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Fall Course Reserves

George Mason University - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:46

The Fenwick Library Addition is anticipated to open in late January 2016. Library materials will start to be moved into new library space by late October. This massive project will affect all areas and items in the existing Fenwick Library. Faculty should plan ahead for fall course reserve needs and place Fall Semester 2015 reserve requests now.

For more information, please contact Laura Ramos, lramos8 @gmu.edu, 703-933-3493.

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Exploring Suburbia

George Mason University - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:06
Suburbs are residential or mixed-use areas, either existing as outlying parts of cities or urban areas or as separate residential communities within commuting distance of a city. Suburbs first developed on a large scale in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of improved rail and road infrastructure. With the advent of the suburb, commuting took root –  traveling by a mode of transport (train, trolley, automobile, boat, etc.) to and from a place of employment. In general, suburbs have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods, and most of their residents commute to cities. Exploring Suburbia: Housing and Transportation features materials housed in Special Collections & Archives. The exhibition looks at four areas with regard to the rise of suburbia: the effects of advances in transportation; federal government support of suburbs; standardization of construction and materials, and the backlash against the suburban model of stripping the land and building identical houses all in rows. The exhibit is now on display in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing A.

 

 

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Increase + Multiply: SC+A Summer Exhibit

George Mason University - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:43

Now on exhibit in Special Collections + Archives, Increase + Multiply: The Story of Publishers’ Bindings traces the effects of technology on book publishing. The display is in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing C, and is on exhibit through the summer.

From the time of the Roman codex until about 1830, the technique of binding continued virtually the same — a unique, handmade craft passed down through the centuries.  Then, in the 1830s, a short cut was invented.  “Casing-in” allowed covers to be made separately and only later attached to the book.  The new process meant that cover decoration could be mechanized.  The publishing business then grew to combine the old separate crafts of printing and binding to create a finished product – the book – for sale.  Through this century, books included the publishers’ branding as cloth colors, stamped designs, spine labels, and other evidence linked books to their publishers. Thus the term “publishers’ bindings” was used for this new era of book production.

Once the manufacture of covers became a separate task from binding the pages, design developments followed quickly throughout the nineteenth century. Experimental graining and embossing of cloth in the 1830s was adopted so quickly that smooth cloth book bindings are rare for many decades of the nineteenth century.  Soon to follow were blind-stamped curling ornament and small generalized vignettes in the 1840s.  The 1850s saw more generous use of gold leaf stamping, with larger, content specific vignettes.  The 1860s, at lease in Civil War torn America, brought in minimal decoration, with limited cloth graining and colors, and emblematic pictorials on book bindings. The 1870s saw the return of exuberance, with asymmetry, black ink as well as gold stamping, and Eastlake designs.  During the 1880s, new colors of ink emerged along with the use of crowded, overlapping bulletin board designs.  Lettering tended to be expressive or flowing.  By the 1890s and into the twentieth century, artist-signed –or un-signed–book bindings are often found.  Artist bindings are characterized by highly professional layout, ungrained book cloth, and a flat, poster style.  By the 1920s, printed paper book jackets – not book bindings–began to be the focus of design. The era of decorated publishers bindings came to an end.

For more information about this exhibit, contact Yvonne Carignan, ycarignan @gmu.edu

 

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AU's School of Public Affairs' Key Executive Conference 2015

American University News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:00
The 6th Annual Key Executive Conference was a resounding success this year, with more than 200 people turning out for the sold-out event.
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American University Ranks No. 1 Nationally for PMF Finalists

American University News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:00
AU maintains top position with nine more finalists this year.
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Spotlight on the International Communication program

American University News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 00:00
The International Communication (IC) program at the School of International Service is for students who are interested in the intersection of culture and international affairs.
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SPA Has Strong Presence at the Risky Behaviors Conference in Turkey

American University News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Faculty members and a Ph.D. student from the School of Public Affairs recently made an impactful showing at this year's AMERB conference in Izmir, Turkey.
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Game Design Student Scores at GDC

American University News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 00:00
Student snags slot at the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference.
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Institute Advances Research at SIS

American University News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:00
The International Affairs Research Institute (IARI) works to support faculty, staff, and doctoral students as they seek to operationalize their research and acquire external funding.
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Faculty Honored with Years of Service Awards

American University News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:00
Celebrating nearly 500 years of service to the College.
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Honoring the Legacy of Dotty Lynch

American University News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:00
Students, faculty, and friends gathered to celebrate the impact of Dotty Lynch on the field of political communication.
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Professor’s Book Examines Single Market in Europe and United States

American University News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:00
Professor Michelle Egan’s new book -- Single Markets: Economic Integration in Europe and the United States -- analyzes the challenges in constructing an internal market from constituent nation states on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Librarian Profile: Alayne Mundt

American University News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00
Dedicated to making information more accessible, Resource Description Librarian Alayne Mundt works through the codes and standards needed to make the Library catalog useful and useable.
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Dean Honors Alumni at Annual Dinner

American University News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00
Dean Carmel honors two alumni at the annual Dean’s Dinner for their work in the Washington D.C. community and at the Kogod School of Business.
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Recent Grad, Lisa Schreiber, Receives Dream Job Through Fulbright Austria Merit Award

American University News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00
New alumna heads to Austria as an English language teacher on Fulbright scholarship.
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AU 2030: Amitav Acharya

American University News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00
SIS professor Amitav Acharya encourages new ways of looking at the world.
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Student Explores Migration Pressures in Mexico

American University News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00
A spring 2015 practicum team, led by former senior government official Fulton Armstrong of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, traveled to Mexico to examine migration pressures from Central America to the United States.
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Leadership Students Tackle Over 30 Social Issues

American University News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00
This year, first-years are addressing issues including adult illiteracy in D.C., excess waste on AU’s campus from disposable cups, and inadequate resources for homeless veterans.
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Leadership Students Bring Talents to the White House

American University News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00
Since 2011, ten Leadership Program students have brought their talents to internships in the White House.
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The Pacific Trade Deal -- Three Questions for Stephen Silvia

American University News - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00
President Obama is trying to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a large trade accord with eleven nations in the Pacific Rim. We asked Professor Stephen Silvia, an expert on labor issues, for some insights:
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