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Upcoming Events

Library Associates Author Reading

with Matthew Cossolotto

Monday, February 24, 2014

4-6 p.m.

 

Charles E. Young Research Library

Presentation Room

 
Does trepidation, nervousness, or outright fear hamper your effectiveness in front of audiences? The ability to stand up and speak confidently to groups of all sizes is a widely recognized leadership and success skill. Matthew Cossolotto will show you how to become a more commanding, confident, and compelling speaker by focusing on an often-overlooked essential element: Joy!
 
Cossolotto’s approach emphasizes a natural, conversational style; a one-on-one connection with audience members; and a more spontaneous, in-the-moment, joy-of-speaking mindset.
 
A former aide to U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and Congressman Leon Panetta, Cossolotto joined UCLA in 2011 as executive speechwriter to Chancellor Gene Block.  He is the author of All the World’s a Podium, HabitForce!, and The Almanac of European Politics and is currently writing The Power of Making a Promise, with a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. 
 
Cossolotto has served as a CEO-level speechwriter and consultant at GTE, Pepsi-Cola International, MasterCard Worldwide, IBM, and AT&T, among others. The founding president and board chair of the Center for Voting and Democracy, he is in the process of launching an international nonprofit organization called Study Abroad Alumni International. 
 
 
Free Admission. Space is limited; RSVP by February 17 to 310.206.8526 or rsvp@library.ucla.edu.
Open to the general public: reservation priority given to Library Associates members
 

Past Events

 

Library Associates Author Reading

with James Swanson

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4 - 6 p.m.

 

Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room

New York Times best-selling author James Swanson will discuss his recent book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, which follows the minute-by-minute details of the JFK assassination. Swanson delves into detail as he follows Oswald’s planning, the shooting in Dealey Plaza, and finally Oswald’s own murder.

Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. In a 2009 issue of Newsweek, Patricia Cornwell named Manhunt and In Cold Blood the two best non-fiction crime books ever, and in 2006 Entertainment Weekly named Manhunt one of the ten best books of the year.

Born on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Swanson has degrees in history from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and in law from UCLA. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, DC, including at the United States Department of Justice. A resident of Washington, DC, he serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theater Society.

Swanson’s other books include Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse and Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as adaptations of his books for young readers.
 
Admission is free, and seating is unreserved. RSVPs are requested to 310.206.8526 rsvp@library.ucla.edu.
 

Library Associates Author Reading
with Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, and Kathryn Bowers

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
4 - 6 p.m.

Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room

Co-authors Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, and Kathryn Bowers will discuss their new book, Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing. Through case studies and meticulous scholarship, the authors explore what animals can teach us about the human body, finding similarities in a wide range of syndromes. “Zoobiquity” is the term the authors have coined to refer to a new, species-spanning approach to health.

Natterson-Horowitz is professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardio logy and director of UCLA’s Zoobiquity Research Initiative; she also serves as a cardiovascular consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Harvard and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Bowers has taught writing at UCLA and has written and edited numerous fiction and nonfiction books and articles. She began her career as a journalist, working for the Atlantic Monthly and CNN International, and later served as an assistant press attaché at the United States Embassy in Moscow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Digital_Humanities
Book Launch

Sponsored by the UCLA Library

Monday, February 4, 2013
2 – 4 p.m.

Celebrate the launch of this timely and incisive new book with UCLA authors Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, Peter Lunenfeld, professor of design media arts, and Todd Presner, professor of Germanic languages and comparative literature and chair of the digital humanities program. Other distinguished guests will include David Schaberg, dean of humanities, and Gary E. Strong, UCLA university librarian.

The event will feature:
• Talks by the authors, followed by a response from the dean of humanities and and an audience Q&A facilitated by the university librarian. Main Conference Room
• Reception and booksigning; books will be available for purchase. Presentation Room
• Demonstrations of digital humanities projects and resources created by UCLA faculty and students. Research Commons

Admission is free, and seating is unreserved. RSVPs are requested to 310.206.8526 rsvp@library.ucla.edu.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Garrett Hongo

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
4 – 6 p.m.

Garrett Hongo will discuss his latest book of poetry, Coral Road (Knopf, 2011). In these sumptuous narrative poems, he meditates on the gorgeous landscapes and dramatic tales of the islands, taking up strands of his family stories and what he calls “a long legacy of silence” about their experiences as contract laborers along the North Shore of O’ahu. As Hongo guides himself and the reader through these devoted acts of recollection, he seeks to dispel the dislocation at the center of his legacy. His luminous collection considers not just loss but the possibility of revising the cultural narrative through poetry itself.

Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai’i, and grew up on the North Shore of O’ahu and in Los Angeles. In his poetry and nonfiction, he explores the world of his Japanese American heritage. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an MFA. His work includes three books of poetry, three anthologies, and Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i; he has also edited volumes of poetry and essays, and his poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers. Among Hongo’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He is currently working on a book of nonfiction entitled The Perfect Sound, and he teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Erin Aubry Kaplan

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
4 – 6 p.m.

Los Angeles journalist and columnist Erin Aubry Kaplan will discuss her book Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista, a collection of essays, features, and literary pieces exploring the contemporary African American experience.

Kaplan has written about African American political, personal, economic, and cultural issues since 1992. She is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times op-ed section and was the first black columnist in the paper’s history. She has been a staff writer and columnist for the LA Weekly and has contributed to BlackAmericaWeb, Black Enterprise, Essence, the Independent, Ms., Oxford-American, and Salon, among others. In 2001 she won the PEN USA journalism award and in 2008 won the Center for the Study of Political Graphics’s Historian of the Lions award.

Her essays have been anthologized in books including Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood and Step into a World. Her work was also featured with that of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Alice Walker in Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood, winner of a 2004 American Book Award.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kaplan holds a BA in English and an MFA from UCLA. She resides in Inglewood with her husband and three rescue dogs.

To read more about Kaplan, visit UCLA Newsroom

Library Associates Author Reading
with Mario Garcia and Sal Castro

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
4 – 6 p.m.

Co-authors Mario Garcia and Sal Castro discussed their new book, Blowout!: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice, which examines the Los Angeles movement that brought attention to inadequate “Mexican” public schools and the power of young people and community members to transform society.

Garcia, a professor of Chicana/o studies, history, and religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, conducted painstaking research and an extensive oral history with Castro to develop Blowout!

Library Associates Author Reading
with Greg Critser

Thursday, March 28, 2011
4 – 6 p.m.

Greg Critser, longtime journalist and observer of the medical industry, discussed his recent book Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging, a journey through today’s vast carnival of age-defiers, age-deniers, and outright quacks. Along the way, he explained the remarkable, often mind-bending science behind anti-aging claims and provided the latest information on the quest for immortality.

Critser is also a well-known commentator on medicine, health, and food for public radio and TV and a sought-after speaker for international businesses, health consortia, and educational institutions. He is a graduate of Occidental College (1980) and UCLA (MA, 1983) and lives in Pasadena with his wife, Antoinette Mongelli.

Library Associates Author Reading
with James Swanson

Thursday, November 18, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.

New York Times best-selling author James Swanson discussed his recent book, Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse, about the juxtaposition of the hunt for the man thought to be Lincoln’s killer and the mourning for a hero.

Born on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Swanson has degrees in history from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and in law from UCLA. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, DC, including at the United States Department of Justice. A resident of Washington, DC, he serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theater Society.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Reza Aslan

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.

Internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan discussed his recent book Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, which defines cosmic war as religious war, arguing that it is a battle of identity rather than one between armies, nations, or politics.

Aslan's first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was a New York Times bestseller.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Lisa See

Thursday, April 22, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.

New York Times best-selling author Lisa See discussed her recent novel Shanghai Girls, about two sisters who leave Shanghai in 1937 for Los Angeles’s Chinatown in arranged marriages. See's colorful family history and immigration issues for Chinese immigrants in the 1900's were highlighted, as were the bonds of families, and especially sisters.

Her previous novels, Peony in Love and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan were critically acclaimed, with the latter being described as “achingly beautiful, a marvel of imagination” by Amy Tan.

The author reading is available on the UCLA Library YouTube Channel.

Library Associates Discovery Workshop
A Cook's Library with Evan Kleiman

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.

Famed author, chef, radio host, restaurateur, and UCLA graduate Evan Kleiman came to the Research Library to share her love of cooking, discuss her cookbook library, and highlight some of the rare cookbooks to be found in the UCLA Library's special collections.

Guests had the opportunity to hear an expert chef and gifted author discuss the fundamentals of a cook's library and learn the special ingredients to starting one's own culinary collection. They viewed rarely displayed cookbooks from the Library's collections and discovered how the Library can help you become a top chef.

