20 Years of Eyes on the Prize

During Black History Month, the library has shown Eyes on the Prize, which is one of the most ground breaking documentaries ever made. Using great news footage and interviews, this documentary follows the Civil Rights movement. This PBS interview with narrator Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Recalls Work on Civil Rights Documentary, discusses the 20 year anniversary of Eyes on the Prize. If you are interested in watching this documentary, visit this link in the library catalog, Eyes on the Prize for call number and availability.

Crisis in Sudan Resources

The library was happy to welcome human rights activist Simon Deng this past week who spoke about the crisis in Sudan. You can listen to the podcast of this event by clicking here. Here are a few resources that provide a larger context for Mr. Deng’s lecture.

The News Hour on PBS broadcast this update on the crisis in Sudan, U.N. Envoy: Darfur Faces New Dangers Amid Chad Unrest.

For a good summary and perspective, take a look at this CQ Researcher Report, Stopping Genocide: Should the UN or US take action in the Sudan? (MVCC ID and password required)

Harold Washington

Yesterday marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Three resources to send along are

Harold Washinton’s story is especially timely with the current discussions taking place around the library and bookstore’s One Book, One College program on Malcolm X.

Pakistan’s Political Crisis

Pakistan’s Political Crisis

Collection of features, views, and analysis about the political situation in Pakistan, which included General Musharraf’s declaration of emergency rule in November 2007. Includes a timeline about Pakistani politics back to 1988 when Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister, background about individuals involved (such as Musharraf, Bhutto, and former prime minister Nawaz Sarif), the militant threat, and the diplomatic options. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [from LII.org]

The National Archives: Veterans and Their Families

The National Archives: Veterans and Their Families
Compilation of resources for locating archival material about U.S. military veterans. Provides brochures, FAQs, and other information about military service records and official military personnel files, covering enlistment, duty stations, awards and medals, separation, and other administrative details. Also includes material about obtaining medical records, what information is not available from the National Archives, information available from other agencies and organization concerned with veterans, and more. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). [citation from Lii.org]

California Wildfires

We’ve been hearing a great deal of the California Wildfires in thew news. Several students have been writing papers about them, so here are some useful resources. The library has an interesting book called Jumping fire : a smokejumper’s memoir of fighting wildfire by Murry Taylor. Academic Search Premier also has a number of useful articles. These Web sites look good too.

Fire Season 2007: Battling California‘s Wildfires

Material from the California Office of the Governor about wildfires in California, specifically multiple fires in Southern California in October 2007. Features a map, activity reports, a list of public inquiry telephone numbers for fire areas, and links to material about the governor’s actions and to related sites. (Citation LII.org)

Los Angeles Times: Southern California Fires

Collection of news stories and related material about the October 2007 wildfires in Southern California. Provides maps of fire perimeters, photos, lists of evacuations and closures, suggestions of what you can do to prepare for a fire evacuation, links to material for locating family and friends, a note about the status of potential FEMA coverage of losses, and suggestions for how to help fire victims. From the Los Angeles Times. (Citation LII.org)