Tzvetan Todorov to Give Townsend Center Lecture on May 4, 2009

Renowned theorist Tzvetan Todorov will give a lecture entitled "Memory, a Remedy for Evil?" in the Maude Fife Room (130 Wheeler Hall) on Monday, May 4, 2009, as part of the Townsend Center for the Humanities "Forum on the Humanities and Public World" lecture series.

More information about this event can be found at The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities website.

Below is a selection of the many books by Todorov that can be found in Graduate Services.

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THE NEW WORLD DISORDER: REFLECTIONS OF A EUROPEAN. Preface by Stanley Hoffmann. Translated by Andrew Brown. by Tzvetan. Todorov

GRDS Call Number  D860.T63 2005


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Imperfect Garden: The Legacy of Humanism by Tzvetan Todorov

GRDS Call Number B778.T5613 2002


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Les morales de l’histoire by Todorov-T

GRDS Call Number  D16.9.T6 1991

GRDS Call Number D16.8.T5713 1995 (English Translation)


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The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other by Tzvetan Todorov 

GRDS Call Number E123.T6313 1999

GRDS Call Number E123.T63 1982 (French Edition)


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Mikhail Bakhtin: The Dialogical Principle (Theory & History of Literature) by Tzvetan Todorov 

GRDS Call Number PG2947.B3.T613 1984

GRDS Call Number PG2947.B3.T6 1981 (French Edition)


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Introduction to Poetics (Theory & History of Literature) by Tzvetan Todorov 

GRDS Call Number  XMAC H852 I57 Modern Authors Collection


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Poetique de la prose (choix) by Tzvetan Todorov 

GRDS Call Number PN3331.T6 1971

GRDS Call Number  PN218.T6131 (English Translation)


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The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre (Cornell Paperbacks) by Tzvetan Todorov 

GRDS Call Number PN3435.T62 1973

No new books in Graduate Services lately? What’s with that?

The New Book Shelf in Graduate Services has been barren the last few months. This does not mean Graduate Services has stopped acquiring important books for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. In fact, in the coming months you can be certain to see books rolling on to and off these shelves just like in the old days. For now though, the move from GLADIS/Pathfinder to our new integrated library system called OskiCat has resulted in a moratorium on the processing of new materials. Don’t worry though, these new books will be here soon. Rome wasn’t built in a day and if OskiCat was, we probably wouldn’t want it. 

Also, remember, if there is a book you think would be a valued addition to the Graduate Services Collection, fill out the Purchase Recommendation Form at our website or in person at the Graduate Services circulation desk. 

If you would like to know more about OskieCat, visit the OskieCat information page on the Library’s homepage.

Library Copy-Print-Scan Services Survey in Graduate Services

Do you want to have a say in the copy-print-scan services the Library offers? Well, a survey to get feedback on what copy-print-scan services library patrons currently use and what services they need that are not currently provided can be found next to the copy machine in Graduate Services. Survey forms will be there until the end of finals. Fill one out, and give us some feedback Merzbow would be proud of.

Roundtable: Little Postage Stamps of Native Soil – The Modernist Haiku during Japanese Exclusion

May 21st, Faculty Club
12:00 noon

Led by Audrey Wu Clark

The final Bancroft Round Table of the Spring Semester will take place on Thursday, May 21st at noon in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Bancroft Study Award winner Audrey Wu Clark will give a talk entitled ""Little Postage Stamps of Native Soil": The Modernist Haiku during Japanese Exclusion."

Beyond historical concurrence, what is the correlation between the Anglo-American modernist preoccupations with the haiku and Japanese exclusion in the U.S.? By focusing mainly on turn-of-the-century Japanese American poets, their racialization within avant-garde circles and the evolution of their modernist haiku forms, Audrey Wu Clark demonstrates that the modernist assimilation of Japanese poetics, namely the haiku form, is a dialectical expression of melancholic racial particularity and manic universality.

