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Paper Window Exhibit AnnouncementHorse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Learn more about this unique teaching collection for book arts students in this blog post by Art & Design Librarian Shira Loev Eller.  

The GW English Department invites you to:

A Reading by Teddy Wayne

Gelman Library, Room 702
Thursday, February 26
7:30 PM

Novelist Teddy Wayne is the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. His nonfiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

This reading is part of the Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. 

Let the Sun Shine: FOIA Request workshopThursday, March 19
4pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project Nate Jones of the non-government, non-profit National Security Archive will lead a workshop on how journalists, historians, or any person can file successful FOIA requests to the federal government. His two-hour workshop will share the tactics the Archive has learned from the 50,000-plus FOIA requests and appeals that it has submitted. Jones will utilize real examples of FOIA requests, appeals, and releases to demonstrate how to pry government documents into the public domain and allow Americans to know what their government is up to.

This event is part of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Community Town Hall on the Future of GW LibrariesMonday, March 2 -and- Tuesday, March 3
Noon-1pm
Gelman Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the scholarship of the future?  

Create the future with us!  The GW Libraries are working on a new Vision and Strategic Plan which aligns with GW's Strategic Plan and will guide our priorities and actions in the coming 5-7 years. GW faculty and staff are invited to a brief presentation by Vice Provost for Libraries Geneva Henry on this new plan, followed by a discussion. Bring us your comments, questions, and concerns to help us understand your needs, both now and in the years to come.  

It is only with the insight and feedback of our faculty and staff that we can truly become, per the new GW Libraries’ Vision statement, "a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens."

 

 

Crossing the Line: ETD Workshop

Tuesday, March 3 at 11am [Doctoral deadline is April 1]
Monday, April 13 at 11am and 5pm [Master's deadline is May 15]

The writing is done. The citations have been cross checked. Your adviser has signed off. All that's left is to upload your electronic thesis or dissertation--but what does that really mean? Don't be caught off guard! Led by Valerie Emerson, ETD Administrator, this short workshop will introduce you to the interface for uploading your document and give you a heads up on what you will be asked during that process. All sessions will be held in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.  Please register below:

RSVP for March 3 at 11am 
RSVP for April 13 at 11am
RSVP for April 13 at 5pm
 

Digital Humanities ShowcaseFebruary 20 • 12:30-3pm
Gelman Library, Room 702
RSVP or more information at: go.gwu.edu/GWDoesDH

Everyone is invited to a showcase of Digital Humanities (DH) projects underway across the University.  The program will include brief presentations followed by discussion and a reception.  Find out about innovative endeavors happening in English, History, GW Libraries, Japanese, Jewish Cultural Arts, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Presented by the GW Digital Humanities Institute and GW Libraries.

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

12:30-1:00: 3 presenters + 10 min Q&A + 5 min break
Shoko Hamono (East Asian Lit and Lang, faculty): Visualizing Japanese Grammar
Maia Gil'Adi (English, doctoral): The Zombie Archive
Sylvia Augusteijn (GW Libraries) & Chris Klemek (History, faculty): Digital DC: A Community History Project

1:00-1:30: 3 presenters + 10 min Q&A + 5 break
Dan Kerchner (GW Libraries & Scholarly Tech Group): Social Feed Manager
Diane H. Cline (History, faculty): The Social Network(s) of Socrates
Dora Danylevich: (English, doctoral) #brownbagsarepeopletoo (crowdsourced art project)

1:30-2:00: 3 presenters + 10 min Q&A + 5 break
Michael Levy & Elissa Frankle (US Holocaust Memorial Museum): Textual Analysis of Oral History Testimonies at USHMM
Lori Brister (English, doctoral): A Digital Dissertation Companion
Tina Plottel (GW Libraries, Reference & Instruction): The People and the Punk: The Story of Kansas House and Its Impact on the Washington, D.C., Punk Scene

2:00-2:30: 3 presenters + 10 min Q&A
Phoebe Coleman (Jewish Cultural Arts, masters): A Contemporary Jewish Tale: A Digital Humanities Project
Tawny Ravy (English, doctoral): The Salman Rushdie Archive; Midnight's Children Map
Tolonda Henderson (GW Libraries, Instruction and Reference): More than Moving Images: The Visual Culture of Harry Potter

2:30-3:00: General reception 

Librarian Mark Yoffe on Voice of America (Russia)Dr. Mark Yoffe, curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center was interviewed by Voice of America (Russia).  He spoke about the relevance of Soviet protest rock music in today’s Russia and showed off the Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit on Gelman's 7th floor.  GW student Ivor Urek also commented on American student interest in the music from the former Soviet Union.  

View the full interview here. (Segment begins at the 23:00 minute mark and is in Russian.)  The Words + Sounds of Dissent: From Samizdat to Rebel Rock exhibit is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Noise Alert

Friday, February 13
between 8am-4pm (intermittent) 

Workers are completing the final phase of Gelman’s HVAC upgrades. Work on the roof will require use of hammer drills and may be audible in some areas of the building. Higher floors are more likely to be disrupted.

We apologize for the inconvenience as we improve the library facilities.

Undergraduate Publications CornerBeginning on January 30th the entrance floor reading lounge will include an Undergraduate Publications Corner. The Corner will feature journals and magazines showcasing the talents and interest of student writers within specific disciplines. Copies of past and present issues will become available for visitors to read within the library as well as to take a copy for the road. General information about each organization will be provided for students who are interested in working with or writing for a specific publication.

Check out the work of fellow GW undergraduates in these publications:
The Globe: Undergraduate Academic Journal of the IAS
Omnibus of the GW Roosevelt Institute
GW Pre-Law Student Association Undergraduate Law Review
Wooden Teeth: The George Washington University's Art and Literary Magazine
The ACE Magazine

Student Town Hall on the Future of the LibrariesTuesday, February 3
Noon -or- 5:30pm
Gelman, Room 219

What will the GW Libraries look like in 2020?  How are we preparing now for the students of the future?

Join us for a student town hall on the future of the GW Libraries.  This meeting will unveil the libraries' new Strategic Plan, our road map for the future.  Bring us your feedback into how the libraries can be better for you and for the students to come.

RSVP by January 31st for a free lunch or dinner from Chipotle at the meeting.  Only those who rsvp are guaranteed a burrito.

RSVP for the Noon-1pm meeting: go.gwu.edu/LibraryChipotleLunch
RSVP for the 5:30-6:30pm meeting: go.gwu.edu/LibraryChipotleDinner

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