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05/29/2024

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Original art by Nargess Hassani
The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2024 celebrates 'Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.' The theme recognizes women throughout the country who understand that, for a positive future, we need to eliminate bias and discrimination entirely from our lives and institutions. During 2024, we recognize the example of women who are committed to embracing everyone and excluding no one in our common quest for freedom and opportunity. They know that people change with the help of families, teachers and friends, and that young people in particular need to learn the value of hearing from different voices with different points of view as they grow up.
 
Come by and check out the recommendation list from campus group WILD and the Library. We'll also have an interactive recommendations feature and a spotlight on women's sports and pay equity.  Check out our online Women's Month feature on our website as well!

05/29/2024

Embrace reflective poetry with us, where reflections of the past ignite visions for the future. Read a poem of your own, or listen and enjoy the poetry of others!

 

Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

 

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Bowman Library

05/29/2024

Spring 2024 Student Research Colloquium Presenter Priscilla Perey Ratonel presents their research on COVID campus simulation

As part of the Spring 2024 Library Research Colloquium Series, Priscilla Perey Ratonel will be presenting her research on creating a COVID-19 transmission campus simulation.  Join us at the Bowman Library Classroom or online via Zoom on April 11th at 1pm to learn and ask questions about her work.
 
Bowman Library is proud to support and promote all our Menlo scholars!  If you are interested in presenting a research project, come talk to us at the Library or let us know online by email at bowmanlibrary@menlo.edu.
 
 

Event Details: 

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Bowman Library Classroom or Online via Zoom

Join via Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/99981002867?pwd=TStYZUpyZ1ZFZTk2ajYyS2tUV1lwdz09

05/29/2024

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Have you noticed some changes on our library website?

The Bowman Library Team is excited to launch our website redesign! We’ve been working on making things easier to find with our new navigation menu and information architecture, refreshing the overall look and feel, and improving the user experience (UX), accessibility, and responsiveness of the site.

Highlights of the website redesign include:

  • the new navigation menu, reorganized to make content easier to find
  • expanded calendar functionality, with quick access to overviews of Upcoming Events and library hours on the homepage
  • a Spotlight section on the homepage to feature content that may be of interest to our library patrons

Although the website redesign has been launched, the work is far from over! We are continuing to improve upon the website and user experience for digital resources at the library and would love to hear from you.

  • Have thoughts on the website redesign? Is there a feature you would like to see on the website? Send feedback and suggestions through our Website Redesign Feedback form or email Amy Lee, our Systems Librarian, directly.
  • If you are experiencing issues with the website or e-resource access, use the Technical Support Form to report a problem or request technical support. Please remember to include your contact information if you’d like a librarian to follow up with you.

 

We hope you enjoy the new website! If you have any ideas for content you’d like to see or would like assistance with other library matters, please feel free to reach out to the library team anytime at libraryhelp@menlo.edu.

Summer Hours at Bowman

 
Bowman Library will be open limited hours during the summer.  
 
Summer Hours:  10am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Closed Thursday through Sunday
We will be closed in observation of Juneteenth (06/19/2024) and Independence Day (07/04/2024).
 
The librarians will still be working if you need us for an ILL request, finding resources, setting up course reserves, or anything else.  Feel free to email us and we will be happy to help you.  You can email bowmanlibrary@menlo.edu for a general request, or feel free to reach out to librarians personally at Jennifer.Pesek@menlo.edu or Randi.proescholdt@menlo.edu.  We are supporting summer classes and programs with instruction and whatever else you might need.

Juneteenth and Pride Month Reading Lists

06/14/2024

 

Celebrate Juneteenth and Pride this June and all throughout the year by exploring materials from these the reading lists below! All items are available to access or borrow through Bowman Library.

 


 

 

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a federal holiday observed annually on June 19th to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. Learn about the history, significance, and celebrations of Juneteenth through the works available at Bowman library listed below, and be sure to check out The National Museum of African American History and Culture's great featured programming for Juneteenth to engage with the topic further!

 

Cover ArtOn Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed's On Juneteenth provides a historian's view of the country's long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed--herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s--forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all. Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story. Reworking the traditional "Alamo" framework, she powerfully demonstrates, among other things, that the slave- and race-based economy not only defined the fractious era of Texas independence but precipitated the Mexican-American War and, indeed, the Civil War itself. In its concision, eloquence, and clear presentation of history, On Juneteenth vitally revises conventional renderings of Texas and national history. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing.  

