The First of May – Rupert García

58373685_10156847262370549_6183863478642540544_n.jpgHave you seen this print on the wall of the main floor computer lab? It’s a reproduction by activist artist Rupert García called The First of May depicting the torture at Abu Ghraib. Through The First of May, García “poses the question of U.S.
accountability during the Iraq War” (Amam Self Guide: Fertility/Decay, Morgan & Velasco). Learn more about the torture at Abua Ghraib from The New Yorker.

About the Artist

Rupert García served in the US Army in the Vietnam War and after attended San Francisco School for the Arts. His interest in art and political issues came together as he began using printmaking as a mechanism for social change.

 

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Children’s Lit Lesson Swap

Have you struggled with creating a lesson plan that focuses on a children’s book? Do you want to hear ideas that you can use in the future? The Curriculum Materials Center in the Rohrbach Library is holding a Children’s Lit Lesson Swap on Thursday, May 2nd from 4:00pm to 5:30pm! Come and share a lesson that you created or come and listen to others share their ideas!

Fun, short presentations should be no longer than 5 minutes and should provide a brief overview of the lesson and the children’s book that was used. Bring the book if possible, but it is not required. ImportantPresenters should turn in one copy of their lesson to be compiled in a binder that will be available in the Curriculum Materials Center. 

PLEASE SIGN UP if you plan to attend either as a presenter or a spectator. Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4AA9A82CA4FB6-childrens

Location: Ground Floor of Rohrbach Library. Look for signs the day of the event—we will choose the best location based on how many people sign up.

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Human Library Book Catalog 2019

We are just one day away from Rohrbach Library’s 2nd Human Library event in partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Outreach! Stop by tomorrow, March 28th, from 10am to 4pm to check out a Human Book. You can find our 2019 Human Book Catalog below.

What is the Human Library? 

A Human Library aims to build a positive framework to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human “books” and participants in the event can “read” the book – meaning they would have a one-on-one or small group conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. “Books” are students, faculty, and staff who have volunteered to share their experiences centered around stereotypes and prejudices. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Kutztown community to share and understand the experiences of others in our community. Learn more about Kutztown’s Human Library at: library.kutztown.edu/HumanLibrary  

Human Book Catalog

Faith-Based Scientist- I have a Ph.D. in Biology and I am ordained minister. In the 71 years on this earth, I have come to agree that with many of the famous founders of the modern experimental scientific method who were deeply religious and were able to integrate their faith with their excellent science. Indeed there is good evidence that their religious faith and their science were synergetic, and helps to explain why they made so much progress in the science of their day. I’d love to discuss more with you with gentleness and respect.

Addict- I was the all-American girl from an all-American family; but addiction knows no barriers. But addiction cut my first semester at KU short. Now I am 26 year old freshman. It’s been a seven-year journey of recovery and healing to return to KU. Lets talk about addiction, recovery, and LIFE!

Healing Hurt; Helping Hands– Past experiences of abuse, pain, and loss have provided me the opportunity for personal growth and finding purpose in my life. My healing has helped me to really understand where people are coming from and how to be a helping force for others. It hasn’t been easy, but my journey has helped me see beyond anger and self-pity to experience a life of gratefulness and gladness.

Over It: Reclaiming My Life After Trauma– My early chapters (1-18) are full of tragedy, heartache, insanity (literally), and immense stories of trauma. But I’m over it. I’ve worked through it, to the point that I can be joyful, healthy, and successful. Of course, we all human and I’m still working through things. We can be stronger and go beyond many of the limits we place on ourselves- or that others try to place on us.

Homecoming: Woman Combat Veteran– Being a combat woman in the military is full of stereotypes and challenges. But coming home and reintegrating back into civilian life was just as challenging. I used poetry, like the warrior of old using storytelling to help not just with my own homecoming- but also to share what people can do to welcome their veterans back into the community. Let me share my story with you and answer your questions!

Veganism: The Why and How- I have been vegan for three years and would love to share my experiences and information with you. Ask away! Will be glad to talk about the reasons to be vegan, general misconceptions, how to transition, and how to deal with social settings (including your family)!

From Morocco to Kutztown– I am an international faculty who lived and studied in different countries with different languages. I believe we must be able to adapt and be open-minded as we meet others, make friends, close gaps, and reduce prejudice. I am a woman from a patriarchal culture and now live in the United States as a Muslim. It’s been quite a journey from Morocco to Kutztown and I’d love to share with you how I deal with stereotypes and prejudice.

