Fair Use Can Be Fun!

February 24 – 28 is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. But why should you care? You should care because Fair Use is a US law that you utilize frequently, even daily. Fair Use makes a number of things possible, including: parody and satire quoting and citing remixes scanning and photocopying Fair Use lets you use copyrighted […]


Panel Discussion and Film Screening of the Documentary “Kiki”

Friday, November 30, 2018 6:30 – 9:00pm Location: George Peabody Library Exhibit Gallery Doors open at 5:30. No advanced tickets required. Please arrive early, as seats are limited. This documentary screening and panel discussion kicks off a long-term public humanities collaboration between the Sheridan Libraries and Baltimore’s ballroom community, a black GLBT performance subculture with […]


Afrofuturism and Sci Fi

Science fiction and fantasy continue evolving. A rich and massive current wave is Afrofuturism. Books Afrofuturism — Africans have been writing science fiction since around the 1920s. Some of the newer voices in Afrofuturism are N.K. Jemisin ,  Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Deji Bryce Olukoton. These authors’ titles include: Jemisin’s The Broken Earth […]


The Spirit of ’68

 1968 was marked by war and protest, tragedy and revolution—a year around which a whole era of political turmoil, cultural change, and social unrest turned. So much happened in one year, including: The Tet Offensive and the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. The “Prague Spring” liberalizations in Czechoslovakia, followed by the Soviet invasion. The assassination […]


Hoop Dreams: Struggles and Redemption in Basketball Films

College basketball is heating up; have you made your bracket yet?  There aren’t quite as many movies out there about basketball as there are about football, but the Libraries does have a few to keep you company for those times without basketball. Hoosiers is a must-see for any basketball fan – it has the whole […]


Fairy Tales for Christmas Holidays

As a young girl growing up in Indonesia, I remember that Christmas was one of my most favorite times of the year. My parents bought us a small Christmas tree that my siblings and I decorated. Every evening, during the month of December, my mother would read to us fairy tales from the story books that […]


Global Communist Media at your Fingertips

A new e-resource, Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda, brings a treasure trove of film to your fingertips. Digitized, captioned, and made searchable by Adam Matthew, Socialism on Film included documentaries, newsreels, and feature films spanning the early 20th century through the 1980s. British communist Stanley Forman collected the films which then […]


Hard-boiled and Noir Fiction and Film

Travelling through fetid alleyways in the pouring rain, through thronging cities like beating hearts, and darkened rooms echoing gunshots and last breaths, the fiction and film of the hard-boiled and noir genres bring readers and viewers along for vivid, engrossing, sensual experiences that earlier mysteries neglected in favor of purely intellectual exercises. Often used interchangeably, […]