla Grebe
In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Painting of Edward Hopper / edited by Lawrence Block
Island People: The Caribbean and the World / by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World / by Thomas F. Madden
It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State / by Jonathan Starr
Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart / by Sheryl O’Loughlin
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies / by Ross King
A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves / by Walter Alvarez
My Own Words / by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A Nation Without Borders: The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 / by Steven Hahn
Now: The Physics of Time / by Richard A. Muller
Nutshell / by Ian McEwan
Of All That Ends / by Gunter Grass
The Other Einstein / by Marie Benedict
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness / by Peter Godfrey-Smith
Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula / by Bram Stoker
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland / by Miriam Horn
Rest: Why You Can Get More Done When You Work Less / by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
Running Man: A Memoir / by Charlie Engle
The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You / by Sylvia Tara
Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius / by Boris Johnson
The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life / by Oliver Luckett
Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe / by Mike Massimino
StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond / by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Time Travel: A History / by James Gleick
Utopia is Creepy: And Other Provocations / by Nicholas Carr
The Vonnegut Encyclopedia / by Marc Leeds
Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains / by Sam Weinman
Has the stress of finals week got you feeling like a hound dog, crying all the time? Project Strive/TRiO and the Residence Life Association (RLA) are here to help. Paws-a-tively Stress Free Pet Therapy will be held Tuesday, May 2, Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, from 1-4 pm in the Library Fishbowl (upper level of the library). The event is open to everyone who is feeling the strain of Finals Week. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to stop in to the fishbowl to meet and pet some dogs.
This event was has been in the works for some time. Residence Directors consistently receive suggestions for pet therapy in their evaluations of other RLA events. Last semester, Project Strive did a trial, with one cat and three dogs. This December program was open just for Project Strive students. Since it was a new program with some unpredictable variables, Project Strive and RLA thought it was important to do a small trial to make sure everything went smoothly. About 30 students attended the program last year, when it was held in the Project Strive office in the library basement. The program was well-received by everyone except for the cat, who was a little overwhelmed by strangers petting her. As a result, this year will only feature dogs.
Jen Schaer, Director of Project Strive/TRiO, says that there will be six-eight dogs participating in Paws-a-tively Stress Free Pet Therapy. The dogs will work in shifts, with three-four dogs available each hour. The owners will be with the dogs the entire time, and rest assured, none of the dogs participating have ever eaten someone’s homework. Just outside of the fishbowl, RLA and Project Strive will provide fruits, veggies, meats, and cheeses. RLA and Project Strive are anticipating that this will be a well-attended event, and they are open to adding more dogs to the mix. If you have a dog that has the right temperament for pet therapy, and you want to volunteer to let stressed students, staff, and faculty pet him for an hour or so, you can contact Jen at email@example.com or 308-432-6069.
Daniel Binkard was recently the featured speaker at the Graves Lecture Series. The title of his presentation was “Multi-exposure Photography.” As a companion to his lecture, he is exhibiting eight photographs in the library’s faculty multi-use room. This exhibit will be available until May 8, and is open during normal library hours. Shortly after his presentation, I asked him to share some of his thoughts and knowledge on photography.
Tell me about the photos that are displayed in this room.
The photographs that I have displayed in Room 111 at the King Library are companion pieces to my Graves Lecture Series presentation on multiple-exposure photography. They include stitched panoramas, focus stacks, and high dynamic range images. All of these processes are designed to allow the photographer to see, or capture, more than what could be captured in a single photo. They all consist of multiple photos that are combined to create a single image.
Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite. However, as I was thinking about this question, I looked at a print that I have on the wall, an aerial photo I shot while flying with Mike Bogner. The evening light plays across the craggy formations of the badlands near Toadstool Geologic Park and gives the scene a stark, graphic quality. I enjoy looking at that, and being reminded of good times with friends.
Exactly what is it that you want to say with your photographs, and how do you get your photographs to do that?
I don’t know that I have a concrete message with most of my photos, certainly not the kind of concrete story that can be found in things like Eddie Adams’s wartime execution photo. Having said that, it’s important to have a reason to take a photo. Michael Reichmann would ask that the photographer be able to answer the question, “What’s the shot about?” For me, the shot is about the interesting shape of the tree branches against the sky, or the texture of the stone in the old building, or the arrangement of the foreground element leading to the background element. Jay Maisel’s trio of light, gesture, and color are important to me, particularly the idea of gesture. Gesture can be the simple twist of a plant stem, or the stepping stone pattern of objects, or the relationship between a rock on the ground and the clouds in the sky. I think it’s an interesting way to consider the scene that I might photograph. Put another way, much of my work consists of, “Hey, this is interesting! I’ll make a record of it and hopefully share it with other people.”
Are there any photographers that particularly influenced you and if so, how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
Jonny Binkard – My mother – she has created imaginative artwork all her life, provided me a camera to use while I was in my early stages of learning photography, and continues to collaborate with me on projects.
Andreas Feininger – His technical manuals were an important part of my training. I continue to return to his monumental scenes — crowds, cityscapes, tiny seashells, and so forth.
Dewayne Gimeson – Bouncing ideas back and forth, whether weird or mundane.
Thom Hogan – Insight on the photography industry, notes on composition and technique.
Michael Johnston – For years, he has published articles on a wide range of photographic subjects.
Jay Maisel – Light, gesture, color.
Michael Reichmann – A variety of articles on photographic art and technique.
Björn Rörslett – Abstract ideas grounded in practicality.
There are many artists who will inspire you throughout your life. Keep your eyes peeled for more of them.
When photographing, what technology/software/camera gear do you use?
For my personal work, I am usually shooting with an interchangeable lens camera and several lenses ranging from wide angle to moderate telephoto. A sturdy tripod when the situation warrants. For photo organization and editing, I use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, which is common software for many photographers.
When you go on your photo travels, what do you take with you?
The instinct is often to take everything, just in case you need it. I’ve done that many times; but, I continue to tell myself to simplify. It’s nice to head out to Chadron State Park or Fort Robinson State Park with just one focal length, and work on making compositions to fit that. For longer trips to more distant places, I think it’s still better to simplify. Perhaps three lenses: a wide angle for expanded perspective, a telephoto for compressed perspective, and a third to keep things interesting.
Which is your favorite lens, why?
It’s hard to name a single favorite lens, because there are many with their own useful characteristics. Some that I have enjoyed using include:
Nikkor 50mm f/2 – This was a standard kit lens in the ’60s, and it’s capable of producing delicate softness wide open, and razor sharpness stopped down. I did a lot of training with a similar lens that my mother owned when I was learning photography, and this still has a place in my bag.
Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 – Outstanding medium telephoto lens. It works well wide open and stopped down which is great for portraits, and also near and far landscape scenes.
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 – This wide angle zoom lens ranks highly, based on my volume of “keepers” taken with it. A wide angle lens can be difficult to use effectively, but the depth arrangement possibilities for compositions are fascinating.
How do you get the person/object that you are taking just the way you want?
Work the subject. One photo might not be enough. I’ve often told students to look at various angles of a subject. Play with the lighting. Play with the time. Keep coming back to the subject.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Read about photography, and look at photos. It’s good to go back to your previous work and see what you were shooting five or ten years ago, and think about what worked and what didn’t work. There is a wealth of easily accessible information about photography; the challenge is finding the useful information. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of camera specifications and lens measurement charts, but it’s better to fall down the rabbit hole of composition discussions and other aesthetic ideals. I’m currently watching a series of interviews with David Muench, who has spent the latter half of the twentieth century creating powerful landscape compositions. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that simply getting out there and shooting is a must.
What is the one (or more) thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I had started earlier, because things change, and there are many scenes and places that I can no longer photograph because they no longer exist.
The Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) staff members are pleased to welcome Dr. David Kendrick as the new Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. Dr. Kendrick will take over as head of the TLT on July 1st.
Dr. Kendrick comes to Chadron State College with a strong background in pedagogy and educational technology. He was the inaugural director of University of Northern Colorado’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL) and served in that position for 10 years. He has taught in a variety of environments, including K-12, community college, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners (both domestically and overseas). He is eager to bring these experiences to CSC and to begin collaborating with faculty and staff in efforts to support teaching and learning on our campus.
As the Rotating Collection shelves have reached their maximum capacity, it’s time again to weed through the titles that have been on our shelves the longest to determine which ones will be getting a permanent home in the Reta E. King Library. For nine of the eighty-six titles under review the decision to keep them wasn’t hard. These titles are listed in Resources for College Libraries which is considered to be a core listing of titles for a library of our size. The remaining seventy-seven titles were reviewed by the Rotating Collection selection group, known as the Buyer’s Club, who recommended another forty-three titles to keep in the permanent collection. The titles joining our collection are:
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In the early days of children’s book awards there were two: the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children and the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Newbery Medal was first awarded in 1922 and the Caldecott Medal in 1938.
Did you know that the basement of the LLC is home to a book hospital? The LLC is thrilled to have a book repair specialist on staff. Part-time staff member Jenn Butler works to ensure that the LLC’s books are in good shape.
One of the main focuses of the book hospital is surgery. Jenn specializes in mending books that are losing pages or that have weak joints. Whenever a student worker or library staff member notices a book that is in poor condition, that book is sent to Jenn.
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