Announcement | Winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research

L-R: Heather Cole, Librarian for Literary and Popular Culture Collections; Charlie Steinman ’20, Winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research; Bill Monroe, Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian

This year’s Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research was awarded to Charlie Steinman ’20 for his paper: “’Martin Luther’s whore more than a pope’: Annotation, Disgust, and Materiality in the Reformation Reception of the Pope Joan Myth.” The paper was written for History 1964A: “Age of Impostors: Fraud, Identity, and the Self in Early Modern Europe,” taught by Professor Tara Nummedal.

The award was presented to Charlie at a celebration in the Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library on May 4, 2018.

Charlie’s paper examined at the myth of Pope Joan as it was received in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, especially as revealed in printed books of the period. He had discovered that the image of Pope Joan in Brown’s copy of the Nuremburg Chronicle was scratched out, and further searching revealed many copies of this and other printed chronicles have similar effacements, sometimes with marginal notes. He determined that these effacements were the work of Catholic readers, who were responding to Protestant uses of the Pope Joan myth to discredit the papacy and its purported apostolic succession.  The Catholics wished to show that Pope Joan did not exist and sought to remove her from the histories.

Charlie cites one example of defacement in a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle in the Universitäts und Landesbibliothek Darmstadts in which the reader both smudged out the image of Pope Joan and left an annotation around it. “He/she writes: ‘Martin Luther’s whore more than a pope.’ (Martini Lutheri concubina potiusquam papa).”

One of the prize judges wrote, “This is a highly original, engaging, and readable work that makes impressive use of archival materials both at Brown and beyond. The affective reading of annotations is poised to contribute to future scholarship.” Another judge commented, “Both the description of the author’s process of research and the paper itself read like a mystery novel, and one can “see” his mind working (I wonder if defacement occurs in other copies…?) as he goes from text to text, engaging various languages and libraries in the process.”

Congratulations to Charlie for a job well done! The Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Library Research is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Brown University Library.

This year’s panel of judges was composed of:

  • Claudia Elliott, Senior Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
  • Johanna Hannink, Associate Professor of Classics
  • Jessica Metzler, Associate Director, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sheridan Center for Teaching
  • Heather Cole, Librarian for Literary and Popular Culture Collections
  • William S. Monroe, Senior Scholarly Resources Librarian

Alumni Reunion Forum | Taking Action in the Public Square

Were you first engaged in organizing for change at Brown?  Are you engaged now? Join fellow Brown alumni to discuss the gratification and challenges of public engagement. Share your story about your participation in efforts to make your community a better place through social change, greater diversity, higher standards, and equitable structures.

Join the Brown University Library and the Brown Alumni Association for an Alumni Reunion Forum entitled, “Taking Action in the Public Square,” on Saturday, May 26, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library.

Participants:

  • Jane Beckett (Class of 1968), Jane Beckett & Associates
  • Bob Cohen (Class of 1968), Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Katie Cohen (Class of 2013), North Shore (Massachusetts) Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Jim Dickson (Class of 1968), American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Ken Galdston (Class of 1968), InterValley Project
  • Rinku Sen (Class of 1988), Race Forward

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | From Gospel Hymns to “Mississippi Goddam”: the Evolving Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Era and Beyond

Music was a sonic weapon used by Civil Rights organizations against violence and oppression. Songs were used to inspire, unite and comfort participants at meetings, sit-ins, marches and in jail cells. Trace the journey for equality and the music it inspired, and discover iconic pieces that have become staples of protest movements around the world.

For more documents related to the Civil Rights era (particularly in Mississippi), see the Library’s ‘Freedom Now!’ archive, a cooperative digitizing project undertaken by Brown University and Tougaloo College:

Dates: May 1 – October 1, 2018
TimeLibrary Hours
Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence

Exhibit | Painting with Plaster: 3D Printing at the Brown University Library

Since 2016, the library has been printing 3D objects for students, faculty, and staff using a ProJet 660 Pro 3D printer, which creates colored objects out of gypsum powder.

This exhibit showcases some of the varied work created over the last two years using the printer and the artwork of Zak Ziebell ‘19, currently studying painting at RISD and Symbolic Systems at Brown University. He began working for the Rockefeller Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship in 2016, and was the Studio’s artist-in-residence over the summer of 2017.

For more information about the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio and its 3D printing services, please visit:  library.brown.edu/create/digitalstudio

Dates: May 1 – July 15, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

 

Exhibit | Selections from the Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection

Big Apple Circus, Twenty Years, 1997-1998 season program

Currently on View:  Selections from the Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection

The Thomas H. Simon Circus Collection contains more than 200 items, primarily about the American circus arts, including first-edition books, pennants, programs, stamps, drawings and promotional materials dating from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries.

Simon graduated with a degree in philosophy from Brown University in 1954. An avid reader of American history, he completed a Master of Arts in History at Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1987.  He was President of Schaefer Tailoring Company (Cincinnati), founder of People, Places and Things (1976), and served as a dedicated member of the Brown University Library Advisory Council for more than a decade.

