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Tommy DeFrantz Discusses Kake Walk

Published: September 21, 2010 by Robin M. Katz

Former Alvin Ailey dancer and MIT Professor of Music, Theater Arts, Comparative Media Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies Dr. Thomas DeFrantz will situate UVM's Kake Walk in the broader context of American performance history. His most recent book is titled //Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance and Dancing//. His most recent creative works include /Queer Theory! An Academic Travesty/ commissioned by the Theater Offensive of Boston and the Flynn Center for the Arts & "CANE," an immersive environment dance theater experience that explores black sharecropping after the Civil War. He created historical choreography, including a Juba Dance, for the second iteration of the New York History Workshop's award-winning exhibition /Slavery in New York/ on display at the New York Historical Foundation since 2007.

Part of the launch announcing Kake Walk at UVM, the newest digital collection from the Center for Digital Initiatives.

UVM’s Kake Walk, a synchronized dance competition during the annual Winter Carnival, featured fraternity brothers in blackface and kinky wigs high-stepping to the tune “Cotton Babes.” The event, abolished in 1969, occupies a controversial position in the university’s institutional memory; it is, for some, a hallowed tradition and for others, overt racism.

To read more about student contributions to the digital collection, see this recent story in UVM Today.

Bamboozled, Kake Walk, & Blackface

Published: September 01, 2010 by Robin M. Katz

BAMBOOZLED the movie

KAKE WALK the tradition

BLACKFACE the issue

Join us as we examine blackface and UVM's once popular minstrel tradition Kake Walk through a film screening of Spike Lee's Bamboozled. A pre-screening presentation will include a brief history of Kake Walk, an exploration of racist visual vocabulary, and a look at the resurgence of these themes. A discussion will follow the film.

7:00 PM - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 - Lafayette 108

Organized by the Center for Digital Initiatives, the Fleming Museum, and the Center for Cultural Pluralism. The CDI's forthcoming collection Kake Walk at UVM will featured digitized archival material, and will launch on September 16th.


Long Trail Photos On Display at Vermont History Expo

Published: June 18, 2010 by Robin M. Katz

Come visit the University of Vermont Libraries at the tenth annual Vermont History Expo.

Special Collections and Center for Digital Initiatives staff will join other research organizations in the Floral Hall at the Tunbridge World's Fairground to show off our new Long Trail photographs collection.

This year's theme is "Back to the Land Again! Vermont Heritage Ways for Today." The expo will include exhibits from local historical societies, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. There will be presentations, demonstrations, heritage animals, music, dancing and great food.

New this year, on Saturday the Tunbridge School Club will be offering a community dinner of traditional Vermont foods incorporating local, seasonal ingredients. After dinner, restored films on Vermont agriculture from the 1930s-1950s will be shown in the Tunbridge Library.

Vermont History Expo
June 26 - 27 :: 10 am - 5 pm
Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds

CDI Librarian Presents “Metadata: The Basics and Beyond"

Published: April 28, 2010 by Dan DeSanto

This morning, Sibyl Schaefer from the Center for Digital Initiatives presented “Metadata: The Basics and Beyond" to over 20 staff and faculty of the University of Vermont Libraries. The presentation was hosted by the UVM Staff and Faculty Development Committee and provided a description of metadata fundamentals, practical metadata applications, and possible future uses of encoded metadata. Sibyl provided examples from everyday sources like ITunes, library catalogs, and even the CDI’s own collections. With the popularity of digital collections continuing to grow and collections themselves becoming more sharable, an understanding of how these collections are created, organized, and shared is becoming ever more important in libraries and archives. Thanks to Sibyl for sharing her expertise with the rest of the Bailey Howe Library!

Long Trail Panel Discussion Thursday Night

Published: April 16, 2010 by Jill Wharton

The Long Trail Photographs have recently gotten national attention.

The Scout Report, part of the Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, selects and annotates valuable online resources. See the Long Trail photographs annotation here.

Join Us In Celebration

We'll be celebrating the Long Trail's centennial (and our collection's success!) on April 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library. Three special guests will present a panel on the history and dynamic connections between the university community and the advancement of Vermont's Long Trail: Pete Antos-Ketcham from the Green Mountain Club; Daniel DeSanto, Collection Specialist at Bailey-Howe; and John Abbott from UVM Outdoor Programs.

Refreshments will be served, and free parking is available at the Visitor Lot on College Street. For more information on the reception, please call 656-2138, e-mail uvmsc@uvm.edu, or visit the website. We hope to see you there!

Update: View Dan DeSanto's powerpoint presentation on the CDI collection.

Browse or search the Long Trail photographs.

Bennington Battlefield, Long Trail Glass Lantern Slides