Special Collections Research Center to host comic art events

The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Libraries, in conjunction with The Salt City Comic-Con, will host a special viewing of original comic art and a panel discussion on Friday, June 23, 2017 in Bird Library.

The one-day viewing will be held on the sixth floor of Bird Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It will feature selected original works by comic masters including Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Frank Robbins (Johnny Hazard), Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones), Irwin Hasen (Dondi), and more. Casual fans, hard core collectors, and art historians are invited to view original comic and cartoon art from industry legends maintained in the Syracuse University collections.

The Friday evening panel discussion at 5:00 p.m. will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The panel will explore and discuss the many original comic art treasures in the collection. Panelists will include Craig Yoe, comic art historian and publisher, and Dan Herman, publisher of Hermes Press and also a well-regarded comics art historian.  Pop culture and marketing expert Ed Catto, of Bonfire Agency, will moderate the panel. These events will serve as “Salt City Comic-con eve” activities to celebrate the convention.

This event is free and open the public. Syracuse University’s Bird Library is located at 222 Waverly Avenue.  Door prizes will be awarded to random attendees of the panel discussion. Additional information on schedules, guests, tickets and cosplay can be found at www.SyracuseComicCon.com.

Salt City Comic-Con celebrates Geek Culture in Syracuse, the Finger Lakes, and all of Central New York. This growing convention, designed for both hardcore collectors and everyday pop-culture fans, stuffs myriad marvels into two action-packed days. Sponsorship and other inquiries can be directed to: SaltCityComicCon@gmail.com

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Commencement Day Reception

Are you graduating this year? If so, we would love to congratulate you!

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Noon to 2 p.m.
Bird Library, first floor (just outside room 114)

Stop in to Bird Library following Commencement for a reception and meet and greet with Dean of Libraries & University Librarian, David Seaman and others.

The Libraries’ spring exhibition, You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place will also be open for viewing in the gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you then.

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April 24-May 4 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 24 through May 4 by collecting food for the needy and offering patrons the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines.

For each healthy, nonperishable food item donated by an individual during those dates, his/her regular, overdue circulation fines will be reduced by $1–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 Architecture Reading Room, 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 Food Bank of CNY.

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

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Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award reading and reception

A reading and reception celebrating the winner of the annual Mary Hatch Marshall Essay Award will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Sean Clancy, a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy 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.

Clancy’s paper entitled “Psychopaths, Ill-Will, and the Wrong-Making Features of Actions” has been accepted for publication in Ergo, an open access philosophy journal.

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; Latino-Latin American Studies; Religion; Philosophy; the Writing Program; and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program 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.

Libraries’ spring exhibition: You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place

Syracuse University Libraries’ spring exhibition, You Are Here: Expanding the Concept of Place, opens with a reception on April 20 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the gallery on the sixth floor of Bird Library.

Through a selection of rare books, pamphlets, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and other artifacts from Special Collections, this exhibition re-frames common notions and accepted definitions of what ‘place’ can be by connecting specifically to the Syracuse community: as in the geographical relevance of the Erie Canal, the conceptual destination of the Underground Railroad, or the student experience specific to Syracuse University.

The exhibit and reception is presented in collaboration with and partially sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center as a part of the 2016 Syracuse Symposium on Place. It will remain on view through mid-August.

Also on view at the Goldstein Faculty Center, the Crouse Hinds Administrative building, and the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City, is The Lost Spaces of Syracuse University, an exhibition exploring the evolution of Syracuse University’s many buildings and spaces over our 147-year history. From the University’s early years in an office building in downtown Syracuse, to the campus boom of the post-World War II era, and the current development of the Campus Framework, each of these periods of change has added to the list of the University’s “lost buildings.” This exhibition of materials and photographs from the University Archives showcases the legacy of some of these lost spaces.

In conjunction with the Libraries’ exhibit opening, Dr. Brice Nordquist (Writing Program) and Dr. Emily Stokes-Rees (Museum Studies) will present the results of their Delmas-funded Special Collections Research Center Faculty Fellows projects. In its inaugural year, the program provides stipends to selected faculty who incorporate the use of special collections in their classes and enable their students to handle, analyze, and interpret SCRC’s rich primary source materials.

Students in Nordquist’s Rhetorics of Futurity: Utopia, Sci-Fi and City Planning course engaged with materials from SU’s collections of utopian, science fiction, and city planning materials. Students in Stokes-Rees’s Ethnographic Curatorship course had a hands-on curatorial experience with plastics collections and developed a new installation for the Plastics Pioneers Reading Room, located on the sixth floor of Bird Library.