The Daily Bruin Radio covered Evan Kleiman's talk, their feature is located online now.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Ivan J. Houston

Thursday, December 3, 2009
4 – 6 p.m.

Ivan Houston, a native Angeleno, spoke about his recent book, Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II. The book chronicles his experiences as battalion sergeant major of the all-black Ninety-second Infantry Combat Division, one of the historic U.S. Army units known as Buffalo Soldiers, in Italy--the same division on which the Spike Lee movie Miracle at St. Anna was based. His R

Houston comes from a pioneering Los Angeles family, which settled here in 1885. His father, Norman O. Houston, was one of the founders of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles in 1924. Houston graduated from UC Berkeley in 1948 and went on to have a successful business career as president and CEO of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance. He was named one of Harvard Business School’s American business leaders of the Twentieth Century, inducted into UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business hall of fame, and listed as one of Ebony magazine’s one hundred most influential black Americans for fourteen consecutive years, from 1976 to 1990.  Houston’s family was also profiled in the New York Times bestseller Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham.

Houston's talk is currently available on the UCLA Library YouTube Channel.

 

University Librarian's Donor Celebration Reception

Thursday, November 19, 2009
5 - 7 p.m.

University Librarian Gary E. Strong invited current Library Associates to this year's reception, where he honored the Library's generous friends, celebrated recent notable acquisitions, and showcased the newly renovated Charles E. Young Research Library study commons.

Library Associates Powell Society Dinner
with Featured Speaker A. Scott Berg

Thursday, October 22, 2009
6 – 9 p.m.

This annual dinner is hosted by University Librarian Gary E. Strong to honor the generosity of Library Associates who are members of the Powell Society. This year's speaker was Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer A. Scott Berg, a Princeton graduate who has written about several of the most famous figures of the twentieth century, including Samuel Goldwyn; Katharine Hepburn; Charles Lindbergh and wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh; and Maxwell Perkins.

 

Library Associates Author Reading
with Harry Brant Chandler

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
4 – 6 p.m.

Harry Chandler, media executive turned photographer and biographer, discussed his recent book, Dreamers in a Dream City, a stunning collection of portraits and biographies of some of the most colorful and accomplished people the City of Angels has ever produced.

A fifth-generation Angelino of the Los Angeles Times family, Chandler grew up in proximity to many of the larger-than-life dreamers who shaped this city. Dreamers is his verbal and visual homage to a unique group of men and women, immigrants and billionaires, surfers and moviemakers, rocket scientists and activists. Each of the fifty-four distinctive biographical portraits in the book is beautifully offset by compelling and evocative color photographs. The talk is now available on the UCLA Library's YouTube Channel.

 

Library Associates Author Reading
with Gary Nash

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
4 – 6 p.m.

UCLA professor emeritus and author Gary Nash discussed “A Tragic Betrayal in the New Nation,” based on his recent book Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and a Tragic Betrayal of Freedom in the New Nation. The videotaped talk is available online on UCLA's YouTube Channel.

University Librarian's Champagne Reception

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
5 –7 p.m.

This annual event honored the Library's generous friends and celebrated recent notable acquisitions from many Library areas.

 

Library Associates Author Reading
with Kevin Roderick and Eric Lynxwiler

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
4 – 6 p.m.

Author Kevin Roderick and researcher Eric Lynxwiler discussed the glamour and importance of Los Angeles' unofficial main street and showed images from their book, Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Roderick is the director of the UCLA Newsroom as well as the editor and publisher of the blog LA Observed and a weekly commentator on National Public Radio station KCRW. Lynxwiler, a graduate of UCLA, is an urban anthropologist who conducts tours for the Los Angeles Conservancy and has received national attention for his neon cruises of nighttime Los Angeles offered through the Museum of Neon Art.

Library Associates Discovery Workshop
*Encore Performance*
Taking Charge of Your Health: Finding Health Resources on the Web

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
4 – 6 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about the quality of health information you've found on the Internet? Have you been overwhelmed by getting hundreds or thousands of results from a search for health information? When health-related questions arise, quality information resources help you be an active participant in your own healthcare. This workshop provided some of the best starting points for health information. Instructors gave tips for evaluating online information and provided resources to help attendees communicate with healthcare professionals.

Library Associates Author Reading
with Eric Lax

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
4 – 6 p.m.

American biographer Eric Lax discussed his recent book, Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking, which comprises thirty-six years of interviews with the actor and director. Lax’s previous books include Life and Death on 10 West, Woody Allen: A Biography, Bogart, and The Mold in Dr. Florey’s Coat. The discussion and reading was followed by a reception and book signing.

