Pop-Up Culture draws on the extensive and varied collections at the John Hay Library. Starting with a selection of poetic works activated and projected through three-dimensional representation—or pop-up books—the exhibition proposes a range of comparisons including the literal (octopus to octopus), the genealogical (Brooklyn ferry to Brooklyn Bridge), and the meditative (mapping and being). Each work represents a point of discovery within the expansive network of resources that support the intellectual and creative work of the University.
Location: Finn Room Cases (Rockefeller Library)
Date: October 2014–January 9, 2015
contact: Christopher Geissler
Please join the John Hay Library as we celebrate the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit.
The first lecture will be given by historian Ted Widmer entitled “Brown’s DNA”. The lecture will incorporate aspects of Brown’s history Dr. Widmer has encountered during research for his history of Brown University. He currently serves as Assistant to the President at the University.
Dr. Widmer is widely published on topics in American history and politics. His first book, Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City, was the recipient of the 2001 Washington Irving Literary Medal. He is the author of Martin Van Buren and Ark of the Liberties: America and the World and co-author of Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races. Widmer earned a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization, an A.M. in history, and an A.B. in the history and literature of France and America from Harvard University.
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Speakers: Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”
The John Hay Library celebrates the University’s 250-year history with a lecture series by Brown faculty and staff that highlights themes from the University Archives’ “Elements of Tradition and Change” exhibit. All of the lectures will be in the Lownes Room, John Hay Library at 5:30 pm:
Ted Widmer, Assistant to the President: “Brown’s DNA”
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rob Emlen, University Curator: “Making a Campus on College Hill: Sacrificing an Historic Neighborhood to Build a Better College”
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Beth Taylor, Senior Lecturer in English: “Letters Home: Brown Alumni at War”
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Luther Spoehr, Senior Lecturer in Education: “Wayland and Magaziner and (Much) More: The Brown Curriculum through the Years”
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Robert Self, Professor of History: “The Embedded University: Social Change, Brown, and the Long 20th Century”
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Time: 5:30 pm
The Library is hosting a Social Sciences Data Fair on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come learn about the wide variety of social sciences data and software tools available for your research, and discover how to get the most out of them by dropping by one of our trainings and demonstrations. Enter a raffle to win prizes! Refreshments and light lunch will be served. No registration necessary.
Training sessions from vendors in attendance will include:
- Geographic Research, makers of SimplyMap
- QSR International for NVivo Software
- The Roper Center
- Oxford Economics
- ICPSR – Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Schedule of Events
(10 a.m.—4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab and the Hecker Center both on the main level of the Rockefeller Library)
Digital Scholarship Lab: (All day)
Please walk in! Social sciences librarians and some of our vendors will be available all day in the Digital Scholarship Lab to answer questions and provide assistance.
- 10 a.m. Open the doors and introduction by Bruce Boucek
- 3:45 p.m. Raffle drawing for Amazon Gift cards courtesy of Geographic Research, the makers of SimplyMap.
- 10:30 a.m. Presentation by QSR International: Introduction to NVivo
- 11:00 a.m. SimplyMap Introduction
- 11:30 a.m. Social Sciences Data at Brown an Introduction (Bruce)
- 12:00 p.m. ICPSR Webinar “Meeting Federal Data Sharing Requirements Now and Into the Future”
- 1:00 p.m. SimplyMap Introduction (afternoon repeat)
- 1:30 p.m. Presentation by QSR International: Introduction to NVivo (afternoon repeat)
- 2:00 p.m. Roper—an introduction
- 2:30 p.m. Oxford Economics webinar: An Introduction to the Tools
- 3:00 p.m. Public-Access Data Sharing at ICPSR: Update on the State of open ICPSR
- 3:45 p.m. Raffle for Amazon Gift cards courtesy of Geographic Research, the makers of SimplyMap. We will be raffling 2 gift cards, one in the amount of $75.00 and the other in the amount of $50.00.
