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International Week at the Libraries: Monster Hunt

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:53

Mason is excited to celebrate its thirty-eighth International Week, Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14. This week-long celebration is an opportunity for our students from over 118 countries to come together to showcase their different cultures through various programs and activities.

Many campus units sponsor several events including a parade, culture nights, and the highly anticipated dance competition. Students, families, and community members are welcome to enjoy the international cuisine, music, lectures, resource fairs, and other events throughout the week.

As a part of International Week, the Confucius Institute at Mason and Mason Libraries are hosting a Chinese Film Night on Tuesday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m in Fenwick Library, Room 1014. All are welcome to join us for a screening of the Chinese fantasy-action blockbuster Monster Hunt and a discussion afterwards – with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony. Chinese food will also be served.

To learn more about International Week and other events, visit

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University Service Awards 2019

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:14

Congratulations to the following library faculty/staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will be recognized at the 2019 University Day Service Awards celebrations on April 2 (5-15 years of service) and April 4 (20+ years of service).

5 Years
  • Jane Atwell, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Erika Coronado, Resource Acquisition, Access and Resource Management
  • Cutrice Harris, Virtual Library of Virginia
  • Renee Prokop, Administrative Services, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Stephanie Westcott, Virtual Library of Virginia
10 Years
  • Ian Fairclough, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Mark Hoban, Access Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Elena Landry, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Taneisha Mazyck, Teaching and Learning Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
15 Years
  • Debra Hogan, Office of the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian
  • Christopher Magee, Social Sciences Team & Arlington Campus Library, Learning, Research and Engagement
20 Years
  • Teresa Kan, Sciences and Technology Team & Mercer Library, Learning, Research and Engagement
  • Heather Leadingham, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • George Oberle, Arts and Humanities Team, Learning, Research and Engagement
25 Years
  • Edgar (Danny) Gomez, Metadata Services, Access and Resource Management
  • Robert Vay, Special Collections Research Center, Learning, Research and Engagement
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April 4 is Giving Day!

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:57

Mason’s third annual Giving Day is Thursday, April 4! Giving Day is a 24-hour, university-wide campaign inviting our community to come together to support Mason. For a full array of philanthropic projects at the university, check out

The University Libraries is excited to once again be part of this campaign and to raise support for our Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – a fund created to recognize student assistants who demonstrate outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason.

We hope you will join us by making a gift, between midnight and 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 4. While the Libraries’ focus on Giving Day is scholarships for our students, you can choose another program at the Libraries or Mason that you would like to support – every gift counts!

You are also invited to join the Mason community at a variety of events. Throughout the day on April 4, there will activity on the Quad Lawn (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), including Giving Day swag, special guests, and more. In the evening, join your fellow Patriots in Clarendon for happy hour at Spider Kelly’s and enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, Mason swag, music, games, and live updates on Giving Day outcomes.

Thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support for this year’s Giving Day! You can track our progress throughout the day at

Together, we are Mason!

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Fenwick Fellows Lecture, April 17: Jennifer Ashley and Alok Yadav

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:21

All are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. in Fenwick 2001 for our annual Fenwick Fellow Lecture. This year’s lecture features our 2017-18 fellows: Jennifer Ashley, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Alok Yadav, Associate Professor of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Professors Ashley and Yadav will discuss their research and updates on the projects they undertook over the course of their fellowship year, as well as their thoughts on the digital tools used in their explorations and research. A summary of each of their lecture topics follows.

“The Chilean Plebiscite and the Power to be Affected” by Jennifer Ashley: Plebiscites and referendums have played central roles in the political life of Latin America and Europe during the last few years. As I watch these political scenarios unfold around the world, I ask: What makes a campaign successful? How do media representations frame our understanding of these political processes in the moment in which they are happening, and how do they help shape our memory of these events years later? I explore these questions in a digital humanities project that takes as a case study the 1988 Chilean plebiscite. In this plebiscite, a “YES” vote meant eight more years of Pinochet in power, and a “NO” vote expressed a desire for the return to democratic elections the following year. On October 5, 1988, following an intensification of protests, a long process of political coalition building, and a well-executed television campaign, 54.71% of the Chilean population voted to end the dictatorship. With a slogan of “joy is on its way”, one of the most significant characteristics of Chile’s “NO” campaign was its promise of the good life to come. Drawing on fifty interviews with Chileans of different ages and political perspectives, I focus on this plebiscite campaign as a means of reflecting on the importance of affect and, in particular, the power to be affected in shaping political life.

