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1929 GW Yearbook PhotoYearbooks from GW and the Mount Vernon College and Seminary are now available online on You can browse approximately 100 years of yearbooks for GW (1908 - 2009) and almost 90 years for Mount Vernon (1911 - 1998).

Scanning these yearbooks and making them available and accessible online is an on-going project of the GW Libraries' Special Collections Research Center and the University Archives. We will be adding additional yearbooks over time.

Free to Rock in RussiaThursday, November 19
4 - 5:30 pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

Professor Richard Robin, moderator 
Valery Saifudinov, Founder of first Soviet Rock Band, The Revengers, and co-inventor of the first Soviet electric guitar 
Joanna Stingray, Soviet and Russian rock recording artist, producer, TV personality, and first American record producer of Soviet Rock bands
Dr. Mark Yoffe - Curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center
William Levins, Student
Nick Binkley and Doug Yeager, Producers and researchers for the film FREE TO ROCK

This panel is presented in coordination with the premiere of the documentary FREE TO ROCK on Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 pm, Georgetown University, Gaston Hall

Hebrew Printing in the Orient ExhibitNovember 8, 2015 - July 1, 2016
Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall & adjoining exhibit spaces
Gelman Library, 7th floor

A new exhibition of the Kiev Judaica Collection, "Hebrew Printing in the Orient" presents books and typography across a vast non-western panorama: from the Maghreb to the Far East, from Central Asia to India, and from Southern Africa to the Antipodes.The first such exhibit of this material in nearly 90 years, it traces the introduction of movable type outside of Europe by Jewish exiles from Spain, who established a Hebrew press at Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1493, through the establishment of presses at Salonika in Ottoman Greece (the earliest printing on the territory of Greece) and at Fez in Morocco (the first press on the continent of Africa). Examples of the subsequent spread of Hebrew printing in different parts of the Middle East and Asia are drawn from the holdings of the Kiev Collection.  Among the rarities are Hok le-Yisrael (Cairo, 1740), one of the first books ever printed in Egypt, and Zer‘a Yitshak (Tunis, 1768), the first book in any language printed in Tunisia.  Included in the display are texts in various languages using the Hebrew alphabet, such as Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Yiddish, apart from Hebrew and Aramaic.  

GW Libraries Thanksgiving Hours

The GW Libraries are thankful for our terrific patrons (and a few days off!) Please note the building closures and changed hours for the Thanskgiving holiday.

Gelman Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 25  - Gelman building closes at 6pm*
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27  -  Gelman is CLOSED*
Saturday, Nov, 28  -  Open from noon-6pm* 
Sunday, Nov. 29  -  Open at 9am to resume 24-hour access
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Eckles Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 8am-11pm
Wednesday, Nov. 25  -  8am-5pm
Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Nov. 27, & Saturday, Nov, 28  -  Eckles is CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 29  -  3pm-3am

VSTC Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27  -  VSTCL is CLOSED*
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.

Copyright Basics for Graduate StudentsTuesday, November 17
Gelman Library, Room 702

GW Associate General Counsel Michelle Gluck will cover the basic aspects of copyright law you need to know when writing a thesis or dissertation, including an overview of copyright as a "bundle of rights" and the criteria for determining fair use. 

Michelle Gluck  joined GW's Office of the General Counsel in March 2014 after 8 years as Special Counsel to the University System of New Hampshire. Prior to that, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in tobacco litigation and immigration appellate litigation, and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Section of the State of California Department of Justice. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Gluck clerked for U.S. District Judge Lawrence T. Lydick and for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal district and circuit courts. Her areas of concentration are research and compliance, technology transfer, and intellectual property.  Ms. Gluck received her A.B. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988.

Okinawa: The AfterburnWednesday, November 18
Gelman Room 214

Join us for a special screening of the English-language version of this popular documentary, followed by a discussion with director John Junkerman.

A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, Okinawa: The Afterburn  is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. In April 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa, launching a battle that lasted 12 weeks and claimed the lives of 240,000 people. The film recounts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought on the same battlefields, along with Okinawan civilians swept up in the fighting. The film carries the story to the present, depicting the discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments. With Okinawa now embroiled in a struggle over the construction of a new base, this timely film illuminates the roots of a deep-seated resistance.

Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center and Veterans For Peace, Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Organizing Committee 

International Coffee HourTuesday, Nov. 17


Global Resources Center, 7th floor

Please join us in the Global Resources Center (GRC) for an international student coffee hour co-hosted with the International Services Office (ISO). Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests, and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends! This event is part of GW's International Education Week.  

Please RSVP: 

The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with the following specialized resource centers: Russia, Eurasia, Central & Eastern Europe, China Documentation Center, Taiwan Resource Center, Japan Resource Center, Korea Resources, Middle East & North Africa.

Hebrew Printing in the Orient Opening ReceptionSunday, November 8, 2-4pm 
Gelman Library, Room 702

Enjoy a panel discussion on a broad panorama of typography from far-flung presses, from the Maghreb to China and from Central Asia to India, South Africa and the Antipodes. “Hebrew Printing in the Orient,” an exhibit drawn from the I. Edward Kiev Collection, includes texts in Aramaic and the various languages of Oriental Jewry, including Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Marathi. Among the rarities is a copy of Hok le-Yisra'el (Cairo, 1740), one of the first books ever printed in Egypt.

The Kiev Collection at The George Washington University was established in 1996 with the donation of the large personal library of I. Edward Kiev, one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century.  Together with books in western languages, German-Jewish graphic art, and extensive bibliographic literature in which Kiev was expert, the collection holds Hebraica printed around the world over the course of five centuries.

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Grendel's Mother from Jackolit 2014Monday, October 26
Kogan Plaza

Bring your own pumpkin and sculpt your masterpiece in the company of GW's coolest faculty and librarians.  Carving implements will be provided along with cookies, cider, and nerdy-cool conversation. Check out the Gelman facebook page for photos of last year's amazing creations

Judging begins at 4pm and prizes will be awarded for the best and most creative carving.

Costumes aren't required, but are definitely encouraged!  Extra cookies and instant respect if you arrive dressed as any literary or classical character.