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Addressing fake news in the classroom

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Photo by Silke Remmery CC via Flickr

As an instructor, are you concerned that your students have a ‘dismaying’ inability to tell fake news from real? If so, you are invited to join a UC Berkeley faculty conversation on March 1st about how to help students navigate the rapidly changing online information landscape, and the proliferation of fake news and “alternative facts.” Faculty from Media Studies, College Writing, Integrative Biology, Political Economy and Journalism will lead this conversation on media literacy and the evaluation of sources for the classroom.

Beyond Hype, Hysteria, and Headlines: Addressing Media Literacy Gaps in the Classroom

  • March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Academic Innovation Studio (117 Dwinelle)
  • Panel: Beverly Crawford (Political Science/Economy), Leslea Hlusko (Integrative Biology), Mike Larkin (College Writing), Jean Retzinger (Media Studies), and Edward Wasserman (Journalism). Moderated by Cody Hennesy (Doe Library).

You may also be interested in sharing the new library guide to Fake News, which can help students understand and detect fake news. Subject librarians are also available to help design research assignments, to visit the classroom and discuss the evaluation of resources, and you can always request a library workshop for your class.

Webinar: Cultural Competencies for an Aging LGBTQ Population

Want to learn more about the aging LGBTQ population? Interested in improving cultural competency for this vulnerable population? Then you might want to attend this free webinar by HRSA, to be held on Tuesday, December 13th from 10am-12pm PST.

This webinar will discuss the health and social care needs of older adults in the LGBTQ community. It will highlight the special obstacles faced by this population, opportunities to improve cultural competency and best practices to integrate LGBTQ-friendly care into your organization.

The webinar should be of interest to HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, community-based organizations and advocates wanting to improve competency in serving the needs of aging LGBTQ patients in their practices.

Please be sure to register in advance as space is limited.

Thanksgiving holiday hours

Many of the Cal libraries will close early on Wednesday, November 23.

All will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25.

All except the Law Library will be closed on Saturday, and some will also be closed on Sunday.

For details, see Library Hours.

Workshop: How Scrivener software can help writers

Scrivener software


Want a better way to tackle your long writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks” and keeps all of your research, brainstorming, and writing in a single conceptual workspace. Use Scrivener for your thesis, dissertation, book project, novel, or any longer writing project.

Read more about Scrivener at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Story Hour in the Library featuring Frances Dinkelspiel

Story Hour with Frances Dinkelspiel - Nov. 10

Image courtesy of Nathan Phillips

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Place: Morrison Library

Free and open to the public

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who cofounded the local news site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People and elsewhere. Her first book Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named a Best Book of 2008 by the newspaper. Her second book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California was a New York Times bestseller and published in 2015 to rave reviews.

We encourage you to purchase the book ahead of time, you may bring it to be signed. Books will be available for purchase at the event for $19.70 (tax included).

Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley’s Morrison Library.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Ashley Bacchi.

Lunch Poems: Carmen Giménez Smith

Lunch Poems - Carmen Giménez Smith, November 3

Carmen Giménez Smith

When: 12:10 pm – 12:50 pm, November 3, 2016
Where: Morrison Library
Cost: Free and open to the public

See the 2016-2017 series schedule.

From the Lunch Poems website:

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. She co-edited  Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing published by Counterpath Press. A CantoMundo Fellow, she teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and serves as the publisher of Noemi Press.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Ashley Bacchi, 510-664-7737.

Movies @ Moffitt, Nov. 2 – A Place of Rage

The Movies @ Moffitt series features films selected by students for students, on the first Wednesday of each month.

Movies at Moffitt: Place of Rage, November 2, 2016

Title: A Place of Rage
Director: Pratibha Parmar
Summary: Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar’s 1991 film uses interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker in order to examine the way African-American women have articulated the links between social movements including civil rights, Black power and feminism. This event will also feature a short segment from Beyonce’s recent visual album Lemonade followed by an optional discussion concerning the search for a feminist aesthetic.
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 7pm
Place: 150D Moffitt Library
Doors open @ 6:30pm
You must have a Cal Student ID to attendThe Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Tim Dilworth tdilwort@library.berkeley.eduPost contributed by Tim Dilworth, First Year Coordinator, The Library

ChemSearch Challenge 2016

The Elsevier-Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge is a chemistry search competition. A new challenge consisting of four or five questions will be posted every week for 8 consecutive weeks, and players compete on the speed with which they can submit correct answers.

Players can compete as individuals or groups, and a $200 donation will be made on behalf of each week’s winner to their choice of Doctors Without Borders, World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Partners in Health, or Oxfam International. In order to compete, an account is required.

The first challenge was posted on October 17, and subsequent challenges will be posted every Monday at 12 pm GMT.

For more information, please see:

War Ink project, program coming to Doe Library

War Ink image of veteran with tattoos

Photographs from the War Ink project can be viewed in the Doe Library during the month of November. (Photo courtesy War Ink)

Photographs from the celebrated War Ink Project will be on display in Berkeley’s Doe Library in November. The exhibit features striking images of tattoos that express the impact of combat experiences on California veterans. 

Jason Deitch, co-creator of War Ink and a Cal veteran, hopes the display will “bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities.” The project is “both exhibit and forum, using tattoos as a springboard for California veterans to share their stories,” Deitch explains.

In anticipation of Veterans Day and to mark the exhibit opening, please join Deitch, Trésor Bunker, current vice president of the Cal Veterans Group, and members of the Cal Veteran community in a panel discussion focused on improving communication among veterans and civilians.

The discussion, titled Moving Beyond “Thanks” to Understanding Experience: Seeing Our Cal Veterans Through Profiles of Military and Lifelong Service and Transition Success, will take place on Friday, November 4 in the Morrison Library.

The program will incorporate personal experiences and methods for moving beyond stereotypical views of veterans and the often reflexive phrase “Thank you for your service” toward more meaningful communication as a key for improving reintegration after military service. There will be time to view the exhibit and to learn about the veterans pictured and the significance of the ink they wear.

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 5-7pm

Where: Morrison Library

Admission: Free and open to the public

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Ashley Bacchi, 510-664-7737.

It Takes a Village to Build a Society with 100% More Seniors

Free Speech Movement Cafè, Moffitt Library
Thursday, October 27, 2016

As baby-boomers reach retirement age, how is society preparing for the 100% growth in the number of seniors in America (from 35 million in 2000 to 72 million in 2030)? Forty years ago, there used to be 5 workers for each retiree. If present trends continue, there will be only 2 workers for every retiree by the year 2030. How is the system going to cope with a doubling in the linear growth of social security expenses and the exponential growth in the costs of Medicare? Can we build a more efficient, socially-active and supporting society? We present a solution that empowers seniors around mutual-support local communities called “villages”.

Guest Speakers:
Manuel Acevedo – HelpfulVillage.com, Founder
Andrew Scharlach – UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, Professor. Foremost scholar on the Village Movement
Lisa Brinkmann – Marin Villages, Executive Director

FSM Cafe program - It Takes a Village - Oct. 27, 2016

This event is free, open to the public, and all are invited to participate. For more information: fsmprograms@lists.berkeley.edu

Download the event flyer (PDF)

Sponsored by the University Library’s Free Speech Movement (FSM) Café Programs Committee.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor — ideally at least two weeks prior to the event. The event sponsor is Jean Ferguson,fsmprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-768-7618.

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