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UCI Stories exhibit opens Monday, May 23 May 20, 2016

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Ready for 50+ anteater antics told through conversations between former and current anteaters? Zot zot! Anteaters come together to share memories, events, and changes throughout UC Irvine’s 50 years of history.

The UCI Libraries announce the opening of an exciting new exhibit called UCI Stories: 50th Anniversary Oral History Project, on Monday, May 23rd at 6:30PM in Langson Library, UCI. RSVP here: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp

UCI Stories

Inspired and imprinted with words spoken during the filmed oral histories, UCI Stories highlights the bright past and brilliant future of UCI through the memories, reflections, and predictions of its community. Artfully curated quotes of campus leaders, innovators, alumni, faculty and staff, document how over the past 50 years, UCI has given birth to generations of community-oriented difference-makers driven by a pioneering spirit that has permeated the campus long before a physical building ever stood on the land. UCI Stories captures how this spirit glues UCI together, and often after graduation calls Anteaters back home. Every great story has three main parts: characters with whom you can identify, a memorable and imaginable setting, and a plot based on the unexpected experiences of protagonists. This is UCI Stories.

Opening night speakers are Robert Cohen (UCI Claire Trevor Professor of Drama, Emeritus/Founding Faculty), Jenny Doh ’91 (UCI’s First Student Regent/Past President, UCI Alumni Association), Elizabeth Toomey (Daughter of Founding Chancellor Aldrich/Retired UCI Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community and Government Relations), and Joseph L. White (UCI Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry), will engage in a fascinating conversation on UCI’s history and thoughts for the future; with panel moderation by Krystal Tribbett, UCI Libraries 50th Anniversary Project Historian.

The program will be followed by a light reception and exhibit viewing in Langson Library, UCI. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are first come, first served.

UCI Stories Program, May 23

UCI Stories Program. May 23, 2016.

Please go to http://partners.lib.uci.edu/ucistories/rsvp to make an online reservation. For further information please call 949.824.4651 or email partners@uci.edu.

The UCI Stories Project is a unique oral history project, launched by UCI Libraries, that pairs over 100 UCI affiliates for dynamic conversations to commemorate UCI’s 50th Anniversary. The reminiscences collected offer first-hand perspectives that tell the multifaceted story of UCI’s intellectual contributions, key turning points, and unique legacy. The UCI Libraries’ 50th Anniversary Exhibit, “UCI Stories” is a product of this effort.

More information is available here: http://news.lib.uci.edu/events/spring-2016-exhibit-opening-uci-stories

New Exhibit “Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI” May 2 – July 22 April 21, 2016

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Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI
Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, July 22nd, 2016, (Special Collections & Archives, 5th Floor of Langson Library)

Speaking Up: Fifty Years of Student Publications at UCI showcases a variety of student-generated writing from throughout the history of the campus. Bringing together periodicals, newsletters, literary magazines, and other materials from University Archives in Special Collections & Archives, this exhibit examines how students and student organizations make their voices heard within the UCI community and beyond. The publications reflect engagement with many pressing issues, from political debates about war and peace to efforts to promote equality and diversity in the curriculum, on the campus, and in society more broadly.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the UCI Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives and the UCI Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

Curated by Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian, and Laura Uglean Jackson, Assistant University Archivist. Assisted by Jens Lloyd, Campus Writing Fellow. Additional assistance from Allison Dziuba, Maureen Fitzsimmons, Lance Langdon, and Jasmine Lee.

Vietnam War Moratorium, October 15, 1969 May 14, 2014

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On October 15, 1969, the Vietnam War Moratorium was held across the country, as a national attempt to end the Vietnam War. On the UCI campus, alternative education classes were held in Aldrich Park (then called Campus Park) throughout the day. A rally was held at noon in Gateway Plaza. There was a march to nearby institutions involved in war production and research, and the day ended with a memorial service for those who had died in the war. Below are photographs of the rally and flyers regarding the Moratorium and the schedule of alternative education classes and other activities.

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Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Moratorium Bulletin #1, announcing the Moratorium.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

Alternative education and activities schedule.

Nikki Giovanni Reading at the UCI Bookstore in 1994 September 26, 2012

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Poet, writer and activist Nikki Giovanni was on the UCI campus in 1994 to promote her new book Racism 101. She discussed and read from her work at the UCI bookstore.

AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 147.