Dates: May 1 – May 31, 2018
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Exhibit | Todd Haynes Image Books (1995 – 2017)

I’m Not There (2007) , Todd Haynes Image Book

Award-winning filmmaker Todd Haynes has created image books for each of his films beginning with Safe in 1995. In an interview with the New York Times, Haynes explained the books in terms of his process as “a way of communicating beyond words that gets to the crux of what the mood, temperature and stylistic references would be.” (January 28, 2016)

Todd Haynes graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Art-Semiotics (1985). The director of Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Dottie Gets Spanked, Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce, Carol, and Wonderstruck, Haynes was a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement and is known for his ongoing visual and narrative experiments within narrative cinema and television and his engagement with gender, sexuality, identity, mediation, and living inside/outside of “the mainstream.”

Currently on View:
Safe (1995)
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
Far from Heaven (2002)
Carol (2015)
Wonderstruck (2017)

Dates: May 1 – 4, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Yoken Lecture with Valerie Steele: Paris, Capital of Fashion

On Monday, April 30, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Metcalf Auditorium of RISD Museum’s Chace Center, Valerie Steele will deliver the annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series Lecture entitled, “Paris, Capital of Fashion.” This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow. A book sale and signing will take place during the reception.

Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, where she has organized more than 25 exhibitions. She is also the founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, and the author of more than 20 books including The Corset: A Cultural History; Fetish: Fashion, Sex, and Power; and Women of Fashion: Twentieth-Century Designers. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women” and by Suzy Menkes as “The Freud of Fashion,” Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with the rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, editor, and public intellectual, Valerie Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies and in raising awareness of the cultural significance of fashion.

Paris, Capital of Fashion

Paris has been the fashion capital of the world for over 300 years. Even before the rise of haute couture, Parisians were notorious for their obsession with fashion, inspiring the latest styles around the globe. From Charles Frederick Worth to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, fashion history is dominated by the names of Parisian couturiers. But Valerie Steele’s book Paris Fashion: A Cultural History, from which she will draw for this talk, is much more than just a history of great designers. Steele demonstrates that the success of Paris ultimately rests on the strength of its fashion culture–created by a host of fashion performers and spectators, including actresses, dandies, milliners, artists, and writers.

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History

Paris Fashion: A Cultural History will be available for purchase at the event. First published in 1988, Paris Fashion was acclaimed as “fascinating” and “original.” The captivating new edition has been completely revamped and brought up to date, encompassing the latest developments in fashion around the world. Lavishly illustrated and elegantly written, Valerie Steele’s masterwork presents with brilliance and flair her analysis of the reasons why Paris remains the capital of fashion.

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI

Event | Reception Presenting the Dr. Steven Ungerleider Collection of Haggadot

President Christina Paxson and University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi invite community members to a reception presenting the Dr. Steven Ungerleider Collection of Haggadot.

Join us on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the John Hay Library for remarks, cocktails, and Kosher hors d’oeuvres.

While this event is free and open to the public, we are asking for responses to help us plan effectively.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 6, 2018 to Jennifer_Braga@brown.edu.

Click here for more information about the Ungerleider Haggadot Collection and the current, related exhibit, Telling and Retelling the Story of Jewish Liberation – Selections from the Dr. Steven Ungerleider Collection of Haggadot. The exhibit is on display in the Exhibition Gallery at the John Hay Library through June 15, 2018.

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.
LocationJohn Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Exhibit | Discover.ed/Explor.ed/Inspir.ed: The artists’ books of Angela Lorenz ‘87

View two exhibitions of work by book artist and Brown alumna Angela Lorenz. Often witty and playful, Lorenz’s work is deceptively complex, influenced by her travels and informed by research in libraries and archives.

The Hay second-floor landing features a selection of Lorenz’s artists’ books exploring historical figures. A display in the Bopp Room showcases materials related to Lorenz’s most recent work, r.ed engender.ed, a graphic novel exploration of ephemera, vintage games and what it means to be an artist. The novel playfully features “r.ed monde,” a curious red figure Lorenz created while studying abroad in Bologna, Italy, in 1985.

Lecture and opening reception
April 17, 5:00 p.m., Lownes Room, John Hay Library

r.ed Day at the Hay: A r.ed-themed scavenger hunt
May 1, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., John Hay Library

Dates: April 16 – May 28, 2018
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Exhibition Gallery, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | The Leyden Jar Project

Please join us on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the John Hay Library for a short reading of poems by Cole Swensen followed by a demonstration of artist Karen Randall’s new interactive book sculpture (touch the jar, hear the poem) and discussion of innovation book arts and the history of electricity.

More information about the project can be found here: http://propolispress.com/theleydenjarproject/

This event is sponsored by the John Hay Library and Literary Arts at Brown.

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.
LocationJohn Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI