Focus on SU authors in the Humanities

As part of the third annual Books in the Humanities reception, a celebration of Syracuse University faculty, students, and alumni whose books were published in 2017, librarians Michael Pasqualoni and Tasha Cooper have compiled a reading list of those 55 titles:

Books will also be on display and available for check-out in the New Books area of Bird Library from April 18 through April 26. For more information about the Humanities Center’s reception on April 17, visit

21st Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium

Please join us for the 21st Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium on Friday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.

Benjamin Peak, a Ph.D. student in French at John Hopkins University will give the keynote address and special tribute to Professor Hope Glidden at 1:30 p.m.

The French Colloquium provides the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate to share their recent research.

9:30-10 a.m. Breakfast
10-10:15 a.m. Opening Words and Stefano Giannini’s remarks
10:15-10:40 a.m. Barbara Opar
“Lost in history: a brief introduction to Guillaume Bouchet”
10:40-11:05 a.m. Ninon Bartz
“Existe-t-il un regard féminin dans l’ouevre d’Agnès Varda?”
11:05-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15-11:40 a.m. Meggan Girardin
“Politique et esthétique: la guerre d’Indochine dans le cinema français de la Nouvelle Vague”
11:40-noon Grace Hildreth
“L’Importance du roman épistolaire pour les femmes écrivains pendant les 17ème et 18ème siècles”
Noon-12:30 p.m. Nicole Wallenbrock
“Post-traumatic atomic horror: Gerboise Bleue in Djinns (Sandra and Hughes Martin, 2010)
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30-2 p.m. Benjamin Peak
“Literary Wanderings: In Search of a Topos of Rêverie”
2:10-3:20 p.m. The Round Table
3:20-3:30 p.m. Coffee Break
3:30-4 p.m. Pi Delta Phi Honor Society Induction Ceremony
4:05-5:45 p.m. Film Screening
“Les Stances á Sophie”

This event is sponsored and organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics with the assistance of the Syracuse University Libraries.

Libraries to host fifth annual Human Library event on April 11

The Syracuse University Libraries will host its fifth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 11, from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Hendricks Chapel, the Office of Learning Communities, the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, Renee Crown University Honors Program, and the Slutzker Center for International Services.

During this event, “human books” representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” The event is intended to create a positive space for dialogues on challenging topics, to break down stereotypes and to celebrate diversity within our community.

Human books—SU faculty, staff, and students from a variety of campus departments and programs as well as others from the local community—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Human books will share their experiences on a wide variety of topics, including immigration, homelessness, asexuality and queer identity, mental illness, life in law enforcement, reconciling faith and reason, and social justice.

The event is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve a book in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page: (If you have difficulties using this form or wish to sign up via email, please contact or

SU’s Human Library event is one of several similar events taking place during National Library Week (April 8-14), supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

For more information, see


POSIT presents: Contemporary Bibliography on March 27

Organizers of POSIT, a digital collection of architectural content compiled by students at the School of Architecture, are hosting an opening reception for its new series, entitled Contemporary Bibliography, on Tuesday, March 27 at 5:15 p.m. in the King + King Architecture Library.

Addressing the importance of having a variety of perspectives and inputs through previous works of practitioners, historians, and theorists, Contemporary Bibliography is a curated collection of influential resources that faculty have deemed important. Title pages of these books and magazine articles will be displayed in a bookcase outside of the King + King Architecture Library for the next several weeks.

During the reception, faculty members will comment on their reasons for suggesting certain titles. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Barbara Opar at or at 315.443.3518.



Spring Qualtrics workshops announced

Syracuse University Libraries’ Research Data Services will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software during the spring 2018 semester. Taught by research data services librarian Paul Bern, these workshops will be delivered via the web using Adobe Connect. You do not need to have Adobe Connect installed on your computer.  You may attend any or all workshops. The workshops are free and all participants must register.

All sessions will be held via Adobe Connect from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Click on the title below to register for each class.

  • Introduction to Qualtrics – March 27, 2018 – Explores the basics of Qualtrics survey design, highlighting some of the more common tasks and options. Learn how to document and back up a survey.
  • Basic Question Design – March 29, 2018- Examines the different types of questions available in Qualtrics. Learn how and why to change the default values, labels, and variable names, as well as how to do some basic question validation.
  • Intermediate Question Design – April 3, 2018 – Learn how to use skip and display logic to direct what respondents see, as well as randomizing questions and possible responses.
  • Advanced Question Design – April 5, 2018 – Learn to use “carry forward” to display selected responses in follow-up questions, use “piping” to display data in questions and response text, and creating data calculated from two or more questions.
  • Survey Flow – April 10, 2018 – Explore the many uses of Survey Flow – randomizing respondents, creating embedded data, customizing the end of your survey, and more.

For more information, or if you need an accommodation, such as closed captioning, in order to fully participate in any of these workshops, please contact as soon as possible.