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A Touch of Zen

Posted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:02am

Topic(s): Updates, Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: “A Touch of Zen”  

The next film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series (formerly known as the “Masters of Japanese Cinema” series) is King Hu’s 1971 epic, A Touch of Zen. It screens Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street.

King Hu (Hu Jinquan) is considered to be one of the most important innovators in martial arts cinema in Hong Kong, and also later in Taiwan.  He got his start as an assistant to Li Han-hsiang for The Love Eterne, a “yellow plum” opera film from 1963.  His second feature, Come Drink With Me (1966), helped solidify his reputation as a martial arts film director.  

King Hu exploits the editing and the vertical space of his films in fresh ways, lending a dynamism that became very influential.  Hu’s films often depict skilled fighters resisting corrupt government officials, and important roles were given to “nuxia,” or female knights-errant.  

Golden Swallow, the nuxia character from Come Drink With Me, was played by Chang Pei-Pei, who was later given the role of Jade Fox in Lee Ang’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), a film considered to be influenced by precedents established by Hu’s work.  According to series curator and WWU librarian Jeff Purdue, A Touch of Zen may be the film most directly responsible for the look and feel of Lee’s film, and many other martial arts films that followed from Hu’s masterpiece.  

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series was one of the Pickford's longest running and most loved series, featuring some of the best films in World Cinema with movies that span both decades and genres. The Masters of Asian Cinema series promises to continue that rich tradition.  Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. A Touch of Zen will be introduced by Dr. Li Wang, who teaches Chinese at Western.


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Transfer Student Info Session Jan. 12

Posted on: Monday, January 2, 2017 - 3:39pm

Topic(s): Updates, Events, Resources

Are you a transfer student interested in learning more about services available to you at WWU?  

Join Western Libraries, the Learning Commons, and New Student Services on January 12 at 5:30 p.m. for a Transfer Student Info Panel where we will answer your questions about resources on campus, ranging from research and writing services to student employment opportunities.

The panel will feature representatives from the Libraries and the Learning Commons, Financial Aid, Student Employment, and the Student Business Office. Light snacks will be provided. This event is being offered as part of transfer student orientation. Event location is Western Libraries, Haggard Hall Room 222. 


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Right Now, Wrong Then

Posted on: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:53am

Topic(s): Events

Masters of Asian Cinema: Right Now, Wrong Then

The next film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series (formerly known as the “Masters of Japanese Cinema” series) is Hong Song-soo’s 2015 Right Now, Wrong Then.  It screens Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm at Pickford Film Center, (318 Bay Street).  

Hong Song-soo is a prolific director, having made 18 feature films since his debut in 1996. Making on average one film a year, he has also created a distinctive body of work in contemporary cinema. His characters are often filmmakers, painters, or writers, engaged in the ordinary business of life, love, and friendship.

Right Now, Wrong Then features a film director who goes to another city to present his work and meets someone there in whom he becomes romantically interested. The film explores how subtle variations in how we present ourselves to others can produce significant changes in our relationships with them.

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Japanese Cinema series was one of the Pickford's longest running and most loved series, featuring some of the best films in World Cinema with movies that span both decades and genres. The Masters of Asian Cinema series promises to continue that rich tradition.  

Each film in the series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. David Gray, who is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the English Department at Western Washington University. Gray completed his PhD in 2015 in the Film and Media Studies Department at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he wrote a dissertation on post dictatorship documentary from the Southern Cone. He has published in Media Fields Journal, Studies in Documentary Film, and WideScreen (forthcoming). His research and teaching interests include documentary, Latin American Cinema, spatial studies, trauma and memory studies, and the essay film.


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Intersession & Holiday Hours

Posted on: Monday, December 5, 2016 - 4:20pm

Topic(s): Updates

Intersession Hours December 10 - January 3

Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm beginning December 10th through January 3rd. The Libraries will also be closed for holidays on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

Additional areas with special intersession hours are listed below:

 

Map Collection

Open M-F 11am to 3pm Dec. 12th -16th  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 19th – Jan. 3rd

 

Special Collections

Open M-F 11am to 4pm Dec. 12th – 23rd  (closed weekends)

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd

 

Center for Pacific Northwest Studies

Open M-F 8:30am - noon/1:00 - 4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed noon-1:00pm & weekends).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd

 

University Archives

Open M-F 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Dec. 12th - 23rd (closed weekends, archival research by appointment only).

Closed Dec. 24th – Jan. 2nd


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Canines on Campus!

Posted on: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 9:10am

Topic(s): Events

Canines on Campus Return to Western Libraries

Beginning Monday, November 28 through Thursday, December 8, Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines on Campus” registered therapy animal program. Teams of our favorite humans and animals (which still include Smokey the cat!) will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library, off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during both the week preceding and the week of final exams. 

A schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning the morning of Monday, November 28. 

During this two-week period, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official Canines on Campus volunteers are not permitted in this area. Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while service animals are welcome in the library, pets are not permitted inside library facilities.

Therapy animals have a special aptitude for interacting with people, providing affection and comfort during their visits with the public. The therapy animals who are part of the Canines on Campus program are registered through several different agencies and have met certain standards of skills and aptitude. Whatcom Therapy Dogs and Dogs on Call are the two organizations which provide volunteers to the Canines on Campus program.

Stop by the library to say hi and de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or writing those last few papers!


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