April 29-May 10 is “Food for Fines”

Donate food and reduce your library fines!

The libraries of SU and SUNY-ESF will once again be participating in “Food for Fines” from April 29-May 10 by collecting food for the needy and offering patrons the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines.

Overdue circulation fines will be reduced by $1 for each healthy, nonperishable food item donated by an individual during those dates–Interlibrary loan fines and lost book fees are not included.

Participating libraries include Bird, the Carnegie Library, the Law Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the King + King Architecture Library, and ESF’s Moon Library.

Donations may be brought to the circulation desks of affiliated libraries. Students, faculty, and staff without current fines may also contribute.

All food items will be donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry.

For more information about “Food for Fines,” please contact Laura Benjamin at lmnemitz@syr.edu.

Syracuse All Steel Percussion Orchestra performs April 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Bird Library

The Syracuse All Steel Percussion Orchestra (SASPO) will perform a selection of “bangers and party anthems” on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Members of the University community are invited to enjoy the sounds of the University’s new steel band in an informal setting.

SASPO is based in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. The band’s name is an homage to TASPO, a band from Trinidad that helped lead the development of this dynamic ensemble. SASPO plays a wide variety of music, from jazz to classical, calypso to soca and rock to hip-hop. SASPO is directed by David Knapp, assistant professor of music education in the Setnor School and the School of Education.

For questions about the performance, contact the SU Libraries Arts Programming Team at rsfoxvon@syr.edu or the ensemble director, David Knapp, at dhknapp@syr.edu

Syracuse University M.A. student Mark Muster wins Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award

Mark Muster, an M.A. candidate in the Department of English at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive this year’s award for the best essay by a graduate student in the humanities at Syracuse University. He is a native of New York.

Muster’s paper entitled “Re-synching Queerness: Futurity in the Ephemeral in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend and James Baldwin’s Another Country” will be read from during this year’s awards ceremony on April 18, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird 114.

The annual award honors Mary Hatch Marshall, the first woman to achieve the rank of full professor in The College of Liberal Arts. She held the Jesse Truesdell Peck Chair in English literature, served as the first director of the Honors Program, and was among the founding members of Library Associates.

Students from African American Studies; Art & Music Histories; English; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Philosophy; Religion; Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; and Women’s and Gender Studies are eligible for the award.

Library Associates established the annual award to honor and help perpetuate Mary Hatch Marshall’s scholarly standards and generous spirit. Members of Library Associates, Marshall’s friends and family, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Central New York Community Foundation all contributed to the endowment established in 2004 that funds the award.

For those wishing to make a gift to the Mary Hatch Marshall Award Endowment in remembrance of or in honor of Mary Hatch Marshall, please contact Ron Thiele, assistant dean for advancement for the Libraries at rlthiele@syr.edu or 315.560.9419.

BREATHE at the Libraries, April 24-25

Take a moment to breathe before finals! On Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, the Syracuse University Libraries, the Office of Health Promotion, Health Services, and the Society of Public Health Educators (SOPHE) will be hosting “BREATHE at the Libraries,” a series of end-of-semester events to help students relax and unwind as they prepare for Finals Week. Stop by and engage in a range of stress relievers, all to help you BREATHE:

  • Build your own Lego creations and puzzles,
  • Recharge with free snacks and refreshments,
  • Exercise your mind and body with Recreation Services’ new library-inspired training circuit,
  • Art it up with coloring books, crafting, and poetry,
  • Pet a Therapy dog
  • Make Healthy connections and grab free giveaways from the Office of Health Promotion, Health Services, and SOPHE, and…
  • Exhale and get yourself ready for Finals Week!

All activities will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, room 114 of Bird Library on April 24 and 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For questions, please contact Tarida Anantachai at tanantac@syr.edu or Anita Kuiken at akuiken@syr.edu.

Studying Dante’s Religious Culture and the Problem of the Beatific Vision: Questions of Method, Lecture by Zygmunt G. Barański, April 10, Bird Library

In this lecture, Zygmunt G. Barański, Serena Professor of Italian Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Professor of Dante & Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will examine the unsystematic treatment of Dante’s religious culture in scholarship, with particular attention to the poet’s treatment of the issue of heavenly beatitude in the Commedias final canticle, Paradiso. Barański has published extensively on Dante and on medieval and modern Italian literature and culture. For many years he was senior editor of The Italianist, and currently holds the same position with Le tre corone.

A selection of materials from the Special Collections Research Center related to Dante’s works will be available to view before and after the talk.

For more information about the lecture, visit http://thecollege.syr.edu/event-items/PROGRAMS/2019.04.10-Baranski.html.

This event is co-sponsored by The English Department, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Syracuse University Libraries, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center.

The lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Bird Library, Spector Room, Bird 608. A reception will follow in the Hillyer Room, Bird 606.

To request accommodations, please contact aleone@syr.edu.