The Political Urgency of Community Archives: Public Talk and Workshop with the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) on April 23-24

As part of the 2018-2019 Syracuse Symposium Series, the SU Libraries are excited welcome Michelle Caswell (Associate Professor of Archival Studies, UCLA) and Samip Mallick (Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive) for a free public lecture and workshop. Further information on the two events is as follows:

Now More Than Ever: The Political Urgency of Community Archives

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114)

Stories have the powerful ability not only to chronicle the histories of communities, but also to enable the cyclical nature of privilege and systemic oppression by the dominant cultures who disseminate them. In this talk, Caswell and Mallick—co-founders of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)—explore how members of communities marginalized by white supremacy and heteropatriarchy imagine archives as potential sites of disruption of these oppressive cycles. Caswell and Mallick argue that archivists make more liberatory interventions in disrupting white supremacy and patriarchy in archival practice, going beyond the standard solutions of diverse collecting and inclusive description. In so doing, they will explore emerging examples from their own pedagogical and archival practices to illustrate possibilities for archival disruption, and galvanize archivists to embrace activism during times of political and social crisis. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services will be provided.

How to Tell Your Community’s Story

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Bird Library, Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (room 114)

In follow up to their public lecture, SAADA co-founders Mallick and Caswell host an interactive workshop to guide participants through the process of starting and building community archives, sharing stories about what worked and what didn’t. Topics include how to get started, developing a collection focus, building relationships with donors, fundraising, and more. Space is limited. RSVP by April 17 to Tarida Anantachai at; include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

Michelle Caswell, PhD, is Associate Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, and co-founder of SAADA. She is the author of the book Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and more than two dozen articles on archives, social justice, and community-based memory organizations. In 2014, she served as the guest editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on archives and human rights and in 2017, she co-guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies on the theme of critical archival studies.

 Samip Mallick, MS, is the co-founder and Executive Director of SAADA. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library. His other previous work includes his graduate work in Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He was also previously the Assistant Bibliographer for the Southern Asia Collection at the University of Chicago Library and has worked for the South Asia and International Migration Programs at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

These events were made possible through generous support from the Syracuse University Humanities Center, the Syracuse University Libraries, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Department of History at Maxwell, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the South Asia Center, the LGBT Resource Center, the Central NY Library Resource Council (CLRC), and the Eastern NY Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL).

“The Phantom on Film: Routes of Cultural Transfer” a talk by Cormac Newark

Gaston Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1909–10) may not be great literature, but it is a unique record of the most important social and artistic institution in the ‘capital of the nineteenth century’, Paris. More significant still, since the novel’s publication it has radically transcended that historical-geographical specificity and become the object of constant creative re-interpretation all over the world. Nowhere is this more compellingly illustrated than in the fifty-plus screen adaptations—silent films and talkies, horror films and musicals, cartoons and telenovelas and more—that have been made in places as far apart as Hollywood, Brazil and China between 1916 and today. In this talk, Cormac Newark (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) discusses a global interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, that he has led over the past three years to map the mechanisms and extraordinary extent of cultural transfer represented by the ‘Phantom on Film’ phenomenon. By way of a brief case-study, he will attempt to address the reasons why the Italian adaptations (1964–1998, by directors ranging from Dario Argento to Joe D’Amato) feature so much more sex than all the others.

The talk will be held on Monday, April 1st from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library 114.


Syracuse University French Colloquium

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Syracuse University French Colloquium on Friday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library.

The French Colloquium provides the opportunity for graduates and undergraduates to share their recent research.

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


9:15 Breakfast
9:30 Colloquium Begins
9:30 – 10:30 Graduate Presentations

By Lylia Djoudi

Ninon Bartz

Nick Kouame

Amanda Parraguez

10:30 -10:45 Guest Presentation

By Barbara Opar

10:45 -11:00 Break
11:00 -11:30 Undergraduate Presentations
11:30 -12:00 Pi Delta Phi Induction
12:00-1:00 Lunch

Exhibit on Haitian writer and artist, Frankétienne in Bird Library, March 25-31

Syracuse University Libraries is pleased to help welcome the Haitian writer and artist,
Frankétienne, to campus. An exhibition of manuscripts and typewriting, first editions, pictures, and posters by or on this important artist and writer will be on display near the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (PGSC) on the first floor of Bird Library from Monday, March 25th through Sunday, March 31st. This display is part of a larger set of campus events, including a talk by the artist on Monday, March 25th beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the PGSC. There will also be an exhibit of his paintings in the Community Folk Art Gallery. See:

Before coming to Syracuse, Frankétienne will be in New York City on March 22nd and 23rd, to launch the English translation of his iconic Haitian Creole novel, Dézafi (1975), just published by the University of Virginia Press ( His visit to Syracuse is from March 24th to 27th along with his translator, Dr. Asselin Charles, a retired professor of Comparative literature and writing.  Charles is best known for his English translation of De l’égalité des races humaines (The Equality of the Human Races).

