Our annual issue of The Libraries at Mason magazine is now available. Special features include our Oral History Program and partnership with the Mason Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; faculty research endeavours; and our inaugural Artist-in-Residence program. We hope you enjoy this issue!
In honor of National Engineers Week (February 16-22), Mason Engineering is hosting a number of events for students, alumni, and the local community, with the theme of “Patriots for Progress.” In conjunction, Mason Libraries is hosting an exhibition – Crunching Numbers + Gathering Data, highlighting items from the Sidney O. Dewberry Collection of Surveying & Engineering Technology.
Sidney Dewberry, co-founder of Dewberry (a nationwide firm of planning, design, and construction professionals) and generous philanthropist to George Mason University and other causes, is also a collector of antique surveying and engineering tools.
A number of these antique tools will be on display on the second floor of Fenwick Library, from February 6 through February 24, in honor of National Engineers Week. Included in the exhibit are a set of graduated railroad drafting curves, a Curta hand-crank mechanical calculator, a Buff & Berger water current meter, and other unique tools.
Items from Mr. Dewberry’s collection have been exhibited in the Library of Congress, the Library of Virginia, Mt. Vernon, and at National Society of Professional Surveyor’s conferences.
National Engineers Week, started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
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.
“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.