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Will Turkish Soap Operas Change the World?Hosted by: Heather Schell, Assistant Professor of Writing

Wednesday, October 29
5pm
Gelman Library, Room 214*

KISMET
Wildly popular at home, Turkish soap operas have taken the world by storm, and KISMET delves into this phenomenon, exploring how the serials captivate, inspire and empower women. The film reveals how the soaps impact and break down negative stereotypes and traditional taboos, openly discussing rape, sexual and domestic violence, child and arranged marriages, and honor killings while also sparking change in gender relationships, activism against sexual abuse, and a wave of divorce across the Middle East. KISMET discloses how profoundly Turkish soaps penetrate viewers’ social and religious realities while empowering and helping women to transform their lives and strengthen the debate about women’s rights across the region.

A film by Nina Maria Paschalidou
Greece/Cyprus, 2013, 57 minutes
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsQALTV4FzI

*Please note that space is limited for this event.  Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, October 23
7pm
Gelman Library Room 702

Did you know that in 1969 forty members of Students for a Democratic Society seized GW's Maury Hall, home of the Sino-Soviet Institute, to protest University complicity with the Vietnam War?  Or that more than 2,000 students attended a rally in the University Yard opposing the House Un-American Activities Committee with speakers including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman.

Find out more about the tradition of social activism at GW.  Join us for an intergenerational discussion sponsored by Lessons of the 60s, a project to document and archive local social justice organizing in Washington DC 1960-1975.  This event is a part of the “Traveling Hopefully” series.

Gelman 6th floor book shift

If you’ve been on the 6th floor this fall, you’ve noticed that there are very full shelves and very empty ones.  Beginning on October 20th we will undertake a floor-wide shift to rebalance shelving space.

"Shifting" is the movement of volumes between shelves within a library building. The need to shift occurs because collections expand with little to no space available on adjacent shelves. Gelman’s 6th floor has reached the point in which all the volumes need to be relocated.  By the time the shift project is completed (before Thanksgiving), practically every volume will have been moved, some only a shelf away, and others many shelves away.

The shift project will progress backwards through the entire 6th floor. It will begin in the far right corner, the southwest corner, of the floor and will conclude with the PNs in the near left corner, the northeast corner of the floor.

Staff will cordon off one section of the stacks at a time while they move all the volumes on these shelves to their new locations. 

Books in the current work-zone, and those between, will be unavailable.  If you need a book from a work-zone, please complete and submit this formThe library will contact you when the book is ready for pick-up.  Most books will be retrieved within 24 hours, but books requested on Fridays may take 48 hours.

Please contact Jean A. Pec at jpec@gwu.edu with any questions.

Jack-o-Lit: Literary pumpkin carving with faculty & librariansTuesday, October 28
3-4:30pm
Kogan Plaza/Mid-Campus Quad
#jack-o-lit

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. 

Judging begins at 4pm and prizes will be awarded for the best literary adaptation, best team (bring your friends), and best overall pumpkins.

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

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to KnowSaturday, October 18
11am -or- 1pm
Gelman Room 219

The modern library is so much more than just books and a place to study.  Learn from teaching librarians how innovative services of the GW Libraries enhance undergraduate success.  Find out about technology at Gelman - from scanning to statistics consulting and GIS - and how your students can learn these new and marketable skills.

Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's CapitalThursday, October 16
2-5pm
Gelman Library, room 702
Free, no registration necessary

The DC Vernacular Music Archive at The George Washington University invites you to attend the opening exhibit and first annual symposium "Hear in DC: Vernacular Music in the Nation's Capital."

Covering bluegrass, folk, punk, and go-go music a panel of local artists and historians will discuss the homegrown music that makes Washington's cultural geography special. Moderated by Marc Eisenberg of the DC Music Salon, panelist include Andy Wallace, Ian MacKaye, Kevin Hammond, Kip Lornell, and Stephen Wade who will also perform. Following the symposium attendees are welcome to view the exhibit with items from Washington's influential music history.

Celebrating the Creative Process 2013Saturday, October 18th 2014
Eckles Library, 1st floor
1-2pm

Join us in a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2014 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show!
 
Meet the student artists and writers and enjoy refreshments.

Sleep in Peace TonightFriday, October 10 at 5:30pm
Gelman Library, Room 702

The George Washington University’s Gelman Library, future home of the National Churchill Library and Center, and the Washington DC area chapter of the Churchill Society invite you to attend the launch of Sleep in Peace Tonight, a novel by James MacManus about the harrowing days in 1941 when FDR sent Harry Hopkins to England, where Winston Churchill wooed him to gain American support for the beleaguered English war effort.

Sleep in Peace Tonight will be available for purchase at a reception following the reading and Mr. MacManus will sign. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Opening Reception: Art & Design Collection from the CorcoranFriday, October 17
4-5:30pm
Gelman Libary 1st Floor

Join us to welcome the arrival of the Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran to Gelman Library's first floor.  Learn more about this wonderful resource for the study of photography, photojournalism, exhibition design, interior design, and art education.  Some items in this collection are not owned by any other library in the Washington area.

A special exhibit of the artists' books collection from the Corcoran, which is now being housed and cared for by Special Collections, will be available as well.   Artists’ books are works of art, sometimes published in small editions and sometimes one-of-a-kind, that are manifested in book or book-like form.  The Art & Design Collection from the Corcoran contains more than 200 artists' books focusing broadly on the theme of social justice.

Lit Review How ToAre you a graduate student working on a literature review for a thesis or dissertation?  Come to one or all of these 30-minute workshops to learn tips that will save you time and sanity.  All sessions will take place in Gelman Library, Room 219.  Please bring your own computer.

Citation Chasing
Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30pm
How do you build on someone else's research?  How do you find the research they used?  Chase down those citations like a pro with tips from librarian Tolonda Henderson.

Dissertation and Theses Online
Thursday, Oct.16 at 5:30pm  
Monday, Oct. 20 at 5:30pm
 
Do you know what other people in your own department or under your own advisor have done? Do you want to see some of the most current research in your field?  Librarian David Ettinger will show you how to find dissertations and theses from GW and around the world. 

Searching Worldcat
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30pm  
Thursday, Oct. 23 at 5:30pm

How do you know what research is out there?  How can you know what you don't know?  Librarian David Killian will help you be sure with a comprehensive search of all published book literature using Worldcat.  This workshop is best for disciplines that write books, especially the humanities and social sciences.

Citation Management
Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 5:30pm
Once you've done all that research how do you keep track of it?  Step away from the notecards and learn about online citation tools like Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley. Librarian Dolsy Smith will help you find the tool that is right for you and get you started using it. 

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