An Evening with Hélène Cardona

Thursday, May 15, 2008
7:00 p.m.
List Art Center Auditorium
Brown University
Following Ms. Cardona’s talk, a reception and book signing will be held in the John Hay Library.
Guests will have an opportunity to visit the Yoken Archives located on the 3rd floor of the John Hay Library.
Ms. Cardona’s visit to Brown is part of the Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series.
A citizen of the United States, France and Spain, Hélène Cardona is fluent in English, French, Spanish, German, Greek and Italian. Born in Paris of a Greek mother and Spanish father and raised all over Europe, she studied English Philology and Literature in Cambridge, England; Spanish at the International Universities of Santander and Baeza, Spain; and German at the Goethe Institute in Bremen, Germany. She attended Hamilton College, New York, where she also taught French and Spanish, and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she wrote her thesis on Henry James for her Master’s in American Literature. She worked as a translator/interpreter for the Canadian Embassy and the French Chamber of Commerce. She is also a teacher and dream analyst and has appeared in many films.

A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, she studied with Ellen Burstyn at the Actors’ Studio, played Fuffi Drou in Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat and Candy in Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford. Voice credits include The Painted Veil, The Interpreter, The Bourne Supremacy, The Terminal, The Pink Panther and others. For Serendipity, she co-wrote with Peter Chelsom the song Lucienne, which she also sang.

She has lived in Geneva, Cambridge, London, Llandudno, Monte-Carlo, Bremen, Tarragona, Paris, New York City and Santa Monica, and travels extensively. She has translated What We Carry by Dorianne Laux into French, her father’s poetry from Spanish into English, the Lawrence Bridges film Muse of Fire for the NEA and has received grants from the Durfee Foundation and the French Cultural Services of Los Angeles.

Her first book, The Astonished Universe, an uplifting and luminous collection of poetry about consciousness, is the first bilingual edition in English and French from Red Hen Press. Richard Wilbur writes that “each poem fully exists in two tongues at once, and this adds to the book’s great charm and visionary quality.”

Expanded Library Hours: Reading/Exam Period

The Friedman Study Center is open continuously (24/7) until 5 pm on Friday May 16. From Friday 4/25 until the end of exams, the Rockefeller Library is open 7:30 am – 2 am, Monday – Saturday and 10 am – 2 am Sunday. The John Hay Library, in addition to their regular hours (including 1 to 5 pm Sunday hours) will be open on Saturday 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 1 to 5 pm. All other Brown libraries will maintain usual hours. For library hours during exam period, see:

The Concept and Collecting Behind Building the Museum of World War II

Kenneth W. Rendell, dealer in historical letters, documents and manuscripts, and historical artifacts,
and director of the Museum of World War II
Wednesday, April 30
5:30-7:00 p.m.
John Hay Library, Lownes Room
20 Prospect Street, Providence
Kenneth Rendell has been a dealer in historical letters, documents and manuscripts, and historical artifacts since 1959 with offices in New York and Boston. He has authored numerous articles and has written the two standard textbooks in the field, History Comes to Life and Forging History.
Rendell has been involved in every major archival appraisal and has won the Tax Court opinions for both the government and the taxpayers that have become the standards for the field. He has been a consultant to virtually every university in the country, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, as well as the FBI, CIA, IRS, Newsweek, CBS News, and many other media organizations. He has uncovered literally all of the major journalistic hoaxes of modern times from the Hitler diaries in 1983 to the Jack the Ripper diaries several years ago.
His primary personal interest has been preserving archives and artifacts from World War II, and his collection is now housed in the 10,000 sq. ft. Museum of World War II in Natick, MA. London’s Imperial War Museum describes his museum on its Web site as the best World War II museum in the world. His other major collecting interest is the American West, and he formed what is probably the most diverse collection of Western Americana. This is the basis of his most recently published book, The Western Pursuit of the American Dream.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the John Nicholas Brown Center at 401 863-1177 or We look forward to seeing you there!

Brown University Library offers LibQUAL+ Survey in effort to improve services

Brown students and faculty interested in improving library services and winning fabulous prizes are encouraged to participate in a web based survey currently being hosted on the Brown University Library homepage ( Entitled LibQUAL and sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the survey is designed to help libraries assess their strengths and weaknesses. Brown is one of 144 colleges and universities participating in the spring 2008 LibQUAL+ survey, which was last administered on campus in 2005. The survey will be administered between April 7th-30th. By submitting a confidential survey, participants are eligible to win one of four prizes; winners can select from either an iPod shuffle or a $50 gift certificate to the Brown Bookstore. To date, nearly 1,300 members of the Brown community have completed the survey.
“I am pleased to offer this quick and painless survey to the thousands of patrons who rely on our services,” said Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian. “By filling out the short form, our users will make their voices heard and will let us know what we need to do to make our services more responsive to their needs. The Library belongs to all of us and it is important that each member of the Brown community has a say in shaping the Library of tomorrow. I hope that as many people participate as possible.”
The survey itself is based on the SERVQUAL instrument, a popular tool for assessing service quality in the private sector, and was modified for the library setting through extensive research conducted at the Texas A&M University Libraries (supported in part by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education). The survey has had a significant impact in shaping Library priorities. Feedback from the 2005 LibQUAL+ survey led the Library to place a particular emphasis on upgrading facilities (e.g., renovations in the Rock, Friedman Study Center, etc.), adding more digital content, and revamping its web site.
For more information contact or phone 863-9445.

Looking at Jazz, Part 4, April 24

This Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in the Grant Recital Hall (behind Orwig), will be Part 4 of the Jazz film series, “Looking at Jazz” This week’s presentation features the film “Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing” a film by Oren Jacoby ’77. The film will be introduced by Ed Hayslip, a well-known record collector, jazz DJ and a walking encyclopedia of early jazz, and Ned Quist, Orwig Music Librarian.

The series, a project of RE: New Media with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, is co-sponsored by the Brown University Libraries and the Dept. of Music. Ned Quist and Matt McGarrell are the co-directors of the series.

Future Showings:

  • On May 12 – Dana Gooley, Ass’t Prof. of Music will introduce John Holland’s film “A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba”
  • On May 22 – Matt McGarrell, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Brown Bands will introduce Matthew Sieg’s documentary “Lady Day: the Many Faces of Billie Holiday”

Hope to see you there! Admission is free. For further information contact Ned Quist

The Demon of Melancholy: Genealogies, Modernities

April 14 – May 16, 2008
Lownes Room, John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02912

The exhibit runs from April 14 to May 16, 2008 and is open to the public during normal library opening hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
From antiquity to modern times, from the confinement of enclosed spaces to open-ended journeys of displacement, as part of an individual or collective experience, Melancholy has been a source of inspiration and contemplation for philosophers, aesthetes, writers, artists, and scientists.

This exhibition presents works from the collections of the John Hay Library and Rockefeller Library and is designed to accompany the Conference “The Demon of Melancholy: Geneaologies, Modernities” which will take place at Brown University on April 24th and 25th, 2008.

For more information please contact or visit

Machado de Assis: Reading the Brazilian Master, Then and Now

Curated by Ana Catarina Teixeira and Patricia Figueroa in collaboration with Prof. Nelson Vieira
April 15 – June 5, 2008
John Hay Library
20 Prospect Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02912

Sponsored by the Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies and the Center for Latin American Studies.
To both Brazilian and international critics, Machado de Assis is a name that stands alone in 19th century Latin American fiction. Born on the 21st of June 1839 in Rio de Janeiro to a father of African ancestry and a Portuguese mother, Machado de Assis, as an autodidact, rose above humble beginnings and a meager education to achieve the highest status of his country’s literary establishment.
During his prolific career, Machado explored nearly every genre–poetry, theater, journalism, literary criticism, and translation–but it was as a novelist and a short story writer that Machado forged a narrative voice that would forever impact the literary topography of his nation. At a time when European models dominated, Machado rejected pure imitation and explored new ways to represent Brazilian society.
In 1908, at the age of 69, Machado de Assis died in his native city, leaving behind a legacy of short stories and novels, which mordantly criticized Brazil’s insensitive upper middle class and elites with the use of subtle irony and well-crafted ambiguity.
The masterful manner in which Machado created his memorable characters not only allows his readers, then and now, to better comprehend the realities of Brazilian society, but above all, the complexities of the human condition. This unprecedented contribution not only placed Brazilian literature on the literary map, but also paved the way for the “new novel” in 20th century Portuguese and Spanish America.
This year, Brown Univertsity Library joins the literary community to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Machado’s death with a display of early criticism of Machado’s works, donated by Professor William Leonard Grossman. The materials selected highlight not only the vast array of responses by his contemporaries, but also reveal insights into the timeless and universal nature of his prose in an attempt to help the audience gain a glimpse of Machado, the man and the writer, as a source of inspiration for an exponentially growing corpus of literary criticism.
The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies is proud to co-sponsor this exhibit on Machado de Assis since his writing is an integral part of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Image source: cover from “Machado de Assis” by Augusto Corrêa Pinto. Rio de Janeiro: Irmãos Pongetti, 1958. John Hay Library.

