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Black Student Activism of the 1960s and 1970s infoPlaylist

05267rIn late 2015, student demonstrations about racial inequality and campus climate took place at colleges and universities across the country. These recent protests hearken back to the black student activism of the 1960s and 1970s. In order to explore this connection, Towson University is hosting a screening and panel discussion about the documentary Agents of Change on March 30th. In preparation for this screening, Librarians Joyce Garczynski, Alyse Minter, Eden Parks, and Sarah Burns Gilchrist have prepared this resource list that includes histories and primary sources from the 1960s and 1970s protests, books about those protests, and sources linking historic protests to contemporary activism.

Histories and Primary Sources Related to the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Books for Further Reading about the 1960s and 1970s Activism

Connections between the 1960s and 1970s Activism and Current Protests

  • A history of the 2014 I, Too, Am movement, an overview of current campus protests from the Atlantic, a description from the Baltimore Sun of the 2015 sit-in at Towson University, and lists of student demands assembled by the Black Liberation Collective
  • A timeline of Black activism on campus from The New York Times
  • “A Visual History of Campus Protests” from Vanity Fair
  • An article from the Atlantic on the role that teens have played in civil rights protests
  • “Protest shows colleges are once again becoming civil rights battlegrounds” from the Washington Post
  • An article from the Los Angeles Times about how the latest wave of college activism differs from previous protests
  • A Higher Education Today blog post discussing the research on historic and contemporary student activism and its impact on campuses



March 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Resurrection Biology infoPlaylist

birdsWhile extinction of species has always been a natural element of global ecology, ecologists have argued that the planet is currently undergoing a period of mass extinction. Recent science has discovered a way to possibly resurrect extinct species as well as revive endangered ones through the process of resurrection. This infoPlaylist, constructed by Towson University English 102 student Ben Miller (instructor Deborah Shaller) and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski, offers sources on the background of extinction, the science of resurrection biology, qualifying species, current projects, and the arguments for and against the process.


Background on Extinction

The Center for Biological Diversity describes the current extinction crisis and extinction statistics on different groups of species

The role of humans in species extinction is discussed in a PBS Newshour article

An article in The Scientist explores how climate change impacts extinction


The Science of Resurrection Biology

A PBS Newshour article explores some of the methods that could be used to resurrect species

KQED Science describes the science behind resurrecting extinct species using DNA

A story from Live Science describes how resurrection is conducted using an Antarctic moss as a subject

Stewart Brand, president of the Long Now Foundation, a group engaged in genetic resurrection efforts, discusses resurrection efforts in this 2013 Ted Talk


Species Qualifying for Resurrection

A list of candidate species presented by the Long Now Foundation’s genetic resurrection subgroup, Revive & Restore

The Mother Nature Network provides background information on candidate species

The reasoning and plan for these species is discussed by Daily Mail Science & Tech


Current Projects

The Long Now Foundation provides a portal to four current revival and resurrection projects

A South African group, The Quagga Project, is working to revive the extinct species of Plains Zebra

A successful experiment to breed an extinct Australian frog is described by UNSW Australia

The San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo works on genetics as it relates to revival and resurrection of species


Moral Arguments/Environmental Effects

The impact of resurrection on current conservation is discussed by Scientific American

Scientific American discusses and challenges the ethics of reviving extinct species

The pros, cons, and legality of species resurrection is discussed by Science Magazine

National Geographic questions the technicality of resurrection biology along with its moral implications, using the wooly mammoth as an example subject

December 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Baltimore Unrest infoPlaylist

FreddieGrayPrecinctProtestOn the morning of April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested in West Baltimore. While in police custody he sustained a spinal cord injury, became unresponsive, and died a week later. The firestorm of protests and violence that followed has led to national discussions about policing tactics, race, class, and what it means to be a community. This Baltimore Unrest infoPlaylist created by Librarians Megan Browndorf and Joyce Garczynski contains resources related to the latest news, analysis of what happened to Freddie Gray and the aftermath, the demographics of Baltimore, the history of Baltimore policing and the 1968 Baltimore riots, as well as the recovery efforts.

 Places to go for Information on the Events:

 On Freddie Gray Incidents and the Aftermath:

Demographic and Socioeconomic Context:

Policing in Baltimore:

Context of 1968:

Recovery Efforts:


April 29, 2015 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

Teen Sex infoPlaylist

When you Google the term “teen sex” it becomes readily apparent how difficult finding statistics, news stories, and research analyses from credible sources related to adolescent sexual activity can be. To mark Sexual Health Awareness Week at Towson University, Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Sarah Gilchrist have compiled this resource guide listing credible resources related to teen sexual activity, sexting, contraception, pregnancy, as well as sexual health and identity.

Sexual Activity

  • A May 2014 fact sheet from the Guttmacher Institute that contains statistics related to teens’ sexual activities
  • The Department of Health and Human Services website on adolescent reproductive health that contains information on sexual activity by state as well as information about evidence-based education programs
  • The 2014 “Virgin Territory” public opinion survey report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


  • A 2012 research study on the link between sexting and sexual activity among teens
  •  Statistics related to sexting from “The Digital Abuse Study” by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV
  • A November 2014 article in the Atlantic about why teens sext


  • A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website discussing the different types of birth control and their failure rates
  • The New York Times report with infographics about the effectiveness of different birth control methods over long periods of time
  • The Guttmacher Institute’s “Contraceptive Use in the United States” fact sheet containing statistics related to teens’ use of contraception
  • An NPR story about the research on what influences teens’ birth control choices


