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Schaffer Closes for Move Over Break

Posted on Mar 13, 1998

Schaffer Library will be closed beginning March 20 to move operations to the new wing of the building during spring break. The library will reopen in full operation on Monday, March 30, according to Cara Molyneaux, associate librarian and acting systems librarian.

“Starting the first day of classes following spring break, access to the building will be through a temporary door opposite Alumni Gymnasium,” said Molyneaux. This entrance will be vehicular and handicapped accessible. Stairs at the north side of the construction site will provide a direct pedestrian route from the center of campus to the library.

Beginning March 30, Special Collections will reopen and all computer services will be available in the new wing. The circulation desk will be temporarily located just inside the new entrance, and the reference door will be located along the western wall of the new wing. Study carrels and other furniture will be available for

During spring break, workers will move all contents of the 1961 building as well as some of the off-site materials into the new wing. “We will be using space somewhat creatively since we will have only half of our total completed space,” said

Work has already begun on the basement and fourth floor levels of the 1961 building and renovation of the remainder of the old building will begin as soon as it is vacated. The project is on schedule for completion in the fall of 1998.

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For the Record

Posted on Mar 13, 1998

Peter V. Minorsky, visiting assistant professor in biology, and R. Paul Willing, laboratory coordinator in biology, have had a paper “Samara
Dispersal in Boxelder: An Exercise in Hypothesis Testing” accepted for publication in The American Biology Teacher.

Brenda Wineapple, Washington Irving Professor of Modern Literary
and Historical Studies, has just published an essay, “Mourning Becomes
Biography,” in the winter issue American Imago: Studies In Psychoanalysis And
She discusses how, for her and many others, all biography begins in mourning
and loss. She has also been appointed by Columbia University's Writing Division to
work with one of Columbia's Hertog Fellows, a group of specially-selected creative
writing students who apprentice themselves for one semester to writers, like Wineapple,
who are engaged on a special project. Wineapple is on sabbatical at work on her next book,
a biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Knopf).

Manfred Jonas, John Bigelow Professor of History Emeritus, has
been awarded Phi Beta Kappa's Certificate of Recognition “for more than a decade
of dedicated service to the Society and to the advancement of liberal learning as an
officer of the Alpha Chapter of New York at Union College.” On April 18, he is to be
commentator for a session on Theodore Roosevelt and Europe at a conference at Siena
College titled “Theodore Roosevelt and the Dawn of the 'American
Century'.” On June 4, he is to deliver the principal address – “The
Cold War as History: A World War II Perspective” – at the College's 12th
annual World War II Conference.

Rudy Nydegger, associate professor of psychology, was appointed
co-chair of the Continuing Education for the New York State Psychological Association, and
will be involved with the policies and approvals for all CE programs offered through the

Joyce Madancy, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a
fellowship to conduct research in the southeastern China city of Fuzhou. It is funded by
the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China's (CSCC) National Program for
Advanced Study and Research in China. She expects to travel to China during the winter
term of 1999, and will work with materials in municipal and provincial archives in the
hopes of transforming her dissertation on opium suppression in the late nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries into a publishable manuscript.

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‘Lessons’ Events Start Sunday

Posted on Mar 13, 1998

“A Conversation with Serge and Beate Klarsfeld.”

Sunday, March 15, 8:15 p.m.,

Memorial Chapel


Drancy: A Concentration Camp in Paris, 1941 to 1944 (film)

March 19, 8 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

With Shelly Shapiro of Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center;
and Max Kowler, a French resistance fighter. Drancy chronicles the deportation of
French Jews during Nazi occupation.


“Personal Remembrances of the Holocaust” and Au Revoir
Les Enfants
(film) with Ernest Nives, a Holocaust survivor

March 30, 7 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium


Pour Memoire (film)

April 2, 8 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Film and discussion includes American premiere of Pour Memoire, a
documentary on the work of the Klarsfelds. Discussion will be led by Shelly Shapiro of
Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center.


“Resistance: Then and Now” with Judy Goldstein, founder of
Humanity in Action — Resistance and Human Rights.

April 5, 8 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Goldstein's talk will focus on the Danish resistance to Nazi


“Vichy France and the Jews: After Fifteen Years” with
Michael Marrus, author of Vichy France and the Jews

April 8, 8 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Marrus, professor of history at the University of Toronto, looks at the
role of Vichy in the European-wide persecution and murder of Jews.


“Of Light Amidst the Darkness: The Danish Rescue”

April 14, 8 p.m.

The Nott Memorial

Gallery talk with artist Judith Ellis Glickman.


“Ben-Gurion, Roosevelt and the Holocaust” with Prof.
Stephen Berk

April 20, 8 p.m.

Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Berk, the Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture at
Union, examines the role of the decent bystanders of the Holocaust.


Yom HaShoah: Day of Remembrance

April 23, 8 p.m.

Memorial Chapel

Services will memorialize Holocaust victims; will include a candlelight
vigil and remarks by Prof. Stephen Berk.

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Last Issue of Term

Posted on Mar 13, 1998

This is the last issue of the Chronicle for the winter term.
Weekly publication resumes April 3.

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Exhibit Photos Called ‘Powerful’

Posted on Mar 13, 1998

Photos in French Children of the Holocaust “hit you like a ton of bricks” because they are the only remnants that tell the stories of the short lives of the children who were deported and murdered by the Nazis, said Rachel Seligman, director of Mandeville Gallery and curator of the exhibit being installed in the Nott this week.

“These are historical documents, not works of art,” she said.
“But they are made more powerful because they are real. There are family photos,
wallet photos, papers … all kinds of things that have been scraped together to
represent these young lives.”

The other exhibition, Of Light Amidst the Darkness – The Danish
is powerful not just because of the strong subject matter, Seligman said.
Photographer Judith Ellis Glickman has used black and white silver prints, infrared
photography and negative prints to create a quality that is “appropriate and
evocative” of both the horror and hope of the Holocaust, she said. Her photographs
chronicle not only the Danish resistance and rescue, but the extermination camps as well.
Glickman's photos are installed in the Nott's second-floor Mandeville Gallery.

More than 40 local schools are sending students, and hundreds of others
are coming to campus for the exhibits.

“We hope that this is the beginning of a relationship that will
bring in local students and residents,” said Prof. Clifford Brown, chair of the Nott
Memorial Exhibition Committee. “We would like to have one or two exhibits per year
that will generate community interest of this magnitude.”

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