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Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Composer, Athlete, Activist, and Soldier 

Lost to history for nearly 200 years, Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a profoundly talented composer, violinist, and fencer. He was born in Guadeloupe in 1745 to a plantation owner and his slave, Nanon. Chevalier was sent to France for his education and by 17 had become such an expert swordsman he bested one of the greatest fencing masters in France. His musical talents were also superior. While he did face discrimination, he was also highly celebrated and widely loved and even performed his own works for Marie-Antoinette.

He heavily influenced Mozart who at one point even directly copied some of Saint-Georges’ complex motifs. During the French Revolution, he became a colonel of a cavalry brigade of men of color, which included the author Alexandre Dumas’ father. After the war and his imprisonment for his aristocratic ties, he was released and returned to his music. For a full account of his extraordinary life story please check out the documentary Le Mozart Noir: Reviving a Legend (ML410 .S145 M6 2003 DVD), which is also available for steaming on Avon, and its soundtrack (M1000 .S25 M6 2003 CD)! Approximately one third of his compositions still exists today. We encourage you to listen to his string quartets (M452 .S25 Q37 2003 CD ), and violin concertos ( M1012 .S145 2001 CD, M1012 .S145 2004 CD, M1012 .V565 1997 CD) which we have in our collection. Please visit us on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Podcast studio with microphone, table, and four chairs
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Podcast Studio Now Open in the Library

Did you know there is a space on campus where students can record their own audio or video shows? The Student Innovation Space, located in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library in rooms 309A and 310, includes a video recording studio in addition to a newly-designed podcast studio. Both studios are self-service and can be reserved instantly just like a library study room.

After high demand for a STELAR-like space that would provide similar services to other on-campus studios, the St. Thomas Libraries has partnered with Innovation & Technology Services (ITS) to create the recording studios in the OSF library. Both studios are available when the library is open, which is until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All you need to do is reserve one of the rooms online and pick up the room key from the front desk. Students may use either studio for up to two hours.

This digitally-innovative space exists for the St. Thomas community to produce their own video and audio shows or segments for class assignments or personal endeavors. The video studio has an adjustable SMART Board, computer, video camera, a swing arm for a cell phone, whiteboards, movable furniture, lighting, and sound. Learn more about how to effectively use the video studio.

The podcast studio has been recently updated and is ready for use! The podcast studio includes a table microphone to record between one and four people on a round-table, acoustic padding, and a computer with a wireless keyboard, mouse, and adjustable arm.

Come check them out today!

fun, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead

The brilliantly-colored leaves of fall are mostly gone, and the temperatures are turning colder and we turned our clocks back this weekend.  There were snow showers today, and we cannot deny that we’re moving towards winter at a brisk pace.

We hope you will join us next week for our kick-off Winter Lights event.  Each winter, we offer a series of monthly events from November – February to gather together as a community and share ways to thrive in this Minnesota winter.  Counseling staff will join us to discuss the mental and physical effects of shorter days and will talk about light therapy and demonstrate how to use a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) therapy lamp.  We’ll have snacks and warm drinks, library resources you can check out, and a craft activity so you can take some of the light home with you.  Plus, you can enter to win your own SAD light!

Winter Lights: Preparing for the Winter Days Ahead
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room 108 in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Photo of light jars created at last year’s November Winter Lights event.

 

fun, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Classic Horror Films in the Music & Media Collections


Bela Lugosi stars in the 1931 horror classic Dracula. It was the biggest box office smash from Universal in 1931, kickstarting the popularity of the sound era Universal Monsters. Also featured on the copy in our collection is the original Spanish Language film Drácula, which was filmed on the same set, starring Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, and Argentinian actors.

PS 3503 .A5515 D7 1999 DVD

For a different twist on the character of Dracula, watch Christopher Lee in the title role of the 1958 color adaptation, Horror of Dracula. Peter Cushing also stars, giving an iconic portrayal of vampire hunter Doctor Van Helsing.

PR 6037.T617 H6 2002 DVD

Also from Universal Classic Monsters franchise is Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection. This multi-disc set includes The Wolf Man (1941) starring Lon Chaney Jr., and its stellar predecessor Werewolf of London (1935), as well as She-Wolf of London (1946) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1942). All films use a variety of physical and special effects that were groundbreaking for their time.

PS 3537.I875 W6 2004 DVD

Currently reshaping the horror genre is Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, mastermind behind such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. He has been greatly influenced by Universal Monsters and other early horror classics, as well as literary works by the Brontë sisters. His Gothic romance Crimson Peak is rich in detail, expertly blending classic horror and Victorian drama.

