Thursday, September 29
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gelman Library, Room 702
Writer and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller will read from his book The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller in this installation of the Jenny McKeen Moore Reading Series. Editor Kirsten Porter writes in the introduction to The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, "A poet is given the unique responsibility of composing the poems that become the songs of a nation...Miller's poetry sings of the sadness, loneliness, and longing for spiritual and human connection found in an imperfect world. His words are a call for love and equality, a protest against oppression, a prayer for change. His language promotes compassion, healing, and amazing grace."
E. Ethelbert Miller is an important, long-time member of the DC poetry community. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students at that institution to major in African American Studies. Today, he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller served as Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University and is the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. A Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow in 2004 and 2012, Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Miller is the host and producer of The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. A recent core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars, Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. A 2015 Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame Inductee, Miller is also a regular on National Public Radio.
Presented by the GW Department of English Jenny McKean Moore Reading Series. The Jenny McKean Moore Fund was established in honor of the late Jenny Moore, who was a playwrighting student at GW and who left in trust a fund that has, for almost forty years, encouraged the teaching and study of Creative Writing in the English Department, allowing us to bring a poet, novelist, playwright, or creative non-fiction writer to campus each year. While in residence, the writer brings a unique experience to the GW community, teaching a free community workshop for adults along with Creative Writing classes for GW students.
Friday, September 30
Noon - 4:00pm
Gelman Library, Room 710 (Kiev Room)
September Focus - Translations, Traditions, and Sacred Texts: Four Centuries of Engagement with the Middle East
September's Rare Book Friday features the treasures of our holdings on the Middle East. From the second Arabic book ever printed, to a Qur'anic manuscript gifted by a Moroccan King, to a ballot used in the 2005 Iraqi elections, our holdings span many languages, geographical origins, and periods of European and American engagement with the region.
Join us for an up-close look at the jewels of GW's special collections at this monthly open house. Librarians and archivists will be on hand to a discuss the books and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to interact with rare and historic items that are usually kept in secure storage areas. Learn how to enhance your research using the rich trove of primary sources available in GW's Special Collections Research Center.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
2:30 — 6:30 a.m.
Due to a water leak, GW Facilities will perform emergency maintenance on the 2nd (entrance) floor on Wednesday morning beginning at 2:30 a.m. and ending no later than 6:30 a.m. This work will involve a sustained period of drilling, which may be heard throughout much of the building. The south side of the building (facing Baussell Walk) and higher floors should be the least affected.
We apologize for the inconvenience as we work to protect the Gelman building & safety of patrons.
Nine spaces are available in Fenwick Library for Mason PhD students admitted to candidacy and working on their research. Spaces are assigned first-come, first-served. Consult the application form for details.
For more information on Fenwick Library Dissertation Writers spaces, please contact Cynthia Bentley, 703-993-9057, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mason Author Series, which highlights significant publications of George Mason University faculty and alumni, is pleased to feature Professor A. Alonso Aguirre, Chair of Mason’s Environmental Science and Policy Department, who will discuss Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities.The book talk will be held Monday, September 26, in Fenwick Library Main Reading Room (2001 Fenwick), 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
In Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities, Professor Aguirre brings together experts who primarily work in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to introduce important conservation concepts and real world applications to issues that affect the tropics and subtropics; a region with 75% of the world’s human population as well as 90% of its biodiversity. These issues, such as climate change, environmental sustainability, and emerging diseases must be studied and addressed on a global scale. Aguirre is joined by his contributors, Thomas Lovejoy who coined the term “biological diversity”; Larry Gorenflo, who focuses on how people adapt to their natural and cultural surroundings; Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, whose research centers on international biodiversity governance; Harald Beck, who studies mammal-plant interaction and ecosystem engineering in temperate and tropical ecosystems; Andrew Taber, an environmental pioneer and authority on Neotropical wildlife; Elizabeth Loh, who studies anthropogenic land-use change; and wildlife biologist and veterinarian, Iga Stasiak.
For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press, jwarren13 @ gmu.edu
Tuesday, September 27
9:30am to 11:30am
Gelman Library, Room 708 (GRC)
Please join us in the Global Resources Center (GRC) for an international student coffee hour co-hosted with the International Services Office (ISO). Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a specialist about your research and global interests, and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends!
Please RSVP: go.gwu.edu/GRCCoffee
The GRC focuses upon the political, socio-economic, historical, and cultural aspects of countries and regions around the globe from the 20th century onward with the following specialized resource centers: Russia, Eurasia, Central & Eastern Europe,China Documentation Center, Taiwan Resource Center, Japan Resource Center, Korea Resources, Middle East & North Africa.
Wednesday, September 21
Gelman Library, Room 702
For decades, afternoon tea with colleagues has been a tradition at research institutes throughout the world. Many of us may know it as a “salon”.
We invite you to join the conversation at this year’s first XDTea @ 3:00 on the general topic “collaboration in the digital age”. Tea and cookies will be served. This is the first XD@GW event of the year, so don’t miss it! No RSVP required.
XD @ GW Faculty Cooperative provides opportunities for faculty to exchange ideas and methods across fields and forge creative, innovative teams to work together on complex challenges. Fellows are also working to shift the culture at GW to improve conditions and solve institutional barriers that hold us back. If your work or teaching is interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary, then you are already part of the GW Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative. Join your peers at these monthly teas and email XDinitiative@gwu.edu to become a Fellow.