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Cram Jam @ the Library

Cram Jam graphic

Rentschler Library and the Office of Learning Assistance are proud to offer Cram Jam again this semester. There’ll be peer tutors in a variety of subjects, librarians, snacks and coffee.  Open to all Miami students and hosted at Rentschler Library, Schwarm Hall, Miami Univ. Hamilton campus. The dates & hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, May 4, 6-9pm
Saturday, May 6, 12-5pm
Sunday, May 7, 3-10pm

April is National Poetry Month

For the month of April, the Rentschler Library blog will be featuring some of the great poetry books added in the last year. You should also know that the library is co-sponsoring a poetry reading event, on April 20th 11:30-1:00 at Wilks Conference Center with the Department of Literatures, Languages, and Writing. You can come read your favorite published poem. Refreshments will be provided.

Our first poetry book featured is a collection by Adrienne Rich, “Collected Poems: 1950-2012,” published by W.W. Norton in 2016.
A writer for Dissent called Rich the “most socially sensual and politically radical American poet of the 20th century.”*

One of the poems in this new collection, “What Kind of Times are These,” was also featured on the Poetry Foundation website recently.  A reviewer in Library Journal said the poem “starts with a granular, personal observation” and “unfolds into complex maps of wider awareness and realization.” **

What Kind of Times Are These”  Adrienne Rich

“There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light—
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.”

*Haas, Lidija. 2016. “The World of Adrienne Rich.” Dissent (00123846) 63, no. 4: 18-23.
** Muratori, Fred. 2016. “Collected Poems: 1950-2012.” Library Journal 141, no. 9: 82.

Fake News panel session at MUH Downtown

Fake news graphicThe phrase “fake news” has been in the news a lot before and after the 2016 election. What does the phrase mean? What are its implications for our democratic form of government and the mainstream media? Come find out a panel presentation this Thursday, March 16th, 6PM at the MUH Downtown Center.

The panel features Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dr. John Forren, Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Leland G. Spencer, and Cox News’s Politics Reporter Michael D. Pitman.  Our moderator will be Sarah Woiteshek Pietzuch, Director of Civic Engagement at Miami Hamilton. There will be time for Q&A from attendees, and light refreshments will be served. The session is sponsored by Rentschler Library, the Center for Civic Engagement and the MUH Downtown Center.


Cram Jam is coming!

CramJamCram Jam is coming to Rentschler Library again! There will be free coffee and snacks, peer tutors in several subjects (including Math), all sponsored by the Office of Learning Assistance. We will also have some special guests on Sunday at around 6PM – therapy dogs!

The hours of Cram Jam are:

Thursday, Dec. 8 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11 – 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cram Jam is open to all Miami Regionals students. No RSVP required.

Message from Dean’s office re: printing problems

Note: Below is  the text of an email sent out to regional campus students Monday, Oct. 17 2016 about the problems with the pay-for-print system.

Dear students,

I am writing this to inform you that the Dean’s Office is aware of the problems that you may have been experiencing with the pay-for-print system at Miami this semester.  The university’s IT department and our 3rd party vendor that manages pay-for-print have jointly been hard at work behind the scenes to resolve it. This is a technical problem, and thus it is impossible to say exactly when it will be solved. However, we believe we are making solid progress towards a solution.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to pursue a solution.  Until the issue is resolved, if you are unable to print a document please go to the help desk in GRD 001 or MOSLER 304 for further assistance.  We will update you once the situation has been resolved.

Dr. Robert B. Davis
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science
Miami University

Welcome new and returning students!

welcomeHello to all new and returning students!  Rentschler Library is here to help you succeed, whether it’s access to research databases, digital equipment you can borrow, OhioLINK items, research help, or even a quiet place to spend time between classes. Check out our new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for more information. Best of luck this semester!



Muhammad Ali (1942-1916)

Ali1The world mourns the passing of Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016. He was a sports icon who had a tremendous impact on society. Journalist David Remnick* said it best in this article in the New Yorker:

He “was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him.”

Michael Ezra’s 2009 biography “Muhammad Ali: the Making of an Icon” (above)  tries to consider Ali from all sides; a national hero and a highly-scrutinized civil rights hero to many. Reviewer Carol Rotella says that Ezra’s book “makes fresh sense of Ali as cultural icon and historical figure” and the “vast literature and mythos that surround him.”

*Remnick is the author of one of the many biographies of Ali.  His 1999 title “King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the American Hero” is rated as “a great book written by a master storyteller, a book worthy of America’s most dynamic modern hero.” (Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, June 1999).