Hosted by GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, Privacy Week, running November 13-17, is a series of talks, workshops, and panels that explore privacy in the digital age. Open to the GW community and the general public, the events focus on responding to cyber violence, surveillance, data collection and dissemination, and secure and encrypted technologies. Featuring the GW Law International Human Rights Clinic, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.Events Pulling the Plug on Cyber Violence
Tuesday, November 15, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219
Students of the GW Law International Human Rights Clinic present an interactive workshop intended to help young adults understand the aspects, prevalence, and impact of cyber-violence. The workshop features helpful tips on preventing cyber-violence as well as information on resources available to those who may experience cyber-violence.The ‘Employer Big Brother’ and Social Media Privacy in the Workplace: Examining the Regulatory Challenges in China
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 702
Dr. Mimi Zou is Edwards Fellow in Chinese Law at Columbia Law School. She is also a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and Lawyer admitted in New South Wales. Dr. Zou will present a talk based on her forthcoming article: “The ‘Employer Big Brother’ and Social Media Privacy in the Workplace: Examining the Regulatory Challenges in China.”Understanding Encryption
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219
The term "encryption" is thrown around almost as frequently as "cyber" in discussions of privacy and policy. But what exactly is it, and why is it necessary for modern technology?
Encryption will keep networks hackers from your credit card information, and protect the contents of a stolen laptop. It lets journalists protect sources, and protects some parts of web browsing history from prying eyes. It's a core functionality of modern life.
Yet despite its ubiquity, its secrets seem reserved for experts. But achieving a foundational understanding doesn't require a PhD in cryptography. In this talk, Erica Portnoy, staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will cover the basics of the hows and whys of encryption. What are the different places where encryption is used, and how do they differ? What can encryption protect you from? What surprising things are actually possible, and why do they work? What are the hard problems, and where do the protections of encryption break in practice?Workshop: Working with Secure Technologies
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 201 (STEMworks)
Building off Understanding Encryption, this hour long workshop will provide an introduction to tools at your disposal to keep your digital life secure and private. There is much discussion taking place about why privacy matters in digital contexts. After a brief overview about what information is being collected, by whom, and for what purpose, we’ll learn about various technologies that will help you protect your and others’ data. You’ll leave with an understanding of how to integrate secure technologies into your personal computing habits.Rare Book Friday: Surveillance and Subversion
Friday, November 17, 2017 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219
A pop-up exhibit of original and unique artifacts, books, and documents from the GW Libraries Special Collection Research Center will be on display. The materials will document and relate to themes of privacy, surveillance, censorship, and creative subversive acts of resistance to these issues through history.
Fall for the Book, the region’s oldest and largest celebration of literature, will take place October 11-14. The Mason Libraries is one of many sponsors supporting this annual festival, which will include such headliners as Colson Whitehead, Jennine Capo Crucet, Mohsin Hamid, Lev Grossman, Janet Mock, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. Jennine Capo Crucet is the author of this year’s Mason Reads selection, Make Your Home Among Strangers, and the Libraries is sponsoring her talk in the Concert Hall on Thursday, October 12 at 4:30pm. In addition, the Libraries will host events in our Fenwick Main Reading Room and Special Collections Research Center.
Alumni Weekend takes place October 12-15 this year. Haven’t been on campus in a while? Thinking about reconnecting with your Mason friends and former classmates? Join the Mason community for our annual Alumni Weekend! You can tour the campus, get together at the Green and Gold Bash, or attend any number of alumni events being held over the weekend. Haven’t seen the new Fenwick Library yet? Come visit us!
Call + Response 2017: Artists’ Panel, Fenwick Gallery Walkthrough
Wednesday, October 11, 3pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room
Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for Call & Response 2017 is INVISIBLE, in conversation with Artworks for Freedom’s campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. The visual artists and writers of Call & Response will interpret the theme of INVISIBLE as it relates to victims of “invisible crimes” or unlawful actions that go unnoticed. Call & Response is a collaboration of the School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing, and University Libraries presented in conjunction with the annual Fall for the Book festival.
At the Margins: Invisibility and Marginalized Communities
Thursday, October 12, 2-4pm, 2400 Fenwick Library, Special Collections Research Center
For this month’s Artists’ Book Open House, we take on the theme of invisibility and present these works as an extension of the discussions happening around Artworks for Freedom, and Fenwick Gallery’s exhibition Call & Response. These artists’ books explore issues of marginalization and highlight the perspectives and voices of the “invisible,” those persons and communities at the edges of society and the victims of “invisible crimes.” Visitors will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with these materials, and to learn how Mason students and researchers can use these materials as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration.
Mason Author Series: Alumni Poetry
Friday, October 13, 4pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room
In conjunction with Fall for the Book and Alumni Weekend, we will welcome five alumni poets – Sarah Marcus (MFA ’12), Sheila McMullin (MFA ’13), Ranjani Murali (MFA ’10), Nicole Tong (MFA ’07), and Sarah Ann Winn (MFA ’14) – who will read from their latest works. The full Fall for the Book schedule is available at fallforthebook.org.
Alumni Weekend: SCRC Open House
Saturday, October 14, 10:30am-12pm, Special Collections Research Center
Come take a trip down Memory Lane with your fellow alumni: visit the all-new Fenwick Library and (re)experience Mason’s 60 years of history. See the building in Bailey’s Crossroads where George Mason opened in 1957; read the article you wrote for Broadside in 1977; chuckle over what you wore in the 1997 yearbook; look for the course description from your favorite class from 2007, and more. The display will also include historical highlights from each decade, making your history come alive.
TODAY: Spike Trotman and Ariell Johnson in Conversation
Tuesday, October 3, 6pm
The HUB Ballroom
C. “Spike” Troutman is an artist, cartoonist, bestselling writer, and founder of Iron Circus Comics in Chicago. Ariell Johnson is the owner and president of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia. Join these two groundbreaking women of comics and learn more about their commitment to fostering innovative stories and unsung voices in comics.
We hope you’ve had a chance to visit the current exhibition, “Our Comics, Ourselves“, and participate in one of the many related events. If you haven’t, please come by Fenwick Library this week before the exhibition closes on Friday, October 6! To read more about the exhibit, visit our Fenwick Gallery site.
About “Our Comics, Ourselves”: Curated by Jan Descartes and Monica McKelvey Johnson, “Our Comics, Ourselves” includes 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” is an independent traveling exhibition that originated at Interference Archive (Brooklyn, NY) in 2016, and is supported by faculty partners and departments across George Mason University.
The arrival of October means it is American Archives Month! Since 2006, cultural institutions around the United States have hosted annual events to spread the word about what archives are and the important role archivists play in preserving and presenting history.
The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will be holding an archives information session today, October 3 from 1pm-4pm: just stop by their display in the Fenwick Library Atrium to learn more. October 4 is AskAnArchivist day: SCRC will be active on their various social media accounts to help answer any questions you may have about archives, archivists, and anything else archives-related.
SCRC is also participating in the REMIX contest organized by the Virginia Caucus of Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and invites you to join them by creating your own submissions. The REMIX “Spirits in the Archives” is a contest to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for cultural heritage collections, such as creating redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions.
Finally, to close out October, SCRC will host an Archives Month Open House on October 31 from 1pm-4pm to display some of our collections related to the theme of Spirits in the Archives and to feature REMIX contest submissions.
For more information about American Archives Month, the REMIX context, SCRC’s Mason Archives Month contest, some fun images from SCRC’s collections, and SCRC’s vital role in archiving and preserving history, please read SCRC’s informative blog post over at Vault217.