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field trip optional (prof ill)

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I’m making the field trip optional, as I’m still now well and cannot make it tomorrow. Please see email for details. Enjoy the show!


Something cool to do on Labor Day

lincoln1-1780x1002-2Check out this giant new mural, “28 Blocks,” by Garin Baker, honoring the men who assembled the marble sculpture inside the Lincoln Memorial. It faces the Metropolitan Branch Trail where it intersects New York Avenue NE.


Shaft! at Ben’s Chili Bowl May 1

Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC institution, hosts a monthly Classic Black Cinema Night; the next one is May 1: SHAFT! (1971), starring Richard Roundtree, directed by Gordon Parks, music by Isaac Hayes.


Film is free–but they encourage donations to Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that supports local community groups is the city. Food is cheap!


Ben’s Chili Bowl Back Room / 1213 U Street NW
Monday, May 1

6:30 PM – Food and Film Introduction
7:00 – 9:00 PM – A Classic Black Film:  SHAFT!
9:00 PM – Film Discussion
9:30 PM – Retire to Ben’s Next Door

For the story of Shaft and its impact, listen to the Studio 360 feature, Shaft & Present.

Exploring the Digital Archive: New York Public Library Digital Collection.

The New York Public Library Digital Collection consists of 708,498 collections from the New York Public Library. Every day, the website adds new photographs, manuscripts, prints, videos, and maps. This archive includes a wide array of topics and time periods for a researcher to select. The site also includes a “search bar” for researchers to find particular subtopics or mediums required. Thus, the website is easy to use and makes research effortless. Once a collection is found, the archive allows the researcher to organize the results in order of “title,” “date created,” or “time digitalized.” A fascinating collection is titled “George Arents’ Collection.” Within, there is a subcollection titled “Children’s Of All Nations.”  The subcollection consists of pictures illustrating the average individual in each nation. A single image will include information like: the type of research, genre, division, publisher, timeline, identifiers, and notes. Each picture also provides an official citation.

Shamma: New York Tribune / Herald Tribune

For this assignment I chose to center my focus on poliomyelitis in the U.S. I actually really enjoyed this archive because I liked having a newspaper as a primary source, as it includes both images and text. I found the archive to be fairly easy to navigate, and, having a specific topic in mind, all I really had to do was search “polio” and several newspapers with the word “polio” in it would come up. There’s also an option for an advanced search which allows you to narrow down your search further, which is especially useful if you don’t have a specific topic in mind. Many of the newspaper sources I found and used from this archive were pieces written by doctors, usually focusing on the nature of polio and precautions to take. All of the newspapers also provided all of the proper citation information like author, date, short description, page numbers, and more. Overall, I thought that it was a very solid archive, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for primary sources that involve newspaper articles.