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Dear Friends:

We are off to a busy start this fall as we begin another academic year, and I'm pleased to share a number of compelling updates with you. I am most excited to note that Geisel Library has finally welcomed the Teaching + Learning Commons to our building. We will officially celebrate the addition of The Commons with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, October 17, which I hope you can all join me for. The Commons has already hit the ground running, offering a robust network of resources to improve the way faculty teach and students learn. Given the role the Library plays in supporting and advancing faculty and student research and learning, The Commons and Library staff are anticipating a number of collaborations that will further strengthen services and programs for faculty, students, and scholars.

I'm also pleased to report that we hosted 160 friends and donors at the 13th annual Dinner in the Library this September, raising a record-breaking $212,000 in support of Library collections, services, and learning spaces. This could not have been accomplished without help from our generous and devoted sponsors, and our inaugural honorary committee and its chair, Jeanne Jones. A most noteworthy moment was Chancellor Khosla's announcement of his commitment to a $1 million matching grant for gifts made to the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, a top fundraising priority for the Library as we plan to renovate and enhance the learning and study spaces inside our iconic building. The true highlight of the evening came when our featured speaker, NPR's Ari Shapiro, took the stage. You can watch his full talk on "Behind the News of the Moment" via the UCTV Library Channel, and read more about the event in the article below.

Many of you are familiar with our popular Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series that we co-sponsor with the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program. As you will see in the article below, we are pleased to recognize Mrs. Estelle Dunst for her generous gift in support of the program through the Lou Dunst Trust in honor of her late husband, Holocaust survivor and educator, Lou Dunst.

Lastly, don't miss the profile of Lynda Claassen, director of Special Collections & Archives, who was recently honored with UC San Diego's 2016 Excellence in Stewardship Award.

We are hosting a number of events and exhibits this fall, which are listed below, so I hope to see some of you in the upcoming months.

Best Regards,

Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel Librarian
Photo Credit: Melissa Jacobs
More than 160 UC San Diego Library friends and supporters attended this year's Dinner in the Library, September 9, featuring award-winning NPR journalist Ari Shapiro, who regaled guests with his personal insights and experiences covering the news of the moment, from the wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine to the Obama White House and the U.S. justice system.

This year's Dinner, hosted by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and University Librarian Brian Schottlaender, was a smashing success, breaking prior attendance and fundraising records, and featuring a number of new enhancements, including a popular champagne and dessert reception. The event raised $212,000, which will be used to support the Library's collections, services, and learning spaces. One of the Library's top priorities according to Brian Schottlaender is to raise funds for the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative, launched last year after the Library's benefactor, Audrey Geisel, donated $3 million to help renovate and upgrade the learning and study spaces in the building, which was built in 1970. The renovation includes the 1st and 2nd floors which are the most heavily used, as well as the 8th (top) floor of the building, which boasts spectacular, panoramic views of La Jolla and beyond .   Continue reading...
Holocaust survivor Lou Dunst could have lived life consumed by anger and resentment after his horrific experiences during World War II. He had been left for dead in the Ebensee concentration camp in Austria when United States troops broke through the gates with a military tank. Soon after his liberation and recovery, Dunst made a conscious decision to turn the hate, violence and inhumanity that he had witnessed into feelings of peace, compassion and love.

Over the years, with prompting from his wife, Estelle, Dunst began sharing his story with others. By the time of his death in 2015, at the age of 89, the businessman and educator had spoken to thousands-from schoolchildren and community members to dignitaries and judges-sharing his philosophy of love and compassion to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust never happened again .   Continue reading...
Photo Credit: Bob Ross Photography

Lynda Claassen, the UC San Diego Library's longtime director of Special Collections & Archives, recently received the Excellence in Stewardship Award from the UC San Diego Foundation, in recognition of her long history of building and sustaining excellent relationships with donors to the Library.

During her more than 30-year tenure as director of the Library's Special Collections and Archives, Lynda has become well-known for her collaborations-often over many years-with donors of gifts of rare and archival materials. Continue reading...
The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university's stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library's Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:

Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego's Visual Arts
Original works of art, artists' books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates in the Visual Arts Department. More information...

A Retrospective Space: UC San Diego's University Art Gallery
For the past 50 years, the UAG has been a site of artistic exploration and innovation. More information...

A variety of print publications from faculty and graduates over the past 50 years. More information...

Thursday, October 13  ●  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Monday, October 17  ●  9:00 - 11:00 AM
Geisel Library, 1st Floor West
Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 PM 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

In his new book, Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, UC San Diego alumnus and sports journalist Mark Johnson traces the doping culture in professional sports, from the early days when pills meant progress, to the current day, when athletes are vilified for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In his book, Johnson, who has covered cycling as a writer and photographer since the 1980s, explores the complex relationships that underlie elite sports culture. A reception and book signing will follow the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the UC San Diego Bookstore. Details and RSVP information...

Tuesday, November 1   ●  5:00 - 7:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Wednesday, November 2    ●  5:00 - 7:00 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Sponsored By: Laurayne Ratner
Co-Sponsored By: Thurgood Marshall College
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 PM 
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join the UC San Diego Library and KPBS to celebrate the 10th year of One Book, One San Diego , an initiative of KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library to encourage the community to join in a shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Author Zohreh Ghahremani will discuss her debut novel, Sky of Red Poppies , which was the One Book selection  in 2012.  The story tells of an unusual friendship between two very different young women who find themselves forming a bond in Iran during the turbulent and dangerous 1960s, a time when Iran was still ruled by the Shah. As this moving story unfolds, the history and culture of Iran continues to shape their very different life experiences. A reception and book signing will follow the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.   Details and RSVP information...
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