 

 

Library Associates Discovery Workshop
Hear it Here: Southern California Oral History on the Web

Monday, October 20, 2008
2 – 4 p.m.

It's one thing to read a history book; it's another to hear that history directly from those who lived it. Guests experienced the remarkable stories gathered by the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research in this interactive presentation. They heard about its online oral histories and learned about Hypermedia L.A. and the role oral histories play in the future of electronic scholarship.

 

Library Associates Powell Society Dinner
with Featured Speaker Ray Bradbury

Thursday, September 18, 2008
6 – 9 p.m.

This annual dinner hosted by University Librarian Gary E. Strong honors the generosity of Library Associates who are members of the Powell Society. The featured speaker was author Ray Bradbury, who wrote one of his most acclaimed books, Fahrenheit 451, on a rental typewriter in the basement of the Powell Library Building. A plaque honoring Bradbury was presented at the dinner; it was subsequently installed in the area where the rental typewriting room used to be. Guests also had the opportunity to preview the exhibit The History of UCLA Lives Here: The Sixtieth Anniversary of the University Archives.

 

Library Associate Author Reading
with Greg Critser

Monday, May 12, 2008
4 – 6 p.m.

Longtime journalist and observer of the medical industry Greg Critser discussed his available and forthcoming publications. His acclaimed books include Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies and the best-selling 2003 title Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World. The discussion and reading was followed by a reception and book signing.

 

UCLA Library Champagne Reception

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
5 – 7 p.m.

This annual event honored the Library's generous friends and celebrated recent notable acquisitions. Also on view was Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Bookburnings, a traveling exhibition organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 

Library Associates Discovery Workshop Ludwig Lauerhass, PhD - Passion, Discipline, and Collecting

Monday, February 11, 2008
2 – 4 p.m.

Why - how - when - where do we collect? Lauerhass answered these questions as he delved into the art of collecting and discussed collectors, both individual and institutional, as well as collections and libraries.

 

R. B. Kitaj Exhibit Opening

Monday, January 7, 2008
4 – 6 p.m.

Guests attended an opening reception for Portrait of a Jewish Artist: R.B. Kitaj in Text and Image, an exhibit examining Kitaj's life as a groundbreaking artist, philosopher, and intellectual. The exhibit featured items drawn from the personal archive of papers Kitaj donated to UCLA prior to his death in October 2007. The event was been made possible by support from the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, and the Skirball Cultural Center, where a concurrent exhibition of Kitaj's artwork was on view through March 30, 2008.

 

Library Associates Discovery Workshop
Preserving Your Family History

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
2 – 4 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how to take care of the photograph albums from your grandmother's childhood? Or how to record the great stories that your father tells about how he met your mother? And what about those family documents – what do they reveal about your family's unique history? Attendees at this interactive presentation and discussion discovered how to preserve the treasured memories and artifacts of family history.

 

Library Associates Author Reading
with Sam Watters

Monday, November 26, 2007
4 – 6 p.m.

Architectural historian and writer Sam Watters discussed and showed slides from his new books, Houses of Los Angeles, 1885-1919 and Houses of Los Angeles, 1920-1935, for which he conducted some of the research in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections. The reading was followed by a reception and book signing.

 

 

Library Associates Discovery
Workshop Taking Charge of Your Health: Finding Health Resources on the Web

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
2 – 4 p.m.

Have you ever wondered about the quality of health information you've found on the Internet? Have you been overwhelmed by getting hundreds or thousands of results from a search for health information? When health-related questions arise, quality information resources help you be an active participant in your own healthcare. This workshop provided some of the best starting points for health information. Instructors gave tips for evaluating online information and provided resources to help attendees communicate with healthcare professionals.

 

 

Library Associates Powell Society Dinner

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
6 – 9 p.m.

This annual dinner hosted by University Librarian Gary E. Strong honors the generosity of Library Associates who are members of the Powell Society. Strong made remarks on the Charles E. Young Research Library renovation, and the featured speaker, scholar and historian Kevin Starr, spoke on Lawrence Clark Powell and the Transforming Effect of Libraries: An Enduring Legacy.

 

 

Library Associates Discovery Workshop
Super Googling and More

Thursday, September 20, 2007
2 – 4 p.m.

Google is recognized as the most popular general Web search engine. Attendees learned tips and tricks for searching Google and Google Scholar and found out what's new in online researching tools.