  • A fact sheet on adolescent pregnancy from the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • A website from the Department of Health and Human Services detailing trends in teen pregnancy in the United States
  • The Centers for Disease Control teen pregnancy website focusing on prevention
  • “Why is the teen birth rate falling?” an April 2014 research report from the Pew Research Center
  • A 2012 Guttmacher Institute fact sheet on teens’ information sources about sex including the research related to the effectiveness of sex education

Sexual Health and Identity

  • The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) website containing teen sexual risk behavior statistics and adolescent sexual health education initiative program information
  • Fact sheets from the Department of Health and Human Services related to sexually transmitted diseases including information on the prevalence, treatment, and different types of infections
  • World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet with global statistics related the prevalence and treatments for sexually transmitted infections
  • A July 2014 CNN news story about HIV/AIDS and Millennials
  • Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice! has answers to commonly-asked sexual health questions
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender health
  • American Psychological Association feature story on the changing landscape of transgender research
  • The American Medical Association’s resource list including facts and resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth suicide prevention

December 2, 2014 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Transgender infoPlaylist

The increasing visibility of our transgender community in the U.S. has inspired national conversations about the social and political issues faced by trans-identified people. In honor of these growing conversations, as well as the representation of TU student Shane Henise in ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,’ Cook Library is posting a student-generated list of online resources to facilitate the dialogue. The infoPlaylist was created by Towson students Shane Henise, Becca Hertl, and G. Baires and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.

Background information

  • Frequently asked questions about the transgender community presented by the Human Rights Campaign
  • Gender Spectrum’s overview of different gender identities
  • Washington Post’s interview on gender pronouns in the transgender community with Tiq Milan
  • A story from the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine that explores the complex issues faced by the transgender community at Wellesley College
  • A timeline of transgender visibility

U.S. Policies and Statistics

  • State-by-state map of LGBT non-discrimination policies
  • National and state-by-state transgender discrimination survey results, collected by the National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Hate violence against transgender communities – a report prepared by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
  • The Lamda Legal “Know Your Rights” legal guide for trans people and their advocates
  • Official report of LGBT representation on primetime television
  • An infographic representation of the case for transgender-inclusive healthcare

Other Resources

October 20, 2014 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Ferguson infoPlaylist

14974784752_c08a246283_mMichael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) on Saturday, August 9, 2014. The firestorm of protests and arrests that followed has led to nation-wide discussions about race, media coverage, policing, and the First Amendment of the Constitution. This infoPlaylist prepared by Librarians Joyce Garczynski and Megan Browndorf contains background information, news and social media coverage, analysis and opinions as well as the official responses related to these events.


Background Information


News and Social Media Coverage


Analysis and Opinions


Official Responses


August 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

Student-Created infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan

Students in Dr. Tara Bynum’s Spring 2014 Towson Seminar class “By Any Means Necessary”: African-American Literature and Social Activism in the 20th Century United States created infoPlaylists for an assignment. This infoPlaylist on the Ku Klux Klan represents the exemplary research of four students in that class. Minor edits have been made by Librarian Joyce Garczynski.

People tend to think the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) no longer exists, but due to recent events it has revived. An ex-KKK leader, Frazier Glenn Cross, has made headlines from a past crime that he is now being convicted for and many still support his ideals. We hope to target individuals who are unaware of the Klan’s current activities. Follow along as students Brittany Diggs, Taylor Grady, Caitlyn Ellis, and Brittlie Branstetter uncover the past history and recent cases of the KKK in modern time.

History/ Background Information
The History channel provides background on the KKK and how the group was founded:

The Anti-Defamation League provides brief details on the birth of the KKK to the early 2000s:

A book created by the Staff of the Klanwatch Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center to show the History of Racism and Violence in the KKK:

This website from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan provides an insider’s view of the KKK in Maryland:


Significant Court Cases
The Crumsey v. Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the injury of the five Chattanooga women during the KKK shooting spree:

The Person v. Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan case involves the shutting down of the Klan paramilitary camps:

The United States v. Cecil Price, et al. case known as the “Mississippi Burning Trial” involves the murder of the three Mississippi civil rights workers:

News story about how 12 Ku Klux Klan murder cases from the 1960s are reopened in Louisiana and Mississippi:


Recent National News
The New York Times gives a chronology of current cases and provides articles about other recent KKK events:

A story from the Huffington Post on how Oberlin College cancelled classes due to hateful vandalism and reports of someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style outfit on campus:

A story from the New York Daily News about how the KKK is looking to form a neighborhood watch group:

News coverage of how the KKK in Indiana made informational packets spreading their literature:


Recent Maryland News
News story from USA Today about the Klan having a meeting in Elkton, Maryland to recruit new members:

News video of a Klan meeting in Elkton, Maryland:

An article from the Baltimore Sun about a Klan meeting held in 2013 at Antietam, the Civil War battlefield:

A 2013 article about how Fredrick, Maryland KKK members were spreading fliers around town trying to recruit members:


Hate Crime Information
The FBI began investigating hate crimes as far back as World War I, when they began to examine the KKK. This website from the FBI looks at hate crimes and provides a link to the latest statistics on hate crimes:


Maps and Locations of the KKK
A map from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows the variety of hate groups spread throughout America:


Analysis of the Modern KKK
An article by Harrison Jacobs for Business Insider on what the KKK looks like today:

Sheila Eldred writes for the Discovery Channel about why people still join the Ku Klux Klan:

An article on about how the Klan is attempting to make a comeback:

The Anti-Defamation League examines how the KKK uses the internet to spread hate:

An examination by the Anti-Defamation League of how the Ku Klux Klan uses a variety of media sources like newspaper, radio stations, and fliers to give their group notoriety and how they donate to museums and adopt high programs to persuade non-followers:

May 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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