News & Events: March 2, 2015

Photo from CUA Commencement Ceremony, May 2008.
Image courtesy of the Office of Public Affairs.

Graduation Fair 2015 – The University Libraries will once again be participating in the Graduation Fair, Tuesday, March 3, 11 am to 7 pm, and Wednesday, March 4, 11 am to 3 pm in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. Seniors planning to graduate this semester are encouraged to stop by for giveaways and to have their library accounts reviewed for outstanding fines and books. Don’t forget: outstanding fines or checked-out items will result on a hold on your diploma!

NEW! Distance Learning Page – A new page for Distance Learners has been created, putting all of our most useful resources for off-campus library use in one convenient place. This page is recommended for students in online programs as well as doctoral candidates completing dissertations away from CUA. Along with links to databases, online tools, and contact information for subject librarians, the page also includes a link to our new Off-Campus Delivery Request Form (restrictions apply).

LAST CHANCE! “Bridging Sign & Script” May Gallery Exhibit – The exhibit by the Semitics/ICOR library currently on display in the May Gallery, “Bridging Sign & Script,” has been extended until March 9th. Stop by to learn about the 1930 Harvard-Catholic University Joint Expedition to Serabit-el-Khadim.

UPCOMING EVENT: American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present – The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (CUA), in conjunction with The American Catholic History Research Center & University Archives (CUA) and the Office of Migration and Refugee Policy (USCCB), will be hosting a conference entitled American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. For more information, visit event website.

Writing Center in Mullen Library – Please note that the Writing Center will be holding satellite hours in the lobby of Mullen Library Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm. Walk-ins are welcome; look for the sign. For more information about writing center, including additional hours and appointment policies, please visit their website.

Have you tried lynda.com? – The University Libraries is proud to bring the CUA Community access to lynda.com, an online video training library offering more than 2,000 self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer and project management skills for beginner, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more.  All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and come with fully searchable transcripts. Curated playlists are also available for over 150 topics. To learn more, check out this introductory video.

Items from Semitics/ICOR Library on Display at Smithsonian

Some 11 items from the Père Albert Jamme, M.Afr. Collection have been loaned to the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery for its upcoming exhibition, “Unearthing Arabia: the Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips,” October 11, 2014-June 7, 2015, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

See Unearthing Arabia ; Language and Writing

The Père Albert Jamme, M.Afr. Collection in CUA’s Semitics/ICOR Library brings together in one place 55 years of work (ca.1946-1999) by an eminent scholar of the languages and scripts of pre-Islamic Arabia.

Fr. Jamme (1916-2004) was a faculty member of CUA’s Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures between 1953 and 1997. He served as research epigrapher for important archeological expeditions to the Arabian peninsula.

The Jamme Library is a large ‘integrated’ epigraphic collection in which the evidence of inscribed stones, latex and paper squeezes or impressions, photographs, slides, rubbings, and line drawings of the inscriptions can be studied side by side with Fr. Jamme’s site maps, work notes and published studies, with the comparative lexical data of his Old South Arabian and Old North Arabian card indexes, and with his professional correspondence and research archives. Additional support is provided by his reference library of books and serials.

Work is underway to improve access to this important collection. It is the focus of a digitization project in Mullen Library. The collection, which has been in offsite storage, also is being rehoused in an epigraphic seminar room within the Semitics/ICOR library.

Qatabanian inscription
Jamme 483. Proscynema socle. Orange-steaked white alabaster. Qatabanian (Old South-Arabian) inscription: ´Aśabum [of the family] Farṣaṣum