The Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley for decades. The most recent generation’s story is told through the eyes of Mimi Miller, an intimate and honest narrator. As Mimi listens and observes her parents and the people around her, she learns more about everyday life’s intricate complexities; the toxicity of family secrets, the perils of gossip, the imperfections of marriage, and the vulnerability required in friendship, passion, love, and loyalty.
Anna Quindlen brings her hallmark insight and emotional depth to Miller’s Tale. An examination of family, memory, loss, and personal discovery, Miller’s Tale reminds us all of the indelible mark our hometowns leave on us.
Get a jump start on that summer reading list and find this title and many more in the Popular Reading Collection!
Matt Hufford is the 2016 recipient of the 14th annual Library Art Award for his series of 9 paintings. His artwork will be on display in the library for a year starting this summer. Congratulations, Matt!
Portraits of Humanity
I hit refresh and it’s happened again. “Transgender Man With Asperger’s Shot Dead by Arizona Police.” Refresh. The articles flood my screen as the media grieves the loss of a person they misgender. Refresh. The news is forgotten like last week’s gossip. Refresh. Another death. Refresh. A suicide, a life drowned out by the sea of hatred. Refresh. This cycle doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Refresh. This has to stop.
An educational article about gender appears on my feed. Pronouns are woven into orientation introductions and more people feel safe sharing who they are. I watch as people devour the information, consuming it so rapidly that our identities are discredited, accused of being a “fad.” Refresh, another death. Our smiles are buried beneath the sensationalized headlines, the statistics so dark that our colors are eclipsed by night. Haunted by fear, hatred, and stigma, these warped perceptions rob us of our names, our lives, and our humanity. I’ve had enough. Our smiles are forgotten, so I’m immortalizing them on canvas. Society tries to mask our shine, so I’m sculpting us with a thousand different colors. And because they don’t see that we’re human, I’m painting portraits of our humanity.
I began this project with the intention of painting a series of portraits of transgender and non-binary individuals who attend the University of Puget Sound, but when I put out a call to the trans community on campus, no trans women contacted me. Although many non-binary individuals and a few trans men expressed interest in participating in my project, the silence of “her” struck me. The representation felt inadequate, so I decided to create portrait-less paintings that will serve as temporary placeholders inviting future participation in my project, mourning the lives lost within the trans community, and waiting for the day when trans women who would like to participate in my project feel safe enough to be visible.
At the age of 36 and with nearly a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon under his belt, Dr. Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In an instant, he went from a doctor treating the sick to a patient struggling to live and the life that he and his wife had imagined for themselves disappeared. As a result of the diagnosis, Kalanithi delved into some profound questions: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future becomes a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child and cultivate one life as another quickly fades away? In When Breath Becomes Air, Dr. Kalanithi answers these questions, incorporating his own personal transformations throughout the years.
Paul Kalanithi died last year in the process of writing this book. However, his incredibly poignant words live on as a beacon for us all. When Breath Becomes Air tells the story of Kalanithi’s ability to face mortality; letting it change both everything and nothing about life at the same time. Find it in the Popular Reading Collection today.
Morgan Ford ’17, peer research specialist in the Archives & Special Collections, presented “Archives, Social Media, and College Students,” at the Northwest Archivists Conference on April 30th in Seattle. The presentation covered the A&SC’s use of the social media platform Tumblr as outreach to students on campus and beyond.
Morgan was part of the “Outreach All-Stars” panel with Trevor Bond, head of Manuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections at WSU, and Donna McCrea, head of Archives & Special Collections at UM-Missoula.
Education has changed a lot over the past eighty years, so to get an idea of what was taught in elementary school during that time we are going back to 1935 when the book Good Habits by Charters, Smiley, and Strang, the fourth book in the Health and Growth Series, was written. This book, along with five others, tells short stories of children and how they form good habits in their lives. Throughout the book, there are vocabulary words that are defined in the index. The purpose of this was to teach children health related words so that they were prepared to “read intelligently popular health articles after graduation and in adult life.” As mentioned in the foreword, the authors’ intentions for writing this book was to “make its mastery so interesting that it becomes a favorite subject of study…establish habits of health…and furnish the child with latest scientific information about health and disease.” This book is very much an old fashioned lesson book used by teachers to teach their students about healthy living.
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By Sierra Scott
Puget Sound Joins Lever Press: Open Access Scholarship
Supporting Publication of Research in the Liberal Arts
I’m writing to make you aware of this new publishing initiative that the Collins Library, the Dean, and the Library, Media and Information Services Committee are supporting and to encourage you to consider submitting ideas for publications to this press.
The Lever Press is a peer-reviewed, digitally native, open-access press supported by a consortium of 44 liberal arts college libraries. Undertaken in partnership with the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan, the Lever Press offers scholars a press with the highest scholarly standards, yet “aligned with the mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges.” All works will appear in print, and will equally be available both as web-readable and downloadable titles.
Lever Press has recently announced its inaugural editorial board and has opened an online pathway at this link for receiving proposals for both individual works and series of works. I encourage you, as your summer research plans take shape, to consider submitting your ideas for consideration in what I believe will become a voice in scholarly publishing distinguished by the rigor and accessibility that is the mark of excellence in liberal arts colleges.
Puget Sound, along with other colleges such as Amherst, Dartmouth, Grinnell, Middlebury, Pomona, Reed, Spelman, Vassar and Whitman, takes the scholarly communication crisis seriously and is willing to step forward with a solution that will certainly advance the mission of liberal arts colleges. A summary of the project, authored by Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College, appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
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Commencement 1951 – Academic Procession to Memorial Fieldhouse
Congratulations! Your success is well deserved and all of your hard work does not go unnoticed by your fellow Loggers. Now is the time to take all of what you’ve learned here at the University and use that knowledge to spread your wings and make your dreams a reality. You are all such unique, talented, intelligent individuals, and you have support from all of us here at Puget Sound. Good luck with all of your future endeavors as you enter the next exciting chapter of your lives. You rock class of 2016!
And remember… once a Logger, always a Logger! Hack hack, chop chop!
The Red Queen trilogy follows the life of Mare Barrow, a lowly red blood in a world run by the supernatural silver-blooded elite. In book one, Red Queen, Mare gambles everything to win the freedom of her friend who has been conscripted into the army, ending up in the Royal Palace in front of the King himself. Here, she is shocked to discover a supernatural ability of her own.
After leaving the royal court, Mare sets out to find other impossibilities-people of her kind-in order to join rebel forces against the silvers in Glass Sword. Her journey is a dangerous one as she is pursued by a vindictive King who seeks to control her.
Find both of these electrifying titles today in the Popular Reading Collection.