Event | Writing Race and Education History on the Web: Three Digital Book Projects

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Brown University Library will host a discussion about digital book projects entitled, “Writing Race and Education History on the Web.” The presenters include Esther Cyna (Teachers College, Columbia University), Matthew Delmont (Arizona State University), and Jack Dougherty (Trinity College). This panel is part of the Library’s ongoing series, The Future of Scholarly Publishing, and will take place at 1 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library. A reception will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

This panel contrasts how three historians of race and education are authoring and contributing to digital books on the web.


Esther Cyna, Teachers College, Columbia University

Esther Cyna and her colleagues are producing Educating Harlem, a digital history project in two interconnected parts that mix elements of traditional publishing with web-based, open-access scholarship.








Matthew Delmont, Arizona State University

Historian Matthew Delmont created open-access companion websites to accompany both of his recent books published by the University of California Press: The Nicest Kids in Town and Why Busing Failed.








Jack Dougherty, Trinity College

Jack Dougherty and his contributors are creating On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, a digital-first, open-access book with interactive maps and oral history videos, under contract with Amherst College Press. The panel raises provocative questions about the future of scholarly communication, not just in the history of education, but across the whole of the university.



The Future of Scholarly Publishing series is sponsored in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its grant to fund digital scholarship at Brown.

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Anandi Salinas and Tony Martin on The Georgia Coast Atlas


The Georgia Coast Atlas

On Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Anandi Salinas and Anthony Martin of Emory University will give a talk, “Reimagining the Online Monograph: Welcome to the Georgia Coast Atlas.” This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.

This talk is a part of the Library’s ongoing series, “The Future of Scholarly Publishing,” which presents perspectives from scholars, publishers, and experts in the field of digital scholarship.

In their talk, Dr. Tony Martin and Anandi Salinas will speak about their collaboration on a dynamic digital publication project that explores the ecology and geography of this unique coastal environment. Speaking from the points of view of a researcher and a web developer, Martin and Salinas will share their perspectives on the advantages and challenges of digital publishing in a collaborative, media-rich future.

The Georgia Coast Atlas

As traditional printed manuscripts move online, content creators and technology experts must think creatively about how to balance the demands of user experience, website functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics. Such points must be considered while also highlighting content that forms the foundation of the site. As an example of such balance, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and the Department of Environmental Sciences have come together to create the innovative and interactive Georgia Coast Atlas, which seeks to change the way we think of peer-reviewed multimedia content and atlas interactivity online. This talk showcases the Georgia Coast Atlas website prototype and will highlight the user experience and technological considerations that went into creating the site.

The final version of the Atlas will combine long form, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed multimedia content with multiple map layers, 360 degree panoramas, and video guides to the Georgia-coast barrier islands. The thematic emphasis of the Atlas is to demonstrate the integrated natural and human histories of these places, which have been continually occupied and modified by people for more than 4,000 years. To simulate the exploratory nature of a traditional printed atlas, the team decided to use a map of the Georgia coast as the central navigation avenue of the website, while maintaining traditional menu navigation features, which allows the user multiple nonlinear entry points into the website content. After the prototyping phase, the team will move the website into a WordPress platform to promote efficient and user-friendly publication of peer-reviewed content by an editorial team. The Georgia Coast Atlas will provide users a new interactive atlas experience, but will also provide an avenue for ongoing additional publications and multimedia content publishing without the need for heavy code development.

dndswcir_400x400Anandi Salinas

Anandi Salinas is a Training Specialist at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship where she manages the Digital Scholarship Internship Program for graduate students at Emory University. Her work at ECDS includes active production in digital publishing and multimedia projects, like the Georgia Coast Atlas. Anandi is also a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory and received her MA at Duke University in Religion. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersection of phenomenology, daily religious practices, and visual anthropology in Hindu traditions of the Southeastern United States and India. Her interests in visual anthropology and its use in the study of lived religion alongside her interest in digital publishing led her to becoming the current Editorial Assistant to the Visual Anthropology Review.

