Reminder: The Professor and the Madman Discussion Tonight!

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Just us tonight for the discussion about The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. Meeting will be in the usual spot: 3rd floor board room at 7pm. I will have the books for June’s discussion there.

James Murray

I’m going to post photos so we get an idea about James Murray and the development of the dictionary.

OED: An original copy of the 1879 appeal

OED: A Chronology of the dictionary

Oxford Dictionaries Blog: A letter from Dr Murray

OED: A History of the Contributors 

 

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Civil War and PTSD

I think something important to bring up when it comes to this book is the idea of Post Traumatic Stress and its effect on W.C. Minor. First, here are definitions of PTSD by the National Institute for Mental Health as well as the American Psychological Association.

Here are articles that address this idea of PTSD and the Civil War. While at the time they would not have recognized mental disorders in the way we do today, I think it’s worthwhile to explore this subject on how the perception of mental illness has changed or not changed from the 19th century until now.

New York Times – PTSD and the Civil War

Smithsonian Institute – Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs – History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-V

History Welfare Network- Dying to Get Home: PTSD in the Civil War

 

Simon Winchester Interview

Here is an interview with the author, Simon Winchester.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?112280-1/professor-madman

Just a note: you will have to skip to about 23 seconds into the video because it’s C-SPAN and they leave in dead air in their archived videos. Also, if you’re not up to watching the full 58 minutes they have it transcribed under the video to read.

 

May Book: The Professor and the Madman

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The book for May is The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. The discussion will be May 22nd (due to the holiday) in the usual time and place.

If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk on the library’s 1st floor.

Barbara Demick Lecture

Here is a lecture Barbara Demick gave at BYU’s Kennedy Center. Just a note: there’s some buzzing in the PA system at the lecture site. It is not your computer.

Escaping North Korea and Everyday Life

Here are some TED Talks given by escaped North Korean defectors as well as a very well done documentary which aired on PBS and footage from a French documentary team who got film of everyday life in the DPRK.

North Korea: Country Profiles

For those of  you who are frequent international travelers you may already know about the CIA World Factbook. So instead of just posting how that United States officially profiles North Korea (or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), I will supply profiles from various countries to how they characterize the DPRK. Some are more detailed in their descriptions of rules for visitors than others.

U.S. – CIA World Factbook North Korea

State Department on North Korea

U.K. – Gov.UK Travel Abroad North Korea

Canada – Travel.cg.ca – Korea, North (DPRK)

Sweden – Official DPRK Embassy Statement

 

India – India – DPRK Relations

Australia: Democratic Republic of Korea

Egypt: A Brief History of Relations between Egypt and the DPRK

Brazil: Message from the DPRK Ambassador

 

 

 

Photos of North Korea

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While unsanctioned photographs are forbidden by the North Korean government, there are a few photographers willing to risk their lives.

Michael Huniewicz is one of those photographers. Here is part one of his journey in North Korea and here is part two. Part one is his entry into the country from China and part two is his time around Pyongyang.

Another is Elliott from the blog Earth NutShell. The one-named photog has traveled all over and has great pictures of the North Korean country side, Pyongyang, the DMZ and even a North Korean golf course.

The last I’ll feature is from Eric Laffourge who’s very pretty website showcases pictures he took of North Korean people and some of the surrounding sites.

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