 
ISBN: 9781631498831
Publication Date: 2021-05-04

 

Cover ArtHow the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith This "important and timely" (Drew Faust, Harvard Magazine) #1 New York Times bestseller examines the legacy of slavery in America--and how both history and memory continue to shape our everyday lives. Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks--those that are honest about the past and those that are not--that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation's collective history, and ourselves. It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned-maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers. A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country's most essential stories are hidden in plain view--whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted. Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith's debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.   Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Winner of the Stowe Prize  Winner of 2022 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism  A New York Times 10 Best Books of 2021   

 
ISBN: 9780316492935
Publication Date: 2021-06-01

 

Cover ArtFour Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi (Editor); Keisha N. Blain (Editor) #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present--edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire. FINALIST FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post, Town & Country, Ms. magazine, BookPage, She Reads, BookRiot, Booklist * "A vital addition to [the] curriculum on race in America . . . a gateway to the solo works of all the voices in Kendi and Blain's impressive choir."--The Washington Post   "From journalist Hannah P. Jones on Jamestown's first slaves to historian Annette Gordon-Reed's portrait of Sally Hemings to the seductive cadences of poets Jericho Brown and Patricia Smith, Four Hundred Souls weaves a tapestry of unspeakable suffering and unexpected transcendence."--O: The Oprah Magazine The story begins in 1619--a year before the Mayflower--when the White Lion disgorges "some 20-and-odd Negroes" onto the shores of Virginia, inaugurating the African presence in what would become the United States. It takes us to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history.  Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume "community" history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course through the book, this collection of diverse pieces from ninety different minds, reflecting ninety different perspectives, fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith--instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness.  This is a history that illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about our future, written by the most vital and essential voices of our present.  

 
ISBN: 9780593134047
Publication Date: 2021-02-02
 
 
 

Cover ArtA Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry; Kali Nicole Gross 2021 NAACP Image Award Nominee: Outstanding Literary Work - Non-Fiction A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today. A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation.  

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ISBN: 9780807033555
Publication Date: 2020-02-04

 

Cover ArtBlack AF History by Michael Harriot NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From acclaimed columnist and political commentator Michael Harriot, a searingly smart and bitingly hilarious retelling of American history that corrects the record and showcases the perspectives and experiences of Black Americans. America's backstory is a whitewashed mythology implanted in our collective memory. It is the story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower building a new nation. It is George Washington's cherry tree and Abraham Lincoln's log cabin. It is the fantastic tale of slaves that spontaneously teleported themselves here with nothing but strong backs and negro spirituals. It is a sugarcoated legend based on an almost true story. It should come as no surprise that the dominant narrative of American history is blighted with errors and oversights--after all, history books were written by white men with their perspectives at the forefront. It could even be said that the devaluation and erasure of the Black experience is as American as apple pie. In Black AF History, Michael Harriot presents a more accurate version of American history. Combining unapologetically provocative storytelling with meticulous research based on primary sources as well as the work of pioneering Black historians, scholars, and journalists, Harriot removes the white sugarcoating from the American story, placing Black people squarely at the center. With incisive wit, Harriot speaks hilarious truth to oppressive power, subverting conventional historical narratives with little-known stories about the experiences of Black Americans. From the African Americans who arrived before 1619 to the unenslavable bandit who inspired America's first police force, this long overdue corrective provides a revealing look into our past that is as urgent as it is necessary. For too long, we have refused to acknowledge that American history is white history. Not this one. This history is Black AF.   

 
ISBN: 9780358439165
Publication Date: 2023-09-19

 

Cover ArtFestivals of Freedom by Mitch Kachun With the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1808, many African Americans began calling for a day of publick thanksgiving to commemorate this important step toward freedom. During the ensuing century, black leaders built on this foundation and constructed a distinctive and vibrant tradition through their celebrations of the end of slavery in New York State, the British West Indies, and eventually the United States as a whole, In this revealing study, Mitch Kachun explores the multiple functions and contested meanings surrounding African American emancipation celebrations from the abolition of the slave trade to the fiftieth anniversary of U.S. emancipation. Excluded from July Fourth and other American nationalist rituals for most of this period, black activists used these festivals of freedom to encourage community building and race uplift. Kachun demonstrates that, even as these annual rituals helped define African Americans as a people by fostering a sense of shared history, heritage, and identity, they were also sites of ambiguity and conflict. Freedom celebrations served as occasions for debate over black representations in the public sphere, struggles for group lea  

 
ISBN: 1558494073
Publication Date: 2003-08-01

 

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This free research database offers essential content covering important issues related to race in society today. Essays, articles, reports and other reliable sources provide an in-depth look at the history of race and provide critical context for learning more about topics associated with race, ethnicity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Pride

Pride Month, which takes place in the United States annually in June, commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, New York and celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and more (LGBTQIA+) community. Explore the recommendations below and join in the celebration by reading works from LGBTQIA+ authors and learning about  LGBTQIA+ history and experiences. 

