The Great War, 1914–1918

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The Great War, 1914–1918 Exhibit is on display in the Rockefeller Library (Finn Reading Room Cases) from May 2 – May 27, 2014.

The exhibit showcases items from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. Items include: journals, books, etchings, posters, music sheets, and illustrations. All pieces are related to World War I.

One interesting feature in the exhibit is a sketchbook by Herman Fechenbach. In 1917, Fechenbach was involved in a grenade attack and eventually lost his left leg.

The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection is the foremost American collection of material devoted to the history and iconography of soldiers and soldiering and is one of the world’s largest collections devoted to the study of military and naval uniforms. To learn more about the collection, please visit the collection website.

Date: May 2, 2014 – May 27, 2014
Location: Finn Reading Room cases | Rockefeller Library

Contact: Peter Harrington

 

Transformations | Fifty Years of the Brown University–Tougaloo College Partnership

20140512tougaloo The Transformations exhibit examines the unique relationship between Brown University and Tougaloo College (Mississippi) over its fifty year history. Photographs and printed materials offer a glimpse of the early years of the partnership as well as the depth of personal change experienced by participants in the exchange.  From Civil Rights to the present, Tougaloo has provided the Brown community with an important perspective on social activism, lingering inequalities, and education.

The Transformations exhibit goes up on May 12, 2014 and will be on display until August 15, 2014.

Members of the general public wishing to to view exhibits at the Rockefeller Library should first check in at the service desk.

Date: May 12, 2014 – August 15, 2014
Location: Lobby cases | Rockefeller Library

Contact: Jennifer Betts

     

Music in the Ocean State Exhibit

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The Music in the Ocean State exhibit was created to highlight Rhode Island music & musicians, in honor of the New England Chapter of the Music Library Association’s spring meeting (hosted by the Orwig Music Library on March 28, 2014). This exhibit will be up until the end of the summer.

The media, books, and music on display represent just a tiny fraction of the talent found in Rhode Island. As you can see, some artists are from out of state, some are homegrown, and many are Brown alums. For the smallest state in the union, we’re not only blessed with a wealth of musicians, but also many musical venues and festivals.

Location: Orwig Music Library
Date: March 28, 2014–August 31, 2014

contact: Laura Stokes

 

Technologies of the Self | Jill Walker Rettberg | May 1

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On May 1st, at 2:30 p.m., in the Rock Conference Room, Jill Walker Rettberg will present, “Technologies of the Self: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves”

In this presentation, Jill Walker Rettberg will look at technologically mediated self-representations in a variety of genres, from selfies, Facebook profiles, Tumblrs, automated diaries, and the quantified self movement with its many forms of self-tracking.

These modes of self-documentation are also “technologies of the self” in Foucault’s sense: techniques we use to shape and discipline ourselves, both individually and as a society.

Rettberg analyses today’s vernacular self-documentation in the context of the history and theory of visual self-portraits and textual diaries, and as an important part of today’s algorithmic culture.

Bio: Jill Walker Rettberg is professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen in Norway, and is visiting scholar at UIC’s Department of Communciations until July 2014. Her book “Blogging” was published in a 2nd edition by Polity Press in 2014, and she has also co-edited an anthology of critical writing on World of Warcraft (MIT Press 2008). In addition to work on electronic literature and social media, her recent work has also made use of digital methods to visualise network relationships in electronic literature. Her research blog is http://jilltxt.net. She is currently writing a book about selfies, social media, and algorithmic self-representations.

An Emerging Canon? | Scott Rettberg Talk | May 1st

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On May 1st, at 12 p.m. (noon), in the Rock Conference Room of the Rockefeller Library, Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen) will present, “An Emerging Canon? Mapping a Field through Database Visualization.”

The Electronic Literature Knowledge Base is a cross-referenced, scholarly database containing entries about creative works of and critical writing on electronic literature, as well as information about authors, events, exhibitions, publishers, teaching resources and databases in the field. It was established in 2010 by the University of Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group, as an aspect of the seven-nation project Electronic Literature as a Model for Creativity and Innovation (ELMCIP ). This presentation will show how the Knowledge Base has been developed as a scholarly resource and how gathering humanities data about a creative field of practice allows us to see new connections and patterns through distant reading strategies, visualisations and network analysis. Through an analysis of all critical references to creative works in critical writing documented in the Knowledge Base, and visualizations, we are able to consider and contest the possiblity of an emerging canon based on more objective measures of citation analysis than previously possible.

