Reimagining Bird Library: Presentations by Architecture students on November 16

Students from School of Architecture Professor Randall Korman’s spring  2017 “Integrated Design Studio” (ARC 409) class will present their ideas for a reimagined and redesigned Bird Library at a presentation on Thursday, November 16 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.

With Bird Library as their project site, students were asked to reuse the existing structure – stripped to its skeleton – and adapt it to serve the needs of an updated and expanded program of functions and services. Students were also required to make their reconceived building a model of sustainability, using active and passive technologies to reduce energy consumption and improve quality of life. Students will share the research materials, drawings, and models created for the semester-long project.

The session is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, or if you require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact Kelley Parker at kaparker@syr.edu or 315.443.5533 by Friday, November 10.

 

Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum on November 15 features Sarah Fuchs Sampson and Meina Yates-Richard

Meina Yates-Richard

The fall 2017 Issues in Digital Scholarship Forum will feature Dr. Sarah Fuchs Sampson, assistant professor of Music History & Cultures, and Dr. Meina Yates-Richard, assistant professor of English. It will take place on Wednesday, November 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Bird 114). Both speakers will discuss their current digital projects, followed by Q&A and discussion.

 

Sarah Fuchs Sampson

Sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries’ Research and Scholarship department, the series explores how scholars in different fields engage digital technologies as the subject matter of their research, in their research methods, their collaborative work, and the systems through which their research is disseminated and preserved. The program explores the ways in which the library, the university, and its technology infrastructure can support these modes of scholarship and sustain their future.

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.

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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 College of Arts & Sciences, the Departments of Languages, Literature & Linguistics, Religion, and Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, the Department of Reading and Language Arts, the School of Education, the Maxwell School and the Indigenous Values Initiative.

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.