Open Access Week Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Brown Library


As part of its investigation into the issue of open access during Open Access Week, the Brown University Library is hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library on Thursday, October 23 from 3:30 – 8 p.m.

All are welcome. All you need is a laptop and a power adapter. Not familiar with wiki editing? That’s OK. Just bring your willingness to learn.

Click here for more information and a signup.

Hashtags: #OpenAccess and #OAW2014

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: 3:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street

S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship for Research Relating to H. P. Lovecraft


The John Hay Library at Brown University, home to the largest collection of H. P. Lovecraft materials in the world, is pleased to offer an annual fellowship for research relating to H. P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs, beginning in 2015. The S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship, established by The Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, is intended to promote scholarly research using the world renowned resources on H. P. Lovecraft at the John Hay Library.

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $2,500 for six weeks of research at the Library. The Fellowship is open to individuals engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research.

Applications are due by January 31, 2015 with notifications made April 30, 2015.

For more information including application requirements, terms of appointments, and selection criteria, please visit the Library’s S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship webpage.

Exhibit | John Cullen Murphy: An Artist in the Pacific War, 1943-1945


Returning soldier 1945, Tokyo, John Cullen Murphy, original conté crayon and wash bust portrait sketch

John Cullen Murphy was born in Chicago in 1919 and later moved to New Rochelle, New York with his family. In New Rochelle, his next-door-neighbor was Norman Rockwell, and the young Murphy sometimes sat as a model for the artist. Murphy was, in fact, the model for David Copperfield in Rockwell’s Land of Enchantment mural. Inspired by this auspicious initiation into the arts, Murphy then studied at the Art Students League.

When war broke out in Europe, he joined the New York 7th Regiment. Following training at Camp Stewart, Georgia, he sailed from Oakland, California in 1943 bound for Australia, where General Douglas MacArthur had established his headquarters following his retreat from the Philippines. Murphy served as aide-de-camp to one of MacArthur’s generals, who had escaped from Corregidor, and who was now in command of all American anti-aircraft forces. As a consequence, Murphy spent considerable time around MacArthur’s staff, going with MacArthur’s forces to New Guinea and later the Philippines before moving on to Japan following the surrender in 1945. In Tokyo, he sketched MacArthur and his family along with images of returning Japanese soldiers.

Many of Murphy’s sketches, drawings, and watercolors along with several sketchbooks depict scenes from these campaigns and the men and women who served in them. These were donated to the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in 1994. In 2012, Murphy’s widow donated his wartime letters. A selection of his letters and artwork will be on display in the Bopp Seminar Room at the John Hay Library through the end of the semester.

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. It contains approximately 20,000 printed books, numerous albums, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and portfolios, and over 15,000 individual prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors as well as a collection of 5,000 miniature lead soldiers. To learn more about the collection, please visit its webpage at

Dates: October 20 – December 22, 2014
Location: Bopp Seminar Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

On C-SPAN 3: Images of the Great War: The European Offensives 1914-1916 Exhibit at the President Woodrow Wilson House

On the Road to Sedan, Frank Elim, November 1915, watercolor on paper

On the Road to Sedan, Frank Elim, November 1915, watercolor on paper

Tune in to C-SPAN 3 this Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. to view a 30 minute program about the Images of the Great War exhibit at the President Woodrow Wilson House.

Click here for more information about American History TV on C-SPAN 3, including this program.

Images of the Great War: The European Offensives 1914-1916, a selection of World War I paper-based art from the Brown University Library’s renowned Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, will be on exhibit at the President Woodrow Wilson House, located at 2340 S. Street, NW, Washington, DC, from April 3 to August 10. The Library is honored to be co-sponsoring the exhibit with the museum, an ideal setting. Members of the public are invited to the opening, complimentary reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6 – 8 p.m.

In 2012, Andrew Woelflein ’86, Presiding Trustee of the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection Committee of Management, had the idea to showcase the collection on the centennial anniversary of the war at the President Woodrow Wilson House. President Wilson was in office when war broke out in Europe. He entered the U.S. into the conflict when he signed the Declaration of War in 1917. After issuing his Fourteen Points for Peace in 1918, he developed the concept of an international body that became the League of Nations in 1919 and helped negotiate the end of the war eighteen months after the U.S. joined the effort. When he retired from the presidency in 1921, he resided in this house, now the President Woodrow Wilson House, until his death in 1924. The only presidential museum in Washington, DC, it has been well preserved by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to appear much as it did in the 1920s.

The Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection Committee of Management, the Brown Club of Washington, DC, and the Library will host a reception for members of the Brown community at the President Woodrow Wilson House featuring a lecture by Richard Striner, Professor of History at Washington College, based on his new book Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear on Friday, May 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Professor Striner will be signing his book after the lecture. The book will be available for purchase on site.

