Breaking Bread

November 24th, 2014

Probably, if you are a college student, you’ve done some last-minute studying over a pizza. Maybe you’ve gone a week eating little more than Raman noodles because money was tight. Both of these are pretty common in ‘college culture’. Students have gotten together and learned and commiserated over these ‘college cuisine’ foods for generations.

Food is a cornerstone of any culture – secular, regional, religious, or national. Not just the taste of the food – but also the social aspects of eating and enjoying time with each other. In experiencing other cultural traditions in sharing meals, we can learn and appreciate that culture in a way that mere words do not convey. The Den and the Diversity Committee are working together to create just such an opportunity at IU East, with several Cultural Food Days each semester. On December 2nd, from 11:00 – 2:00, the Den will be serving traditional Jewish cuisine, including falafel, kugel, latkes, and more, under the tutelage of Rabbi Yossi Greenberg, from the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Miami University. Participants can also learn about Hanukkah customs and play the driedel game. And next semester, African and Latin American foods will be explored.

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Of course, even if words can’t fully express the meaning in cultural food and eating, we have plenty of books that try. Sink your teeth into titles like Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture by Eugene Anderson, Reimagining Marginalized Foods: Global Processes, Local Places by Elizabeth Finnis, and How Food Made History by B.W. Higman. Or for a more hands-on experience, try out a cookbook, such as The Multicultural Cookbook for Students by Carole Lisa Albyn, Betty Crocker’s New International Cookbook, or The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun around the World by Deanna F. Cook. There’s something for every taste!

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I Will Write Peace on Your Wings

November 17th, 2014

November 17th is World Peace Day, a time when people focus on how they can bring peace through their own grassroots actions (in contrast to holidays like September’s International Day of Peace, which focuses more on global efforts to end wars). Started in 1997 by Don Morris, World Peace Day gives agency to ordinary people who might be unable to contribute to global initiatives. Small, personal acts of personal growth and transformation are celebrated – it is a truly ‘grassroots’ holiday, independent from any specific government or religious organization.

One story that inspired Morris was the tale of the Thousand Origami Cranes – a Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a single wish. In the 1950s, a girl named Sadako Sasaki was dying of radiation poisoning from Hiroshima. She started folding cranes in the hope of wishing for her recovery. But before the end she made her wish for world peace, saying “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.” Her example has made the crane a lasting symbol for world peace.


Morris challenges people to similarly fold cranes and put them in public places, to represent that enduring wish for world peace. The library is also making 1,000 cranes, and you are invited to help. Origami paper is available for free in the library, and instructions for folding them are online. You can fold as many as you want, and help us wish for peace.

And for anyone wanting to take further steps towards peace, the library has a lot of resources. Books like Peace Movements Worldwide by Michael Nagler, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict, Committing to Peace: The Successful Settlement of Civil Wars by Barbara Walter, Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution by Saleem Ali, Taking a Stand: A Guide to Peace Teams and Accompaniment Projects by Elizabeth Boardman and People, Peace, and Power: Conflict Transformation in Action by Diana Francis are all excellent places to begin. And any social science database like SocIndex, ProQuest Social Science, or Opposing Viewpoints offers a wealth of information, as well. For any questions about accessing these resources or more, please Ask Us!

The IU East Campus Library got involved in making cranes for World Peace Day after library director Yates read about a project at the Hartford Seminary. Library student staff Amber Estadilla and Alexandra Estes led the way, making hundreds of cranes themselves and also teaching many IU East students, faculty and staff how to make them. This group effort led to the completion of 1,000 paper cranes in time to celebrate World Peace Day!

You can help celebrate peace any day by posting an image of a paper crane on your Facebook page, as a symbol of your personal commitment to peace.

