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Norman SalsitzDr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

Tuesday, April 14
5pm - Reception and Viewing of Exhibit 
6pm - Opening Ceremony

You are invited to the opening of an exhibit created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds.  The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

The opening ceremony will be addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  These presentations will be followed by a general discussion.

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Diversity at GWMonday, April 20
2:30-4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Refreshments to follow 

Please join us for a presentation by the three recipients of the 2014-2015 University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of religious communities on campus, GW’s LGBTQ community, and the effect of the 1960s Chicano movement on the curriculum and student body at GW. Student fellows have spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. Learn more about the unique histories of these groups and how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. 

This program is generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Diversity at GWMonday, April 20
2:30-4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
Refreshments to follow 

Please join us for a presentation by the three recipients of the 2014-2015 University Archives Diversity Research Fellowships. The students will discuss their research into the history of religious communities on campus, GW’s LGBTQ community, and the effect of the 1960s Chicano movement on the curriculum and student body at GW. Student fellows have spent many hours digging deep into the University Archives and interviewing individuals with stories to share. Learn more about the unique histories of these groups and how their experiences have shaped our present day GW community. 

This program is generously funded by an Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion grant from the GW Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Writing & Publishing on Climate Change

Thursday, April 9
11am-12:30pm
Gelman Room 702

Join us for our spring semester installment of Strategies for Interdisciplinary Publishing Success, where scholars will discuss the opportunities for, and challenges to, interdisciplinary research on climate change. Our panelists' work demonstrates how working across disciplinary boundaries can yield insight into one of the most critical issues of the day.

Featuring:
Lisa Benton-Short, Department of Geography (Moderator)
Claire Monteleoni, Department of Computer Science
Dmitry Streletskiy, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Michael Svoboda, Assistant Professor, University Writing Program

Copyright PanelMonday, April 6
7-9pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Please join us for a panel discussion on the legalities of streaming music at non-profit institutions such as public libraries, museums, or historical societies. This panel will address issues concerning potential changes in copyright law to allow best practices in preservation and greater public access to historical recordings. 

Panelists include Erich Schwartz, copyright attorney and partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP and Alex McGehee, ARSC member of the Copyright and Fair Use Committee and will be moderated by Kip Lornell, (Music Department at GWU and co-president of the DC chapter of WMAC-ARSC).  The program is co-sponsored by GW Libraries' Special Collections Research Center, the GWU Music Department and Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections).   For further information, contact Kip Lornell at klornel@gwu.edu or 202-413-3298.

Kiev Room Lecture

Thursday, March 26
5pm
I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection Room (Gelman 7th floor) 

Dr. Mikhail Kizilov, Visiting Research Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will deliver a lecture on "The Karaites of Eastern Europe during the Holocaust." Dr. Mikhail Kizilov has published widely on the history, culture, language and writings of the Karaites of Eastern Europe. His Crimean Judea: Notes on the History of the Jews, Khazars, Karaites and Krymchaks in the Crimea since Ancient Times appeared in 2011.  Educated in Simferopol, Budapest and Oxford, Dr. Kizilov has held research and faculty appointments in Poland, Israel, Germany and his native Crimea. 

This lecture will take place in the Kiev Room on the 7th floor of Gelman Library.  Please RSVP to hebraica@gwu.edu.

Regional faculty, students and scholars are welcome to attend! 

Debbie Bezanson, Associate University LibrarianAssociate University Librarian Debbie Bezanson has been recognized by her peers in the American Library Association (ALA) "for her tireless advocacy" and "her service as a role model for collaborative teamwork and leadership."  Debbie is the 2015 recipient of the whimsically titled My Favorite Martian award for her "exceptional service" to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.  The MARS Section represents the interests of those concerned with attaining the highest possible quality in planning, developing, managing, teaching, or conducting all forms of computer-based reference information services in libraries.  Debbie will receive her award in a ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this summer.  

Spring break hoursThe weather may not feel like spring, but the calendar says it is Spring Break!  For those of you spending your break in the warm embrace of Gelman Library, please note our change in hours. The library will not be available for 24-hour study during Spring Break (March 6-14).

Hours:
Friday, March 6
Close at 10pm

Sat & Sun, March 7 & 8
9am-6pm

Mon-Fri, March 9-13
7am—10pm

Saturday, March 14
9am-6pm

Sunday, March 15
Open at 9am and 24-hour study resumes

Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russi

Gelman Library's Kiev Collection has acquired a complete original set of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russia (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  Of the many editions of this ancient work, the one issued in Vilna by the "Widow and Brothers Romm," with multiple commentaries in 18 large folio volumes, is considered the most accurate.  In pristine condition, our set comes from the library of Stanley Rabinowitz (1917-2012), rabbi of DC's Adas Israel Congregation, and was donated by his daughters Dr. Sharon Chard-Yaron and Judith Argaman. Rabbi Rabinowitz was the grandson of the Lithuanian-born Talmudic scholar Naftali Zeichik of Des Moines IA, whose book on rabbinic law, published in Jerusalem in 1935, was included with the gift. 

For more information about this work or for questions about using, visiting, or donating to the Kiev Collection, please contact the Curator at hebraica@gwu.edu.  Located on the 7th floor of the Gelman Library, the Kiev Room is open to researchers Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Curator of the Kiev Judaica Collection is available for reference consultations to discuss research topics, help formulate search strategies, and locate useful materials.

A Splendid Wake 3Friday, March 20
6:30-8:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Join us for A Splendid Wake 3, an annual celebration of poetry in the nation’s capital from 1900 to the Present.  This 3rd event in the series will feature presentations on:

Georgia Douglas Johnson & the “Saturday Nighters” 
May Miller
The Federal Poets 
Poetry Workshops born during “Poetry and the National Conscience” conferences 
The Modern Urban Griots

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