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Animated Shorts on National Film Board of Canada

Meltdown
In this whimsical yet poignant short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears.
Me and My Moulton
With a bright palette and witty dialogue, the film tells the charming story of a seven-year-old girl and her sisters, who ask for a bicycle knowing full well that their loving yet unconventional parents will likely disappoint them.

Special Delivery
In this hilariously dark Oscar®-winning animated short, Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk. When he comes home and finds the mailman dead on his front stairs, Ralph attempts a massive cover-up with disastrous results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sophia Wolf

Media/Music Collections, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Interactive Media on National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board of Canada features many different interactive games and learning tools that are a great way to help better understand a lesson or concept. This type of interactive media engages students and can be an impactful way for a lesson to stick around long after the final quiz is turned in.

Here are a few examples of innovative and engaging interactive learning tools available from NFB:

Bias – test your bias via this quick word association exercise; this tool can be used to test one’s potential bias against varying groups of people or test your bias against sexist or racist stereotypes.

By Sophia Wolf

Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Docuseek2 Streaming Video

As winter in Minnesota drags on, many of us are hoping for warmth and sun. If you’re looking to explore exotic lands without leaving the comfort of your dorm, the video streaming service Docuseek2 is a great place to start. Travel the world and the see people and cultures from around the globe through documentaries on art & architecture, anthropology & archaeology, cultural & ethnic studies, environment, geography, social studies, and world regions. Ranging from quick informational videos that are only a few minutes long to feature-length documentary films,  Docuseek2 has a great variety of documentary and social issues films.


As winter in Minnesota drags on, many of us are hoping for warmth and sun. If you’re looking to explore exotic lands without leaving the comfort of your dorm, the video streaming service Docuseek2 is a great place to start. Travel the world and the see people and cultures from around the globe through documentaries on art & architecture, anthropology & archaeology, cultural & ethnic studies, environment, geography, social studies, and world regions. Ranging from quick informational videos that are only a few minutes long to feature-length documentary films,  Docuseek2 has a great variety of documentary and social issues films.

By Sophia Wolf

English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Science

Ambrose Video Collection

The Ambrose Video Collection has over 400 titles available for streaming for students, faculty, and staff at UST. It covers the subject areas of American history, American literature, world history, ancient history, geology, biology, theology, art, sciences, and all the Shakespeare plays that were produced by the BBC.

Below are a few suggested titles that show the broad range of media available from streaming through The Ambrose Video Collection:

Julius Caesar: Watch this classic Shakespeare play come to life through the work of BBC Productions. Julius Caesar is a highly ambitious political leader in Rome whose aim is to become dictator. Caesar is assassinated due to the plotting of Marcus Brutus and Cassius, who meet their inevitable defeat and plunge the country into civil war.

Glaciers: The most powerful geologic force on the planet – glaciers. Glaciers can dominate an entire continent or reshape a continent’s surface features in the blink of a geologic eye. All the spectacular mountain peaks that inspire us have been shaped by glaciers. This thirty-minute short documentary includes interviews with leading glacial experts from around the country.

Great African American Authors: 1761-1901: From pre-Revolutionary War poetry and sermons, to anti-Civil War slave narratives, to Jim Crow Era segregation and discrimination issues, the Civil Rights period, to the Black Artists movement and to the Black New Wave of the 21st Century, this breakthrough eight-part series, Great African American Authors, tells the amazing story of the evolution of the African American literary tradition in the United States. This first section celebrates authors born out of slavery and the African oral tradition who gave voice to the struggles of African Americans in the early days of this nation. Program one examines the beginning of African American Literature through the authors Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington.

By Sophia Wolf

Libraries, News & Events, Services

Faculty Workshops in March

We’re presenting three faculty workshops in March; they are designed to inform you about and help you use library content and services.  Take a look below and register for any of interest to you. We hope to see you there!

Using Library Resources in Canvas (John Heintz) Thursday March 22, 10-11 AM, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053327John Heintz

A hands-on exploration of how to add links to articles, book chapters, streaming video & audio, and fine arts images to your course. Bring lists of content you’d like to add and we’ll use them as examples.

 

Library Streaming Audio & Video (Cindy Badilla-Melendez) Tuesday March 20, 2:30-3:30 PM, LIB LL21 https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053329.
AND Wednesday March 21, 10-11 AM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053333.  

Learn about our many streaming audio and video subscriptions(thousands of titles) for documentary, feature, and training films; opera, symphonic, roots, popular, and ethnic music. How can you use these resources in your course?

 

Research Online: The University’s Scholarly Repository (Meg Manahan) Tuesday March 20, 10:30-11:30, LIB LL21  https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053335.
AND Wednesday March 21, 2:45-3:45 PM, TMH 442 Fox Center https://stthomas.libcal.com/event/4053336.  Meg Manahan

Learn how we use the repository to showcase the scholarly output of our faculty and students, by storing and making discoverable online theses &dissertations from graduate programs; faculty papers & presentations; and fully online journals.

