All posts by Carol Spector

Happy Constitution Day!

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“Constitution Day” celebrates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. On this day, 230 years ago, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia, PA to sign this landmark document. The Constitution established our national government and fundamental laws, and continues to guarantee basic rights for U.S. citizens. The Bill of Rights became part of the U.S. Constitution in 1791.

Check out Gleeson Library’s Constitution Day Guide to online resources.

 

Female Body Image Display

Our newest Student Social Justice Exhibit is entitled “Female Body Image,” and was created by USF students Jessica Joyner, Dong Ma, and Aaron Wong.  The display focuses on the biology and appearances of different kinds of bodies, ranging from how a woman’s body develops to the pressure society places on women to have a perfect body image. All the books on display are available to be checked-out. Thanks to Jessie, Dong, and Aaron for their work!

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Gleeson Library invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email reference@usfca.edu to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.

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Sex Trafficking Exhibit

USF students Chelsea Noack, Natalie Montoya, and Tracy Tran contribute to the Student Social Justice Exhibits with their installation on sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that is worth billions of dollars. There are hundreds of thousands of victims, 98% of them being women and girls. The inner workings of the sex trade are insidious and subtle, as young girls who are lured into that world are promised love and money. Want to learn how to put an end to the enslavement of sex trafficking victims? Check out the display in Gleeson Library! The installation includes general information on sex trafficking, statistics, hotline numbers, and a documentary on the issue is also playing as well. The display also includes stories of trafficking survivors from around the world.

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Gleeson Library invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email reference@usfca.edu to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.

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Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Biology students Breanna, Corinna, and Jocelyn constructed an installation for the Student Social Justice Exhibit, found in Gleeson library, to highlight female genital mutilation which is a major violation of girls’ and women’s human rights. Female genital mutilation refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Most people associate FGM with mostly third-world African countries. However, according to a study found on equalitynow.org it is estimated that 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM. Help them bring awareness to this subject by stopping by the library installation!!
 

For an emotional self-told FGM story, by Mariya Karimjee, listen to: This American Life podcast Episode 586: Who Do We Think We Are?

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Gleeson Library invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email reference@usfca.edu to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.

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Seed Swap on April 15th!

The USF Seed Library and the San Francisco Public Library are collaborating to bring you a Pre-Earth Day Seed Swap. You are cordially invited to join us in celebration of our earth and community. Meet your neighbors, swap seeds with local gardeners, enrich your garden and your brain. There will be activities and speakers throughout the day. Design your own artful seed packet with Gleeson Library’s terrifically talented Maren Salomon!

Where: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, 6th Floor Patio
When: Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 11 AM to 5 PM

This event is sponsored by the University of San Francisco (Gleeson Library and the College of Arts and Sciences) and the Friends of San Francisco Public Library. Seeds  donated by High Mowing Organic Seeds, Chars. C. Hart Seed Company, West Coast Seeds, Redwood Seeds, Seeds Savers Exchange, Renee’s Garden, Petaluma Seed Bank, and Irish Eyes Garden Seeds. Soil donated by Recology.

Hope to see you there!

Infertility Exhibit

Our newest Student Social Justice Exhibit is on the topic of infertility.  Many thanks to Otto, Zoe, and Milton for creating this informative exhibit!

Many women, across the globe, are unable to explain their entire biological body.  Thus, female biology is an applied pedagogy that ascribes almost half of all the people who live on this planet and affects individual women differently.  Here, we consider infertility as a health topic, the impacts of modern medicine, and the consequence of or for social justice.  This library display aims to cover the facts about infertility and the stigma behind this health care concern as a social justice issue.

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Gleeson Library cordially invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email reference@usfca.edu to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.

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Pipeline: How the Arts Disrupt the School to Prison Pipeline

From March 19th to March 30th, come see Natalie Smith’s Student Social Justice Exhibit. Smith’s exhibit looks into America’s incarceration system and how art could be a vehicle for change within it. Look near the reference desk to see how art is, and can be, used within incarceration and the community!

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Gleeson Library cordially invites USF students to create library displays on social justice issues near and dear to you. You come up with the idea and design your own signage. The library will supply the space and the books. Sound intriguing? We’d love to hear from you. Please email reference@usfca.edu to collaborate on a student social justice exhibit.

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