The campus community is invited to take some time off from finals and graduations to hear Ms. Clark’s reflections upon this strange cultural anomaly through which an artistic form is welcomed while the people who created the form are rebuffed. Bancroft Round Tables strive to showcase the rich resources The Bancroft Library offers scholars for myriad avenues of research.

History Journals for the Taking

Due to budgetary and space concerns, Graduate Servics is getting rid of its history journals duplicatd in the Gardner (Main) Stacks. What this means to the paton of Graduate Services is you can have these journals for free. You can take them home without ever having to worry about a due date! That is, if you get to them before someone else does.

These journals can be found on the shelves to your right as you enter Graduate Services. 

The titles are as follows:

History and Theory

The Journal of Modern History

The English Historical Review

The New England Quarterly

Pacific Historical Review

The Hispanic American Historical Review

The Journal of Southern History

Journal of American History


Will you be blocked from checking out books when OskiCat goes live?

The UC Berkeley libraries are moving from GLADIS/Pathfinder to a new integrated library system called OskiCat. Right now, graduate students and faculty are allowed to check out an unlimited amount of items. Once OskiCat goes live on June 16, 2009 this will change: the maximum number of items allowed to be checked out by a graduate student will be 200; the maximum number of items allowed to be checked out by a faculty member will be 300. If you are over the 200 or 300 items limit, your account will be blocked and you will not be able to check-out or renew books until you have cleared this 200 or 300 item limit. So don’t get caught when you need that book. Return the items you don’t need and get under the limit–that is, if you are over the limit. 

Look for the OskiCat webpage soon to be linked to the Library homepage containing everything you wanted to know about OskiCat but were afraid to ask.

June 3rd and June 29th Richmond Instruction Session: Google, Google Scholar, Google Books

Do you know:

* You can limit any search in Google to a particular domain (such as .gov) or even a particular web site (such as

* What exactly is and is not included in Google search products?

* You can import citations directly from Google Scholar into EndNote or Reference Manager?

* You can search for citing citations in Google Scholar?

* You can limit Google Scholar searches by year, subject area, and more?

* Google Books allows you to read or preview books online?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Google, Google Scholar, Google Books class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Google search products: what’s in them?
2. Search tips
3. Setting Preferences, using Advanced Search
4. Cited reference searching
5. Shortcomings of using Google for research
6. Other sources of free, online books

Class: Google, Google Scholar, Google Books
When: This class is being offered on two different dates.  
Please specify the session you wish to enroll in when you RSVP:
    Wed. June 3, 2009, 10 – 11 AM
    Mon. June 29, 2009, 10 – 11 AM
Where: CDPH Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 136

This class is intended for CDPH staff whose work requires more effective Internet searching, and finding articles and books on work-related topics

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by:
–  Monday June 1st (for the June 3 class) or
–  Thursday June 25 (for the June 29 class)

Please specify which session you wish to attend to Judy Bolstad: or (510) 642-2510.  

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

June 24th Sacramento Instruction Session: PubMed Basics Hands on

* Do you need to find health/medical journal literature?

* Are you having trouble accessing full text articles from your desktop?

* Do you get too many or too few search results when searching PubMed?

* Are you already using PubMed and have some burning questions?

* Are you interested in a hands-on session so you can learn and practice using PubMed?

If you’ve answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s PubMed Basics Hands on Class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Introduction to PubMed
2. Retrieving Full Text Using the CDPH PubMed URL
3. Effective Keyword Searching Using Boolean Logic and Using Limits
4. Refining Your Search Strategy:
       – Finding Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Terms
       – Using Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) Terms
5. Other PubMed Features

Class: PubMed Basics: Hands On
When: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 10:30 -12 pm
Where: CDPH Sacramento, 1500 Capitol Ave, Room 72.169 (Computer Training Room)

This class is intended for CDPH staff new to PubMed or who may have some basic understanding of PubMed but don’t know how to use its features.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, June 22nd, to Judy Bolstad at or 510) 642-2510.

Please note: This class is limited to 12 participants.  A waiting list will be created, if necessary, for an additional class.

These Hands On training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisors’ approval to attend.