The Map Thief Book Talk by Michael Blanding on March 23

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The Map Thief
The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

Special Collections
Otto G. Richter Library, 8th floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

Presented in partnership with Books & Books.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world. For those that collect them, however, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and in some cases disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Michael Blanding’s The Map Thief delves into the untold history E. Forbes Smiley III, esteemed and respectable antiquarian map dealer, who spent years doubling as a map thief until he was finally arrested while delicately tearing maps out of books in the Yale University Library in 2005. He would later confess to the theft of 97 maps valued at over $3m total, and serve 42 months in prison for his crimes.

Praised by Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and many others, the book includes the results of an exclusive interview with Smiley before he went quiet, as well as the other individuals involved; from the dealers he worked with to the librarians affected by Smiley’s theft. Though Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, the libraries he victimized have uncovered hundreds more they accuse him of taking—along with some intriguing clues to prove it.

About the Author
3-BlazerSmile-crop_300x450Michael Blanding is the author of The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink (Avery, 2010), and a journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing long-form narrative and investigative journalism. Previously a staff writer and editor at Boston magazine, Blanding has since freelanced for publications including WIRED, Slate, The Nation, The New Republic, Consumers Digest, and the Boston Globe Magazine, where he has focused on investigative stories involving intensive research and interviews. Blanding has been named a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and a network fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. An amateur map lover, Blanding has a collection of international subway maps and bought his first antiquarian map while reporting this book.

 


 

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Hop into the Jalopy

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Tales of “On-the-Road” Genealogical Research

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd Floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2016, Professor Bill Walker, former university librarian at the University of Miami and the New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director Emeritus of the Research Libraries, invites you to join him on his travels to unlock his Irish ancestors’ pasts.

Travel with Bill as he visits cemeteries and courthouses, small-town historical societies and public libraries, and the villages and streets where these early nineteenth-century settlers lived. This adventure delves into the lives of his great grandmothers, Harriet Bogle and Jane McCullough, two very determined and rugged pioneer women. Using his own work as an example, Walker sheds light on the rewarding process of genealogical research using a variety of resources. In addition to making use of online information, Bill Walker is a strong advocate for stepping away from the computer and taking to the road.

Please join us for a festive reception and genealogy presentation.

 


 

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Join Us for a Presentation of Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir by Wendy Sue Knecht on January 19

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University of Miami Special Collections cordially invites you to a presentation of the book

Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir
by Wendy Sue Knecht

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Reception 6:30 p.m. | Presentation to follow

Otto G. Richter Library, 8th Floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to asc.library@miami.edu or call 305-284-3247

As a “naïve, frizzy-haired college student” Wendy Sue Knecht joined Pan American World Airways in pursuit of a career filled with travel, adventure, and opportunity. Knecht will present her memoir Life, Love, and a Hijacking and share select readings from her book and a trailer for the film Neerja, based on the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73. Life, Love, and a Hijacking recounts Knecht’s own arrival in Pakistan on Flight 73 hours before the hijacking, the event, its aftermath, and the tragic story of heroic flight purser Neerja Bhanot. Knecht’s reading is part of ongoing efforts by Special Collections and the Pan Am community to document and share the stories of people connected to the historic airline.

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Join Us for a Presentation of George Merrick, Son of the South Wind by Arva Moore Parks on January 14

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George Merrick, Son of the South Wind: Visionary Creator of Coral Gables
by Arva Moore Parks

Thursday January 14, 2016

Presentation 6 p.m. | Reception to follow
Otto G. Richter Library, 1st Flr
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

RSVP to richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026

As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.





Artist María Martínez-Cañas Sheds Light on Her Photographic Path in Conversation at CHC

by Sarah Block, Library Communications

Artist María Martínez-Cañas

Artist María Martínez-Cañas.

You may have viewed the Quince Sellos Cubanos exhibition at Richter Library without realizing, at least at first, that you’re actually looking at photography. This is not an uncommon response to the style of artist María Martínez-Cañas, nor an unwelcomed one. In visiting the 15 iconic scenes depicting Cuba’s past, reimagined from the artist’s childhood stamp collection, you’re encouraged to take them apart as a way of understanding how they connect and the complex narrative that they together form.

