Cambridge v. Becker (Copyright Lawsuit) Ruling – Updated

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the long-running copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of electronic reserves.  The court reversed the decision of the District Court, and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision is here.

News of and commentary on the decision is beginning:

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Lecture: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”

cover, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesOn Wednesday, October 22, historian and activist Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will give a lecture on “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” Co-sponsored by SPEAK, BlackOUT, Faces of Feminism, GSU’s Special Collections and Archives, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Association of Historians at GSU, this talk will take place from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm in the Special Collections’ Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In her recent book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014; on order), Dunbar-Ortiz reframes the way we understand the past and present. Her bottom-up history of US expansion reveals how Native Americans have actively, continuously and creatively resisted displacement, dispossession, and destruction. Dunbar-Ortiz challenges us to imagine a better future. (From event flyer). Following years of activism throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s, Dunbar-Ortiz went on to teach in the Native American Studies program at California State University Hayward (now California State University East Bay) for many years, and has been actively committed to international human rights since joining the American Indian Movement and the International Indian Treaty Council in 1974 . For more information about Dunbar-Ortiz, see her website.

The GSU Library has just acquired access to the digital collection “The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism,” available to GSU affiliates through Archives Unbound (under “A” in the Databases A-Z list; go to “Your Collections” and scroll through holdings information).

Ortiz-Dunbar is also the author of the following:

This event is free and open to public. For more information, please contact Andy Reisinger of the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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CENCIA, School of Music Host “Viktor Ullmann’s Legacy from Theresienstadt” Concert

On Thursday, October 16, Georgia State’s School of Music, in collaboration with Elysium Between Two Continents and CENCIA will present a concert featuring the works of composer Viktor Ullmann.

Ullmann was an accomplished musician and composer who lived in various parts of Europe during the early 1900s. In 1942, Ullmann was captured by the Nazis and sent to the Terezín concentration camp. Although he remained musically active, composing numerous works while imprisoned, Ullmann was never freed. In 1944, he was transferred to Auschwitz and killed in a gas chamber (Source: Grove Music Online).

You can listen to many of Ullmann’s compositions through the Library’s subscription to Naxos Music Library streaming audio database. Ullmann and his music are also discussed in the book Music in Terezín 1941–1945.

Full details about the concert can be found on the CENCIA website.

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Twin Peaks to Return in 2016: Revisit All Things David Lynch

Last week, the entertainment world was abuzz with the news that the TV show Twin Peaks will return with a third season on Showtime in 2016. Twin Peaks, created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, originally aired on ABC in the early 1990s.

Did you miss Twin Peaks the first time around? Or perhaps you want to celebrate the news by immersing yourself in everything Lynch-ian? The Library can help you out!

We have the original series (seasons 1 & 2) on DVD. These are available on Library North 1, in the Audiovisual Collection.

Call number (season 1): Video DVD PN1992.77 .T88 Season 1

Call number (season 2): Video DVD PN1992.77 .T88 Season 2 2007

We also have a number of Lynch’s other creations on DVD:

  • Eraserhead
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .E73 2001
  • Blue Velvet
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .B675 2000
  • Wild at Heart
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997 .W5333 2004
  • Mulholland Dr.
    Call number: Video DVD PN1997.2 .M864 2002

If this still isn’t enough Lynch for you, check out some of our books on Lynch and this quirky collection of commercials directed by Lynch. Between the Library’s books and DVDs, you should be completely prepared for season 3 in 2016!

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GSU Library eBook Workshop

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Are you interested in using eBooks offered through the GSU library?  A workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 15 from 2-3:30 in Library North, Classroom 1.

During the first half of the workshop, we will answer frequently asked questions.  We will also discuss various eBook features and how to access or download an eBook.  If you would like to bring your laptop or mobile device, stick around for the second half of the workshop where we help you set up your device.

Information about this and other workshops is available on the Fall 2014 Workshops guide.

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Primary Resources for Historical Research: Archives Unbound

Image from African-America, Communists and National Negro Congress collection

The Georgia State University community has access to 42 primary resource collections on Archives Unbound. The collections available focus primarily on 20th century issues and events especially related to African-American studies, civil rights, social justice and political history but also include radical history, Holocaust studies, labor and economic history, LGBT studies, environmental policy, and cinema studies.

Each collection is rich with documents such as FBI surveillance files, organizational records, personal archives and manuscripts, newspaper articles, transcriptions of wiretaps and more.

A full list of the collections for GSU researchers is available for browsing and searching. Below is a sample of what’s inside Archives Unbound:

  • “We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death:”" Freedom Riders in the South, 1961
  • African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933-1947
  • FBI Surveillance of James Forman and SNCC
  • Hollywood, Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code, 1927-1968
  • Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s
  • The Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993
  • The Mafia in Florida and Cuba: FBI Surveillance of Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante, Jr.
  • In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994

Two collections in Archives Unbound come from the Southern Labor Archives in the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives:

  • The Union Label and the Needle Trades: Records of the United Garment Workers of America
  • The Quest for Labor Equality in Household Work: National Domestic Workers Union, 1965-1979

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Strategic Diversity Talk: Dr. John F. Gates

Strategic diversity expert Dr. John F. Gatespresident and CEO of Campus Diversity Agenda, will be on GSU’s campus to deliver a talk, “The Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion Thought and Practice.”

