Freshman Workshop Series Starts Again

If you missed the Freshman workshops in fall and winter quarters, you have more opportunities to attend in spring quarter.

Workshop #1 is being offered this week. Learn about the Deep Web and discover all the library’s great resources for research. There are still a few seats left in this week’s sessions.

Remember, if you’re planning to attend the whole series, you have to attend this workshop first.

Register now on our calendar.

All library workshops take place in PL-2005 (2nd floor Library Addition)

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Brokeback Mountain Movie Screening

Brokeback Mountain movie poster




Discussion facilitated by: Dr. Bradford Owen, Department of Communication Studies.


At 6 PM

Book Into Film:

Novels and Short Stories Adapted for the Screen, A program that delves into the relationship between text and film.

- Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay. Includes original short story by Annie Proulx (1997) & screenplay by OscarTM winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal
- A limited number of copies will be available for check out at the Library Multimedia Center, PL5005, on the 5th floor of the Library.
- Discussion facilitated by: Dr. Bradford Owen, Department of Communication Studies.

Posted in Movie Screenings

Web server maintenance Thursday 4/17 midnight

After 12 midnight Thursday, April 17, I.T.S. will conduct server maintenance that will result in the library website being unavailable for a short time. The service window will be from 12 midnight to 1:00am Friday morning, although we expect the website to be unavailable for less than 10 minutes.

The library catalog and subscription databases will not be affected by this maintenance. They are available at the following links:

Posted in Databases, Library Catalog, Library Services

Pacific Review presents: Dwight Yates 4/17, 6 pm PL4005

Please join us on Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 pm in PL 4005 to hear the wonderful stories of Dwight Yates, an accomplished writer and teacher. Author Richard Russo writes that Yates’ last collection, Bring Everybody, was “an electrifying collection of short fiction.” Mr. Yates will be reading from this collection, which won the Juniper Prize for Fiction, so please join us this coming Thursday at 6:00 pm. In a short bio, Mr. Yates tells us: “He grew up here and there in the Northwest. He never went hungry and was otherwise treated well—not a promising beginning for a writer. He had a paper route and mowed lawns and bagged groceries and worked on a farm and drove a mike truck and worked for the Forest Service, served in the Peace Corps and the Army and attended five universities. He taught writing for many years at UC Riverside. His stories have appeared in various journals and anthologies and so far have comprised two collections, Haywire Hearts and Slide Trombones and Bring Everybody. His two daughters grew up in Redlands where he still resides with his wife.”

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Movie Reviews: The Way Back

Movie Reviews: North By North Les

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.



The Way Back

Five stars.



2010, 133 minutes, directed by Peter Weir.

Inspired by a true story, The Long Walk, by Slavomir Rawicz. See the record for The Long Walk.  Prisoners who escape from a Soviet gulag in 1940, cross five countries, mountainous terrain, and deserts, in a 4,500-mile journey to India. Stars Jim Sturgess (21), Ed Harris, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Colin Farrell, and Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones). Visually stunning cinematography by Russell Boyd. A very human tale of survival, freedom, and the indomitable spirit of man. Don’t miss this one! See the record for The Way Back.

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Check Laptop Availability

The library’s laptops are usually in high demand. Wondering if any are currently available? Check Laptop availability.

Please note the first 60 on the list are at Pfau Library, and the last 10 are at the Palm Desert Campus Hixon Info Center.

Rather try an iPad? We have 10 available from the Library Multimedia Center, PL-5005, and 10 at PDC. Check iPad availability.

Posted in Library Services

Lecture: Faces of the Middle East

Map of the Middle Eastern regionPresented by the John M. Pfau Library, Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

April 22, 2014

12-2 p.m.

Located in PL-4005

Complimentary Parking Available See Kiosk

Hermione Macura is the first female, Australian, English-speaking TV news anchor in the Middle East, and also one of the area’s most recognized faces. Prior to establishing Straight Street Media in 2012, Hermione was one of the main anchors on Dubai One TV’s Emirates News. Her portfolio includes the delivery of live-to-air news bulletins, frequently while she was in the midst of breaking stories both locally and across the Middle East. Hermione has also hosted a variety of other shows including the three-hour live launch of the Burj Khalifa and Maak Ya Lehamon, which featured exclusive interviews with several key players in aid programs in Lebanon. The program was a part of series that raised 55 million dirhams to help people caught in the conflict. Born in Sydney, Australia, Hermione began her career in journalism more than ten years ago as a graduate of the University of Wollongong where she was also trained in photography. Originally a print journalist, her works have been published in a wide variety of publications internationally.