PN 1997 .C755 2016 DVD

Early in del Toro’s career he directed Chronos, a Spanish language film about Jesús Gris, a man who discovers a mysterious mechanical object. As Jesús slowly becomes immortal, he must face the horror that comes with the gift of eternal life.

PN 1997 .C762 2010 DVD

On a lighter note, check out some comedy horror films! Tim Curry leads a striking ensemble cast including Susan Sarandon in the one of a kind cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (1974). Richard O’Brien wrote and starred in this musical that parodies Frankenstein, classic horror, and Hollywood musicals. Jim Sharman directs.

PR 5397.F73 R6 2002 DVD

Mel Brooks’ unmissable classic Young Frankenstein will make you scream with laughter! Gene Wilder stars as Frederick “Fronkensteen” the grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein who continues his experiments reanimating the dead. Filmed in black and white, this 1974 comedy lampoons the musicals of Fred Astaire and Universal Horror alike.

PR 5397.F73 F7 2006 DVD

Please stop by the Music and Media Collections to check out these titles and more! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial: Investext

We are running a trial of the Investext database. Investext provides the full text of investment analyst reports from major investment banking firms, as well as company and industry reports from major business information providers. Analyst reports are used in the real world to inform security buyers’ purchasing decisions, and in educational settings, in accounting and finance classes to help inform company and industry financial research projects.

 

Investext is provided as an add-on to our existing Mergent Online subscription. Login to the database, and look for the Investext tab at the far right side.

 

Investext tab
Once in the database, pick a date range, and then use one or more criteria to search. Possible criteria include company name/ticker, country, keyword, industry, report style, contributor (i.e. brokerage house), among others. Pick one or more criteria, hit the Submit button, then hit the View link to display your search results.

 

Investext search screen
Examples:
  • I searched for “best buy” in company name for the last 90 days, and got a list of 129 results, including analyst reports, company, and industry reports.
  • I used the Industry criteria and used the included lookup list to select Consumer Cyclicals>Specialty Retailers>Computer & Electronics Retailers, also for the last 90 days. I found 1716 results.
For best results, combine multiple criteria to tune the results to a manageable number. Reports are provided in PDF format.

 

This trial runs through November 15th. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions or your recommendation on whether we should subscribe by then.
John Heintz, Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial: Sage Research Methods Online Datasets

We are running a trial of Sage Research Methods Online Datasets. This is an additional add-on to our existing subscription.

This component provides test/exercise datasets to support the teaching of quantitative and qualitative research. Per Sage, “choose from over 500 datasets using data from real research, designed to support the teaching and independent learning of data analysis techniques.”

To access this trial, go to Sage Research Methods Online and then scroll down to hit the Datasets icon.

Sage Datasets button
The database allows you to search by keyword, or browse by:
  • Method (e.g. multiple regression, T-test, logistic regression, cross-tabs)
  • Discipline (e.g. Economics, Education, Social Work)
  • Data Type (e.g. Ethnographic interviews, numeric data, time series, interview transcripts; both quantitative and qualitative)
Sage Browse Datasets menu
The quantitative datasets are taken from large-scale surveys, experiments, or government data of various kinds. The qualitative datasets are taken from sources like interview transcripts and field study notes. Studies are accompanied by step-by-step instructions for quantitative statistical analysis or advice on how to approach analysis of a qualitative dataset, as well as teaching and student guides, and guides to performing the techniques in specific statistical software packages.

This trial runs through Oct. 31. Please take the database for a spin and send me any questions or your recommendation on whether we should subscribe by then.
John Heintz, Data Services Librarian, jpheintz@stthomas.edu, 651-962-4646.
Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Science

Investment in the Cultivated Future  (on Video)

Take a journey to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway with two fascinating documentaries. The “Doomsday Vault” as it’s often known, is a seed bank which houses over 900,000 seeds. It serves as backup storage to as much of the world’s cultivation as possible to prevent humanity from losing plant life in the event of environmental catastrophe. Get an in-depth look at the controversy of seed ownership versus the investment in the greater good from the illuminating documentary Seed Battles. Cary Fowler, American agriculturalist and former executive director of the Crop Trust, hosts.

For extra insight on the reasons behind the creation of the vault, watch the 60 Minutes special on The Doomsday Vault. Journalist Scott Pelley travels to the seed bank with Cary Fowler and discusses the world-wide attempts to reserve plant diversity.

If you’re looking for more about efforts to preserve and control the future of seeds and farming, check out these physical titles in the Music and Media Collections.

