Author Archives: Colin Kehm

Nebraska History: The Original Bellevue College

bellevue college150 years ago this month Nebraska became the 37th state of the United States. (Which means that Bellevue University has been around for a third of the state’s history!) All this month you’re likely to see a lot of talk about Nebraska history and culture, and this post is no exception. Continue reading

Lunch and Learn Videos Archive

picture4blogFor years, the Library has been hosting ‘Lunch and Learn’ events, where staff, faculty, and students are invited to take their lunch in one of the Library’s classrooms and listen to a presentation given by a local expert on a particular topic. Recent Lunch and Learn topics have focused on University-specific subjects like the University’s history and practicing personal safety on campus, but have also covered topics of more general interest, like Chinese culture, overcoming a fear of public speaking, and evaluating Edgar Allen Poe’s work in a modern context. Continue reading

Read a New Book Month

BAL40890December is Read a New Book Month, and I’m curious… How do you go about finding new books to read? Could we exchange strategies? It’s so easy to fall into the too-comfortable habit of simply rereading books that I already know that I enjoy, and it can be quite the struggle to force myself to look outside my comfort zone (or even within it to books I haven’t read yet) for something new. Continue reading

Halloween Movies

Credit: CBS/MCA/UNIVERSAL / AlbumWe asked some Library staff what their favorite movies are to watch around or on Halloween and why they think you should watch them too. I’m pleased that we got such a wide range of picks here–from campy, funny movies to deadly serious, despairing horror movies and everything  in between, you should find something in this list to enjoy. Continue reading

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

102_525639We’ve written a lot about  keeping your computer clean on this blog before, but we’ve never written about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and what you can do to acknowledge the month. The two main elements to staying safe online are keeping your computer clean and protecting your personal information online. Continue reading

Do I Sound Gay? DVD Review

do-i-sound-gayDavid Thorpe does not like his voice. As a single gay man in his 40s, looking for a way to reinvent himself, he focuses on his voice, which conforms to the stereotypical speech patterns of gay men popularly, but mistakenly, called the ‘gay lisp.’ Do I Sound Gay? follows Thorpe as he seeks aid from a speech pathologist and a voice coach—he wants to sound ‘straighter.’ When he is not performing his voice exercises (his cats and the camera his only audience), he is on the streets interviewing other gay men about what they look for in an attractive voice and sitting down with notable gay celebrities asking about their voices. Continue reading

Banned Books Week

harry_potter_and_the_sorcerers_stoneThe Freeman/Lozier Library is celebrating Banned Books Week this week! Below is a list of events and contests for you to check out:

  • On September 27th, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in Library Classroom 460 students and staff are welcome to come in and decorate cookies inspired by their favorite banned books!
  • On September 29th, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Student Center you can get your picture taken with your favorite banned book!

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Poet’s Day

ShakespeareToday is Poet’s Day, a day for appreciating and writing poetry. While we can’t really offer any advice on writing poetry (other than to just sit down and give it a shot), we can offer plenty of advice on where to get started on appreciating it, in only two words–our collection! Continue reading

Simplicity Day

140_1652533‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.’ Continue reading