“Photographs can be more than a way of recording the world. They can also be a tool for understanding who you are,” Martínez-Cañas explained during a November 19 event at the Cuban Heritage Collection, where she provided a closer look at how her unique style has helped her explore history, memory, and identity, among many other themes, during a conversation with professor J. Tomás López.

Martínez-Cañas is well known for pushing the boundaries beyond a traditional photograph, experimenting with a variety of materials and formats—analog and digital, color and black-and-white, camera-less and camera-base—in order to capture the image she intends. “It’s ideas,” she explained, “that drive my use of the medium, rather than the other way around.”

J. Thomás López, University of Miami Professor of Art and Art History.

J. Thomás López, University of Miami Professor of Art and Art History

López, a professor of art and art history who serves as head of Electronic Media and Photography at UM, navigated the discussion with topics spanning the course of Martínez-Cañas’ winding and prolific journey, from her early life and fascination with photography in Puerto Rico to the rise of her career and evolution of her work, which she carries out today in Miami.

“I had a curiosity of wanting to understand how the medium works from an early age, developing my first roll of film when I was eight years old. I asked my parents not to park the car in the garage because I wanted to use it as a dark room—and they didn’t!”

Her experimentation with photography in nontraditional forms began while studying at the prestigious Philadelphia College of Art, continuing at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her MFA. She explained that when a Fulbright-Hays grant then brought her to Seville, Spain, she became interested in using the craft as a way to explore her Cuban identity.

“At the time I was trying to figure out what makes me Cuban. I was born in Cuba, but I never had the opportunity to grow up in the country in which I was born…I developed a project working with the maps that Christopher Columbus used to discover Cuba as a foundation for my photographic project. I thought if I used these maps, I will find my background and where I come from and I will connect more with what makes me Cuban. It changed my life.”

After moving to Miami, Martínez-Cañas embarked on the two-year project resulting in Quince Sellos Cubanos (1992). The first series of 15, comprising the 15 gelatin silver prints currently on display at the library, was donated to the Cuban Heritage Collection by Alan Gordich in 2015 along with the limited-edition portfolio Páginas de Viaje (1996).

Quinces Sellos Cubanos will remain on view through spring 2016.

Photos by Andrew Innerarity.

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32nd Annual Miami Book Fair International

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By James Wargacki, Learning & Research Services

Now is a good time for Miamians to start reading up on what’s happening in the book world. After all, from November 15 to 22, the Magic City is at the center of it. The 32nd annual Miami Book Fair International, held in downtown Miami, will feature many of the year’s most important authors and titles worldwide. It’s a celebration of books, with appeal not only to readers of fiction but also enthusiasts of music, movies, art, and food, as well as history buffs, political followers, and the infinite other aspects of culture that inform, inspire, and are influenced by the written word.

Of course, many attendees simply enjoy the opportunity to browse tens of thousands of books while enjoying Miami’s warm November breeze.

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Check out Bryan Doerries’ latest from Richter Library.

Here are some of the featured presenters during the week:

  • Beginning on Sunday, November 15, rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith will discuss her music and the stories behind it in presenting her latest book M Train.
  • Later in the week photographer Lisa Leone leads a discussion of the roots of hip-hop with special guests including hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, actress Rosie Perez, and hip-hop artist Mare 139.
  • Podcast fans can witness the live recording of Working Poet Radio Show on Saturday night as Joseph Lapin interviews comic author Derf Backderf, Abram ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman, and author/actor John Leguizamo.
  • Also on Saturday Bryan Doerries and actors Paul Giamatti and David Strathairn will discuss psychological health issues in the military in “The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.”