To learn more about Frankétienne, please see the 2011 New York Times article at


SU Libraries and Partners Hosted Living Library Event April 2

The Syracuse University Libraries hosted a Living Library event on Tuesday, April 2 from noon to 5 p.m. in Bird Library. During this event, “living books” representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds and life experience shared their stories in conversation with individual “readers.” Based on previous popular Human Library events, the Living Library is an event that encourages people from different backgrounds to talk with and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment. This event is typically held in April, the same month in which National Library Week occurs.

Living books—SU faculty, staff, and students from a variety of campus departments and programs as well as others from the local community—engaged in one-on-one conversations for 20 minutes at a time. Living books shared their experience on a variety of topics, including immigration, Zen practice, surviving abuse, cancer, and therapy dogs.

The event welcomed 17 living books and over 50 “check outs” by attendees from across the SU and surrounding community. This year’s living book collection featured students, alumni, faculty, and staff from across SU, some “ILLs” from SUNY Upstate Health Sciences Library, and even a therapy dog! Living book participants and event attendees alike reflected on their positive experience at the event, including the following responses:

 ·         “This event helped me feel more comfortable trying something new and talking to strangers. It’s also a unique perspective on storytelling.”

·         “[I learned my living book’s] way of thinking positive and chasing her dream. Her energy really inspires me and lets me feel positive and energetic, which is exactly what a stressed PhD student needs.”

·         “Here I was thinking that my purpose here is to inspire my reader(s) only to experience inspiration for myself. This is life-giving and refreshing!”

·         “The feedback from both my readers have me hopping and skipping and totally inspired to do this work on a deeper level.” 

For more photos of the event, check out the SU Libraries Living Library 2019 Flickr album.

The event is offered in partnership with the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Disability Cultural Center, Hendricks Chapel, LGBT Resource Center, the Library and Information Science Student Association (LISSA) at the School of Information Studies, the Office of Learning Communities, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, and the Slutzker Center for International Services.

The Living Library is open to the campus community and no preregistration is required. However, participants can reserve some of our living books in advance for a specific time, if desired, by completing the form on this page by April 1: If you have difficulties using this form or wish to sign up via e-mail, please contact or

This event is one of several Living Library events being planned throughout the region, with support from the Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC).

For more information, visit

Wiki-a-thon: Women in Design

As part of a global campaign to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women in design and to increase female contributors to Wikipedia, School of Architecture Professor Lori Brown, Architecture Librarian Barbara Opar, and Fine Arts Librarian Ann Skiold will hold a Women in Design Wiki-a-thon on Tuesday, March 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the King + King Architecture Library in Slocum Hall.

Participants will create, update, and improve Wikipedia articles covering the lives and works of women in design.

Students of all gender identities are welcome to participate; editorial experience is not required. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Lori Brown, Barbara Opar, or Ann Skiold.

Classic Catalog systems upgrade, March 12-14, 2019

Starting on Tuesday, March 12, the Voyager system that powers our Classic Catalog and circulation operations will be upgraded. This upgrade is anticipated to take approximately 2-3 days, concluding on Thursday, March 14. During the upgrade process, some features within our Classic Catalog and Summon may experience some temporary issues, including:

  • Links within the Classic Catalog and Summon may be temporarily inoperable.
  • Item availability listings in the Classic Catalog and Summon may be temporarily inaccurate.
  • Functions within Library Accounts (including online renewals and requests) may be temporarily unavailable.

An alert notice will appear on our Classic Catalog page (, indicating that this upgrade process is underway. It will be removed once the upgrade process has completed and all functionality has been restored.

