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Just Launched: The Uyghur Human Rights Web Archive

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Collage of illustrations showing soldiers holding guns (in red) and men in Uyghur dress walking with hands clasped (in white)

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation has launched the Uyghur Human Rights web archive, preserving web resources documenting the displacement and repression of Uyghurs, Uzbeks, Tatars, and Kyrgyz peoples in East Turkestan/Xinjiang.

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Featured Books and Films: Staff Picks

Posted on by Amanda Alexander
The book Winterlust is displayed on a shelf next to other titles.

The Penn Libraries’ Featured Books covered a variety of topics and themes this year, and many of the book lists were curated by experts in the subject matter or relevant campus and community groups. The December Featured Books and Films selections come at the recommendations of Libraries staff who personally enjoyed them, and this diverse list offers something for everyone. 

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Researching the Catholic Inquisitions in the Penn Libraries Collections

Posted on by Joseph Holub
Looking down from a balcony at a wood-paneled room with built-in bookshelves

Since the beginning of 2021 the Penn Libraries has added over 200 works about the the  Catholic Inquisitions, which complement and support the extraordinary text and manuscript holdings of the  Henry Charles Lea Library.

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Diversity in the Stacks: African Cinema

Posted on by Charles Cobine
The DVD covers of three films: Borom Sarret, Yeelen, and Heremakono

Learn about the Penn Libraries' collection of African cinema, which encompasses productions from the booming Nollywood in Nigeria to the lesser known films of faraway Madagascar, and everywhere in between. 

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Featured Books: Native American Heritage Month

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A pile of books with titles visible that include Prudence, The Sound of Silence, American Indian Stories, and Masulindians

A selection of novels, memoirs, histories, and poetry collections chosen by our librarians for Native American Heritage Month.

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Open Access Week at the Penn Libraries

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Open Access Week allows us to set aside a week to explore, consider, and critique the scholarly community’s progress in making scholarly information equitably accessible on a global scale.

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The Penn Libraries Acquires the Personal Papers of Historian and Activist Elizabeth Fee

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Two books sitting side-by-side on a table with bright red and blue covers

Elizabeth Fee, who died in 2018, is probably most known for her work documenting and analyzing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Diversity in the Stacks: Old and Rare Sanskrit Series

Posted on by Jef Pierce
Three books with orange and grey covers with titles written in Sanskrit

The Penn Libraries collections include 19th and 20th century Sanskrit series that made old, rare, and foundational Sanskrit texts available to a wide-ranging audience.

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The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image Celebrates 25 Years

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
Illustration from a medieval manuscript showing a figure looking down out of the top of a tower on small buildings below, surrounded by stylized trees and fields

Thanks to a generous gift from Lawrence J. Schoenberg, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and private donations, SCETI has spent the past 25 years digitizing collections and making them available online.

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Conserving Claudy Jongstra's "Fields of Transformation"

Posted on by Rebecca Ortenberg
A person walks by the mural

Claudy Jongstra's mural does more than evoke the natural world: it is intimately and continuously affected by it.

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