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Archives are often full of banned and challenged books, offering great resources for research.  So in honor of Banned Books Week 2009, Celebrating The Freedom to Read, we will offer you a week long look into some of those books.

Daddy's Roommage written by Michael Willhoite, 1990

Daddy's Roommate written by Michael Willhoite, 1990

Daddy’s Roommate is a picture book about a young boy whose divorced father now lives with his gay partner and deals with the controversial subject of homosexual parents.  Because of its intendend audience (children ages 2-5) and its subject matter, the American Library Association has it listed as #2 in the list of the most 100 challenged books from 1990-2000.
Dangerous Assignments, the newsletter for the Committee to Protect Journalists. From the Laurie S. Wiseberg and Harry Scoble Human Rights Internet Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Dangerous Assignments, the newsletter for the Committee to Protect Journalists. From the Laurie S. Wiseberg and Harry Scoble Human Rights Internet Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

On October 5, 2009, the fourth Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights will be presented to The Committee to Protect Journalists. The ceremony will take place on the plaza of the Dodd Research Center at 11 AM.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) works to promote press freedom worldwide. CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their efforts to tell the truth. In their defense of journalists, CPJ protects the right of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information. CPJ has been a leading voice in the global press freedom movement since its founding in 1981.

CPJ’s staff of experienced journalists and human rights researchers investigates press freedom abuses in more than 120 countries, from authoritarian regimes like Cuba and Burma to fragmented states like Iraq and Somalia. They respond to attacks against the press through five regional programs: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2008, CPJ carried out research and advocacy missions in Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Burma, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Mozambique, and South Africa. CPJ runs an International Program Network with five consultants based around the world: in Mexico City, São Paolo, Cairo, Johannesburg, and Bangkok. IPN staffers conduct on-the-spot investigations into serious abuses, organize emergency missions, and provide direct support to journalists who have suffered violence and incarceration.

“Mankind will know that no crime will go unpunished because it was
committted in the name of a political party or of a state, and that no crime
will be passed by because it is too big, that no criminal will avoid
punishment because they are too many.” – Senator Thomas J. Dodd

As we look forward to the awarding of the 4th Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice & Human Rights, we look back at the legacy of Thomas J. Dodd and his service in the name of justice and human rights for all mankind.  Take a moment to watch this short, but very moving 7 minute video titled “Thomas Dodd and the Legacy of Nuremberg”, narrated by Walter Cronkite.  We look forward to seeing you on October 5 where we will honor the Committee to Protect Journalists, for their work toward press freedom.

The 2009-2010 Edwin Way Teale Lecture series kicks off tonight with “A Sober Look at Global Warming”

Kerry_Emanuel_TealeDr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science and POAC Director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will share his views on the latest developments regarding global warming and its effects on our society and others around the world. His article “Increasing destructiveness of tropical cyclones over the past 30 years,” in the publication Nature,  suggested future global and sea temperature warming may lead to an upward trend in tropical cyclone destructive potential, causing a substantial increase in hurricane-related losses to coastal populations in the twenty-first century.

We hope you’ll join us today at 4:00pm in Konover Auditorium.    More information about the 2009-2010 Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series

Mary Travers, part of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, whose protest music helped define the 1960s passed away in Danbury, Connecticut on Wednesday. 

The interview below is from the December 20, 1976 issue of the socialist newspaper, In These Times, part of the Alternative Press Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Interview with Mary Travers

From the interview:

“All art forms reflect society.  Music does not create the revolution.  It articulates it maybe, but it is not a lasting force.  Something has to be happening in society first.”

“’I think the country suffered terrible blows in the latter half of the ‘60s, she says, ‘with all the assassination and the unresponsiveness of the government—unresponsive in a way that it had not been unresponsive before.  In previous times, when there was extended pressure from people over periods of time, the government moved off the dime.  And that didn’t happen in the ‘60s.’   The election of Jimmy Carter, a ‘well-meaning person’ may make some difference, Travers believes.  ‘In order to have change you have to have someone who pivots, someone who is responsive to change.”’

The Alternative Press Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut is one of the oldest and largest collections of alternative press materials in the United States.  The Alternative Press Collection (APC) was founded in the late 1960s out of student participation in activist movements for social, cultural and political change.  Currently, the APC includes thousands of national and international newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations, particularly focusing on underground and counter culture publications from the 1960s and 1970s. 

For more information about the Alternative Press Collection, please go to

The fourth biennial Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights will be awarded to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) at a ceremony on UConn’s Storrs campus Monday, October 5.

Committee to Protect Journalists Logo

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 that promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

The ceremony will take place at 11:00am on the plaza of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Joel Simon, the executive director of CPJ, will accept the award on behalf of the organization. Featured speakers will also include Senator Christopher J. Dodd; Mariane Pearl, wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl; and UConn President Michael Hogan.

For more information, please see the Dodd Prize website

Anita Riggio, “Smack Dab in the Middle”(© Putnam, 2002). Used with permission.

Anita Riggio, “Smack Dab in the Middle”(© Putnam, 2002). Used with permission.

A Celebration of Anita Riggio is the inaugural exhibit in the new Roger L. Crossgrove Exhibit Series, honoring Emeritus Professor of Art Roger Crossgrove. Roger has been a highly visible and active participant in Connecticut’s arts community for many years, a long-standing member of the Libraries’ Exhibitions Committee and a generous donor to the UConn Libraries. The series will focus on exhibits that feature the work of his former students and current colleagues.

The exhibit will be in the Dodd Center’s gallery from Oct. 19 through Dec. 18, 2009.  Anita Riggio is the author of a number of children’s books and the illustrator of many more for other authors. In addition to working as an illustrator for the Hartford Courant, Riggio has served as a courtroom artist for WVIT, a teacher at the American School for the Deaf, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s graduate Creative Writing Program. She recently adapted her 1994 work, Beware the Brindlebeast, for the National Theatre of the Deaf ’s Little Theatre of the Deaf 2007-2008 tour.  For more information about her, please see

Please join us for a reception for all of the exhibitors on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 from 2pm-4pm.  For information on other exhibits, please see

Join us on Thursday, September 10 at 4:00pm for “‘Also a Poet’: Frank O’Hara” a special presentation by Jesse Johnson, PhD candidate in the Department of English, UCLA, and recipient of the Strochlitz Travel Grant sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.  Mr. Johnson will present on his recent research in the Allen Collection of Frank O’Hara Letters housed at the Dodd Center and their relevance to his studies of portraiture and self-representation in the work of the poets John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara, and the visual artist Larry Rivers.    

The presentation, and discussion immediately following, will take place from 4:00 to 5:00pm in Room 162 of the Dodd Research Center and is free and open to the public.  Staff, faculty, students, and interested friends are welcome!

The first sign of fall on campus isn’t the change in the weather or the foliage, it’s the return of the students.  Overwhelmed by the concentrate influx of vehicles, parents, siblings and students the move in days are chaotic, no matter how well planned.   Sixty years ago, the process seems to have been a little less chaotic but I doubt the pictures tell the full story!  Welcome back, everyone!

Co-eds move in to the dorms, circa 1950

Co-eds move in to the dorms, circa 1950

Helping hands ease the move, circa 1952

Helping hands ease the move, circa 1952

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