The Art of Children’s Literature: Juana Medina, Author & Illustrator

Join us on Thursday, February 20, 12-1:15 p.m., in Fenwick 2001, for a conversation with Juana Medina, a D.C.-area author and children’s book illustrator! This event is sponsored by Mason Creative Writing, the School of Art, and CVPA’s Global Arts Coffeehouse, and hosted by Mason Libraries.

Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the author and illustrator of the Pura Belpré Award-winning chapter book Juana & Lucas. Juana is also the author and illustrator for Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas1 Big SaladABC Pasta, and Sweet Shapes. She illustrated Smick! by Doreen Cronin, Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous by Keith Calabrese, and I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera; and has participated in two recent anthologies: The Hero Next Door (Crown Books, 2019) and We Are The Change (Chronicle Books, 2019). 

Juana has been lucky to earn recognitions from the Colombian Presidency, the National Cartoonists Society, the National Headliner Award, International Latino Book Awards, and Ridgway Award honors — which is quite impressive for someone who was a less-than-stellar student, who often got in trouble for drawing cartoons of her teachers. Despite all trouble caused, Juana studied and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), George Washington University, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design (all places where students had plenty of chances to draw cartoons of her). She lives with her wife, twin sons, and their dear dog, Rosita. Visit her work at juanamedina.com

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War

On display in Fenwick Library Atrium, February 3 – March 10, the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War explores the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Of the three million soldiers who fought in the war from 1861-1865, hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery. This exhibition focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

Join us on Tuesday March 3 at 1:30 in 2001 Fenwick Library for a special presentation on Civil War medicine. Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant in the Digital Scholarship Center, will discuss relevant primary sources from the era, highlighting resources in Mason Libraries’ online collections. Jake Wynn, the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will describe how the innovations of Civil War medicine paved the way for our modern emergency medical system.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Performing Arts and the Human Experience Exhibit

“Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience is now on view through May 2020, in the Special Collection Research Center’s exhibition gallery on the second floor of Fenwick Library.

As Zelda Fichandler remarked, “the theater is capable of showing us our own face, plumbing for us the human heart, leading us to the edge of our own mind.” This exhibition celebrates the myriad faces and experiences of those who dedicate their lives to the performing arts. Through six disciplines – Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, and Music – the exhibition examines the power of the performing arts, and its ability to “show us our own face.”

The exhibition features items from SCRC’s major performing arts collections (as well as some smaller collections), including documents, photographs, playbills, programs, artist books, posters, rare books, and other objects. Fascinating objects on display range from an illuminated manuscript of choral music from the 1400s to East German posters advertising opera and ballet to a braille script for “All the King’s Men” from an Arena Stage production.

In conjunction with the exhibition, an opening reception will take place on Tuesday, February 11 at 2pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2400 (Special Collections Research Center). Rick Davis, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, will speak about the importance of performing arts, followed by a short tour of the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided.

Love Data Week Workshops 2/10 – 2/14

Love Data Week!

To celebrate Love Data Week, February 10 – February 14, 2020, Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) is offering a series of workshops focused on getting started with R, python, GIS, text analysis, using secondary data, and managing data projects. The workshops are held in the DiSC Lab, Room 2701A Fenwick Library. All are welcome to attend these workshops regardless of skill level. Registration is strongly encouraged. Click on the time links below to register.

  • Working With and Analyzing Secondary Data – Monday, February 10, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Using Voyant for Text Analysis – Tuesday, February 11, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • R/Python: How and Why to Get Started – Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • OSF 101: Introduction to the Open Science Framework – Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
  • Introduction to GIS and Mapping – Friday, February 14 at 1:00 PM

For more information, contact datahelp@gmu.edu