Columbia College Chicago

October 29, 2009

Open House Library Tours

Open House
Open House Library Tours

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Columbia College Chicago Library

624 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor
12:00 and 2:00pm

Paula Epstein, Reference Librarian, will be your tour guide to the Columbia College Chicago Library during Open House on Saturday November 7th. Find out what you should know about the Library’s collections and services. Meet Paula at the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor at either Noon or 2:00pm. Open to all.

Open House

October 23, 2009

November 5th - Friends of the Library Signature Showcase

Friends of the Library at Columbia College ChicagoMark your calendars for our upcoming Friends of the Library Signature Showcase on Thursday November 5th, 2009.

Each semester, the Columbia College Chicago Library highlights the work of one faculty member and this fall, we are delighted to have Dominic Pacyga as our featured speaker. Dr. Pacyga is a faculty member in the Humanities, History and Social Science Department, Columbia College Chicago and a Chicago historian.

This year, the city of Chicago celebrates the Burnham Centennial, the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s classic, Plan of Chicago (1909). In his illustrated presentation entitled, “An Ongoing Legacy: The Burnham Plan from the City Beautiful Movement to Daley’s Post-Modernist Chicago”, Dr. Pacyga will explore the roots and impact of the Plan of Chicago from its conception to present day. The Burnham Plan remains a central document for those who would build and rebuild this great city. Most importantly it has shaped Chicago’s lakefront and guaranteed that the city will preserve it for generations to come. Yet the 1909 Plan is much more; it provides an ongoing inspiration for planners as Chicago continues to evolve as a world class city. Pacyga will explore the early roots of planning in the city especially in Baron (Georges-Eugène) Haussmann’s Paris and George Mortimer Pullman’s utopian manufacturing city and show how current Mayor Richard M. Daley is, in many ways, reclaiming Chicago’s “City Beautiful” past as first laid out by Burnham and Bennett one hundred years ago.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Faculty and their classes are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Columbia College Chicago
Ferguson Theater
600 S. Michigan Ave, First Floor

A book signing featuring his latest book, Chicago: A Biography will be held immediately afterwards.

Dominic Pacyga
Dominic A. Pacyga received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He has authored, or co-authored, five books concerning Chicago’s history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago (1991, 2001), Chicago: City of Neighborhoods with Ellen Skerrett (1986), Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods (1979) with Glen Holt, Chicago’s Southeast Side (1998) with Rod Sellers.

He has lectured widely on topics ranging from urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations, and has appeared in both the local and national media. Pacyga has been a member of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College/Chicago since 1984. He has worked with various museums including the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects. Pacyga has also worked with numerous neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. Pacyga acted as guest curator of a major exhibit, "The Chicago Bungalow" which ran from October 18, 2001 to January 15, 2002 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He and Charles Shanabruch are co-editors of The Chicago Bungalow (Arcadia Press 2001), a companion volume to the exhibit. Pacyga has won the Oscar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association for his book, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and the Catholic Book Award for Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. In 1999 he received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford University. Pacyga’s latest book is Chicago: A Biography published by the University of Chicago Press (2009).

Library at Columbia College Chicago

Interested in the Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated annually on Oct. 31-Nov. 2 to honor friends and family members who have died. The actual Day of the Dead falls on Nov. 2.

Part commemoration and part celebration, Day of the Dead is a blend of indigenous beliefs and Catholic rituals from the coinciding All Souls' Day. This year, Columbia’s Latino Alliance is putting its own spin on this celebration – and you can expect it to be a little less traditional and a little more Columbia.

For more information on what is going on with Columbia's Day of the Dead on Wednesday, October 28th, take a look at the Student Loop website.

Interested in learning more about the traditions of the Day of the Dead?
Take a look at the Library Resources...

mash-up of Day of the Dead resources at Columbia College Chicago Library

Skulls to the living, bread to the dead : [the day of the dead in Mexico and beyond] / Stanley Brandes.

Day of the Dead : Dia de los Muertos

The days of the dead : Mexico's Festival of Communion with the Departed

Digging the Days of the Dead : a reading of Mexico's dias de muertos

El corazón de la muerte : altars and offerings for days of the dead

The skeleton at the feast : the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Calavera abecedario : a Day of the Dead alphabet book

Days of death, days of life : ritual in the popular culture of Oaxaca

Artes de México: serenidad ritual

Bordering fires : the vintage book of contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a literature

Death and the idea of Mexico

Masks of Mexico [film]

La Ofrenda - the Days of the Dead : a film

El dia la noche y los muertos

October 13, 2009

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

Photo: Carmelo Esterrich
2009-2010 Series
October 15 - 4:00 pm
Please note the new location for this event.

