Feed Your Mind with the SU Librarians

Need help navigating the research process? On Thursday, October 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., graduate students are invited to join the Syracuse University Libraries for a relaxed evening at the Inn Complete, and get to know the librarians who can help guide you through the research process and connect you to the resources you’ll need to successfully navigate your graduate program. There will be mini presentations starting at 6:00 p.m. and a chance to win prizes.

The event is open for the first 60 graduate students who register for the event. Register and reserve your spot today by filling out the form: http://bit.ly/2O8ojx0

Free food will be available to registered graduate students, and free drink tickets will be provided to the first 25 registered graduate students to arrive at the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Syracuse University Libraries and the SU Graduate Student Organization (GSO). For any questions, please contact Emily Hart at ekhart@syr.edu.

Qualtrics Workshops

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries will offer a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff and students. Qualtrics enables users to create and distribute complex surveys and analyze responses from a single online platform.

The workshops will be held Thursdays from 3pm-4pm beginning on October 4 and ending on November 15. All classes will be held via the web using Adobe Connect and will take place from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. You do not need to have Adobe Connect installed on your computer.  You may attend any one or all workshops. The workshops are free and all participants must register.

To register, please go to: Qualtrics Workshops

If you need an accommodation, such as closed captioning, in order to fully participate in any of these workshops, please contact datasvcs@syr.edu as soon as possible.

For further information, please email datasvcs@syr.edu

In the Biblio Gallery: Staff Sgt. Michael Battles

An exhibit by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles, an aerial combat photographer, with the U.S. Air Force will be on display in the Biblio Gallery on the 4th floor of Bird Library.

Sergeant Battles is currently a student in the Military Photojournalism program at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. Sergeant Battles is 1 of 19 photographers representing the U.S. military in the program this year.

During his deployment he documented both, aerial and ground; combat and support missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Syria, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kuwait, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2016, Sergeant Battles won the military-wide photography competition the 1st Combat Camera ShootOff, and in 2017 won the international photography competition the Defense Media Activity D.C. ShootOff Photojournalism Workshop. Furthermore, Sergeant Battles is the 2018 Air Force Public Affairs Agency’s Photojournalism, News and Feature Photographer of the Year.

Sergeant Battles will graduate his ten-month program in May 2019 and return to the U.S. Air Force.

The exhibit will be on display from October 4 – November 1, 2018.

For more information about exhibiting in the Biblio Gallery, contact Ann Skiold at saskiold@syr.edu or see the Biblio Gallery website.

Fall Semester poetry series, Lunch Time Poems, to begin in Bird Library

Syracuse University Libraries is once again pleased to announce Lunch Time Poems, a series of free noontime poetry readings running throughout September, October, and November. Hosted by poet Stephen Kuusisto, University Professor and Director of the Burton Blatt Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, the series will feature noted poets from across the region. All events are open to students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

Modeled on a popular program at the University of California at Berkeley, Lunch Time Poems is an informal brown bag event designed, as Kuusisto says, “to offer us some food for thought in the middle of our busy days – just bring your lunch and your appetite for words.”

All readings will take place from noon to 1pm in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided, and if you require any additional accommodations please contact Liz Cronkwright at 315.443.2573 or emcronkw@syr.edu.

The series is as follows:

  • Chris Kennedy and Sarah Harwell: Thursday, September 20
  • Chard DeNiord: Friday, September 28
  • Diane Wiener and Kristofor Minta: Friday, October 5
  • Rainie Oet: Thursday, October 11
  • Devon Moore: Friday, October 26
  • Ralph Savarese: Thursday, November 15
  • Dylan Krieger: Friday, November 30

Seven-Week Series on Understanding Islam Begins October 2

Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric“Understanding Islam,” a seven-week series that will present a comprehensive look at Islam through lectures and discussions, will begin on Tuesday, October 2.

The program is facilitated by Muslim Chaplain Amir Duric, and will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114) of Bird Library. The series, which is sponsored by Syracuse University Libraries, Muslim Student Life at SU, Muslim Students Association at SU, and Hendricks Chapel, is free and open to the public.  Each session will consist of a lecture and discussion.

This “Understanding Islam” series is a follow-up to a similar program first held in Spring 2018. During the popular Spring 2018 series, participants shared the following testimonials of their experience:

“I truly appreciated and took advantage of the interactive style of the sessions. With very basic knowledge about Islam, I could engage in discussions with other participants with more and different knowledge about Islam. It enabled me to fine tune, validate, correct and improve my existing knowledge about Five Pillars of Islam, Prophet Muhammad S.A.V., and similarities and differences between Islam and other popular religions. The facilitation style of the speaker allowed other religions’ representatives to share their perspectives which helped me in juxtaposing the religious values. And lastly, visit to the mosque was the culmination of the series.” – Mirjakhon Turdiev, Spring 2018 Participant

“I was drawn to the series out of a desire to better understand a religion with which I had previously had little contact, and which I considered to be often misunderstood. In following the series, I learned about Islam not only through the weekly meetings with Mr. Duric, but through experience in listening to prayers, reading excerpts from the Qur’an, and visiting a local mosque. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of Islam in a welcoming and friendly environment.” – Katelyn Rochelle Bajorek, Spring 2018 Participant

The schedule for the Fall 2018 series is as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 2: Introduction
  • Tuesday, October 9: Ten Commandments of Islam (guest speaker: Imam Muris Neimarlija)
  • Tuesday, October 16: Women’s Rights in Islam (guest speaker: Anisa Diab, Licensed Counselor)
  • Tuesday, October 23: Sunni-Shi’a Dichotomy and Politics in Early Islamic History (guest speaker: Ahmet Celik, PhD Student, SU Department of Religion)
  • Tuesday, October 30: Legacy of Muslim Civilization (guest speaker: Imam Amsal Memic)
  • Tuesday, November 6: A Mosque Visit – The Role of Mosque and Community in the Life of Muslims (guest speaker: Imam Mohammed Alfiki)
  • Tuesday, November 13: Faith in Practice and Conclusion (guest speaker: Al-Amin Muhammed, Advocate for the Homeless and Poor)

To register and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by September 28 to Amir Durik at aduric@syr.edu.