WHAT: Coffee Hour Sponsored by Academic Affairs, Drexel Library and the Office of Financial Affairs. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to socialize and network in an informal setting.
“A small cup of coffee” by Julius Schorzman – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons
January 2015 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
The Museum of Extraordinary Things is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction that is so touchingly human, yet surreal and at times even magical. These unreal moments exists side by side with those of searing reality as we are drawn into the daily struggle of immigrants trying to make their way in a new land. Descriptions of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire along with the fire that destroyed Dreamland in Coney Island complete the picture by setting the time and place of this tale in the early 20th century in the very unstable New York City.
Coralie, promoted as a Mermaid in the “museum” and Eddie, a photographer whom she has loved from a distance, exist on the fringes of society, along with the many odd creatures featured in the museum. Through Hoffman’s storytelling, instead of shock and horror, we find ourselves sympathetic towards these malformed creatures flaunted in the “museum” and manipulated by the malicious “Professor,” Coralie’s father.
December 2014 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues
Martin J. Blaser
We may not think about it often, but we share our bodies with trillions of bacteria which have evolved together with us in a usually beneficial symbiosis. Widespread use of antibiotics in humans and animals is having unintended consequences because they kill microbes indiscriminately: good as well as bad. This book goes far beyond the well-known phenomenon of antibiotic-resistant germs.
Dr. Blaser, an infectious disease expert at NYU, explains the link between antibiotics and the increased prevalence during the 20th century of a host of chronic health problems: asthma, allergies, obesity, GERD, Chron’s disease, gluten intolerance and, possibly, autism. Antibiotics, especially those given in early childhood, impede the natural development of a healthy bacterial environment in the digestive system. Delivery by C-section, now at a whopping 1/3 of all U.S. births, also interferes with the immune system because the baby misses picking up important microbes residing in the mother’s birth canal. Recommendations include minimizing antibiotic use to truly necessary cases, using targeted rather than wide spectrum drugs, and avoiding optional caesarean births. Blaser is hopeful that further research will lead to the development of therapies to reintroduce specific healthy bacteria into our digestive systems when a course of live-saving antibiotics is unavoidable.
What: Coffee Hour co-sponsored by Academic Affairs, Drexel Library, and the Faith-Justice Institute
This is an opportunity for socializing in an informal get-together for students, staff, and faculty, to discuss campus events, scholarship, and anything that comes up.
When: **November 21st, 9:30-10:30am**
Where: Post Learning Commons, 2nd floor lounge
Who: All invited!
**Note: This event is typically the last Friday of the month, but is the 3rd due to the Thanksgiving Holiday**