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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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Puzzled by political violence in Russia or the Caucasus? Looking for causes for the Ukrainian crisis? When working on a project dealing with Russia, Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe you might find yourself in a strange world of resources where an experienced guide could be of great help. What databases to use? What terminology and subject headings to apply when searching library catalog? Are there good monographs on your subjects or you will rely mostly on articles? How to find reliable sources of refereed articles? What about primary materials in translation? Do they even exist? Should I search the...

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 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
 Collaborating Using GitHub

GitHub is a popular platform for sharing and collaborating on open-source code, data, and much more. This workshop will introduce you to using Git and GitHub for version control, collaboration, and showcasing your work.

Prior programming knowledge is not required, but code examples will be used. Please:
(1) Bring a laptop. If you’re bringing a Windows laptop, please install PuTTY from www.putty.org beforehand.
(2) Sign up for a free account on github.com if you don't already have one.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Build Your Skills Workshop Series
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Paris in the Present Tense

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Mark Helprin for a discussion of his new novel, Paris in the Present Tense, and the current state of U.S. foreign and defense policy.

Mark Helprin is a novelist and commentator, and the author of the acclaimed Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, In Sunlight and In Shadow, and many other novels and stories.  Of Winter's Tale, critic Benjamin De Mott wrote in the New York Times, "I find myself nervous, to a degree I don’t recall in my past as a reviewer, about failing the work,...

Date and Time:
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Gelman Library, National Churchill Library and Center (Room 101)
Event Format: Lecture
Event Type: Public
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:
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
Event Series: Research Data Workshops
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
Software Carpentry

Join STEMworks & SEAS Computing for two days of hands-on instruction in Git, Github, Unix, and R! Participants must register ahead of time and attend for both days. 

Register here!

Date and Time:
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm
Location: STEMworks (Gelman 201)
Event Format: Workshop
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. Please complete this form to reserve your seat. Contact prevention@gwu.edu with questions or for more information.

Date and Time:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Gelman Library, Room 218a
Event Format: Training
Event Type: GWorld Cardholders
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
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

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