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IDS 101: Exploring Visual Culture: Berlin, Vienna, and Shanghai: Using the Library

TV Tower, Berlin; Prater Tower, Vienna; Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai

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Reference Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.

DVD Players on Campus

AV Room 1 (Mark O. Hatfield Library Second Floor)

Check out keys at the Circulation Desk.

Digital Learning Studio (Ford 101)

Students are welcome to contact the Digital Learning Studio or drop by to reserve the studio for group viewings of DVDs and we will be happy to assist them, especially in the evening or when there are no classes utilizing the space. For individual DVD watching, the studio has 7 iMACS, with external DVD drives available that can be used as DVD watching stations, students can contact us and we can reserve an iMAC for them. The studio is located in Ford 101, or we can be reached at or 503-375-5492

Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian

What Librarians Can Do for You

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
  • Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
  • Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
  • Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.

Hours During the Academic Year

Library Hours

Mon-Thur    7:45 a.m. -- 2 a.m.
Friday         7:45 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Saturday    11 a.m -- 6 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. -- 2 a.m.

Reference Hours

Mon-Wed  10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. /  6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Thursday   10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Friday        1 p.m. -- 4 p.m
Sat-Sun         (Closed)

Contact for a research consultation.

Archives Hours

Contact for an appointment.

Appointments available:

Mon - Fri  9 a.m. -- 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. -- 4 p.m.

Note: The library is closed to the general public at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. The library remains open to students, faculty, and staff with current Willamette ID.

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Mark O. Hatfield Library Building

Course Description

Icons and media celebrities, advertising and news images, and a myriad of visual messages that we encounter in our daily life all try to shape the way we think, feel, and respond to the reality around us. They are designed to influence our beliefs and values, our sense of identity, our consumer preferences, as well as our social commitments and affiliations. In our intellectual journey we will learn to critically understand such artifacts of visual culture; visual literacy is the aim of this colloquium. We will consider approaches to visual expression and focus on the web presence of art, performative events, and architecture in Berlin, Vienna, and Shanghai as well as the representation of these metropoles in film, literature, and music. The colloquium will include a viewing of works at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.