Event | A Conversation about Stephen Mopope, Kiowa Artist

Mopope, Stephen, “Sun prayer” (1931). Stephen Mopope paintings of seven Native American subjects. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2 p.m., the Library will host a talk with Kiowa elder Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings, granddaughter of Stephen Mopope (1898-1974), about her grandfather’s life and work. Seven original paintings by Stephen Mopope held in the collections of the Brown University Library will be on display for this event.

The talk will take place in the Lownes Room on the second floor of the John Hay Library. A reception will follow in the Hay Lobby.

Date: October 25, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, Second Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street

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On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in room 015 at 85 Waterman Street, the Haffenreffer Museum will host a talk with Vanessa Jennings about her own work as an artist and designer in preserving Kiowa cultural traditions.

Victorious Secret by Angela Lorenz ’87, P’18

Victorious Secret: The “Bikini Girls” are Winning the Pentathlon on view at the Rockefeller Library, from August 31 – November 20, 2017

Surprise! The nearly two-thousand-year-old mosaics from Villa Romana del Casale  in Sicily, known simply as the “bikini girls,” are really female athletes from prestigious Roman families. Brown University is the tenth venue for this traveling suite of triptychs, made of buttons and hairpins, which sets the record straight on women in sports.

Meet artist Angela Lorenz, class of 1987, P’18 to learn about her visual arts project and the impact of study abroad on Friday, October 13, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library.

Dates: August 31 – November 20, 2017
TimeJohn D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library Hours
Location: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, 10 Prospect Street, Providence

Family Weekend Open House | Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio and the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab

Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio

Join us for an open house in these two renovated spaces featuring state of the art technology. Staff from the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship will describe the equipment and spaces and demonstrate faculty and student driven digital scholarship projects.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: First Floor, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street

Ever True: A History of the Brown Band

The historians of the Brown University Band present an exhibition on the band’s long and great history, currently on display at the Orwig Music Library.  Since 1924 the Brown University Band has entertained on the field at football games, on ice at the hockey games, and in locations all over the country. On view are the musical “BU” sweater worn by the band’s founder, photographs, world famous buttons, as well as an iPad containing sound recordings from 1927-2000 and videos of the band.

Curated by Sean Briody, Greer Christensen-Gibbons, Ingrid Mader, and Gaby Usabal

Dates: October 12 – December 21, 2017
TimeLibrary Hours
Location: Orwig Music Library, 1 Young Orchard Avenue, Providence

 

Event | Dante in Real Time

On Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12 p.m., the Brown University Library and the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (REMS), as part of the Journeys to the Early Modern World in Brown’s Libraries fall series, will present an hour-long workshop, “Dante in Real Time,” designed to introduce undergraduates to the extraordinary possibilities for undertaking engaged research among our special collections.

Dante’s Divine Comedy recounts the poet’s journey through the afterlife and back. From hybrid beasts and fearsome devils to friends and foes, Dante’s world has inspired generations of readers to envision what lay beyond the known world.

In this hands-on workshop, Christopher Geissler, Director of the John Hay Library, and Zoe Langer, 2017 Hay Interdisciplinary Fellow, will view different responses to Dante’s poem, including sixteenth-century maps of Hell and illustrations by Gustave Doré. The Chambers Dante Collection allows us to experience Dante’s poem as its readers encountered it through the centuries and to see how REMS students, working closely with literature, languages, and book illustration, can discover remarkable questions lurking in very old books.

“Dante in Real Time” will take place at 12 p.m. in the Bopp Seminar Room on the third floor of the John Hay Library. A short reception will follow.

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Bopp Seminar Room, Third Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street

Events | Mellon-Funded Digital Publishing Initiative Workshops

This fall, Brown University Library and the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (REMS) will host a series of interactive, interdisciplinary workshops on digital humanities scholarship for undergraduates, featuring two pilot projects selected for Brown’s Digital Publishing Initiative, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The REMS Program offers students many opportunities to work with centuries-old books and pictures in some very modern ways, uncovering exciting research questions in the humanities, history, and the social sciences along the way.

Books without Pages: Project Atalanta

The first workshop, “Books without Pages: Project Atalanta,” will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. Project Atalanta brings to life in digital form a multimedia seventeenth-century text, Michael Maier’s alchemical emblem book, Atalanta fugiens. The publication will consist of a dynamic, enhanced digital edition of the early modern book, including recordings of its fifty fugues, as well as a critical anthology of media-rich interpretative essays. Associate Professor of History Tara Nummedal, Digital Scholarship Editor Allison Levy, and Designer for Online Publications Crystal Brusch, along with the graduate and undergraduate students who have been working on the project, will present material from the digital project in conjunction with an evaluation of the printed early modern book from the John Hay Library.

Journey into the New World and Other Tales of Forgotten (Early) Modern Media

The second workshop, “Journey into the New World and Other Tales of Forgotten (Early) Modern Media,” will take place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. Professor of Italian Studies Massimo Riva, Digital Scholarship Editor Allison Levy, and Designer for Online Publications Crystal Brusch will introduce undergraduates to the wonders of time travel by exploring several examples of analog media from the pre-digital age. How can popular forms of entertainment from centuries ago, such as the cosmorama, the magic lantern, or the “moving panorama,” help us better understand our own “brave new world” – our digital visual culture? This workshop will revolve around a set of digital simulations of eighteenth-century optical devices being designed for this project.

Both events will take place in the Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of Rockefeller Library. A short reception will follow.

