Join Mason Publishing Group and University Libraries in celebrating University Press Week! In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
That influence continues today, as does the increasing vitality of university press publishing programs, the many ways and means by which works are now produced and distributed, and the urgent need for articulate discourse in times pervaded by sound bites. Today, a renewed University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.
The GW Libraries are thankful for our terrific patrons (and a few days off!) Please note the building closures and changed hours for the Thanskgiving holiday.
Gelman Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - Gelman building closes at 6pm*
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27 - Gelman is CLOSED*
Saturday, Nov, 28 - Open from noon-6pm*
Sunday, Nov. 29 - Open at 9am to resume 24-hour access
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.
Eckles Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Tuesday, Nov. 24 - 8am-11pm
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - 8am-5pm
Thursday, Nov. 26, Friday, Nov. 27, & Saturday, Nov, 28 - Eckles is CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 29 - 3pm-3am
VSTC Library Thanksgiving Hours:
Thursday, Nov. 26 & Friday, Nov. 27 - VSTCL is CLOSED*
*24-hour building access is not available during this time.
Special Collections & Archives presents Excerpts from a Life Well Traveled: The University Libraries’ Jan Morris Collection. The current exhibition combines images with excerpts from selected works in the collection.
George Mason University Libraries acquired a collection of rare Jan Morris first editions and pre-release review copies in 2010. The collection consists of 135 books and one rare signed poster from the 1940s. Born James Morris in 1926 in Somerset England, Morris underwent gender re-assignment surgery in 1972. In her highly personal work Conundrum: From James to Jan – An Extraordinary Personal Narrative of Transsexualism, Morris describes her life and sexual reassignment. Morris began as a newspaper writer, working on the editorial staff of The Guardian from 1957 to 1962 and was the first journalist to report the conquest of Mount Everest.
Morris also served in the military, was married, and has 5 children. One of her children is Twm Morris, the musician and poet. Her most famous work is arguably the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire. She is also widely acclaimed for her travel writing, which includes famous profiles of Oxford, Venice, Wales, Hong Kong, and New York City. The collection is the generous gift of Philip M. Teigen. Teigen also donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008. Teigen’s interest in collecting Morris’ works stems from his development of the John Richard Green Collection. He wrote in a letter to the Libraries that he views Morris as Green’s “20th century intellectual heir.”
Tuesday, November 17
Gelman Library, Room 702
GW Associate General Counsel Michelle Gluck will cover the basic aspects of copyright law you need to know when writing a thesis or dissertation, including an overview of copyright as a "bundle of rights" and the criteria for determining fair use.
Michelle Gluck joined GW's Office of the General Counsel in March 2014 after 8 years as Special Counsel to the University System of New Hampshire. Prior to that, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in tobacco litigation and immigration appellate litigation, and as a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Section of the State of California Department of Justice. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Gluck clerked for U.S. District Judge Lawrence T. Lydick and for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal district and circuit courts. Her areas of concentration are research and compliance, technology transfer, and intellectual property. Ms. Gluck received her A.B. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988.
Wednesday, November 18
Gelman Room 214
Join us for a special screening of the English-language version of this popular documentary, followed by a discussion with director John Junkerman.
A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, Okinawa: The Afterburn is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ensuing 70-year occupation of the island by the US military. In April 1945, American forces invaded Okinawa, launching a battle that lasted 12 weeks and claimed the lives of 240,000 people. The film recounts the battle through the eyes of Japanese and American soldiers who fought on the same battlefields, along with Okinawan civilians swept up in the fighting. The film carries the story to the present, depicting the discrimination and oppression forced upon Okinawa by the American and Japanese governments. With Okinawa now embroiled in a struggle over the construction of a new base, this timely film illuminates the roots of a deep-seated resistance.
Co-sponsored by the Global Resources Center and Veterans For Peace, Ryukyu Okinawa Chapter Organizing Committee
As Fenwick Gallery prepares to move to its new location in the Fenwick Library addition, the latest exhibition is a collection of online video art by Mason students. Fenwick Gallery challenged students to submit a video, created exclusively with a smartphone with a running time under one minute, on the theme Interlude. These virtual pieces provide a digital “interlude” between the old and new gallery spaces.
The selected works are by Orin Adcox (1st Place), William Dickson (2nd Place), Manavi Singh (Honorable Mention), Sarah Zuckerman, and Erica Hopkins.