The exhibit’s thirty-five prints, drawings, and watercolors present today’s viewer with personal impressions of the Great War. Scenes of high drama and action set alongside images of pathos and deep sadness capture the contradictions inherent in war: suffering and joy, violence and tenderness, inhumanity and humanity. Curated by Peter Harrington, curator of the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, and Stephanie Daugherty, curator at the President Woodrow Wilson House, the exhibit includes works by French, British, Italian, German, Dutch, Austrian, Turkish, and Swiss artists. It offers multiple perspectives of the war that brought such horror to the world—trench warfare, chemical warfare, and massive casualties, and such beauty—the famous poetry of the war, the monuments, and the visual art that is so well represented by this collection.

Multiple viewpoints are emphasized not only through the varied nationalities of the artists but also through the role of the artist and the original, intended audience. Curator Peter Harrington points out, “The significance of the prints and drawings on exhibit is that they offer an interesting contrast between those produced for the home front, often for commercial purposes, and the images created by the soldiers themselves.” Viewers of the exhibit will have the opportunity to see examples of both.

A display case containing 120 miniature lead soldiers from the Military Collection will be on exhibit as well. All the pieces in the exhibit will feature a poppy symbol, inspired by Major John McCrae’s famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” which has come to symbolize the loss of a generation on the battlefields of WWI: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row….” Harrington explains that use of the poppy further coalesces the pieces in the exhibit and underscores the emotional and historical value of each as remembrances of a war that had such a profound effect on the 20th century.

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. It contains approximately 20,000 printed books, numerous albums, sketchbooks, scrapbooks and portfolios, and over 15,000 individual prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors as well as a collection of 5,000 miniature lead soldiers. To learn more about the collection, please visit its webpage at

Members of the Brown community interested in more information about the event on May 9 should contact Andrew Woelflein at or Peter Harrington at


Family Weekend Forum | The Evolving Roles of Libraries in Teaching, Learning, and Research

Come and join us for a discussion about the ways in which the roles and relationships of academic libraries are changing to meet the University’s academic mission in the 21st century. “The Evolving Roles of Libraries in Teaching, Learning, and Research” will focus on a highly productive and successful relationship between the Brown University Library and the teaching and research of Computer Science Professor, Andries van Dam. University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi and Professor van Dam will provide compelling examples that demonstrate the evolving nature of teaching, learning, and research at Brown.

Click here to watch the video of the forum on YouTube.

andries_van_damProfessor van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science. He has been on Brown’s faculty since 1965 and was one of the Computer Science Department’s co-founders and its first Chairman, from 1979 to 1985. He was a Principal Investigator and was the Director from 1996-1998 in the NSF Science and Technology Center for Graphics and Visualization, a research consortium including Brown, Caltech, Cornell, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and the University of Utah. He served as Brown’s first Vice President for Research from 2002-2006. His research has concerned computer graphics, hypermedia systems, post-WIMP user interfaces, including pen-centric computing, and educational software. He has been working for over four decades on systems for creating and reading electronic books with interactive illustrations for use in teaching and research.

HarriettePhotoHarriette Hemmasi is the Joukowsky Family University Librarian at Brown University, where she has oversight for the library system and provides leadership in the delivery and integration of information resources and new technologies into the campus’s teaching, learning, and research environment. Since coming to Brown in the fall of 2005, Hemmasi’s primary objectives have been to translate the University’s goals and directions into actions for the Library; to build bridges between digital library initiatives and the broader set of campus technologies; and to establish the Library and its staff as active partners in the University’s academic mission.

Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Smith-Buonanno 106

Lecture | Gestural Indebtedness: Social Obligation and Circulations of Dance Online with Harmony Bench

HarmonyBenchJoin the Brown University Library and the Department of Music on Wednesday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab for a lecture by Harmony Bench entitled, “Gestural Indebtedness: Social Obligation and Circulations of Dance Online.” In her talk, Bench will consider the impact of “spreadable media” and what has been called the sharing economy on the ways that dance circulates in and through digital spaces.

In particular, she will argue that analyzing dance as partaking in a gift economy, with its attendant social obligations, sheds light on some of the tensions that arise when movements and gestures circulate beyond the communities that produce them. Gifts are never free, as Marcel Mauss argues. How, then, do economies of movement operate when dancers source their material from YouTube or video games, thus removing themselves from reciprocal relationships vis a vis other practitioners and movement innovators? What other forms of relationality appear as dancers assert a collective ownership of popular choreographies such as those in music videos? And how does the position of “fan” differ from that of “artist” when considering these alternate economies of movement?

Free and open to the public, this event is part of the Department of Music’s Fall Colloquium series.

Harmony Bench is Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio State University, where she teaches in the areas of Critical Dance Studies, Dance History, and Performance Studies. Her research focuses on digital and screen media as they intersect with and inform choreography, movement, gesture, and dance as a social practice. She is the incoming co-editor of the International Journal of Screendance and serves as Secretary on the board of directors for the Congress on Research in Dance. She is currently working on a book entitled Dance as Common: Movement as Belonging in Digital Cultures. Harmony received her PhD in Culture and Performance from UCLA, and she holds additional degrees in Performance Studies from NYU and in Ballet and Women’s Studies from the University of Utah.

Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Patrick Man Digital Scholarship Lab, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence


George R.R. Martin and Tom Doherty to Receive Library’s Harris Collection Literary Award


Join the Brown University Library and Friends of the Library for an evening with distinguished author George R. R. Martin and renowned publisher Tom Doherty. A brief awards ceremony will kick off the event, followed by an interview with Martin and Doherty, led by Modern Culture and Media Professor Lynne Joyrich and local author Jon Land ’79.

Complimentary tickets for this event will be available to Brown ID holders only on Monday, October 6 at 12 p.m. through this website:

This event is brought to campus by the Friends of the Brown University Library.

Please visit the Harris Collection Literary Award website for more information about this exciting event, the award recipients, and the Award itself.


Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Salomon Center for Teaching and Learning, De Ciccio Family Auditorium

John Hay Night at the Hay Library with Authors John Taliaferro and Joshua Zeitz

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Ever wondered who John Hay was? On Wednesday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library, you will have the chance to learn more about Brown’s most illustrious alumnus, a poet and diplomat who served three presidents—two of them as Secretary of State. Two authors, John Taliaferro and Joshua Zeitz AM’98, PhD’02, will discuss and sign their recent books about Hay, which will be available for purchase on site. Associate Professor of History Michael Vorenberg will introduce the speakers. A Q&A and reception will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

John Taliaferro

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John Taliaferro is a graduate of Harvard College and a former senior editor at Newsweek. He is the author of four previous books: Charles M. Russell: The Life and Legend of America’s Cowboy Artist; Tarzan Forever: The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs; Great White Fathers: The Story of the Obsessive Quest to Create Mount Rushmore; and In a Far Country: The True Story of a Mission, a Marriage, a Murder, and the Remarkable Reindeer Rescue of 1898. He and his wife, artist Malou Flato, live in Austin, Texas, and Pray, Montana.

Taliaferro’s All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt, is the first full-scale biography since 1934 of John Hay, a major figure in American history for more than half a century.

See more at:

Joshua Zeitz


Josh Zeitz has taught American history and politics at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He is the author of several books on American political and social history and has written for the New York TimesWashington PostLA Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The New RepublicThe AtlanticDissentAmerican Heritage, and Mother Jones. Josh also appeared as a commentator on two PBS documentaries: Boomer Century, and Ken Burns’s Prohibition.

A former gubernatorial speechwriter and policy aide, Josh earned his B.A. with highest honors at Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in American History at Brown University. He lives in Hoboken and Ocean Grove, New Jersey with his wife, Angela Zeitz, an artist, and their two daughters.

Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image by Zeitz is a timely and intimate look into Lincoln’s White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidantes. Drawing heavily on Hay’s and Nicolay’s letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln’s Boys is part political drama and part coming-of-age tale—a fascinating story of friendship, politics, war, and the contest over history and remembrance.

See more at:

Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room | John Hay Library

Rock Reading Room Construction Impacts, 9/21 – 9/25

Due to construction to renovate the Reading Room on the first floor of the Rockefeller Library, there will be no access to the Finn glass study rooms and window study carrels along College Street from Sunday, September 21 through Thursday, September 25th. The rooms and carrels will re-open on Friday, September 26.

Noisy work (grinding) will begin Sunday, September 21 at midnight through Monday, September 22 at 8:00am. Users of the Rockefeller Library between midnight and 2:00am on Sunday will be affected. Extra measures will be taken to help control dust and smell.

Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History Lecture & Exhibit in the DSL

Artist Ian Alan Paul

Artist Ian Alan Paul

On September 11 at 3 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library, artist Ian Alan Paul, a founder of the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, will give a talk about the Museum and the exhibit installed in the DSL. Part of the Bringing Guantanamo Bay Home event series, the exhibit will be on display and open to the public during certain hours, below, from September 11 – 18. The lecture and exhibit are co-sponsored by the DSL and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

The exhibit features a digital selection from the Museum’s collection. The fictional Museum, located at the former site of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba, is an institution dedicated to remembering the U.S. prison which was active between 2002 and 2012 before it was permanently decommissioned and closed.

Ian Alan Paul is a transdisciplinary artist/theorist living between San Francisco and Barcelona, whose projects and writing engage with theories and philosophies of media, social movements, and the cosmopolitical. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Art Threat, Jadaliyya, Art Info, and C Magazine and has been exhibited in galleries in Asia, North America, the Middle East, and Europe.

Click here for more information about the lecture event, artist, and exhibit.

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL), Rockefeller Library
Dates: September 11 – 18
3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 11
1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, September 12
1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14
1 – 3 p.m. on Monday, September 15
5 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16
1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17
5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18