We will have coffee and snacks in the morning and a light lunch at noon.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 8
Location: Rockefeller Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab & Hecker Training Center
Brown University’s Charter manuscript exists as two pieces of water-damaged parchment, with few visible letters. To coincide with Brown’s 250th anniversary, Rachel Lapkin, Library Materials Conservator, began working with Digital Production Services photographer Lindsay Elgin to see if modern imaging techniques could reveal more of the original manuscript. Learn about the characteristics of parchment, and of manuscript ink, and how these traits can be exploited by specialized lighting and processing techniques to allow for closer examination into this object’s memory.
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Time: 4 pm
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library
Rachel Lapkin, Library Materials Conservator
Lindsay Elgin, Photographer, Digital Production Services
As part of Brown University’s Imagine Brown 250+ Fall Celebration the John Hay Library will be open Saturday, September 27th (10 am – 6 pm). The Hay Library will be open during its regular hours Sunday, September 28th (noon – 10 pm).
In addition to the ongoing exhibits, Elements of Tradition and Change: Brown University’s First 250 Years and The Great War, 1914–1918, visitors may take part in tours:
2 pm: Curator’s Tour of Elements of Tradition and Change
Engage in a lively exhibition tour with University Archivist Jennifer Betts. Ms. Betts will discuss the exhibition’s themes as well as the history behind the University Archives collection materials on display. The exhibit highlights the University’s founding, evolving educational curriculum, social transformations, and the expanding campus.
2-2:45 pm and 3-3:45 pm: Tours of the John Hay Library
Join Peter Harrington, Curator, Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, to view various special collections including the display of 5,000 miniature toy soldiers, and the Lincoln and Napoleon Rooms. Following the tour, take the opportunity to view the recently remodeled first floor of the Hay.
Between September 21 and September 27, 2014 the Library will be celebrating Banned Books Week.
Every year for Banned Book Week, the American Library Association (ALA) promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. The ALA’s goal with Banned Book Week is to stress the importance of ensuring the availability of all viewpoints to all who wish to read them.
For the entire week, the Library will be contributing to the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag on Twitter. Also, be on the lookout for Banned Books Week materials in various Brown Library locations. If you spot something related to Banned Books Week take a photo and share on Instagram using the hashtag: #BannedBooksWeek.
For more about info about Banned Books Week visit: ala.org/bbooks.
Top ten frequently challenged books of 2013 has been released as part of the State of America’s Library Report. Find out which books made the list.
Late summer and early fall of 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. This war had a dramatic effect on the psychological, political, and aesthetic landscape of Europe and North America. Although it is sometimes overshadowed in twentieth-century history by the second World War, the first World War inspired doubt, cynicism, and nostalgia that has resounded to the present day in musical works.
This exhibit takes a look at a few pieces with content that was directly inspired by the events of the war. There is work by Joan Littlewood, Kevin Puts, Alban Berg, John Foulds, and Igor Stravinsky.
Location: Orwig Music Library
Date: September 2014—January 9, 2015
As part of the First Readings program, there will be three events at the end of September/beginning of October. The selection for this year’s First Reading program was the film Oil and Water which told the story of Hugo Lucitante (a member of the Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon) and David Poritz (Brown ’12) as they both fought to protect the Amazon.
Upcoming First Readings Events
- Seeing With Two Eyes: Development and Environment in Ecuador | September 29, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Salomon 001 (Main Green)
David Poritz’12, Hugo Lucitante, Craig Hammer, and Juan Carlos in a discussion with Brown faculty on the intersection of environmental conservation and development.
- Film Screening: Oil and Water | October 1, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. in Salomon 101 (Main Green)
- Ecuador before Ecuador : Indigenous and Early Amazon | October 2, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the MacMillan Reading Room (John Carter Brown Library)
The filmmakers (Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda) and film protagonists (David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante) will discuss early Amazonian history and resources at Brown for studying the indigenous past.
Join Rachel Shipps AM’14 and Abigail Ettelman AM’14, both graduates of the Public Humanities program at Brown, for a behind the scenes tour of the exhibit “Elements of Tradition and Change: Brown University’s First 250 Years.” Ms. Shipps and Ms. Ettelman, who curated the exhibit under the direction of University Archivist Jennifer Betts, will highlight some of the the challenges involved when creating an exhibit that encompasses many years and topics. In addition, both will discuss their favorite aspects of Brown University history. This event is free and open to the public.
Date: September 18, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room | John Hay Library