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Movie Mania: Classic & Contemporary Comedy

By Jacob Kinsman

Whether you’re in need of a laugh or preparing for April Fools day, treat yourself to a comedy flick! The following films are available through Kanopy on the Rohrbach Library’s’ webiste.

The following films are part of Kanopy’s comedy collection:

Bringing Up Bobby

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Milla Jovovich stars in this comedy as Olive, a European con-artist trying to raise her American son in current-day Oklahoma. However, Olive struggles to escape her past.

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Struggling comedian Trevor Newandyke is fed up with life. He needs a break. However, relaxing to Trevor is cranking some tunes and setting something on fire.

I am Chris Farley

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Explore the life and career of comedy icon Chris Farley from his earliest performances to “Saturday Night Live” and other hit films like “Black Sheep” and “Tommy Boy”.”

For more comedy films visit Kanopy on the Rohrbach Library’s website.

Doomsday Clock – KU Conversations 11

By: Courtney Aaron

Good Afternoon KU students and welcome to the 11th posting of KU Conversations! This weeks topic is the Doomsday Clock. Some of you may have heard about it recently due to the sudden movement of the clock on January 26th. Others through the multiple cultural references through out history, like some of these examples from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists including multiple songs, imagery for Alan Moore’s The Watchmen and many others. The Doomsday Clock itself was actually created by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1949 when they put it on the cover of their new magazine format. The design for the clock was created by Martyl Langsdorf. In the original design the clock was set for seven minutes to midnight. The major contributor to the decision of what time to set the clock at was nuclear weapons. To get a better perspective of the ideas about nuclear destruction during this time period we have this video from Films on Demand that describes the concerns the American public had at the time.

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Photograph of the Atomic Cloud Rising Over Nagasaki, Japan. Photo provided by The U.S. National Archives.

As time passed and the Doomsday Clock was reset multiple times, the dangers that determined the movement of the clock increased and became more complex. Here is a list of the major factors of the movement of the Doomsday clock from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and why they matter the most. In addition to nuclear weapons, the other major dangers are climate changes, bio technologies, and emerging technologies. To get a better idea of the situation here is the Doomsday Dashboard, a series of interactive figures and articles also provided by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists showing the changes in nuclear weapons, climate change, and bio security.

The existence of the dangers aren’t the only things that affect where the clock is set. Politics have an influence on the decision as well, something many people learned on January 26th. It was announced that the clock had been moved forward by a half minute from three minutes to midnight to two and a half minutes to midnight. The Bulletin announced That one of the major reasons they moved the clock was the election of President Trump. They were highly concerned over his views of strengthening and expanding the countries nuclear capabilities, also they were concerned over the administrations disregard for scientific expertise. Here is an article from Science magazine going into further details on the matter. In that article there is also a timeline showing all the different time changes that happened since the Doomsday Clock was created. Science magazine also has a few articles for some of those dates. They have an article for 2015 when the clocked moved from five to three minutes to midnight. The primary reasons for the movement then was climate change and nuclear weapons modernization. In terms of climate change they realized that focus on reducing global emissions needed to be an immediate concern since time is starting to run out concerning what can be fixed. In terms of nuclear weapons, there were too many of them out in the world and a lack in efforts trying to reduce the number of them. In 2012 the clock moved from 6 minute to 5 minutes to midnight. Again, the large number of nuclear weapons in the world were part of the influence to move the clock. The other influence was the lack of influence that scientific findings were having on policy creation through out the world.

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Another well-known image connected to the idea of the cold war, here is an arial view of the Berlin Wall. Photograph provided by the U.S. National Archives.

Like many images that are used to send a message, people wonder if the Doomsday Clock is helping or hurting the ability to alert people of the danger of worldly disaster. This article from Sage Journals goes into more detail about this matter. It discusses how symbols need to be grounded to an idea or concept to have any effect on people. The Doomsday Clock is one of the anchored images that go along with anti-nuclear world security, along with the mushroom cloud and Cold War era symbols. The article also covers the question of what determines if a move for securitization is successful or not? Also how is it measured? The article further discusses “macro securitization” and how the Doomsday Clock can be a securitization process.

