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Preservation Week Exhibit + Presentation

George Mason University - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:19

Celebrate Preservation Week! On Monday, April 27, The University Libraries’ Preservation Department is showcasing “The Conservation of John Green’s A Short History of the English People.” Part of a gift from Philip M. Teigen, who donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008, the exhibit highlights the work of conservator Ethel Hellman in restoring these unique and valuable items. Ms. Hellman will speak about this project on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m in Special Collections and Archives, Floor 2, Wing C, Fenwick Library. The exhibit is on display through May.

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Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:32
April 21, 2015

Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall
Gelman Library, 7th floor

The Remembering the Holocaust: A Story of Loss, Love and Survival exhibit was created by GW's class on “Holocaust Memory." This exhibit is based on the experiences of two extraordinary young Polish Jews, Norman and Amalie Petranker Salsitz, most of whose relatives were murdered in the Holocaust but who, by their courage and wits, survived, got married, came to America, raised a family and wrote a gripping memoir, Against All Odds. The many photographs and documents they saved, and their utter devotion to memory, enabled them to amass and document a collection that is utterly unique and that forms the basis of this exhibition.  It tells their story as well as the story of a world that was and is no more.

Read more about the exhibit and the opening, addressed by Esther Dezube, the daughter of the Salsitzes; Steven Lerman, the Provost of George Washington University; the students who created the exhibition; and the course’s instructor, Walter Reich, GW’s Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor, who is a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: GW Student Exhibit: A Story of Holocaust Survival ‘Against All Odds’: “Remembering the Holocaust” captures the stunning life of Norman and Amalie Salsitz

This exhibit is made possible by a Faculty & Staff Innovation Grant from the Shenkman Career Services Fund.  

Now Hiring Undergraduate and Graduate Processing Assistants for Summer and Fall 2015

The George Washington University - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 15:45
April 20, 2015

The DC Africana Archives Project is seeking five George Washington University and Howard University students to serve as processing assistants for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.  Students who work as processing assistants for DCAAP will receive a wealth of training and experience in archival processing and Africana history and culture. Students will also be introduced to influential administrators and curators serving at museums, universities, cultural centers, libraries and research institutions across the region.  Please see the attached job description for details, and contact Alexandra Krensky, Project Archivist, with any questions at akrensky@email.gwu.edu.


DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

Files:  DCAAP Student Processor Job Announcement.3.23.15.pdf

International Student Coffee Hour in the Global Resources Center

The George Washington University - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:29
April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 23
Gelman Library Room 708 (Global Resources Center)

Please join us at Gelman library for International Student Coffee Hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office.
Take a tour of the Global Resources center, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!

RSVP: tinyurl.com/2015iCoffeehr

Will's Birthday Bash

The George Washington University - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 15:18
April 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
Gelman Library Reading Porch
Rain location: Gelman 219

Party Bard-y with GW Libraries and GW English as we celebrate the 451st birthday of William Shakespeare. Join us on the Gelman Reading Porch for cakes and tea while enjoying student poetry performances. You can also make your own quill pen and, of course, take a birthday selfie with Will.  

Woven Words: Poetry, Art, and the Book

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:58
April 14, 2015

April 1 - May 31, 2015
Media and Public Affairs Building second floor display cases.

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate “poetry’s vital place in our culture" by visiting this new exhibit from the Corcoran Art & Design Collection, focusing on the relationship of poetry and art as illustrated through artists’ books. The display features the numerous artists’ books from the collection that utilize poetry or lyrics as a basis for artistic expression in book form. 

Pages of some of the volumes in the display cases will be changed throughout the exhibition so that visitors will have the opportunity to view the range of images in the books.

Research Guide to the Crisis in Ukraine

The George Washington University - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:54
April 13, 2015

It has been a year since pro-Russian activists seized control of government buildings in towns and cities in the Ukraine. With broad geo-political implications, this conflict is a rich subject for academic research and analysis.  The Global Resources Center has just published a comprehensive research guide covering the historical background, milestone events of 2014-2015, and providing links to up-to-date news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources. 

Please visit this Crisis in Ukraine research guide and contact the Global Resources Center for help with your international research or for further assistance.

Joy Suh to Receive 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

George Mason University - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:17

Joy Suh, Geospatial Resources Librarian, Data Services Group, has been selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. Ms. Suh will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at  Mason’s  annual Celebration of Teaching event today, April 13, 2015, in the Center for the Arts.

Recognized by her colleagues for her enthusiastic and tireless support of Mason’s students, faculty, and staff, Ms. Suh truly embodies commitment to George Mason University and the academic research librarian profession. During her sixteen years of service at Mason she has fulfilled several professional roles with great success, starting as the Government Information librarian, expanding to Geography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and more recently into a broader role encompassing data management and curation, the closely aligned area of e-­research, and data analysis and representation in technical, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In all those endeavors, Ms. Suh Joy exemplified service-oriented librarianship informed by in­-depth expertise in the academic subject matter and her myriad professional skills.