Seeds of Time is a feature length documentary following Cary Fowler and his continuing struggles to preserve genetic diversity. Here, he travels beyond Svalbard to save the world’s most vulnerable seed vaults.  SB123.3 .S44 2014 DVD

GMO OMG takes a provocative approach to the ethics of genetically modified food and the agricultural giant Monsanto. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert questions what GMO food is and who will control food production in the future. TP248.65.F66 G6 2014 DVD

In her documentary The Future of Food Deborah Koons Garcia investigates patented seeds, GMOs, and sustainable agricultural options. Our 2-disc set features additional interviews, farmer portraits, and a guide to seed saving. TP248.65.F66 F8 2004 DVD

Please stop by and check out these fascinating titles! Find us in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the far right of main circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries

Database Trial – Vogue Archive

The UST Libraries is trialing the Vogue Archive now through October 30th.   This database contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists, and illustrators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender, and modern social history – past, present, and future.

Please send your comments to Ann Kenne at amkenne1@stthomas.edu .

 

 

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Student Success Video Series in Academic Video Online

Going to university is an exciting and challenging experience. While classes teach us so much, it is important to seek guidance from other sources too. Based on the Cognella book series, the videos in the Student Success Video Series can help! Learn about a variety of life skills for independence and teamwork, including time management, communication, test taking, health, budgeting, and much more. These video guides feature advice from experts in education, mental health, and finance. Listed below are just some of the many videos included in this series.

A Student’s Guide to Communication and Self-Presentation is a great resource for being an effective communicator. The video addresses components of communication such as body language, written communication, tone of message, and word-choice. Learn about the importance of communication during and after higher education as you pursue a career, and how to navigate professional surroundings with social and networking skills.

A Student’s Guide to Stress Management explains what stress is, why we need it for motivation and success, and how to recognize when stress levels are too high. This video is invaluable when it comes to managing your response to stress and finding effective ways of approaching stressful situations.

Whether you’re a freshman new to everything or a seasoned senior ready to take on the world, you should watch A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career. In this video, you’ll learn how to find a career path right for you. While many other videos and programs look at career seeking through your degree, this video helps you discover how you can use your unique skills and personal goals to make an impact on the world around you.

Remember to check out the 20,000 + physical titles available from the Music and Media Collections! We’re located on the first floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to the right of the Main Circulation desk.

By Sarah Pavey

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, New Materials, Science

Animal Welfare on Video

The Cove is an eye-opening 2009 documentary that follows Ric O’Barry and other activists on their mission to stop the brutal capture and killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and throughout the cetacean hunting business. A remarkable crew of filmmakers and free-divers travel to Taiji to capture footage of the annual slaughter, to the dissatisfaction of both local and global fishing authorities. This controversial film won many awards including an Oscar and a Sundance Film Festival award for its efforts in the fight to save dolphins the world over.
SH387 .C6 2009 DVD

The 2013 Canadian documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine follows photojournalist and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur as she navigates through the ethical dilemmas of the fur trade, animal testing, and the cattle industry. Using photography, McArthur focuses on the animals’ experience to draw attention to her cause. View this title on the streaming site Docuseek!

2008 PBS documentary Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History examines the cruel history of experimentation and exploitation of our closest animal relative. From circuses and the space race to HIV/Aids testing, chimpanzees have been captured by humans since the mid-1800s. Writer and director Allison Argo narrates this award-winning feature documentary about the future of these intelligent creatures and their lives in sanctuaries in the US and Canada.
QL737.P96 C4 2007 DVD

For nearly 60 years orcas have been captured and trained by humans. But only since the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010 has the practice of keeping orcas in captivity been viewed with a more critical eye. The gripping 2013 documentary Blackfish tackled the issue head on. Despite the surrounding controversy, the film was nominated and won several awards for best documentary. Orca entertainment shows are scheduled to end at SeaWorld’s parks in Florida and Texas sometime in 2019.
SF408.6.K54 B5 2013 DVD

In the moving documentary Love and Bananas actress and director Ashley Bell goes on a 500 mile rescue mission across Thailand to give Noi Nah, a blind 70-year old elephant, her freedom. Critically endangered Asian elephants like Noi Na are often used for logging and kept in trekking camps where tourists can ride them. Because they are not domesticated animals like dogs, their spirits are broken as calves in a torturous device known as the “crush box.” Dedicated and passionate conservationist Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, a “Hero of Asia”, leads the harrowing 48-hour journey to her elephant sanctuary.
DS 563.5 .L68 2018 DVD

By Sarah Pavey