Join us for Spirits in the Archives!

The arrival of October means it is American Archives Month! Since 2006, cultural institutions around the United States have hosted annual events to spread the word about what archives are and the important role archivists play in preserving and presenting history.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will be holding an archives information session today, October 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. Just stop by their display in the Fenwick Library Atrium to learn more. October 4 is AskAnArchivist day: SCRC will be active on their various social media accounts to help answer any questions you may have about archives, archivists, and anything else archives-related.

SCRC is also participating in the REMIX contest organized by the Virginia Caucus of Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and invites you to join them by creating your own submissions. The REMIX “Spirits in the Archives” is a contest to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for cultural heritage collections, such as creating redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions.

To conclude the celebration or archives, SCRC will host an  Archives Month Open House on October 31 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Some collections related to the “Spirits in the Archives” theme as well as REMIX contest submissions will be featured.

For more information about American Archives Month, the REMIX context, SCRC’s Mason Archives Month contest, some fun images from SCRC’s collections, and SCRC’s vital role in archiving and preserving history, please read SCRC’s blog post over at Vault217.

Fall for the Book & Alumni Weekend

Fall means it is time for Fall for the Book and Alumni Weekend here at Mason, and the Libraries is participating with a number of events (please see below)!

Fall for the Book, the region’s oldest and largest celebration of literature, will take place October 11-14. The Mason Libraries is one of many sponsors supporting this annual festival, which will include such headliners as Colson Whitehead, Jennine Capo Crucet, Mohsin Hamid, Lev Grossman, Janet Mock, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. Jennine Capo Crucet is the author of this year’s Mason Reads selection, Make Your Home Among Strangers, and the Libraries is sponsoring her talk in the Concert Hall on Thursday, October 12 at 4:30pm. In addition, the Libraries will host events in our Fenwick Main Reading Room and Special Collections Research Center.

Alumni Weekend takes place October 12-15 this year. Haven’t been on campus in a while? Thinking about reconnecting with your Mason friends and former classmates? Join the Mason community for our annual Alumni Weekend! You can tour the campus, get together at the Green and Gold Bash, or attend any number of alumni events being held over the weekend. Haven’t seen the new Fenwick Library yet? Come visit us!

Mason Libraries Special Events October 11-14, 2017

Mason Author Series: Alumni Poetry
Friday, October 13, 4pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

In conjunction with Fall for the Book and Alumni Weekend, we will welcome five alumni poets – Sarah Marcus (MFA ’12), Sheila McMullin (MFA ’13), Ranjani Murali (MFA ’10), Nicole Tong (MFA ’07), and Sarah Ann Winn (MFA ’14) – who will read from their latest works. The full Fall for the Book schedule is available at fallforthebook.org.

Alumni Weekend: SCRC Open House
Saturday, October 14, 10:30am-12pm, Special Collections Research Center

Come take a trip down Memory Lane with your fellow alumni: visit the all-new Fenwick Library and (re)experience Mason’s 60 years of history. See the building in Bailey’s Crossroads where George Mason opened in 1957; read the article you wrote for Broadside in 1977; chuckle over what you wore in the 1997 yearbook; look for the course description from your favorite class from 2007, and more. The display will also include historical highlights from each decade, making your history come alive.

At the Margins: Invisibility and Marginalized Communities
Thursday, October 12, 2-4pm, 2400 Fenwick Library, Special Collections Research Center

For this month’s Artists’ Book Open House, we take on the theme of invisibility and present these works as an extension of the discussions happening around Artworks for Freedom, and Fenwick Gallery’s exhibition Call & Response. These artists’ books explore issues of marginalization and highlight the perspectives and voices of the “invisible,” those persons and communities at the edges of society and the victims of “invisible crimes.” Visitors will have an opportunity for hands-on interaction with these materials, and to learn how Mason students and researchers can use these materials as a source of visual, formal, and thematic inspiration.

Call + Response 2017: Artists’ Panel, Fenwick Gallery Walkthrough
Wednesday, October 11, 3pm, Fenwick Main Reading Room

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a dynamic set of paired works of words and artistic media that resonate and speak to contemporary issues. The theme for Call & Response 2017 is INVISIBLE, in conversation with Artworks for Freedom’s campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. The visual artists and writers of Call & Response will interpret the theme of INVISIBLE as it relates to victims of “invisible crimes” or unlawful actions that go unnoticed. Call & Response is a collaboration of the School of Art, the English Department’s MFA program in Creative Writing, and University Libraries presented in conjunction with the annual Fall for the Book festival.

Artists’ Books in Conversation with Zines

George Mason University’s Print Department’s Zine and Book community will host a zine-focused fair and market on Wednesday, April 26, in The Hub. In conjunction with this Zine Plus Festival (hosted by the GMU Ten09 Collective), the Mason community is invited to visit the Special Collections Research Center (2400 Fenwick) between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 to learn more about our artists’ book collection and to view artists’ books in conversation with the various themes and formats of zines.

For more information, contact Rebecca Bramlett, Research Services Coordinator, at rbramlet@gmu.edu or 3-2058.