Lecture by Praveena Gullapalli: Exhibits, Display Strategies, and Visitor Engagements – April 15

Dr. Praveena Gullapalli, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rhode Island College

Dr. Praveena Gullapalli, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Rhode Island College

Praveena Gullapalli, archaeologist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College, will be at the Rockefeller Library Digital Scholarship Lab on Tuesday, April 15 from 3 – 4 p.m. to deliver a lecture titled “Exhibits, Display Strategies, and Visitor Engagements.” This event is free and open to the public.

Museums have been places where people engage with a variety of objects organized into displays, and through them, engage with aspects of the past and the present, with the familiar and the foreign. Because visitors encounter these exhibits not in isolation but in conjunction with already formed views of the world, in the process, they remake the nature of those same exhibits. These re-makings and their implications lead to a more nuanced understanding of what happens in museums and consequently about the nature of exhibits.

In her talk, Gullapalli will discuss how her experience with museum exhibits can inform the ways in which exhibitors present artifacts in other, smaller exhibit settings, such as libraries and academic departments, to enhance visitor engagement. She asserts that it might be in these smaller spaces that exhibits can be more agile, engaging with a variety of visitor experiences and expectations.

Praveena Gullapalli is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rhode Island College. She is an archaeologist who received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, where her doctoral research investigated the organization of iron production in northwestern India. She is also interested in and has investigated the ways in which archaeological knowledge is constructed and disseminated, especially within the context of museums and other popular media in colonial and post-colonial contexts. She is currently developing a project (with Shinu Abraham at St. Lawrence University and K.P. Rao at University of Hyderabad) that investigates the pre-modern production landscape of southern Andhra Pradesh, also in India.

This lecture is sponsored by the Brown University Library Exhibitions Committee.

Date: April 15, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Digital Scholarship Lab (First Floor of the Rockefeller Library), 10 Prospect Street

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

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 forty-four 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 http://library.brown.edu/collections/askb.

Members of the Brown community interested in more information about the event on May 9 should contact Andrew Woelflein at awoelflein@hotmail.com or Peter Harrington at Peter_Harrington@brown.edu.


Updates From Around the Library (March 2014)


Here are a few recent highlights from some of the Library’s various blogs:

Contact: Mark Baumer |  401-863-3642

Libguide of the Week: Grant Finding


The Library would like to highlight the Grant Finding Libguide created by Ian Straughn, Bruce Boucek, Erika Sevetson, and Lee Pedersen.

This libguide is a great resource for researchers looking for funding. On the guide, there is an overview of a number of databases that focus on grants as well as tools to explore awards and fellowships.

The Grant Finding Libguide is also a great place to learn about upcoming grant-related workshops and other funding opportunities on campus.

Please take a moment to visit this libguide. The Library is home to a number of Subject Guides geared to help students at all stages of their research process. If Grant Finding isn’t of interest then be sure to visit the other Library Subject Guides.

Upcoming Mendeley Workshops


The Library is offering two upcoming Mendeley Workshops. The first is on March 17, 2014 and the second is on March 20, 2014. Both are at 5:30 p.m. in the Hecker Center (Rockefeller Library).

The first workshop—titled “Mendeley User Experience“—is open to anyone interested in or already using Mendeley. It’s the Library’s goal to learn how many Mendeley users are already on campus.

The second workshop—titled “Mendeley First Timers“—is one-hour session is intended to introduce Mendeley to first-time users.

Please register if you’re interested in attending either workshop:

Mendeley is reference management software with an academic social network that users can initiate free from the website. For more information watch the video below or visit: mendeley.com.

Women’s History Month

Votes for Women

Katherine Milhous, the artist who designed this postcard image, is remembered today as an illustrator and author of children’s books.  Her most notable book remains The Egg Tree, which won the Caldecott Award in 1951.  But before she began her long career in children’s publishing, young Katherine was an advocate for Woman Suffrage, as demonstrated by her cartoon design on this postcard.  Produced and copyrighted in 1915, when she was just 21 years old, this card testifies to a young woman’s struggle to make her own way in a world that offered few options for women in the professions.

Katherine’s early struggles, and her later success as a graphic artist, were advanced by the many other women advocates for suffrage around the world.  In fact, the copy of this postcard found at the John Hay Library was used by two members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Pennsylvania — Katherine’s home state — to communicate their success in organizing the town of Yardley to the suffrage cause.

The entire postcard, and its message, form part of the John Hay Library’s extensive holdings on the temperance movement, which document the long struggle of women to achieve the political capacity to address the ruinous effects of addiction on the lives of women and children.  The postcard is available online as part of the Library’s Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition digital collection.

Digital Humanities Office Hours


Need help with assignments or projects using DH tools? Want to find out more about Digital Humanities at Brown?

Digital Humanities Librarians Elli Mylonas and Jean Bauer are now offering a weekly office hours.

Stop by and learn about timelines, visualization, mapping, thesis projects with a digital component, managing  your data, online publication…or just bring your laptop and have fun!

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rock
Date: Every Thursday 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Libguide of the Week: German Studies


The Library would like to highlight the German Studies research guide created by Librarian Dominique Coulombe.

This libguide has a great page on language resources which highlights a number of online German tools.

Another very helpful page is the one devoted to Brown’s Program in Germany. This is a great starting point if you want to study in Germany.

A third unique and interesting aspect about this libguide is the current events page.

Please take a moment to visit these pages or browse around the rest of the research guide. The Library is home to a number of Subject Guides geared to help students at all stages of their research process. If German Studies isn’t your field be sure to visit the other Library Subject Guides.

Brown’s 250th Anniversary Opening Celebration


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

Library Has Lots of New DVDs

Did You Know DVDs

The Friedman Center has over 12,000 videos and DVDs, including many new releases (and some of the recent award recipients).

Below is a list of some recent DVDs available:

All is Lost, 2 Guns, 20 Feet From Stardom, Barbara, Big Miracle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Don Jon, Despicable Me 2, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street 1—4, Fruitvale Station, In a World, Gravity, Girl Most Likely, Monsters University, Madea’s Witness Protection, Man of Steel, Jobs, Inequality For All, Mr. Nobody, Nebraska, Red 2, Oz the Great and Powerful, Pacific Rim, Passion, Primal Fear, Prisoners, Rush, Short Term 12, Stand Up Guys, The Attack, The Butler, The Heat, The Conjuring, The Frozen Ground, The Hangover 3, The Informant, The Lone Ranger, Wag the Dog, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Wolverine, The Spectacular Now, We Are What Were, World’s End, Under Suspicion, White House Down. Thor: The Dark World, You’re Next, Drinking Buddies, Enough said