“Anthologies of African American Writing: Literary History and Digital Scholarship: A Modest Proposal” by Alok Yadav: There’s been much interest in recent years about the new kinds of scholarship in literary studies made possible by digital resources and digital tools. There are also, however, possibilities for the renovation of older kinds of scholarship through the use of digital media. In this talk, I’ll present work I’ve been doing on a digital project that seeks to compile a comprehensive bibliography, index, and reception history of anthologies of African American writing in order to provide the basis for a range of literary historical investigations of African American culture. Questions about the circulation and status of particular authors and works, about the framing and interpretation of African American literature, about canons and canon-formation, and about anthologies themselves as a particular kind of text can all be pursued more effectively if adequate scholarly reference works exist to facilitate such inquiries. This project seeks to develop one such essential resource, using a digital platform to make the project possible and more useful for users. My talk will provide a progress report on the project and a discussion of how digital tools can help advance literary historical scholarship, not by seeking out brave new worlds of inquiry, but by helping us to address existing topics and terrains more effectively.

About the 2017-18 Fellows: Jennifer Ashley is a Term Assistant Professor of Global Affairs at George Mason University. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown University. Her work focuses on media and political subjectivity, and has been published in journals such as American EthnologistPopular Communication, and Television & New Media. Alok Yadav is an Associate Professor in the English department at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on eighteenth-century British literature and on various topics in literary research, literary analysis, and literary theory. His first book was titled Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2004). He has been working, slowly, on a project on political criticism of literature focused on Rudyard Kipling’s Kim – a project that involves a bit of a stretch for a dix-huitiémiste, since Kim was published in 1901. His current project on Anthologies of African American Writing involves a further stretch, in at least a couple of directions.

About the Fenwick Fellows Program: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to Mason faculty member(s) to pursue research project(s) that use and enhance the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty members’ field. Applications for the 2019-2020 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019.

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GMU Press Book Launch: George Washington and Native Americans

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 09:24

Join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the recent publication of George Washington and Native Americans, the latest from the George Mason University Press, on Thursday, April 4, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001.

Richard Harless (author, George Washington and Native Americans), George Oberle (History Librarian, University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty, History and Art History, George Mason University), and Randolph Scully (Associate Professor, History and Art History, George Mason University) will discuss the complexities of this topic in American history and will include time for Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

About the book: George Washington had contact with Native Americans throughout most of his life. His first encounter as a teenager left him with the impression that they were nothing more than an “ignorant people.” As a young man he fought both alongside and against Native Americans during the French and Indian War and gained a grudging respect for their fighting abilities. During the American Revolution, Washington made it clear that he welcomed Indian allies as friends but would do his utmost to crush Indian enemies. As president, he sought to implement a program to “civilize” Native Americans by teaching them methods of agriculture and providing the implements of husbandry that would enable them to become proficient farmers—the only way, he believed, Native Americans would survive in a white-dominated society. Yet he discovered that his government could not protect Indian lands as guaranteed in countless treaties, and the hunger for Indian land by white settlers was so rapacious that it could not be controlled by an inadequate federal military establishment. While Washington appeared to admit the failure of the program, this book—a unique and necessary exploration of Washington’s experience with and thoughts on Native Americans—contends he deserves credit for his continued efforts to implement a policy based on the just treatment of America’s indigenous peoples.

About the author: Richard Harless has a Ph.D. in American History from George Mason University. He is a retired public school teacher, counselor, and coach. He worked as a research assistant at Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and was a fellow at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He is currently teaching at various colleges including Saint Mary’s Honor College in Maryland. George Washington and Native Americans is his first book.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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Henson to receive 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:27

Jo Ann Henson, Business and Economics Librarian, has been selected for the 2019 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. With twenty years’ experience in the academic librarianship field, she is a highly skilled and dedicated professional. Henson will be recognized at the annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence, organized by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Excellence. This year the event is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Center for Arts, Fairfax Campus.

Since 2012, Ms. Henson has been the Business and Economics Librarian at the George Mason University Libraries, and her tenure has been marked by her active involvement in forming key partnerships with the School of Business and the Department of Economics and providing support for their students’ and faculty’s research endeavors. In addition to research and reference support, she leads over 40 instructional sessions each semester as well as ensures the Libraries’ business and economics resources are current, up-to-date, and reflective of a broad array of disciplinary needs.