This event will be held in the The Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression (formerly the Hokin Annex) 623 S Wabash, 1st floor

Dr. Lawrence Grossberg

Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies (Adjunct Distinguished Professor of America Studies, Anthropology and Geography), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"From Financial Crisis to Political Ontology -- Rescuing Economics from Economists"

Lawrence Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, Adjunct Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and Geography, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has won numerous awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association for scholarship, teaching and mentorship, as well as, most recently, the University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award (for Post-Baccalaureate Teaching). He has been the co-editor of the international journal Cultural Studies for twenty years. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent books include New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (with Tony Bennett and Meaghan Morris, Blackwells, 2005), MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture (with Ellen Wartella, D. Charles Whitney and MacGregor Wise, Sage, 2005) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America's Future (Paradigm, 2005). His latest book, We All Want to Change the World: The Intellectual Labor of Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2010) considers the work necessary to create a cultural studies capable of understanding the contemporary conjuncture and of opening up possibilities for struggle and change.

Pre-Reading Article
Grossberg, Lawrence. "Does Cultural Studies Haves Futures? Should It? (Or What's the Matter with New York?)" Cultural Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 January 2006, pp. 1-32.

See the WEBSITE for more information on this series.

October 12, 2009

Film Screenings - Oct 21

A film series presenting a selection of works from nearly 1,000 16mm films and DVDs dontated to the collection from the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, 6-9:30 PM, 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor, HOKIN Lecture/Hall Auditorium Room 109.

Tuya's Wedding
Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage), 2005, 96 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
After suffering a back injury working on the family farm, Tuya decides to get a divorce and find a new husband who will take care of her children, land, and disabled first husband—a search that proves to be much harder than she had anticipated.

Loach is a Fish Too
Ni qiu ye shi yu (Loach is fish too), 2005, 100 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
Two migrant workers from the countryside (one the mother of two children) who share the same name "Ni Qiu" - meaning loach in Chinese - try to subsist as laborers in Beijing.

Focus China: Columbia College Chicago

October 9, 2009

DIY: Photography - Thurs, 10/22 6-8pm

Join us for Alternative Perspectives: Photography
THURSDAY, October 22, 2009, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Library, 3rd Floor, 624 S. Michigan Ave.

Gain insights into the world of professional photography. Join the director of Columbia's Museum of Contemporary Photography and two professional photographers to hear perspectives on collecting work, curating shows, and getting your work seen. More about the program at:


Jodi Adams, Photographer. She received her BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and her work has been recently exhibited in Champaign, IL and Chicago galleries and in shows and exhibits at Columbia College Chicago.

Curtis Mann, Photographer. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2008 and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton in 2002. His recent photographic work helped him receive SPE's top student award, the Crystal Apple, in 2006. Curtis had a solo show of his Modifications work at the Kusseneers Gallery of Antwerp, Belgium in 2008 and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2009. A book of the Modifications series was recently released by Aperture Books as part of the Midwest Photographers Publication Project.

Rod Slemmons has served as the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago since 2002. A museum professional, teacher, curator, writer, editor and printmaker, Rod teaches undergraduate classes and graduate seminars at Columbia College Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has organized numerous exhibitions and his essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as Afterimage, Black Flash, image, and Reflex.

Refreshments will be served.

do indie yourself

October 6, 2009

Visit the Library during Parent Weekend

parent weekend, Columbia College Chicago

Gallery Walk and Progressive Dinner

The gallery walk offers a progressive dinner and informal chats with the Provost, Academic Deans, Chairs, Student Affairs Staff and Senior Administrators. The gallery walk will take place at various locations. You will be able to explore various art spaces around campus where you will enjoy a different course in each gallery. The Library will be one of the stops for the progressive dinner.

Date: October 16, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Various Locations

Continental Brunch in the Library

Before you leave our campus, be sure to stop by the Library and join us for a light continental brunch. During your visit, entertainment will be provided by students of both the English and Dance Movement Therapy/Counseling departments at Columbia. Students from the campus organization, MOVED will provide a morning wake up by leading stretching exercises and showing their skills in dance. Students from the English Department’s Poetry program will be reading works of their own, and by their favorite authors.

Date: October 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Columbia College Library

Please visit the website to register for events during Parent Weekend.

October 2, 2009

Film Screening - Oct 7

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009, 6-9:30 PM, 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor, HOKIN Lecture Hall/Auditorium Room 109.

The library will be screening selections of works from nearly 1,000 16mm films and DVDs dontated to the collection from the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago.

You & Me
Wo men liang (You and Me), 2005, 85 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
A young woman rents a room from an elderly woman who is mean to her. She decides to say in the room after deciding the elderly woman needs her.

The World
Shi Jie (The World), 2004, 96 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
On the outskirts of Beijing lies an amusement park featuring scaled-down models of world famous landmarks. Shi Jie follows the daily lives of staff members Taxo and Taisheng as they navigate their romance through The World.

Focus China: Columbia College Chicago