aj-martin-dwb-photoAnthony J. Martin

Anthony (Tony) Martin is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University. He has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Georgia and is a geologist and paleontologist. His research specialty is ichnology, which is the study of modern and ancient traces caused by animal behavior, such as tracks, trails, burrows, and nests. He has published more than 150 research abstracts and articles on a variety of modern and fossil traces and is the author of six books, including Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Traces Fossils (2014, Pegasus Books) and Life Traces of the Georgia Coast (2013, Indiana University Press). He has conducted research on and taught about the Georgia barrier islands since 1998. In 2014, in recognition of his accomplishments in scientific exploration and public outreach, he was elected a Fellow in The Explorers Club and a Fellow in the Geological Society of America.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Michael Elliott, “Open Access and the Future of the Monograph in the Humanities”

Michael Elliot

Michael Elliot

On Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library, Michael Elliott will give a talk entitled, “Open Access and the Future of the Monograph in the Humanities.” A reception will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

The landscape of monograph publication in the humanities is changing, with university and academic presses offering new possibilities for publishing digital, open access monographs. This talk will describe these changes, the kind of faculty support that they will require, as well as the implications for how universities fund research in the humanities. With Brown University, Emory University is participating in an initiative sponsored jointly by the ARL, AAU, and AAUP to support and facilitate this new model of long-form publication in the humanities, and this talk will also discuss how Emory has been facilitating this initiative among the faculty.

Michael A. Elliott is Professor of English and Interim Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University.  A specialist in American literature and culture, he is the author of two books and the co-editor of two others, and he is a member of the editorial board of The Norton Anthology of American Literature.  He is also the principal investigator on a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Landscape on “The Changing Landscape of Publication in the Humanities.”

This talk is a part of the Library’s ongoing series, The Future of Scholarly Publishing, which presents perspectives from scholars, publishers, and experts in the field of digital scholarship.

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Annmary Brown Painting on Loan to Centre Pompidou, Paris


“Xeusis Choosing Models for his Painting of Helen of Troy,” Angelika Kauffmann, 1778

Xeusis Choosing Models for his Painting of Helen of Troy

The Annmary Brown Memorial Library has lent the painting, “Xeusis Choosing Models for his Painting of Helen of Troy” (1778) by Angelika Kauffmann to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France for its exhibition La Trahison des images, dedicated to René Magritte’s work. The exhibit will be held from September 21, 2016 to January 23, 2017.

This painting is one of the most notable in the Annmary Brown Memorial Collection, in part because it was painted by a woman in the 18th century and because it is an excellent work of art. General Rush Hawkins, Annmary Brown’s husband, acquired it in Europe in the 19th century for his and Annmary Brown Hawkins’s house in New York City. He moved it to Providence in 1905 to exhibit in the Memorial.

La trahision des images and René Magritte

The exhibition, La trahison des images (The Treachery of Images), brings together a hundred or so works presented in light of René Magritte’s approach to art that changed from the random tactic of the Surrealist “encounter” to a reasoned “methodology.” The exhibit focuses on Magritte’s questioning of the painted image’s philosophical validity, history, and mythology. Five chapters in the exhibit , each associated with a founding myth of figurative representation, allow for the identification of the emblematic, iconographic figures that people Magritte’s pictorial universe.

The chapter, “The daughters of Crotona,” features the Kauffmann painting. When asked to paint the portrait of Helen of Troy by the citizens of Crotona, Zeuxis created his image of perfect beauty by assembling a collage of the fragments of anatomy deriving from the most beautiful girls of the city. This composite principle of a form made up of assembled fragments is at the heart of René Magritte’s practice.

Click here to view the exhibit’s webpage on the Centre Pompidou’s website.

Installation of the Kauffmann painted at the Centre Pompidou

Installation of the Kauffmann painting at the Centre Pompidou

The Annmary Brown Memorial

The Annmary Brown Memorial houses exhibits of European and American paintings from the 17th through the 20th centuries, the Cyril and Harriet Mazansky British Sword Collection, as well as personal mementos of its founder, General Rush C. Hawkins, and the Brown family. The book and manuscript collections, assembled by General Hawkins and formerly housed in the Memorial, were transferred to the John Hay Library in 1990.