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If You Can’t Feed a Hundred People Then Feed Just One

November 10th, 2014

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic missionary in India (1910-1997)

People who are hungry are all around us. We often think of the problem of hunger as one of starvation, experienced by people in war-torn countries thousands of miles away or those at the absolute bottom, who are homeless and alone. But that isn’t true – plenty of people struggle to put food on the table, at least sometimes. We call this Food Insecurity – when people don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, or how they’ll provide their children with something nutritionally adequate and safe. There are, of course, government programs – including food stamps and free school lunches. But the problem is vast, and hard to solve.

There are plenty of resources for studying the problem of hunger – from books like Hunger Efforts and Food Security by James Tobin, Sustainability Challenge: Food Security for All, and Hunger and Poverty: Causes, Impacts and Eradication: Food Security: Quality Management, Issues and Economic Implications by Maddox Jones to databases like Opposing Viewpoints, SocIndex, or the Palladium-Item to web resources like Bread for the World or Stats Indiana for local statistics. Regardless of what you need, the library is a great place for learning about how to do something to help relieve the crisis.

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One local opportunity you can be a part of is the Empty Bowls luncheon on November 15th at First Friends Meeting. Empty Bowls programs are done in hundreds of communities in many countries. Artists and potters craft bowls, with which participants share a simple, sustainable meal. The participants get to keep their bowl, as a reminder of those who do not have a full bowl of their own. The proceeds from the luncheon go to help the hungry, locally and worldwide. All of the bowls for this event will be created by the IU East Ceramics Department and other local potters in the community.

Open Arms Ministries of Richmond, the organization that IU East Center for Service-Learning is partnering with for this Empty Bowls luncheon, serves between 45 and 65 families each month, so your attendance will directly help our community. And the Wayne County Foundation has agreed to match every dollar donated, so this is a perfect time to get involved. The luncheon will be held in Boruk Hall, 2010 Chester Boulevard and starts at 11:00 AM. If you are interested in volunteering to help, contact the Center for Service-Learning at 765-973-8411 or


An Instruction Manual

November 3rd, 2014

Doing good research can be complicated. We’re all used to simplified interfaces – using things like Google online, and things like microwaves in our kitchens. But sometimes using a microwave isn’t enough. You need to learn how to use the real stove. And for that, obviously, you’d read the manual, or have someone show you how.

The same is true in the library. You’re not born knowing how to do great research; it’s something everyone has to learn. If you’d like to talk and ask questions with a real person, we’re available at or 765-973-8311. But if you’re the kind of person that prefers to read the instructions, the library has lots of tutorials.

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Our main source of tutorials are LibGuides, which are customized guides for many library topics. We have many LibGuides written for specific courses, but also for common tasks, such as Finding and Evaluating Resources or Starting Research. We also have LibGuides that act as tutorials for specific databases – ones like EBSCO Ebooks or IUCAT that show you how to get the most out of one individual resource.

We also have videos that can help you if you prefer a visual learning style. Videos like Basic Library Research or Ebook Tutorial cover major topics that will turn you into a library pro in no time, taking you from general to advanced search strategies.

So however you like to learn – hands on, by reading, or by watching – we’ve got great guides for you. If you have any questions, contact us at!

Humanities E-Book Database Trial

October 27th, 2014

As the University grows and changes, so does the library. You know that we subscribe to lots of great databases to bring you the books and articles you need for your classes. But even so, there are many other resources available, and the people that make those databases sometimes offer free trials.  One of them is a new e-book database, The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book collection. And we would like to get your feedback on whether it would be useful for your research.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book collection offers 4,300 books in topics ranging from African American studies to Archaeology to Film and Media Studies to Folklore. Most are normal e-books with scanned images of every page, but the ACLS is adding more and more XML-text books – e-books that have interactive content like such as web links to additional resources, enlargeable images, and even multimedia including video and sound files.


To get started, just go to and choose ‘Browse’ or ‘Search’ from top toolbar to find a book. Click on any title to see more information about it and link to the full text. You can access it on campus from any computer – if you are off campus, contact for the trial username and password.

The ACLS Humanities E-Book collection is available for trial all this week.  Check it out and let us know what you think of it at – your input will help us provide resources useful to your research.