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Congratulations to Izzie Hunsberger, Reference, Instruction and Technology Specialist, Teaching & Learning Services, RES, who will receive the University’s Exceptional Support Award on November 2, 2017. The award ceremony will be held in Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, at 10:30 a.m.
As stated on Mason’s Human Resources website, the Exceptional Support Award recognizes “employees who provide excellent support are the backbone of Mason; they provide the strength for their department and the University to grow and prosper. They are often the “go-to” person in their department providing excellent customer service and ensuring that the functions and operations of their department run smoothly.” Up to ten awards are given annually by Human Resources.
Bring a laptop – bring a friend! On Friday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Fenwick Library, build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon 2017! An array of workshops provide opportunities to learn new things and meet fellow grad students. GRADReCon is brought to you by Mason Libraries and Mason Grad Life.
The highlight of this year’s GRADReCon is the Plenary Lunch* with keynote speaker Dr. Peter Pober, who will present “Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk” (Communicating Your Research). You can also win Raffle Prizes! For current schedule and to register for the Plenary Lunch*, please visit the GRADReCon site.
*Plenary Lunch generously provided by SAGE Publications
Do you have a poster presentation in your future? Mason Libraries offer Research Poster Design workshops to help you learn how to design and create a research poster for your next conference or class project. Topics include: getting started turning your research into a poster presentation, plus layout and design tips in PowerPoint and InDesign.
Two Mason faculty members were awarded 2017-18 Fenwick Fellowships which tap into the knowledge, resources and expertise offered through the Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC). Jennifer Ashley, assistant professor of global affairs, and Alok Yadav, associate professor of English, will partner with DiSC on their respective Fenwick Fellow research projects.
“This is a digital project, which is not the skillset I bring to the table,” Professor Yadav said. “It’s in collaboration with the digital scholarship unit housed at the library. So the chance to draw on their expertise, to think about software structure and what it would look like, makes this a realizable project as opposed to a fantasy. I have ideas, but I don’t have the know-how to make that happen.” (Cruise, News at Mason, October 16, 2017) Read more…
Established in 2016, Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) partners with students, faculty, and staff by providing digital research support to facilitate digital research and teaching across the university in all disciplines.
Join ArtWorks for Freedom, S-CAR, and the University Libraries on Wednesday, October 18 (on the Arlington campus), to learn about modern slavery and human trafficking. We will be showing two documentaries: The True Cost and Not My Life.
The True Cost, directed by Andrew Morgan, is a story about clothing – about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Not My Life, directed by Robert Bilheimer and narrated by Glenn Close, depicts the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on 5 continents over a period of 4 years, combining testimony from survivors, opinion and analysis from their advocates with vivid depictions of the exploitation, Not My Life is a powerful indictment of the global trade in human beings and the abuse of vulnerable people.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 12pm – 1:45pm OR 7:30pm – 10pm (both films will be shown at each viewing time).
WHERE: 5th floor, Vernon Smith Hall, Arlington Campus (within S-CAR space)
REGISTRATION: Please sign up at https://gmu.libcal.com/event/3628521. The event is free!
Join the University Libraries on Tuesday, October 24, at 2pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for a special “Talking to History” event.
Martin J. Sherwin, University Professor of History, will moderate a panel discussion with four other veterans of the Cuban Missile Crisis: Ray Beery, Garrett Cochran, Eric D. Henderson, and Bob Persell. Our five guests have a range of experience among them – Air Force intelligence officer, Air Force captain, junior officer on a destroyer, and CIA agents – and will share their reflections and stories of this time. After the panel discussions, all attendees are invited to visit our Special Collections Research Center to view Cuban Missile Crisis-related items on display (including manuscript collections, publications, and an original U.S. civil defense film, Duck and Cover).
For more about the Cuban Missile Crisis, including audio from many national security meetings, visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum‘s online exhibit, “The World on the Brink – John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis: Thirteen Days in October 1962.”
About Martin J. Sherwin: Martin J. Sherwin is University Professor of History at George Mason University. He joined the faculties of the History-Art History Department and the School of Public Policy in the Fall 2007. For 27 years prior to coming to GMU, he was the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History at Tufts University. His 2005 book, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (with Kai Bird) won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography as well as the English Speaking Union Book Award among other awards.
