What’s Happening in the Libraries: March 2020

IMPORTANT: Please note that given University policy about in-person events during the coronavirus crisis and all face-to-face in-person workshops have been cancelled until further notice. Some of these workshops may be offered online instead. More information about the University’s coronavirus response is available here.

3rd Annual Edible Books Festival

Join us for the 3rd Annual Edible Books Festival where the worlds of food and books collide in creative and delicious ways. Let your imagination run free and create an edible work of art inspired by your favorite book or author. Have fun with puns, or create something in the shape of a book.

The event will take place Wednesday, April 1 in the Central Library Community Room.

Register your entry by noon March 29. More

Curator’s Talk
Fables & Fantasies: The Illustrations of J.J. Grandville

A current exhibition in the Central Library highlights the books of the influential French illustrator, J.J. Grandville (1803-1847). From satirical political cartoons to personified flowers, the illustrations of Grandville have been very influential. Join Librarian Yvonne Boyer for a curator’s talk  on Thursday, March 12 in Special Collections at 4:00 p.m.

Censored: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture

Richard Neupert, professor in the Department of Theater and Film Studies at the University of Georgia, will be giving a lecture La Pointe courte: How Agnes Varda launched a Career (and a Nouvelle Vague) on March 11 at 3:15 p.m. in Buttrick Hall.

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

Wikipedia for Women’s History Month, March 2020

Women of Peabody Edit-a-Thon | March 18, 2020

This event provides the community with the chance to contribute to the public good by editing Wikipedia entries featuring the women of Peabody—staff, faculty and students who shaped the college. Lunch will be provided. More


Art+Feminism | March 25, 2020

Why do we edit? To make women’s lives and their work visible and to preserve their stories. Editing women artists/curators/scholars into Wikipedia is activism.  Come write about your favorite woman artist, curator, architect, photographer or critic. More



Dream for Light Years exhibit opening and performance

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present Dream for Light Years, a two-year collaboration between California-based painter Ali Smith and Blair School of Music professor of composition Michael Alec Rose. Exhibit, performance and reception on March 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Cohen Memorial Hall, Fine Arts Gallery.

Join us inside the Fine Arts Gallery for an exhibition of oil paintings by Ali Smith, along with the debut performance of a composition by Michael Alec Rose, made specifically with Smith’s large-scale canvases in mind. A quartet of distinguished faculty of the Blair School of Music will be performing together, amidst paintings by Ali Smith: Molly Barth (flute), Stephen Miahky (violin), Jeremy Wilson (trombone) and Felix Wang (cello). John Warren, film artist and lecturer in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt, will produce a video of the in situ performance, to be experienced during the run of the exhibition. More

Print & Paper Series brings book artist Harry Reese to campus

Acclaimed artist and book maker Harry Reese, inventor of the Sandagraph technique, will speak March 19 at 12:30pm in Special Collections.  In his talk Word, Image, Book, Presence: The User is the Content Reese will discuss his works produced with Sandra Liddell Reese for over 40 years at Turkey Hill Press. Harry’s teaching has engaged with “small press,” “fine printing,” “artists’ books,” and “third stream books.” More

Entries still being accepted for Graphic Medicine exhibition

The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center is sponsoring an exhibit from April 8 to May 8, 2020 entitled, “Telling our stories: graphic medicine and the intersection of art and healthcare.” The exhibition is seeking works of art from the Vanderbilt community based upon health care experiences. Staff, students, faculty, and patients from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are invited to participate in this campus-wide event. More

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!

DiSC Offers Several Upcoming Digital Scholarship Events

DISC- Digital Scholarship

The Digital Scholarship and Communications Office (DiSC) at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries supports faculty and students to learn and use digital tools to discover, organize, share, and publish their research and data. DiSC offers training and consultation on topics such as data curation, text mining, geographic information systems, project management, open access publishing, copyright, and scholarly repositories. https://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/disc/workshops.php

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