Do Not Go Gentle: Poetry of Protest

Do Not Go Gentle: Poetry of Protest
Otto G. Richter Library | The Lynda and Michael Gordon Exhibition Program
Fall Semester 2012 (opening September 17, 2012)

Throughout history, protests have changed the way people think and the way nations govern.  This exhibition explores some important 20th- and 21st-century protest themes through musical scores, contemporary zines, artists’ books, and poems by celebrated protest writers.  By touching on a range of protest from antiwar to human rights, we invite viewers to contemplate these powerful and lyrical messages of hope, peace, and change.

Readings From The Fringe

The UM Libraries continues its 50th Anniversary celebrations with a unique evening of staged readings from the zine and fringe literature materials from Special Collections.

UM Libraries is home to an important South Florida Collection: The Firefly Zine. Originating in the early 20th century as a mode of communication amongst science fiction fans, “zines” (fanzines) grew in popularity during the 1970s punk rock scene.

Students, faculty, and UM staff will be reading from a variety of zine collections, including the collection donated by the Firefly Collective, a Miami-based activist and education group.

Come and hear readings spanning from the golden age of zines (the late 1970s and 80s) to the present.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Reception 6 p.m. | Program 6:30 pm
Otto G. Richter Library | Special Collections, 8th Floor
1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146



Mellon Foundation gift to UM Libraries will support software development of important resource

Grant Will Expand Cuban Theater Digital Archive

MIAMI, November 6, 2012 —The University of Miami Libraries has received a two-year $260,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for support-software development that will expand the functionality of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive.

“The Cuban Theater Digital Archive is a model digital humanities project, which fosters interdisciplinary collaborations,” said Dean and University Librarian William D. Walker. “As we celebrate the Year of the Humanities and Arts at UM, it is especially rewarding to be able to advance this model project.”

Leonidas Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the “innovative digital humanities project provides an important resource for scholars and students and helps to advance understanding of the role that performing arts play in our culture.”

Mitsunori Ogihara, associate dean for digital library innovation and director of data mining in UM’s Center for Computational Science, will oversee the development of various software components that will add metadata extraction from the digital media (videos and graphics), add community tags and a search mechanism, and make a publication tool available that allows scholars to more easily access archived materials for research.

“I am very excited about being part of this project. Making this invaluable archive of Cuban theatrical productions more accessible with streamlined data processing and an advanced search mechanism will enhance its value to scholars,” said Ogihara.

The Cuban Theater Digital Archive was established by Lillian Manzor, associate professor of modern languages and literatures and Latin American Studies, and the UM Libraries as the result of a 2005 Digital Library Fellowship. Previous awards have included a six-month research and planning initiative followed by a larger award to rebuild the technical and organizational infrastructure.

Available online at, the archive serves as a resource for research, teaching, and learning in Cuban theater and performance and as a community repository for important Cuban theatrical materials. It is also a forum to foster scholarly communication in this field. The archive is managed as a digital humanities partnership between the University of Miami Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with Cuba’s National Council for the Performing Arts and the Center for Stage Design Studies.

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Find Your Item More Easily

We are pleased to announce a new feature of the library catalog: Map It. When you find an item in the catalog, look for the “map it” icon. Click this to see a map with the (approximate) location of your item highlighted. You’ll still need to have the call number handy to find the exact location.

New Mobile-Optimized Catalog

Please try out our new mobile-optimized library catalog.  Search anywhere and click on “map it” for help in locating your item.

When you visit with a mobile device, you will be automatically shown the mobile version.  But don’t worry, you can always click “view full site” to bring back the familiar catalog.

Happy searching: