November 8, 2015 - July 1, 2016
Dr. Yehuda Nir and Dr. Bonnie Maslin Exhibit Hall & adjoining exhibit spaces
Gelman Library, 7th floor
A new exhibition of the Kiev Judaica Collection, "Hebrew Printing in the Orient" presents books and typography across a vast non-western panorama: from the Maghreb to the Far East, from Central Asia to India, and from Southern Africa to the Antipodes.The first such exhibit of this material in nearly 90 years, it traces the introduction of movable type outside of Europe by Jewish exiles from Spain, who established a Hebrew press at Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1493, through the establishment of presses at Salonika in Ottoman Greece (the earliest printing on the territory of Greece) and at Fez in Morocco (the first press on the continent of Africa). Examples of the subsequent spread of Hebrew printing in different parts of the Middle East and Asia are drawn from the holdings of the Kiev Collection. Among the rarities are Hok le-Yisrael (Cairo, 1740), one of the first books ever printed in Egypt, and Zer‘a Yitshak (Tunis, 1768), the first book in any language printed in Tunisia. Included in the display are texts in various languages using the Hebrew alphabet, such as Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Yiddish, apart from Hebrew and Aramaic.
On November 16, 2015, University Libraries starts the move of more than one million books and bound journals, current periodicals, microforms, special collections and archives, government publications, various equipment, and nearly 100 library staff into the new Fenwick Library facility. Comprised of the newly constructed space and existing wings B and C, almost everything in the current library will be relocated to the new Fenwick Library. The original Fenwick building (Wing A, where the main service desk, reference books, public workstations, periodicals/microforms are now located) is not part of the new library. With the massive amount of items involved, it is anticipated that the move will not be entirely completed until February 2016. Keep up to date with what’s happening where and when with the Fenwick move at fenwickfocus.gmu.edu. You can also follow on twitter @fenrefstaff #FenwickOnTheMove
Join Mason Publishing Group and University Libraries in celebrating University Press Week! In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”
That influence continues today, as does the increasing vitality of university press publishing programs, the many ways and means by which works are now produced and distributed, and the urgent need for articulate discourse in times pervaded by sound bites. Today, a renewed University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society.