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Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted: March 4th, 2015

We invite the Queen’s community to come and support student research at the 9th annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

For program information, please go to I@Q website: www.queensu.ca/iatq/conference/program.html

Freedom to Read Lunchtime Events

Posted: February 10th, 2015
The Queen’s Learning Commons would like everyone to uoin us on Tuesday, February 24, Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26 @ 12:30-1:30 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/

The Queen’s Learning Commons would like everyone to join us on Tuesday, February 24, Wednesday, February 25, and Thursday, February 26 @ 12:30-1:30 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/

Can’t join us? View the presentation (pptx)

Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted: January 21st, 2015

Present your research or your innovation/experiential learning projects! The 9th Annual Inquiry@Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in the Queen’s Learning Commons, Stauffer Library, March 5-6, 2015.

The conference is an opportunity for you to share your research while participating in an academic conference. As a presenter you will gain graduate and career skills, such as critical thinking, effective writing and presenting. You will engage in scholarly communication with students and faculty from many disciplines.

For more information and to submit your abstract: Go to http://www.queensu.ca/iatq/
Submission deadline: Midnight January 30, 2015.

New Database: Criterion on Demand

Posted: January 12th, 2015

Queen’s University Library now subscribes to Criterion-on-Demand


criterion on demand

Developed by Criterion Pictures, Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film system that allows members of the Queen’s University community to access films for teaching, research and personal use.  Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more. Criterion-on-Demand represents a large number of feature film producers, including, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Mongrel Media, Sony Pictures Classics, Alliance Films, Miramax Films, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, as well as a smaller number of independent producers.

Within the Criterion-on-Demand platform users can search for titles or browse by title or subject. Records for individual films will be loaded into QCAT when available and will then be discoverable via searching the library catalogue and Summon.

Queen’s University Library subscribes to a number of streaming video databases. A complete list can be found at http://library.queensu.ca/research/databases/t/852

Register for QLC Workshops

Posted: January 6th, 2015

Welcome back!  The Queen’s Learning Commons offers a wide variety of workshops. To register, go to: www.queensu.ca/qlc/workshops

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

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.

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