Research Update: Tilo

April 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello friends,

I spoke to my history professor of the Civil Rights movement to talk to her about my project and see if she could give me any leads. She said she would get to me on Monday. I am really glad I went to talk to her, she listened diligently, took notes, was impressed with my topic and was glad to see me enthusiastic about it. She told me not to get “too defensive” in my paper especially since I am writing about the PMRC, and it tends to gets pounded on by the mainstream today. I was advised to try to correlate other events to my case study, like court cases, or other contemporary events that may have helped influence the decision by the Senate to place censorship labels on music. I went over some of the books I picked up before I started researching about my topic and found the perfect case in one of them. Surprisingly it involved one of my favorite bands of ALL time, the world famous JUDAS PRIEST.

Amid the legal battles of whether or not to censor music deemed “harmful” and “immoral” to the general American public, two teenagers committed suicide while listening to a Judas Priest track, Better by You, Better Than Me (awesome song). The case was highly publicized, not only was the band sued for “reparations,” major record label CBS was brought to court with them. Their claim was that on top of the explicit lyrics, the plaintiffs claimed that the song noted had a subliminal message that said “do it” (suicide). The argument was that if you played the record backwards that you could hear the words. It led me to question, who listens to a record backwards???

Anyways, after several trials, which I will discuss further somehow in my paper, the case was adjourned. Priest was free and found NOT guilty. The two teenagers had an apparent trouble with drugs and long history of domestic violence. One of the two survived the shotgun blast to his face, lived through the trials and then committed suicide (again) a few years after.

I found the original article published by the New York Times if anyone is interesting in reading about it.

Judas Priest “Subliminal Messages” Trial

This is also a video from the actual Court Trial

Thank you


My Journey into IGS

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week I went to the Institute of Governmental Studies. I had been there briefly a few times previously because I’m also enrolled in a Poli Sci URAP meaning I at times have to use the resources there, but this trip better acquainted me with aspects of the institute that I never had to use before.

The library cover three main areas: Institution; which covers Congress and the presidency, the Claifornia state legislature and governorship, and the California local government, as well as concepts and problems of federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as state and local government generally. I chiefly looked up problems with intergovernmental relations for my research, and I haven’t had to look for sources in another library because IGS is so extensive.
The library also holds material covering political processes and policymaking, as well as public policy issues, which has a growing section on health care reform. The overall focus of the public policy section is domestic policy, with a geographic emphasis on California!

The institute has a truly huge library, holding more than 400,000 volumes. It also acts as a depository for the California local government documents . the library services are linked in with Oskicat and Melvyl. The institute is one of the country’s premier libraries of nontrade and ephemeral materials on American and California public affairs and policy, so if you’re interested in political science, there are few better places to be than here! IGS also subscribes to several online journals and databases, so whatever you can’t find onsite, you will likely find online.

The institute is open from 9am until 5pm on weekdays for regular hours, and during the summer is open from 1pm until 5pm on weekdays. The institute is closed on weekend, and the reference service is open from 11am to 5pm, and by appointment. The reference service staff were really friendly and helpful when I asked them where to find some documents for my research.

The IGS is an active research unit, with topics ranging from electoral reform, national identity, immigration, and trust in political institutions. While it has material on many aspects of these topics, its focus has remained in California. IGS initiates and funds research by UC faculty and other experts, whilst also training undergrad and grad students, which luckily I have been taking part in this semester!

Cassandra: Research Update

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone. I have been a lot more successful on my second go at the chola research! I have actually found quite a bit of information–mostly journal and magazine articles–on the “chola.”  Since deciding to go back to my original line of inquiry I initially isolated my  topic to visual representations of Latina women in the 20th century–broad, I know. I have to rework my question but I keep getting distracted by certain  lines of information so I’m hoping I will magically refocus soon. While searching for some current representations of “chola” online I came across this song and a bunch of  (very) amateur videos made using it. It’s called “Lean Like a Chola” by a drag performer named Carmen  Lokz (it is actually a parody of a song titled “Lean Like a Cholo,” which is not a good song and unfortunately not a parody). What is so interesting about it  to me–aside from the catchy quality of the song–is that the lyrics mention every single stereotype of the chola (many negative). Rather than finding this in poor taste or offensive, I find it to be revealing. First, due to the fact that I have had a difficult time finding work that doesn’t lie within these stereotypes (which may prove to be an issue for any topic concerning a “group” of people). Secondly, I find it fascinating to that a drag performer is the one who sings this song. It reminds me of theorist Judith Butler’s theory on gender performativity, in which one calls attention to gender binaries through drag. I was thinking that the same thing could possibly be applied to cholas and the subversive characteristics of their appearance. This is just an initial idea, I haven’t actually worked it all out but there is something about the exaggeration of feminine characteristics, almost to a grotesque level, the thickly drawn on eyebrows, dark lip liner drawn outside of the lips, the hair, etc., which I find draws attention to the absurdity of gender stereotypes and expectations and even appears intentional in this way. Again, I may be getting sidetracked by theory, but I want to think about this a bit more as I think there may be some gem within this idea that will help me narrow my question.