What do you all think of the Doomsday Clock? Is it effective at raising people’s attentions to worldly issues? Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments section below here or on the Rohrbach Librarys’ Facebook page.

Movie Monday: Brand Irish

By Jacob Kinsman

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Explore Ireland’s cultural impact throughout the world in “Brand Irish”, a documentary film proposing that Irish culture is a “best-selling, take-the-world-by-storm-brand.”

Brand Irish is available through the Kanopy database on the Rohrbach Library’s webpage.

To watch Brand Irish now, click here.

Celebrate Black History through film

By Jacob Kinsman

Did you know that you can educate yourself about black history by watching a film? To celebrate black history month Kanopy is highlighting a selection of independent films.

These featured films tell the stories of African-American musicians and how their talents have affected the music industry. The following films are just a glimpse of the collection:

Thug Immortal: Tupac Shakur

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An intimate look at Tupac Shakur’s life, revealing a Tupac far different from the one most of America knows.

The Girls in the Band

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An untold story of female Jazz musicians as they faced racism and sexism from the late 1930s to now.

Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World

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A revealing documentary about Josephine Baker, a superstar with grace and humility.

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness

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This films reveals hidden sexual realities for black women working in the blues recording industry during the 1920s.

For Kanopy’s entire collection celebrating Black History Month please click here.

It’s time for the 2017 READ posters!

By Jacob Kinsman

Attention all Kutztown students, staff, and faculty: We encourage you to come to the Rohrbach Library and participate in our annual tradition – The READ posters!

Our READ posters are featured throughout the library. We are open to working with individuals, groups and clubs.

From February 20 to March 10 [extended to March 31], stop by at the following times and locations:

Monday: RL 24, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday: RL 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday: RL 24, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: RL 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday: RL 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If these times do not work or if you need us to come to you for a group photo of clubs, departments, or teams, please email Jacob Kinsman at JKins929@live.kutztown.edu to schedule an appointment.

Take a look at our past READ posters on our Rohrbach Library Facebook account for inspiration!

Note: Due to limited staff, children will only be included with a KU student or personnel member this year.

Women’s March – KU Conversations 10

By: Courtney Aaron

Good Morning and welcome to the 10th post of KU Conversations! Our topic for today is the Women’s March on Washington that took place on January 21, 2017. A lot of you readers have probably heard a lot about this event and may be wondering why it happened and what the main purpose of the Women’s March was. A large group of people gathered together in Washington for a rally (from 10am to 1:15pm) and to march to advocate and protest for multiple rights and beliefs. The Women’s March website lists the many reasons why people wanted to march listed as unity principles. These principles included  reproductive and women’s rights but also LGBTQIA rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and a few others. The march was prompted by concern over losing rights to these principles under the newest presidential administration, hence the march was held the day after the swearing in of President Trump on January 20, 2017. There were a lot of people involved with working on the Women’s March on Washington including setting the event up, organizing, coordination, and many others jobs.

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Gloria Steinem speaking at the Women’s March on Washington (photo provided by Voice of America)

The event had four national co-chairs including Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland. There are also 5 honorary co-chairs including Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, Harry Belafonte, and Ladonna Harris. Here is a video of two of the co-chairwomen and one of the co-organizers being interviewed by Associated Press.

