Giving Day, on Thursday, April 6, 2017, is George Mason University’s first ever university-wide day of giving. This date was selected to coincide closely with the date Mason became an independent university (April 7, 1972). In 2017, Mason will celebrate 45 years as an independent institution.
From midnight through 11:59 p.m. EST on April 6, everyone is invited to make their mark by giving to Mason. With unit fundraising projects, challenge gifts, a visible on-campus presence in Fairfax, a social media ambassador challenge, and real-time updates, all are encouraged to show their Patriot pride by making a gift to Mason.
Giving Day will be a day for everyone to join together to support specific projects at Mason that resonate with them – or to support the university in general! As part of the Faster Farther campaign, all gifts, big and small, are welcome.
As part of Mason’s first annual Giving Day, the Libraries is launching a new initiative – the University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment – in response to a challenge gift coming from a Mason alumna who was a former University Libraries’ student employee.
With the generosity of Mason alumni and friends, the Libraries will create an endowment to recognize and support student assistants who have demonstrated outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason. The purpose of the endowment will be to award a scholarship each year to provide assistance for an undergraduate student employee’s educational expenses at Mason.
Together, we can all make Mason’s first Giving Day a success and help support our students! Questions? Contact Kathleen Kehoe, Director of Development for the University Libraries, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mason Libraries’ Science & Technology Subject Librarian Team and Roosevelt@Mason are co-sponsoring a screening of “A Sea Change”. The film will be shown in the Johnson Center Gold Room at 7 p.m. on April 11.
A life-long sportsman and retired educator, Sven Huseby considers himself a well-informed environmentalist. But he is caught by surprise when he reads about the effect of excess carbon dioxide on the ocean in Elizabeth Kolbert’s New Yorker article, “The Darkening Sea.” Sven embarks on a mission to learn more, wrestling with the possibility that his five-year-old grandson Elias will inherit an ocean bereft of the fish which have meant so much to their family. Sven uncovers research on the world’s acidifying seas and its dramatic implications for our culture and economy. – Written by Niiijii Films
For more information, please contact Kathy Butler, kbutle18 at gmu.edu.
Join the University Libraries on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room, for Dr. Kristina Olson‘s lecture, “Skirting the Issue: Clothing and Politics in 14th Century Italy,” where she will discuss her research findings from her 2015-2016 Fenwick fellowship.
Lecture Abstract: From the mid-13th to the end of the 14th century, an increase in mercantile activity in Florence and other cities in Italy witnessed the proliferation of new wealth among families that did not belong to the aristocracy. This economic development, together with other demographic shifts (such as those caused by the Black Death, ca.1350), caused many non-aristocratic families to climb in social and political power. One way in which they displayed their change in status was by means of their clothing and jewelry, thereby wearing their newfound gains on their persons. This drastic shift in social markers of status bred envy and confusion: families with long-standing claims to nobility appeared impoverished in comparison with these rising upstarts. Bitter feuding and acts of vengeance between the leading aristocratic and mercantile families ensued. In order to maintain social order, civic sumptuary legislation targeted various displays of luxury: excessive spending on clothing, jewelry, and rituals, such as funereal practices and exorbitant wedding dowries.
As clothing comprises a visual language signifying status, then, for many authors of the Italian Middle Ages clothing and luxury became an essential part of their poetic language, bound up with politics and civic identity. Dr. Olson’s book project, Sumptuous Literature: Clothing and Governance in Fourteenth-Century Italy, explores how authors interpret the relationship of wealth, politics and the body in terms that alternately target women (misogyny) or men (misandry) during this exceptional moment in economic and social history.
About the Fenwick Fellows: The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in the faculty member’s field. Applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship are currently being accepted; the deadline is May 5, 2017.
Join the University Libraries, in conjunction with the Creative Writing Program’s New Leaves Festival, for a reading and signing by Helon Habila on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.
Helon Habila, an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Mason, will discuss The Chibok Girls, his compassionate and powerful account of one of the most horrific recent tragedies to occur in Nigeria: the kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in April 2014 by Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest terrorist group whose name translated into English means “western education is abhorrent.” Habila, a native of Nigeria, traveled to the country twice to track down some of the escaped girls and their families and reconstruct what happened on that fateful day and how the town is coping. He situates the kidnappings within the political and historical context of the rise of Islamist extremism in Nigeria, which is deeply rooted in its tragic history of colonialism.
The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. Upcoming readings include Associate Professor Jennifer Ritterhouse on April 26 and Visiting Professor Michael Hayden on May 4.
AU Museum in Spring: Participatory Sculpture, Contemporary Cuban, A Teacher’s Legacy, Myths and Time
Celebrate International Week!
Bollywood Trivia April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 228 Gateway Library
Test your Bollywood knowledge with Gateway Library staff in Room 228 Gateway Library. Fun, food and prizes are in store at this iWeek event. Join us April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m.!
For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu,703-993-9055
Celebrate Pride Week!
Dinner + A Movie: “Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger”
- April 7, 6-9 p.m. 228 Gateway Library
- Gateway Library is hosting a dinner and a movie for Pride Week 2017.
- Co-sponsored by Pride Alliance.
- For more information, please contact Izzie Hunsberger, msibley at gmu.edu
Film Screening: “Moonlight”
- April 13, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Johnson Center Cinema
- 2017 Oscar for Best Picture.
- Co-sponsored by University Libraries, Film & Media Studies, Film & Video Studies, ODIME, and African & African American Studies.
- For more information, please contact Patricia West, pwest6 at gmu.edu
Spring into Well-Being is here! Shake off the stress of spring semester and cultivate your physical, emotional, and community well-being with the following resources from the University Libraries.
NYTimes Food and Travel
Dig deeper than the front page and discover a world of food and travel. Strengthen your body with a wholesome loaf of Nordic whole-grain rye as you contemplate a hiking trip through remote Canada. Restore your spirit with a batch of chocolate ice cream profiteroles while planning a dream getaway to Barcelona. Explore new communities, learn new traditions, and recharge your batteries—all for free, from the comfort of home. NOTE: First time users must create a new account here using their GMU credentials to gain access.
Broaden your perspective and investigate the world with National Geographic online. Browse full-color issues from 1888 to the present; explore maps, images, and videos; or play with the interactive Term Frequency chart and watch the way we talk about our world shift through the years.
For those days when you just need to watch a movie, explore this rotating collection of 25 feature films and documentaries. Challenge yourself with films like An Inconvenient Truth or Malcolm X; watch a recent blockbuster like Inglourious Basterds; or kick back with a classic like The Breakfast Club or The Godfather. Specific titles may change over time. NOTE: Requires local installation of Widevine Media Optimizer; best accessed via Google Chrome.
These are just a few of the many resources available via the Libraries for Mason faculty, staff, and students. Just login with your Mason NetID and password. For more information on the resources available to you through the University Libraries, browse the Libraries’ subject lists of online resources or contact one of the subject specialists.