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The UCI Medal July 23, 2014

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Many of you probably saw President Obama receive the UCI Medal during commencement recently, and some may have wondered what exactly is the UCI Medal? Well, the UCI Medal was established in 1984 by then Chancellor Jack Peltason to recognize people, both from the university and the community, whose dedication and generosity have significantly contributed to the spirit and vision of UCI. Honorary¬† degrees have not been awarded by the University of California since 1970, and the Medal was designed to substitute as the highest honor bestowed by UCI to an individual. The UCI Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1967, manages private donations on behalf of UCI and also oversees the annual awarding of the UCI Medal. The first medal was awarded to founding Chancellor Daniel Aldrich in 1984. The next was awarded in 1987, but since then the medal has been awarded annually. The two-sided design of the Medal combines the academic tradition of the University of California with the vitality of the UCI campus. The front reflects the unique circular design of the campus, depicting the vertical facade of Langson Library shown against the sun, symbolic of light and learning. The eucalyptus and coral tree leaves represent the more than 11,000 native and exotic trees that make up Aldrich Park. The Medal was designed and cast by noted Southern California artist Inez Owings. The verso of the medal carries the seal of the University of California with its motto “Let There Be Light.”

So, who has received the UCI Medal? A list of past recipients is available here. ¬† Enjoy and celebrate… Zot! Zot! Zot!

The front of the UCI Medal.

The front of the UCI Medal.




Special visit from The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company July 3, 2014

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We were thrilled that about twenty members of The New Swan Shakespeare Festival company came to our Reading Room yesterday to see the First Folio and other Shakespeare related material from our collection. Julia Lupton, UCI Professor of English and Comparative Literature, joined the group and shared her expertise in Shakespeare as we discussed the material. In addition to the First Folio we looked at the first facsimile of the first edition published in 1807, the Norton facsimile prepared by Charlton Hinman in 1968, pamphlets on Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet as performed by Madame Helena Modjeska in 1883, cabinet card photographs of Helena Modjeska in costume for roles in Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, and miniature books of plays by Shakespeare.¬† It was a great opportunity to view and discuss the various editions of Shakespeare. As one of the cast members said “This has really tied the history of Shakespeare’s early books to our productions this summer. It’s provided greater historical context.” It was a wonderful event and we hope to do it again next summer! [Photographs by Allan Helmick.]

Professor Lupton will present two Noontime Seminars at Langson Library on August 13 (Romeo and Juliet) and August 20 (Twelfth Night).

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