 

Cover ArtWho's Afraid of Gender? by Judith Butler From a global icon, a bold, essential account of how a fear of gender is fueling reactionary politics around the world. Judith Butler, the groundbreaking thinker whose iconic book Gender Trouble redefined how we think about gender and sexuality, confronts the attacks on "gender" that have become central to right-wing movements today. Global networks have formed "anti-gender ideology movements" that are dedicated to circulating a fantasy that gender is a dangerous, perhaps diabolical, threat to families, local cultures, civilization--and even "man" himself. Inflamed by the rhetoric of public figures, this movement has sought to nullify reproductive justice, undermine protections against sexual and gender violence, and strip trans and queer people of their rights to pursue a life without fear of violence. The aim of Who's Afraid of Gender? is not to offer a new theory of gender but to examine how "gender" has become a phantasm for emerging authoritarian regimes, fascist formations, and transexclusionary feminists. In their vital, courageous new book, Butler illuminates the concrete ways that this phantasm of "gender" collects and displaces anxieties and fears of destruction. Operating in tandem with deceptive accounts of "critical race theory" and xenophobic panics about migration, the anti-gender movement demonizes struggles for equality, fuels aggressive nationalism, and leaves millions of people vulnerable to subjugation. An essential intervention into one of the most fraught issues of our moment, Who's Afraid of Gender? is a bold call to refuse the alliance with authoritarian movements and to make a broad coalition with all those whose struggle for equality is linked with fighting injustice. Imagining new possibilities for both freedom and solidarity, Butler offers us a hopeful work of social and political analysis that is both timely and timeless--a book whose verve and rigor only they could deliver.  

 
ISBN: 9780374608224
Publication Date: 2024-03-19

 

Cover ArtLGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education by Raymond E. Crossman Why does queer leadership matter? In this book, the first of its kind, 15 LGBTQ presidents and chancellors in higher education provide insight into their experiences and highlight the importance of queer leadership for the academy and the world. Prior to this century, there were few known gay or lesbian presidents in North American higher education. Mary Emma Wooley, president of Mount Holyoke College from 1901 to 1937, is documented because her life on campus with her partner, Jeanette Marks, is described in their love letters, which have been recently curated. Jacquelyn A. Mattfeld, president of Barnard College from 1976 to 1980, rarely receives recognition for braving sexism, heterosexism, and homophobia during her presidency. Theodora J. Kalikow, president of University of Maine Farmington from 1994 to 2012, bridges the few early examples to the era of contributors to this volume. In LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education, Raymond Crossman brings together 15 currently serving or retired LGBTQ presidents and chancellors in higher education to explain why, to whom, and how LGBTQ leadership matters. Writing from the perspective of their lived and specific experiences as LGBTQ presidents, these current and former leaders consider whether there is something distinctive about LGBTQ leadership. They also attempt to draw insights and principles from their personal stories. In addition, the book considers a profound question: Is being queer a superpower for these leaders, something they manage as part of their intersectional identities, or is it just another attribute of accomplished leaders? In essays ranging across 12 topics, including intersectionality, mentorship, feminism, self-care, coming out, heteronormativity, and partners and spouses, the authors address why LGBTQ leadership matters at this moment, and more broadly, why diversity, inclusion, and equity in leadership are important to meet today's challenges for higher education and human rights. The first book on this topic, LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Educationsimultaneously archives a moment that is the forerunner to new, enormous, and necessary evolutions in the practice of leadership. Contributors: Terry L. Allison, Peggy Apple, Nancy "Rusty" Barceló, Raymond E. Crossman, Erika Endrijonas, James Gandre, Richard J. Helldobler, Susan E. Henking, Ralph J. Hexter, Theodora J. Kalikow, Daniel López, Jr., Charles R. Middleton, DeRionne Pollard, Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Regina Stanback Stroud, Boris Thomas, Karen M. Whitney  

 
Publication Date: 2022

 

Cover ArtA queer history of the United States by Michael Bronski "A Queer History of the United States is groundbreaking and accessible. It looks at how American culture has shaped the LGBT, or queer, experience, while simultaneously arguing that LGBT people not only shaped but were pivotal in creating our country. Using numerous primary documents and literature, as well as social histories, Bronski's book takes the reader through the centuries--from Columbus' arrival and the brutal treatment the Native peoples received, through the American Revolution's radical challenging of sex and gender roles--to the violent, and liberating, 19th century--and the transformative social justice movements of the 20th."--Provided by publisher.  

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Publication Date: 2011

 

 

Cover ArtGender Queer: a Memoir Deluxe Edition by Maia Kobabe

ISBN: 9781637150726
Publication Date: 2022-07-05
 
 
 
 

Cover ArtSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford! This edition includes new Simon and Blue emails, a behind-the-scenes scrapbook from the Love, Simon movie set, and Becky Albertalli in conversation with fellow authors Adam Silvera and Angie Thomas. William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist "A remarkable gift of a novel."--Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle "I am so in love with this book."--Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still "Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."--Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever "The best kind of love story."--Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out--without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story--wrapped in a geek romance--is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli. Plus don't miss Yes No Maybe So, Becky Albertalli's and Aisha Saeed's heartwarming and hilarious new novel, coming in 2020!   

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ISBN: 0062348698
Publication Date: 2015-04-07

 

 

Cover ArtWritten by the Body by Lisa Tatonetti

ISBN: 1452965943
Publication Date: 2021-09-21
 

 

Cover ArtQueer Voices in Hip Hop by Lauron J. Kehrer

ISBN: 0472903012
Publication Date: 2022-11-02
 
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