Posts on March 2016

Embodying Shakespeare: Zelma Weisfeld’s Costume Designs

Sketch depicting costume designs for three characters from As You Like It: Jacques, Duke Senior, and Amiens

The exhibit Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A Celebration (Audubon Room, January 11-April 27, 2016) showcases both the textual and performance history of Shakespeare’s plays. This post looks in greater detail at the work of costume and set designer Zelma Weisfeld, professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Michigan from 1960-1988. During those 28 years, Weisfeld contributed to more than 120 theatre and opera productions, including several Shakespeare plays.

Engineering Standards at the U-M Library

Photo of measurements

Standards are important to engineering students as you experiment with new solutions to old problems. Understanding and applying existing standards will help you to create safe, reliable, and marketable designs. As you enter the engineering workforce, your employers will depend on your knowledge of standards as you tackle new engineering problems. But what's a standard?

It's All about Blood!

Title-page of Discorsi di Pietro Paolo Magni piacentino sopra il mondo di sanguinare, attaccar le sanguisugue, & le ventose far le fregagione & vessicatorij a corpi humani (Roma: Bartolomeo Bonfadino, 1586)

Our featured book is a copy of the second edition of the famous sixteenth-century blood-letting treatise for barber-surgeons, Discourses of Pietro Paolo Magni of Piacenza on how to bleed, attach leeches and cups, perform massages and blistering to the human body (Discorsi di Pietro Paolo Magni piacentino sopra il mondo di sanguinare, attaccar le sanguisugue, & le ventose far le fregagione & vessicatorij a corpi humani). It was published in Rome in 1586.

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