The Library Welcomes Liz Glass

Liz GlassThe Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Glass as the Digital Scholarship Editor. This position is a part of the Mellon funded initiative to support interactive digital publications by Brown faculty. An editor, writer, and curator Liz is well prepared to fulfill this important new position in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

Liz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Scripps College and a Master’s Degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts. Prior to her appointment at Brown, Liz served as the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. At the Walker, Liz worked on a series of digital publications, The Living Collections Catalogue, as part of an online publishing initiative supported by the Getty Foundation. She is the co-editor of the most recent volume of the catalogue entitled Art Expanded, 1958-1978.

Prior to joining the Walker in 2013, Liz was the Assistant Curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco where she developed exhibitions and publications of international contemporary art. During her time at the Wattis (2011-2013), Liz served as the managing editor for the exhibition catalogue, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, and co-editor of the anthology, Give Them the Picture.

While her interdisciplinary background focused on 20th century American literature and media, her recent research has focused on time-based contemporary art practices. Liz has developed exhibition and publication projects with the Walker, the Wattis, the Jewish Museum of New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Liz is also the Associate Editor of the bi-annual journal on exhibition making, The Exhibitionist. She is a regular contributor to Daily Serving, and The Art Book Review. She has written for these publications as well as for Art Papers, Art Practical, and the San Francisco Arts Quarterly. Her most recent publications include a text on the musician and filmmaker Tony Conrad in The Living Collections Catalogue, and a forthcoming interview with the light artist Tony Martin for the 2015 catalogue, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.


Updates from Around the Library | October 2015

October 2015 Updates

As fall begins, here are a few updates from the Library:

Event | “The Sophisticated Silliness of S. J. Perelman ’25” with Sean Kelly ’84

S. J. Perelman / Life Magazine

S. J. Perelman / Life Magazine

The Library is pleased to welcome Brown alumnus Sean Kelly ’84, who will deliver a talk entitled, “The Sophisticated Silliness of S. J. Perelman ’25,” on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library. The talk will be followed by a Q&A period and a reception.

PerelmanBookImageThe event will also highlight S. J. Perelman, the newest release from the Brown Ziggurat Press. Part of the Brooke Hunt Mitchell Distinguished Author Series, the book consists of an essay by Daniel Asa Rose ’71, P ’17 and a surprise pop-up on the last page that depicts Perelman’s famous portrait by his friend Al Hirschfeld. For more information about the handmade book, including how to purchase it, please click here.

One of the preeminent humorists in American literature and film, S.J. Perelman, Brown Class of 1925, wrote hilarious essays for The New Yorker, comedies for the Marx Brothers, short story collections, Broadway plays, and an Oscar-winning film. It all began at Brown with his cartoons for the student humor magazine.

Sean Kelly '84

Sean Kelly ’84

In this multi-media presentation, Mr. Kelly, an illustrator, will share Perelman’s highly original college work, trace his influence on today’s top comedy writers — including many Brown alumni — and reveal the genius’s creative process through rare documents from the S. J. Perelman collection at the John Hay Library.

Sean Kelly has produced thousands of illustrations for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and The Atlantic, among other publications. His work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society.

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | “The Art of Handwriting” at the John Hay Library

orwell2Celebrate Family Weekend with a visit to the renovated John Hay Library and take the graphology challenge, “The Art of Handwriting”. Staff will provide copies of items from the collections for you to transcribe.

Can you still read cursive?  Try deciphering manuscripts written by Lincoln, Orwell, Lovecraft, and others.  The originals will be on display. General tours of the library also will be available. See the display of miniature soldiers and the exhibit: Influence of Anxiety: Lovecraft, Bloch, Barlow et. al.


Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

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Event | “Space, Place, and the Humanities: The Emergence of the GeoHumanities” with Tim Cresswell


The Brown University Library is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Spacial Humanities Lecture Series, along with Spacial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and the M. B. Mandeville Lectureship Fund.

On Friday, October 23, 2015 at 12 p.m. in the Population Studies and Training Center within Mencoff Hall, Tim Cresswell will deliver the lecture, “Space, Place, and the Humanities: The Emergence of the GeoHumanities.”

Tim is Professor of History and International Affairs at Northeastern University and associate director for public humanities at the Northeastern Humanities Center. He is co-editor of the new journal GeoHumanities published by the American Association of Geographers.

In his talk, Tim will outline the development of the new interdisciplinary field of the GeoHumanities, linking relatively recent developments in the digital humanities and GIS to ancient concerns for space, place, and ways in which we inhabit the world, the flowering of spatial theory since the 1970s in geography, and the spatial turn across the humanities and social sciences of the last few decades. In addition, he will link the fusion of all of these histories with the embrace of “geo” themes in the creative arts, ranging from geo-poetry to conceptual art. While the emergence of GeoHumanities is not without problems and dangers, Tim will argue that the new field presents many theoretical, creative, and strategic opportunities for scholars across the humanities and social sciences.

Upcoming lectures in the series:

November 13, 2015
Erik Steiner, Spatial History Project, Stanford University

March 25, 2016
Tom Elliott, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

April 8, 2016
Bill Rankin, History of Science, Yale University

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Population Studies and Training Center, Mencoff Hall, 68 Waterman Street, Providence

Event | “Raising the Impact of Research and Education through Openness” with Nick Shockey


As part of our celebration of International Open Access Week, the Brown University Library is pleased to welcome Nick Shockey, who will deliver a talk entitled, “Raising the Impact of Research and Education through Openness,” on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab. A question and answer session and reception will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Technology has revolutionized the way we create and share knowledge, opening up pathways to advance and democratize research and education that are just beginning to be realized. New models that fully harness this potential are developing, from Open Access, which ensures the free, immediate online availability of research articles with full reuse rights, to Open Educational Resources, which make textbooks and other materials free for anyone to use, tailor, and share. Nick will discuss how openness can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved.

Nick is the Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of student organizations that promote Open Access to the results of research through advocacy and education.

Since its launch in 2009, the Right to Research Coalition has grown to include more than 75 member student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world. In 2014, Nick led the launch of OpenCon, a new conference series that brings together leading students and early career advocates from around the world to advance the issues of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

The Library Welcomes Hope Lappen

Lappen_Hope-3The Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Hope Lappen as the BioMed and Life Sciences Librarian.

Hope comes to Brown from George Washington University where she spent two years as a Science & Engineering Librarian. She previously was the Eugene Garfield Resident in Science Librarianship at the University of Pennsylvania where she worked across the physical and life sciences libraries.

Hope earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from The Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford. Prior to becoming a librarian, Hope had a variety of information-adjacent jobs including working as a taxonomist, locating information for industry scientists, and seven years in software quality assurance.

In her spare time, Hope enjoys baking things, eating them, and (conveniently) running.

Exhibit | Are Les Bon Temps Still Rolling? New Orleans Music Culture 10 Years Later

katrina exhibit photoIn August 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding from the failed levee system had a profound impact on New Orleans and its music culture. Almost a thousand people perished in the region and thousands more fled the city before, during and after the disaster.

Although musicians and artists were some of the first to return in hopes of restoring their own lives and re-establishing the culture that defines the city, the past decade has been a struggle for many—personally, professionally, and communally. This exhibit hopes to highlight some of the successes and failures of this post-Katrina period.

Dates: October 1, 2015 – January 29, 2016
Time: Open to the public during Library hours
Location: Lobby of Orwig Music Library