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Library Student Employee Spotlight - Holden King

Holden King


Holden King has been working for the Calarts library for two years and as a student supervisor is an important member of our library team. He is scheduled to graduate in December and has plans to continue his CalArts studies in the jazz  masters program.


Holden's graduation recital is this weekend and includes everything from freely improvised jazz music to Ghanaian drumming song and dance. Holden shared this with us, "The intention is to encompass a taste of everything I have been able to get involved with while studying at CalArts. There is a focus on things I have learned from peers and mentors during my time here at CalArts as I figured out what my journey is by learning from others perspectives."


Evidenced by his exceptional work ethic in the library, Holden has been inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the CalArts community. He continues with, "Everything down to the recital poster comes from a friend that I have exchanged perspectives with in a vulnerable organic and beautiful way."


You can attend Holden's graduation recital Saturday November 9th at 8:00 pm with a reception to follow with a Ghanaian performance at 11:00 pm. Cookies will be provided.


In addition, Holden has been working on a project directed by CalArts faculty members Nicholas Deyoe and Ulrich Krieger with music by CalArts alum, Echo Rose and the band Liturgy. The production is titled Origin of the Alimonies and is slated for Saturday, November 16, 2019 at RedCat. (see link below for more information).


Introduction to Radical Politics Exhibit

Curators: Presented by the students in Critical Studies faculty Andrew Culp's Special Topics, Spring 2019 class

This exhibit was prepared as part of the final project for CalArts faculty member Andrew Culp’s Spring 2019 Introduction to Radical Politics course, part of the Critical Studies Special Topics series. The exhibit was coordinated in collaboration with CalArts Librarian Marisa Méndez-Brady along with Teaching Assistant and graduating MFA in Creative Writing Jessica Wolford. The course’s content covered radical problematics, such as: structural violence, collective forms of organization, ways of doing politics against-and-beyond the government.

For their final project, students had to create a well researched personal “archive” along with a written analysis of the archive. This exhibit is a curated collection of works that speak to both the overall class themes, as well as the students culminating class. Featured in the exhibit are several items from the Library’s physical and digital collections, along with a freely available zine by BFA students Mac Jude and Audrey Bandrowski that you can take home with you as part of the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from May 17th - July 12th, 2019.

Photo credit:  Blake Jacobsen (BFA 2017), Library Image Services Manager

Marisa Méndez-Brady Marisa Méndez-Brady was recently named a 2019 Mover & Shaker by the publication Library Journal, one of 54 individuals internationally being recognized as “the people shaping the future of libraries” for her advocacy work.

Marisa Linda Méndez-Brady (she/her/hers) joined CalArts Library as Reference & Instruction Librarian in January 2019. She is the liaison and selector for the School of Critical Studies, and is excited to work with her colleagues to innovate in library public services and information literacy teaching and learning. Prior to joining CalArts Library, she was a research librarian at UCLA Library, where she was the liaison for the English and Comparative Literature and History departments and the Reference and Outreach Coordinator for the Charles E. Young Research Library.

Marisa received her Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) at the University of Texas at Austin and has a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Maine. She holds her BA in History from Haverford College, where she focused on postcolonial studies and the role that cultural contact zones play in establishing hegemony. Over the last fourteen years Marisa has occupied a variety of positions in libraries and archives, with roles ranging from processing archival collections to Science Reference Librarian. Her personal scholarship centers on applying a critical lens to the theories and practices surrounding librarianship. Throughout her career, Marisa has focused on building collaborations with other librarians of color, an interest that born of her work applying critical race theory to library and information science (LIS).

Over the next year she’ll be co-authoring a chapter for a forthcoming MIT Press book, Who’s Afraid of Race? Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Science and co-presenting a panel entitled  “Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity” at the national 2019 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) biennial conference. You can learn more about Marisa’s work on her personal website and you can find her on Twitter @msmendezbrady.

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