 

Latin America, Libraries, Modern Languages, News & Events

1st International Film Festival on Campus

All are cordially invited to attend a first of its kind on the St. Thomas campus International Film Festival 2018.  This collaborative effort represents five departments (Modern & Classical Languages, St.Thomas Libraries, Office of Student Affairs, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, and Film Studies) who have chosen the theme Cultural Placements and Displacements:  Perceptions and Self Perceptions of a Cultural Identity.

The opening film, “Faces Places” was nominated for an Oscar this year in the Best Documentary – Feature category.

Schedule of Events  – all films will be shown in the OEC Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 15     “Faces Places”   from France    (Opening Reception follows)
Thursday, March 22     “Who is Dayani Cristal?”  from Mexico
Thursday, April 12         “Shun Li and the Poet”  from Italy
Thursday, April 19        “North Face”  from Germany     (Closing Reception follows)

Discussion sessions will be held after most films.

The St. Thomas International Film Festival 2018 is free and open to all.  The entire university community and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please plan to join us!

OEC Auditorium Building # 5  https://www.stthomas.edu/media/campusmaps/stpaul2Dalpha.pdf

The O’Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium is on the University of St. Thomas campus at 2115 Summit Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota. The nearest cross street is Cleveland and Portland.

Parking: Morrison Ramp #18 https://www.stthomas.edu/media/campusmaps/stpaul2Dalpha.pdf

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Come to our St. Patrick’s Day Open House

Join the UST Libraries and the Center for Irish Studies for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Open House.  It will be held Friday, March 16th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room (OSF Library LL09).   An exhibit of some of the rare and unique items from the library’s Celtic Collection will be on view.  Plus a reading of Irish poetry will commence at 12:15 pm.   Light refreshments (alas no green beer!) will be served.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Tales from the Archives — Speed Skating at St. Thomas

 

One of my favorite Winter Olympic sports is speed skating.  I love watching the athletes sprint around the oval on their narrow blades where one false move will find them spinning out on the ice.   But it wasn’t until I was exploring the University Archives collection the other day that I realized how many St. Thomas alums were noted speed skaters.

Everett McGowan, 1920

Everett McGowan, 1920

A multitalented athlete, Everett McGowan lettered in football and baseball as a student at St. Thomas from 1919 to 1920. But he is best known for his speed-skating prowess. McGowan won the national and international speed skating championships in 1920 as an amateur. His success continued during a professional career in which he beat veteran speed skaters such as Norval Baptie in the 1921 Northwest Championship.

 

Leo Freisinger, 1937

Leo Freisinger, 1937

Leo Freisinger attended the College of St. Thomas from 1937 – 1938.  Prior to enrolling at St. Thomas he won a bronze medal in the 500m race at the 1936 Winter Olympic games.  He continued to compete in national and international speed skating events after that, wearing the St. Thomas colors in the 1938 International Speed Skating Championships in Oslo, Norway.

 

Bob Fitzgerald, 1946

Bob Fitzgerald, 1946

 

Bobby Fitzgerald won several indoor, outdoor and North American speed skating championships as a teenager.  But, his skating career was interrupted by World War II and a injury he suffered while in the Army.  After returning to civilian life,  he finished his college degree (graduating from the College of St. Thomas in 1946) and resumed his speed skating career.  He later won the silver medal in 500m the 1948 Winter Olympics and was a member of the 1952 Olympic speed skating team.

To explore more of the history of the University of St. Thomas, visit the University Archives webpage.

(This post was first published on February 3, 2014. )

Libraries

Nexis Uni vs. Westlaw Campus Research

We at the library work to keep up with new products and resources that make your research more productive.  Lexis Nexis had been a staple of our electronic collection seemingly since the dawn of databases.  Even though they changed their name to Nexis Uni, and gave themselves a completely new look, the same extensive legal, news, and company information remains in tact.

 

Now there is a new product from another well known and well respected company that piqued our curiosity.  Westlaw is a staple of the UST Law library, and law libraries across the country. Their new product is Westlaw Campus Research, a database that covers the same topic areas as Nexis Uni.  The primary strength of Westlaw Campus Research is its collection of legal materials, cases, statutes, regulations and articles from legal journals.  It also contains detailed company and financial data, as well as state, national, and international journals and newspapers.

 

 

For the next few weeks the libraries are running a free trial of Westlaw that is open to everyone in the UST community.  The link to Westlaw is here.  During the trial we encourage comparisons and critiques of content, ease of searching, or any other feedback you have about one or both products.  You may give any UST librarian your comments or you may send them directly to Andrea Koeppe

 

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Faculty News, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

“America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture” is now available via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries are pleased to announce that we recently added America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture to the list of the periodicals the University of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff may read online via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas’ students, faculty, and staff may read a number of popular periodicals we make available on this digital newsstand, which may be accessed anytime on computers or mobile devices. Periodicals in Flipster have true-to-life layouts with all the full-color images and advertisements one finds in the print version of the same periodical.

Suggested reading: “A Christian Funeral Classic” by Colleen Dulle, in the January 8, 2018, issue of America. The article tells of the work of the University of St. Thomas’ Artist in Residence, Fr. Michael Joncas, whose hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings” achieved global popularity 38 years ago.

Fr. Michael Joncas, Theology Department, October 2004, Classroom images