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Enter The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge!

George Mason University - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:05

Celebrate National Library Week (April 12-18) and National Poetry Month! How? Enter the Book Stacks Poetry Challenge, April 12–24! Sponsored by Research Services, you could win the Grand Prize: exclusive use of a Fenwick Library Study Room (B203) during Finals (May 5–13)! 

Here’s how to enter!

  • Browse some bookshelves – in any Mason Library or your own
  • Select some titles
  • Stack the books to create an original poem that reads top to bottom
  • Photograph your Book Stacks Poem and tweet it to @fenrefstaff and tag it #StaxPoem

Note well!

  • The Book Stacks Poetry Challenge is open to all currently registered Mason students
    • The original book stack poem and original photograph must be created by a currently registered Mason student.
    • Mason students may enter more than once, but each entry must be a different book stack poem.
  • Entries must be received before Noon (EDT), April 24, 2015.
  • Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner only.
  • The winner will be notified by April 30.




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Verbal/Visual MFA Exhibit

George Mason University - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 05:30

What do artists read? Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists showcases work by six visual artists in Mason’s MFA program in the School of Art together with the books that have most informed the work.

All of the artists in this exhibit are graduating in May 2015 and have, over their time in the MFA program, developed a strong studio practice that includes both creating and reading. Each artist has selected a few books that have had a profound impact on their work. Visit the gallery to discover their visual work as well as some of their greatest influences found right here in the Mason Libraries’ collection. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2015.

In this exhibit are works by:

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The Pirates of Penzance Exhibit

George Mason University - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 16:17

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is the fifth of fourteen comic operas with music by Arthur Sullivan and book by W. S. Gilbert. Unlike all their other collaborations, which were first performed in London, Pirates received its official premiere in New York at the Fifth Avenue Theatre on 31 December 1879.  Well over a century later, The Pirates of Penzance remains one of the most popular of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and indeed one of the most frequently performed works in all musical theatre. This exhibit traces its history from its earliest productions to the present day. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed April 24-26 by George Mason University’s School of Music in the Harris Theatre. The exhibit in Fenwick Library 2nd Floor, Wing A, runs from April 6-May 1.

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Video Commemorating 75 Years of the National School Boards Association

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:57

Gelman Library's Special Collections is always happy to see its material being put to use. It's especially nice when it's used by the original donor returning to see how we've cared for their material over the years.

Gelman and Eckles Unaffected by DC Power Outages

The George Washington University - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:09
April 7, 2015

Gelman, Eckles, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library all have power and are unaffected by the power outages in DC.

American Enterprise

American University News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:00
CAS professor speaks at Mad Men event in advance of new Smithsonian exhibition on history of business.
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13 SPA Students Named Finalists for Prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship

American University News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:00
AU ranks first among qualifying schools in overall Presidential Management Fellow Finalists for the class of 2015.
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Welcome to DCAAP!

The George Washington University - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:51
March 31, 2015

Welcome to the DC Africana Archives Project blog!  We are so excited to bring these collections out of hiding and to share what we find with you.  Over the next few months, we’ll be posting about items we find in these collections and telling you about upcoming events.  Watch this space for posts from our processing assistants as well as links to our Tumblr.  

Our eight processing assistants were hired in November 2014 and began processing in January.  Over the past two months they’ve processed over 300 linear feet of material at five institutions!  Below is a list of the collections that have been processed or are currently being processed at each institution.  Be on the lookout for finding aids, coming soon!


George Washington University

Walter Fauntroy Papers










So far we’ve processed over 150 boxes of the Walter Fauntroy Papers!




















Found in the Walter Fauntroy Papers, GWU



Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University

Arthur P. Davis Papers

Patricia Roberts Harris Papers

Wilhelmina Rolark Papers


Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Capitol Press Club Records

St. Elizabeth Hospital Burial Ledger

Sadgwar Family Papers

DC Statehood Party Records

Madeline Lindsey Green Family Research Papers

Westminster Neighborhood Association Records

Reverend Tecumseh Hampton Gaskins Papers


District of Columbia Archives

Marion Barry, Jr. Collection


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, DC Public Library

Lawrence Guyot, Jr. Papers

Charlene Drew Jarvis Papers


In Summer 2015 we’ll start processing at the National Museum of American History.  Check back here, as well as at our Tumblr for great finds from the processing assistants!


Alex Krensky

Project Archivist

Gift Endows New Event Series on Environmental Issues

American University News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 00:00
Dean James Goldgeier announced that the School of International Service (SIS) has received a pledged gift of $100,000 to establish an annual lecture series highlighting critical environmental issues.
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SIS Hosts 16th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations

American University News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
The 16th Annual Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) Conference on Intercultural Relations was held at the School of International Service on March 12 and 13.
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Public Health Competition Presents Real-World Issues

American University News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
Winning team creates HOPE Project to help mental health crisis of Syrian Conflict.
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Food for Thought

American University News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 00:00
AU Students Researching Nutrition at DC Public Schools
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