Bio: Scott Rettberg is Professor of Digital Culture in the department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the project leader of ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), a HERA-funded collaborative research project, and the founder of the Electronic Literature Organization. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature, combinatory poetry, and films including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, Implementation, Frequency, Three Rails Live, Toxicity and others. His creative work has been exhibited online and at art venues including the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum, Palazzo dell Arti Napoli, Beall Center, the Slought Foundation, The Krannert Art Museum, and elsewhere.

Date: Thursday May 1
Time: 12 p.m. (noon)
Location: 
Rock Conference Room (Rockefeller Library)

Brown’s 250th Anniversary Opening Celebration

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As part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary, the Library has created a new exhibit titled: Picturing Brown: Prints and Photographs from the Brown University Archives.

For 250 years, Brown University has been presented through a succession of printed views of the campus. The images display the history of Brown’s evolution from a small, Baptist-run college in Rhode Island into an internationally-ranked institute of higher education. The University’s campus has extended far beyond its original boundaries, when University Hall served as classroom, campus center, and dormitory.

The prints, photographs, and postcards in this exhibit are from the Brown University Archives and will be on display from March 8th to April 27th.

For more information about the images, check out the historical essay on images of the Brown University campus by University Curator Robert Emlen.

Exhibit Location: Lobby cases | Rockefeller Library
Date: March 8 2014 – April 27, 2014

Contact: Jennifer Betts

Roderick Coover | Artist in Residence at the DSL | February 17-21

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Roderick Coover (Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple  University) will be the Artist in Residence at the Brown University Library DSL from February 17—February 21. He will be working on a site-specific work for the DSL display.

On February 21 at noon in Digital Scholarship Lab, Coover and Scott Rettberg will give a public lecture sharing their work as well as discussing Digital Technology In The Humanities And Arts.

Roderick Coover Bio: A pioneer in interactive and digital cinema, Roderick Coover’s work spans a variety of media: installation, film, webwork, and print, often in collaboration. Recently, he has been collaborating with Scott Rettberg on projects that include Toxi•City, the Catastrophe Series, and Three Rails Live (also with Nick Montfort). His Altered Shorelines and Unknown Territories series are interactive works that explore landscapes in the U.S. and abroad. During his residence at Brown, he will discuss the 2011 book Switching Codes: Thinking Through Digital Technology in the Humanities and the Arts (University of Chicago Press), which he co-edited with Thomas Bartscherer. Professor Coover is Director of the Graduate Program in Film and Media Arts and the co-founder of an interdisciplinary certificate program bridging documentary arts and ethnographic practice, both at Temple University. He is a board member of the International Visual Sociology Association and curator of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization’s Media Arts Festival in Bergen, Norway. The recipient of Fulbright, LEF, Whiting, and Mellon awards, his works are distributed by Video Data Bank, Documentary Educational Resources, and Eastgate Systems. Some of his works are also available on his website roderickcoover.com.

Scott Rettberg Bio: A native of the Chicago area, Scott Rettberg is professor of digital culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Rettberg is the author or co-author of novel-length works of electronic literature including The Unknown, Kind of Blue, and Implementation. His work has been exhibited online and at art venues, including the Beall Center in Irvine California, the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the non-profit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Rettberg is currently the Project Leader of the HERA-funded collaborative research project ELMCIP: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice.

Date: February 21, 2014
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library)

 

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

CNI Podcast with Harriette Hemmasi: Brown University Libraries Supporting Digital Scholarship

In this interview recorded at the 2013 Fall Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi discusses the Brown University Library Digital Scholarship Lab and the relationship librarians at Brown are cultivating with research and other forms of digital scholarship.

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An Evening with 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winning Dramatist, Ayad Akhtar ’93

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The Library is honored to present Ayad Akhtar (Brown alum ’93) as the speaker for the 10th Annual Don Wilmeth Endowed Lectureship in American Theatre.

The lecture will be on Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in the Martinos Auditorium of the Granoff Center.

Ayad Akhtar is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His book American Dervish was voted one of the Best Books of the Year (2012) by numerous publications. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Akhtar is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing. He was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee.

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), and Bill Irwin (2011).

The Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world. http://library.brown.edu/

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Don Waters Presents “Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communications”

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Donald J. Waters—Program Officer for Scholarly Communications and Information Technology at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation—will be giving a talk on Digital Humanities in the Digital Scholarship Lab (Rockefeller Library) on November 15 at 4 p.m.

Waters is interested in the convergence of digital technologies with humanistic inquiry and how this introduces fresh collaborations, new sets of research, and pedagogical practices into the process of advancing understanding of the human condition.

In this talk, Waters will probe the following questions:

What are the digital humanities?

 

How are they constituted?

 

How can they best be integrated into academic institutions, as centers of research and learning?

 

This talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab
Date: November 15, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.