Gunnpreet: Extended Research

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

So this week I have been trying to look for more resources relating to my topic. Katie Fleeman recommended some books for me to look at. Some of the books are: From front porch to back seat: courtship in twentieth America / Beth L. Bailey and Breines, Wini. Young, White, and Miserable. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. I am going to look at these books at the library hopefully they have a copy of some of these books. If not I will try to look for them online. One of the books that Katie suggested is a book that I have seen online. I am going to try and read through more of it this weekend so I can include it in my presentation. While reading through the first few pages of a different book, From front porch to back seat : courtship in twentieth America I saw that it talks about how dating was seen then. This book seems to talk about dating more than marriage. This leads me to think that maybe I should have started my research from how “dating” first started and then maybe how marriages changed during the war. Anyway, I am going to look through the rest of the books that Katie recommended and hopefully get more information relating to my topic to make my thesis stronger.

Gabriel: Research

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello Friends,

I found a great book called Reagan’s Lebanon Policy: Trial and Error. I will book looking for more books about this time period of 1982-84 in Lebanon regarding U.S.  Foreign Policy. I found a good section of material in Moffit Library.  The book is filled with great in site of understanding the political, social and communal life of Lebanese people. The Lebanese were anticipating the French , Syrians , and Israelis to solve the problems. The Arab nations wanted peace so they turned to the United States to fill in this void. However I see this as the U.S. playing as the world peace keeper and an analogy I was thinking of was as referee but I will take it a step further and say more as an NBA commissioner.

Also the book gave a greater understanding of the role of the U.S. Marines, their duty was to play a role as part of the multinational peace keeping force to evacuate PLO forces out of Beruit. I also learned  how the death of Bashir Gameyel was assassinated. I will reasearch further into the assassination. Reagan’s foreign Policy in the region was to create Peace, they


didn’t see Lebanon as an Allied inLebanon-4[1]to the future. Three points the book brought up were A change of priorities, A Shift of emphasis, and A change of focus. These are three points that are going to help me better focus my Thesis.

Thank you,

Gabriel Gonzalez

Tilo: Chicano Special Collections

April 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hello my friends,

I was writing a paper for one of my classes and was asked to pull up some primary sources on my topic on the Brown Power/Third World Liberation front. I was told that the best place to go was either San Francisco State (too far) or here on campus at our Chicano Studies library. So I went, not only were they really helpful there, it is in one of my opinions probably one of the best places to study if you don’t wanna walk all the way to the library from Southside of campus.

Naturally, after the Third World Liberation Front protests in San Francisco that demanded for courses in ethnic history and for more professors of color to be part of the faculty, SF State instituted an Ethnic Studies department there. Berkeley soon followed in 1972 creating an ethnic studies department for the university. There is a wide array of subjects within the library that may be of some use to any studying ethnic diasporas or the experiences of immigrants in the country. Since we can claim to be one of the first UC’s that actually instituted this collection here. We have a lot goodies! I was told by someone in the library (whose name will remain anonymous for the sensitivity of the issue) that we even have Native American artifacts of high value that are wanted back by Native tribes and have took the university to court of them.

If you do find yourself writing about a subject within the Chicano studies context. These are the strengths of this specific collection. What I love about the library is that it is very focused and you can find all sorts of good stuff to include Mexicans/Chicanos/Latinos in your research. You can find charts, maps, labor force statistics, immigration related material. It is all accessible with your Berkeley ID.

  • Mexican Americans
  • Latinos in the U.S.
  • Immigration
  • Bilingual/bicultural education
  • Administration of justice
  • Chicano literature

Location: Stephens Hall 30

Times (Spring Semester)

Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Sunday
Viva la Raza!!!

Nick: Environmental Design Library

April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

There is another post on this library by another person in the DeCal. I shall try to not cover all of the same information. The collection itself came into being in 1964 with the Wurster building. It contains the collections of the previously separate Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning and Decorative Arts. It specializes in these fields and has a rare book collection. However, many are located at NRLF. To request the a book one has to see the Circulation Desk or email the Circulation Supervisor. 

When one walks into the library on the second floor of Wurster, the first desk on the left is for circulation purposes. If one follows that desk around a corner and on the left there will be a Reference desk. However, it is not always staffed as it has separate hours. There are about 15 computers available for use. There are some hidden in the back of the library near the bound volumes. The library itself is only one floor, but will give the impression of being larger with the open view into the studio rooms on the floor above. 

I would recommend this library not only for architectural history but also the information regarding urban planning.

Current hours are

M-Th 9AM-9PM

Reference Services 1PM-5PM

Friday 9AM-5PM

Saturday 1PM-5PM

Sunday 1PM-9PM

Over the summer the hours change

Monday-Friday 1PM-5PM

It is closed on the weekends.



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