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.
Our Comics, Ourselves is officially underway! Join us as we host artists, writers, comics shop owners, and the exhibition’s curators throughout the month of September and early October. All are welcome to join us this evening for:
Curator’s Talk, Opening Reception, and Print Shop Jam
Friday, September 14, 6:00pm
Fenwick Library Main Reading Room / Mason School of Art
Jan Descartes (she/her) and Monica McKelvey Johnson (she/her) will give a curator’s talk on the latest iteration of the traveling exhibition, Our Comics, Ourselves, which originated at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, NY. Focusing on themes of authorship and identity, they will talk about the major works on view, and discuss the process of organizing Our Comics, Ourselves through their method of feminist curating. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion.
Event to be followed by an opening reception and comics and printmaking jam at the Mason School of Art, beginning at 7:30pm.
A sign language interpreter will be present at this event.
This presentation is part of Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art, on display now through October 6 at Fenwick Gallery. Visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/our-comics-ourselves/ for more details.
About the curators: Jan Descartes is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator and curator. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (BA), Carnegie Melon University (MFA) and anticipated graduate of CUNY Graduate Center, with a degree focus on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (MLS). She currently co-curates the Our Comics, Ourselves exhibition with Monica McKelvey Johnson, which focuses on identity and representation. Through her artistic, academic and professional life, art and accessibility has been a major theme, culminating in her current thesis regarding trauma and memory in public aesthetic spaces. Jan is co-creator and artist for the webcomic Heartland Comic, where personal memoir and identity politics meet comix. She is currently involved with planning/organizing outreach projects in NYC, where she hopes to facilitate DIY comic-making as an accessible means to explore personal experience and resistance in the everyday. She also lives with a sweet dog and an angry cat.
Monica McKelvey Johnson is a comic artist, writer, and curator living in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University (BA), and CUNY Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program (MFA). She authored the web comic The Adventures of Dorrit Little, a story about the average student debtor in the United States today, and founded the student debtor support group, EDU Debtors Union. She writes about comics from an intersectional feminist perspective for The Rumpus and The Comics Journal, and has co-organized several exhibitions at Interference Archive—including Our Comics, Ourselves,Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, and an upcoming exhibition focusing on Deaf culture. She is a practitioner of “feminist curation,” a methodology she continues to develop with Jan Descartes.
Join the University Libraries for our next Mason Author Series event, featuring a discussion with Sam Lebovic, Assistant Professor of History, about his recent book, Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America. The reading and discussion will take place at 3pm on Thursday, October 5 in the Fenwick Library’s Main Reading Room (Room 2001).
About Free Speech and Unfree News: Does America have a free press? Many who answer yes appeal to First Amendment protections that shield the press from government censorship. But in this comprehensive history of American press freedom as it has existed in theory, law, and practice, Sam Lebovic shows that, on its own, the right of free speech has been insufficient to guarantee a free press.
Lebovic recovers a vision of press freedom, prevalent in the mid-twentieth century, based on the idea of unfettered public access to accurate information. This “right to the news” responded to persistent worries about the quality and diversity of the information circulating in the nation’s news. Yet as the meaning of press freedom was contested in various arenas—Supreme Court cases on government censorship, efforts to regulate the corporate newspaper industry, the drafting of state secrecy and freedom of information laws, the unionization of journalists, and the rise of the New Journalism—Americans chose to define freedom of the press as nothing more than the right to publish without government censorship. The idea of a public right to all the news and information was abandoned, and is today largely forgotten.
Free Speech and Unfree News compels us to reexamine assumptions about what freedom of the press means in a democratic society—and helps us make better sense of the crises that beset the press in an age of aggressive corporate consolidation in media industries, an increasingly secretive national security state, and the daily newspaper’s continued decline.
