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Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “Our Comics, Ourselves,” an exhibition highlighting themes of identity, expression, and representation in comic books and graphic novels. The exhibition will run from August 21, 2017 through October 6, 2017, with an opening reception and curator’s talk on Friday, September 15th.
“Our Comics, Ourselves” features comic books, graphic novels, DIY comics, and various comics paraphernalia primarily from the United States, from 1945 to present. The works range from autobiographical to sheer fantasy, and explore feminism, abortion, racism, cultural identity, social activism, labor unions, veterans of war, sexual abuse, student debt, immigration, public health, civil rights, gender and sexual identity, and more. “Our Comics, Ourselves” presents the graphic stories that describe the complexity and diversity of our collective experience, and examines the social and historical contexts within which they emerged.
“Our Comics, Ourselves” will be on display in Fenwick Gallery and the Special Collections Research Center in Fenwick Library. In conjunction with this exhibition, Fenwick Library and various departments within Mason will host a series of presentations, workshops, and readings to further the discussion about the exhibition and its associated themes. More information will be available on the Fenwick Gallery website as events are scheduled.
This exhibition is organized and made possible by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson of Interference Archive in NYC, and supported by many Mason faculty partners and departments, including Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, University Libraries; Christopher Kardambikis, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, School of Art; Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women & Gender Studies; Mika’il Petin, Professor, African and African American Studies.
What kind of book has no pages, no spine, or no cover?
On Tuesday, August 29, Special Collections Research Center is hosting “That’s Not a Book!,” the first artists’ book open house of the academic year. Join us from 2 – 4 p.m to see some of the unusual and hard-to-classify objects in Mason’s Artists’ Book Collection, and challenge your notions of what, exactly, makes a book. Special Collections Research Center is located in 2400 Fenwick Library.
Visitors will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with these materials, and to learn how Mason students and researchers can use artists’ books as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration.
For more information, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Mason, and welcome back to those who are returning!
Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.
More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance). Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.
We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you along your academic and professional careers.
Mason graduate students seeking a reserved research/writing carrel in Fenwick Library and Arlington Campus Library can apply now for a space for the current academic term. Fenwick reserved graduate carrels are allocated by a drawing. Dissertation Writers Room spaces in Fenwick and Arlington Campus Libraries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Details about the Fenwick and Arlington spaces, as well as the application forms and deadline, are online.
Mercer Library now offers writing support on the SciTech campus! Sarah Cocks, Research and Instructional Support Specialist at Mercer, is available by appointment for individualized instruction and assistance with any step of the paper-writing process, from preliminary research to your final draft.
Sarah recently received her M.A. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota. In addition to serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during grad school, she also worked as a writing consultant at the University of Oklahoma. To schedule your personal consultation, please visit infoguides.gmu.edu/sciwriting For more information about this new program, contact Sarah at email@example.com
Navigation Press at Mason: Fenwick Gallery Exhibition Lecture
Helen Frederick, Professor Emeritus, School of Art
Thursday, July 13, 2pm – 3pm
Fenwick Library Reading Room (Room 2001)
The artistic process is often perceived as a solitary act, with an artist independently researching, developing, and executing their ideas. In the history of printmaking, however, the atelier, or workshop model is a longstanding tradition, with artists and apprentices working closely together to complete a finished masterwork. Professor Helen Frederick (School of Art) will present a lecture on the foundations of Navigation Press, a printmaking residency program at Mason, and the artistic and learning opportunities afforded by the workshop model. The lecture will conclude with a walk-through of “Process Logs: Prints, Plates, and Sketches from Navigation Press at Mason,” currently on display in the Fenwick Gallery.
About Navigation Press
Navigation Press is a master printmaking residency within the School of Art (SOA) at George Mason University, established in 2006 by Helen Frederick and Harold Linton. Each year, a visiting artist spends a week in the print studio with students and a master printmaker to complete a limited-edition print, while also participating in lectures, workshops, and critiques. While many are master printmakers themselves, the visiting artists of Navigation Press have represented a variety of artistic backgrounds and media, including painting, sculpture, book art, and zines.
About Helen Frederick
Helen Frederick is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards and national peer-review panels. She is founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for artistic collaboration and support of printmakers, papermakers, and book artists. In 2006, she co-founded Navigation Press with Harold Linton, a printmaking residency program within Mason’s School of Art.
Frederick has won numerous awards and accolades, including NEA/Mid-Atlantic Residency grants and a Fulbright scholarship, and her works are held the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum in Stockholm, and the Kyoto Municipal Museum, among others.
Helen Frederick is a Professor Emeritus of School of Art at Mason, where she previously served as coordinator of the Printmaking program and director of Navigation Press.
The University Records Center will close for renovations starting in July 2017. If you are currently prepping boxes for storage or disposal, box labels must be submitted to University Records Management no later than COB on July 5, 2017. During the closure, University Records Management will not be able to accept new records for storage or shredding. Loan services will be available, but turnaround time will take longer than usual. The University Records Center expects to open again in August 2017. For current information about University Records Management services, please visit their website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”
Are you a Mason undergraduate student working on an original research, independent study, senior design or capstone project? Are you thinking about submitting your research for publication? Would you like to learn more about the publication process? UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process is the class for you! By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- identify and select appropriate publication/presentation venues
- prepare a publication proposal
- prepare a paper for publication/presentation
- survive the peer review process
- identify and avoid ethical issues related to publication and copyright
Register Now! UNIV 370: Navigating the Academic Publishing Process
- When: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:15 PM
- Where: Fenwick Library, Rm 1014A
- Credits: 0 to 1 credits
- Instructor: Theresa Calcagno, Research Librarian
For more information, please contact Theresa Calcagno, tcalcagn at gmu.edu
Summer is approaching and travel plans have been made! Special Collections Research Center holds many images and books that represent great travel destinations in the United States and around the world. The current exhibit, Around the World in (Almost) Eighty Days: Traveling the Globe with Special Collections, features wonderful selections, and might even help those who are still trying to figure out where to travel in the upcoming months. The exhibit runs from June 5 through mid-August. Join us at a reception on June 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. Hope to see you there – Bon Voyage!
