Please join us for these exciting events!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 11:30 a.m., Olin Library, Room 142 "Archiving the Myth That Shot Liberty Valance," a talk by Stevphen Shukaitis, Senior Lecturer, University of Essex
Shukaitis is a recipient of a travel grant from the Department of Special Collections. In his talk, Sukaitis will raise the question of how to relate to and archive materials produced by artists and cultural figures that have a dimension of myth-making in them. Such artists may intertwine historically accurate materials and invented or fabricated materials in ways that make it hard to tell what is "real" and what is invented. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room. Panel Discussion about Art Exhibit: A.I.R. Refreshed
A mixed media traveling exhibition called A.I. R. Refreshed is displayed in Olin Library's Ginkgo Reading Room and the Grand Staircase Lobby through April 17. It presents contemporary artwork from A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Founded in 1972, that gallery was the first non-profit cooperative dedicated to showing work by female artists. Kat Griefen, former director of A.I.R. Gallery, will present remarks, after which a panel moderated by Elizabeth Childs, professor of art history, will respond. Panelists are Heather Bennett, artist and Sam Fox faculty member; Helen Kornblum, an art collector specializing in art made by women; and Yvonne Osei, a fellow in the Graduate School at Sam Fox. A reception follows.
Co-sponsors: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Department of Art History & Archeology; Mildred Lane Kemper Museum; Graduate School of Art; Sam Fox School; Law Culture and Identity Initiative; Center for the Humnities; and University Libraries.
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4 p.m., Olin Library, Ginkgo Reading Room. "Diderot Project: Research & Artifact" talk by Ken Botnick
Professor Ken Botnick will discuss the evolution of his recently completed limited edition artist's book, a visual and textual meditation on concepts encountered in DIderot's Encyclopédie, a holding of the Libraries' Department of Special Collections. Botnick will speak about concepts of the hand and craft, tools and machines, labor and leisure, memory, sensation and perception. Books will be on display in Special Collections. Introduction by Professor Heather Corcoran. A reception follows.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5 p.m., Umrath Lounge. "Fire in the Library" : a lecture by Sarah Thomas, Vice President of Harvard Library
Librarians are the keepers of the flame of culture, history, and knowledge, and their mission is to light the way to discovery. Harvard Librarian Sarah Thomas explores the transformation of libraries in the 21st century, even as they preserve enduring core values. A reception follows.
Sarah Thomas, Ph.D. has led Harvard Library since 2013. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Bodley Librarian at the University of Oxford, the first American and the first woman to do so. For the decade prior to that, she was University Librarian at Cornell University, and earlier held leadership positions at the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, the University of Georgia, Stanford's Research Libraries, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard.
This is the Jack E. & Debbie T. Thomas Endowed Lecture, presented in honor of retired Dean of Libraries Shirley K. Baker.
If you plan to attend the Sarah Thomas lecture please email or call Joy Lowery at email@example.com or 935-5418 with your name and the number of persons in your party. An RSVP is not required but will help us in planning the event.