Author Archives: Mary Barrett

“How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People” Audio Book PN6165.H84 2018

What is the best tactic black Americans can use to avoid being shot by the police? With the proliferation of recording devices and resurging drive to right continuing injustices against people of color in the United States, a lot of focus has been directed toward police violence toward African Americans. Amid calls to ‘defund the police’ and roll back qualified immunity doctrine for officers, some white commentators have also offered advice to the black community on how to avoid the violence entirely. In his book, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People, D.L. Hughley translates this “helpful” advice into workable steps, upon which an implicitly black audience can act to successfully “not get shot.” However, the bottom line argument in D.L. Hughley’s scathing satirical commentary is simple: “don’t be black.”

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Public Aspects of Medicine at Bellevue University Library

The year 2020 was unique and challenging for the entire world.  Things many took for granted in terms of economics, culture, and infrastructure suddenly came into focus due to the circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of course, now that we are well into May, many of these issues are beginning to improve due to everyone’s efforts.  This is especially true for the international medical community: doctors, nurses, staff, researchers, and manufacturers.  They witnessed the entire pandemic first hand from the time before the virus was even identified to today’s state of affairs.

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Finance at Bellevue University

“New Year, New You!”, so the saying goes.  Many people begin the new year with a sense of renewed determination to try new things, retry old things, and generally get their lives back in order.  Of course, now that we are well into February, many of those resolutions have fallen by the wayside or simply stalled in light of, well…’life’ getting in the way.  While this is certainly not unusual, it is also true that typical resolutions can help ‘life’ feel more manageable. Many people are still facing unprecedented economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 recession.  Those same people were often living paycheck to paycheck even before the economic downturn.  While safely maintaining a steady income is certainly the first order of business these days, planning for the future and cultivating a working knowledge of finance go a long way toward easing one’s mind about future economic uncertainty.  With a little help from the Bellevue University Library print collection, it is easy to build your financial know-how no matter what your current baseline is.  The print collection about Finance includes the following subsections, which you can browse depending on what you would like to focus on.

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American History in the Bellevue University Library

This November saw a presidential election rife with misinformation, political divisions, and endless time in front of cable news channels.  Of course, because it is 2020, this unprecedented national decision played out on a backdrop of increasing COVID-19 concerns and economic hardship. This has led to a rise in anxiety and personal stress across the United States, which can make the upcoming holiday season even more daunting.  In stressful times, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that everything is out of control.  How will the Zoom-facilitated Thanksgiving get-together possibly work if the future seems so uncertain?  One way to ease those understandable concerns is to focus on things that are controllable.  Of the problems currently facing us, misinformation is the simplest one to fight on one’s own.  With a little help from the Bellevue University Library print collection, it is easy to combat misinformation about the United States history and culture.  The history and culture of the United States is broadly divided in the print collection into the following subject areas.

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“Out of Omaha” DVD E185.96.O98 2019

Systemic racism. It is a term that has become increasingly common over the last few years in the United States, particularly since the tragic murder of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, in May 2020. That murder and the protests it sparked continue to challenge the status quo of long standing power structures. It also confronted the way many white Americans view their own privilege and definition of racism. Despite the ubiquity of the protests and internet-based discussions, these undeniable problems may seem somewhat distant to white Americans living in the Omaha-metro area of Nebraska. The area surrounding the main Bellevue University campus can feel removed from the issues of racism and discrimination “those other places” face. This, however, cannot be further from the truth, as can be seen in the documentary, “Out of Omaha.”

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Asian History at the Library

Asia is both the largest and most populous continent on earth, with approximately 30% of the land mass and 60% of the population.  When many Americans think of ‘Asia’, images of large Chinese cities, endless Japanese anime, or trendy K-Pop idols come to mind.  While that is certainly correct, Asia contains so much more culture and history than that located in the large East Asian countries. Its coasts are the birthplaces of many of the world’s oldest cultures, including China, India, and the civilizations of Mesopotamia.  Currently, Asia is divided into several smaller regions that exhibit distinct cultural differences.  These regions are generally referred to as East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Eurasia.

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The Lost City of the Monkey God

Many familiar with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’sPendergast” fictional adventure novel series may be surprised to learn that Preston is also a career journalist.  He has written about archaeology, history, and paleontology for several prestigious publications including Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the New Yorker.  It was while covering an archaeological expedition for National Geographic that Preston became inspired to write The Lost City of the Monkey God.  Despite the provocative title, this non-fiction account of archaeology, anthropology, and epidemiology is not an “Indiana Jones” style adventure story.  It is a well-researched yet accessible account of modern archaeology in action.

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