DVD Picks: Thanksgiving on TV

by Terri Robar, Learning & Research Services

You probably know that our DVD collection has movies but did you realize that we also have television shows? To help you get into the holiday mood, we’ve chosen some favorite Thanksgiving episodes from these series. Happy Turkey Day!

The following TV series are a part of Richter Library’s DVD collection. In addition to the thousands of DVDs spanning comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentary, and other genres, UM Libraries also houses film-related materials such as screenplays, soundtracks, musical scores, and original book titles. Search the catalog to browse music and print resources related to these films.

Buffy Cover

Buffy Summers and the rest of the gang get a Thanksgiving surprise when the spirit of a Native American warrior returns to the land of the living.

On Thanksgiving, Bart gets into a fight with the family and runs away from home before sharing a turkey dinner with a group of homeless people at a soup kitchen and learning the true meaning of the holiday in the process.

Diane is one of the few graduate students selected to spend Thanksgiving with her professor and his family in the “Pilgrim tradition.”

Dozens of Chinese stowaways are discovered in a container ship in California; Toby looks to pick a fight over school prayer with a recess appointment; Thanksgiving at the White House sees C.J. in charge of turkeys and Charlie looking for the ultimate carving knife.

Frasier, Martin, and Niles fly to Boston for Thanksgiving. Frasier and Lilith go together for an interview with the principal of an exclusive boarding school, hoping to gain a spot for Frederick. They are so dogged that the principal agrees to admit Frederick if they both promise that he’ll never lay eyes on either of them again.

It’s Thanksgiving in a few days but the family nature of the holidays will be difficult for many to achieve. Don refuses to join Betty and the children with her family for the holidays, he balking at the notion of the long drive and short time to spend there.

The Conner family steps it up for this Thanksgiving episode after Roseanne wins the lottery. Roseanne and Jackie’s mother, Bev, is outraged at the idea of a gay couple adopting children and, in the middle of a dinnertime diatribe, accidentally outs her own attraction to women.

What do a pack of genetically-modified murderous turkeys, a Braveheart parody, Sally Struthers, and a starving Ethiopian child have in common? They’re all part of this deliciously wicked Thanksgiving episode, which became an instant classic for the subversive series.

The gang relives their worst Thanksgivings, including Joey getting a turkey stuck on his head, Chandler’s parents getting divorced, and Monica accidentally cutting off Chandler’s toe. It all ends with Monica with a turkey on her head, with sunglasses and a fez, shimmying.

Carol Hathaway faces an ethical dilemma when a patient admits that he, and not his friend, was driving the car that ran a red light and killed a pedestrian. It’s Thanksgiving and the doctors treat an animal rights activist who was attacked by the turkey he was trying to save. Doug Ross is going to the Bahamas with Linda Farrell and he is very much feeling like a kept man. Carter has to treat a transgender woman who has now reached an age where she can no longer pass as a woman.

Rita prepares a big Thanksgiving meal while Dexter and Debra conduct investigations. Dexter stops by Arthur’s house for a visit and realizes that though Arthur is in appearance the happy family man, he is in fact terrorizing his family. According to Arthur’s son Jonah, they are all regularly beaten. Jonah is afraid to confront his father and invites Dexter for Thanksgiving dinner.

House and the team take on the case of James Sidas, an exceptionally brilliant physicist and author who traded his successful career for a job as a courier. For the ailing patient, intelligence is a miserable burden that has prompted depression and addiction, and this, coupled with his myriad unusual symptoms, nearly stumps the team. Meanwhile, the doctors at Princeton Plainsboro wrestle with strained personal relationships on the eve of Thanksgiving.

Join Us for a Conversation with María Martínez-Cañas and J. Tomás López


“La Quinta Columna Te Espía” in Quince Sellos Cubanos.

University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection will present a conversation with María Martínez-Cañas, artist of Quince Sellos Cubanos, and J. Tomás López, professor of Art and Art History, at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.

Martínez-Cañas reimagined iconic images from the Cuban stamp collection she’s had since childhood. A limited-edition series of her renowned portfolio, Quince Sellos Cubanos, is now on view at Richter Library. The exhibition features 15 gelatin silver prints alongside the original Cuban stamps that inspired her work.

Martínez-Cañas will discuss her work with Professor López, who is also head of the Electronic Media and Photography area at UM. As a photographer, Professor López’s prints are part of several major collections, including those of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of American Arts, and the International Museum of Photography.

Please join us for a reception and conversation with María Martínez-Cañas and J. Tomás López on her work and exploration of history, memory, and identity.

The exhibition will run through December 2015.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to Ivett Uria at 305-284-4026 or richterevents@miami.edu.

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Join the Writing Center’s Mini Classics Book Club


Join in the discussion every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Richter Library.

