What’s Happening in the Libraries: February 2020

Gorey and Grandville: Curators’ Talks Explore Two New Exhibits Featuring Famous Illustrators

Gorey and Grandville: Curators’ talks explore  two new exhibits featuring famous illustrators
Two exhibits featuring the work of an American and French illustrator open in the Central Library on February 3. G is for Gorey: The Remarkable Worlds of Edward Gorey and Fables & Fantasies: The Illustrations of J. J. Grandville will be explored in individual curators’ talks in Special Collections on February 6 (Gorey) and March 12 (Grandville). More

Graphic Medicine Exhibit Update

The Library has received a donation of art supplies from the Curb Center and has scheduled several Art Days in the Eskind Biomedical Library and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Feel free to attend any of the sessions to conceptualize, develop, and complete your submissions. More

Censored: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture

As part of a lecture and film series on controversial French art, the Central Library will be showing two films in February at 5:30 p.m. in the Author’s Room, 418A.

Une Femme Mariee, in French with English subtitles, is a moving portrait of a modern woman fighting back after being reduced to little more than a sexual commodity in this 1964 film. The film will be shown on February 11 and introduced by Anthony Contreras, PhD candidate in French literature at Vanderbilt University.

La Religieuse, based on Denis Diderot’s 18th-century epistolary novel, is the story of a teenage girl forced by her parents into a nightmarish convent. The film, in French with English subtitles, will be shown on February 21 and introduced by Meghan McGinley, a Ph.D. candidate in the French literature program at Vanderbilt University.

The series is sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, W.T. Bandy Center, and Cinema and Media Arts.

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom

Thursday, February 20, 4:00–6:00pm
Alejandro de la Fuente: “New Perspectives on the Black Atlantic
Community Room of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries

Alejandro de la Fuente is the Robert Bliss Woods Professor of Latin American History and Economics, professor of African and African American Studies and of History, and director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University. A historian of Latin American and the Caribbean who specializes in the study of comparative slavery and race relations, de la Fuente will deliver the 2020 Black Atlantic Speaker’s Series Lecture. His works on race, slavery, and Atlantic history have been published in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French. He is also the curator of two art exhibits dealing with issues of race: Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art and Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba.

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4:00–6:00pm
Closing Lectures and Reception
Ada Ferrer, “Aponte: A Black Kingdom of this World
Jane Landers,An Untapped Source for the History of José Antonio Aponte: The Slave Societies Digital Archive
Cohen Memorial Hall, Room 203 & Atrium

At this closing event, exhibition co-curator and NYU Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean History Ada Ferrer will present on her historical research—which ultimately inspired the creation of Visionary Aponte as a contemporary art exhibition. Jane Landers, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of History, director of the Slave Societies Digital Archive and lead faculty for the International Initiative for the Study of Slave Societies, will also speak on historical sources for the life and death of José Antonio Aponte recently discovered in the Slave Societies Digital Archive. A closing reception for the exhibition will follow.

Research Hacks Workshops

Would you like to sharpen your research skills? Is there a particular citation manager or other research tool that you’ve always wanted to learn more about? If so, plan to attend one (or more) of Central Library’s Research Hacks Workshops this spring!

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