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Archive of Past Library Events

These are past events, they have already happened, don't try to go to them! Take a look at our Upcoming Events page for a current list.

STEMworks logo

Join us for a lightning talk as part of the STEMworks open house. The presence of maps and cartography in everyday life has seen a dramatic uptick in recent years as the techology to do so becomes more and more accessible. Learn from GIS specialist Kean McDermott about the compromises made every day in map making and how maps can be manipulated to suit the needs of the creator. All maps may be subjective, but GW Libraries and STEMworks can help you to become cartographically literate in this era of fake news.

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Location: Gelman Library, Room 201
Event Format: Open House
Event Type: Public
STEMworks logo

 Join us for a lightning talk as part of the STEMworks open house.  Smartphones and biometric devices are everywhere, and more and more of our bodily information is being shared with machines, computer algorithms, and corporations. Dr. Kes Schroer, STEMworks program associate, will discuss how the integrations between our bodies and new technologies means big changes for the little moments in our lives - from visiting a local bank to picking out health insurance.

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:45am to 11:15am
Location: Gelman Library, Room 201
Event Format: Open House
Event Type: Public
STEMworks Opening

Join us for an open house to celebrate the re-opening of STEMworks, GW’s one-stop shop for quantitative and spatial reasoning skills, offering workshops, tutoring services, and consultations to GW faculty and students. Visit the newly-renovated space and learn more about the help available to you! Light refreshments will be served and this event will feature lightning talks about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 201
Event Format: Open House
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

Join the GW Geography Department for their Fall 2017 speaker series! Each semester the Department hosts a number of different speakers on a variety of topics relating to the field of Geography.  All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks.

Last year we conducted 40 in-person interviews and online surveys with Uber drivers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our project—which creates one of the first independent, qualitative datasets about the rideshare industry—found that the economic realities of precarious work are a far cry from the rosy promises of the gig economy. In exchange for flexible schedules, Uber retains near total control over what really matters for drivers, namely the compensation and costs of work. Uber drivers work within a black box where the true costs of flexibility are hidden.

Please register here!

Date and Time:
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 702
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Alcohol Skills Training Program

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a program designed to discuss GW's drinking culture and to foster a conversation with students about how to reduce their risks if they choose to consume alcohol. Please complete this form to reserve your seat. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Rare Book Friday GW History edition

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation is proud to present a special Rare Book Friday in celebration of Colonials Weekend! Join us for an up-close look at the rare and unique materials from the University Archives and the rare book collections of the Special Collections Research Center. We welcome past and present GW students, faculty, and staff to experience the evolution of GW into a world-class institution through these materials. Librarians will present a curated selection of rare books and archives and be on hand to a discuss the significance of the items and answer questions. This is a chance for a hands-on experience with rare and historic items that you may not have known existed in Gelman Library.

Rare Book Friday is a monthly open house, featuring an up-close look at the materials of GW's special collections. Archivists choose a different collection for display each month and are on hand to discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that you can access in Gelman Library with the help of special collections staff. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Open House
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

The Judaic Studies Program at the George Washington University is pleased to invite you to From Place to Metaphor: The Nineteenth-Century Transformation of the Ghetto presented by Daniel Schwartz.

Please register here!

George Washington University’s Judaic Studies Program in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is proud to host the The Jewish History Colloquium (JHC). The Colloquium provides a hub for faculty, postdoctoral students, independent researchers and graduate students working in the field of modern Jewish history in the Greater D.C. area.

Date and Time:
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, I. Edward Kiev Collection Room (Room 710)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Lecture

The Department of Sociology invites you and the GW community to Tally's Corner Revisited, a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of GW alumnus Elliot Liebow's classic ethnography of African-American street-corner men in DC, Tally's Corner.

