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Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 5

Session 5: War and Freedom

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

 

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

 

Recorded live at Central Library: May 30, 2012

Direct download: LetsTalkMakingSenseoftheCivilWarSession5_May302012.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 8:16am PST

William Stafford Birthday Celebration 2013

Join us for our 13th annual celebration of the work of Oregon's most famous and beloved poet, William Stafford. Born in 1914, Stafford was a celebrated poet, teacher, mentor, and champion of free speech and thought. He was a professor at Lewis and Clark College, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark in 1963, was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1970-71), and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1975.  A conscientious objector during World War II, Stafford died in 1993.

The program is hosted by Joseph A. Soldati, poet, long-time member of Friends of William Stafford and former chair of its board of trustees.  He is the author of four poetry books, including most recently the chapbook, On Account of Darkness. 

Recorded live at Central Library: January 27, 2013

Participants in this year's celebration include:

Greta Blalock is the Port of Portland Art Program Coordinator, working with local and regional visual artists and musicians to create pockets of serenity within the bustling airport environment.

A. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker and visual artist who emigrated to the U.S in 1990. His award-winning work includes the 2011 Boone’s Dock Press poetry chapbook contest for his True Stories from the Future.

Penelope Scambly Schott is a poet whose verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. She teaches an annual poetry workshop in Dufur, Oregon, and her new chapbook Lovesong for Dufur is forthcoming from Windfall Press. 

Scot Siegel, a town-planning consultant from Lake Oswego, is a former Friends of William Stafford board member. His most recent book isThousands Flee California Wildflowers.

Laura D. Weeks is an editor, translator, consecutive interpreter, and the founder of Weeks’ Wunderkinder Piano Studio. She is the author of two chapbooks, Deaf Man Talking and The Mad Woman.

Wendy Willis is the Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative, a national organization devoted to improving democratic governance. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was recently published.

Direct download: Wm_Stafford_Birthday_Celebration_20130127.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:39pm PST

In this special presentation, the Venerable Geshe Tenphel from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery will describe the history and meaning of the sand mandala within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The six monks creating the mandala are on their first visit to the western world, and Geshela will share what they hope to accomplish by creating this ancient and unique piece of artwork. He will speak about how a healthy attitude about everyday living can lead to a contented and happy life. As more people experience love and compassion, we will create peaceful communities, and ultimately a peaceful world. This event is part of the week-long creation of the sand mandala in the Collins Gallery in December 2012.

Recorded at Central Library: December 14, 2012

Most of the Tibetan words spoken by the Venerable Geshe Tenphel have been removed. The English translation remains.

Direct download: 20121214_MCLMandala.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:48pm PST

Cafe Banned: Accessing e-books through your library

Speakers: Vailey Oehlke, Molly Raphael, Greg Williams and Brandon Barnett (moderator)

Electronic books are changing the world in unexpected and disconcerting ways for authors, publishers, libraries and readers.  In the last several years, libraries have experienced significant barriers that make it hard or even impossible to provide e-books to library users -- including barriers that have been purposely erected to shut libraries and library patrons out.  Our panel of experts will explain the barriers to e-book access in libraries that exist today, and tell you what we're doing to make sure that you'll have access to e-books from your library now and in the future.

 

Panelists:  Vailey Oehlke, Multnomah County Director of Libraries, member of ALA E-Content Working Group; Molly Raphael, Immediate Past President, American Library Association (ALA) and former Multnomah County Library Director; Greg Williams, Librarian, West Linn Public Library and Vice-chair, Oregon Digital Library Consortium (Library 2Go); Bart King, local author of An Architectural Guide to Portland, The Big Book of Boy Stuff and several other non-fiction works.

Recorded live at Central Library: September 30, 2012

 

Direct download: 20120930_CafeBanned2012.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 12:03pm PST

While public schools cannot require devotional use of the Bible, academic study of the book is allowed. However, political and legal considerations often make discussions of the Bible either impossible or uncomfortable. Dr. Marie Wachlin, nationally recognized for her biblical literacy research, looks at the Bible as a piece of classroom literature.

Recorded at Central library: July 31, 2012

Direct download: 20120831_MCLManifoldGreatness.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:54pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 4

Session 4:The Shape of War

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: May 19, 2012

Direct download: 20120519_CivilWar4.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 10:33am PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 3

Session 3:Making Sense of Shiloh

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: April 25, 2012

 

Direct download: 20120425_CivilWar3.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War Session 2

Session 2: Choosing Sides

Speaker: Dr Richard Etulain

Multnomah County Library presents a free five-part reading and discussion series with project scholar Richard Etulain to discuss the legacy of the Civil War.

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Local support provided by The Library Foundation. 

Recorded live at Central Library: April 10, 2012

Direct download: 20120410_CivilWar2.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 2:02pm PST

Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War Session 1

Session 1: Imagining War.

A scholar lecture by Dr. Richard Etulain.

Dr Etulain provides an overview of Civil War history and literature for a discussion of "March," by Geraldine Brooks and part one of the "America's War" anthology. 

Recorded live at Central Library: March 25, 2012

Direct download: 20120325_CivilWar1.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 4:37pm PST

Science and The Doctor (Who)

Speaker:Dr. John Freeouf

For all you Doctor Who fans out there: how does The Doctor do what he does? Could time travel really work? How can something be bigger on the inside? And who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic"? Join Portland State University physicist Dr. John Freeouf as we explore these questions and more!

Recorded live at Central Library: March 7, 2012.

Direct download: 20120307_MCL_Dr._WhoScience.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 9:25am PST