Event | Masha Dexter Lecture on Gender, Sexuality, and Public Policy: a Virtual Talk by Dr. Emily Knox

The Masha Dexter Lecture on Gender, Sexuality, and Public Policy presents
“Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice: Understanding the Discourse of Censorship,” A Virtual Talk by Dr. Emily Knox

Thursday, April 7, 2022
6:30–7:30 p.m. ET

photo of Dr. Emily Knox
Dr. Emily Knox

The censorship of books has long permeated our political and cultural landscape. Books at the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender have been particular targets for censorship at school districts and libraries across the country. In this talk, Dr. Emily Knox, author of Book Banning in 21st Century America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), will discuss the underpinnings of contemporary book bans and will provide recommendations for how to address book censorship in schools and public libraries. Immediately following the lecture will be a Q&A moderated by Dr. Kenvi Phillips, Director of Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Brown University Library.

This event will be remote captioned.

Please RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/DexterLecture22

Co-sponsored by the Brown University Library, LGBTQ Center, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy.

About Dr. Emily Knox
Emily is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. Emily’s next book, Foundations of Intellectual Freedom (American Library Association), will be released in Fall 2022. She also serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Announcement | On Seeing: MIT Press and Brown Library Launch Book Series Centering Underrepresented Perspectives in Visual Culture

Brown University Library logo, MIT Press logo

From the MIT Press Blog:

Together, the MIT Press and the Brown University Library announce the launch of On Seeing, an experiment in multimodal publishing that will shape new conversations for diverse audiences about how we see, comprehend, and participate in visual culture. Uniting the Press’s global publishing experience and the Library’s digital publication expertise, the series will examine understudied questions at the intersection of visual culture and subjects such as race, care, decolonization, privilege, and precarity.

While the visual environment has always been central to meaning-making, technology has shifted its global stakes. Today, there is greater access and exposure to visual culture than ever before — outpacing society’s ability to reflect upon its impact. The diverse authors of On Seeing will investigate the ways that power relations are often inscribed in the visual and they will develop knowledge about how visuality is related to equity and justice.

Amy Brand, director and publisher of the MIT Press, notes that partnership with the Brown University Library feels like a natural progression of both organizations’ efforts to increase diversity in scholarly publishing. “For years, the Press and the Library have worked independently to break down barriers in the who, what, and how of scholarly knowledge creation. It is exciting to find a partner that not only aligns closely with our commitment to diversity, but also shares the Press’s spirit of experimentation — pushing the boundaries of what publishing can be.”

Defined by bold positions, rigorous research, and cultural relevance, books will be written in an accessible style to serve a wide audience. The series will be launched alongside a community engagement program tailored to each specific volume and supported by a postdoctoral researcher position at Brown University Library. Resources might include an online hub for knowledge-sharing, a downloadable community conversation toolkit, an author interview or podcast, or free-to-the-public events such as book readings and structured conversations in libraries, bookstores, or public arts institutions. With inclusivity and access as driving motivations, On Seeing will be published in print editions and in interactive, open access digital editions.

“This transformative cross-institutional collaboration brings together distinctive research library and university press capabilities for common ends in the service of scholarship and public understanding,” said Joseph Meisel, Joukowsky Family University Librarian at Brown University. “By opening up broader and more inclusive conversations around scholarship and reducing barriers to access, we are modeling practices that demonstrate the public value of our mission and shared objectives.”

In addition to establishing a Diversity in Digital Publishing Postdoctoral Fellowship with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Brown University Library’s Digital Publications Initiative recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish a training institute for scholars from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and backgrounds who wish to develop enhanced born-digital publications but lack the necessary resources and capacity at their home institutions.

The MIT Press established the Fund for Diverse Voices in 2018. Its most recent initiative, the Grant Program for Diverse Voices, expands funding for new work by authors whose voices have been chronically underrepresented across the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Press also plays an active role in the Mellon Foundation-supported University Press Diversity Fellowship Program, which provides underrepresented individuals an opportunity to gain professional experience and build a network in scholarly publishing.

Editorial oversight for the series will be handled jointly by Victoria Hindley, Acquisitions Editor for Visual Culture and Design at the MIT Press, and Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor for the Brown University Library’s Digital Publications Initiative, in collaboration with an Editorial Collective composed of Shahzad Bashir, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities and Professor of History at Brown University; Lisa Cartwright, Professor of Visual Arts, Communication, and Science Studies at the University of California at San Diego; Stefanie Hessler, Curator and Director of Kunsthall Trondheim; Trica Keaton, African and African American Studies at Dartmouth University; and Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

Announcement | Fall 2020 End-of-Term Library Services

Your Brown University Library will be offering the following schedule of services for the end of the Fall semester:

DATES ROCKEFELLER SCIENCES HAY
Wed., 11/25 All Library Buildings Close at 5 pm
Thurs. & Fri.,
11/26 – 27
Thanksgiving Holiday: All Library Buildings Closed
Sat., 11/28 –
Thurs., 12/10
Fall Term Hours Resume:

Study Spaces and Circulation Pickup:

Monday–Thursday:
12:30 – 10 pm

Friday–Sunday:
12:30 – 5 pm
Fall Term Hours Resume:

Study Spaces:

Monday–Thursday:
9 am – 9 pm

Friday:
9 am – 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday:
12 – 5 pm
Fall Term Hours Resume:

Willis Reading Room:
Monday–Friday
9:30 am – 6 pm

Gildor Special Collections Reading Room:
Wednesday and Thursday, 1 – 4 pm
(by appointment)

Closed
Saturday and Sunday
Fri., 12/11 Open 12:30 – 5 pm Open 9 – 5 pm Open 9:45 – 5 pm
Sat., 12/12 –
Sun., 12/20
Circulation Pickup:

Monday–Thursday:
12:30 – 10 pm

Friday–Sunday:
12:30 – 5 pm
 
Study Spaces CLOSED, except Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room and assigned Carrels (same hours as above)
Study Spaces:

Monday–Thursday:
9 am – 9 pm

Friday:
9 am – 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
12 – 5 pm
Study Spaces:

Willis Reading Room:
Closed

Gildor Special Collections Reading Room:

Wednesday and Thursday, 1 – 4 pm
(by appointment)
Mon., 12/21/20 –
Sun., 1/3/21
Winter Break: All Library Buildings Closed

The major changes will be to concentrate reservable seats for individual study at the Sciences Library starting on December 12, following the end of the remote exam period for undergraduates. This is in service of safely increasing staff activity in other buildings to prepare reserves and other course materials for the Spring term. Pickup circulation will continue in the Rock lobby through December 20, and graduate students will continue to have access to the Wernig Graduate Student Reading Room and their assigned carrels during the same period.

Information about reserving seats, ordering materials, and all other core Library services is available here.

The Library staff sincerely appreciate all the expressions of support and encouragement we have received from students, faculty, and staff over the Fall term. Your patience, partnership, and good will have enabled us to carry out our most essential functions to sustain Brown’s academic mission in the safest possible manner.

With best wishes for the remainder of the term, the holidays, and a restful Winter Break.

A Short Interview with Walter Feldman

Please join the Brown University Library at 5:30pm, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, as we celebrate the new limited edition publication BREATHTAKEN, a long poem by CD Wright with visual accompaniments by Walter Feldman.

Short interview: A conversation between Rosemary Cullen, Curator, American Literary & Popular Culture and Walter Feldman, celebrated artist and teacher (mp3 audio; February 15, 2012)

Images of collages and prints by Walter Feldman (below):