Prior to joining Mason, Henson was the Business Reference Librarian at Louisiana State University (LSU), where she was responsible for launching an annual “Meet Your Librarian” Day and for being the first librarian to schedule “embedded” office hours within the Business School. Prior to LSU, she worked as a librarian in both corporate and medical institution settings.

Read more about Henson’s accomplishments and nomination.

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What Sparks Poetry: New Exhibition in Fenwick Gallery

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:29

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “What Sparks Poetry,” an exhibition in celebration of Poetry Daily. The exhibition will be on view from March 20 through April 18, 2019, with a panel discussion presented by members of the Poetry Daily editorial and publication team on Thursday, March 21 at 6:45pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

Poetry Daily is a popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997. In 2018, it began the process of moving to George Mason University where it is now edited and produced through a partnership between the Department of English Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries, in collaboration with The Daily Poetry Association. “What Sparks Poetry” is a new, serialized feature on Poetry Daily in which poets were invited to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

The “What Sparks Poetry” exhibition comprises the handwritten pages and essays by a number of these notable poets—intimate homages to the relationship between poet as reader and poet as writer, and to what sparks poetry.

Poetry Daily’s editorial board includes seven poets from Mason: Aaron McCollough, director of George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing in the University Libraries; Mason Creative Writing program faculty Jennifer Atkinson, Heather Green, Eric Pankey, and Susan Tichy; and Vivek Narayanan of the Honors College. The board includes nine other notable poets from across the country: Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer Chang, Yona Harvey, Layli Long Soldier, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Ilya Kaminsky, Sandra Lim, J. Michael Martinez, and Brian Teare.

Find Poetry Daily online at For more details on this exhibition and related events, visit the Fenwick Gallery exhibitions page at

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2019-20 Fenwick Fellowship Competition Announced

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:44

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis announced that University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. View list of past recipients and their research projects.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Application deadline is Monday, May 6, 2019. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the  Fenwick Fellow(s) in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

Guidelines and information are available at


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GMU Press Book Launch: Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 10:31

Join us for a conversation with Peter Stearns, University Professor and Provost Emeritus, and Susan Allen, Director of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, as they discuss Peacebuilding through Dialogue on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

Peacebuilding through Dialogue examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into its meaning or consider its full range. The essays collected here consider dialogue in the context of teaching and learning, personal and interpersonal growth, and in conflict resolution and other situations of great change. Through these three themes, contributors from a wide variety of perspectives consider the different forms dialogue takes, the goals of the various forms, and which forms have been most successful or most challenging. With its expansive approach, the book makes an original contribution to peace studies, civic studies, education studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, and dignity studies.

Contributors: Susan H. Allen, George Mason University * Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco * Andrea Bartoli, Seton Hall University * Meenakshi Chhabra, Lesley University * Steven D. Cohen, Tufts University * Charles Gardner, Community of Sant’Egidio * Mark Farr, The Sustained Dialogue Institute * William Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia University * Jason Goulah, DePaul University * Donna Hicks, Harvard University * Bernice Lerner, Hebrew College * Ceasar L. McDowell, MIT * Gonzalo Obelleiro, DePaul University * Bradley Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University * Olivier Urbain, Min-On Music Research Institute * Ion Vlad, University of San Francisco.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

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Marchives Madness!

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:35

Visit. View. Vote.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) has opened their new exhibition featuring SCRC staff favorites, and they would like you to vote for the winner!

An online exhibition has been created that features all of the items physically on display in the SCRC Exhibition Gallery. Check them out in SCRC’s Flickr album and then vote for your favorite by taking the survey.

Voting will take place each week in March in the style of #MarchMadness. The first week 32 items will be chosen, the next week 16 items will be chosen, and so on. Prizes will be awarded each week to a random participant. Then, join SCRC in Fenwick 2306 for a March Madness watch party on March 21!

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Gateway Media Collection Move

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:30

The Gateway Library Media Collection will move to Fenwick Library the week of April 1-5, 2019. Please check out all media needed for that week by March 31, 2019.

For Faculty: If a film is needed for class, consider checking it out the week before, putting it on reserve, or placing a screening request in advance. Films already on reserve or scheduled for screenings will not be affected.