The Hawkins Collection of Art

Selections from the Hawkins Collection of Art are on display in the Memorial’s galleries. The Collection shows the General’s preference for strongly representational paintings. Among the early master works are paintings attributed to Anthony Van Dyck and his school, Angelika Kauffmann, Michelle Marieschi (a follower of Canaletto), Peter Paul Rubens, Andrea del Sarto, Francesco Solimena, Gilbert Stuart, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Benjamin West. The more modern examples include works by Giuseppi Barbaglia, Jacob D. Blondel, Don Jose Casado, Thomas Couture, Thomas Hicks, John Wesley Jarvis, Eastman Johnson, Frederik Kaemmerer, Gari Melchers and Edwin Lord Weeks.

Located at 21 Brown Street, Providence, the Memorial is open Monday – Friday from 1 – 5 p.m.

Click here for more information about the Annmary Brown Memorial and the Hawkins Art Collection. 

Annual Wilmeth Lecture | The Psychology of Magic and the Science of Manipulating Minds

alex_bwOn Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, room 001 (lower auditorium), author and magician Alex Stone will deliver the 13th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in Theatre and Entertainment entitled, “The Psychology of Magic and the Science of Manipulating Minds.”

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.

Alex Stone

Alex Stone is a renowned journalist, speaker, magician, and former physicist. He is the author of Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind—a book about the world of magic and its ties to science. Fooling Houdini was named one of Amazon’s “Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2012” and has been published in nine countries. Stone’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The New Republic, Discover, Psychology Today, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

Lecture Summary

Stone’s talk will show you how to hack the human brain using the principles of magic, illusion, and deception. Through a lively mix of cutting-edge science and jaw-dropping tricks, Stone pulls back the curtain to reveal a host of startling revelations about how the mind works—and why, sometimes, it doesn’t. His enthralling and informative talk offers a wealth of powerful insights into the nature of perception and the hidden forces that shape human behavior, leaving the audience with a new way of looking at the world and at themselves.

The Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship was established in honor of Professor Don Wilmeth and his monumental contribution to the study of theatre at Brown. The lectureship supports an annual lecture series on American theatre. Past visiting lecturers have included Laurence Maslon (2005), Jim Steinmeyer (2007), Christopher Bigsby (2008), Laura Linney (2008), Lynn Nottage (2010), Bill Irwin (2011), and Oskar Eustis (2014).

This event is supported by Brown University Library and Friends.

Date: October 24, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, 79 Waterman Street, Providence

Spotlight On: Digital National Security Archive (DNSA)

The Library subscribes to many of the databases included in the Digital National Security Archive.

Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973–1990
Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights
The Berlin Crisis, 1958–1962
Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970–1990
China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998
CIA Family Jewels Indexed
Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary
The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection, From Bay of Pigs to Nuclear Brink
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Ops, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1984
El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980–1994
Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1980
The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983–1988
Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960–1976
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part III, 1961-2000
The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978–1990
Peru: Human Rights, Drugs, and Democracy, 1980-2000
The Philippines: U.S. Policy During the Marcos Years, 1965–1986information
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part I: From Truman to Clinton
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part II: From Truman to George W. Bush
The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947–1991
U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947–1996
U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis and Covert Action
The U.S. Intelligence Community: Organization, Operations, and Management, 1947–1989
The U.S. Intelligence Community After 9/11
U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945–1991
U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955–1968
U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945–1991
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975
The United States and the Two Koreas (1969-2000)

Talk and Open House | Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio

Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio

All are invited to tour the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio in the Rockefeller Library during Family Weekend on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The new Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, which opened in May of this year, was built to encourage students, faculty, and staff to engage in innovative forms and methods of digital scholarship using facilities that include a video and audio production suite, large format printer, a 3D scanner, and a full-color 3D printer.

3D model of optic neurons

3D model of optic neurons

Students, faculty, and staff have already printed 3D models of optic neurons and the interior of the Sistine Chapel, recorded interviews and podcasts, shot video lectures, and printed original digital art.

