Orange Central Return to Jabberwocky Panelist Discussion

As part of Syracuse University’s Orange Central alumni weekend, Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and WAER will be hosting an event titled “Return to Jabberwocky” on Saturday, October 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of Bird Library. The Jab, as it was fondly referred to, was a student-run musical venue that operated in the Kimmel Hall basement from 1969-85. The event on October 30 will feature live music performed by Gary W. Frenay ’07 (Newhouse School) and Arty Lenin, local musicians who performed at the original Jab. It will also include a panel discussion from people involved in operations of the Jab, including:

  • Edward F. Levine ’78 (Newhouse School), former program director at WAER
  • Butch Charles ’81 (College of Arts and Sciences and Newhouse School), former program director at WAER
  • Mitchel Resnick ’76 (College of Visual and Performing Arts), artist who painted original murals which will be on display during the event.
  • David Rezak, former College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and founding director of the Bandier Program, as well as key booking agent for Jabberwocky

“The Jab” was a beloved student-run musical campus and community venue, which showcased emerging and well-known local, regional and national musicians, such as Charles Mingus, The Talking Heads, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Bonnie Raitt and Cyndi Lauper.  During the same time period, WAER was completely student-operated with a focus on local programming. Many of the Jab shows were broadcast live on WAER.

“The Jabberwocky was clearly an iconic institution that defined a significant part of the student experience of the time,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian. “In collaboration with our campus partners, we are pleased to host this event, which  I’m sure will bring back fond memories  for alumni of the 70s and 80s.”


New Biblio Gallery Exhibit: Newhouse, iSchool Partner on Data-Driven Art Exhibit “Democracy in the Digital Age”

Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library  was created by students from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies and is titled “Democracy in the Digital Age: Does It Exist?” It is a data-driven art exhibit funded by a CUSE Grant. The exhibit, which is on display from now through January, provides insight into university students’ consumption of news and social media, specifically analyzing how both of those elements intersect to construct a political identity.

This exhibit is a continuation of last year’s three-part symposium series “Social Media and Democracy,” spearheaded by Professor Regina Luttrell, Professor Jon Glass and Professor Lu Xiao. This year, students in Luttrell’s Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution course surveyed more than 200 students across U.S. college campuses to understand what democracy means in a social media-driven society. Newhouse and iSchool students then visually interpreted the survey results to create the exhibit, which encourages students to have a conversation about the important issue surrounding the influence of digital media.

Students Sophie Estep, Holly Jones, Jessica Zuk, Daniela Curi, and Lillee Bellia coordinated the project. Students Renée Deemer, Yiran Duan, Galen Hogan, Aaron Kassman and Isabel Munoz are the featured artists.

For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website.