What’s Happening in the Libraries: January 2020

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom Artists’ Talk and Opening Reception
January 9, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
A Q&A with artists Edouard Duval-Carrié and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who will jointly launch the opening of Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom. Exhibition opening reception featuring Batá drums by Yosvany Cordero. Cohen Memorial Hall, Room 203. More

Peabody Library: A History of Its First 100 Years
January 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The history of Peabody Library is connected in interesting ways both with the history of Peabody College and with the larger history of libraries and library education in the United States. To help mark Peabody Library’s centennial, this talk by Peabody Librarian David Golann will highlight photos and other artifacts that illuminate the history of the library and the library school that called it home for many years. Light refreshments will be provided.
Location: Peabody Library Fireside Reading Room (1st Floor)

Librarian aids in using virtual reality to teach the realities of war

More than 150 years after the Battle of Franklin, Military Science Professor Brandon Hulette uses the battleground, and innovative technology, to teach students military tactics and the realities of war. “Military arts and sciences involve a lot of abstract concepts.These concepts can be rapidly conveyed through visualization,” Hulette said.

On a recent December day, Hulette and his students traipsed around the Battle of Franklin at the same time of day, and year as the battle occurred, to witness the conditions that precipitated the soldiers’ experiences and decisions. On this battlefield approximately 10,000 men lost their lives. More


Curator Talk by Paula Covington– Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity of Ediciones Vigía and Publishing
January 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Paula Covington, Latin American & Iberian bibliographer and senior lecturer in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, will deliver a curator’s talk on the library’s collection of handcrafted books produced at the Ediciones Vigía collective and publishing house in Matanzas, Cuba.The exhibit of these books, which will be on display from January 9 to February 29, is being held in conjunction with the exhibit Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom on display at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery.

Call for volunteers with an artistic flair

Next April, the Eskind Biomedical Library is organizing an exhibit that will draw from campus and community members. We’ve invited participants to send us drawings and cartoons which they have created around the topic of medicine. We need volunteers to provide artistic assistance either with drawing or with brainstorming about their ideas.  If you would be interested in helping, please contact Philip Walker.

DISC- Digital Scholarship
Digital Scholarship and Communications
The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries support new, interdisciplinary modes of research, discovery, and publication, ranging from geocoding to data citation to open access publishing.For a list of workshops and  working groups:

Other Exhibitions on Display in January:

All Hallows: Witches, Magic and Things that Go Bump
(through January 26)
The exhibit features an array of rare items from the Special Collections Library and the History of Medicine collections. Among the treasures on exhibit in the Central Library are a first American edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, grimoires and other books about magic, rare accounts of witch trials, as well as books on alchemy, tarot and divination, spiritualism, and fantastic beasts from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.


The AUPresses 2019 Traveling Book, Jacket, & Journal Show
(through January 17)
This exhibit features the top winners of the Association of University Presses design competition. Located in Special Collections, the exhibit will display 38 books and cover art selected by the AUP for their unique design and stylish artwork.

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