During the open house on October 22, several members of the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship will showcase these technologies, along with several other examples of projects developed in collaboration with Brown students and faculty that employ such approaches as computational text analysis, data visualization, and GIS.

Come by for a tour and talk and see what libraries have been up to lately! 

3D model of the Sistine Chapel interior

3D model of the Sistine Chapel interior

For more information, see the websites for the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio and the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Stephen Mopope Paintings


A chance discovery returns the color and life to indigenous paintings

Ninety years ago, in 1926, a small group of traditional artists from the Kiowa nation—Spencer Asah, James Auchiah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, Lois Smoky and Monroe Tsatoke—entered the University of Oklahoma to participate in a specialized art program designed to encourage their development and promote their work. Later known as the “Kiowa Five,” these artists made their international debut in 1928 at the First International Art Exposition in Prague, and were soon showing their work in other countries. Their exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 1932 was noted, according to author and art teacher Dorothy Dunn, as “the most popular exhibit among all the rich and varied displays assembled” there.  In 1929, a portfolio of pouchoir (stencil) prints was created by a fine arts publisher in Nice, France under the title Kiowa Indian Art, which helped bring their art to a wider audience.

The eldest and most prolific of this small group of Kiowa artists was Stephen Mopope (Qued Koi, or Painted Robe), grandson of the warrior Appiatan and grand nephew of the artists Haungooah (Silver Horn) and Oheltoint.  Mopope was 28 when he arrived at the University of Oklahoma, but his work as an artist had been nurtured from a very young age. His great uncle, Haungooah, recognized his talent and taught him traditional techniques. Later, at the St. Patrick’s Mission School in Anandarko, his art teacher, Sister Olivia Taylor (Choctaw), further supported his artistic development. Mopope’s art portrays the traditional dance, music, and ceremonies of the Kiowa people, reflecting the world in which he lived. He was a skilled practitioner of many elements of traditional culture, including flute-playing, ceremonial dance, and farming, all of which became ongoing subjects of his paintings. In 1939, Mopope received a commission to paint the mural “Ceremonial Dance” for the Department of the Interior’s Udall Building, where it is still viewable today, as part of a New Deal agency project.

A few years ago, while going through some old boxes in the stacks of the John Hay Library, a staff member came across seven of Mopope’s original paintings in an old print collection. Their bold colors and unique subjects popped out even through layers of dust and grime. How Brown University acquired these paintings is not recorded, but they were recently cleaned and restored. Please come see the remarkable beauty and spiritual presence for yourself. A selection of four of these paintings will be on view on the second floor of the John Hay Library until the end of November 2016 in honor of Indigenous People’s Day.

Dates: October 14 – November 30, 2016
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Dedication of the Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room

Rockefeller 2nd Floor Grad Space

On Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4 p.m., the Vincent J. Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room will be formally opened and dedicated. The Brown University Library welcomes all graduate students to attend the event, which will include remarks from President Paxson and a cocktail reception.

The Sorensen Family (Joan Wernig Sorensen ’72, E. Paul Sorensen ’71, ScM’75, PhD’77, Alice A. Sorensen ’06, Christian P. Sorensen ’06) generously funded the Reading Room in honor of Joan’s late father, Vincent J. Wernig P’71, P’72, P’79, P’82, GP’06, GP’06, who was Assistant to the Chairman, Emeritus, and Executive Officer, Emeritus, in the Department of Chemistry at Brown.

Please join us in celebrating this transformational gift to Brown.

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Vincent J. Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room, Second Floor, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Rockefeller 2nd Floor Grad Space

HEIN Online Government, Politics, and Law on Trial until March 2017


1754-present; HeinOnline’s Government, Politics & Law contains more than 80 million pages of content across 80,000 titles and 195,000 volumes. HeinOnline bridges the gap in history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,300 periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of journals, the database also contains the Congressional Record bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, constitutions for every country in the world, classic books from the 18th & 19th centuries, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register and CFR from inception, and much more!

This trial expires on March 15, 2017. If HeinOnline is something that you would like to see the Library subscribe to more permanently, please send feedback to Anne_Nolan@brown.edu.