News & Notes

Muslim Journeys Film Series

As part of our Muslim Journeys programming, we will be showing a series of films in October and November.

All films will be on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in King 320, except our October 23rd film.  Our October 23rd film will be on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in King 114.

Join us for the film, a brief discussion afterwards, and some light refreshments!

Koran by Heart


Koran By Heart
October 15, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

Every year, about one hundred of Islam’s best young students from around the world come to Cairo for the International Holy Koran Competition. Many are in their late teens, some as young as seven. Koran by Heart follows the progress of three scholars, a girl and two boys, all ten years old, as they compete against students who, in some instances, are nearly twice their age.

Inside Mecca


Inside Mecca
October 23, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm 
King 114

Each year millions of travelers flock to Mecca, undertaking the Hajj, or pilgrimage, required of all devout Muslims. Few people outside of Islam, however, have seen this ancient and sacred city. This program offers an unprecedented look at the birthplace of Muhammad and the rituals that bring together the followers of the world’s fastest-growing religion.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World


Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
October 29, 2013
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

This film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

Prince Among Slaves


Prince Among Slaves
November 12, 2013 
6:30-8:30 pm
King 320

In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from West Africa, headed for the West Indies filled with a profitable but highly perishable cargo—hundreds of men, women, and children bound in chains. Six months later, one of its human cargo, a twenty-six-year-old man named Abdul Rahman, was transported and sold in Natchez, Mississippi. According to legends that developed around Abdul Rahman in antebellum America, he made the remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an “African prince” and that his father would pay gold for his return. The offer was refused, and Abdul Rahman did not return to Africa for another forty years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also made him one the most famous Africans in America for a time, attracting the attention of powerful men such as Secretary of State Henry Clay.

Richard Stallman: A Free Digital Society

Dr. Richard Stallman will be giving a free and open lecture on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm in Taylor Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing, AIMS and the University Libraries.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

October Question of the Month

Love trivia? Or just like winning things? Submit your answer to the 3 questions below (yes, you have to answer them all) for your chance to win a gift certificate to the Miami Bookstore. Good luck!

October Question of the Month:
A Radio Room clock, made by Chelsea Clock Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1935-1939, was intended for use in the ‘radio shack’ on board a ship.

What is the purpose of the red wedge-shaped marks at 3 and 9 on the clock face?

What maritime disaster led to the implementation of this rule in shipboard communication?

Later radio room clocks include additional marks in green at 12 and 6. What different communication methods were used for these two sets of marks?

Miami University student competitors who submit the correct answer will be included in a drawing at the end of the month. Contestants may submit answers until midnight, October 31. The student competitor whose name is picked in the drawing is the winner. The winner will receive: $20 Gift Certificate for the Miami University Bookstore.

Miami University Libraries welcomes home alumna

In celebration of Archives month, please join us for a lecture by Danna Bell-Russel, 1982 Miami graduate and President-elect of the Society of American Archivists, on advocacy for your institution, your colleagues and yourself.

The lecture "Reaching Out, Reaching Back, Reaching Up" will be held Thursday, October 3 at in the Center for Digital Scholarship (King 303).

For more information, contact Bob Schmidt at or 529-6720

US Federal Government Shutdown

Though the United States Federal Government has shutdown several times the current crisis marks the first during which the internet has become the primary means Federal agencies use to distribute information. The last time a government shutdown was looming there was a great deal of confusion as to how it might affect government websites. It looks like we are now finding out.

A government shutdown prevents the Federal Government from spending money on all but the most essential services, and it appears that for the time being maintaining many of its websites is not being deemed an essential service. The Burea of Economic Analysis, ERIC, and (including all connected sites and services) are currently down. The FDA, CDC, and others are currently available, but many are displaying prominentt notices that sites are not currently being updated due to the shutdown and any information accessed may not be up to date., which is currently up in a limited, non-updating capacity has a rundown of Federal agencies and services and the extent they will be operating for the duration of the shutdown.

B.E.S.T. Library Question of the Month

Miami University student competitors who submit the correct answers will be included in a drawing at the end of the month. The student competitor whose name is picked in the drawing is the winner. The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for the Miami University Bookstore!

Question of the Month


What Indian-American audio engineer, who is best known for his eponymous company that sells speakers, headphones, and earbuds, died on July 12 of this year?


This same engineer and his company engaged actively in the scientific study of sound perception. What is the name for this field of study?


Where would you find the nearest retail location for this man's company?

