Libraries and Partners to Host Annual Human Library Event

The Syracuse University Libraries will host the fourth annual Human Library event on Wednesday, April 5, from noon to 4 p.m. in Bird Library, in partnership with the Library and Information Science Student Association at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

During this event, human books from the SU community representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds, areas of expertise and life experiences will share their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” The event is intended to encourage diversity and challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

Human books—SU faculty, staff and students from a variety of campus departments and programs—will engage in one-on-one or small group conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Examples of human books include individuals from Iran, Kazakhstan, Italy and China; a member of the Onondaga Nation; and a first generation Portuguese-American. Other books will discuss topics such mental illness, physical disabilities and navigating one’s personal identity in light of socio-political events.

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: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/humanlibrary/reserve.

SU’s event is part of a regional Human Library program taking place during April, the month in which National Library Week is celebrated, supported by the Central NY Library Resources Council. The first Human Library program was held in 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark (see http://www.humanlibrary.org). Since then, similar events have been organized in libraries, schools and other institutions around the world.

For more information, see http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/humanlibrary.

 

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Grammy-nominated Afropean duo Les Nubians concert

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium, Les Nubians–an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo–will perform a concert on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Atrium Life Sciences Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

Les Nubians is composed of sisters Helene and Celia Faussart from Paris, France. They have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the U.S., best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy nominated album Princesses Nubiennes. Les Nubians were the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards winners for Best New Artist, Group or Duo and received two NAACP Image Awards nominations in 2000.

To date, Les Nubians have made their home base Brooklyn, New York. They continue to tour the U.S. and around the world performing at festivals, art centers, theaters and clubs.

For more info on the Nubians visit lesnubians.com or sweetwinegroup.com/les-nubians.

The 20th anniversary of the French Colloquium is sponsored by the Albert George Memorial Lecture Fund (French Program), Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor.

The Engineering History of the Erie Canal: lecture by Dr. Sam Clemence on March 28, 2017

Dr. Samuel P. Clemence, interim dean of Hendricks Chapel and professor emeritus in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, will give a talk entitled “The Engineering History of the Erie Canal” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Famous in song and story, the Erie Canal linked the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east. The canal’s engineering achievements are one of the great stories of American technology. Following the canal’s opening in 1825, upstate New York became the equivalent of our modern day “Silicon Valley”. Its impact was extraordinary, both on the state of New York and the entire United States. It has been called the Mother of Cities, Pathway to an Empire, and the Eighth Wonder of the World. Dr. Clemence’s multi-media presentation will include songs, video, and animations that describe the planning, construction, and completion of the canal.

The Library Associates of the Syracuse University Libraries are pleased to present this unique lecture and reception in Bird Library, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University in 1977 as an associate professor. His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977. Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

Dr. Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977. He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over sixty technical publications. He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996. Dr. Clemence received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.

ARR/AIAS/ASO Spring Book Club event

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Architecture Student Association (ASO) and the Architecture Reading Room present its spring book club event on Thursday, March 30 at 5:15 p.m. in Room 202, Slocum Hall. The group, hosted by Susan Henderson, professor at the School of Architecture, will talk about Despina Stratigakos’ book Where Are the Women Architects?

For a century and a half, women have been proving their passion and talent for building and, in recent decades, their enrollment in architecture schools has soared. Yet the number of women working as architects remains stubbornly low, and the higher one looks in the profession, the scarcer women become. Law and medicine, two equally demanding and traditionally male professions, have been much more successful in retaining and integrating women. So why do women still struggle to keep a toehold in architecture? Where Are the Women Architects? tells the story of women’s stagnating numbers in a profession that remains a male citadel, and explores how a new generation of activists is fighting back, grabbing headlines, and building coalitions that promise to bring about change.

Despina Stratigakos’s provocative examination of the past, current, and potential future roles of women in the profession begins with the backstory, revealing how the field has dodged the question of women’s absence since the nineteenth century. It then turns to the status of women in architecture today, and the serious, entrenched hurdles they face. But the story isn’t without hope, and the book documents the rise of new advocates who are challenging the profession’s boys’ club, from its male-dominated elite prizes to the erasure of women architects from Wikipedia. These advocates include Stratigakos herself and here she also tells the story of her involvement in the controversial creation of Architect Barbie.

Despina Stratigakos is associate professor and interim chair of architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the author of Hitler at Home and A Woman’s Berlin: Building the Modern City.

Refreshments will be served.

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20th Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium

Please join us for the 20th Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium on Friday, March 31 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114), Bird Library.

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

This event is sponsored by the Albert George Memorial lecture Fund (French Program), the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, Syracuse University Libraries, and the Offices of the Provost and the Chancellor.