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Images of the Sea in Italian Literature – de Bellis Collection

Wednesday, October 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection

Prof. Christopher Concolino, Coordinator of Italian Studies, SFSU, presents a reading of texts written by various Italian authors on the Italian language and the Sea. Presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco .

The reading will be in Italian.

All Library Faculty and Staff are invited.

Add comment October 11th, 2007

Panel Discussion on Teaching in Africa- Sept. 26, 7pm

Have you ever wanted to…

Teach abroad?
Live or travel in Africa?

Learn more about all these topics firsthand from Bay Area residents who have taught in Namibia.

What: Panel Discussion on Teaching in Africa

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 7pm

Where: The Poetry Center, HUM 512 SF State

Get your questions answered. Learn more about volunteering opportunities and the politics and culture of this unique African country. For more info contact

Panelists include:

Ami Ehrlich volunteered in Namibia with the United State Peace Corps ( from 1999-2001. She taught English at Ebenhaezer Primary School in Karibib, a small town in the central region of Namibia. While there, she also facilitated an after school life skills program and developed a partnership with a local church library to provide the school children regular access to books. Ami is currently a Global Program Officer at Room to Read (, an international non-profit organization in San Francisco that establishes school, libraries and other educational infrastructure in developing countries.

Mira Foster is currently a librarian at SF State, and volunteered in Namibia with the United State Peace Corps ( ). Mira taught English, health education and library skills from 1999-2001 at Onayena Junior Secondary School in the northern Owambo region of the country. While there she lived with a host family of fourteen and developed the school’s new library into a learning center utilized by local schools.

Timothy Foster, originally from the United Kingdom, taught in Namibia from 1998-2001 with Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) ( In his first year he taught mathematics and developed a campus computing lab at Ponhofi Secondary School, located along the Angolan border. During his second year he was evacuated from Ponhofi because of spillover fighting from Angola’s civil war, and moved to Nehale Senior Secondary School in Onayena village, also in the Owambo region. While at Nehale he taught mathematics, tutored teachers in mathematics instruction, and developed computing and Internet facilities at two local schools. Timothy now lives in San Francisco and works as a computer engineer for AT&T.

Eileen O’Neill Guerard, a volunteer with World Teach (, taught English, writing, and some P.E. to ninth and eleventh grade students at Oshigambo High School (OHS), a private school established in the 1960s by Finnish Lutheran missionaries in northern Namibia. The school itself is famous for having schooled some of SWAPO’s freedom fighters. When Eileen worked there in 1999, OHS educated about 300 pupils in grades 8 – 12, mostly from the northern areas and primarily from the Ovambo tribes. It counted among its staff about 20 teachers, hailing from Namibia, Ghana, Burundi, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria as well as two from the United States. Eileen’s major claim to fame at OHS was teaching her ninth graders to sing “Shiny Happy People,” and moderating the eleventh-graders in some impromptu sex-education that probably would have gotten her fired in the U.S.

Peter Orner was a Worldteach volunteer ( in Namibia in 1991-1992 and taught at three primary schools, Rehoboth and Klien Aub in the south, and Karibib in the west central part of the country. He taught various courses, including 4th grade English, 7th grade English, History, Physical Education, Woodworking, as well as a course for teachers. His novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, although fiction, is based in part on his memories of Namibia. The book is currently being translated into French, Italian, and German. Winner of a 2006 Guggenheim fellowship, Orner is an associate professor at San Francisco State.

Add comment September 25th, 2007

Film on former SF State campus site

The Friends of the Library annual meeting and program will be Thursday, May 10, starting at 3:00 p.m. in Humanities 587. Following the brief business meeting, the program will include a showing of the documentary film: “Uncommon Knowledge: Closing the Books at UC Berkeley Extension” by Eliza Hemenway. San Francisco State Normal School (in its current iteration) was created by the Legislature on March 22, 1899. We became San Francisco State Teachers College in 1921 AND became San Francisco State College in 1935, a liberal arts college with programs in addition to education. For more information on the film, see:

Following the showing of the film, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker, Eliza Hemenway; Helene Whitson, former Head of Special Collections/Archives; and Bob Cherny, President of Friends of the Library; along with faculty reminiscences of teaching at the old campus.

All Friends programs are free and open to the public, and you are always welcome to attend. This program provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the history of SF State’s old campus, so if your schedule permits, please try and attend.

Add comment May 4th, 2007

Lecture on Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities"

Wednesday May 9th, 2007
at 4pm
in the de Bellis Collection Reading Room,
6th Floor, J. Paul Leonard Library
Free and open to the public

The Frank V. de Bellis Collection presents a lecture given by Prof. Lucia Gregori, Washington University, on Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities:” the real and the potential in literature and science.

Add comment April 30th, 2007

Author Steven Bach discusses Leni Riefenstahl

San Francsico State University Bookstore
Monday, April 30, 1:30-3:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library and the SFSU Cinema Department

Biographer and former United Artists executive Steven Bach now takes on his most challenging subject in Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl (Alfred A. Knopf). Bach provocatively clears away all the mythology surrounding the filmmaker whose Faustian pact with Adolf Hitler resulted in the infamous propaganda feature Triumph of the Will and Olympia. Bach teaches at Bennington College and Columbia University.

Bach finally presents Leni Riefenstahl as she genuinely was — not as we have seen her so far — but as Hitler’s self-serving and mendacious p.r. handmaiden. If you haven’t thought of ‘Nazi artist’ as a noxious and corrupting oxymoron, Bach’s scrupulous account of a zealously masked life may persuade you otherwise.” — CYNTHIA OZICK

Add comment April 24th, 2007

"Whatever Happened to Orson Welles" presentation, Joseph McBride (Cinema)

Thursday, February 8, 2007
3:30-5 PM
SFSU’s McKenna Theater (free to all)

Join Joseph McBride, Assistant Professor in the Cinema Department, and author of the new book What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, for a discussion, which will include the screening of rare clips from such Welles films as Chimes at Midnight, The Immortal Story, and Don Quixote.

Add comment February 2nd, 2007

Reflections on the Oakland General Strike

Please join us in celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Labor Archives and Research Center of San Francisco State University on Friday, February 23rd. Our keynote speaker will be Chris Rhomberg author of “No There, There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland” Chris will explore the 1946 Oakland General Strike and its impact on the city’s political landscape.

Add comment February 2nd, 2007

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