DiSC Research Connections: Noel Johnson

March 12 , 2020: THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Join us for the next DiSC Research Connections presentation on Tuesday, March 24, 3 – 4 p.m. Noel Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Economics will present “Using GIS to Uncover the History of Persecution and Toleration in Europe” in 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room). This event is hosted by Mason Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

For most of European history, religious minorities were in a precarious position. Toleration was conditional and could fall apart quite easily. Jewish communities, for example, were more likely to be persecuted when environmental shocks such as the Black Death or bad weather occurred. Dr. Johnson will discuss how tools from GIS have played a vital role in his study of religious minorities in Europe and the gradual emergence of religious freedom.

For more information, please contact Wendy Mann, datahelp@gmu.edu

Visiting Writer Series: Kaveh Akbar, Poet

March 13, 2020: THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Poet Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf. He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic. Akbar is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, Pushcart Prize, Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He’s the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he writes a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.” Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New YorkerPoetry, PBS NewsHour, The New RepublicBest American PoetryThe New York Times, and elsewhere.

Mason’s Creative Writing Program welcomes Visiting Writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction to give readings and craft talks during fall and spring semesters. The series is hosted by Mason Libraries. For more information, contact Professor Art Taylor, 703-993-1160, etaylori@gmu.edu

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.