Digital Humanities in the Archives: the Jerome Epstein World War II letters and Omeka-S

Join our Special Collections Research Center from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in their seminar room (Fenwick 2306) on Tuesday, July 16 for a special presentation by Ben Brands, inaugural L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Intern and Ph.D. candidate in History at Mason.

Brands’ presentation will explore the process and results of using digital tools to display and make accessible a series of World War II letters from the Jerome Epstein papers. Ben will discuss the various challenges and discoveries of this project, as well as showcase the final results, a website hosted on the Library’s Omeka-S server.

About the Speaker: Ben Brands was the 2018 L. Claire Kincannon Intern at the George Mason University Libraries Special Collections Research Center. He holds a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in History from George Mason University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University. He has previously served as an infantry officer in the United States Army and as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Brands has written previously about his experiences working with the Epstein papers on SCRC’s blog.

About the Kincannon Graduate Internship: The L. Claire Kincannon Graduate Internship Endowment for the Libraries was created by philanthropist Claire Kincannon in 2016 to provide paid learning opportunities for graduate students with interests, career goals, and skills related to archives. In addition to the notable theatre-related collection that she gifted to the University Libraries, Kincannon donated the Jerome Epstein papers in 2015, which documents the civilian and military career of an army private in the Second World War from 1943-45, as well as other items related to the Epstein family’s history. Epstein, who passed away in 2002, was Kincannon’s cousin.

Mason Libraries Research + Scholarship Showcase

The Mason Libraries Professional Development Committee announces a Research + Scholarship Showcase, to take place on June 11, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon in Fenwick Library, Room 2001. The event is open to all, and students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The showcase will highlight a number of interesting, innovative, and informative research and scholarship projects covering the gamut of librarianship and technology that library faculty and staff members are currently engaged with. The showcase will feature a lightning round presentation and Q&A, as well a number of “poster presentations” with opportunities to talk with the poster creators in an open setting.

We look forward to celebrating Mason Libraries Research + Scholarship with you!

Artist-in-Residence: Artist’s Talk

Fenwick Gallery will present Diaspora Diction, an exhibition of photography from Adriana Monsalve, Mason Libraries’ first Artist-in-Residence. The exhibition will be on display from May 28 through July 26, 2019. Please join us for an opening artist’s talk and reception on Tuesday, May 28 at 2 p.m. in Fenwick 2001. As part of her artist’s talk, Monsalve will discuss the works included in Diaspora Diction as well as the research conducted during her residency at Mason, where she has continued her exploration of questions of identity.

Opening in Fenwick Gallery: J Carrier’s Elementary Calculus

Elementary Calculus, through a series of portraits, landscapes and still life photographs, observes the publicly private moments of migrants and refugees in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as they attempt to connect back to their homes. In photographing these peregrine foreigners, the project explores the distance between reality and desire – the want for what was and the hope for what will be – and traces the manner in which we navigate this desolate geography. The photographs resonate with the sense that in a foreign landscape distance loses its physical measure and home feels like a hazy memory, a half-remembered dream.

Elementary Calculus was published by MACK in September, 2012, and selected for numerous year end “best of” lists and was also included in the 2013 International Center of Photography Triennial. Work from J Carrier’s recent projects, Mi´raj  and In Circles, will also be published by MACK in the coming year.

Elementary Calculus will be on display April 24 – May 24, 2019, in Fenwick Gallery. Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, from 11am to 12pm in Fenwick 2001 for an artist talk with J Carrier.

About the artist: J Carrier (b. Biloxi, Mississippi) spent a decade living and working in Africa and the Middle East, and after a five year stint in Brooklyn, returned home to Washington D.C where he lives with his wife and kids.  Carrier is an assistant professor at George Mason University. He formerly taught at Cornell University, the International Center of Photography (NYC), and Western Connecticut State. He has a BS in wildlife & fisheries science and forestry from the Pennsylvania State University (1996) and an MFA from the Hartford Art School (2012).  Carrier’s commissioned work has appeared in the New York Times magazine, National Geographic, Time, Fortune, CNN, Newsweek, Men’s Journal, XXL, Dazed and Confused, Le Monde, and The Financial Times and has won many awards. He was nominated for PDN30 (2016), the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship (2013 & 2012), and the Santa Fe Prize for Photography (2011).

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.