Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Fridays in Andersen Library

Come join us for...

First Fridays: Virtue & Vice in the Stacks

What: First Fridays: Virtue & Vice in the Stacks
When: Friday, October 2, 2009 • noon - 1 p.m.
Where: 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public.

In the early 1920s, the University of Minnesota began a journey of "imperative" need. Two structures were proposed--an auditorium large enough to hold the entire student body and a stadium to house the football program and support physical education. They would be more than signature campus buildings: they would honor the service of a University president and the sacrifice of Minnesotans in the "great war" while rallying the University community in an unprecedented fund-raising effort. Get the inside story on Northrop Auditorium and Memorial Stadium from the staff of University Archives.

The American poet Elizabeth Bishop, in a letter to Marianne Moore, wrote: "I am overcome by my own amazing sloth . . . Can you please forgive me and believe that it is really because I want to do something well that I don't do it at all?" See Special Collections and Rare Books sloth in action.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Politics and the Web: Rep Joe Wilson

I will rarely use this forum to comment on things political. But I wanted to pin this thought to my own board as a way to ponder how we communicate our political thoughts in a web 2.0 world. The thought is this: I find it interesting that Rep. Joe Wilson's web site was down for repair this morning, the morning after he acted beyond the bounds of decorum during the President's speech to Congress last night. Is there truly a problem with his web site, or is this the web 2.0 version of unplugging your phone, or is his site under attack, or something else?