BUL Spring 2013 Events and Exhibits Calendar!

Providence, RI [Brown University] – The Brown University Library is excited to announce our line up of Spring 2013 Events and Exhibits. A downloadable PDF of the calendar is available here.


Screening of Lincoln (2012) and Q&A with Michael Vorenberg
Friday, March 1, 2013 • 5:30pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
In celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Brown University Library, the Office of Public Affairs and University Relations, and the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice will host a complimentary public screening of DreamWorks’ Lincoln followed by a Q&A with Michael Vorenberg, Associate Professor of History at Brown, and author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and the Thirteenth Amendment. This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and tickets are required. Seats will be held for ticketed attendees until 5:20pm on March 1, at which point remaining seats will be released to patrons at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve your tickets today.

Showcasing the Digital Scholarship Lab: Spring Series, 2013 • 5:30pm
March 14: Sheila Bonde | March 21: Massimo Riva | April 4: Rachel Franklin | April 11: John Cayley | April 18: Best of Hackfest 2013 | April 25: Jill Pipher | April 30Andries van Dam | May 2: Shawn Greenlee
Digital Scholarship Lab, First Floor John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Brown University Library is launching a series of talks by Brown faculty and visiting scholars across the disciplines to celebrate the opening of the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library. Speakers will discuss and demonstrate ways in which digital technologies, especially those enabling data visualization and analysis, have impact on their teaching and research and enable new forms of student learning and interaction. All talks are free, open to the public, and followed by catered receptions. Space is limited. Seating is first-come, first-serve. For more information on series speakers and talks visit the DSL homepage.

World Wide Film Premiere of Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War 
Tuesday, April 9 & April 16, 2013 • 7:00pm 
Watson Institute for International Studies 
In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Watson Institute for International Studies and Brown University Library are co-sponsoring free public screenings of the documentary Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War. These screenings are part of a world-wide premiere occurring simultaneously at community churches, synagogues, theaters and school. Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, tells the story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, Pembroke class of 1926, who, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, left their young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save Jewish children being persecuted in Eastern Europe. Brown University will stream a 30-minute educational version of the film online for 48 hours from April 19 at 5:00pm through April 22 at 8:00am on the Watson Institute website. For more information on screening times and locations, or to host a screening, visit the Two Who Dared website or contact twowhodared@gmail.com.

Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series: Lucette Lagnado 
Monday, April 22, 2013 • 5:30pm 
Lownes Room, John Hay Library 
For this year’s annual Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series talk, come hear Egyptian-born American journalist and memoirist, and reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Lucette Lagnado, speak at the John Hay Library. A reception will follow. This talk is free and open to the public. The Mel and Cindy Yoken Cultural Series is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


The Festive City
Now through July 14, 2013
Buonanno Works on Paper & Tsiaris Photography Galleries, RISD Museum of Art

Come see The Festive City, on view at the RISD Museum of Art, featuring materials from the Brown University Library’s Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, the RISD Museum, and the collection of Vincent J. Buonanno (Brown ’66). The exhibition features prints and books that record how cities were transformed by the urban festivals of early modern Europe. The Festive City originated in an undergraduate seminar taught at Brown in Spring 2012. It was co-curated by RISD curator Emily Peters and Brown University professor Evelyn Lincoln. Students working with Professor Andries van Dam collaborated with the RISD Museum graphics and computing staff and used Microsoft Surface technology to make pages of the festival books available to viewers.

Persian Paintings from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection
Now through May 10, 2013
John Hay Library, Bopp Seminar Room (3rd Floor)
Accompanying the course “What is Islamic Art” with instructor Shiva Balaghi, selections from the Library’s Special Collections, including 10 illuminated gouache miniatures depicting military scenes and leaves from illuminated manuscripts, are on display. Stop by to examine these unique, historical works.

2013: Verdi Year Wagner Year
Now through late-May 2013
Orwig Music Library
The year 2013 is the 200th anniversary of two of the most central nineteenth-century opera composers: Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Although they never met and their lives took very different courses, each came to be emblematic of the national music of their home countries: Wagner and Germany, Verdi and Italy. Modern reinterpretations of their operas have stretched the limits of human imagination, and remain critically controversial. In this exhibit, Orwig celebrates its collections relating to both of these composers, highlighting the acquisition of a new Tristan und Isolde facsimile manuscript in December 2012.

Centennial Images: The Balkan Wars, 1912–1913
February 18 – May 10, 2013
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Foyer
Prints and watercolors of military scenes from the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 will be on view in the Foyer of the Rock. Make sure to take a firsthand peek at these special materials from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection. You can also explore the collections online.

Stamps of the European Microstates: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, & Vatican City
February 25 – May 18, 2013
John Hay Library, Military Collection Gallery (3rd Floor)
Stop by the galleries on the third floor of the John Hay Library to view a display of European stamps from the Webster Knight and Champlin Stamp Collections. While you’re there, make sure to explore the permanent exhibit of 5,000 miniature military soldiers. The soldiers are set in 96 cases marching from left to right, starting with ancient Egyptians and leading up to Queen Elizabeth II.

A Picture of Avant-Garde Russia: The Rite of Spring and the Ballets Russes in 1913, Selections from the Bryson Dance Collection
Monday, March 4 – May 31, 2013
John Hay Library, Gammell Gallery
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a work commissioned for the Ballets Russes in Paris. With the music, choreography, sets and costumes all designed by Russian artists on a Russian theme, and the production under the direction of the renowned Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Rite of Spring gave Paris a taste of modernism in a distinctively Russian key. This Spring exhibition celebrates the artistic innovations of the Rite with a selection of works illuminating the original Paris production of 1913, drawn from the Brown University Library’s Bryson Dance Collection. This exhibit is one of a series of events taking place in Rhode Island this spring to mark the FirstWorks presentation of the Joffrey Ballet’s recreation of the original ballet; the Joffrey’s performance will take place on March 19th at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Also included in the series of events is a public discussion at the Providence Athenaeum on March 1st of the political and cultural context from which the Rite of Spring grew.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913