Special Event on Nov 13: Civil Rights Memories + Moments

Please join us for “Memories + Moments 1968: The Local Civil Rights Movement” on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30pm in Fenwick Library 2001.

A panel from Mason’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) – Bob Coffin, Bob Frye, Marguerite Johnson, and Jeremy Remson – will focus on the pivotal year 1968 and share their individual, first-hand experiences at civil rights events in Northern Virginia and the DC area.

The panel will be moderated by Zach Schrag, Professor of History, Department of History & Art History at Mason. The event will be recorded and added to our Special Collection Research Center’s (SCRC) Oral History Program collection.

Following the panel discussion, all attendees are invited to remain for a reception and visit to SCRC’s current exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America.

Exhibition – Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America

“Before and Beyond 1968: Three Civil Rights Movements in America” is now open in the Special Collections Research Center’s Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

This exhibition, through sometimes plain (and often painful) documents, attempts to illuminate aspects of three civil rights movements: African American, Women, and LGBTQ+. The items in the cases are from the holdings of the George Mason University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The displayed pieces were created between the 19th through 21st century, and originate primarily in the United States.

Every movement has multiples arguments and ways to inform about a shared code of beliefs or values. Photographs educate and, sometimes, inspire one to action. Reports present researched facts. Letters reveal personal opinions. Plays and books interpret past and present realities, or anticipate future ones. The actions of people – of our fellow citizens – reflects the times in which they lived, their individual challenges, the choices made, their perspectives and vision for the future. Although incomplete, this exhibit is an invitation to more deeply examine the long, slow march of civil rights history in the United States.

“Before and Beyond 1968” is curated by Lynn Eaton (Director, Special Collections Research Center) and Bob Vay (Digital Collections and Exhibition Archivist, Special Collections Research Center). Consultation provided by Spencer Crew (Robinson Professor of African American and Public History). The exhibition will be on display through January 2019.

Mason Author Series on November 1: Exoplanets

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, November 1 at 3pm in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Michael Summers, Professor, Astronomy and James Trefil, University Professor, Physics for a discussion of their book, Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond our Solar System.

About the book: “The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.”

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

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason 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.

Film Screening on October 25: Paywall

The Mason Publishing Group, within the Mason Libraries, is hosting a film screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. The screening will take place at 12pm on Thursday, October 25 in Fenwick Library Room 4008.

Paywall is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research, questions the rationale behind the multi-billion per year industry that is for-profit academic publishing, and examines the profit margin associated with the top academic publishers.

Interested in learning more about open access publishing? Visit Mason Publishing Group’s open access resource page.