AIAS/ARR Fall Book Club event

Ms. Keiko Ogura (Photo Credit: Darrell Miho)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the Architecture Reading Room present their fall book club event on Sunday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in the Slocum Hall Auditorium. It will feature the screening of two short films: “After Hiroshima Mon Amour” by Silvia Kolbowski and “Let Me Count the Ways” by Leslie Thornton. An informal discussion will follow the screening.

These films are being shown as part of “That Day Now”, a special series of events at Syracuse University revolving around the visit of Ms. Keiko Ogura, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast, storyteller, and peace advocate. This will also be the first opportunity on campus to see and hear Ms. Ogura.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Barbara Opar at baopar@syr.edu.

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Boost the ’Cuse (#BoostCuse): Syracuse University’s first-ever Giving Day happens on October 17

Boost the ’Cuse (#BoostCuse) is Syracuse University’s first-ever giving day—a 24-hour giving campaign focused on participation that begins  at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. 

The campaign goal is to to inspire at least 1,870 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends to make a gift to Syracuse University.  We want our community to come together to support their passions and make a difference on this special day. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.

The day will feature a number of special challenges that will release more than $500,000 in additional funds. Challenges will highlight units, regions, social sharing, and more—all to channel additional dollars to our most vital areas, including scholarships, the Annual Fund, and deans’ funds. Here’s an example:

Gifts with “44” Challenge: When the challenge window closes, the school, college, or unit with the most gifts containing the number “44” ($44, $1,000.44, etc.), will receive an additional $1,044 challenge dollars allocated to its specific fund.

Boost the ’Cuse updates can be found at Mission Control: mission.syr.edu, where you can track progress, see who’s donated, learn about the different challenges, and more.  The full list of challenges will be available starting on October 10.

Anyone can participate. We need our entire community to participate to have a successful day.

Go Orange!

Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? Disappearing Traditional Writing Systems and the Worldwide Loss of Cultural identity

Tim Brookes, associate professor in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College, will give the talk, Where Have All the Alphabets Gone? on Friday, November 3, 2017, 10:00–11:30 a.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. His lecture is part of the Syracuse Symposium series on Belonging.

Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project, uses art to draw attention to imperiled languages and cultures, creating wood carvings that display the beautiful scripts of languages falling into disuse and on the verge of extinction. He will address questions of how a culture’s writing system reflects its sense of value and belonging, why cultures around the world are losing their traditional scripts, and what else is being lost in the process. An exhibit of his artwork will be on display on the first floor of Bird Library for the week prior to his talk.

More information on the Endangered Alphabets Project can be found at endangeredalphabets.com.

This event is jointly sponsored by the University Libraries, the Humanities Center, the Departments of Languages, Literature & Linguistics and Religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Indigenous Values Initiative, and the Department of Reading and Language Arts in the School of Education.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for this event. If you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Lydia Wasylenko at lwwasyle@syr.edu by October 27.

University Archives to host Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives

To commemorate Remembrance Week 2017, the Libraries will host two Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Open Archives sessions. Join archivist Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn for an open viewing of selected materials from the Archives.

The Archive includes paper-based materials, correspondence, government reports and legislation, photographs, artwork, audio visual material, as well as personal items that belonged to the victims.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2-5 p.m. and Friday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Spector Room, 608 Bird Library. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Vanessa at vlstoegg@syr.edu or 315.443.0632.

Goudy@Syracuse opening reception on October 5

An opening reception for the exhibition Goudy@Syracuse: A Legacy by Design will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4:30–6 p.m. on the 6th floor of Bird Library, in conjunction with Orange Central.

Curated by Andrew J. Saluti, with William T. La Moy, it tells the story of the preeminent American designer and typographer Frederic W. Goudy and his long connection to Syracuse University.

Through a selection of rare books, printed ephemera, and other archival materials, as well as original sketches and markups for the 2016 Sherman typeface adopted for the University’s visual identity, this exhibition explores the impact and importance of the famed type designer and celebrates the strong historical ties and entwined legacy of Goudy and Syracuse University.

The exhibition will be on display in Bird Library’s 6th floor gallery through May 13, 2018. For more information, visit library.syr.edu/scrc/programs/exhibitions/exhibit/2017-Goudy.php.