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.

Gateway Media Collection Move

The Gateway Library Media Collection will move to Fenwick Library during the week of April 1-5, 2019. Please check out all media needed for that week by March 31, 2019.

For Faculty: If a film is needed for class, consider checking it out the week before, putting it on reserve, or placing a screening request in advance. Films already on reserve or scheduled for screenings will not be affected.

For additional information, contact Heather Darnell, Librarian for Multimedia Literacy, hdarnell@gmu.edu.

Edible Book Festival: April 1

Do you like books, the culinary arts, winning prizes? Enter the Libraries’ Edible Book Festival Competition! The Festival will take place Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fenwick Library, Room 1014 (yes, we realize this is “April Fool’s Day” but this is no joke!).

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text. Judges select winners for an array of light-hearted prize categories, such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Most Delicious Looking.” The Festivals are a great way to celebrate both book-making culture and the culinary arts. Edible Book Festivals began with the Books2Eat website in 2000 and is now celebrated internationally.

For more details and to enter the competition, visit http://library.gmu.edu/edible. Entry forms are due by March 22. We can’t wait to see (and taste) what you create!

“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.