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Stress Relief Activities in the Seminar Room

Posted: December 5th, 2014

The Queen’s Learning Commons is pleased to offer some stress relief activities in the Seminar Room (main floor of Stauffer Library) during the exam period.  Take a break from studying, and don’t forget to pick up an exam schedule from Learning Strategies.  Good luck on your exams!

Material Matters Graduate Student Discussion Group

Posted: October 2nd, 2014

A “tragic blindness”: South Asians in Kenya and their Negotiations between Pan-Indianism & Pan Anti-Colonialism
Heena Mistry, 1st Year PhD Student, History
Tuesday, October 7th, 1:30 pm, Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

In 1893, the construction of the Ugandan Railway and the consolidation of British colonial control over East Africa marked the beginning of large scale migrations of South Asians to Kenya. Although South Asians were a diverse group, containing a plethora of religious, linguistic, national, and caste identities, the British colonial administration, nationalists from the Indian subcontinent, and Kenyan nationalists referred to them using the homogenizing categories of “Indian” or “Asian.” While in Kenya, various South Asian communal groups perpetuated their traditional individualisms, integrated, or adopted new identities. However, elite South Asians occasionally unified on the basis of a manufactured common “Indian” heritage in order to advance or protect their interests despite their communal diversities. I argue that after India’s independence in1947, it became unclear whether and Indian identity in Kenya constituted a Pan-Indian or Pan-Anticolonial consciousness, and that this confusion is one of many factors that made the place of South Asians unstable in colonial and independent Kenya.

Material Matters is an interdisciplinary graduate student discussion group. Our weekly meetings foster discussion among students across a variety of disciplines, and begin with a short talk to spark the conversation.
All graduate students are invited to join the discussion!

 

Material Matters Tuesday, October 7th, 1:30pm Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library

Digital Humanities in Academia – Expanding Horizons Workshop for Graduate Students

Posted: September 24th, 2014

Digital Humanities is a hot topic in academia, but what is it and how can you include it in your research? The Queen’s Learning Commons and the Queen’s University Library will host a panel discussion with Graduate Students, Faculty, and Librarians about their experiences with Digital Humanities (DH).  The event will take place on Wednesday, October 1, 4-5:30PM in Speaker’s Corner (main floor of Stauffer Library).

Panelists for the discussion:

Dr. James Carson, Department of History

Emily Murphy, Department of English

Jon DeTombe, Department of English

Kendall Garton, Department of History

Jennifer Hardwick, Department of English

Dr. Catherine Dhavernas, Department of French Studies

Graduate students can register for this workshop by going to the School of Graduate Studies’ website: http://www.queensu.ca/exph/

It’s time for RECESS!

Posted: April 11th, 2014

Recess: Improve your productivity and reduce your stress.

There will be stress -relief activities in the libraries on campus starting Monday, April 7.  Activities such as drawing, puzzles and crafts will be provided.  These activities are sponsored by the QLC (www.queensu.ca/qlc)

It’s important to take a break from studying to give your brain and body a break. If you need help with studying, consult with Learning Strategies : http://www.queensu.ca/learningstrategies

Freedom to Read Lunchtime Events

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Join us on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27th @ 12:00-1:00 pm in Speaker’s Corner.

Guests will read passages from challenged or banned books as part of the Freedom to Read Week.

For more information about Freedom to Read, go to: http://www.freedomtoread.ca/

Give your brain a break!

Posted: December 3rd, 2013

Take a break and come to the Seminar Room!

We have puzzles, colouring and other activities to give your brain a break. You can also make holiday cards for charity.

These activities will be available until the last day of exams and they are brought to you by the Queen’s Learning Commons. (http://www.queensu.ca/qlc)

Pinhole Photography Exhibit by photographer Glen McGuire in Stauffer Library

Posted: February 6th, 2013

Pinhole photography exhibit in Stauffer Library for IDIS 210 – Arts in Society (Prof. Donato Santeramo)
Glen McGuire:
“These photographs refer to a much different world than the one we are accustomed to. It is far more mysterious and unfolds with much greater subtlety than do the dictates of the day-to-day we have become used to.

The images were created using a Pinhole Camera; that is to say simply a box with a tiny hole in the front.
A Pinhole Camera has no lens, no focus controls; essentially nothing but light and film between the photographer and the image itself. It is the purest form of photography that exists. The film is processed using techniques dating from the nineteenth century and printed on paper etched with silver which gives the print a soft, mysterious presence.

I find using Pinhole Cameras both challenging and satisfying. It’s deeply evocative when suddenly the everyday world, and the consciousness that goes along with all that, collapses into Beauty. Now you’re dealing with something totally transcendent…”

The exhibit will be on display from February 4-15.
For more information, please contact the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department in Kingston Hall.

Stauffer Library – Summer Hours

Posted: July 26th, 2012

Stauffer Library’s summer hours (April 30 until September 3, 2012)
SPRING/SUMMER Hours: April 30 to August 16

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

EXCEPTION: Tuesday, May 29: 10:15 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.

HOLIDAYS CLOSED:
Monday, May 21
Monday, July 2
Monday, August 6

END OF SESSION: August 17 to 31
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

LABOUR DAY Weekend: September 1 to 3
Saturday – Monday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

2012 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

Posted: July 25th, 2012

11 titles have been selected for the Man Booker Prize longlist.
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/2012-longlist-announced

The Great Corpus of Dictionaries (9th-20th century)

Posted: April 2nd, 2012

From now until the 28th of April, the library is trialling The Great Corpus of dictionaries. The Corpus gathers the 24 most important dictionaries on French language, in total about 200 000 pages (2 500 signs per page), 900 000 entries and definitions. It is the greatest collection today available on the subject.

To try this resource, go to the library’s database trial page and click on the link for the Grand Corpus des dictionnaires.

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