Mason Libraries partners with Fall for the Book festival

The 20th annual Fall for the Book begins this Wednesday, October 11 and runs through Saturday, October 13. What does that mean? 4 Days of readings, discussions, performances, and more by 150 authors!

The Libraries is pleased to once again provide sponsorship for the capstone event for this year’s Mason Reads program (March by Congressman John Lewis) as well as provide space in Fenwick Library for additional Fall for the Book events.

Congressman Lewis will speak at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 11, in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, to discuss his memoir, March: Book One, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin. March is a #1 New York Times Bestselling series of graphic novels, which have won honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, among many others.

In honor of March: Book One and Congressman Lewis’ visit, Mason Libraries’ team members (Joy Suh, Kim Hoffman, Teresa Kan and Westly Wright) created this story map for the community as it celebrates the Fall for the Book festival.

Two of Mason Libraries’ faculty will also be featured at Fall for the Book events. Lynn Eaton, Director, Special Collections Research Center will join a panel discussion on “The Secret History of a Modern Suburb” on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30pm in Fenwick Library Room 2001. Aaron McCollough, Interim Head of Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press will join three other poets for a reading at “Poetry Night Out” on Friday, October 12 at 6pm at Epicure Cafe.

The following Fall for the book events will be held in Fenwick Library Room 2001:

Call & Response: “Borders”
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2:45pm

Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home
Carrie A. Meyer
Wednesday, October 10, 3-4:15pm

The Secret History of a Modern Suburb
Patricia Farrell Donahue, Lynn Eaton, and Laura Wickstead
Thursday, October 11, 4:30-5:45pm

Writing about the Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
Tim Denevi, Margaret A. Harrell, William McKeen, and Juan F. Thompson
Thursday, October 11, 6-7:15pm

Alumni Reading (Poetry & Prose)
Lucy Biederman, John Copenhaver, Joe Hall, Alyse Knorr, and Kate Partridge
Friday, October 12, 4-5:15pm

Writing Through Identity
Sandy Allen, Rachel Z. Arndt, Dave Madden, and Sarah Viren
Friday, October 12, 6-7:15pm

For more information, visit fallforthebook.org.

RFP for Course Redesign Using Open Ed Resources

How can you, as an educator, have increased control over your teaching materials, be more creative in the classroom, AND lower student costs? Use existing open educational resources (OER) or create your own materials!

Mason 4-VA, a state-funded initiative to support innovative and forward-thinking education, invites Mason faculty to submit a proposal for course redesign that integrates digital and freely accessible materials. The effort encourages the reduction or elimination of expensive textbooks either with individual or team produced digital works, or with existing digital content that is in the public domain, licensed Creative Commons, or available in databases to which the University Libraries subscribes.

Courses of particular interest are those that:

  • have high enrollment,
  • are required for majors,
  • count in the Mason Core, or
  • carry high textbook costs.

Applicants must be Mason full-time faculty that teach high-demand, highly-populated courses. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team. For example, a group proposal may contain an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty from a department. Teams representing multiple sections of a course are encouraged to apply.

Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1000-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Greater amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials and have larger teams.

Deadlines:

Proposal deadline: October 15, 2018
Award notification: December 15, 2018
Funds distribution: January 15, 2019
Project completion:  June 30, 2019

The library is ready to support your use of OER content or answer your questions related to copyright and the Creative Commons licensing of your own materials. Contact your subject librarian or Aaron S. McCollough, Interim Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing.

For more information and the link to the RFP visit: https://4va.gmu.edu/course_redesign/

Mason Author Series: Policing Black Bodies

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, October 4 at 3:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room. We will be joined by Angela J. Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, and Earl Smith, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology for a discussion of their book, Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change.

In Policing Black Bodies the authors make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories and isolated incidents of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Authors: Angela J. Hattery (BA Carleton College, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a sociologist and serves as the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social stratification, gender, family, and race. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including her latest book Policing Black Bodies (January 2018), African American Families: Myths and Realities (2012/2016), The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (2012/2016), Prisoner Reentry and Social Capital (2010), Interracial Intimacies (2009); Interracial Relationships (2009); Intimate Partner Violence (2008); African American Families (2007) and Women, Work, and Family (2001). She teaches classes in gender and sexuality, intersections of race, class and gender, gender based violence and feminist methods.

Earl Smith is Emeritus Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University. He currently teaches classes in Sociology, African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focuses on urban sociology, sociology of sport, criminal justice, and race. He is the author of 11 books, including his most recent book, published in 2018, Policing the Black Body, as well as dozens of book chapters and peer reviewed articles. He has written several books on the impact of social inequality on Black families. His book Race, Sport and the American Dream, which has been published in 3 editions, remains the only book on the market that examines structural racism in SportsWorld. On a regular basis he is consulted as an expert by the New York Times, USA Today, and a variety of other news outlets. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social problems, and race, gender, sexuality and sport.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit http://library.gmu.edu/masonauthorseries.

Join the Libraries Book Club

Interested in joining the Mason Libraries Book Club? Join the first meeting of the year this Thursday, September 20 at 6pm in the Gateway Library, Room 134 G (Literacy Lab). We’ll talk about what everyone read over the summer and suggestions for what to read this year. Please bring your ideas – genre, theme, or book recommendations welcome! Check out the Book Club website for more details at https://masonlibrariesbookclub.wordpress.com/.