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Linguistics Film Screening at MIT, 11/17/11

Posted by: Rebecca Bailey


I just found out about a very cool event: this Thursday, 11/17/11, at MIT at 7pm, there will be a screening of the documentary film We Still Live Here – As Nutayunean. This film is about the efforts of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe of Massachusetts to revive their language after the death of the last native speaker. A copy has been purchased for Snell Library and is on reserve, so you can view it on your own at any time, but the screening at MIT will also feature a question-and-answer session afterward with the filmmaker and several linguists who have worked with the tribe on the language reclamation project. See this MIT calendar listing for more information.

The film will also air on the PBS program Independent Lens in the near future. Check your local listings for airtimes.

Posted in: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Read, Listen, Watch, Staff Interests


Library staff volunteer at National Braille Press

Posted by: Jaclyn Rubin


On Thursday, September 22nd a group of staff volunteers from Northeastern University’s Snell Library spent the afternoon at the National Braille Press located at 88 Saint Stephen Street (in the midst of Northeastern’s campus). Once on-site, staff took a tour of the facility and learned about the braille production process which includes transcription, proofreading, embossing, pressing, tactile graphics and finishing. After the tour they formed an assembly line in order to add braille to 250 pre-published children’s books. The books they helped assemble were copies of Eric Carle’s, From Head to Toe, which will be sent to blind children across the country. Check out the pictures below from the day! The National Braille Press is always looking for volunteers so if you are interested visit to learn more.


Posted in: Library News and Events, Serendipity, Staff Interests


Digital Media Design Studio Open House

Posted by: Jonathan Iannone


You are invited to attend the Digital Media Design Studio Open House on August 30th. For more information see the flier below or visit

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Snell Library’s Suggested Summer Reading

Posted by: William Macowski


Staff members of Snell Library have some great suggestions of titles for you to add to your Summer Reading List. For more information on these titles, stop by the display case on the first floor in Snell Library’s main stairwell. Enjoy!

Comfort Me With Apples: More Adventures At The Table, by Ruth Reichl – Suggested by Anita Bennett, Research & Instruction Staff Supervisor

The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak – Suggested by Rebecca Bailey, Librarian, Research & Instruction

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – Suggested by Ernesto Valencia, Systems Librarian

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand – Suggested by Nina Shah, Advancement/Marketing/Events Assistant

Bicycle Diaries, by David Byrne – Suggested by Jessie Contour, Graphic Design Co-op, Spring/Summer 1 2011

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Massachusetts Summer Fun!

Posted by: Kirsten Forsberg


As the summer weather starts to creep over Boston, students everywhere have started looking for creative new ways to relax and enjoy themselves, both inside and outside. Here are some local (and one not-quite-so-local) events to keep in mind for the upcoming weeks!

NOW: Flash Forward Festival, Boston

The Flash Forward Festival comes to Boston to showcase the best contemporary photography from all over the world, including Canada and the UK. The festival lasts for four days (June 2nd to June 5th) and runs from 12pm to 7pm, leaving ample time to explore the other activities going on around the showcase. You have your choice of public art installations, lectures, panel discussions, gallerists, and countless artists from around the city and the world. This four-day festival is free to the public.

THIS SATURDAY, June 4, 2011: The Cambridge River Festival

This one-day celebration brings the Charles River to life with countless musical performances and more than 200,000 attendees flanking the river’s edges. Come on Saturday, June 4th between noon and 6pm to experience the magic and culture of this celebration. The festival is free for everyone!

July 4: 38th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

Every year on the Fourth of July, the Boston Pops play an amazing free concert at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade along the Charles River. There are usually several exciting guest performers, and the fireworks that follow the concert are truly not to be missed. The crowds can get intense, and people camp out for space early in the morning. Tip from the locals: you can see the fireworks just as well, sometimes better, from the Cambridge side of the river, and they usually broadcast the concert to that side as well. Another tip to beat the crowds — see and hear the same concert the night before, July 3, at the dress rehearsal. (No fireworks that night, though.)

Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid with Live Score by Marc Ribot

This event at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, July 9th at 9:00pm revamps a classic Charlie Chaplin film with modern guitar solos and soundtracks. Marc Ribot’s transformation of the film brings a whole new meaning to the timeless piece. Ticket prices vary, but if you are a student (at NEU or any other college) you get a flat rate ticket for $10. Note: This museum is in North Adams, Massachusetts, about a 2.5-hour drive from Boston.

Around the World in Watercolor, 1860-1920

This exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts from July 16th to March 4th features works by American watercolorists such as John La Farge, Thomas Moran, Henry Roderick Newman, and Joseph Lindon Smith. These painters all travelled the world for inspiration, and their pieces are sure to transport you to the beautiful hills of Greece or the deserts of Egypt. The best part about this showing? Admission to the museum is free when you show your NEU student ID.

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