For more information, please contact Brittney Falter, email@example.com
Questions about managing your physical and electronic records?
Join University Records Management for a 1-hour training session, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. Sessions will be offered this summer from 10am to 11am on Friday, May 26; Friday, June 9; and Friday, June 23 in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2306). Please RSVP to Samara Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Records Center Closure: Plan Ahead!
The University Records Center will close for renovations during summer 2017. If you are currently prepping boxes for storage or disposal, box labels must be submitted to University Records Management at least two weeks prior to the Center’s closure. Exact closure dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. During the closure, University Records Management will not be able to accept new boxes for storage or shredding. Loan services will be available, but turnaround time will take longer than usual. For current information about University Records Management services, please visit their website or e-mail email@example.com with any questions.
More About University Records Management
University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”
All Mason Libraries are closed Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Mason Libraries Summer Session Hours start on Monday, May 22.
Best Wishes to the Class of 2017 from the University Libraries!
We are delighted to announce that two of our Libraries’ faculty members – Janna Mattson (Instructional and Social Sciences Librarian) and Michael English (Online Learning Coordinator and Instructional Librarian) – have been selected to receive the prestigious H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant, administered by the American Library Association (ALA).
Janna and Michael’s proposal, “13 Things in Blackboard: A Self-paced Online Learning Professional Development Program,” aims to foster Mason Libraries’ faculty/staff knowledge and collaboration in supporting online education.
Please see the press release from the ALA – the award will be presented on Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago – and also join us in congratulating Janna and Michael on their successful initiative, which directly aligns their program with George Mason University’s strategic plan.
Faculty/Staff Awards & Accolades
We have a group of very talented faculty and staff here at the Libraries. We are pleased to announce that Jessica Bowdoin (Head, Access Services) received the 2017 Distinguished Librarian Faculty Award; Katara Wright (Information Servies) received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award; and that Jib Vititpongs (Resource Description & Metadata Services) also received the 2017 Library Staff Excellence Award.
Recently, many of our faculty and staff were recognized for their years of service (from five to twenty-five) to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia.
To read about the numerous activities of the Libraries’ faculty and staff, please visit our Accolades page.
Congratulations to the Libraries’ Student Assistants who are Graduating!
Our Libraries’ student assistants, both undergraduate and graduate, perform essential services and support to our Libraries’ faculty/staff and patrons. We wish those who are moving on to the next phase of their educational or professional careers best wishes and success!
- From Access Services: Gillia Baatai, Rachelle Faust, Harrison Peek, Mason Seaman
- From Gateway: Sarah Ho
- From Information Services: Megan (Meggie) Nelson, Angela Anniballi, Pratik Shinde
- From Resource Description & Metadata Services: Youssef Faragalla, Nam Nguyen
- From Special Collections Research Center: Emily Curley, Brittney Falter*
*Brittney, who began her work with us in August 2015, accepted a full-time staff position with us earlier this semester – we are excited to have her on board in this new capacity!
Due to construction, the Scalia School of Law Library will be closed to the public beginning June 1, 2017.
- Only Mason students, faculty, staff, and law school alumni may use the Law Library
- Mason ID will be required
The Law Library will re-open to the public when construction is complete. Your patience is appreciated while the Law Library is improved.
Questions? Please contact the Law Library Circulation Desk at 703-993-8120 or visit the Law Library website.
Mason Libraries’ open hours for finals: please note Fenwick Library extends its open hours starting May 5. Good luck with your exams, papers and projects!
Gateway Library is hosting a De-Stress Fest event on May 4 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Join us for some Lego-ing and art therapy, too! Free! Fun! Relaxation and refreshments are yours to enjoy as you prepare for Final Exams. Hope to see you there!
For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu
Join the University Libraries for a discussion with General Michael V. Hayden about his book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, on Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.
For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America. “Play to the edge” was Hayden’s guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider’s look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.
How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? What was the NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?
For 10 years, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden’s goals in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, “There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics.”
General and Distinguished Visiting Professor Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency — the only person to helm both agencies— during a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change. In addition to leading CIA and NSA, General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. He also served as commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center and served in senior staff positions at the Pentagon, at US European Command, at the National Security Council, and the US Embassy in Bulgaria. He was also the deputy chief of staff for the United Nations Command and US Forces in South Korea. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government.
Dr. Dieter Pfoser of George Mason’s Geography and GeoInformation department will present on his latest project with the National Archives’ Founders Online database and describe his process for creating interactive maps and visualizations from correspondence collections. The lecture will be held on Monday, April 24, 3:30 p.m, Main Reading Room, Fenwick Library.
The presentation is sponsored by University Libraries’ Digital Humanities Working Group. For more information, please contact George Oberle, History Librarian, goberle at gmu.edu
The ability to tell the difference between accurate news and fake news is an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life. In this one hour workshop, attendees will learn how to:
- Recognize fake or misleading news stories
- Critically evaluate news sources using a variety of strategies (such as IMVAIN, reverse image searching, fact-checking sites, and others)
- Find reliable print and web-based information sources
Learn to discern! Join us on April 20 at 2 p.m. in 228 Gateway Library. For more information, please contact Royce Gildersleeve, rgilder at gmu.edu, 703-993-9867.