Willie Brown on campus in 1973 January 20, 2012

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Former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown gave the Dr. Joseph L. White lecture on January 19, 2012. He spoke on “California and Our Nation” as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. The first time Willie Brown spoke on the UCI campus was probably in 1973 when he was the Assemblyman from San Francisco’s 18th District and Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The poster publicizing his speech on November 28, 1973 is below, and the article about his talk from the New U.  Always a powerful, dynamic and direct speaker, Willie Brown’s speeches at both events were very well received.

                                Poster Collection, University of California, Irvine (AS-050)

Robert Cohen and “The Madwoman of Chaillot” on May 28, 1969 October 18, 2011

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The Robert Cohen Festival takes place the weekend of October 28-29 at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts to honor the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama Robert Cohen, celebrate his many contributions to the School, and dedicate a theatre named after him. Professor Cohen has had an amazing career here at UCI, with responsibility for numerous extraordinary productions. Among the most unusual was the May 28, 1969 production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” which took place during a period when all U.C. campuses, and campuses across the United States, were essentially closed down during massive campus strikes and protests against the Vietnam War. Professor Cohen, his cast and crew decided to continue the play, rather than cancel it in support of the strike. Robert Cohen read this moving message, justifying their decision, to the audience before each production. Thank you, Robert Cohen, congratulations on your many accomplishments and enjoy the upcoming weekend!

MS-P069. Robert Cohen Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Reagan Protest on January 23, 1967 April 13, 2011

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On January 23, 1967, three days after UC President Clark Kerr was fired by the University of California Regents, 1500 UCI students, faculty and staff participated in the first organized UCI campus protest. The protests were directed at then Governor Ronald Reagan and the UC Regents. Reagan made an effort to raise student fees and had organized against Kerr. Here are some additional photographs of that protest.

The large gathering at Gateway Plaza

Sam McCulloch, first Dean of Humanities, addresses gathering


As-054. Anton Ercegovich Slides. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Local Bank of America burned, 1970 February 28, 2011

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A fire was ignited at the entrance to the local branch of the Bank of America, located directly across the street from UCI on the ground floor of the Town Center Building, shortly after midnight on October 26, 1970. This is certainly among the most mysterious, and controversial, occurrences in UCI history.  This event was viewed by some in the community as having a direct relation to the burning of the Bank of America at UCSB during anti-war protests in the Spring of 1970. That action drew national attention to the anti-war movement at UCSB. Then Chancellor Aldrich received many calls from the local community with concerns about the Irvine event, many accusing UCI students of this action. Chancellor Aldrich took exception to this assumption. Opinions voiced during this period ranged from those on the far right accusing the students and blaming UCI campus administrators for their tolerance of this type of dissent. Some on the left blamed those from the far right of carefully calculating and executing an event that would cause limited physical damage but significant political damage among local community members and taxpayers. Damage to the bank was estimated at $125,000 but no cash or records were lost in the short blaze.  There were no witnesses to the event and no one was ever arrested.

AS-061. University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Christine Tamblyn (1951-1998), Digital Arts Pioneer December 10, 2010

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UCI Assistant Professor Christine Tamblyn was an American visual artist and critic most active in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1970s through the 1990s. She was best known for her performance pieces and multimedia works untilizing CD-ROM and video. While an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1970s, she taught graduate level courses in video. She was also involved in performance art in Chicago and New York,  influenced by Allen Kaprow and others. Throughout her career she was actively involved in a variety of national and international conferences, workshops, symposia, lectures and festivals. In 1982 she entered the MFA program at UCSD, studying with Eleanor and David Antin and Allen Kaprow. In 1985 she began teaching at San Francisco State University and made contributions to numerous important art journals as an influential critic. She taught at UCB and Florida International University before joining the UCI Studio Art Department in 1996. She was committed to feminist politics and cross-disciplinary scholarship. Christine Tamblyn was internationally recognized for her work. Students and colleagues alike regarded her as an innovative and compassionate educator. She was instrumental in developing the foundation for a digital arts program at UCI. She died on January 1, 1998 in San Francisco of breast cancer.  The Christine Tamblyn Papers (MS-F011) are located in the UCI Special Collections and Archives.

MS-F011. Christine Tamblyn Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

UC Irvine Celebrates Cinco de Mayo May 5, 2010

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Below are posters from past Cinco de Mayo events held at UCI, sponsored by MEChA de UCI.

AS-132. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán ( MEChA) Records, University of California, Irvine .  Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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