Some of the honorary co-chairs and national co-chairs served as speakers during the rally event before the Women’s March on Washington. We have multiple videos of a few speakers from the event and a video by ABC News covering a majority the rally before the march started. Here is a video recorded by the New York Times covering the March around the U.S. and across the world. There are also a couple excerpts from speeches. It has feminist Gloria Steinem, co-chairwoman Linda Sarsour, and transgender rights activist Janet Mock. We have videos of multiple celebrities’ speeches provided by Reflect including Alicia Keys, Scarlett Johanssen, Madonna, and Ashley Judd. We also included biographies for the speakers provided by Biography In Context. Actress Ashley Judd‘s speech was reciting a poem by 19 year old Nina Donovan called “I Am A Nasty Woman”. The poem was created in response to one of Donald Trump’s comments towards election competitor Hilary Clinton referring to her as a nasty woman. Actress Scarlett Johanssen gave a speech dedicated to basic healthcare for women through Planned Parenthood. She surprised the audience with personal stories about how Planned Parenthood helped her family and friends in the past. She also discusses how important it is to remain involved and vigilant in the affairs of the nation. Singer and songwriter Alicia Keys delivered a brief speech quoting Maya Aneglou‘s Poem “Still I Rise” and sang her hit song “Girl on Fire”. Out of all the speeches Madonna‘s raised the most controversy with her speech. It centered on the march being the start of a revolution of people who will fight for their freedom, identity, and rights to equality. Towards the end of the speech she admitted to thinking about blowing up the white house and realizing it wouldn’t change anything. However, this speech caused a lot of debate over whether her speech was amazing or wrong. Madonna herself believes that those who are worried or angry about her speech are taking it out of context and need to focus on the speech as a whole instead of just that one part.

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Protestors at Women’s March in London (Photo provided by Flickr user felixbadanimal)

As you can see in this NPR article the Women’s March didn’t just happen in the U.S. but was a worldwide phenomenon. These marches in other countries and states were called the sister marches. There was also a trending hash tag on twitter called #whyimarch where people across the world shared stories and reasons why they marched. People are also talking about their respected historical figures and giving advice on ways to get involved politically. Protestors around the world weren’t the only ones to pitch in for this march. There were many small businesses that also helped with the process. This article from LexisNexis talks about how small businesses like Knitty City and design studio ThoughtMatter rose to the occasion to provide their services for the march in their own ways.

The Women’s March happened to defending multiple rights that feminist generally stand for. However there is one issue that is a divide in feminists. Reproductive rights were one of the unity principles of the Women’s march but not all feminists believe in pro-choice ideals. In these articles from NPR and The Atlantic there is a discussion about pro-life feminists and the awkward position they were put in because of this divide. Many of the pro-life feminists attended the March for Life event roughly a week after the Women’s March on Washington. There are pro-life feminists that believe in a lot of the unity principles like the New Wave Feminists and aren’t following the uniform alignment with the Republican Party. What do you think of the situation? Please post your thoughts and opinions in the comments section here or on the libraries Facebook page!

Zine sweepstakes coming to Rohrbach Library

By: Jacob Kinsman

The Kutztown University Zine Library  will be hosting a zine sweepstakes for all KU students. First place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Zines are independently published mini-magazines, often about a single topic. Typically zines convey their creators’ passions and expertise using text and/or graphics, original and/or appropriated content, clean simple layouts and/or elaborate jumbled collage.

Students are required to work in teams with at least one other current KU student. However, teams must include at least two students in different majors. Teams can exceed two persons and may include Alumni.

Zines will be judged by a panel that includes one representative of each of KU’s four Colleges, one Rohrbach librarian, and two at-large panelists, unaffiliated with KU, who have experience working on zines.

On Sunday February 12, a meeting will be held in the STEAMworks room (RL 18) in the Rohrbach Library to discuss the upcoming sweepstakes and workshop zines. The meeting is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. After February 12, meetings will be held every other Sunday until the submission deadline on April 16.

After the sweepstakes all submissions will be on display at the Kutztown University Zine Library across from the Book & Brew cafe in Rohrbach Library.

For information about the sweepstakes please click here.

If you have any additional questions please contact Jesse Warner at JWarn252@live.kutztown.edu or Bruce Jensen at rjensen@kutztown.edu.


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