About the Author: Sam Lebovic is Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University, where he directs the PhD program in History and serves as associate editor of the Journal of Social History. He is the author of Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard, 2016), which was awarded the 2017 Ellis W. Hawley Prize by the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the 2016 Frank Luther Mott award. His research focuses on the history of American politics, culture, and media, and has been supported by fellowships from the American Society for Legal History, the NYU Center for the Cold War and the US, the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers, the Truman Library Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Lebovic’s essays and articles have been published in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of American Studies, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston Globe, Politico, and other journals and edited volumes. He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects in modern American and global history, and is currently researching the mid-century history of cultural globalization.
About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, email@example.com.
University Records Center Update: The University Records Center, which was closed in July and August for renovations, has re-opened. Have records to store or dispose? Check out the Records Management website for more information or RSVP for one of our upcoming training workshops.
University Records Management Training: Questions about managing your physical and electronic records? Join University Records Management for a 2-hour training session, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. Training sessions will be hosted from 10am to 12pm in the Special Collections Research Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400) on September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org as seating is limited.
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.”
Enjoy meeting new people? Like exchanging ideas and insights? Love reading books? Join the Mason Libraries Book Club!
Mason Libraries Book Club meets monthly to discuss the group’s selected book. An informal club, you don’t need a background in literary criticism to attend! The book club is open to the whole Mason community, everyone is welcome.
Our first meeting of the academic year will be Wednesday, September 13 at 2pm in Fenwick 1009. At this meeting, we’ll discuss our theme for our first read of the year (Banned Books), select a book, and set future meeting dates. We look forward to seeing you there!
Looking for ideas on Banned Books? Banned Books Week takes place September 24-27 this year, and their website highlights banned books that shaped America. The American Library Association also tracks the most frequently challenged books from the past few decades. The World Library has a selected list of books banned by various governments around the world.
Questions? Contact one of the club’s organizers: Sarah Hudson at email@example.com or Anna Murphy-Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and announcements about the book club will be posted at library.gmu.edu/bookclub.
Mason Libraries are offering a plethora of workshops this semester. From research skills to productivity tools, we are covering the waterfront to help you succeed. Take a look at our whole schedule – and take a class. Bring a laptop – bring a friend!
Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that the Fenwick Fellow Selection Committee recommended two recipients to receive the award for 2017-2018. Beginning this academic year, up to two fellowships may be awarded, one for a project proposal that aligns with the libraries’ ever-increasing activities in the area of digital scholarship.
The Fenwick Fellows for academic year 2017-18 are Dr. Jennifer Ashley, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Alok Yadav, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Professor Ashley’s research proposal, The Political Afterlife of Chile’s 1988 Plebiscite, is a retrospective analysis of the Chilean plebiscite and an exploration of the response of those who participated in the democracy campaigns to recent efforts by the post-transition generation to move the country towards the Chile promised in those campaigns. The research is part of a larger book project and accompanying digital humanities project. The book chapter (“Political Afterlife”) will form part of a monograph titled The Politics of Resolution: Television, Protest, and Democracy in Chile. The digital humanities project will focus on the plebiscite campaign, bringing together (for both display and analysis) oral histories, interviews with activists and political leaders, and video footage from the campaign.
With his project, Anthologies of African American Literature: An Online Bibliography, Professor Yadav envisions creating a fully searchable and comprehensive bibliographic database of African American Literature anthologies. Such anthologies have played a crucial role in the effort to claim and construct an African American literary tradition, serving as venues for critical discussion and scholarship on African American literature; yet despite recognition of their cultural significance, there is a dearth of adequate reference sources on these important vehicles for literary, cultural, and political movements. Professor Yadav’s project seeks to rectify this deficit.
Zenelis commented that both faculty members’ research projects “promise to make excellent and mutually beneficial use of the Libraries’ resources, especially, our newest program – the Digital Scholarship Center.”
Professors Ashley and Yadav will present the results of their work in spring 2019 at the annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture hosted by the University Libraries.
ABOUT THE FENWICK FELLOWSHIP: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to up to two Mason tenured, tenure-track, or multi-year appointment term faculty members to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields. The winning proposals are recommended to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian by a six-member selection committee including three instructional faculty members and three librarians, with one of the Associate University Librarians serving as administrative coordinator. The recipients are provided with a fully equipped and furnished research office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the recipient’s research project. The terms for this year’s Fellows begin on August 28, 2017 and will end on August 10, 2018.
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, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org