For additional information, contact Heather Darnell, Librarian for Multimedia Literacy,

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Edible Book Festival: April 1

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:41

Do you like books, the culinary arts, winning prizes? Enter the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival Competition! The Festival will take place Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 1014 (yes, we realize this is “April Fool’s Day” but this is no joke!).

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally.

For more details and to enter the competition, visit Entry forms are due by March 22. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what you create!

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VIVA launches new Faculty Textbook Portal

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:09

As part of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Initiative to provide no-cost and barrier-free access to curriculum resources for students and researchers, VIVA has developed a new Faculty Textbook Portal. This catalog, designed for Virginia public college and university faculty looking for open and affordable textbooks for their courses, contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state.

For more information about the new portal and how to request full access (available to all Mason faculty as a VIVA member institution), see the VIVA announcement and the FAQ page.

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Mason Author Series on March 7: Ideals of the Body

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:04

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Sun-Young Park, Assistant Professor, History and Art History, for a discussion of her book, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris.

About the book: “Modern hygienic urbanism originated in the airy boulevards, public parks, and sewer system that transformed the Parisian cityscape in the mid-nineteenth century. Yet these well-known developments in public health built on a previous moment of anxiety about the hygiene of modern city dwellers. Amid fears of national decline that accompanied the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, efforts to modernize Paris between 1800 and 1850 focused not on grand and comprehensive structural reforms, but rather on improving the bodily and mental fitness of the individual citizen. These forgotten efforts to renew and reform the physical and moral health of the urban subject found expression in the built environment of the city—in the gymnasiums, swimming pools, and green spaces of private and public institutions, from the pedagogical to the recreational. Sun-Young Park reveals how these anxieties about health and social order, which manifested in emerging ideals of the body, created a uniquely spatial and urban experience of modernity in the postrevolutionary capital, one profoundly impacted by hygiene, mobility, productivity, leisure, spectacle, and technology.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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Research Your Way to an A: Feb 25-28

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:25

Mason Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team has partnered with Learning Services, The Writing Center and the Communications Center to offer “Research Your Way to an A: A workshop series on how to research, write and present with confidence.” All workshops will take place in the Gateway Library (Johnson Center, Room 134G).

How to Read Scholarly Journals (Presented by Learning Services)
Monday, February 25, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Reading scholarly journals is very different from reading a textbook. During this session we will discuss the sections of a scholarly article, strategies for reading which will help you quickly identify important information, and ways to take notes which will help you incorporate your sources into your project. Register at

Research Treasure Hunt: Search Strategies and Citation Mining (Presented by Mason Libraries)
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Cut your research time in half by learning how to skillfully navigate the sea of information, steering around research obstacles and following the clues to that perfect resource. Register at

Strategies and Tools for Synthesizing Sources (Presented by the Writing Center)
Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop introduces writers to strategies and tools for synthesizing the sources they have assembled, and for moving that synthesis toward a structure or outline for their draft. Register at

Making your Message Memorable with Powerful Presentations (Presented by the Communications Center)
Thursday, February 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop will help you package your research into an effective presentation, and will focus on (1) organizing ideas, (2) communicating content clearly, and (3) dynamic delivery. Register at

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It’s Homecoming Week!

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:33

George Mason University celebrates Homecoming this week, beginning today, Monday, February 18 and culminating this weekend with the Mason’s Men’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 23 at 4pm and the Women’s Basketball game on Sunday, February 24 at 2pm! For a full schedule of events and details visit For alumni-focused events, visit

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“It’s Personal” – new exhibit in Fenwick Gallery

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:49

It’s Personal: Zines, Artist Books, etc.” – featuring the work of Mason MA and BFA students – is now open in Fenwick Gallery. In “It’s Personal,” the artists use the unique qualities of sequencing, format, and multiples that zines and artists’ books allow as a way to explore and share with a wide audience their interests, perspectives, longings, and questions.

The risograph-printed zines of Christina Childs (MA Graphic Design, 2019) offer bold, simple pairings of text and image that ask “what if” questions on both the personal relational scale and the societal level, delivering some surprisingly poignant punches. Lissy Essmann (BFA concentration Graphic Design, 2019) processes her own anxieties and life circumstances through making zines that can connect with other people. Using a hand-drawn illustration style and children’s book approach to the narrative, she translates somber themes into a consistent, calm, and somehow comforting result. Jane Lee (BFA concentration Sculpture, 2019) addresses the complexities of relationships, culture, identity, and even art school in her text-based zines comprised of often humorous and all-too-relatable internal dialogue, notes, and quotes. Katana Lippart (BFA concentration Printmaking, 2018) explores notions of self, memory, uncertainty, and home through collage, printmaking, zines and artist books. Though stemming from her own personal history, the construction of the books and their altered yet familiar imagery resonates with viewers, calling forth their own memories and experiences.

