Wednesday, October 1
Gelman Library Room 702
Join GW Libraries for a panel discussion about academic freedom in the corporate culture of U.S. higher education, with panelists from a wide range of perspectives, who will engage with academic freedom claims and limitations nationally as well as the ways it impacts professors and the climate at GW. Recently, public debates about academic freedom have arisen on social media in the aftermath of the Salaita case at University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and, closer to home, the former GW President Joel Trachtenberg's comments on sexual assault. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the discussion.
Zak Wolfe, Assistant Professor, University Writing Program
Melani McAlister, Chair, Department of American Studies; Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media & Public Affairs
Tracy Arwari, Case Manager, CARE Network, Division of Student Affairs
Did you read in the GW Hatchet about the Researching Potter workshop presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson and wish you had attended? Read below for some information Tolonda has written about Harry Potter Studies and her tips for getting started researching popular culture.
One of the most basic ways we organize books is by fiction and non-fiction. My detective novels and sci-fi fantasy books live across my apartment from my textbooks from college and graduate school. The few pieces of fiction I have mixed in with the academic books are what most people would call Literature (with a capital L), and beloved books from childhood are kept in an entirely different room. The clarity of these distinctions, however, is slowly being turned on its head for me as I find myself wading deeper and deeper into the world of Harry Potter Studies.
I’ll take a moment to let that sink in.
Yes, I said Harry Potter Studies. On my desk here at work sit seven books for which the New York Times Book Review created a children’s best seller list. I keep the series within arm’s reach so I can refer to them as I research, for example, what the magical properties of photographs and portraits can tell us about our screen-oriented contemporary visual culture. This past February I gave a paper on the library at Hogwarts at a conference with a Harry Potter Studies Section. Next month, I will be giving a paper at the Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia It is entirely likely that my first scholarly publication will be about the world inhabited by The Boy Who Lived.
Would you like to add some Hogwarts to your academic experience? Here are some tips.
- Use multiple keywords when searching the catalog. If you just search for Harry Potter, you will get screen after screen of the Consortium’s holdings of the actual books and movies. Searching for “harry potter AND international relations” or “harry potter AND psychology” will return a much more focused list of results.
- When searching a specialized database such as MLA International Bibliography, DO NOT limit your results to full text. Doing so would prevent you from learning about chapters in edited volumes. There are many such edited volumes on Harry Potter, but there are also individual chapters in volumes on other topics.
- Pay attention to the date of publication. Scholars started writing about Harry Potter before the series was complete; depending on your topic, this can make a big difference. Articles or book chapters about Hogwarts as a school will be very different if they were written before the introduction of Dolores Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix than if they were written afterwards.
Please feel free to contact me directly. I am considering branching out in Popular Culture Studies to projects on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Hunger Games, or the Divergent series. I would be happy to talk to you about any of my projects or, more importantly, about yours.
Instruction and Reference Librarian
Eckles Library Birthday Party
Thursday, September 18th
On September 18, 1987, Eckles Library was dedicated on the Mount Vernon Campus. Stop by Eckles on Thursday from 4-6pm for cake, candy, and prizes to celebrate 27 great years serving students and being awesome! You can learn more about the "jewel of the Mount Vernon Campus" and what makes so many people want to spread the #EcklesLove! Bring your own cup for free coffee all day as a special birthday treat.
Gelman's Special Collections is a great destination for teaching and learning with primary sources. This fall, Assistant Professor of Writing Phil Troutma
Monday, September 22
Gelman, Room 702
The Italian Film SUDestival comes to GW with a panel discussion on comparison between Italian and American cinema industry with American film critics, scholars and exhibit curators. Italian filmmakers Fabio Mollo (The South is Nothing), Gabriele Cecconi (The Seminarian), and Giuseppe Gigliorosso (At Precisely Six O’clock) will talk about their films & experience as emergent directors.
Film screenings will take place at West End Cinema from September 23-25.
Tuesday, September 16
Gelman Library, Room 219
They say you should write research papers on things that really interest you, so why not write about The Boy Who Lived? Come for a conversation about Harry Potter Studies (yes! that's a thing!) and how to convince your professors to let you bring Hogwarts into your academic projects.
This workshop is presented by librarian Tolonda Henderson, who has presented at academic conferences on Harry Potter and libraries.
GW Libraries have been recognized by the Association of College & Research Libraries as an "Exemplary Program" for "Information Literacy Best Practices" in the category of "Collaboration." This honor acknowledges the libraries' innovative work with the University Writing Program and the great results of that collaboration for GW students. Read more about about this award on the "Exemplary Programs" website.
The GW English Department invites you to a reading by author Brando Skyhorse, PEN/Hemingway award-winning au
Reservable group study rooms offer a private, enclosed atmosphere for group study and projects. GW students may reserve these rooms through our Study Room Reservation System. If not reserved, they are available to GW groups of two or more on a first come, first served basis. Reservable study rooms are available on Gelman floors 2-6. Rooms on floors 2 & 3 are equipped with large display screens to share work.
Study Room Policies:
- Rooms are available for groups of two or more GW students on a first come, first served basis.
- Reservations may be placed up to two weeks in advance.
- A student may place up to two hours of reservations each day.
GW Libraries 2014-2015 Student Liaison
B.A. Speech and Hearing Candidate, 2015
The Student Liaison helps to keep the library connected to student library users. Ronella is here for you when you have complaints, concerns, or questions. Email her at Ronella5@gwu.edu or drop by her office on Tuesday nights between 9-10pm.