Throughout the week, Miami itself will get its time to shine as various discussions and readings as various special guests present their unique perspective on the Gateway to the Americas. In Miami Through the Lens 1977-1982,” journalist Brett Sokol and photographer Charles Hashim will present and discuss “We Are Everywhere and We Shall Be Free”, a collection of photos of the Magic City from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.  The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections department will also provide a rare glimpse into the early history of Miami as they exhibit unique engravings, woodcuts, and illustrations from their collection in Iconic Miami.”

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Smith’s memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award in 2010.

With so much to do and see at the 2015 Miami Book Fair, fans of literature from all walks of life are sure to find something to enjoy.  Be sure to check out some of the materials owned by UM Libraries from guest authors and artists that will be featured in the 2015 Miami Book Fair.  For more information, please visit miamibookfair.com.

Books

Write in Our Midst : An Anthology of South Florida Writers / Selections from the 1992 program, Miami Book Fair International, edited by Michael Hettich

Voices of the Heart: Miami Book Fair International Presents a Literary Anthology / Selections from Participants in the Book Fair, edited by James Blake and JoAnna Falco

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek tragedies Can Teach Us Today by Bryan Doerries

Movies

with Paul Giamiatti

Sideways

Man on the Moon

with David Strathairn

Eight Men Out

Good Night, and Good Luck

with John Leguizamo

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

Moulin Rouge!



Save the Date: Upcoming Events at UM Libraries

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The University of Miami Libraries are hosting and co-presenting several events this fall and in the coming year. Please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be a series of stimulating talks and presentations.

November 18, 2015 | GIS Day

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Members of the UM community and the public are invited to explore the many real-world applications of geographic information systems (GIS) at Richter Library on Wednesday, November 18, during UM¹s GIS Day, which will feature a keynote presentation by the graphics editor of The New York Times. Sponsored by the University of Miami Libraries and the Department of Geography, GIS Day also will include a series of workshops and panels that highlight some of the many ways GIS can enhance presentations and maximize the impact of research across the scholarly landscape. For more information and a complete schedule of GIS Day events, visit GIS Resources at UM Libraries <http://sp.library.miami.edu/subjects/gis>.

November 19, 2015 | Quince Sellos Cubanos Reception

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
Join us for a reception and conversation with artist María Martínez-Cañas highlighting her exhibition, a portfolio of 15 gelatin silver prints now on view at the library along with the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work. Exploring themes of history, memory, and identity, the limited-edition series was donated to the Cuban Heritage Collection by Alan Gordich in 2014. The exhibition will remain on view through December 2015.

January 14, 2016 | Arva Moore Parks Presents George Merrick, Son of the South Wind

6:30 p.m. | Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
As UM kicks off the 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Miami historian and University trustee Arva Moore Parks will present her latest book on Coral Gables’ founder and UM visionary George Merrick. Parks’ presentation at the library, co-sponsored by Books & Books, is in conjunction with the official opening of The Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On, an exhibition of historical materials from the Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections reflecting the University’s enduring connection to Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Featured events are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact richterevents@miami.edu or call 305-284-4026.

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Join Us for the Hometown Maps Exhibition Opening Reception

 

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Dean and University Librarian
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Rodolphe el-Khoury
Dean of the School of Architecture

cordially invite you to a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition

Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From?

Tuesday, October 6, at 4 p.m.
Otto G. Richter Library Reading Room, 1st Floor
1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146

This event is sponsored by University of Miami Libraries and the School of Architecture. Free and open to the public.

Since 1997 students at the School of Architecture have commenced their program studies in architecture and urban design by researching and analyzing the distinctive characteristics of the places they are most familiar with—their own hometowns. Using resources from the University of Miami Libraries, such as historical and contemporary maps, GIS tools, and Internet resources, students incorporate architectural, historical, environmental and geological details to create graphic layouts of their hometown. Please join us to view the exhibition of hometown maps by former and current students and celebrate the diverse and far-reaching talents of the University of Miami and its School of Architecture. The exhibition will feature an interactive digital map of the world that has been specially created by UML librarians and School of Architecture faculty, allowing one to further experience the imaginative ways in which students have interpreted the places around the world they call home.

Contact us at 305-284-4026 or richterevents@miami.edu with questions about directions and parking.

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