Thank you for visiting UC San Diego’s new Library Channel, brought to you by the UC San Diego Library.
This new channel serves as a conduit to the Library’s many outreach activities and events, ranging from author talks, faculty lectures, and special events, to concerts, film screenings, and behind-the-scenes interviews with students, librarians, and friends and supporters. We will be giving you a birds-eye view of some of our most treasured special collections and archives, including: our Dr. Seuss Collection, which comprises the original papers, illustrations, correspondence, and other materials of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss; our American Institute of Wine and Food Culinary Collection, our Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages, and so many others.
We also will keep you abreast of the many digital innovations and transitions that are dramatically transforming today’s Library, allowing you to access a wealth of materials and images with the click of a mouse. I hope you will tune in regularly. As Dr. Seuss said: “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian
UC San Diego Library
UCTV is proud to announce the launching of UC San Diego's Library Channel. Our first spotlighted program is Books That Changed America with Jay Parini -- Dinner in the Library
Renowned author and Middlebury College Professor Jay Parini offers a compelling narrative on the evolution of the American psyche with selections from his "Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America." Parini was the keynote speaker at the UC San Diego Library's "Dinner in the Library," which takes place annually in Geisel Library.
Parini explains, “These thirteen books must be seen as representative, not definitive, works. They are nodal points, places where vast areas of thought and feeling gathered and dispersed, creating a nation as various and vibrant as the United States, which must be considered one of the most successful nation-states in modern history, and a republic built firmly on ideas, which are contained in its major texts. Where we have been must, of course, determine where we are going. My hope is that this book helps to show us where we have been and engenders a lively conversation about our destination, which seems perpetually in dispute.”
—from Promised Land
Jay Parini's 13 books that changed America:
1. "Of Plymouth Plantation," William Bradford
2. "The Federalist Papers," Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
3. "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"
4. "The Journals of Lewis and Clark," Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
5. "Walden," Henry David Thoreau
6. "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe
7. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain
8. "The Souls of Black Folk," W.E.B. Du Bois
9. "The Promised Land," Nicholas Lemann
10. "How to Win Friends and Influence People," Dale Carnegie
11. "The Common Sense Book on Baby and Child Care," Dr. Benjamin Spock
12. "On the Road," Jack Kerouac
13. "The Feminine Mystique," Betty Friedan