Consequences of Classification: Systemic Violence Against Marginalized Communities

Melissa Adler, assistant professor of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario, will give the talk, Consequences of Classification: Systemic Violence Against Marginalized Communities on Monday, December 4, 2017, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. Her lecture is part of the Syracuse Symposium series on Belonging.

Systems of classification exist across every field, from biological taxonomies to library shelves. These systems reflect the values of their creators and exert power in defining relationships of belonging. Using classifications as primary historical texts and conceptualizing them as systems that organize state and cultural discourses, Adler will discuss some of the processes by which the marginalization of queer and racialized subjects becomes systemic, and ways that critical analysis reveals possibilities for organizing otherwise. Interdisciplinary fields, such as critical animal studies, disability studies, queer studies, and critical race studies are deeply invested in the critique and production of taxonomies and language, and while they share similar histories of oppression, their subjects push the limits of classifications in unique and compelling ways.

On Tuesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in 304 Tolley, Adler follows her public lecture with a focused workshop on how classification systems—from biological taxonomies to library organization systems—reflect the values of their creators and exert power, especially over marginalized subjects. This small-group discussion will focus on deconstructing social norms and taxonomies, as they pertain to LGBTQ communities. If you’d like to attend, please contact Rachel Clarke at rclark01@syr.edu by November 28, including any requests for accessibility accommodations.

These events are jointly sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the lecture. If you need an accommodation to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Patrick Williams at jpwill03@syr.edu by November 28.

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.

Go Orange!