Furry Friends, New Media and Ancient Worlds, Extraordianry Object
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Furry Friends of Rush Rhees Library
New Media and Ancient Worlds: An Evening with Edward Bleiberg and David J. Peterson
The Extraordinary History of an Extraordinary Object

Telling New Digital Stories: Joanne Bernardi's Re-Envisioning Japan Project
Celebrating the New Lunar Year

Furry Friends of Rush Rhees Library
Imagine walking into a library and in addition to books, computers, and desks, running into a friendly Labradoodle, a rambunctious Boxer, a Golden Retriever with a heart of gold, and a French Bulldog that can't get enough stomach rubs. This is what students who stepped into Rush Rhees Library on March 1 saw thanks to the University of Rochester's Peers for Animal and Safety team (PAWS). Read more
New Media & and Ancient World: An Evening with Edward Bleiberg and David J. Peterson

The Neilly Lecture Series, River Campus Libraries, and the Humanities Center invite you to learn about innovative media and the extraordinary past and fascinating future of human language. Join Edward Bleiberg, curator of Egyptian, classical, and ancient Middle Eastern art at the Brooklyn Museum, and David Peterson, language inventor and the creator of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones, who will share their insights about the connection between history, culture, and the development of new media. Read more
The Extraordinary History of an Extraordinary Object

Sometimes research can feel like a mystery novel. There are instances where the person conducting research is required to think like a detective, and look at material evidence in the larger context of culture and human motives. This is exactly the kind of thinking that is required from a team of scientists and librarians studying a rare Frederick Douglass daguerreotype lent to the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation by the Onondaga Historical Association this past January.Read more
Telling New Digital Stories: Joanne Bernardi's Re-Envisioning Japan Project

In the decades before and during the Second World War, the Japanese government worked to portray Japan as an appealing destination for Western tourists. The outcome was a plethora of brochures, postcards, guidebooks, and educational films whose purpose was to paint Japan as an exotic yet welcoming place for foreign visitors. Joanne Bernardi, Associate Professor of Japanese, started collecting these objects in order to use them in her Japanese and film studies classes. The result is Re-Envisioing Japan, a digital collection of Japanese tourism promotional materials, created in collaboration with River Campus Libraries. Read more
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The University of Rochester’s International Community (URIC) invited students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Hawkins-Carlson Room on February 12. The Lunar New Year is celebrated by many East Asian cultures, quite a few of which were represented at the URIC event, including China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The event started with a Korean Buk (traditional drumming) performance by the Korean Percussion Group, Hon (consisting exclusively of University of Rochester students), which was followed by a Lion Dance performed by the Chinese Student Association. Attendees were then introduced to different cultures’ New Year’s customs and traditional delicacies, and were invited to celebrate again next year.   
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