The Writing Center’s Mini Classics Book Club meets each Tuesday evening at Richter Library (room 225) from 6:30 to 7:30. The newly formed club is a wonderful opportunity to expand your literary horizons with classic works of around 100 pages.

The club is now reading The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Released in 1952, this 127-page book is Hemingway’s most popular work, about an aging Cuban fisherman, alone in a small skiff, who catches a magnificent marlin and must defy the sea, marauding sharks, and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home.

Whether you have started the book, finished the book or are just interested in the book, you are more than welcome to join. For questions or to find out more, please contact UM librarian Ava Brillat at abrillat@miami.edu.

32nd Annual Miami Book Fair International

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.


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.”


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.


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


with Paul Giamiatti


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!

Now On View at Richter Library: Hometown Maps


Since 1997 students at the School of Architecture have commenced their program studies in architecture and urban design by researching, analyzing, and interpreting the distinctive characteristics of the places they are most familiar with—their own hometowns. A selection of hometown maps created by students over the course of nearly 20 years is now on view in Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From?, located on the first floor of the Richter Library.

Architecture student Lorena Knezevic's map of Torino, Italy, is one of the 2015 featured works in Hometown Maps.

Architecture student Lorena Knezevic’s map of Torino, Italy, is one of the 2015 featured works in Hometown Maps.

The exhibition includes works by six former and four current students representing various cities and towns in the United States and beyond. The maps are showcased next to an interactive digital map of the world that has been specially created by UML librarians and School of Architecture faculty as a way to view a range of students’ work by location and year, among other aspects.

“These maps engage the students’ awareness about urban planning and the development of towns through the lens of architectural, environmental, and historical features,” says Gilda Santana, who as head of UML’s Paul Buisson Architecture Library has been helping grow the Hometown Maps archive at UM Libraries Digital Collections. Currently it includes around 300 student-created maps dating back to 2004.

At the exhibition’s opening on October 6, Dean of the School of Architecture Rodolphe el-Khoury said the project is an important way of introducing students to the UM architecture program and its big-picture philosophy. “We think of architecture in an urban context and what it brings to the city rather than focusing solely on individual monuments,” he explained.

The maps are hand-drawn, a testament to the program’s continued recognition of traditional drawing skills, while students use a range of tools and resources to support accuracy in their graphic layouts. The UM Libraries Maps Collection has long been a popular resource, and several students this year consulted UML’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab to cull information about their hometowns such as elevation and street data.

With the archive in place, this work has the potential to inform and inspire architecture students down the road. “As each project is presented to the class, the studio learns more about the larger issues of architecture and the environment, geography, and culture, as well as something new about the perspective on place,” Santana says.

Visit Hometown Maps: Where in the World Do Architects Come From at the Otto G. Richter Library, on view through December 2015.

Library visitors can further explore the Hometown Maps archive through the exhibition’s interactive digital display.

Library visitors can further explore the Hometown Maps archive through the exhibition’s interactive digital display. Photo by Brittney Bomnin

Save the Date: Upcoming Events at UM Libraries


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

Otto G. Richter Library
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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Visioning Studio for the Future Learning Commons Opens at Richter Library

The Visioning Studio for the future Learning Commons is now open on the first floor of Richter Library.  Look for the large open space with the orange stripes brightening your path.

The Visioning Studio offers a place for the UM community to begin trying out different types of spaces, services, and technologies that the UM Libraries might offer in partnership with campus academic service units. Here is a sampling of what you’ll discover in the Visioning Studio this month:

    • Free tutoring provided by the Academic Resource Center begins in the Visioning Studio’s Consultation Hub on September 8 at 5 p.m. The service will be provided Monday – Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The sound in the Visioning Studio will increase accordingly to a collaborative, conversational level during these times.  When tutoring is not occurring, the Consultation Hub is available for open study.
    • Brightspot consultants will be leading user experience interviews and workshops with students and faculty in the Active-Learning Environment during the week of September 8. The goal of this research is to involve our students and faculty in the design of our future Learning Commons. We are grateful to all who are participating!
    • Check out the puzzle station in our prototype BrainSpa, where you can relax and reboot your mind. We are hoping to hear your ideas about other activities you might like to be able to do in the Learning Commons.

Share your vision with us!


Now On View at Richter Library: Natural Cuba

Natural Cuba

An exhibition highlighting the island’s vibrant flora and fauna and their historical depictions, from iconic botanical illustrations to stunning wildlife publications to the beautifully colored specimens of the polymita picta, Cuba’s native tree snail. A series of historical photos, books, and other materials preserved by the Cuban Heritage Collection are now on display through Fall 2015 at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion at the Otto G. Richter Library.