“It’s Personal” will be on display through March 15, 2019. An artists’ talk will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library. For more information, visit

About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Libraries hosts Visiting Writers Program

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:35

The Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. Mason Libraries is the new host this spring. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 21, 7:30-9pm: Lyz Lenz – Journalist, essayist, memoirist, and more—nonfiction writer Lyz Lenz is the author of the forthcoming books Godland: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America and Belabored: Tales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz is a contributing writer for the Columbia Journalism Review and the former managing editor for The Rumpus, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Salon, and more.

Thursday, February 28, 7:30-9pm: Rebecca Makkai – Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, recently named a finalist for the National Book Award; The Borrower; The Hundred-Year House; and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the faculty of the MFA programs at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30-9pm: Ilya Kaminsky – Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa, which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Kaminsky was also awarded Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship. His anthology of 20th-century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in March. He teaches English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Monday, April 8, 7:30-9pm: Ed Roberson – Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World, which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the LabyrinthCity EclogueAtmosphere Conditions, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation. His earlier collections include Etai-Eken and When Thy King is a Boy. Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. Roberson has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm: Special Event with Susan Richards Shreve and Susan Tichy.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9pm: Jane Brox – Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019. Her book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American FarmFive Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American EssaysThe Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program.

Friday, April 12, 5-6:30pm: Jamel Brinkley – Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other placesA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

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Mason Libraries Collections now featured in DPLA

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:10

The University Libraries is pleased to announce its participation in the collaborative effort, Digital Virginias, created by a group of universities in Virginia and West Virginia. In addition to George Mason University, Digital Virginias partners include University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, College of William and Mary, and West Virginia University.

Digital Virginias is the newest hub to join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – a nationwide digital project with the goal of maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. DPLA currently has 40 partners, including such national treasures as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and others, including representatives of most of the 50 states. DPLA collections contain millions of items available to the public for research and exploration. Digital Virginias is currently comprised of more than 58,000 items, and expects to grow both collection items and participating regional partners throughout the upcoming year, thus building a network that will extend to capture and expose digital collections across both Virginia and West Virginia.

Within the Mason Libraries, preparing to join this endeavor was a team effort. Lynn Eaton, Director of Special Collections Research Center, and Bob Vay, Archivist, identified collections that the Libraries could submit to the hub. Peggy Griesinger, former Metadata Librarian, prepared all of the metadata for the items and served on the hub Group’s metadata committee (Tricia Mackenzie, Head of Metadata Services, and Ashley Howell, Metadata Specialist, will take over metadata duties going forward). Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Systems & Strategies, served on the hub’s Strategy Group.

About Mason’s collaboration, Lynn Eaton remarks, “The University Libraries Special Collections Research Center is excited to be able to add selected collections to the DPLA hub, as this provides an additional point of contact to our digital content. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the planning group, and look forward to adding even more of our manuscript materials to this incredible resource.”

Bob Vay adds, “It was gratifying to be asked to participate in this project. Two of the several collections we chose to include (George Mason University Yearbooks and the “Frankly Speaking” radio programs) are among my personal favorites. Inclusion into the DPLA exposes them to a much wider audience. I see this as a big win for those who desire access to interesting content!”

John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, commented that “Digital Virginias is an ambitious longer-term undertaking to make accessible to scholars and to the general public alike the rich cultural resources that reside at not only the currently six participating universities, but to gradually encompass the holdings of other higher education institutions, historical societies, museums, and other cultural entities in the two states. As part of the Digital Virginias network, Mason Libraries has taken on the role to assist other such organizations in the greater Northern Virginia region as they initiate digital projects for future inclusion in the Digital Virginias service hub.”

To search items in the collection, visit For more about Digital Virginias, visit

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Recommended Reads Now in Fenwick

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:59

Mason Libraries’ current collection of positively reviewed fiction and nonfiction books, Recommended Reads, recently moved from Gateway Library to Fenwick Library. The collection is now located in Fenwick Atrium (first floor, opposite the service desk.) Check ’em out!

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