Liebow's mid-1960's study of life in a segregated neighborhood of old row houses, tenements, and liquor stores critiqued the widspread "culture of poverty" thesis and conveyed the lives of inner-city African-Americans from their own perspectives just as urban disorders were erupting across the nation. The book became an instant classic in sociology, inspiring many street-corner ethnographies in the decades to follow.  Half a century later, after the Tally's Corner neighborhood was bulldozed and gentrified into what is considered the edge of the hip Shaw area, scholars and activists will use the occasion to reflect on the book’s long-term impact and on what has changed – or not - in terms of racial inequality in Washington and other American cities.

The keynote lecture, "Tally's Corner, 50 years later: Same Corner, Different Conditions, Different Corner, Same Conditions," will be delivered by Professor Maurice Jackson (History and African American Studies, Georgetown University). His next book is titled, Halfway to Freedom: The Struggles and Strivings of African Americans in Washington, DC.

Date and Time:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 101
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Spatial Analysis with QGIS

The last in the GIS Workshop Series, will highlight some of the the more advanced options available through the QGIS platform focusing on how to draw towards conclusions from data sets and work with both raster and vector data formats. Some experience required. Participants should have attended Workshops 1 & 2 or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Prince Charles book

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Sally Bedell Smith for a discussion of her bestselling biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.  Ms. Smith will also discuss the future of the British Monarchy.

Sally Bedell Smith is a journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  She is the author of many books, including Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House, and Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Modern Princess.  She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism.    

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Instructional Technology Lab

Join the Instructional Technology Lab to learn about assignments and tests in Blackboard! Blackboard offers a variety of ways to assess your students. This 60-minute workshop will primarily cover how to create assignments and develop tests that make the best of both your time and your students efforts. Participants will also discuss test settings and how they impact the student experience of taking a test online.

This workshop will be held through Blackboard Collaborate. Please register to receive a link to the Blackboard Collaborate session.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Faculty
Learn Linux Shell

Using the Linux shell is essential to the use of powerful tools and computing resources. Software Developer Laura Wrubel will get you started using the shell to interact with Linux computers. Knowledge of this swiss-army knife of a tool will provide you with the background needed to use many powerful tools for research and data analysis.

No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. This workshop is useful for anyone interested in programming and web related work or those who need to manipulate data.

Please bring a laptop to this workshop. If you’re bringing a Windows laptop, please install PuTTY from www.putty.org beforehand. If you don’t have a laptop, we will have a few extra on hand.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

Join the GW English Department for a reading from the award-winning book by Kenny Fries to be published by University of Wisconsin Press in September, 2017.  

An American’s journey of profound self-discovery in Japan, an exquisite tale of cultural and physical difference, sexuality, love, loss, mortality, and the ephemeral nature of beauty and art.

A disabled foreigner in Japan—a society historically hostile to difference—Kenny Fries spins a tale of exciting, bewildering adventure. As he visits Japanese gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV-positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to re-enter life on new terms.

A reading from In the Province of the Gods is a good lead-in for discussion about issues around disability, LGBTQ, intersectionality, traditional and contemporary Japanese arts, and "otherness."  It also is one of the few books recently published about living with HIV.  The book's narrative also makes for a good jumping off point for writing-based discussions about memoir, travel writing, and the incorporation of research in memoir and creative nonfiction. The book also has much to say about disability representation in Japanese culture.   

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 702
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Missing Maps

Join the GWU Humanitarian Mapping Society, and the Missing Maps Project for a mapathon, helping to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. 

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project who's goal is to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.

Mapping beings at 6pm, and training for newcomers will also be offered at this time. Food/drinks will be available mid-way through the event.

Arrive early to check in at the front desk of the library, and please make sure to bring your laptop to the event!

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Public
Panel Discussion

Please join the GW History department in a roundtable discussion of Ken Burns's and Lynn Novick's The Vietnam War. Discussion will include Dr. Ronald Spector (Professor of History, GWU), Dr. Jim Herschberg (Professor of History, GWU), Dr. Shawn McHale (Associate Professor of History, GWU), and Dr. Nu-Anh Tran (Assistant Professor of History, University of Connecticut).

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 702
Event Format: Panel Discussion
Event Type: Public

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