Thank you for your patience during this upgrade process. If you have any questions or need any assistance, library reference staff will be available to help. Please contact us at With any questions related to your accounts during this time, you can also contact our Circulation Desk at 315-443-5727.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with distinguished SU alumna and author, Dr. Kimberly Townsend

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars is celebrating Women’s History Month with a dynamic, speaker, Dr. Kimberly Townsend, who will share her story, along with lessons from her new book, Lifecircle Leadership: How Exceptional People Make Every Day Extraordinary, on Friday, March 22 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library.

The event is free and open to the entire campus community.

Dr. Townsend is an exceptional SU alumna, with four degrees — a BS in accounting and MBA from the Whitman School of Management, an executive masters of public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a JD from the Syracuse University College of Law.  She also holds a EdD from St. John Fisher College.

A prolific speaker and writer whose work has been published in industry journals and business publications, her book was released by Advantage Media Group in Fall, 2018.  In it, she explores how to increase the bottom line, and succeed personally and professionally, while making lives better for the people around us. Lifecircle Leadership is more than a leadership style, according to Dr. Townsend.  It is a philosophy based on how pragmatic altruism can make profound change.

Dr. Townsend worked her way from being a 35-year-old single mother with a high school diploma to President and CEO of a multi-million-dollar company.  She is a role model for anyone who wants to make positive change in the world. Like many women, she juggles the demands of family and the pressures of a full-time job as President & CEO of Loretto, while still finding time to volunteer and better the community.

Her personal story is inspiring.  Growing up in Windham, NH, near Boston, Dr. Townsend went to Boston University for two years before leaving school to marry and have a family. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, she decided it was time to act on her dream. Dr. Townsend went back to school in her early 30s. Her passion for learning led her to earn five degrees. She worked throughout her schooling, supporting her children, sometimes as a single mother. She has since remarried and is now a mother of six and grandmother of three.

Before joining Loretto, Dr. Townsend spent 13 years at Welch Allyn, a medical devices and software company, working her way from Attorney to Associate General Counsel to Senior Director of Government Affairs. Previous work includes positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Ernst & Young LLP.  In addition to being an attorney admitted to the New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Bars, Dr. Townsend is a Certified Public Accountant and is SHRM-certified in Global Professional Human Resources. She was Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University from 2001-2011, and was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award-Customer First at Welch Allyn, Inc.

Dr. Townsend is passionate about living a purposeful, connected life. She is driven by a deep desire to improve herself personally, her company, and her community, through her philosophy of Lifecircle Leadership and pragmatic altruism. She invites others to reconsider their approach to business and life, and hopes they discover, as she did, that being and doing good is good for business.

Refreshments will be served, and reservations are requested by e-mailing

Textile conservator Deborah Lee Trupin to give annual Brodsky Lecture on April 11 in Bird Library

Deborah Lee Trupin, textile and upholstery conservator, will give the lecture A Tale of Two Flags: How History of Treatment and Ownership Affected Conservation Treatment of Two Early Nineteenth-Century American Flags on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library. The lecture will be preceded by an interactive workshop, Textile Identification, Inspection, and Recommendations for Proper Housing and Treatment, from 9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. in the Lemke Seminar Room, Special Collections Research Center, 6th floor, Bird Library.

The lecture and workshop are open to the public, however there is limited space available for the workshop; please RSVP to if you are interested in attending the workshop.

The event is the 2019 offering of the annual Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation. The series is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan Brodsky ’67, G’68 of Chicago. Beginning in 2004, the endowment has been used to sponsor programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs typically include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.

Between 1995 and 2006, Deborah Trupin led a team of textile conservators at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) in the conservation treatment of two rare, early 19th-century flags: the 1809 Fort Niagara Garrison flag and the 1813 ‘Don’t give up the ship’ flag from the United States Naval Academy. Trupin’s lecture will address the treatment of these two historic flags, including cleaning, removal of past treatments, and preparation of these large textile objects for long-term exhibition. The interactive workshop will cover the basics of textile identification, agents of deterioration, care and storage, preventive conservation and collection management issues.

