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Meet the Author: Steven C. Bullock

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Gordon Library’s Meet the Author Series continues on Thursday, April 6 with Steven C. Bullock’s Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America. Please join us at 4:00 pm in the FLIP space on the 3rd floor of the library to hear Professor Bullock discuss this illuminating history book featuring a fascinating set of characters.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Location: Gordon Library, FLIP Space, 3rd floor

The presentation will include a Q&A session, followed by an informal reception with light refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


About the Author:


Steven C. Bullock is professor of history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he was a recipient of the Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. He has also served as a Fulbright Lecturer in Okinawa, Japan.

He is the author of Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2017), Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840 (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), and The American Revolution: A History in Documents (Oxford University Press, 2003). He has also published in the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the William & Mary Quarterly, where his piece on the confidence man Tom Bell received the Percy Adams Prize for the year’s best article in eighteenth-century studies.

Professor Bullock has spoken widely to academic and public groups, commented on Masonry and American history on ABC and NPR, and appeared in documentaries airing on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and elsewhere.


About the Book (University of Pennsylvania Press):


Even as eighteenth-century thinkers from John Locke to Thomas Jefferson struggled to find effective means to restrain power, contemporary discussions of society gave increasing attention to ideals of refinement, moderation, and polished self-presentation. These two sets of ideas have long seemed separate, one dignified as political theory, the other primarily concerned with manners and material culture. Tea Sets and Tyranny challenges that division. In its original context, Steven C. Bullock suggests, politeness also raised important issues of power, leadership, and human relationships. This politics of politeness helped make opposition to overbearing power central to early American thought and practice.

Tea Sets and Tyranny follows the experiences of six extraordinary individuals, each seeking to establish public authority and personal standing: a cast of characters that includes a Virginia governor consumed by fits of towering rage; a Carolina woman who befriended a British princess; and a former Harvard student who became America’s first confidence man.

Tea Sets and Tyranny is available in print at Gordon Library.

Trial Access to New Potential Resources at the Library!

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Gordon Library is pleased to offer trial access to the following resources during D term.  Please send your feedback on these resources to


BrowZine is an online discovery and browse service that delivers thousands of academic journals to your web browser, iPad, iPhone or Android tablet. BrowZine includes all of the 76,000 ejournals in the WPI collection, both from Open Access journals from publishers like BioMed Central and PLoS and subscription publishers, such Elsevier and Springer.    You can:

  • Create your own Bookshelf or virtual “reading room” of your favorite scholarly journals, which you can access on the web (via and mobile devices.
  • Receive alerts on your mobile devices when new issues (and articles in press) are published, and browse the articles for ones you want to read.
  • Export the citations to EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley.
  • Save articles (also synced across devices), and group them into collections.
  • From your tablet or phone you can download articles to read offline and export the PDFs to other apps on your device like DropBox, EndNote, Google Drive and more.

The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across disciplines.


Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 . From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains more than 130,000 titles and more than 17 million scanned pages as listed in four collections :  Pollard & Redgrave’s Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing’s Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.


PolicyMap is an online U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform that can be used to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography.    Users can leverage the 15,000 available data indicators in PolicyMap, from a neighborhood census block group up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.  PolicyMap data can be presented as maps, tables, charts and pre-built reports that can be incorporated into papers, presentations, blogs and websites.

The complete list of data indicators is available at and the complete list of data sources is available at

There are also a few very short tutorial videos available:

Brief Demo:

Quick Start Video of the basic maps page:

PolicyMap in Action:  Maps:

PolicyMap in Action:  3-Layer Maps (Workforce Development Example):

PolicyMap in Action:  Reports:


Library Book Drive for Worcester: The City that Reads!

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In advance of National Library Week 2017, the Gordon Library is pleased to partner once again with WPI Student Activities’ Community Service Center and Worcester Public Schools in the annual Worcester: The City that Reads book drive. This program promotes literacy by collecting new and gently used books to give to pre-kindergarten through 8th grade children with limited access to books outside of school.

This year, WPI community members donating ten (10) or more books appropriate for early, middle, or young adult readers will be entered into a raffle for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7″ 8GB, courtesy of WPI’s Community Service Center (one entry per person please).

Books can be donated at the Gordon Library during D term through April 24th.

Thank you for your support!

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“You’re My Best Friend” in Class of 1970 Cafe Gallery

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D Term’s exhibition in the Class of 1970 Café, “You’re my Best Friend” by Jess Baer, is sure to put a smile on your face. “You’re my Best Friend” is a collection of endearing pet portraits, consisting of either oil on masonite or watercolor with ink. Jess paints amusing and playful depictions of our best friends, which capture the animal’s personality and charm. Focusing mostly on dogs of varying breeds, these portraits pay tribute to the owner’s love and devotion that can only be felt through these kinds of bonds.

JoshuaJess Baer grew up in West Bridgewater, MA and attended Massachusetts College of Art & Design, receiving a B.F.A. with a focus in Illustration in 2007. Her body of work ranges from classic traditional and digital illustrations to sculptural ceramics. As a member of the WPI’s Academic Technology Center (Technology for Teaching and Learning) team since October 2014, Jess fulfills her 2nd passion of introducing people to new and exciting technology.

You can see more of Jess’s art at