Dates: October 26 and November 1, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library, 10 Prospect Street

Scenes from Cuba’s War of Independence, 1895–1898

Chocolates E. Juncosa Advertising Cards
Scenes from Cuba’s War of Independence,1895–1898.

These advertising cards for the firm Chocolate E. Juncosa, in Barcelona, depict scenes from Cuba’s War of Independence, 1895–1898. Founded in 1835, the company offered cocoa and sugar of the finest quality. This set contains 36 numbered chromolithography cards with color illustrations and caption titles. The reverse of each card contains text advertisement for the company.

Dates: October 5 – October 31, 2017
TimeJohn Hay Library Hours
Location: Second Floor Landing, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence

Event | Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Brown University Library will host Mark Baumer (MFA ’11): A Celebration in Sayles Hall. After the gathering in Sayles, attendees are invited to join members of Mark’s family, Library staff, and Literary Arts faculty, students, and alumni for a memorial tree planting in front of the Rockefeller Library.

Mark earned his MFA from Brown in 2011, where he made abiding friends while he pursued an unconventional and abundantly personal approach to writing, teaching, and living. Upon graduating from Brown, Mark began work providing communications for the Brown University Library, becoming, among other things, the voice of Josiah Carberry, long-beloved professor whose areas of study include psycho-ceramics. Taking an extended leave from the Library, Mark began a barefoot trek across the United States on October 13, 2016. From along the walk, he regularly posted video blog materials — http://thebaumer.com/ — chronicling the walk, his encounters, and his perception of the nation through which he was passing. In January 2017, he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.

Festivities celebrating the many facets of Mark’s connection to the Library and Brown are slated to begin around 10 a.m. in Sayles Hall. Harriette Hemmasi, University Librarian, and Kevin Powell, one of Mark’s former colleagues at the Library, will announce the Mark Baumer Book Fund, established by the Library in 2017 to support the acquisition of experimental literature books and media. Following, Karen McAninch of the United Service & Allied Workers of Rhode Island will announce the Mark Baumer Scholarship for Rhode Island native or Rhode Island-based activism.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Literary Arts faculty and alumni-colleagues of Mark’s will share from his work and talk about how he helped to shape their time at Brown. Joining us will be alumni Darren Angle, Andrew Bourne, and Angela Ferraiolo; and faculty members John Cayley, Colin Channer, Joanna Howard, and Ada Smailbegovic.​

To donate to the Mark Baumer Book Fund:

  • Visit the Brown University Library Giving webpage
  • Type “Mark Baumer” into the “search for something specific” field
  • Check “Other” and type Mark Baumer Book Fund into the box
  • Click “Add Your Gift”
  • Proceed to Gift Amount & Details

You can also write a check to Brown University and name the Mark Baumer Book Fund in the memo field. Please mail the checks to:

Brown University Library
10 Prospect Street, Box A
Providence, RI 02912
Attn: Mark Baumer Book Fund

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Sayles Hall); 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. (In front of Rockefeller Library)
Location: Sayles Hall (81 Waterman Street, on the College Green); Rockefeller Library (10 Prospect Street)

Event | Josiah Carberry’s Botanical Adventures with the Brown University Herbarium & Carberry Day Dinner

Professor Carberry studies Trillium grandiflorum, collected in Penn Yan, by H. P. Sartwell, New York

Josiah S. Carberry Day Dinner

Join the Brown University Friends of the Library and Friends of Josiah on October 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Brown Faculty Club for a dinner celebrating the legendary Professor Josiah S. Carberry and his special day: Friday the Thirteenth.

The cost of dinner is $45.00, payable in advance by check to “Brown University.” You can reserve your seat at the table by emailing Connie Worthington at cworthy1944@gmail.com. If you reserve a place, and do not cancel by October 6, you will be charged for the meal that was prepared for you.

Cocktails will be available from the cash bar at 6 p.m., and the buffet dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

After dinner, Tim Whitfeld, Collections Manager/Assistant Professor (Research), will speak about Brown’s unique Herbarium and the contributions Carberry and others have tried to make to the collection.

Josiah Carberry’s Botanical Adventures with the Brown University Herbarium

The Herbarium is a repository of botanical diversity from across the world. It includes 80,000 dried and pressed specimens from Rhode Island and all 50 US states. In addition, we have collections from at least 30 other countries, including Cuba, Colombia, South Africa, England, Russia, India, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, and ranging from 1823 to 2017. Over the past few years Herbarium staff has been cataloging the collection, an effort which has unearthed some surprises. It seems Professor Carberry, in addition to his specialized research in psychoceramics, was a keen plant collector who participated in several botanical adventures with the Herbarium. Tim will discuss some of these expeditions and highlight Carberry’s successes and failures to document unusual plants.

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Brown Faculty Club, One Magee Street, Providence

Event | Coffee and Conversation with Ian Fetters, S. T. Joshi Fellow

Please join the Brown University Library on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Lownes Room of the John Hay Library for coffee and conversation with S. T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellow Ian Fetters.

Mr. Fetters, a teaching fellow at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, will discuss his ongoing research at the Library using the Lovecraft Collection. His talk will focus on his project, “Lovecraft’s Dark Continent: At the Mountains of Madness and Antarctic Literature.”

Come early or stay afterward and view the Library’s two new exhibitions. Greetings & Salutations : Lovecraft on the Road is a focused tracing of Lovecraft’s meandering bus trip from Providence, Rhode Island to DeLand, Florida between April and August, 1934. The Caitlín R. Kiernan Papers @ Brown University Library is a mid-career review highlighting Kiernan’s recent gift of her personal and professional archives.

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Lownes Room, Second Floor, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence