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Events at GW Libraries

Upcoming events at GW Libraries. You may also want to look at our News & Events page for updates and activities.

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APIs

There is so much data out on the web, but who wants to copy-and-paste or scrape web pages? Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) let you explore and collect data in a reliable and efficient way. In this introductory workshop you'll learn:

  • What an API is an why you'd use one.
  • How to access an API using the Postman Chrome app. We'll explore the API for one of the many available U.S. government databases.
  • Other ways of using APIs.
  • Tips for working with APIs and how to find them.

No technical background is required. Bring a laptop if possible.

Date and Time:
Monday, November 6, 2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
National Security

This workshop will introduce the distinct and unique materials from Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections at the Global Resources Center, which include, but not limited to, internal (neibu) publications, classified military newspapers, intelligence reports and censored materials from China, Japan and Korea. Most of the materials are hard to acquire elsewhere and some are only available at GW. These materials will not only help to broaden your knowledge and support your research on East Asia’s national security in world affairs. 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Researching with Specialized Collections Workshops Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
GIS Interface Basics

In this first of three workshops, we plan on demystifying both GIS software and how to import vector data to make a simple map. You'll learn how to navigate the interface and highlight important functions within ArcGIS and QGIS.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Lecture

The Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service hosts this opportunity for GW faculty to connect in conversation on the subject of the variety of ways to disseminate our students’ community-engaged scholarship. Dr. Phyllis Ryder, author of Rhetorics for Community Action and leading scholar of service-learning in composition and rhetorics of democracy will open the discussion by describing how the design of her course assignments facilitates public dissemination of students’ engaged scholarship. Dr. Christopher Klemek will describe the availability of his students’ work online through the Digital DC...

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:45am
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Completing a Map

Building on Workshop 1: GIS Interface Basics, learn proper cartographic considerations and practices. The end result will be a “my first map”. Participants should have attended Workshop 1 or have experience with GIS or GIS software.

Date and Time:
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
A Walk on the R side logo

R is a programming language that is popular for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. This workshop will introduce participants to basic R tasks such as reading data into R, analyzing data, and plotting data.

No prior programming knowledge is required, just a basic understanding of computer files and folders. Please bring a laptop to this workshop. In advance of the workshop, please install R from r-project.org and the free version of RStudio Desktop from rstudio.com. If you need help installing these, please...

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
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. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: By Invitation Only
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.  Professor Ledermann is joining the Elliott School as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2017–2018 academic year. He is an economic geographer with an extensive background in sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

All are welcome to attend these exciting and intriguing talks.

Date and Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Large eye with text: Privacy Week, November 13-17, 2017

Students of the GW Law International Human Rights Clinic present an interactive workshop intended to help young adults understand the aspects, prevalence, and impact of cyber-violence. The workshop features helpful tips on preventing cyber-violence as well as information on resources available to those who may experience cyber-violence.

 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 219
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
THE DAWN WATCH

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Maya Jasanoff for a lecture and discussion about her new book, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World. This event is cosponsored by the History and English departments. 

Maya Jasanoff is professor of history at Harvard University.  She won both the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction and 2012 George Washington Book Prize for her most recent monograph, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture,...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
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...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Type: Public
A Few Planes for China

Please join the National Churchill Library and Center as we welcome Eugenie Buchan, author of A Few Planes for China: The Birth of the Flying Tigers. In the first half of 1942 the Flying Tigers took to the skies to fight the Japanese over Burma and China. They rarely had more than forty planes fit to fly but managed to bring down close to 300 enemy aircraft. Refreshments will be served.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
Intro to 3D Modeling with Tinkercad

Discover the amazing possibilities of 3-D modeling in this introduction to Tinkercad, a free, browser-based CAD software. You will learn how to create 3-D models from scratch and import existing models to modify. Feel free to bring your own laptop or you can borrow a Chromebook at the workshop.This concise and hands-on introduction will last about 1 hour. No RSVP is required.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 214
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Large eye with text: Privacy Week, November 13-17, 2017

Dr. Mimi Zou is Edwards Fellow in Chinese Law at Columbia Law School. Dr. Zou will present a talk based on her forthcoming article, "The ‘Employer Big Brother’ and Social Media Privacy in the Workplace: Examining the Regulatory Challenges in China."

Although many popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are blocked in China, platforms such as Weixin (WeChat), QQ, and Weibo are becoming increasingly popular. What new economic risks does this pose for workers whose employers and prospective employers may be monitoring their social media communications. What laws are in place to protect...

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 702
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, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201) and ONLINE
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Visualizing Data with GIS Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders

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