March 4, 2015
by Student- Sarah Markham

New DVD: Rich Hill, 2014 Sundance winner

Rich Hill, winner of the 2014 Sundance film Festival Grant Jury Prize for Best Documentary, follows the lives of three American teenagers growing up in small town America. They are regular kids but they struggle with poverty daily. This film sheds light on the struggles of an ignored population in this country – those living below the poverty line. The families in this film deal with isolation, a lack of opportunity, and instability. rich hill poster

Rich Hill, Missouri has a population of 1,393. Established as a mining town, the economy has declined dramatically since the end of World War II. There are thousands of towns like it across the country, but filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo have a personal connection – Rich Hill is their parents’ hometown.

The documentary follows three boys – Andrew, Harley, and Appachey – through one year of their lives. This rich and artistic film gives issues of poverty a human face. In many ways they are like most adolescents, but additional problems like imprisoned parents, unemployed parents, and lacking school systems complicate the struggle.

Critics have lauded this film for its intimate, honest portrayal of the families’ lives it examines. James Verniere of the Boston Herald had one poignant comment on the film’s focus on disadvantaged youth, describing the film as, “A deft and compassionate portrait of grinding poverty through the eyes of three young Missouri men. Boyhood, indeed.” Critics and the public alike praised Boyhood for its “honesty” and uniqueness, but Rich Hill ventures to a place that many Americans would prefer to ignore.

Check it out at the library! Browse the collection for new, award-winning films.

Rich Hill,  HV1437.R535 R533 [New DVD Collection Main Level]


March 2, 2015
by jkremer

Exhibit: Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies 20th Anniversary

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies 20th Anniversary
January 12 2015– May 12, 2015


This exhibit celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program here at Fairfield University with an eclectic collection of decorative objects and books from Russia, the Czech Republic and Central Asia.  In addition, the exhibit includes memorabilia from the program’s 20 year history of lectures and events at Fairfield University.  Contributors include Dr. David McFadden, History; Dr. Kathryn Nantz, Economics; Prof. Lenka Pichlikova-Burke, Lecturer in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies; and Prof. Elena Syssoeva, Adjunct Professor of Russian Language.  The exhibit runs from January 15 – May 15, 2015 at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

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March 2, 2015
by jkremer

Faculty/Staff Workshop (3/5) – FLOW Citation Tool

Come in from the (CITATION) cold!

Looking for a way to :
1.  create reference lists EASILY?
2.  organize citations based on your research projects?
3.  keep track of articles you have read or want to read?
4.  collaborate and share articles with co-researchers and your students?

If so, come to the Library’s FLOW workshop. What is FLOW? FLOW is a tool that will help you manage the resources you use for your research, and to create citations and bibliographies when you write your papers.

Join Us.

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Place: DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Lower Level, Lab 114

To learn more, about FLOW, go to http://librarybestbets.fairfield.edu/flow. Please note: FLOW will replace RefWorks at the end of December, 2015.

Click Here to RSVP to the FLOW workshop


March 2, 2015
by Student - Paul Spino

Water Film – Chinatown (March 5)


“Chinatown” (1974)

On March 5th, the 1974 classic drama Chinatown will be shown in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room  at 7pm.

The film was directed by Roman Polanski and its plot is constructed around the political, societal and environmental conflicts associated with the California water shortage. It stars Jack Nicholson as J.J. “Jake” Gittes and Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Cross Mulwray.

Check out some of Roman Polanksi’s other critically acclaimed films available at the Library  such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Pianist (2002).

Discussant: Professor David Lerner