October 8 (Wednesday)
Centennial Hall Auditorium
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Dr. Gates has been visiting campuses to create dialogues on race, gender, equality, affirmative action, microaggressions, unconscious biases, and LGBT engagement. He has been described as “America’s most insightful and transformational diversity thought-leader [for] blazing new trails in the practice of diversity and inclusion.” (NewYork Netwire)

Event flyer details here.

Learn more:

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Library Workshop: Teaching with Archival Sources

Morna Gerrard, GSU’s Women and Gender Collections Archivist, and Jill Anderson, History/African-American Studies/Women’s Studies Librarian, will be offering a workshop for faculty and graduate students on “Teaching with Archival Sources” from 11 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 9 in the Colloquium Room, Library South 8.

In this hands-on workshop for faculty and graduate students we will demonstrate an in-class exercise to show how primary sources can be utilized for a range of cross-disciplinary learning outcomes. The exercise will be based on materials from the GSU Special Collections and Archives’ reproductive rights collections, with an emphasis on attention to the language used in the items. We hope to demonstrate the value and usefulness of Special Collections resources to a wider range of departments. We invite you to attend as our “students”!

Information about this workshop is available at the Fall 2014 Workshops research guide, which also includes a link for registration via EventBrite (click here for direct link). Advance registration is requested if possible.

Please direct questions about this event to Jill Anderson or Morna Gerrard.

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Sheroes of the Year Event, 2014

Celebrate the Power of Purpose and Persistence!

Our dear friends Joyce Dunaway Parker and Alicia Philipp are being honored as the 2014 Sheroes of the Year by the Georgia State University Library’s Women and Gender Collections. The 2014 Sheroes of the Year Celebration will take place at Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall, located at 100 Auburn Avenue, on Thursday, November 20, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Presented annually, the Shero of the Year Award recognizes an individual or individuals whose work and accomplishments have made a significant impact on gender equality in Georgia and the South, improving the lives of countless women and girls. Those lives are documented in Georgia State University’s Women and Gender Collections, and  honoring Joyce and Alicia will help support those collections.

Joyce Dunaway Parker

Founder and first president of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, Joyce Dunaway Parker also served as vice president of the national organization’s board of directors. She was a charter member and a rape counselor for the Cobb County Rape Crisis Center, and a former board member of Cobb Family Resources. Well known as an organizer and three-term president of ERAGeorgia, Parker has also been president of the League of Women Voters of Cobb-Marietta, and is a member of Emily’s List and the NAACP.  Parker is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, and was also a member of its Retreat Committee as well as chairing the same committee for Leadership Cobb. She is a long-time member and organizer with the United Methodist Church of North Georgia and the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, and she has served the Cobb County Youth Museum as scriptwriter, Speakers Bureau chair, docent, and puppeteer!

Parker has received the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and the Public Service Award from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp is president of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which serves donors and nonprofits in 23 counties in the metro Atlanta region. Philipp has led the Foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaborative initiatives with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for the past 37 years. Under her leadership, The Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in assets in 1977 to more than $929 million in total assets.

Named to Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” list, Philipp has also been named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University and has received the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Award. Her local, regional and national leadership responsibilities include previous service as a board member of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s in business administration from Georgia State University. She devotes much of her free time to mentoring future leaders.

Sheroes of the Year Celebration

Thursday, November 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at 100 Auburn Avenue, known as Centennial Hall, home of our Welcome Center, our President, and the new front door to our University

100 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(100 Auburn Avenue has secure, onsite parking (via Courtland Street) and is wheelchair accessible.)

Please RSVP by 11/11/2014
404-413-2703 /

Suggested attendee contribution: $100.00
(Click here to contribute) or contact Margaret Park Mathews or 404-413-3487.


Our Sheroes have dedicated much of their lives to helping and mentoring younger generations, and we would like to encourage everyone to do the same. Therefore, if you join our host committee, we invite you to bring a younger-generation feminist as our guest. Sign up by Monday, October 6, and your name will appear on our event invitation. Sign up by Monday, November 10, and your name will appear on our event program.

Powerful Pacesetters
Lucy H. and Stephen E. Draper

Passionate Pioneers ($2,500.00)

Potent Persuaders ($1,500.00)|
Joyce Dunaway Parker
Laura Voisinet

Proud Players ($1,000.00)
Margaret Curtis
Anne and Mike Easterly
Diane L. Fowlkes
Beth Schapiro
Judith G. Taylor

Persuasive Proponents ($500.00)
Joanna M. Adams
Elaine B. Alexander
Suzanne and Rob Boas
Ann Curry
Cheryl Hargrett

Pragmatic Planners ($250.00)
Kathy B. Ashe
Eleanor Babcock
Linda A. Bell
Jennifer Bennecke
Carol Binns
Jessie R. Draper
Chrisy Erickson
Lucy Erickson Fitzpatrick
Nancy Hall
Doris M Hargrett
William S. Parker
Janet Paulk
Polly B. Simpson
Lucy Vance

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Atlanta Beltline Health Initiatives Lecture

The Georgia State University Community is invited to join the School of Public Health for its’ annual Urban Health Disparities Lecture.  This year, the speaker is Paul Morris, president and CEO of the Atlanta Beltline, Inc.  Mr. Morris will speak on the topic, “How the Atlanta Beltline is Improving Public Health.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
10:30 am – 12 pm
Centennial Hall
100 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Atlanta BeltLine is…

the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.

Read up on urban health and city planning with these books from the GSU Library.

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