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Top Documentary Festival a Showcase for American University Faculty

American University News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 00:00
The School of Communication is well-integrated into this week's prestigious AFI DOCS film festival, hosted by the American Film Institute.
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SIS Alumni Relations Office receives award for career development program

American University News - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 00:00
The SIS Alumni Relations Office has received a CASE Gold award for its innovative new career development program.
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Action plan signed on women’s economic empowerment

American University News - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 00:00
An AU delegation representing the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council witnessed the signing of an MOU Action Plan regarding women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship. This article first appeared in "Dawn".
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2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index

American University News - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 00:00
Three GM Cars Top the 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index
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Reporting Boot Camp

American University News - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 00:00
For the third year of the POLITICO Journalism Institute, AU continues a successful partnership.
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Student Awarded Ruby’s Artist Project Grant

American University News - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 00:00
Amberly Alene Ellis has been selected as a recipient of a 2016 Rubys Artist Project Grant in media and performing arts.
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Playing for a Cure

American University News - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 00:00
The JDRF Real Estate Games, hosted annually at AU, aren't just about fun. They're about impact.
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Playing for a Cure

American University News - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 00:00
The JDRF Real Estate Games, hosted annually at AU, aren't just about fun. They're about impact.
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Documents Tell the Story of Enslaved People at the Columbian College

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:38
June 15, 2016

The year was 1847 and slavery was legal in the District of Columbia, although it was the site of significant anti-slavery activism. Two enslaved men, known only as Abram and John, were owned by Capt. Haynes of Virginia and brought to Columbian College to assist him in his work as the college's steward. Columbian College student Henry J. Arnold provided Abram with $14 and a letter for an attorney with the intention that Abram would file a lawsuit to win his freedom. For this act of bravery, Arnold was expelled from the college. 
 
While the Arnold Case was not completely forgotten in the history of GW, it has remained largely obscure or else apocryphal to both scholars and the general public. Thanks to collaboration between DCAAP and the GW Libraries' digital services unit, the University Archives have now made available to scholars a cache of documents that illuminates this situation. The documentation consists of drafts and copies of letters written by Columbian College’s then-president, Joel S. Bacon, to Arnold, his family and others who inquired or appealed to Bacon about the matter. With this critical documentation, the story of enslaved people at Columbian College can now be more fully told.

Read more about this incident and the about the documents in a post by University Archivist Christie Peterson.

 

Studio Art Student Award Winners Announced

American University News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 00:00
Spring 2016 winners exhibit artistic talent and academic excellence.
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Alumnus Madden Takes Schorr Journalism Prize

American University News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 00:00
Patrick Madden was honored for a collaboration with WAMU 88.5, SOC's Investigative Reporting Workshop, and Reveal News.
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Opening Celebration of the Corcoran Archives

The George Washington University - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 13:38
June 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 15
5 - 6:30pm
Special Collections Reading Room (704)

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of the Corcoran Archives in its new home at GW Libraries Special Collections Research Center. Selections from the collection will be on display in the reading room and light refreshment will be served. Archivists will be available to answer questions and discuss what is known about the archives now and what may yet to be discovered in them. 

The Special Collections Research Center is located in suite 704 of the Gelman Library. Photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Library.

Nearly a decade has passed since the archives of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—were accessible to researchers. In June, nearly 2,000 boxes of historical documents and hundreds of thousands of architectural drawings, exhibition posters, photographs and oversized ledgers were donated to the George Washington University from the Corcoran board of trustees.

The Corcoran archives document the life and vitality of one of D.C.’s oldest cultural heritage institutions and provides nearly 150 years of insight into the history of American art museums and art education, from its founding in 1869 through 2014 when the historic agreements between the Corcoran, GW and the National Gallery of Art were finalized. The archives will be available to the public at the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library.

Learn more about the archives and how to access them on the Corcoran Archives webpages.  

