What Sparks Poetry: New Exhibition in Fenwick Gallery

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host “What Sparks Poetry,” an exhibition in celebration of Poetry Daily. The exhibition will be on view from March 20 through April 18, 2019, with a panel discussion presented by members of the Poetry Daily editorial and publication team on Thursday, March 21 at 6:45pm in Fenwick Library, Room 2001.

Poetry Daily is a popular daily online anthology that has been promoting poetry since 1997. In 2018, it began the process of moving to George Mason University where it is now edited and produced through a partnership between the Department of English Creative Writing Program and George Mason University Libraries, in collaboration with The Daily Poetry Association. “What Sparks Poetry” is a new, serialized feature on Poetry Daily in which poets were invited to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

The “What Sparks Poetry” exhibition comprises the handwritten pages and essays by a number of these notable poets—intimate homages to the relationship between poet as reader and poet as writer, and to what sparks poetry.

Poetry Daily’s editorial board includes seven poets from Mason: Aaron McCollough, director of George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing in the University Libraries; Mason Creative Writing program faculty Jennifer Atkinson, Heather Green, Eric Pankey, and Susan Tichy; and Vivek Narayanan of the Honors College. The board includes nine other notable poets from across the country: Kaveh Akbar, Jennifer Chang, Yona Harvey, Layli Long Soldier, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, Ilya Kaminsky, Sandra Lim, J. Michael Martinez, and Brian Teare.

Find Poetry Daily online at http://www.poems.com. For more details on this exhibition and related events, visit the Fenwick Gallery exhibitions page at http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/poetry-daily.

GMU Press Book Launch: Peacebuilding through Dialogue

Join us for a conversation with Peter Stearns, University Professor and Provost Emeritus, and Susan Allen, Director of the Center for Peacemaking Practice, as they discuss Peacebuilding through Dialogue on Wednesday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Fenwick 2001. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided (courtesy of the University Bookstore).

Peacebuilding through Dialogue examines the many dimensions of dialogue as a key driver of peaceful personal and social change. While most people agree on the value of dialogue, few delve into its meaning or consider its full range. The essays collected here consider dialogue in the context of teaching and learning, personal and interpersonal growth, and in conflict resolution and other situations of great change. Through these three themes, contributors from a wide variety of perspectives consider the different forms dialogue takes, the goals of the various forms, and which forms have been most successful or most challenging. With its expansive approach, the book makes an original contribution to peace studies, civic studies, education studies, organizational studies, conflict resolution studies, and dignity studies.

Contributors: Susan H. Allen, George Mason University * Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco * Andrea Bartoli, Seton Hall University * Meenakshi Chhabra, Lesley University * Steven D. Cohen, Tufts University * Charles Gardner, Community of Sant’Egidio * Mark Farr, The Sustained Dialogue Institute * William Gaudelli, Teachers College, Columbia University * Jason Goulah, DePaul University * Donna Hicks, Harvard University * Bernice Lerner, Hebrew College * Ceasar L. McDowell, MIT * Gonzalo Obelleiro, DePaul University * Bradley Siegel, Teachers College, Columbia University * Olivier Urbain, Min-On Music Research Institute * Ion Vlad, University of San Francisco.

About GMU Press: The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. GMU Press publishes in a variety of disciplines with special focus on the history, politics, and culture of Northern Virginia and the wider District of Columbia metropolitan area, as well as other topics such as public policy, international affairs, and higher education.

Mason Author Series on March 7: Ideals of the Body

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Sun-Young Park, Assistant Professor, History and Art History, for a discussion of her book, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris.

About the book: “Modern hygienic urbanism originated in the airy boulevards, public parks, and sewer system that transformed the Parisian cityscape in the mid-nineteenth century. Yet these well-known developments in public health built on a previous moment of anxiety about the hygiene of modern city dwellers. Amid fears of national decline that accompanied the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, efforts to modernize Paris between 1800 and 1850 focused not on grand and comprehensive structural reforms, but rather on improving the bodily and mental fitness of the individual citizen. These forgotten efforts to renew and reform the physical and moral health of the urban subject found expression in the built environment of the city—in the gymnasiums, swimming pools, and green spaces of private and public institutions, from the pedagogical to the recreational. Sun-Young Park reveals how these anxieties about health and social order, which manifested in emerging ideals of the body, created a uniquely spatial and urban experience of modernity in the postrevolutionary capital, one profoundly impacted by hygiene, mobility, productivity, leisure, spectacle, and technology.”

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.

“It’s Personal” – new exhibit in Fenwick Gallery

It’s Personal: Zines, Artist Books, etc.” – featuring the work of Mason MA and BFA students – is now open in Fenwick Gallery. In “It’s Personal,” the artists use the unique qualities of sequencing, format, and multiples that zines and artists’ books allow as a way to explore and share with a wide audience their interests, perspectives, longings, and questions.

The risograph-printed zines of Christina Childs (MA Graphic Design, 2019) offer bold, simple pairings of text and image that ask “what if” questions on both the personal relational scale and the societal level, delivering some surprisingly poignant punches. Lissy Essmann (BFA concentration Graphic Design, 2019) processes her own anxieties and life circumstances through making zines that can connect with other people. Using a hand-drawn illustration style and children’s book approach to the narrative, she translates somber themes into a consistent, calm, and somehow comforting result. Jane Lee (BFA concentration Sculpture, 2019) addresses the complexities of relationships, culture, identity, and even art school in her text-based zines comprised of often humorous and all-too-relatable internal dialogue, notes, and quotes. Katana Lippart (BFA concentration Printmaking, 2018) explores notions of self, memory, uncertainty, and home through collage, printmaking, zines and artist books. Though stemming from her own personal history, the construction of the books and their altered yet familiar imagery resonates with viewers, calling forth their own memories and experiences.

“It’s Personal” will be on display through March 15, 2019. An artists’ talk will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library. For more information, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/personal/.

About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at http://library.gmu.edu for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit http://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/. For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at sgrimm4@gmu.edu.