Faces of the Middle East is a book that introduces the various ethnic and social groups who reside throughout the Middle East, proof that this part of the world is not, as many in the West, mistakenly believe, a monolithic culture. The book is an intimate, personal journey told through a collection of images by Australian TV broadcaster and producer, Hermione Macura. Arriving in the Middle East soon after September 11th, when clips of the Taliban and Al Qaeda atrocities were flooding the news on a daily basis, Hermione began a journey which allowed her to explore unique locations, cities, and places unknown to many. Hermione’s work offers a fresh insight and another view of a region so often misunderstood and misrepresented in today’s globalizing culture. Neither a definitive story, nor a political statement, Faces Of The Middle East is the culmination of more than seven years of photojournalism that documents the existence of the rich diversity present in the region.

Posted in Lectures & Presentations

Symposium on Race and Race Relations

Race-relations Hands TouchingCSUSB University Diversity Committee and Westside Action Group present:

Symposium on Race and Race Relations:

Painting A Social Rainbow For A Better IE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11am


Registration Starts At 11 AM & Program Runs Noon – 4 PM in the SMSU Events Center at CSUSB

Break-out Sessions:

  • Education: Dropouts And Discipline
  • Perceptions And Culture: Health And Unemployment
  • Law Enforcement And Crime
  • Residential Segregation/Housing And Education


Continuing education credit is available for attending this event. For more information please contact Andrew German at (909) 537-3991 or If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Kamerin Bateman at CSUSB, (909) 537-3108 or at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

Posted in Community Events

Modern China Lecture Series

Constructive Postmodernism in China Today

Co-Sponsors: History Department, History Club, Intellectual Life Fund, University Diversity Committee, Pfau Library, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Extended Learning

With Speaker Zhihe Wang, Ph.D, Director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, executive director of the China Project, Center for Process Studies, Claremont

Friday, April 18, 2014



Talk Abstract: Coined by David Ray Griffin, the term “constructive postmodernism” refers to a pluralistic but integrative thinking, worldview, and practice. It is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy. Eighteen years ago, almost no Chinese had heard the term. But today constructive postmodernism has become an influential movement in China, which is gaining a following among intellectuals and politicians alike. The lecture will explore China’s current shift toward an ecological civilization and address these questions: Why has it been so well received? What is the deep convergence between constructive postmodernism and Chinese tradition? What is its impact on China today, and what kinds of challenges is it facing?

Speaker Bio: Zhihe Wang, born in Beijing, China, is director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, and the executive director of the China Project, Center for Process Studies, Claremont. He is also director of Center for Constructive Postmodern Studies and Professor of Philosophy at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Wang received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Peking University in Beijing, China, his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University. His areas of specialty include process philosophy, constructive postmodernism, ecological civilization, and second enlightenment. Since 2002 he and his team have established more than twenty research institutes for constructive postmodern studies at universities in China. He has helped organize more than seventy international conferences on ecological civilization, sustainable urbanization, ecological agriculture, postmodern law, science and spirituality, education reform, social responsibility in business, land and social justice, and management. He has published extensively on these topics.

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor, History Department, California State University San Bernardino at (909) 537-5540 or

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Movie Reviews: Drive

Movie Reviews: North By North Les

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.




Five stars.



2011, 100 min. Directed by Nicholas Winding Refn.

Ryan Gosling plays the unnamed Driver—mechanic and Hollywood stunt double by day—getaway driver by night, in this neo-noir, violent heist story gone wrong. The Driver is a man of few words, and lets his actions speak for himself (à la Clint Eastwood). Based on the James Sallis book of the same name. Carey Mulligan plays his neighbor with a young son, and for a while at least, Gosling’s character opens up. Set in LA’s Echo Park, the film features excellent performances by Bryan Cranston (as Gosling’s manager), and Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, as Jewish gangsters. See the record for Dive.

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