Deborah Trupin, principal of Trupin Conservation Services, has over 35 years of experience in textile conservation. From 1986 to 2015, she was Textile and Upholstery Conservator for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Bureau of Historic Sites (Peebles Island) in Waterford, NY, where she was responsible for the conservation of the textile and upholstery collections of the 35 state‑run historic sites, and supervised the New York State Battle Flag Preservation Project. She is an assistant adjunct professor in FIT’s Fashion and Textiles Studies MA program. Her main interests in conservation include preventive conservation, tapestries, upholstered furniture, flags, historic house museum issues, and the history of conservation/restoration. Trupin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and serves on their Board.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for this event. For more information, or if you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Julia Chambers at by March 27.


VPA School of Design Students win Syracuse University ACC InVenture Prize

A group of prominent judges, including investors, technologists, funders, and successful entrepreneurs, selected College of Visual and Performing Arts School of Design students Quinn King (left) and Alec Gillinder (right) as winners of the prestigious ACC InVenture Prize at Syracuse University.  The senior industrial and interaction design students won the award for an invention developed by MedUX, a medical product design and research firm they founded to create innovative solutions for inpatient, at home, and mobile care. Their first invention, a lightweight, wearable, portable IV system will allow patients to receive intravenous treatment quickly and efficiently while still keeping them mobile.  It is very useful in hospital settings, stand-alone infusion centers, and home palliative care where a patient might need intravenous delivery and wants to be mobile.

They initially conceived the concept and first prototype in Invent@SU, where they won first place in summer 2018.  Over this academic year, they further developed the product and business model working with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University Libraries, along with mentors and industry experts.  After being selected “SU’s top innovators” in the campus competition, they will now be competing against student teams from other ACC member institutions, “Shark Tank,” style in the finals of the 4th annual ACC Inventure Prize Competition April 16-17 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Medical products are often only designed for function and lack the consideration for the users’ needs,” says King. “The medical field is always evolving, and there is a need for better designed and considered products. Our company is flipping the approach of how to consider medical healthcare design.”

“Healthcare needs to consider patients as customers,” adds Gillinder. “Patients want mobility, more personal control, and health care providers want more innovative solutions.”

The team hopes to put their UX perspective as design students to work designing develop a line of products that are considerate of the user, ergonomics, and effective function.  “We will be delivering products to our target market that help solve user needs,” says King. “Our company will accomplish this through extensive customer discovery with medical staff and patients to understand the problem and devise optimal solutions.”

The team is pursuing milestones that include completing patent work, and seeking strategic partners.  They are already working with top experts and inventors in the medical device field on piloting their concept.  They are also being mentored by other experts, including VPA alumnus Gianfranco Zaccai, co-founder of Continuum, who is a design pioneer who is known for championing a holistic and highly integrated approach to innovation research, design, and development.

The ACC InVenture Prize is coordinated at Syracuse University by the Blackstone LaunchPad.  Last week’s campus competition featured top Syracuse University inventors, including (in alphabetical order):  Alec Gillinder and Quinn King, MedUX; Angelica O’Hare, Prioritage; Brianna Howard and Nikita Chatterjee, Paani; Caleb Obiagwu, SYRE Tech LLC; Daniel McMurray, SWIP; Emma Sargent, C29; Jaclyn Hingre, Halo; Jianqiu Jiang, Watson FitPet; Josh Jackson, Promptous; Matt Shumer, OptechVR; Michael Yacubov, Compress-Aid; Patrick Riolo, Artemis Wand; Peter Mignacca, TowelVAC; and Teodoro Delellis, GiraTech.

Judges included:  Dan Rickman, U.S. Small Business Administration; Danielle Taana Smith, Renee Crown Honors Program; James Capparelli, Gardner and Capparelli CPAs; John Sangardten, M&T Bank; John Spatola, Lake Effect Applications; Lisa Spatola, Lake Effect Applications; Matt Gardner, Gardner and Capparelli CPAs; Ryan York, Pinnacle Investments; Scott Henry, Motion Leap; and Somak Chattopadhyay , Armory Square Ventures.

Prioritage was selected by the judges as the 2019 Syracuse University first alternate.

The MedUX team will be traveling to the championship finals with its Syracuse University coach, Linda Dickerson Hartsock, executive director of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars.  They will compete against teams from Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

During the two rounds of the competition at NC State, judges will evaluate each team on their quality of idea, business model, entrepreneurship and probability of success. The final round will be broadcast live by PBS affiliates along the East Coast. While in Raleigh, student participants will engage in a variety of innovation and startup activities and will present their work following the final competition to audience members, the public and potential investors.

To learn more about the ACC InVenture Prize, visit