“Games Without Frontiers” is a multi-faceted initiative sponsored by the Program Committee of the Librarians Association of UC Davis. It includes a comprehensive Library Exhibit, curated by Roberto Delgadillo, and other supporting materials, including Roberto’s comprehensive bibliography of the growing and increasingly significant “military-entertainment complex,” where gaming technology meets increasingly digitized means of waging war. On Thursday April 16th the Program Committee also hosted a symposium of invited speakers addressing various aspects of this topic. (For a response to and review reporting on and assessing the events of the symposium, see the recent review by Stephanie Maroney of the Davis Humanities Institute.) Interested parties should be sure to read the excellent and provocative introductory essay written especially for the occasion by Chris Hables Gray, one of the Symposium’s speakers.
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Organized by UCD Davis professor emeritus of Political Science Alexander Groth, and University of Santa Clara Law School professor Tony Tanke, this four-day conference , which will run from March 16 to March 19, 2015, at the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem, features presentations by a number of the best-known holocaust scholars.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has released the executive summary of its “Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.” The Senate release includes a 6-page foreword by committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a 19-page list of 20 specific Findings and Conclusions, and a 499-page Executive Summary which details the development of the torture program after 9/11.
The official release of the report is available through FDSys.
Additional background information on the report is available through the National Security Archive.
Richard N. Schwab taught in the history department at UC, Davis. The two linear feet of papers he donated to the Shields Library Department of Special Collections relate specifically to his lifelong work on the French Encyclopedia of Diderot and D’Alembert–or, as it is more formally known, Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers, which appeared in fascicles and then eventually as bound volumes between 1751 and 1765. Special Collections also owns an original 17 volume edition of this work, along with the numerous supplementary volumes of engraved illustrations/plates accompanying the text, as well as other supplementary material issued along with the original text and plates.
Schwab’s contributions to the study of the Encyclopedie and indeed the study of the Enlightenment more generally are much too numerous to mention here, though it should be noted that he produced the English translation of the Preliminary discourse to the Encyclopedia contributed by D’Alembert. A number of years ago Professor Schwab also began a fruitful collaboration with the University of Chicago and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and participated in the eventual issue of a digital version of this landmark reference work.
The Warren Commission Report has just been made available on the Government Printing Office FDsys digital system.
As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.
GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.
The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.
Link to Warren Commission Report (the report is a huge file so will take time to download): http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf
Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm
The Library has recently added a subscription to a key reference database – Europa World Plus. Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book is renowned as one of the world’s leading reference works, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.
In addition to summary information about countries, for each country Europa includes basic country statistics and profile, and directories of government and politics, society and media and business and commerce. Recent political events and recent election are featured on the home page.
On October 26, 1962, 50 years ago today, the United States was in the middle of the Cuban Missile Crisis following the discovery earlier in the month of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the crisis the United States raised the readiness level of SAC forces to DEFCON 2. For the only confirmed time in U.S. history, the B-52 bombers were dispersed to various locations and made ready to take off, fully equipped, on 15 minutes’ notice.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major cold war era confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union that threatened to become a nuclear conflict.
Research this event in the Digital National Security Archive collections. The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) collects and digitizes declassified U.S. government documents. The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 collection includes documents from the State Department, the National Security Council, and U.S. embassies abroad, the President and his advisors. The UC Davis Libraries have access to DNSA.
Cuban Missile Crisis (direct link to collection) – search collection by keyword, date, name, organization, participants)
Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited (direct link to collection) – Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
Below is an excerpt of a top secret internal paper from Oct 26, 1962 detailing options available to the United States. Click on image to go directly to the archive.
Index to Reports Published in the Appendices to the Journals of the California Legislature 1905-1970.September 21st, 2012 by Michael Winter
This recent open access eScholarship publication by UCD librarian Juri Stratford indexes a previously inaccessible collection of California Legislature reports, from 1905 to 1970. This publicly accessible index can be found at http://escholarship.org/uc/item/42n75566.