AU School of Education Students Win Scholarships

American University News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00
Financial aid for next generation of education leaders.
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AU School of Education Students Win Scholarships

American University News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00
Financial aid for next generation of education leaders.
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A Journey into Venture Capitalism

American University News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00
Six graduate students revitalized the Kogod Private Equity and Venture Capital Club this past year. Follow them on their journey to the global finals.
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Interdisciplinary Impact

American University News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 00:00
Sonya Grier believes an interdisciplinary approach leads to powerful solutions to society’s problems.
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International Art and the U.S. Immigrant Experience

American University News - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 00:00
American University Museum summer shows explore North & South Korean art, the African influence in Brazil, and artist immigrants of Washington, D.C.
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Corcoran Archives Documenting Nearly 150 Years of DC Cultural Institution Come to the GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 08:31
June 9, 2016

Nearly a decade has passed since the archives of the Corcoran Gallery and the Corcoran College of Art and Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—were accessible to researchers. In June, nearly 2,000 boxes of historical documents and hundreds of thousands of architectural drawings, exhibition posters, photographs and oversized ledgers were donated to the George Washington University from the Corcoran board of trustees.

The Corcoran archives document the life and vitality of one of D.C.’s oldest cultural heritage institutions and provides nearly 150 years of insight into the history of American art museums and art education, from its founding in 1869 through 2014 when the historic agreements between the Corcoran, GW and the National Gallery of Art were finalized. The archives will be available to the public at the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library.

“We’ve been excited about receiving the archives since the merger was first announced. The Corcoran is an iconic organization with a rich history and these archives tell the story of not only the arts, but of the city of Washington, D.C.,” said Geneva Henry, dean of libraries and academic innovation at GW. “Access to them is highly anticipated. We have been fielding research requests and the availability of the archives will now provide fascinating insight for researchers into the Corcoran.”

Inside the Corcoran Archives

Some highlights from the hundreds of thousands of materials in these archives include journals from William MacLeod, the Corcoran Gallery’s first curator from 1873 to 1889, summarizing each day’s activities and his opinion of works offered to or purchased by the gallery; 17 letterpress volumes of outgoing correspondence concerning Corcoran activities (1876-1908); exhibition posters, promotional materials from the Corcoran College; and architectural drawings by Ernest Flagg of the historic Beaux-Arts building. Also included are plans for the proposed expansion designed by Frank Gehry (which did not materialize); photographs of events, staff, visitors and exhibitions dating from the 1880s to the 2000s; and documents related to the controversial canceled Mapplethorpe exhibition.

"Getting the Corcoran archives is significant to the Corcoran's evolution,” said Sanjit Sethi, director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. "These archives are part of our living history. In these boxes lies a history that can be activated by students, faculty, researchers and community members. People who take the time to decipher, analyze and interpret this information can both gain valuable insight into a remarkable institution and help shape the Corcoran's future.”

Due to lack of funding, the Corcoran archives were closed and sent to long-term storage in 2007. They have been unavailable to researchers since then. With the transfer to GW, the Corcoran’s history will be open to all interested researchers. In 2014, the Corcoran’s library collection also moved to GW. The Corcoran’s library collection brought more than 40,000 art and design books to GW.

Corcoran Materials at Other Institutions

All of the historical archives documenting the Corcoran’s rich institutional history came to GW. Other materials that were part of the archives but not necessarily institutionally focused—primarily art and artist records—have been distributed to other institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library and the National Gallery of Art.

Researchers can learn more about the Corcoran archives here: https://library.gwu.edu/scrc/corcoran-archives  

"Maintaining the Corcoran legacy was an important priority for the Corcoran trustees," said Corcoran Trustee Molly Rolandi. "Finding the right home for the Corcoran archives is a critical part to that legacy and GW is that home. This is only the most recent example among many of how GW has fulfilled its commitment to maintain the Corcoran legacy and identity within the GW environment. “

William Wilson Corcoran’s History with GW

GW’s Special Collections Research Center already has notable historical collections related to William Wilson Corcoran, the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s founder. These include documents related to his partnership with George Washington Riggs and the Riggs Bank. Support from both Mr. Corcoran and Mr. Riggs helped the growth of GW. Mr. Corcoran also has other ties to the university: The School of Engineering and Applied Science at GW was organized on Oct. 1, 1884, as the Corcoran Scientific School of Columbian University and was situated in the University Building at 15th and H Streets, Northwest. The school was named for Corcoran, who was a trustee and president of the Board of Trustees from 1869 to 1888. Additionally, Corcoran Hall was named in 1924 to honor Mr. Corcoran, as one earliest benefactors of the university.

President Obama Reappoints SPA’s Robert Tobias to IRS Oversight Board

American University News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 00:00
Robert Tobias, an SPA Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, was nominated by President Obama for a second five-year term as a member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board.
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Dial One to Connect

American University News - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 00:00
AU undergrad turns a payphone into a gaming hub.
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