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Fictional civilization leaves behind lasting legacy

Norman Daly spent years chronicling the lost Iron Age civilization of Llhuros – its relics, its rituals, its poetry, its music – as well as the academic commentary it inspired. But the thing that makes Llhuros most noteworthy as a civilization? It never existed.

Making Meaning: CALS 2022 Engaged Learning Photography Exhibition

Cornell students have the good fortune of being able to learn about making meaningful contributions to the world via a wide array of engaged learning internships. What do these interns actually do? “Making Meaning: CALS 2022 Engaged Learning Photography Exhibition,” a new installation in the Mann Library Gallery, provides an intriguing glimpse. Featured are photos taken by students while participating in engaged learning experiences during the past year. Each photo represents a snapshot, a single moment in time capturing the diverse activities, landscapes, research and work accomplished by the featured interns. The images represent engaged experiences across eleven countries, six U.S. cities, and one virtual internship. This exhibit is a collaboration between the Lund Fellows Program for Regenerative Agriculture, the CALS Global Fellows Program, the Department of Global Development  at CALS, and Mann Library. The exhibit is open to the public during Mann’s hours of operation, and students wishing to explore the internship opportunities available at Cornell are particularly encouraged to drop by and check it out.

Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created

Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created tells the story of the communities affected by the textile and garment industries in the United States and around the world. Spanning nearly 400 years, it includes indigenous communities that lived along the river valleys in New England where those industries first arose, enslaved people and sharecroppers in the South that grew the cotton that fed the mills, women and immigrants that worked in the mills and factories who fought for worker’s rights through unions, incarcerated people that make clothing and textiles in American prisons, and the workers in the Global South that make much of what we use and wear today. As part of the Threads of History exhibition series, Social Fabric connects existing material from the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives to selections from the newly acquired library and archives of the former American Textile History Museum as a way to highlight the rich resources related to textiles at Cornell and broaden our understanding of the historical and current impact of textiles and clothing on the US and global economies and social and environmental sustainability. Curated by Marcie Farwell, Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator; Dr. Wesley Chenault, Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives; Dr. Tamika Nunley, Cornell Departmant of History Associate Professor of History and Sandler Family Faculty Fellow, and Claudia Leon, Undergraduate Public History Fellow. Hours are subject to change. See Rare and Manuscript Collections hours for more detailed information. 

Library exhibit explores fraught history of textile industry

“Marguerite, a former slave,” is all that’s known of the striking image of a woman in a green dress in Cornell University Library’s Loewentheil Collection of African-American Photographs.

Library events highlight open access research

In celebration of the international Open Access Week, Cornell University Library is holding a series of panel discussions and talks, Oct. 24–28, to promote freely accessible scholarship that advances the work of researchers in all disciplines around the world. “Open Access Week highlights our year-round commitment to open access to scholarly articles and information,” said Debra Howell, director of information technology operations at Cornell University Library. “When knowledge is shared, everyone benefits.” Events include:

Student receives Kheel Center research award

Workers’ issues were always close to home for Yu An Chen’22, the latest recipient of the Kheel Center’s Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding scholarship using materials at Kheel or other archives at Cornell. “I originally applied to the ILR School because my father worked at a noodle factory,” Chen said during a virtual awarding ceremony on Oct. 3. “I was really passionate about understanding workers’ rights and labor justice and what it means from a grassroots level.”

Book: Policymakers are failing ‘climate refugees’

Natural disasters may be impossible to prevent, but much of the devastation that occurs in their aftermath – specifically the forced displacement of people – is driven by government policy and can be averted, according to Maria Cristina Garcia, the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Talk to describe conserving centuries-old Chinese encyclopedia

Famous for building the architectural marvel of Beijing’s Forbidden City in the early-15th century, the emperor Zhu Di (known by his imperial name of Yongle) also ordered the creation of a monument made of ink and paper: a hand-written encyclopedia of all forms of Chinese knowledge, from Confucian philosophy to medicine.

Textile exhibit opens with workers’ songs

Librarians are known to be keepers of quiet. But, on Sept. 23 at 5:15 p.m., Caitlin Mathes and Bill Cowdery are hitting the piano keys and belting out songs to celebrate a new exhibit at the Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance at Cornell.

Exhibit calls for textile art

Histories, cultures, and social forces are woven into the clothes we wear and the fabrics decorating our homes, explains Marcie Farwell, the Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Archives.

Songs to Leave You in Stitches: The story of the ILGWU’s Musical Pins & Needles

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union produced the hit musical Pins and Needles, which ran on Broadway from 1937-1940. For the topical skits spoofing current events, workers moved from their sewing machines on the factory floor to the theatrical stage. “Songs to Leave You in Stitches: The Story of the ILGWU’s Musical Pins & Needles” explores the history, social context, and music of this important labor musical. “Songs to Leave You in Stitches” is the first of three “Fashioning Music” exhibits affiliated with Threads of History: Textiles at Cornell, a series of exhibits organized by Cornell University Library in honor of the acquisition of the library and archives of the former American Textile History Museum, whose mission had been to “tell America’s stories through textiles.” Highlighting materials from the former American Textile History Museum, existing items from Cornell’s collections, and original artwork, Threads of History honors the storytelling, history, and artistry of textiles and those who labor to create them. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular Music Library hours.

HIV/AIDS exhibit tells story of love and acceptance

Visiting Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in 2017 to see materials related to the history of HIV and AIDS, Michael Mamp was caught off guard by the contents of one box. In the container, part of archives donated by Sylvia Goldstaub and her husband, Bernie, was a jacket that belonged to their son Mark, who died of AIDS-related complications at age 37 in 1988. Alongside it were Sylvia Goldstaub’s white shirt, hat and pants that she’d covered with slogans and red ribbons and wore as a public memorial to her son.

Digitization program calls for applications

Got an idea for a digital collection to spark scholarship at Cornell and beyond? Cornell University Library’s Grants Program for Digital Collections wants to hear from you. Providing funding and digitization expertise, the grants program is calling for applications from Cornell faculty members and post-A Ph.D. students from all disciplines who are interested in creating online resources of enduring value for research and teaching.