Submit your answers to:

Banned Books Week September 22nd-September 28th

comicscode This year's Banned Books Week will take place between September 22nd and September 28th. You can find out about some of the events planned around the country and get helpful information at the Banned Books Week website.

King Library is marking this week with a display on the first floor of King in the foyer of the library. This year's display focuses on comic books.  

We have several books and resources about the censorship of comics that took place in the 1950's:

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .H33 2008

Seal of approval: the history of the comics code by Amy Kiste Nyberg. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .N953 1998

Pulp demons: international dimensions of the postwar anti-comics campaign edited by John A. Lent.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN6710 .P85 1999

Of comics and men : a cultural history of American comic books by Jean-Paul Gabilliet. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6725 .G3313 2010

The horror! the horror! : comic books the government didn't want you to read!  edited by Jim Trombetta, with an introduction by R. L. Stine.  Available by request through OhioLINK.

Seduction of the innocent by Frederic Wertham.  Access through Alexander Street Press.

Interim Report of the Committee on the Judiciary pursuant to S. Res. 89 (83d Cong. 1st sess.) and S. Res. 190 (83d Cong. 2d sess.) a part of the investigation of juvenile delinquency in the United States. Alternate title: Comic books and juvenile delinquency.  Original report from 1955 available as a pdf.

We also have access to a database called Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, which features the comics that went "underground" after the Comics Code Authority was put in place.

Though the Comics Code Authority and the censorship that happened as a result is a thing of the past, many comics are still being challenged, including a challenge in Chicago just this year to Persepolis.  Cases have included: 

Blankets by Craig Thompson. Middletown Campus | PN6727.T48 B58 2005

Bone by Jeff Smith. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.S546 B66 2004

Fun home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.B3757 Z46 2006

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C565 I33 2005

In the night kitchen by Maurice Sendak. King Library, Ground Floor, IMC, Juv Easy | PZ7.S47 In

Maus: a survivor's tale by Art Spiegelman. King Library (2nd floor) | D804.3 .S66 1986

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6747.S245 P4713 2003.  You can see what the fuss was about by joining us for our book discussion on January 30th, 2014.

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.V38 P75 2006

Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6727.C74 S86 1995

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa. King Library (2nd floor) | PN6790.K63 K5513 2009

Watchmen by Alan Moore. King Folio | PN6737.M6 W38 2005

You can learn about the background of these cases and what ultimately happened at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

You can also find more comics and graphic novels to read on our subject guide on the topic.

Muslim Journeys Symposium: American Stories (9/21)


The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Miami University Libraries two grants – “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys” and “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.”  These grants provide support for library programming "seeking to provide opportunities for informed discussion in their communities about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States."

To kick off our programming, the Libraries will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 pm in King 320.

The symposium, “Muslim Journeys: American Stories,” will begin with a keynote lecture by Shakila Ahmad from the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati entitled "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’”

Here is a schedule of events:

1:00-2:00 Keynote: "What do we mean by 'American Muslim?'" by Shakila Ahmad 

2:00-3:00 American Stories: Faculty panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Matthew Gordon, Professor of History

3:00-4:00 American Stories: Student panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nathan French, Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion

Light refreshments will be served.

You might want to check out this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College before the symposium.

For more information about the symposium and other future events, please take a look at this website.

3-D printing in the news

The process of making a three-dimensional solid object is definitely getting more and more attention and popularity everywhere. If you check Miami's homepage, then the image below may look familiar to you; the whole story is available at and kudos to John Williams.

Photo: Scott Kissell

If you're asking yourself "can I see/try this MakerBot Replicator 3D printer?"
The answer is "absolutely YES" ... to get started:

  • Visit this page
  • Or contact either John Williams <> at the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Library (513) 529-6886; or Jon Cameron <> at the Center for Information Management (CIM) in King Library (513) 529-1776.
Bridging Cultures: American Stories

American Stories

In preparation for our upcoming "What Do We Mean by 'American Muslim?’" symposium on September 21st, today I'm highlighting the books we received from our Bridging Cultures grant that are connected to the theme of "American Stories." 

Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford. King Library (2nd floor) | E444.I25 A78 2007

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 C65 2008 

Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. King Library (2nd floor) | E184.M88 P38 2010

A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed. King Library (2nd floor) | BP190.5.H44 A46 2011

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson. King Library (2nd floor) | BP170.5.W55 W55 2010

You might also be interested in this American stories essay prepared by Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College.