“imposition”:a literary arts networked performance at the Rock

April 17, 2008
Location: Rockefeller Library, Second Floor Computer Cluster
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a networked performance by John Cayley, Visiting Professor of Literary Arts. Mr. Cayley’s performance will be accompanied by a reception. Come hear the Rockefeller Library “sing” as part of the kick-off for “Transforming the Student’s Experience as Scholar,” a symposium cosponsored by the Brown University Library and the Council on Library and Information Resources.
For more information on Mr. Cayley’s piece visit:
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Transforming the Student’s Experience as Scholar – Symposium co-sponsored by CLIR and the Brown University Library

The Brown University Library and the Council on Library and Information Resources will host leading scholars from around the country for a symposium on scholarly methods in the Humanities. The event will kick off with an installation of an electronic work, “imposition,” by John Cayley, Visiting Professor of Literary Arts, and a reception on Thursday evening, April 17, in the Rockefeller Library. The symposium, sponsored by CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources) will be held on Friday, April 18, at the Watson Institute for International Studies and will feature presentations by Randy Bass, Georgetown University, Bernard Frischer, University of Virginia, and Christopher Dede, Harvard University. The program will close with a panel discussion on the impact of multi-literacies on transforming the student’s experience as scholar, with Brown faculty members and students including Dietrich Neumann, Professor of Art and Architecture, Susan Smulyan, Associate Professor of American Civilizations, James Der Derian, Professor of International Studies, and Professor Cayley.

“The first shots of the information revolution may have been fired over a decade ago, but we are still grappling with what the tremendous advances in technology mean to scholarly life,” said Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian. “This symposium builds on Brown’s culture of interdisciplinary, active learning, enabling an environment where students partner with faculty to probe questions at the center and edges of academic inquiry. Brown faculty members were among the first to explore cutting edge technologies and to incorporate humanities computing into their teaching and research. This meeting of minds will help take stock of how far we’ve come and where we need to go to better prepare our students for a rapidly changing world and to unlock their potential as life-long scholars.”

For a complete itinerary of events see below:
Symposium Kick-Off, April 17, 2008, Location: Rockefeller Library, Second Floor Computer Cluster
“imposition”: a networked performance, Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Abstract: A networked performance by John Cayley, Visiting Professor of Literary Arts. Mr. Cayley’s performance will be accompanied by a reception. For more information about Mr. Cayley’s piece, see:

Symposium, April 18, 2008
CLIR Symposium on Scholarly Methods in the Humanities

Location: Joukowsky Room, Watson Institute for International Studies
Introductions: Harriette Hemmasi, Joukowsky Family University Librarian
Comments: Chuck Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources
9:00-9:30 a.m.
“The Invention of Amateurs and the Uncertainty of Expertise”
Speaker: Randy Bass, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning Initiatives and Associate Professor, English, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), Georgetown University
Time:9:30-10:30 a.m.
Abstract: How might multi-literacies change the way we develop digital scholars and scholarship? We would do worse than look to the convergence of two seemingly unrelated sources of insight: the changing role of invention in the era of the “amateur upload” and the rising importance of ideas like “uncertainty” in the research on expertise and expert learning. This session will explore some ways that the future of digital media asks us to reconsider a whole range of ideas that have become marginalized in higher education: creativity, visual communication, narrative, even emotion. Reckoning with the future of digital scholarship–and the intellectual development of students to prepare for it– may mean confronting some of our long-held assumptions about learning and knowledge.
Time:10:30-10:45 a.m.
“Making Heritage Virtual: Rome Reborn 1.0 and Other 3D Modeling Projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities”
Speaker: Bernard Frischer, Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia
Time: 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Abstract: This talk will discuss methodologies and technologies used to digitize 3D cultural property such as pottery, statues, buildings and even entire cities. Current projects at IATH will be used as examples, including Virtual Williamsburg, the Digital Forma Urbis Project, and Rome Reborn 1.0. The focus of the talk will be on the latter–an international initiative to create 3D computer models illustrating the urban development of Rome from the first settlement in the late Bronze Age to the depopulation of the city in the sixth century A.D. Rome Reborn 1.0, the first results of the overall project, shows the city as it might have appeared in 320 A.D. In the conclusion, new directions and challenges in this field will be discussed, including populating models of buildings and cities with people and their activities; using models as tools for discovery (and not simply as illustrations of previous knowledge); and the online collection and dissemination of real-time 3D models on the Internet.
12:00-1:30 p.m.
“Learning about Research and Vice Versa”
Speaker: Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Abstract: Web 2.0 interactive media — such as wikis, social tagging tools, and virtual environments – capture rich records of students’ behaviors that are valuable for both learning and assessment. In studying their own and peers’ patterns of performance, students can potentially gain insights both about their own cognitive and social processes and about the practices and epistemology of academic scholarship. This session describes several types of tools that illustrate this potential.
Roundtable discussion
Speakers: Panel of Brown faculty and students including Professors John Cayley, James Der Derian, Dietrich Neumann, Susan Smulyan
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Closing comments
Time: 4:00-4:30 p.m.

Brown Daily Herald: Two students’ research pays off

By Kurt Walters
Caitlin McKenna ’09 and Sara Damiano ’08 were announced as the winners of the University Library’s second annual Undergraduate Research Awards for “extensive, creative use” of library resources, according to an April 4 press release.
Ron Fark, leader of Gateway Services and facilitator of the selection committee, said this year’s contest was very competitive, with the committee receiving 12 “very good” applications. “We would have given out a few more,” Fark said, if it had been possible.
What set the two winners’ research projects apart was the way each “seamlessly integrated primary source material into lively and engaging narratives,” University Librarian Harriette Hemmasi said in the press release.
McKenna’s research, titled “Golden Orbit: The Black Sun Press in the Shadow of Modernism” was about a small printing press run by the American Crosby brothers in 1920s Paris, and how it impacted literary modernism, she wrote in an e-mail to The Herald. McKenna, who is currently studying abroad in Paris, wrote her paper as a final project for HIST 2970: “The Authority of the Word,” a graduate seminar she said was “the most influential class I’ve ever had at Brown.”
Damiano’s paper, “‘Such virulent temper added to the Rigour of the Laws’: Enforcement of the Conventicle Acts in Charles II’s England” was written as a project for a history seminar with Professor of History Timothy Harris that she worked on throughout the semester, she said. She looked at the effects of a series of laws mandating religious conformity to the Church of England and the persecution that resulted from them, she said.
The anonymous committee that selected the winners consisted of two Brown faculty, a dean from the Office of the Dean of the College, two librarians and a member of the Friends of the Library, Fark said.
One of those members, when reviewing McKenna’s project, wrote in an e-mail to The Herald that “after reading her piece, I wanted to run straight to the library and see what treasure I might find that could possibly start me on a similar journey!”
Committee members looked at usage of library resources, lucidity of writing and ability to synthesize these into a project that showed potential to lead to more research, according to the Library’s Web site. The Library will award the winners $750 each.
The competition will be offered again in 2009, Hemmasi said, and the committee will expand the contest to accept multimedia projects, Hemmasi said.
Fark said he hopes that more students will apply, though he added that “the review committee might not think that.”
Both Damiano and McKenna said they were unsure how they would use the prize money. Damiano said she would probably use it to support her plans after graduation, and McKenna wrote that since Paris is “incredibly expensive,” the money may end up going towards “chicken, toothpaste, metro tickets.”