Toni Morrison was born today in 1931. She was born in Loraine, Ohio, before moving on to study humanities at Cornell and Howard universities. She made her debut in 1970 with The Bluest Eye. In 1993 she became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. No American has won this prestigious prize since. According to the Nobel committee, Morrison has “…epic power, [an] unerring ear for dialogue, and poetically charged and richly expressive depictions of Black America.” 1993 was a year with ups and downs for the author. Her home burned down while she was writing a manuscript that would turn into her future novel Paradise. Thankfully, the manuscript was located in her office at Princeton University.
Besides Morrison’s breadth of work, the Library Journal has some great reading recommendations for African-American history month. As always, you can cross reference these titles with the Rebecca Crown Library’s catalog to find them.
Ralph Bunche was born August 7, 1904 (or 1903 depending on the source) in Detroit, Michigan. Bunche relocated several times before he settled down in Los Angeles, California. Bunche graduated from Jefferson High School as valedictorian and continued to the University of California where he became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1927 as class valedictorian once again! At Harvard University he received both his M.A. in 1928 and his Ph D. in 1934 in governmental/international relations, earning the honor of being the first African American to earn a political science doctorate.
Through his work in the National Defense Program during World War II and his involvement in the U.S. State Department played a vital role in the establishment of the United Nations. After joining the Global Organization’s Secretariat during 1947 and 1949 his preeminent accomplishment was through his involvement in his work to achieve peace in Palestine.
The following year, in 1950, Ralph Bunche was awarded the Noble Peace Prize for his meditation endeavors during the 1940′s the Middle East, making him the first African American to be bestowed for the Nobel Peace Prize.
To view a Ralph Bunche work, click here for Rebecca Crown Library’s selection of his work.
|IMAGE CREDIT: Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Portrait of Ralph Bunche, 1951. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction NumberLC-USZ62-109113.
Dominican is once again part of the the One Earth Film Festival, the “Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement.”
On Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm in the Lund Auditorium, we are hosting a free pre-screening of Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America. A panel discussion with local experts on urban farming will take place after the film.
Before the film, from 6pm-7pm, we will host an indoor farmers’ market in the Fine Arts Building. Local vendors will be selling coffee, soap, desserts and more.
Be sure to check out the Library Media Center’s booth at the market for information on our collection of films on sustainability, and to take home an upcycled bookmark made from old cassette tapes.
The Film Festival continues with pre-screenings into March and ends with the full festival March 7-9.
If you’re looking for a resource to help you plan your Olympic watching this year, NBC has put together a viewer’s guide for everyone. The bright sides? NBC will stream everything including medal ceremonies on a website fully dedicated to televising all events, and it will be live. Their website lists when the evens take place in eastern time, and when they will be aired on TV. The time difference makes it difficult for NBC to air everything live. On the TV guide, NBC will even tell you when your favorite sports will be taking place. All you have to do is select the sport you are looking for and it will next you the upcoming games.
If you have questions about this Olympics or want to know what it would be like to see them try SB Nation’s website devoted to the Olympics. SB Nation is a sports website written up by the fans, and only the fans. If you want to compare it to a more traditional news source, the Guardian’s website has a section completely devoted to the Olympics as well. So far, my vote for the most entertaining video is Russian President Vladimir Putin playing with leopard cub! GO USA!
Image courtesy of: http://eng.kremlin.ru/photo/2338
The current nutritional label on the side of all of your favorite foods is 20 years old. The only changes it has undergone is separating out the trans fats from the regular fats in 2006. The FDA has been working on new labels for the past ten years, and have finally submitted the new guidelines to the White House. Expect big changes ahead. Health advocates are weighing in on what kinds of changes they would like to see:
- Add percentages of whole wheat.
- Change the weight scale from grams to teaspoons.
- Make added sugars clearer.
- Place labels on the front of the package.
- Make the information clearer.
Currently, the FDA is remaining quiet on what kind of changes they proposed. Accordingly, people are reading these labels more often, and most people think it’s time for a change. Do you think it is time for a change? What do you think should be added to these labels?
Jalonik, M.C., (2014). “FDA to Revise Nutrition Fact Labels” Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved from: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/25155285-423/fda-to-revise-nutrition-facts-label.html
Image Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrition_label
If you need a new perspective, just take a look at the following video. The man in it is Felix Baumgartner. In October of 2012 he was the first man to break the sound barrier without mechanical help. He jumped out of a balloon that was 24 miles above the earth. Technically, he was sky diving, but he free fell from the balloon to earth for close to five minutes. It only took him 11 minutes to reach the earth. He had a camera connected to him, and in October of 2012 it was streamed. According to these sources, this is new footage.
He nearly blacked out when he hit 800 miles per hour, so please remember that this video can upset a queasy stomach. The action beings at 1:40.
References: Grenoble, R. (2014) Insane New Footage of Felix Baumgartner’s Edge-of-Space Jump Released. Huffington Post.
Gonzalez, R.T. (2014) This Newly Released Footage of Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump is INSANE. IO9.com.
Image Credit from russavia at Wikimedia Commons.