Missing Out on Innovation: African-American Teens & Technology
DR. KEVIN CLARK, DIRECTOR
CENTER FOR DIGITAL MEDIA INNOVATION & DIVERSITY
APRIL 27 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. MAIN READING ROOM 2001 FENWICK
Based on a new national survey, young African-Americans may be missing out on key opportunities to learn to code, develop apps and software, and innovate with technology. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Dr. Kevin Clark will speak about his recent research on African-American teens and digital innovations on Thursday, April 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Main Reading Room, 2001 Fenwick. The hour-long presentation includes a question and answer session.
Dr. Clark is a professor in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development, and is also the Director of Mason’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity.
For more information, please contact Andrew Lee, yli7 at gmu.edu
Congratulations to the following library staff for their service to George Mason University and/or the Commonwealth of Virginia. The awards will be will be given on April 5 and April 6 at the University Day Service Awards celebrations.
- David Alexander, Access Services
- Jamie Coniglio, Research and Educational Services
- Kathleen Kehoe, Development, Office of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
- Jessica Bowdoin, Access Services
- Friedgard Cowan, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group
- Allison O’Connor, Teaching and Learning Services
- Vittoria Perrone, Access Services
- Kevin Sanders, Administrative Services
- Jessica Clark, Development
- Claudia Holland, Mason Publishing Group
- Denise Klasen-Lopez, Teaching and Learning Services
- Lynn Eaton, Special Collections Research Center
- Kimberley Edwards, Technical Services Group
- Royce Gildersleeve, Teaching and Learning Services
- Debby Kermer, Data Services Group
- Tricia Mackenzie, Resource Description & Metadata Services, Technical Services Group
- Leigh Ann Skeen, Collection Development
- Stephanie Smith, Collection Development
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.