Superwoman Complex– Black Women=resilience and strength. But do we measure strength only by the amount of pain you can endure? Sometimes we may be asked to sacrifice too much. I want to know that I am HUMAN; even though we as black women are often not allowed to show signs of weakness. Ask me about my experience with race, gender, mental health, and even trying to fill that role of Superwoman here at KU.

The Anxious Band Geek: Finding Myself by Accident– I grew up in a large school district and was always desperately trying to find a way to “fit in” and not implode from other social pressures. I moved from an open child to a closed teenager. But I found release in music- and when I found my “family” in the band, I started to find myself! I embraced the band geek identity and it really let me be myself and start to live life as myself- not the “pretend” me.

I Sense Differently– Around campus, you may see me using my cane and can observe my sight-limitations. But at night you can usually find me talking to my friends about such concepts as string theory; the design of the universe or aspects of how the human brain processes information differently. My optic nerve disease does limit my physical sight, so I use brail, my cane and other tools to meet life’s challenges. But my other tool is the gift of being psychic which I discovered 6 years ago. Both of these things shape the way I experience things which may be different than you-lets talk about it!

The Fewer the Prouder– Serving in the Marine Corps as a woman was rough. I was expected to behave, think, and train like a man. I’m a proud Marine, but the culture and atmosphere were not easy and it changed me as a person-good and bad.

Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

Rohrbach Library, in partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, will be hosting Kutztown University’s second Human Library event on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 10:00am-4:00pm. Do you have a story to tell? Rohrbach Library still has spots available for human “books” at this year’s Human Library. Your lived experience is truly unique and by offering your story at this event, our Kutztown community is provided a unique opportunity to get to know you while exploring their own understanding of the identity you have chosen to share. 

What is the Human Library? 

A Human Library aims to build a positive framework to create dialogue and understanding between people. Individuals volunteer as human “books” and participants in the event can “read” the book – meaning they would have a one-on-one or small group conversation with the volunteer and share in a dialogue about that individual’s experience. “Books” are students, faculty, and staff who have volunteered to share their experiences centered around stereotypes and prejudices. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Kutztown community to share and understand the experiences of others in our community. 

The History of the Human Library 

The Human Library or “Menneskebiblioteket” as it is called in Danish, was developed in Copenhagen in the spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen. The original event was open eight hours a day for four days straight and featured over fifty different titles. The broad selection of books provided readers with ample choices to challenge their stereotypes. More than a thousand readers participated, leaving books, librarians, organizers, and readers stunned at the impact of the Human Library. 

Apply to be a Human “Book” 

If you have a story to tell and would like to be a human “book,” we would love to hear from you! You can learn how to be a human “book” and find more information about this unique event by visiting 

library.kutztown.edu/humanlibrary 

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New, Exciting Club, Connecting Fibers, offered at Rohrbach!

Rohrbach Library is excited to offer a new club, Connecting Fibers! Connecting Fibers celebrates not only the joy of learning and creating, but of meeting, communing, and networking with others in a safe, non-judgmental space. Expanding from the tradition of knitting and crochet, Connecting Fiber offers space for embroidery, cross-stitch, machine sewing, quilting, and other fiber crafts. Don’t have supplies or want to learn something new? You’re covered. You don’t have to be an expert or even have experience, just a little interest, and curiosity.

Meetings will be held every Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in room 100B, Rohrbach Library. All of the KU community (faculty, staff, and students) are invited to join to relax, talk, de-stress and have fun. All fiber crafts are welcome. Bring your friends, bring your lunch, snacks, and drinks!

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New and Improved Research Commons at Rohrbach!

Rohrbach Library is pleased to introduce the KU Research Commons. The KURC is our open-access online repository for the research, scholarship, and creative works of KU students and faculty. The repository currently features a variety of content including faculty research and articles, KU doctoral dissertations, and graduate & undergraduate student research. If you are mentoring students who are completing research this semester and would like to make their work available online to a global audience, consider including it on the KURC. If you would be interested in posting your work, or the work of your students, contact Sue Czerny at czerny@kutztown.edu. Visit the Research Commons at:

http://www.research.library.kutztown.edu

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Call to Action for “Human Books”

Rohrbach Library, in partnership with the Office of Inclusion and Outreach, will be hosting Kutztown University’s second Human Library event on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10:00am-4:00pm. The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It will feature “human books” who will be “on loan” for readers to engage in open dialogue where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. If you have a story to tell and would like to be a “human book,” we would love to hear from you! Please click on the link below to find out how to be a “human book” and for more information about this unique event: 

http://library.kutztown.edu/humanlibrary

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